Feminist art in the spotlight in Los Angeles and New York
The Brooklyn Museum is restoring the feminist work “The Dinner
Party” by Judy Chicago to public view on a permanent basis.
work is explored in “Georgia O’Keeffe: Circling Around Abstraction,” at the Norton
Museum of Art through May 6.
Williamsburg, Va. — The Abby Aldrich
Rockefeller Folk Art Museum at Colonial
Williamsburg, which reopened last month in
new, expanded galleries, features 11 new exhibits through mid-summer 2008, including
“We the People: Three Centuries of American
Folk Portraits” and “Cross Rhythms,” a display
of folk musical instruments.
Williamstown, Mass. — The work of
one of America’s best-known pop artists, on
his way to becoming an international icon,
is featured in “Warhola Becomes Warhol,
Andy Warhol: Early Work” at the Williams
College Museum of Art through June 10.
By Alvin H. Reiss
Feminist art is in the spotlight this month.
Also, foreign museums are offering retrospectives of major artists as well as a look at
the art of ancient civilizations.
Atlanta — The Louvre Atlanta exhibition program is proving to be a hit at the
High Museum of Art. The latest exhibition
of works from the Louvre in Paris, “
Decorative Arts of the Kings” through Sept. 2,
features tapestries, silver, furniture and other art commissioned for the courts of King
Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI.
Chicago — The Field Museum focuses
on 13,000 years of history with the opening of a permanent exhibit on March
9, “The Ancient Americas,” featuring
Complementing the Field’s new installation is “Dinosaurs: Ancient Fossils, New
Discoveries,” from March 30 to Sept. 3.
Fairbanks, Alaska — If you like your
culture chilled, you might enjoy the World
Ice Art Championships at the aptly named
Ice Park, through March 25.
Kansas City, Mo. —“The Dead Sea
Scrolls” at Union Station through May 13,
includes 10 scrolls and some 100 artifacts.
Los Angeles —“Wack! Art and the
Feminist Revolution,” at the Museum of
Contemporary Art through July 16, is an
international survey of the feminist art
movement featuring the work of 119 artists
from 21 countries.
Mobile, Ala. — The Gulf Coast Explo-reum Science Center offers visitors a close
look at a cataclysmic event in “A Day in
Pompeii” through June 3, including fres-coes, sculpture and other objects.
New York — A city and its art from 1888
to 1939 is the focus of “Barcelona and Modernity: Gaudi to Dali,” at the Metropolitan
Museum of Art from March 7 to June 3.
The comprehensive exhibition features 300
Antwerp, Belgium — The Royal Museum of Fine Arts is the setting through May
27 for “Prayers and Portraits,” a display of
15th and 16th century Flemish diptychs.
London — “The Unknown Monet: Pastels and Drawings,” at the Royal Academy
of Arts from March 17 to June 10, includes
about 100 works by the artist.
An unusual topic, social dancing at the
Royal Opera House from 1940 to 1945, is
works in a range of media by many artists changed the face of New York and much of the theme of “Dancing Through the Wars”
associated with the Spanish city, including Long Island in the mid-20th century, is the at the Churchill Museum and Cabinet War
Picasso and Miro. focus of corresponding exhibitions at two Rooms through May 31.
Another exhibit coming to the Met, museums. “Robert Moses and the Modern Works by noted European and American
“Venice and the Islamic World, 828-1797,” City: Remaking the Metropolis” is at the fashion photographers are featured in “Face
demonstrates how the Italian city’s art was Museum of the City of New York through of Fashion,” at the National Portrait Gallery
influenced by the Islamic world. It runs May 28, and “Robert Moses and the Mod- through May 28.
from March 27 to June 8. ern City: The Road to Recreation” is at the Madrid — “Tintoretto,” a retrospective
The Brooklyn Museum celebrates femi- Queens Museum of Art through May 27. featuring 60 works by the 16th century
nist art in a big way with more than 100 Scottsdale, Ariz. — “Celebrity,” as ex- Venetian master, is on display at the Prado
women artists represented in “Global Femi- plored by 41 artists, is the attraction at the through May 13.
nism” from March 23 to July 1, the opening Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art Through May 20, the Thyssen-Borne-
exhibition of its new Elizabeth A. Sackler through April 29. The exhibit features film misza Museum and the Fundacion Caja
Center for Feminist Art. clips, paintings, photos and sculpture. Madrid are joining forces to present “The
On opening day, the museum will restore Tampa — It isn’t often that a city gets to Mirror and the Mask: The Portrait in the
the landmark feminist work “The Din ner C entury of Picasso.” The comprehensive
Party” by Judy Chicago to public view e xhibition, presented chronologically
on a permanent basis. a nd thematically, features 150 portraits
The museum also focuses on the a nd sculptures by Van Gogh, Gauguin,
work of a major 19th century Ameri- M atisse, Hockney and Warhol.
can artist in “Kindred Spirits: Asher B. Maastrich, Netherlands — The
Durand and the American Landscape” M aastricht Exhibition and Congress
from March 30 to July 29. C entre is the setting for TEFAF Maas-
“Van Gogh and Expressionism,” at t rich, one of Europe’s leading art and
the Neue Galerie from March 22 to a ntique fairs, from March 9 to 18.
July 2, examines the Dutch artist’s in- Paris — Through April 30, the
fluence on German and Austrian Ex- M usee Guimet offers a rare view of a
pressionism. In addition to several key t rove of art and artifacts in “Afghani-
works by Van Gogh, the exhibition will stan, Rediscovered Treasures: Col-
include works by Egon Schiele, Max lections of the National Museum
Beckman and Gustav Klimt. of Kabul.”
The history of human evolution Toronto — “Ancient Peru Un-
from our early ancestors millions of earthed: Golden Treasures From a
years ago to the modern man is traced Lost Civilization” is the attraction
in great detail at the newly opened at the Royal Ontario Museum from March
Anne and Bernard Spitzer Hall of Hu- 10to Aug. 6.
man Origins at the American Museum of Zurich — A great sculptor’s most mem-
Natural History. orable works, including “The Thinker” and
The Lerner and Loewe musical classic “The Kiss,” are among the treasures on
“My Fair Lady” takes the stage at Lincoln display in “Rodin: A Retrospective” at the
Center in a unique New York Philharmonic Kunsthaus Zurich through May 13.
program. Performances of the semistaged
concert will take place March 7 through
Miro’s “The Hunter” is among the works on display in “Barcelona and
Modernity: Gaudi to Dali” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York from
March 7 to June 3.
10. Featured in an all-star cast are Kelsey
Grammer, Kelli O’Hara, Marni Nixon and
Robert Moses, the urban planner who
celebrate itself on stage, but that
is happening at the Tampa Bay Performing
Arts Center. Through April 29, the spotlight
is on a new musical, “Cigar City Chronicles: A Musical History of Tampa.”
Washington — The Corcoran Gallery
of Art is the only U.S. museum to feature
one of the most comprehensive exhibitions
on Modernism yet presented. “Modernism:
Designing a New World 1914-1939,” runs
from March 17 to July 29.
West Palm Beach, Fla. — The use of
circular motifs in a noted American artist’s
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”