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Artwalk NY, the annual star-studded benefit for the Coalition for the Homeless, now in its ninth year, takes place on Oct. 25, 2003. The day-long event begins with an interview of Yoko Ono by Peter Jennings at Cooper Union at 12 noon, which is free and open to the public, to be followed by a series of walking tours of artists' studios (tickets are $125) and a gala cocktail party, dinner, and live and silent auction at the rotunda of the U.S. Custom House on Bowling Green, beginning at 6:30 pm (tickets to the cocktail party and silent auction are $100, while tickets for dinner begin at $500). Yoko Ono's "conceptual and interactive" Wish Tree (1996-2003) is being shown at the dinner.

The walking tours are led by Studio Museum in Harlem curator Christine Y. Kim, critic Carlo McCormick, writer Glenn O'Brien and International Center of Photography curator Brian Wallis, while the live auction is conducted by Jamie Niven of Sotheby's. The official hosts of the dinner include auction honcho Donald B. Marron, Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner, Helen Marden and Jacqueline Schnabel. Among the lots in the live auction are works by Jenny Holzer, Alexis Rockman, Lisa Ruyter, Kiki Smith and Kehinde Wiley, while the roster of 150 artists represented in the silent auction ranges from Vito Acconci and Marisa Acocella to Eric Wood and Dustin Yellin. This year's fundraising goal is $1 million. For more info on tickets, contact

The long-awaited Nasher Sculpture Center, which bills itself as the first institution in the world dedicated exclusively to the exhibition of modern and contemporary sculpture, opens in Dallas on Oct. 20, 2003. Conceived by collector and real estate developer Raymond D. Nasher, the $70-million center occupies a full city block adjacent to the Dallas Museum of Art in downtown Dallas. The 55,000-square-foot building and 1.5-acre sculpture garden is designed by Renzo Piano in collaboration with landscape architect Peter Walker. The center will showcase the 300-plus sculptures, by artists ranging from Rodin, Degas and Gauguin to Richard Serra and Mark di Suvero, acquired by Nasher and his late wife Patsy. The center also hosts traveling exhibitions, beginning with the National Gallery of Art's "Picasso: The Cubist Portraits of Fernande Olivier," Feb. 15-May 9, 2004, and the Harvard University Art Museums' "Medardo Rosso: Second Impressions," Apr. 3-June 20, 2004. Director of the Nasher Center is Steven Nash.

Just in time for Columbus Day on Oct. 13, Italy's Regional Council of Lombardy and the Columbus Citizens Foundation have teamed up to present a pair of art exhibitions on the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum at 46th and the Hudson River in Manhattan -- "In Flight: Futurist Aeropainting" and "Wings of Italy: Italian Aviation Posters, 1910-1943," Oct. 11-Nov. 2, 2003. Held on the Hangar Deck of the aircraft carrier, the Futurist show presents 22 works influenced by the 1929 Manifesto dell'Aeropittura, including paintings by Giacomo Balla, Alessandro Bruschetti, Gerardo Dottori, Mario Sironi and others. The show of aviation posters features 44 vintage works from the golden age of Italian aviation, with posters by Mario Sironi, Umberto di Lazzaro, Adolfo Wildt, Umberto Mastroianni and Luigi Martinati. General admission to the Intrepid Museum is $14. For more info, see

The Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum, currently in temporary quarters at 36-01 43rd Avenue in Long Island City, closes to the public on Oct. 13, 2003. In its last days on view in the space is "Noguchi: The Bollingen Journey, Photographs and Drawings 1949-1956," a survey of works made during worldwide travels on a grant from the Bollingen Foundation. The renovated Noguchi Museum opens in its renovated permanent building on Apr. 17, 2004.

The Yale Art Gallery has appointed Frederick John Lamp as its first curator of African art. The new post was recently endowed by Yale alumn Charles Benenson (class of 1933), and is "fortified," as the museum says, with the acquisition of the Guy van Rijn Archives of African Art and an anonymous gift of an African art collection. Yale is soon to open a special James and Laura Ross Gallery of African Art within its landmark Louis I. Kahn building, now under restoration. The new curatorial chair, the Frances and Benjamin Benenson Foundation curatorship, is named after Benenson's parents. Lamp is currently head of the Arts of Africa, Asia, the Americas & Oceana at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

The Bellevue Art Museum in Bellevue, Wa., which opened a dramatic new modernist facility designed by Steven Holl in 2001, has closed its doors due to financial pressures, making it the first major visual arts institution to fail because of the economic recession. The museum had just opened its fall show, "Clay Body," featuring works by Claudia Fitch, Patti Warashina and Akio Takamori, which was on view for only three days rather than the three months that had been originally planned. A report in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer suggested that the advanced architecture was ill-suited for the actual display of art. According to board president Rick Collette, revenues from admission and other sources weren't enough to cover the museum's $2.2 million annual budget. Collette said the trustees are "seeking counsel from community leaders, museum members and other cultural institutions," and will give a progress report in 90 days.