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.
-- 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
-- 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
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
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
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.
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
Francisco -- The annual International Arts Festival will
be held at sites throughout the city May 19 to June 5.
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,
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.
-- 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.
-- 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.
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
-- 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
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
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
-- Feathered Dinosaurs and the Origin of Flight, through
Sept. 5 at the Royal Ontario Museum, features recently discovered
dinosaur and bird fossils.
-- 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
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.