Arts Agenda: Some old masters -- and some prehistoric ones

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A broad range of art exhibitions, featuring everything from glass artists to light artists to Impressionists to old masters, are complemented by jazz and classical music festivals.  And speaking of old masters, dinosaurs are still turning up in museums throughout North America.

Domestic

Chicago -- The Field Museum, the home of the tyrannosaurus rex named Sue, one of the largest dinosaur fossils ever found, welcomes some new playmates for Sue from China. Dinosaur Dynasty, May 27 to April 23, features fossils and life-size cast reproductions of creatures from three periods of the Mesozoic era along with dinosaur eggs and nests and plants and animals of the time.

Another type of creature, albeit not quite as old, is the feature of Crabs. The first-time attraction is at the Shedd Aquarium May 27 to Jan. 8.

Fort Worth, Texas -- An artist who has shown us the light dazzles us again in Dan Flavin: A Retrospective. Running through June 5 at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, the traveling exhibition features some 60 objects and drawings, with most focusing on Flavins use of fluorescent light.

Genessee Depot, Wis. -- Ten Chimneys, the estate of one of theaters most celebrated couples, Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, which is open for public tours, also houses Lunts collection of rare 19th-century Victorian tinsel prints. A collection of these metallic decorations, with portraits of the eras famed theatrical stars, will be open to the public without charge at the Lunt-Fontanne Program Center through Nov. 12. 

Long Beach, Calif. -- Jose Luis Cuevas: In Drawing and Sculpture, showcasing the work of one of Mexicos foremost living artists, is at the Museum of Latin American Art May 1 to Aug. 28.

Los Angeles -- The evolution of the painted book over three centuries is the focus of Masterpieces in Miniature: Italian Manuscripts From the Middle Ages and Renaissance at the J. Paul Getty Museum through June 12. 

New York -- The Metropolitan Museum of Art looks at the work of one of the fashion industrys most noted houses in Chanel May 5 to Aug. 7. Another Met exhibition worth seeing is Max Ernst: A Retrospective through July 10, which features the work of the noted Surrealist. Diane Arbus Revelations continues at the Met through May 30.

An exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History thats certain to attract attention, Dinosaurs: Ancient Fossils, New Discoveries, features an immense diorama, one of the most detailed re-creations of a prehistoric environment ever attempted. On display May 14 to Jan. 8, the exhibition sheds new light on the traits and behavior of dinosaurs and includes interactive computer simulations and animations.

Next door, through June 5, the New-York Historical Society features First Ladies: Political Role and Public Image, an exhibition from the Smithsonians National Museum of American History. Works from the Historical Societys collection complement the exhibition by focusing on two of New Yorks most notable first ladies, Eleanor Roosevelt and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.    

The work of one of Americas leading illustrators and authors is spotlighted at the Jewish Museum in Wild Things: The Art of Maurice Sendak through Aug. 14. The Power of Conversation: Jewish Women and Their Salons, continues at the museum through July 10.

"Houses of Parliament, Effect of Sunlight," by Claude Monet, is among the paintings that will be on exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum May 26 to Sept. 4.On display May 26 to Sept. 4 at the Brooklyn Museum is the exhibit, Monets London: An Artists Reflec-
tions on the Thames
(1859-1914), featuring Claude Monets London paintings along-
side works by some of Monet's contemporaries. 
Meanwhile, Basquiat continues there through June 5. 

North Adams, Mass. -- Mass MoCA explores a provocative subject, the closing gap between animals and humans, in the exhibition, Becoming Animal: Art in the Animal Kingdom from May 28 through February. The exhibition on two floors of the giant museum features sculptures, paintings, drawings and a video installation.    

Ridgefield, Conn. -- The subject is sexuality and erotica in a new exhibition of works by 34 artists at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum. Contemporary Erotic Drawing, May 1 to Aug. 7, offers a variety of approaches to the subject.

San Francisco -- The annual International Arts Festival will be held at sites throughout the city May 19 to June 5.   

Santa Ana, Calif. -- The Bowers Museum of Cultural Art takes a long look at Mummies: Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt. The recently opened exhibition will be on view through April 15, 2007.

Washington -- A doubleheader on tap at the Folger Shakespeare Library should interest theater buffs. On stage at the Folger Theatre through May 22 is a play by George Colman and noted 18th century actor David Garrick, The Clandestine Marriage. An accompanying exhibition focuses on the playwright/actor. David Garrick (1717-1799), a Theatrical Life runs through Aug. 28.

International

Amsterdam -- Over 100 oils and watercolors by a noted Viennese Expressionist are on view at the Van Gogh Museum through June 19 in the exhibition, Egon Schiele.

Nest: Design for the Interior, featuring works by 51 designers, is on view at the Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art through May 15.

Brussels -- The Brussels Jazz Marathon takes over the city May 20 to 22, in cafes, bars, hotels and public spaces. Jazz Marathon buses are available for ticket holders.

 

Kew, England -- Gardens of Glass: Chihuly at Kew, May 27 to Jan. 16 at the Royal Botanic Gardens, marks the first exhibit by glass artist Dale Chihuly in the U.K. The glass sculptures will be exhibited in installations through the garden landscapes and great glass houses.  

London -- The role that patterned fabrics played in the work of a noted artist is demonstrated in Matisse, His Art and His Textiles: The Fabric of Dreams at the Royal Academy of Arts though May 30.

A key attraction at the National Gallery of Art through May 22 is Caravaggio: The Final Years, which features the artists work from 1606 to 1610. 

Salzburg, Austria -- Music is the draw at the Whitsun Baroque Festival May 13 to 16 at Festival Hall and Mozarteum.

Scheveningen, Netherlands -- The art isnt lasting but it is very professional at the International Sand Sculpture Festival, which will stretch a mile along the beach in the resort near The Hague May 1 to 29.

Stockholm, Sweden -- Munch by Himself, through May 15 at the Moderna Museet, is a collection of self-portraits by Edvard Munch borrowed from the Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway.

Toronto -- Feathered Dinosaurs and the Origin of Flight, through Sept. 5 at the Royal Ontario Museum, features recently discovered dinosaur and bird fossils.

Vienna -- The 32nd International Music Festival, May 5 to June 19, includes appearances by such international musical icons as Sir Simon Rattle and Daniel Barenboim in venues throughout the city.

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.

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