Arts Agenda: Rembrandt musical, waitress exhibit among Julys unusual

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Virtually everything in the arts is on tap in July, from music festivals to exhibitions on Raphael, Rubens, Remington, the Impressionists and contemporary artists. Unusual events include tribal Indian ceremonies, an exhibit on waitresses and a musical on Rembrandt.

Domestic

 

Bethel Woods, N.Y. -- On the site where Woodstock took place in 1969, a new permanent facility, the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, launches its inaugural season of jazz, classical, rock and pop. Performances run to Aug. 26.

Gallup, N.M. -- One of Americas most complete programs of Native American art is featured at the Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremony at Red Rock State Park, July 26 to 30. The program includes artist demonstrations, ceremonial Indian dancers, hands-on activities and a parade.

Katonah, N.Y. -- Two companion exhibits at the Katonah Museum of Art through Sept. 17 bear a relationship to travel. Case Studies: Art in a Valise explores suitcase-based works of art. Andromeda Hotel: The Art of Joseph Cornell features 45 collages, chests and cabinets created by an artist who referred to himself as an armchair voyager. 

Los Angeles -- Rubens and Brueghel: A Working Friendship, at the Getty Center from July 5 to Sept. 24, is devoted to the collaborative works of two 17th century masters.

Napa, Calif. -- Copia: The American Center for Wine, Food & the Arts looks at aspects of Americana and food in two related exhibits. Counter Culture: The American Diner runs through Oct. 2, while Dishing It Out: Career Waitresses Across the USA runs through Sept. 11.

New York -- Raphael at the Metropolitan: The Colonna Altarpiece, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through Sept. 3, features one of the Mets treasures. The exhibit also includes select drawings and paintings made by Raphael at the time he produced the altarpiece. Another great classical artist is featured at the Met. Rembrandts Drawings and Prints, a Selection in Honor of the Artists 400th Birthday runs July 11 to Oct. 15.

Best of Friends: Buckminster Fuller and Isamu Noguchi, at the Noguchi Museum in Long Island City through Oct. 15, looks at the long friendship and collaboration between two noted cultural figures.

July and August are exciting months at Lincoln Center. The Lincoln Center Festival 2006 from July 10 to 30 features 53 performances of music, dance and theater by artists from throughout the world, including two premieres and productions from eight countries. When one festival ends, another begins. This years Mostly Mozart Festival, July 28 to Aug. 26, includes, in addition to Mozart, three commissioned works inspired by Mozart.

The Guggenheim Museum focuses on the work of one of todays outstanding architects. Zaha Hadid: Thirty Years in Architecture runs through Oct. 25.

The New York Historical Society continues its exploration of slavery with Legacies: Contemporary Artists Reflect on Slavery through Jan. 7. The Society also features, through Sept. 17, Group Dynamics: Family Portraits and Scenes of Everyday Life, a 90-work exhibition of 19th century paintings, portrait miniatures, parlor decorations and small-scale sculptures.

Omaha, Neb. -- A survey of the career of one of Americas most noted photographers, Edward Weston: A Photographers Love of Life, is the attraction at the Joslyn Art Museum through Aug. 13.

San Francisco -- A major survey of artist Matthew Barneys work is featured in Matthew Barney: Drawing Restraint at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art through Sept. 17.

Stockbridge, Mass. -- Frederic Remington and the American Civil War: A Ghost Story, at the Norman Rockwell Museum through Oct. 29, examines the impact of the Civil War on an artist widely known for his depictions of cowboys and the American West. Shown here is Remingtons "The Last Lull in the Fight.

Teton Village, Wyo. -- Good music and spectacular scenery are a winning combination at the Grand Teton Music Festival, July 4 to Aug. 26.   

Vail, Colo. -- The New York Philharmonic will present six concerts from July 21 to 28 at the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival. Running through Aug. 3, the festival includes appearances by the Dallas Symphony and Rochester Philharmonic.

Washington -- Enjoy the music of England in the 16th and 17th centuries at the Folger Shakespeare Librarys Noyses, Sounds and Sweet Aires through Sept. 9. In addition to displays of songs and musical instruments, the exhibition offers visitors MP3 players to experience the music of Shakespeares time.

International

Amsterdam -- An addition to the celebration of Rembrandts 400th birthday is Rembrandt the Musicale, playing from July 15 to February 2007 at the Royal Carre Theater.

Bayreuth, Germany -- The Bayreuther Festival, celebrating the operas of Richard Wagner, hosts its annual season at the Festspielhaus from July 25 to Aug. 28.

Beijing -- The Beijing World Art Museum is the venue for From Monet to Picasso: Masterworks from the Cleveland Museum of Art through Aug. 27. Over the next four years, the Cleveland Museum, which is undergoing a massive $258 million renovation, is sending six major exhibitions to museums throughout the world.

Budapest, Hungary -- The Budapest Summer Festival, through Aug. 19, features opera, ballet, jazz, symphony concerts and ragtime at the National Opera House and other venues.

Galway, Ireland -- More than 100,000 people are expected to attend Irelands largest cultural event, the Galway Arts Festival, from July 17 to 30.

The Hague, Netherlands -- It will be difficult to miss 14 of Frederic Boteros large and commanding sculptures featured along a main boulevard, the Lange Voorhaut, in The Hague Sculpture 2006 through Aug. 31.

London -- Design and architecture are attractions in Modernism: Designing a New World, 1914-1939 through July 23 at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Montreal -- Smile, its time for Just for Laughs   --   the Montreal International Comedy Festival, July 13 to 23. The event will be  held along a portion of St. Laurent Boulevard north of St. Catherine Street.

Paris -- The Centre Pompidou turns its face toward America in Los Angeles 1955-1985. The exhibition, through July 17, features pop art, experimental film and California minimalism by more than 60 artists.

Toronto -- Silk screen images and films made by the artist are included in Andy Warhol/Supernova: Stars, Death and Disasters 1962-1964, from July 8 to Oct. 22 at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Long-time 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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