Arts Agenda: There's no shortage of diversity in the arts in the new year


If January is any indication, the new year will be glittering and diverse for the arts. On the docket are festivals, Rembrandt exhibitions and a focus on virtually every form of expression, even belly dancing.



Baltimore -- The Baltimore Museum of Art's "Meditation on African Art: Light," through April 1, shows the importance of light to the design of African art.

Beechwood, Ohio -- "Threads of Remembrance: Artistic Visions of the Holocaust" is an exhibit that uses the fabric wall hangings of Judith Weinshall Liberman to explore the brutality of the Holocaust. On display at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage through Feb. 18, the exhibit also includes "50 Faces," a photographic documentary of Ohio Holocaust survivors.

Boston -- "Donatello to Giambologna: Italian Renaissance Sculptures," from Jan. 14 to June 10 at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, includes nearly 100 works from a range of Renaissance artists.

Chicago --The Chicago Architecture Foundation celebrates the 50th anniversary of a masterpiece in "Prairie Skyscraper: Frank Lloyd's Wright's Price Tower" from Jan. 18 to April 29. The exhibition, including documents, photographs and building components of the Bartlesville, Okla., building, the only realized Wright skyscraper, also features original furnishings designed by Wright.

Dallas -- "Matisse: Painter as Sculptor"  at the Dallas Museum of Art from Jan. 21 to April 29 includes 40 of the artist's best-known sculptures as well as works by such contemporaries as Picasso, Brancusi and Giacometti.

Daytona Beach, Fla. -- The Hungarian Symphony Orchestra and the Teatro Lirico d'Europa are the two European music groups featured at the seventh annual Daytona Beach Winterfest 2007, held at several venues in the city from Jan. 26 to 28.

Eatonville, Fla. -- The annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts & Humanities, a celebration of rural African-American culture in the South, includes theatrical performances, a juried art show and educational programs. The festival will be held Jan. 20 to 28 in various locales in Eatonville and nearby Orlando.

Long Beach, Calif. -- "Magritte and Contemporary Art: The Treachery of Images" at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art through March 4, includes nearly 70 paintings by the noted Belgian surrealist in an exhibition designed by artist John Baldessari. In exploring Magritte's impact on postwar American art, it features works by American artists such as Ed Ruscha, Jasper Johns and Andy Warhol.   

Los Angeles -- "Skin + Bones: Parallel Practices in Fashion and Architecture," at the Museum of Contemporary Art through March 5, looks at common principles underlying both artistic areas. Work by such architects as Frank Gehry and Zahah Hadid and such fashion figures as Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen are closely examined.

Milwaukee -- The Milwaukee Art Museum focuses on the early years in the career of one of Britain's most noted artists, Francis Bacon, with paintings including "Owls" on display. "Francis Bacon in the 1950s" is on view from Jan. 27 to April 15.

Naples, Fla. -- The von Liebig Art Center should warm the hearts of duffers with   "Golf in American Art" from Jan. 20 to March 11. The exhibition features paintings, sculpture and cartoons about golf by Will Barnet, LeRoy Neiman, Charles Schulz and others.

New York -- "Henri Cartier-Bresson's Scrapbook: Photographs, 1932-46" on view at the International Center of Photography from Jan. 19 to April 29, includes more than 300 of the renowned photographer's most celebrated works, many of which he kept for years in his personal scrapbook.

A museum tripleheader during the same dates includes "Martin Munkacsi: Think While You Shoot," featuring the work of an early fashion photographer, and "Louise Brooks and the 'New Woman' in Weimar Cinema," focusing on a star of the silent film era and other women of the Jazz Age.

The work of a famed New Yorker magazine artist, who while best remembered for his caricatures also did murals and cartography, is the feature exhibit at the Morgan Library & Museum. "Saul Steinberg: Illuminations" runs through March 4.

Offbeat theatrical productions are on tap at the Public Theater's third annual Under the Radar festival from Jan. 17 to 28.

Contemporary artist Jim Dine has been fascinated by a celebrated figure in children's literature for years. His 39 hand-colored lithographs of a wooden puppet, his gift to the New York Public Library, are featured in the exhibition through Feb. 18, "Jim Dine's Pinocchio." The library also looks closely at fashion in "A Rakish History of Men's Wear" through April 7.

Orlando -- Anyone interested in quilting will enjoy "Gee's Bend: The Architecture of the Quilt" at the Orlando Museum of Art from Jan. 27 to April 22. The exhibition features 70 quilts by the women of Gee's Bend, Ala.

Park City, Utah -- The annual Sundance Film Festival, one of the world's best-known festivals of its kind, features 64 films from throughout the world in its program from Jan. 18 to 28.

Phoenix -- His 400th anniversary year has ended, but Rembrandt is still attracting attention and audiences. From Jan. 28 to May 6, the Phoenix Art Museum features a major exhibition from Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum, "Rembrandt and the Golden Age of Dutch Art."

Pittsburgh -- The Carnegie Museum of Art turns to its own collection for a tribute to Rembrandt. Through Feb. 11 the museum features "Rembrandt's Great Subjects: Prints From the Collection."

Washington -- The work of an imaginative American artist is explored in "Joseph Cornell, Navigating the Imagination," through Feb. 19 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

The National Gallery of Art focuses on another American artist's early works in "Jasper Johns: An Allegory of Painting" from Jan. 28 to April 29.



Brussels -- Something old but sure to be valuable can be found at the 52nd annual Antique Dealers Fair of Belgium at Tour and Taxis from Jan. 19 to 28.

Dessau, Germany -- The 80th anniversary of the influential Bauhaus Building and its impact on interior architecture is being celebrated in an exhibition through March 11, "Icon of Modernism."

Eilat, Israel -- There should be lots of movement at the Eilat Belly Dancing Festival, which includes competitions and a bazaar in addition to performances. The Jan. 18 to 20 festival will be held at the Grand Tulip Hotel.

Monte Carlo -- Since 1974, the annual International Monte-Carlo Circus Festival has been an attraction for visitors to Monte Carlo. This year's edition will be held from Jan. 18 to 28 at the Chapiteau de Fontvielle.

Quebec City -- The theme is winter challenges at the 53rd annual Carnival de Quebec from Jan. 26 to Feb. 11.

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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