Theres music in the air as a plethora of
arts festivals signal the start of the summer cultural season.
Along with music, dance and theater celebrations, museums have
reason to celebrate, as they focus on such artists as Picasso,
Warhol, Matisse, Pollock and Rembrandt.
-- Two one-gallery exhibitions
at the Baltimore Museum of Art focus on a single major work by a
noted artist. Matisse: Jazz through Aug. 27,
looks at the 20 vibrant color stencil prints featured in the
artists illustrated book Jazz, along with works by Picasso, Rouault
and Leger. Shown here is Jazz
Motherwell: Meanings of Abstraction through July 30 features the
artists painting, Elegy to the Spanish Republic CII, along with
other works by the artist and his contemporaries.
-- The city kicks off a season
of fun with the 25th annual Boston Harborfest. More than 200 events
are on tap from June 28 to July 4 on the waterfront and along the
The Museum of
Fine Arts from June 25 to Sept. 24 looks at Americans in Paris,
1860-1900 featuring paintings made and displayed in Paris by such
artists as Whistler, Sargent and Mary Cassatt.
-- The Rock and Roll Hall of
Fame and Museum tripleheader of exhibitions includes Bob Dylans American Journey, 1956-1966 through
Sept. 4. Haunting and Yearning: The Life and Music of Roy Orbison
and Rick Nelson: From Idol to Icon, both run through Dec.
Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y. -- The Clearwater Great Hudson River Revival Music and
Environmental Festival, Americas oldest and largest event of its
kind, celebrates its 40th anniversary on June 17 and 18 with a
focus on clean air and traditional and contemporary American root
music at Croton Point Park.
N.C. -- Eleven world premieres
and performances by dance companies from throughout the world
highlight the American Dance Festival, from June 8 to July 22 on
the campus of Duke University.
Indianapolis -- Bonnie
Raitt and the Wynton Marsalis Septet are among the headliners at
the 2006 Indy Jazz Fest from June 16 to 18 in Military Park and
other downtown settings.
Angeles -- In The Missing
Peace: The Dalai Lama Portrait Project at UCLAs Fowler Museum of
Cultural History from June 11 to Sept. 10, 88 artists from 25
countries explore the philosophy and ideals of the Dalai Lama
through their art.
Manchester, Tenn. -- Theres rocking from June 16 to 18 at the Bonnaroo Music and
Arts Festival on a farm near Nashville, with such artists as Tom
Petty, Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt and Ricky Skaggs.
-- Festival Park is the setting
for Summerfest, a noon-to-midnight feast of jazz, rock, classical
and world music from June 29 to July 9.
Haven, Conn. -- The Yale Center
for British Art is Searching for Shakespeare from June 23 to Sept.
17. The exhibition, organized by Londons National Portrait Gallery,
explores the life and times of the writer through 150 rare objects
including first editions of his plays, costumes, and portraits
purporting to depict the playwright.
Muscovy: English Silver at the Court of the Tzars through Sept. 10,
features precious silver from the Armory Museum of the
Dont miss the
International Festival of Art and Ideas, June 10 to 24 all over the
R.I. -- Summertime is festival
time in this resort town with the Newport Film Festival, June 6 to
11; the Newport Music Festival, July 7 to 23; and the JVC Jazz
Festival, Aug. 11 to 13, in venues throughout the city.
-- Museum-goers have the rare
opportunity to experience nine of the citys finest museums for
free, including the Metropolitan and Guggenheim, at the 28th annual
Museum Mile Festival. On June 13, Fifth Avenue from 82nd to 105th
Street will open so strollers can visit museums and enjoy live
music and street entertainment.
Museum of Art looks at 800 years of Mayan history up to A.D. 600 in
Treasures of Sacred Maya Kings from June 13 to Sept. 10.
Through July 30,
Met visitors can also see the work of noted contemporary artists in
The Art of Betty Woodman and Kara Walker at the Met: After the
Deluge. A roof garden installation by a Chinese-born artist, Cai
Guo-Quiang on the Roof: Transparent Moment, is on view through Oct.
The Museum of
Modern Art welcomes Dada, the exhibition on the celebrated arts
movement, which wraps up its U.S. tour there from June 18 to Sept.
three years of renovation, an expanded Morgan Library and Museum
showcases some 300 works from its collection in the exhibition,
Masterworks From the Morgan through July 15.
Museum exhibition No Limits, Just Edges: Jackson Pollock Paintings
on Paper through Sept. 29 features 65 works by the
Museum focuses on an art form thats moved from the street to the
gallery in Graffiti, running from June 30 to Sept. 3.
Josie Robertson Plaza offers five weeks of dancing under the stars
in Midsummer Night Swing on Tuesdays through Saturdays from June 20
to July 22, and Carnegie Hall swings to a different tune as one of
the venues for the June 13 to 24 JVC Jazz Festival.
Theaters summer season at Central Parks Delacorte
Theater opens with Liev Schreiber in Macbeth from June 13
to July 9, followed by Meryl Streep as Mother Courage from Aug. 8
to Sept. 3.
Ridgefield, Conn. -- The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum will present the only
public showing of a powerful work by a noted contemporary German
artist through Oct. 1. Anselm Kiefer: Velimir Chlebnikov is Kiefers
tribute to a Russian writer and thinker in 30 paintings housed in a
steel pavilion designed by the artist.
-- Andy Warhols Dream America
at the San Diego Museum of Art from June 17 to Sept. 10 includes
more than 110 of the artists pop culture screenprints.
Washington -- More than
50 masterpieces are included in Bellini, Giorgione, Titian and the
Renaissance of Venetian Painting at the National Gallery of Art,
June 18 to Sept. 17.
accounts, both seen and heard, bring to life some of the most
dramatic moments in U.S. history in the National Archives exhibit,
American Originals -- Eyewitness from June 23 to Jan. 1.
Washington, dont miss the annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival,
June 30 to July 4 and July 7 to 11. The daily and evening programs
of music, dance, arts and crafts, many of them participatory, will
be held on the National Mall.
-- The Holland Festival, June 2
to 25 throughout the city, includes the
premiere of the opera After Life and the June 2 premiere at the
Rijksmuseum of Nightwatching, a theatrical perception of Rembrandts
Night Watch with light, sound and moving images.
Switzerland -- Art 37 Basel,
one of the largest contemporary art fairs in the world, June 14 to
18, features 300 galleries from 30 countries in sites around the
Wales -- The Cardiff Festival,
the U.K.s largest free outdoor festival, takes over the streets and
waterfront from June 29 to Aug. 6.
Poland -- The 16th Jewish
Cultural Festival, at downtown sites from July 1 to 9, features art
exhibits, workshops, theater and klezmer music.
-- Picasso: Tradition and
Avant-Garde is a giant retrospective of the artists work, embracing
every stage of his career. Divided between Spains two leading
national museums, the exhibition, which runs from June 6 to Sept.
3, begins at the Prado, where it is flanked by Spanish Old Masters,
and continues at the Reina Sofia, where it is organized around
-- Theyll be going at it hot
and heavy at the Montreal Jazz Festival from June 29 to July 9,
which includes more than 350 free shows on 10 stages. The Old Port
of Montreal is the setting for the Montreal International Reggae
Festival from July 14 to 16.
-- In a rarity, American art
will be featured at the Louvre. American Artists and the Louvre,
from June 14 to Sept. 18, will focus on 1760 to 1860, when
Americans first studied and exhibited at the museum. A second part
will feature the works of American artists who studied in
Italy -- Spoletos Festival of
Two Worlds runs from June 30 to July 16 in various
Stuttgart, Germany -- Claude Monet: Fields in Spring at the Stuttgart State
Gallery through Sept. 24, displays 40 key works by the artist
showing fields and meadows.
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 (AEB-Media, Chicago).