Arts Agenda: Portrait photography, Impressionism among exhibit highlights

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Photographers are in the spotlight along with famed 20th century artists. Museums focus on everything from classic art to war.

Domestic

Chicago -- In celebration of photographer Henry Cartier-Bresson's birth 100 years ago, the Art Institute of Chicago through Jan. 4 will feature "Henry Cartier-Bresson and the Art and Photography of Paris."

Hartford, Conn. -- Using radiography and infrared imaging, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art from Nov. 6 to March 29 looks behind famed paintings in "What Lies Beneath: Revealing Painters' Secrets."

Los Angeles -- Cary Grant, Louis Armstrong and Gloria Swanson are among the subjects and Edward Steichen, Cecil Beaton and Annie Leibovitz are among the photographers featured in "Vanity Fair Portraits: Photographs 1913-2008" at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art through March 1.

Miami Beach -- The annual Art Basel Miami Beach show, with participation by 220 art galleries from around the world, runs from Dec. 4 to 7 in the city's Art Deco district.

Minneapolis -- Contemporary photography is the focus of "India: Public Places, Private Spaces" at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts through Jan. 18.

agenda110308bNew York -- The Metropolitan Museum of Art looks back in time in two exhibitions opening Nov. 18. "Art and Love in Renaissance Italy" runs through Feb. 16, and "Beyond Babylon: Art, Trade and Diplomacy in the Second Millennium B.C." runs through March 15.

In "Joan Miro: Painting and Anti-Painting, 1927-1937," through Jan. 12, the Museum of Modern Art looks closely at a transformative period of the artist's career.

The Whitney Museum of American Art through Feb. 15 focuses on "Alexander Calder: The Paris Years, 1926-1933," a period when the artist discovered his own artistic vocabulary and created his first ceiling-suspended mobiles and his famed "Circus." Shown here, "Little Clown, the Trumpeteer and Bearded Lady" from Circus.

"Climate Change: The Threat to Life and Our Energy Future" is at the American Museum of Natural History through Aug. 16.

Christmas starts early at the New York Botanical Garden with the Holiday Train Show. From Nov. 23 to Jan. 11, model trains chug by 140 replicas of such city landmarks as the Brooklyn Bridge and Yankee Stadium, all made with leaves, twigs and other botanical items.

The city's only contemporary Latin-American Art Fair, Pinta, featuring works from 53 galleries, will be held at the Metropolitan Pavilion and the B. Altman Building from Nov. 13 to 16.

The newly opened home of the Museum of Arts and Design at Columbus Circle looks at household objects fashioned into works of art in its opening exhibit through Feb. 15, "Second Lives: Remixing the Ordinary."

Documents, photos and art are highlighted in "Grant and Lee in War and Peace" at the New York Historical Society through March 29.

The Kirov Orchestra and the Mariinsky Theatre Chorus perform "Russian Dreams: The Music of Sergei Prokofiev" at Lincoln Center from Nov. 9 to 17.

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater presents its annual season at the New York City Center from Dec. 3 to Jan. 4. 

San Francisco -- "Yves Saint Laurent," at the de Young Museum through March 1, looks at more than 100 garments and sketches in exploring the designer's career.

Sites throughout the Bay Area will present performances by artists from throughout the world in the ninth annual San Francisco Music Festival from Nov. 9 to 23.

agenda110308bWashington -- The National Museum of Women in the Arts looks at the life and work of a famed female Impressionist in "Mary Cassatt: Friends and Family" from Nov. 21 to Jan. 25. Shown here, "Susan Comforting the Baby No. 1."

Williamstown, Mass. -- Works by Tiepolo and Vasari are among the 65 drawings included in "Drawn to Drama: Italian Works on Paper, 1500-1800" at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute through Jan. 4.

Wilmington, Del. -- "Bare Witness: Photographs by Gordon Parks," a retrospective at the Delaware Art Museum through Jan. 4, includes 73 of the artist's best works.

International

Barcelona -- A Czech artist, famed for his influence on art nouveau, is celebrated in "Alphonse Mucha: Seduction, Modernity and Utopia" at the CaixaForum through Jan. 4.

London -- "In Memoriam: Remembering the Great War," at the Imperial War Museum through Sept. 6, looks back at the personal stories of those who lived through and fought in World War I.

Paris -- A contemporary artist who has gone his own way, including pasting billboard fragments on canvas, is the subject of a Pompidou Centre exhibit through Jan. 5 titled "Jacques Villegie: La Comedie Urbaine."

Vienna -- In "van Gogh," the Albertina showcases drawings and watercolors made in the artist's last years. The exhibit runs until Dec. 8.

Longtime arts and tourism writer Alvin H. Reiss is editor of Arts Management and author of eight books including his latest, "The ReissSource Directory of the Arts" (AEBMedia, Chicago).

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