Arts Agenda: Several U.S. museums to show their true colors this spring

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Color is in, and it's the exhibition attraction at several leading museums in the U.S.  

Domestic

Albuquerque, N.M. -- Native American dance and music will hold sway from April 24 to 26 at the University of New Mexico Arena, the site for the Gathering of Nations, North America's largest powwow.

agenda2-040708Boston -- "El Greco to Velazquez: Art During the Reign of Phillip III" at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston from April 20 to July 27 highlights one of the greatest periods of Spanish art. Shown here is "The Immaculate Conception," by Diego Velazquez.

Precious art objects from the 17th century are featured in "Luxury for Export: Artistic Exchange Between India and Portugal Around 1600" at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum through May 4. 

Chicago -- The scientific career of a man born into slavery is explored in detail in "George Washington Carver" at the Field Museum through July 6.

Art Chicago at the Merchandise Mart from April 25 to 28 showcases collections from 180 galleries.

Cooperstown, N.Y. -- The Fenimore Art Museum's look at the work of a noted 19th century furniture designer, includes two period rooms. "Gustav Stickley: The Enlightened Home" runs through Aug. 10.

Detroit -- An exhibition organized by the Detroit Institute of Arts has returned home. "Life's Pleasures: The Ashcan Artists' Brush With Leisure, 1895-1925" runs through May 25. A complementary exhibit at the DIA, "Give It a Rest: People at Play in American Prints and Drawings, 1895-1945," runs through Aug. 3.

East Haddam, Conn. -- Goodspeed Musicals brings Fonzie, Richie, Potsy and Ralph Malph together again in "Happy Days" from April 11 to June 29 at the Goodspeed Opera House.

Honolulu -- "The Dragon's Gift: The Sacred Arts of Bhutan" is on display at the Honolulu Academy of Arts through May 23.

Jacksonville, Fla. -- Vintage photographs commemorating a meeting between a celebrated novelist and noted photographer are featured in "Ernest Hemingway and Walker Evans: Three Weeks in Cuba, 1933," at the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens through June 1.

Key West, Fla. -- Poetry is the attraction at the Heritage House Museum and Robert Frost Cottage and other local locations from April 9 to 13. The Key West Robert Frost Poetry Festival includes poetry workshops, poetry slams and poetry sails as well as films, art exhibitions and jazz showcases.

agenda1-040708Los Angeles -- Although color usually isn't associated with sculpture, it's the focal point of an exhibition at the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa. "The Color of Life: Polychromy in Sculpture From Antiquity to the Present" runs through June 23. Shown here is "Old Couple on a Beach," by Duane Hanson.

Montgomery, Ala. -- The work of a famed portrait photographer is on display at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. "Yousuf Karsh: A Centennial Celebration" runs through June 15. 

New Orleans -- The 2008 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, from April 25 to 27 and again from May 1 to 4, is being held at the Fair Ground Race Course. Among this year's headliners: Santana; Billy Joel; Stevie Wonder; Al Green; Tim McGraw; the Neville Brothers; Diana Krall; and Elvis Costello and Allan Touissant.

New York -- The Museum of Modern Art is ablaze with many hues in "Color Chart: Reinventing Color: 1950 to Today" through May 12. The exhibit includes works by Andy Warhol, Frank Stella, Gerhard Richter and Ellsworth Kelly.  A second exhibit running to May 12, "Design and the Elastic Mind," focuses on the relationship between design and science.

An exhibition at both MoMA and the P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, "Take Your Time: Olafur Eliasson," from April 20 to June 30, features photos of Icelandic glaciers as well as giant installations by the Danish-born artist. 

A noted Chinese artist is the subject of a major retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum. "Cai Guo-Qiang: I Want to Believe" runs through May 28.

World leaders and celebrities are the subjects of Andy Warhol's "Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century" at the Jewish Museum through Aug. 3.

The New Museum of Contemporary Art features the first major U.S. exhibition of a noted London-based German artist. "Tomma Abts" runs from April 9 to June 29.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art illuminates the art of an ancient culture in "Radiance From the Rain Forest: Featherwork in Ancient Peru" through Sept. 1.

The Brooklyn Museum celebrates a noted Japanese artist's career in the retrospective "Murakami" through July 13.

Anyone who enjoys Broadway musicals won't want to miss "Writing to Character: Songwriters and the Tony Awards," at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts through June 14.

The New York City Ballet's spring season at Lincoln Center's New York State Theater runs from April 29 to June 29. The schedule features 10 Jerome Robbins programs in a tribute to the late choreographer. Also at Lincoln Center, semistaged performances of "Camelot" will be presented by the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall from May 7 to 10.

The Tribeca Film Festival returns from April 23 to May 4 at various venues.

Pittsburgh -- The 55th installment of the Carnegie International exhibition series, titled "Life on Mars," will run from May 3 to Jan. 11 at the Carnegie Museum of Art.

Portland, Maine -- "The Powerful Hand of George Bellows: Drawings From the Boston Public Library" at the Portland Museum of Art from April 10 to June 1 includes nearly 60 works by the American artist.

Salem, Mass. -- Marriage as an inspiration for artists is the focus of "Wedded Bliss: The Marriage of Art and Ceremony" at the Peabody Essex Museum from April 26 to Sept. 14. The exhibit features more than 150 objects and includes works by Picasso, Chagall and Hogarth.  

Washington -- From May 3 to 17 it will be open house at more than 50 of the city's foreign embassies for Passport DC, a program of performances and events, most of them free.

"In the Forest of Fontainebleau: Painters and Photographers From Corot to Monet" at the National Gallery of Art through June 8 shows some 100 paintings, photographs and pastels made in the forest from the 1820s through the 1870s.

The new museum in town is the Newseum, which is leaving nearby Rosslyn, Va., its home for more than a decade, for a state-of-the-art home on Pennsylvania Avenue. The $450 million, interactive venue of news opens on April 11.

Yonkers, N.Y. -- Viewers looking for a joyful art experience won't want to miss "Red Grooms: In the Studio & the Bookstore" at the Hudson River Museum. The Bookstore, which was created for the museum some years ago and has been recently restored, is a permanent exhibit. The studio portion will be open through May 25.  

International

Berlin -- The fifth Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, through June 15, is being held at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art and other city locations.
Birmingham, England -- The Kirov Ballet and the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan are among the dance companies featured at the International Dance Festival from April 28 to May 24 at various sites.

Brussels -- Art Brussels, from April 18 to 21 at Brussels Expo, will feature works from 150 galleries.

Cologne, Germany -- Art Cologne, from April 16 to 20 at the Cologne Convention Center, is an international fair for modern and contemporary art.

London -- To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of James Bond's literary creator, the Imperial War Museum is mounting, "For Your Eyes Only: Ian Fleming and James Bond" from April 25 to March 1. The exhibition includes manuscripts, Fleming's notes, maps and artifacts from the Bond movies.

Through July 13, the Victoria & Albert Museum looks at "China Design Now." 

Madrid -- The Prado presents "Goya in Times of War" from April 15 to July 13.

Plymouth, Tobago -- Rod Stewart, Smokey Robinson, Whitney Houston and Diana Ross will take the stage at the Plymouth Jazz Festival from April 25 to 27 at the Fort James Plymouth Recreational Field. 

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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