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Art lovers heading out to the Hamptons on Long Island for the Memorial Day weekend should check in with the Artists for Choice auction of contemporary art to benefit Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic on Saturday, May 26, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Among the artists contributing work to the benefit -- the first to feature an art sale -- are John Alexander, Donald Baechler, Cecily Brown, David Salle, Joel Shapiro, the estate of Roy Lichtenstein, and the hosts of the event, April Gornik and Eric Fischl. About 500 people have already signed up for the festivities, which feature a silent and live auction following a cocktail party with food supplied by Nick and Toni's of East Hampton. Honorary chairs of the benefit include Ross Bleckner, Christie Brinkley, Chevy Chase, Isaac Mizrahi, Barry Sonnenfeld and Kathleen Turner. Tickets to the event, which takes place at Fischl and Gornik's home in North Haven, are $175; call (631) 361-7526 x235. Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic runs 14 local medical centers that serve over 33,000 people.

While you're out in the wild East End of Long Island, visit the Dan Flavin Art Institute in Bridgehampton, which the Dia Center opens for the summer season today, May 24, 2001. Featured are the installations "Icons, 1961-1963," a show of Flavin's early investigations of light that used incandescent bulbs and painted boxes, and "Nine Works," an architectural installation of later fluorescent works. The Flavin Art Institute is located on Corwith Avenue, off Main Street; hours are Thursday through Sunday, 12 noon to 6 p.m. Admission is a suggested contribution of $3.

Design aficionados and furniture mavens will be flocking to Phillips Auctioneers showrooms at 406 East 79th Street in New York for the June 7-10, 2001, public viewing of lots from its forthcoming "Pioneers of American Modernism" auction, scheduled for June 11 at 2 p.m. The approximately 175 items in the sale, which was organized by Phillips director of 20th-century decorative arts (and former auction specialist) James Zemaitis, includes choice pieces by Donald Desky, Charles and Ray Eames, Frank Gehry, Paul Frankl, Richard Neutra, Frank Lloyd Wright and Russell Wright. Among the star lots is a group of approximately 30 Jazz Age cocktail shakers from the collection of Stephen and Arlene Visakay (ranging in presale estimate from $1,000 to $16,000), an outdoor woven-oak chaise longue by Edward Durell Stone (est. $20,000-$30,000), a 1950 edition of an Eames storage unit (est. $18,000-$24,000) and a Frankl "skyscraper" chest of drawers from ca. 1927 (est. $10,000-$15,000).

Butterfields Auctioneers has scheduled an unusual sale of nothing but museum property for June 25-26, 2001, when its American Museums Auction offers more than 500 lots from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Denver Art Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago and two other U.S. museums. Highlights include an intact Louis XVI salon period room from the Place Vendôme in Paris being sold by the M.H. de Young Museum and a selection of over 150 items of arms and armor from the J.B. Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Ky. Bidding is slated to occur simultaneously at Butterfields' San Francisco facility and online on eBay. Revenues from the sales will go towards future acquisitions by the respective museums. More info can be found at

It's rocks, rags, newspaper, mirrors and other everyday materials for the Tate Modern in London, as "Zero to Infinity: Arte Povera 1962-1992" opens at the museum on May 31, 2001. The first major exhibition of the post-war Italian art movement features 140-plus works by 14 artists: Giovanni Anselmo, Alighiero Boetti, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Luciano Fabro, Piero Gilardi, Jannis Kounellis, Mario Merz, Marisa Merz, Giulio Paolini, Pino Pascali, Giuseppe Penone, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Emilio Prini and Gilberto Zorio. The exhibition, organized by Tate Modern curator Frances Morris and Walker Art Center curator Richard Flood, premieres stateside at the Walker, Oct. 13, 2001-Jan. 13, 2002. Subsequent U.S. venues include the L.A. Museum of Contemporary Art and the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C.

The Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin unveiled the reconstructed studio of the late artist Francis Bacon on May 23, 2001. The 7,500 items in the action-packed room at 7 Reece Mews in South Kensington, where Bacon worked from 1961 to his death in 1992, were painstakingly labeled and described, fed into a computer database, and eventually transplanted by a team of 10 archeologists and conservators to the Irish museum. Among the contents are about 1,000 photographs of the artist and his friends, 100 slashed canvases, 70 works on paper, a life cast of William Blake's head, a large circular mirror and, of course, paints, brushes and the artist's easel. For more details, view the Hugh Lane Gallery's extensive website on the project.

Jorge Pardo has won the first-ever Lucelia Artist Award, established by the Smithsonian American Art Museum and funded by the N.Y.-based Lucelia Foundation, an organization devoted to supporting the visual arts. The annual $25,000 prize, created to recognize a prolific and creative American artist under the age of 50, is "intended to encourage the artist's future development and experimentation." The Cuban-born Pardo, who is headquartered in L.A., is celebrated for interiors and objects that combine elements of design with the fine arts.

Britain's largest prize for contemporary painters -- the £30,000 Jerwood Prize -- has gone to Katie Pratt. An exhibition of the finalists is on view at London's Jerwood Gallery, to June 17, before moving to the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow, July 6-Oct. 21. Former winners of the prize have included Gary Hume, Prunella Clough and Patrick Caulfield. Pratt's work can be viewed here.

The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) has announced winners of its first annual New York City MASterwork Awards honoring excellence in architectural design in the city. The prize for "Best New Public Art" went to Mary Miss and architect Lee Harris Pomeroy for their network of frames, windows and mirrors at the Union Square subway station.

The curatorial fellows at the Whitney Museum's venturesome Independent Study Program unveil their 2001 exhibition, "Play's the Thing: Critical and Transgressive Practices in Contemporary Art," May 25-July 8, at the art gallery of the City University of New York Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street (the former B. Altman department store building). The show marks the beginning of a collaboration between the ISP and the CUNY graduate school. The critical and transgressive artists in the show are Vito Acconci, Nayland Blake, Mark Dion, Christoph Draeger, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Nina Katchadourian, Mike Kelley, Jeff Koons, Louise Lawler, Kristin Lucas, Paul McCarthy, Libby McInnis, Tom Otterness, Laurie Simmons and Fred Wilson.

Christian Haye has opened a branch of his three-year-old Harlem gallery, The Project, in Los Angeles with an inaugural show of constructions by Monica Bonvicini and Art Domantay, May 19-Aug. 18, 2001. Haye and gallery director Jenny Liu will share the job of running the space until August, when they expect to hire a director. Digital fave Paul Pfeiffer is slated for a fall showing in the left coast location, which can be found down an alley at 962 b East 4th Street in downtown; phone (213) 620-0692. The New York gallery is at 421 West 126th Street.

This fall, the Paul J. Getty Museum in Los Angeles presents a three-day symposium, "The Open Road: Photography in America, 1850-Now," Sept. 13-15, 2001. The think-tank accompanies a pair of exhibitions: "Walker Evans & Company: Works from the Museum of Modern Art," July 10-Sept. 16, 2001, and "The American Tradition & Walker Evans: Photographs from the Getty Collection," July 10-Oct. 28, 2001. Speakers include Keith Davis of Hallmark Cards on "Photography and the Civil War," National Gallery curator Sarah Greenough on "Installing Modern Art and Photography," San Francisco MOMA curator Douglas Nickel on Walker Evans, and a panel of six contemporary artists, John Divola, Mark Klett, Catherine Opie, Stephen Shore, Catherine Wagner and Carrie Mae Weems. Register before June 30, 2001 and the fee is $50 for the entire symposium. Student and single day prices also available, contact (310) 440-7253 for more info.

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