Arts Agenda: U.S. museums offer up several exhibitions with a Latin flavor


The Far East is emerging as a major new art center, with noteworthy exhibitions opening in China, Korea and Taiwan. In U.S. museums, there's a focus on Latin-American art and on the King Tut exhibition in Philadelphia, the traveling exhibition's last stop in the U.S.



Austin, Texas -- The focus is south of the border at the University of Texas' Blanton Museum of Art from Feb. 20 through April 22. "The Geometry of Hope: Latin American Abstract Art From the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection" includes 130 works over six decades from the 1930s to the 1970s.

Baltimore -- "Pissarro: Creating the Impressionist Landscape," at the Baltimore Museum of Art from Feb. 11 to May 13, explores a critical decade in the artist's career when he shifted from traditional landscape painting to Impressionism.

The Walters Art Museum looks at the work of one of the foremost sculptors of animals in "Untamed: The Art of Antoine-Louis Barye" from Feb. 11 to May 6.

Chicago -- A key exhibition makes its second and final U.S. stop at the Art Institute of Chicago from Feb. 17 to May 12 before heading to Paris. "Cezanne to Picasso: Ambroise Vollard, Patron of the Avant Garde" features some 250 major works. Gauguin's "Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?" (shown above)  is among the works on exhibit.

Cleveland -- About 50 paintings by a noted French Impressionist are included in "Monet in Normandy" at the Cleveland Museum of Art from Feb. 18 to May 20. 

Fort Myers, Fla. -- Visitors are encouraged to move about and explore the 15 stations in "Robots: The Interactive Exhibit" at the Imaginarium through April 22.

Houston -- "Masterpieces of French Painting From the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1800-1920" has its sole showing in the U.S. at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston through May 6, before traveling overseas. The exhibit includes such noted French artists as Manet, Monet, Ingres, Courbet and Matisse.


Lake Wales, Fla. -- From Feb. 24 to March 4, the bells will be ringing at the Bok Sanctuary during the International Carillon Festival. At several concerts each day, carillonneurs from throughout the world will be ringing 60 bells, weighing from 16 pounds to 12 tons, on the lawn of the sanctuary.

Long Beach, Calif. -- More than 50 works of art by Cubans who live and work in Cuba and the U.S. are featured in "Unbroken Ties: Dialogues in Cuban Art" at the Museum of Latin American Art through March 4.

Naples, Fla. -- The National Arts Festival at Cambier Park on Feb. 24 and 25 includes works by 275 artists from 35 U.S. states and abroad.

New Orleans -- The close ties developed between the government of France and the city of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina bear fruit in an exhibition assembled with works from some of France's leading museums. "Femme, Femme, Femme: Paintings of Women in French Society From Daumier to Picasso From the Museums of France," an exhibition celebrating the emergence of the modern woman in France, will be held at the New Orleans Museum of Art from March 4 to June 3.

New York -- The newly reinstalled Edward Steichen Photography Galleries at the Museum of Modern Art features nearly 200 works in its "Survey of the History of Photography" through July 16.

The focus is on a British artist noted for his paintings of animals in "George Stubbs (1724-1806): A Celebration" at the Frick Collection from Feb.14 to May 27.

The work of a contemporary photographic and film/video artist is the attraction in "Lorna Simpson" at the Whitney Museum of American Art from March 1 to May 6. 

The 19th annual Art Show, presented by the Art Dealers Association of America and featuring 70 of the country's leading art dealers, will be held at the Park Avenue Armory from Feb. 22 to 26.

North Adams. Mass. -- MASS MoCA, the museum built on the grounds of a former factory in this Berkshires town, will be the site of an unusual installation, "Of All the People in All the World," from Feb. 10 to 25. More than 875 million grains of  rice will be placed in the museum's Hunter Center to dramatize the vastness of the Americas and the tiny place of one person within it. 

Philadelphia -- The landmark exhibition "Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs" makes the final stop on its North American tour at the Franklin Institute through Sept. 30. The exhibit features 130 objects, including 50 from the Boy King's tomb. 


At the nearby Philadelphia Museum of Art, "Thomas Chimes: Adventures in 'Paraphysics'," from Feb. 25 to May 6, offers visitors a comprehensive view of a contemporary American artist's work.   

One of the City of Brotherly Love's showcase events, the Philadelphia Flower Show, comes to the Pennsylvania Convention Center from March 4 to 11. This year's theme is "Legends of Ireland." 

Phoenix -- Native American art, music, dance and food are the features of the 49th annual Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market on March 3 and 4.

Portland, Maine -- The Portland Museum of Art presents the first comprehensive exhibition of an important early American painter in "A Deaf Artist in Early America: The Worlds of John Brewster Jr." through March 25.

Reno, Nev. -- "Andy Warhol's Dream America: Screenprints From the Collection of the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation," at the Nevada Museum of Art through May 27, features some of the artists's most famous prints, including those of Marilyn Monroe, John Wayne and the Campbell's soup cans.

Santa Ana, Calif. -- The Bowers Museum celebrates the opening of its new Dorothy and Douglas Kennedy Wing with an exhibition from the Shanghai Museum of China, "Treasures from Shanghai: 5,000 Years of Chinese Art and Culture," Feb. 18 to Aug. 19.

Santa Barbara, Calif. -- One of Mexico's most noted artists is featured in "Tamayo: A Modern Icon Reinterpreted" at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art from Feb. 17 to May 27.

Tacoma, Wash. -- "Frida Kahlo: Images of an Icon," at the Tacoma Art Museum through June 10, features some 60 photos showing the Mexican artist at various stages of her life and career. 

Washington -- More than 60 of the city's museums and performing arts groups celebrate "Shakespeare in Washington" through June with performances and exhibitions. Among the key events are performances of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by the New York City Ballet at the Kennedy Center Opera House from Feb. 28 to March 4.


Amsterdam -- "Collectors in St. Petersburg," at the Hermitage Amsterdam through March 11, looks closely at the art holdings of four leading 19th century Russian collectors.

Beijing -- The first comprehensive survey of American art in the People's Republic of China, "Art in America: Three Hundred Years of Innovation" is the blockbuster show at the National Art Museum of China from Feb. 10 to April 5. Organized by the Guggenheim Museum of Art in partnership with the Terra Foundation for American Art in Chicago, the exhibition displays 130 works from Colonial America through today in six historical periods and includes works by Gilbert Stuart, Winslow Homer, Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg.

Brussels -- The Centre for Fine Arts focuses on "The Forbidden Empire: Views of the World by Chinese and Flemish Masters" from Feb. 15 to May 6. The exhibit includes works by Rubens and Van Dyke alongside works from the Ming and other Chinese dynasties.

Hong Kong -- The 35th annual Hong Kong Arts Festival from Feb. 27 to March 25 at the Cultural Center Concert Hall and other venues focuses on all the performing arts and includes premieres and commissioned work. 

Seoul, South Korea -- The Hangaram Art Museum features a major exhibition, "Van Gogh to Picasso: Impressionist and Modern Masterworks from the Cleveland Museum of Art" through March 28.

Tapei, Taiwan -- The National Palace Museum, which recently reopened many of its galleries after years of renovation, shows its celebrated collection of Chinese art over the centuries in "Grand View," running from Feb. 8 to March 25. 

Toronto -- The Art Gallery of Ontario celebrates the life and work of one of Canada's most famous artists in "Emily Carr: New Perspectives on a Canadian Icon," from March 3 to May 20, an exhibition including more than 150 works.

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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