Arts Agenda: Summertime cultural events promise a feast for the senses

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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. 

Domestic

Baltimore -- 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 Icarus.

Robert 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.

Boston -- 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 Freedom Trail.

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.

Cleveland -- 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. 31.

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.

Durham, 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. 

Los 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.

Milwaukee -- 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.  

New 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. 

Britannia & Muscovy: English Silver at the Court of the Tzars through Sept. 10, features precious silver from the Armory Museum of the Kremlin.   

Dont miss the International Festival of Art and Ideas, June 10 to 24 all over the city.

Newport, 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.

New York -- 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.

The Metropolitan 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. 29. 

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. 11.

Reopened after 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.

The Guggenheim Museum exhibition No Limits, Just Edges: Jackson Pollock Paintings on Paper through Sept. 29 features 65 works by the artist.

The Brooklyn Museum focuses on an art form thats moved from the street to the gallery in Graffiti, running from June 30 to Sept. 3.

Lincoln Centers 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.

The Public 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. 

San Diego -- 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.

Firsthand 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.

While in 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.

International

 

Amsterdam -- 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. 

Basel, 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 city.

Cardiff, Wales -- The Cardiff Festival, the U.K.s largest free outdoor festival, takes over the streets and waterfront from June 29 to Aug. 6.

Krakow, Poland -- The 16th Jewish Cultural Festival, at downtown sites from July 1 to 9, features art exhibits, workshops, theater and klezmer music.

Madrid -- 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 Guernica.

Montreal -- 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.

Paris -- 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 France.

Spoleto, Italy -- Spoletos Festival of Two Worlds runs from June 30 to July 16 in various locales.

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.

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 (AEB-Media, Chicago).

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