Arts Agenda: Photography, impressionism top exhibit menu

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here's no shortage of arts activities in the months ahead, including several key photography exhibits, interesting views of impressionism and some extraordinary birthday celebrations. A rundown follows:

Domestic

Allentown, Pa. -- The Allentown Art Museum focuses on "Allen Ginsberg: Beat Generation Photographer," through Nov. 2. Poet Ginsberg's photos capture such beat notables as Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs and Timothy Leary. While at the museum be sure to see a small gem on permanent display -- a Frank Lloyd Wright Library transported intact from a Wright house in Wayzata, Minn.

Atlanta -- Bring your camera to Atlanta on Oct. 3 when the city kicks off its month-long Atlanta Celebrates Photography! event, which culminates in a show of photos on Oct. 5. Throughout October, more than 200 photography events will be held, including "Photography Past/Forward: Aperture at 50," a traveling exhibit organized by the Aperture Foundation at the High Museum of Art, through Nov. 29.

The High also features an exhibition of works by one of America's greatest photographers. "Ansel Adams and His Legacy Featuring Classic Images From the Ansel Adams Archive" runs through Oct. 26.

Beach Haven, N.J. -- If you're a fan of Mark Twain and the era in which he lived, you can visit a seaside resort brimming with Victorian homes and professional theater. "Tales by Mark Twain," a play with music drawn from Twain's prose, will be at the Surflight Theatre from Oct. 15 to 19.

Boston -- The Boston Ballet celebrates the return of Rudolph Nureyev's production of "Don Quixote," with original sets and costumes. Performances are from Oct. 16 to 19 and Oct. 31 to Nov. 2.

Buffalo, N.Y. -- Drivers can find 57 surprising works of art and sculpture along the "Art on Wheels Arts Trail," stretching from the shores of Lake Erie to the shores of Lake Ontario. Unusual sculptures and cars turned into works of art are on the grounds of cultural and historic attractions. From Oct. 12 to the end of the month, 40 of the pieces will be moved to Buffalo's Bidwell Parkway to form a "parade" of art several blocks long.

Color her happy at the Crayola crayon factory, where Crayola will celebrate its 100th birthday on Oct. 11.Easton, Pa. -- A colorful birthday party, Crayola's 100th, is set for Oct. 11. A morning parade culminates in a celebration in Centre Square, the site of the Crayola crayon factory, where the world's largest Crayola crayon will be unveiled.

Flint, Mich. -- Frida mania continues. "Frida Kahlo: Portraits of an Icon," at the Flint Institute of Arts through Nov. 11, features more than 50 photo portraits of the artist, including several by noted photographers.

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. -- The largest collection of Vatican art and related objects to tour North America, "Saint Peter and the Vatican: The Legacy of the Popes," is on view at the Museum of Art through Nov. 23.

Indianapolis -- "William Blake and 'His Little Band of Brothers,' " at the Indianapolis Museum of Art through next March, focuses on prints and drawings of one of England's most original artists and includes the museum's recent acquisition of his "Illustrations of the Book of Job," considered by many a masterpiece.

Los Angeles -- The Los Angeles County Museum of Art's sure-fire attraction through Sept. 28 is "Modigliani and the Artists of Montparnasse."

Milwaukee -- An unusual exhibit at the Milwaukee Art Museum, "The Quilts of Gee's Bend," features 70 quilts of exceptional quality made by black women in Alabama. It runs through Jan. 4.

New York -- Film buffs will want to flock to the Big Apple for the Film Festival at Lincoln Center, running from Oct. 3 to 19.

"September 11 Photo Project," an exhibition of photos and statements from more than 700 contributors, concludes its national tour at the New York Public Library's Humanities and Social Science center on Sept. 20.

The Museum of Modern Art Queens pays tribute to "Ansel Adams at 100," through Nov. 3.

Vermillion, S.D. -- It's out of the way, but the National Music Museum, which houses more than 10,000 musical instruments, is well worth a visit. The museum celebrates its 30th anniversary with an exhibition, "Beethoven & Berlioz, Paris and Vienna: Musical Treasures from the Age of Revolution and Romance," through Nov. 2.

Washington -- Another museum celebrating its anniversary, the Holocaust Memorial Museum, heralds its 10 years with an important exhibition. "Anne Frank the Writer: An Unfinished Story," featuring writings never before seen outside the Netherlands, runs through Dec. 12.

The Corcoran Gallery of Art focuses on "The Impressionist Tradition in America," an exhibition through April 2004 that includes works by such masters as Mary Cassatt, Winslow Homer and John Singer Sargent. Interestingly, the museum features a surprising view of the same style of art in a series of life-size, three-dimensional sculptural versions of famed impressionist works. "Beyond the Frame: Impressionism Revisited, the Sculptures of J. Seward Johnson Jr." through Jan. 5 features the sculptor's 3D versions of such famed paintings as Monet's "Garden at Sainte-Adresse."

A national tour of "The Art of Romare Bearden," which includes 130 works by the African-American artist, runs from Sept. 14 to Jan. 4 at the National Gallery of Art, before moving on to its next stop, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

International

Auckland -- Visitors will discover a thriving high-fashion industry during L'Oreal New Zealand Fashion Week. From Oct. 20 to 24, New Zealand designers showcase next year's collections.

Buenos Aires -- Tango enthusiasts will be flocking to Argentina for the Second World Tango Festival, to be held at various sites throughout the city Oct. 5 to 12.

Edinburgh -- Just before Monet's last years at Giverny, where he painted his celebrated water lilies, he painted landscapes and seascapes. Visitors can see 77 of them in "Monet: The Seine and the Sea" at the Royal Scottish Academy. While at the Academy, don't miss an exhibition of works by noted American artist Helen Frankenthaler. "Frankenthaler: Paintings on Paper -- 1949-2002." Both exhibitions run through Oct. 26.

Munich -- Perhaps you can't consume 5.7 million liters of beer as last year's participants did, but if you're in Germany from Sept. 20 to Oct. 5, you'll want to be in Munich for the annual Oktoberfest, the world's largest folk festival.

If Munich is too crowded, with more than 6 million visitors, and you're still thirsty, head to the Stuttgart Beer Festival, Germany's second-largest festival, running from Sept. 27 to Oct. 12.

St.-Paul-de-Vence, France -- Creativity flourished in early 20th century Russia and although many of the artists of that era have been forgotten, with such notable exceptions as Chagall and Kandinsky, they happily have been rediscovered in the new exhibition, "Russia and Its Avant-Gardes." The exhibition at the Fondation Maeght runs through Nov. 5.

Vienna -- Travelers with an eye for craft and design will find a harvest of excellence awaiting them in the city's centennial salute to the Vienna Workshops. The Workshops, founded in 1903, were an alliance of designers and craftsmen.

Scores of handmade, decorative objects in virtually every material will be on display at the Museum of Applied Art Vienna and at art dealers throughout the city from Sept. 24 to the end of the year.

Alvin H. Reiss, a long-time writer on the arts and tourism, is editor of the Travel Arts Partnership Newsletter (TAP), which is published by Museums Magazines, the Arts & Business Council and the Arts Knowledge Corp. For details, visit www.travelartspartnership.com. Arts Agenda runs periodically in Travel Weekly.

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