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      New This Month in U.S. Museums
Stanton Macdonald-Wright
Yin Synchromy
  Color, Myth and Music: Stanton Macdonald-Wright and Synchromism
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Dec. 2, 2001-Feb. 24, 2002
More than 60 works spanning six decades and archival material by the American Synchromist, in a show organized by the North Carolina Museum of Art.
Curator: Alison de Lima Greene, MFAH.
Catalogue: 228 pp., essays Will South, William C. Agee, more.
Liz Larner
Ignis (fake)
  Liz Larner
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Dec. 2, 2001-March 10, 2002
First museum survey of Los Angeles-based sculptor and installation artist.
Curator: Russell Ferguson, UCLA Hammer.
Catalogue: 120 pp., essay by Russell Ferguson.
Funding: Susan Bay-Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy and The Katherine S. Marmor Endowment for Emerging Artists.
Junya Watanabe
Dress with neck ruff
"Techno Couture" Collection
Fall/Winter 2000
  Extreme Beauty
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Dec. 6, 2001-Feb. 10, 2002
The Met's Costume Institute gets extreme, via everything from padding to prosthesis, ranging from a 16th-century iron corset to Jean Paul Gaultier's "Madonna" bustier. Anthropological and ethnographic pieces are included, as are illustrations and caricatures by Cruikshank, Daumier, Rowlandson and Vernet.
Richard Tuttle
New Mexico, New York #3
  In Parts: 1998-2001
Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia
Dec. 8, 2001-July 28, 2002
Site-specific installation by Richard Tuttle, drawing on 13 different bodies of his work and an additional four works than span his entire career.
Catalogue: An 80-page artist's book by Tuttle and the graphic design team of Connie and Neil Purtill.
Also on view: "Against the Wall: Painting against the Grid, Surface, Frame," Dec. 8, 2001-Feb. 10, 2002, and "Stratascape Asymptote: Hani Rashid + Lise Anne Couture and Karim Rashid," Dec. 8, 2001-Feb. 10, 2001.
Large drug jar with the head of a Moor
Deruta, Italy
  Italian Renaissance Ceramics: The Howard I. and Janet H. Stein Collection
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Dec. 8, 2001-Apr. 28, 2002
70 pieces of Majolica ceramics, plus related items from the museum collection.
Catalogue: Authored by Majolica specialist Wendy M. Watson with assistance from Dean Walker.
Transrapid German Maglev experimental train
  Modern Trains and Splenid Stations: Architecture and Design for the 21st Century
Art Institute of Chicago
Dec. 8, 2001-July 28, 2002
Plans, drawings, models and photographs tracing the latest in train stations in the U.S., Europe and Japan. David Childs and Marilyn Taylor of Skidmore, Ownings and Merrill have designed the installation.
Curator: Martha Thorne, ArtIC.
Catalogue: 160 pp., articles by train designer Claudia Wessner, transportation writer Don Phillips, and ArtIC curator Martha Thorne.
Felix Gonzalez-Torres
  The Inward Eye: Transcendence in Contemporary Art
Contemporary Art Museum, Houston
Dec. 8, 2001-Feb. 7, 2002
29 works on the theme, made between 1970 and 2001 by Robert Gober, Roni Horn, Bridget Riley, others.
Ogata Kenzan
Water jar with design of maple leaves
Japan, Edo period, 18th century
at the Freer Gallery
  The Potter's Brush: The Kenzan Style in Japanese Ceramics
Freer Gallery of Art
Dec. 9, 2001-Oct. 27, 2002
Painted pottery from the workshop of Ogata Kenzan (1663-1743) collected by Freer Gallery founder Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), who acquired nearly 100 examples, making his collection the largest in the world.
Catalogue: The show celebrates the publication of a definitive catalogue of the collection, written by Richard L. Wilson.
Fred Tomaselli
Echo, Wow and Flutter
  Fred Tomaselli: Ten-Year Survey
Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art
Dec. 10, 2001-Mar. 3, 2002
45 paintings made from pills, marijuana leaves and magazine cutouts collaged with paint and resin.
Curator: Amy Cappellazzo, Christie's contemporary expert and PBICA guest curator.
Catalogue: Fully illustrated monograph designed by COMA.
Emma Jane Cady
Fruit in Glass Compote
ca. 1895
  American Radiance: The Ralph Esmerian Gift to the American Folk Art Museum
American Folk Art Museum
Dec. 11, 2001-June 2, 2002
Inaugurating the new $22-million midtown facility features 400 works from the museum trustee.
Curator: Stacy C. Hollander.
Catalogue: 568 pp., 375 color photographs, published by Harry N. Abrams.
Also on view: "Darger: The Henry Darger Collection at the American Folk Art Museum," Dec. 11, 2001-May, 2002.
Easter Island figure
Rapa Nui people
late 18th-early 19th century
  Splendid Isolation: The Art of Easter Island
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Dec. 11, 2001-Aug. 4, 2002
50 works dating from the 13th to the late19th century, including one of the famous large-scale figures.
Curator: Eric Kjellgren, Met.
Funding: Compañia Sud Americana de Vapores and Viña Santa Rita. Catalogue: 64pp., 70 black and white illustrations and 15 color prints.
Roy Lichtenstein
Coupe de Chapeau (Self portrait)
  Roy Lichtenstein: Inside/Outside
Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami
Dec. 12, 2001-Feb. 24, 2002
120 paintings, drawings and sculptures spanning the artist's career.
Curator and catalogue author: MoCA director Bonnie Clearwater.
Tour: Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Paul Pfeiffer
The Long Count (I shook up the world)
  The Contemporary Series: Paul Pfeiffer
Whitney Museum of American Art
Dec. 13, 2001-Feb. 24, 2002
Two new video works, The Long Count and Race Riot, by the first Bucksbaum laureate.
Albrecht Dürer
Adam and Eve
  Kindness of Friends: A Selection of Gifts of Drawings and Prints, 1919-2001
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Dec. 13, 2001-Feb. 24, 2002
160 prints and drawings from the collection including works by Albrecht Dürer, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and David Hockney arranged chronologically.
Curator: Kevin Salatino, LACMA.
Thomas Demand
  Thomas Demand
Aspen Art Museum
Dec. 14, 2001-Jan. 27, 2002
Demand's first solo exhibition in the United States consists of 14 large-scale photographs as well as a film work.
Curator: Dean Sobel.
Catalogue: 80 pp., essays by Dean Sobel and Lars Lerup.
Tour: Premiered at ArtPace, travels to Site Santa Fe, Mar. 13-May 26, 2002.
Vito Acconci
Adjustable Wall Bra
  Vito Acconci: Acts of Architecture
Miami Art Museum
Dec. 14, 2001-Mar. 3, 2002
20 major indoor works and a selection of documentation of public works placed into three stylistic categories: architectural games and events; furniture, devices and instruments, room environments and interiors; buildings, streets and plazas; playgrounds, parks and gardens; and vehicles. Organized by the Milwaukee Art Museum.
Curator: Dean Sobel, AAM.
Youth and an Old Man
ca. 1605
calligraphy by Mir Ali
Iran, Isfahan
  Visual Poetry: Paintings and Drawings from Iran
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Dec. 16, 2001-May 5, 2002
30 works including several by Riza Abbasi and other artists active in 16th- and 17th-century Iran and India, from the Sackler Collection.
    Naples and Vesuvius on the Grand Tour
Getty Museum
Dec. 21, 2001-Mar. 24, 2002
Naples, Mount Vesuvius, Herculaneum and Pompeii as a near-mythic tourist destination, 1764-99.
Also on view: "Artful Reading in Medieval and Renaissance Europe," Dec. 18, 2001-Mar. 10, 2002.
    Gordon Parks: Photojournalism
Cleveland Museum of Art
Dec. 22, 2001-Feb. 27, 2002, Gallery 105
17 vintage black-and-white prints from three iconic series: life in Harlem in the late 1940s; the Black Muslim and civil rights movements in the 1960s; and portraits of Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali.
Roy Lichtenstein
Eddie Diptych
  Noncomposition: 15 Case Studies
Wadsworth Atheneum
Dec. 22, 2001-June 23, 2002
100 works by 15 American artists from this century including Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Eva Hesse, Lee Lozano, Sol LeWitt and Andy Warhol.
Curator: Nicholas Baume, Wadsworth.