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On Apr. 9, the Guggenheim Museum invited the art press to a special preview of Matthew Barney's Cremaster 3 in the museum's Sackler Theater and then beseeched the Young Collectors group, which was also on hand, for help raising the $1-million-plus needed to mount the forthcoming blockbuster exhibition. "Matthew Barney: The Cremaster Cycle," a show including all five films as well as sculpture, photographs and drawings, debuts at the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, June 6-Sept. 1, 2002 -- timed to coincide with the opening of Documenta 11 on June 8 -- and subsequently appears at the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Oct. 12, 2002-Jan. 5, 2003, and the Guggenheim, Feb. 14-May 11, 2003.

Curator Nancy Spector, co-author with critic Neville Wakefield of the accompanying 530-page catalogue, noted plans to keep the museum open till midnight on several occasions for marathon eight-hour showings of the entire Cremaster cycle. Cremaster 3 stars Richard Serra and is described as "part-zombie-thriller, part gangster film." It is set at the Chrysler Building and the Guggenheim; the title sequence, screened at the preview, is kin to Hellraiser (1987) and The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976), as well as avant-garde theater.

Cremaster 3 premieres at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York on May 1 as a benefit for the museum, with tickets priced from $100 to $2,500; for info call (212) 423-3581. A two-week run of the film, which is three hours and one minute long, begins at the Film Forum in downtown Manhattan on May 15.

In the meantime, the Guggenheim has sketched out the rest of its schedule for the 2002-03 season. "Connecting Museums," June 18-Oct. 20, 2002, brings together Rembrandt's Haman Recognizes his Fate (ca. 1665) from the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, and Velasquez's Infanta Margarita Teresa in a Pink Gown (1653-54) from the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, with the Guggenheim's Before the Mirror (1876) by Edouard Manet. "Moving Pictures," June 28, 2002-Jan. 12, 2003, features works from the collection by artists ranging from Vito Acconci and Robert Smithson to Cindy Sherman and Sam Taylor-Wood. "Boccioni's Materia: A Futurist Masterpiece and the Parisian Avant-garde," Jan. 30-Apr. 27, 2003, features the 1912 painting along with other works by Boccioni and his contemporaries.

New York artist Sal Randolph was the winning bidder in Christoph Büchel's eBay auction of his participation rights in Manifesta 4, slated to take place in Frankfurt, Apr. 25-Aug. 25, 2002. Randolph's winning bid was $15,099, which goes to Büchel. Randolph has recently gained renown for organizing the "Free Biennial," whose website has developed into an extensive assortment of artworks both on the web and off. Randolph also is author of the Free Words project, in which 3,000 copies of a paperback book, containing a list of 13,000 "free words" and clearly marked as free for the taking, has been infiltrated into bookstores and libraries around the world.

MIT Press has issued a complete and scholarly study of pioneering artist Carolee Schneemann, celebrated for her proto-feminist performances and video works from the 1960s and '70s. Carolee Schneemann: Imaging her Erotics includes essays by Kristine Stiles, Jay Murphy and David Levi Strauss, and interviews with the artist by Kate Haug, Linda Montano and Aviva Rahmani, as well as excerpts from Scheemann's own writings. Schneemann's involvement in the project, however, makes it a unique document that veers between the personal and historical. Along with illustrations of performances and artworks are a range of provocative contextual material, from early childhood drawings to a photo of a 1963 post-opening bacchanal picturing a nude Schneemann, wearing only a white scarf, riding the shoulders of an equally nude Robert Rauschenberg. The book reports on Schneemann's most radical early works, including Meat Joy (1964) and Interior Scroll (1974), and includes detailed info on more recent pieces as well. The book, which carries a list price of $39.95, can be ordered from for $27.97.

Things are happening down in Texas. Last week, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, announced the acquisition of the Manfred Heiting collection, a trove of 3,760 photos assembled by the Amsterdam-based collector, a former Polaroid executive, and his wife, Hanna. The sale, handled by New York dealers Peter Macgill and Hans P. Kraus, Jr., was for "roughly $10 million," according to the Baer Faxt. And over at the Menil Collection, which has been without a director since Ned Rifkin defected to the Hirshhorn Museum last November, there's a new interim director -- 73-year-old James Demetrion, who retired in 2001 as Hirshhorn director after 17 years in the job. Demetrion started out his career with Walter Hopps, the Menil's retired founding director and major curator.

The new Louise Wells Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, N.C., which is specifically dedicated to North Carolina art, opens its doors on Apr. 21 with five inaugural exhibitions: "Donald Sultan: Paintings," a show of gargantuan still-life paintings by the Asheville, N.C., native; "North Carolina Clay: Past and Present"; "Michele Tejuola Turner: In Praise of our Mothers," the first solo show of an artist who carves and paints large sun-dried gourds; "Mark Hewitt: Outside," a show of planters and vessels by the Seagrove potter; and "When Wilmington Was Young: 18th-century European Art from the North Carolina Museum of Art." The 42,000-square-foot museum was designed by North Carolina native Charles Gwathmey.

The Museum of Modern Art unveils sculpture from its collection at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx on Apr. 26, 2002. Among the works finding temporary home while MoMA undergoes its reconstruction are Aristide Maillol's The River (1943), Auguste Rodin's Monument to Balzac (1897), Henry Moore's Family Group (1948-49), Gaston Lachaise's Standing Woman (1932), Alberto Giacometti's Tall Figure III (1960), Pablo Picasso's She-Goat (1950) and more. The 250-acre Botanical Garden, which includes 48 gardens and a 50-acre tract of native New York forest, is located at the Bronx River Parkway and Fordham Road; for info call (718) 817-8700.

The traveling exhibition of more than 100 Mexican modernist artworks, "Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and 20th-century Mexican Art: The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection," arrives at El Museo del Barrio in Manhattan, Apr. 28-Sept. 8, 2002. The works come from the holdings of the late cinematic mogul and his wife (who gave their European modernists to the Metropolitan Museum); the show has appeared in Dallas, San Diego and Phoenix, and travels onto Seattle.

Another art show is challenging the 2002 Whitney Biennial Exhibition. The unwieldily titled "Artists to Artists: A Decade of the Space Program, An Exhibition of Works from the Space Program of the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation" opens at the huge Ace Gallery in SoHo, May 17-June 1, 2002. The show features works by 161 artists, all veterans of the Tribeca studio program, and includes a 368-page catalogue. The installation is to be overseen by the artist's advisory committee: Cynthia Carlson, Chuck Close, Janet Fish, Phillip Pearlstein, Irving Sandler, Harriett Shorr, Lorna Simpson and Robert Storr.

While we're waiting, the Sharpe foundation's latest "Open Studios" exhibition -- featuring works by Terry Boddie, Lee Boroson, Heidi Brant, Jessica Dickinson, Heidi Johnson, Phyllis Joyner, Ellie Lee, Jeannette Louie, Nava Lubelski, Nobuho Nagasawa, Jinnie Seo, Anna Sew Hoy, Lawrence Seward and Gordon Voisey -- goes on view at 443 Greenwich Street in Tribeca, Apr. 19-20, 2002; for info call (212) 925-2669.

The San Jose Museum of Art features work by more than 90 women artists in "Parallels and Intersections: Art/Women/California, 1950-2000," June 1-Nov. 3, 2002. Organized by Diana Fuller, a Bay Area freelance curator, the exhibition is organized into two sections, one devoted to media works and performance, and the other to painting, sculpture and mixed mediums. Artists in the show cover quite a broad range, and include Eleanor Antin, Ruth Asawa, Judy Baca, Joan Brown, Vija Celmins, Judy Chicago, Jay DeFeo, Kim Dingle, Helen Mayer Harrison, Catherine Opie, Faith Ringgold, Betye Saar, Alexis Smith, Diana Thater, Patssi Valdez and Kara Walker.

Careful step-by-step demolition has begun on the M.H. de Young Museum in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park in anticipation of construction of a new facility, with double the exhibition space, designed by 2001 Pritzker Prize winners Herzog & de Meuron. About $150 million of the $165 million capital campaign is in hand, raised from 5,000 donors. Construction begins in a few months and is slated for completion in 2005.

A dispute over ownership of John Frederick Kensett's 1855 Niagara Falls has been settled by the acquisition of the painting by the Wadsworth Atheneum for an undisclosed sum paid to the town of Simsbury. Also part of the settlement is the establishment at the museum of an annual "Simsbury Day" for the next 13 years, during which residents of the Connecticut town are admitted for free. The painting was discovered in 1991 by an Atheneum staffer hanging over a photocopier in Eno Memorial Hall, a Simsbury community center, and was cleaned and restored by Atheneum conservator Stephen Kornhauser.