Arts Agenda: Symphonies, self-portraits among summer season highlights


It's music, music, music all over the world with prominent symphony orchestras, dance companies and leading artists on festival rosters. Major museum exhibits focus on famous works and leading artists.


Atlanta -- Some 200 photographs are on display through Oct. 5 in the High Museum of Art exhibition "Road to Freedom: Photographs of the Civil Rights Movement, 1956-1968."

Boston -- The work of a leading contemporary sculptor is featured in "Anish Kapoor: Past, Present, Future" at the Institute of Contemporary Art through Sept. 7.

The Museum of Fine Arts Boston spans the career of a noted American artist in "Winslow Homer: American Scenes," on view through Dec. 7.

Chicago -- The Chicago Architecture Foundation exhibit "Green With Desire: Can We Live Sustainably in Our Homes?" runs through Sept. 5.

The Museum of Contemporary Art though Sept. 21 looks at the latest paintings as well as balloon animal sculpture from Jeff Koons in an eponymous exhibition.

Jackson Hole, Wyo. -- Leading classical artists blend into a mountain setting for the annual Grand Teton Music Festival through Aug. 16.

Lake Tahoe, Nev. -- The Sand Harbor State Park along the eastern shore of Lake Tahoe provides a bucolic setting for the annual Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival from July 10 to Aug. 17.

Lenox, Mass. -- The famed Tanglewood Festival, with the Boston Symphony in residence, runs through Aug. 31. Joshua Bell, Renee Fleming, Yo-Yo Ma and James Taylor are among the performers scheduled to appear this summer.

Los Angeles -- The Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles looks at the work of a leading South African artist in "Marlene Dumas: Measuring Your Own Grave" through Sept. 22.

New York -- Even if you've been to Niagara and Victoria Falls, you won't want to miss the New York City Waterfalls, artist Olafur Eliasson's four, 90- to 120-foot waterfall installations along the city's waterfront, visible from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily through Oct. 13. The New York Water Taxi, departing from the South Street Seaport, offers boat trips viewing each waterfall. Circle Line is also offering special sailings.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition "Art of the Royal Court: Treasures in Pietre Dure from the Palaces of Europe," through Sept. 21, features more than 170 precious works of art in carved stone from the Renaissance to the early 19th century.

"Dali: Painting and Film" at the Museum of Modern Art through Sept. 15 explores the relationship between the artists's paintings and film. In addition to more than 130 works by Dali, a five-part program of 150 films accompanies the exhibition.

In "Frick's Vermeers Reunited," the Frick Collection brings together three rare paintings by the renowned artist 070708agenda2along with panels showing Henry Clay Frick's evolving interest in the artist.  

The Neue Galerie focuses on a major work by a leading German Expressionist in "Max Beckmann: Self-Portrait" from July 24 to Sept. 1. Accompanying the portrait, shown here, are other Beckmann works as well as portraits and self-portraits of the period by such artists as Otto Dix and George Grosz.

The performing arts are in full swing at Lincoln Center with the Lincoln Center Festival running through July 27 and Midsummer Night Swing from July 8 to 26.

The 92nd Street Y features Jazz in July from July 22 to 31, and New York's City Center presents "Damn Yankees," featuring Jane Krakowski and Sean Hayes, through July 27 as the summer season attraction of its popular Encores series.

New Orleans -- Three stages at the Old U.S. Mint will reverberate with traditional and contemporary jazz from July 31 to Aug. 5 at the Satchmo Summer Fest.

070708agenda2Park City, Utah -- The Deer Valley Festival, held mainly at the Deer Valley amphitheater from July 19 to Aug. 15, is the summer home of the Utah Symphony and Utah Opera and includes performances by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Gladys Knight.

Reno, Nev. -- The city is an Artown every day this month with cultural events of every kind, some 350 in all, held at downtown sites during the annual, monthlong festival. Attractions include Hubbard Street Dance Chicago (shown here), Mandy Patinkin and Ringo Starr.

Saratoga, N.Y. -- Among the major attractions at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center's annual festival through Aug. 24 is the appearance of the New York City Ballet from July 8 to 26.

Stockbridge, Mass. -- With the presidential campaign in full swing, "Raw Nerve! The Political Art of Steve Brodner" at the Norman Rockwell Museum through Oct. 26 is especially timely. 

Vail, Colo. -- The New York Philharmonic returns to the Bravo Vail Valley Music Festival for its sixth summer residency from July 18 to 25. The festival, which runs through Aug. 2, also includes residencies by the Philadelphia Orchestra and Rochester Philharmonic. 

Washington -- The recently opened Newseum takes a close look at "G-Men and Journalists: Top News Stories of the FBI's First Century" through the end of June 2009. The exhibit features some 300 photographs; artifacts such as John Dillinger's death mask and the Unabomber's cabin; and a display on the late FBI director, J. Edgar Hoover.  


Berlin -- Through Aug. 31, the Bruecke Museum explores an artist's career in "Ernst Ludwig Kirchner: Master Draughtsman."

Brussels -- "The British Royal Collection: From Brueghel to Rubens," at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium through Sept. 21, includes works by famed masters.

London -- The legacy of a Roman emperor is explored in depth in the British Museum exhibition "Hadrian: Empire and Conflict" from July 24 to Oct. 26.

The BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall and elsewhere from July 18 to Sept. 13 will include vocalists Jose Carreras and Bryn Terfel, conductor Simon Rattle and pianist Murray Perahia.

Madrid -- More than 125 works, including portraits by Raphael, Titian and Botticelli, are included in "Renaissance Portraits: From Pisanello to Rubens" at the Prado through Sept. 7.

Monaco -- The Grimaldi Forum offers invites viewers to explore the world of such female Egyptian rulers as Cleopatra, Nefertiti and Hatshepsut in "Queens of Egypt" from July 12 to Sept. 9. Included among the 250 works from around the world are a dramatized Nile barge, tomb and royal bedchambers.

Through Aug. 23, the Monte-Carlo Sporting Summer Festival in the open-air Salles des Etoiles includes Alicia Keys and Eric Clapton among its performers.  

Montreal -- The Montreal Museum of Art's current exhibition, "Yves Saint Laurent," running through Sept. 28, looks closely at 40 years of the designer's notable career.

Paris -- The summer festival Quartier d'Ete takes place from July 14 to Aug. 15 for performances in virtually every art form.

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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