Arts Agenda: Snow sculptures, feminist art exhibit among winter highlights

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Leading museums focus on women from ancient to modern times while artists embrace winter with snow sculptures and outdoor installations. 

Domestic

Anchorage -- Alaska welcomes winter with the aptly named "Freeze," a series of outdoor installations by artists, architects and designers throughout downtown Anchorage beginning Jan. 10 and running until the first week in February.

Breckenridge, Colo. -- From Jan. 20 to 25, 16 teams from around the world shape works of art from 12-foot-tall, 20-ton blocks of snow without benefit of power tools at the Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships held in the parking lots of the Riverwalk Center.

Houston -- The Houston Museum of Natural Science hosts an exhibit that looks at the events that shaped Jerusalem and the surrounding region more than 2,000 years ago in "The Birth of Christianity:  A Jewish Story" through April 12.

Independence, Mo. -- Timed to coincide with the swearing-in of Barack Obama in Washington, the Harry S. Truman National Historic Site Visitor Center's "A History of Presidential Inaugurations" runs from Jan. 20 to 31.

Las Vegas -- The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, focuses on key works of the '60s and '70s in "Classic Contemporary: Lichtenstein, Warhol & Friends," on exhibit from Jan. 23 to Sept. 8.

010509agenda1Los Angeles -- The Los Angeles Convention Center is the site of the Los Angeles Art Show and Los Angeles Print Fair from Jan. 21 to 25, presented by the city's art and print dealer associations.  

Miami Beach -- Through Feb. 8, the Bass Museum of Art focuses on major trends in contemporary Russian art in "Russian Dreams."

New York -- The Onassis Cultural Center features more than 150 rare archaeological objects in its penetrating look at the role of women in ancient Greece. "Worshiping Women: Ritual and Reality in Classical Athens" runs through May 9. Shown at right, a vase that dates back to 410 B.C.

"The Essential Art of African Textiles: Design Without End" is on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through March 22.

The International Center of Photography kicks off a Year of Fashion with three exhibitions running concurrently. "Edward Steichen: In High Fashion"; "Weird Beauty: Fashion Photography Now"; and "This Is Not a Fashion Photograph" all run from Jan. 16 to May 3.

"Burning Down the House: Building a Feminist Art Collection" at the Brooklyn Museum of Art's Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art through Feb. 8 features nearly 50 works by female artists.

In tough economic times, a little levity can be useful, as the Morgan Library demonstrates in "On the Money." The exhibition, from Jan. 23 to May 24, features 80 original cartoon drawings from the New Yorker magazine.

From Jan. 23 to May 3, the Morgan presents "The Thaw Collection of Master Drawings: Acquisitions Since 2002."

The Museum of Modern Art offers a midcareer survey of an acclaimed contemporary painter in "Marlene Dumas: Measuring Your Own Grave" through Feb. 16.  

The New York Times Arts & Leisure Weekend at the Times Center from Jan. 8 to 11 features such cultural figures as Glenn Close, Patti Smith, Tavis Smiley and Salman Rushdie interviewed by Times reporters.

Visitors have until Jan. 25 to see an exhibit focusing on the evolution of the domestic interior in 19th century Europe. "House Proud: Nineteenth-Century Watercolor Interiors From the Thaw Collection" is on exhibit at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

"Synthetic" at the Whitney Museum of American Art from Jan. 22 to June 9 includes works by Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Helen Frankenthaler and Claes Oldenburg, to show how they and other artists used synthetic paints as alternatives to oils. The Whitney also features "Artists Making Photographs: Smith, Rauschenberg, Samaras, Ruscha, Warhol" from Jan. 16 to April 20.

010509agenda1More than 250 works are included in the Guggenheim Museum exhibition "The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860-1989" from Jan. 30 to April 19.

"Paris/New York: Design Fashion Culture, 1925-1940" at the Museum of the City of New York through Feb. 22 explores the artistic relationship between the two cities. Shown at left, a 1931 poster of Josephine Baker designed by Jean Chassaing.

Park City, Utah -- The 25th annual Sundance Film Festival, in sites throughout the city from Jan. 15 to 25, includes 118 features selected from more than 3,500 submissions.

Portland, Maine -- "Backstage Pass: Rock & Roll Photography" at the Portland Museum of Art from Jan. 22 to March 22 includes more than 200 photographs of performers, including Elvis Presley and Jimi Hendrix.

Washington -- Famed photographers are in the spotlight in the National Gallery of Art exhibition "Oceans, Rivers, Skies: Ansel Adams, Robert Adams and Alfred Stieglitz" through March 15.

The work of American artists on paper is featured in a Smithsonian American Art Museum exhibit through May 25, "Graphic Masters 1: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum."  

International

Brussels -- Some 130 exhibitors will participate in the Brussels Antiques & Fine Arts Fair at the Tour and Taxis Building from Jan. 23 to Feb. 1.

Edmonton, Alberta -- It's snow time in Festival Park from Jan. 15 to 25 with the annual family-oriented "Ice on Whyte Festival," including an ice-carving competition, ice castles and ice slides. The ice program is one of several celebrations included in the city's "Winter Light Festival" running from Jan. 8 to March 21.

The Telus World of Science-Edmonton is the site of the "Art of the Brick" exhibition through May 3, which features more than 50 original sculptures by artist Nathan Sawaya made from Legos.

Florence -- Medici women are the focus of the Palazzo Strozzi exhibit "Women in Power: Caterina and Maria de Medici" through Feb. 8.    

London -- A renowned 16th century Italian architect is the subject of a Royal Academy of Arts exhibition. "Andrea Palladio: His Life and Legacy" is on display Jan. 31 to April 13. 

Montreal -- The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts features the first major North American retrospective of a noted Fauvist in "Kees Van Dongen: A Fauve in the City" from Jan. 22 to April 19.

Paris -- The Musee du Luxembourg through Feb. 2 features "Miro to Warhol, the Berardo Collection in Paris," marking the first time the Portuguese industrialist's collection has been seen outside his native land.

Through Jan. 25, the Jacquemart-Andre Museum is presenting "Van Dyck," a major retrospective of the Flemish painter's work.

Quebec City -- The 55th Quebec Winter Carnival, from Jan. 30 to Feb. 15, is based on a masquerade theme and features an international snow sculpture event, parades, a painting symposium and outdoor dance parties at sites throughout the city.

Zagreb, Croatia -- The Museum for Arts and Crafts includes 103 works in the exhibition running through Feb. 16, "Rembrandt: Graphics."

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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