The arts greet the new year with an extraordinary range of events,
as exhibitions run the gamut from centuries-old cultures to modern
masters. Automobiles, design and history are among the featured
-- Upcoming exhibits at the Baltimore
Museum of Art look at interesting periods in the careers of two
great artists. "Picasso: Surrealism and the War Years," Jan. 28 to
Aug. 29, focuses on Picasso's artistic response to the horrors of
war and his exploration of surrealism in the '30s and '40s.
"Toulouse-Lautrec: Master of the Moulin Rouge," Feb. 15 to May
23, features more than 100 posters and prints of Parisian cabaret
scenes and groundbreaking advertising art.
Boston -- The Museum of Fine Arts offers a look
at the exotic court costumes of Qing Dynasty China in "Draped in
Dragons: Chinese Court Costumes." Portraits, textiles and costume
accessories are included in the exhibition, which runs through May
Chicago -- Every weekend through Feb. 29,
Chicago's Winter Delights offers a range of citywide cultural
events built around a theme. Weekends feature jazz, opera, museum
exhibits, cabaret, theater and dance. The city's tourism bureau
also offers three Immersion Weekends with itineraries for opera,
blues and jazz.
With "The James Vanderzee Studio," the Art Institute of Chicago
takes a close look at the work of the fabled Harlem photographer
through April 25.
Denver -- "Frederic Remington: The Color of
Night," the last stop on a tour of this exhibition, features the
late work of the famed artist of the West, focusing on moonlight
and other nocturnal effects. It runs through March 14.
Long Beach, Calif. -- Women who challenged and
changed America are the subjects of "Women of Our Time:
Twentieth-Century Photographs from the National Portrait Gallery,"
at the Long Beach Museum of Art Feb. 6 to April 4. Included are
photos of Eleanor Roosevelt, Helen Keller, Joan Baez and Judy
Mount Vernon, Va. -- On President's Day
weekend, Feb. 14 and 15, join a look-alike stand-in for "Breakfast
With George Washington" at his home. On both days, a Colonial-style
breakfast is followed by a parade of musicians and a fife and drum
The evening of Feb. 15 features a benefit George Washington
Birthday Ball and Supper, while on Feb. 16 a free, 272nd birthday
celebration will include patriotic music and a military drill
New Haven, Conn. -- Although it's not exactly
art, the Walter Camp Weekend has its cultural and historical
overtones in its tribute to the man who organized football as it's
The festivities take place Feb. 5 to 7 at various sites in the
city and includes meetings with some football legends and an annual
Fan Fest Football event.
Newport Beach, Calif. -- An exhibit showing how
artists have incorporated roads, bridges, freeways and automobiles
into their exploration of California cities and suburbs is on
display at the Orange County Museum of Art through April 25.
"Cities of Promise: Imagining Urban California" was organized by
the museum in cooperation with the Auto Club of Southern
New York -- Clothing and design are featured in
several Big Apple museum exhibitions. "Home Sewn: Three Centuries
of Stitching History" at the New York Historical Society through
April 18, offers an in-depth look at sewing, while across town at
the Metropolitan Museum of Art, "Bravehearts: Men in Skirts," is on
tap through Feb. 8.
Through April 18, the Met also is offering the first
comprehensive survey of artist Chuck Close's printmaking
innovations in "Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration."
The Museum of the City of New York features "Glass and Glamour:
Steuben's Modern Moment, 1930-1960," which runs through April
The Whitney Museum of American Art, with "John Currin" through
Feb. 22, offers the artist's provocative paintings of women.
Santa Ana, Calif. -- An ancient culture is on
display in "Tibet: Treasures From the Roof of the World" at the
Bowers Museum of Cultural Art through May 4.
Tacoma, Wash. -- Paris, in the period between
two wars, takes the spotlight in "A Transatlantic Avant Garde:
American Artists in Paris, 1918-1939" at the Tacoma Museum of Art
through March 28.
Washington -- Car buffs won't want to miss the
newly renovated hall at the Smithsonian Institution's National
Museum of American History. The hall's tribute to transit, "America
on the Move," features many vintage autos.
Budapest, Hungary -- Works from 33 collections
highlight the "Monet and Friends" exhibition at the Budapest Museum
of Fine Arts through March 15. In addition to 25 paintings by
Claude Monet, works by other impressionists, including Renoir,
Manet and Sisley, are featured.
Cambridge, England -- Dance aficionados might
enjoy a visit to this British university city Jan. 28 to 31, when a
three-day festival, British Dance Edition 2004, features 30 of
Britain's finest dance companies.
Glasgow, Scotland -- This city is the setting
for the world's largest winter festival of Celtic music, "Celtic
Connections," through Feb. 1.
Kiruna, Sweden -- Few theatergoers can say
they've seen Shakespeare's plays performed in a theater sculpted of
ice. But that's exactly what they do in this Swedish town, where
the Ice Globe Theatre will present "Macbeth" through April 3. The
venue, which also presents movies and music events, is a frosty
replica of the bard's Globe Theatre.
Quebec City -- Artists have been drawn to
France for hundreds of years. "From Millet to Matisse" at the Musee
National Des Beaux-Arts du Quebec Jan. 29 to May 4 includes works
by artists who worked in France during the 19th and 20th
Wellington, New Zealand -- If you're looking
for a summer vacation during the winter, set your sites on
Wellington, where what is believed to be the Southern Hemisphere's
largest cultural event is held Feb. 27 to March 21. The New Zealand
International Arts Festival includes everything from ballet to
opera, with jazz, theater and pop included in the mix.
While you're enjoying New Zealand's summer, you might want to
take a trip to its south island, where Napier, a city renowned for
its art-deco architecture, is located. Napier highlights that
architecture with its Brebner Print Art Deco weekend Feb. 19 to
Long-time arts and tourism writer Alvin H. Reiss is editor
of the Travel Arts Partnership Newsletter (TAP), which is published
by Museums Magazine, the Arts & Business Council and the Art
Knowledge Corp. For more details visit www.travelartspartnership.com.