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      New This Month in U.S. Museums
Jorge Pardo
Adjusted Wrenches
  Public Offerings
Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art at the Geffen Contemporary
Apr. 1-July 29, 2001
Seminal works from 1980-90 by 25 important contemporary artists with an emphasis on their art school backgrounds, including Matthew Barney, Damien Hirst, Gary Hume, Takashi Murakami, Rirkrit Tiravanija and Jorge Pardo.
Curators: MoCA chief curator Paul Schimmel and project director Ciara Ennis, L.A. MoCA.
Catalogue: designed by Jonathan Barnbook.
Anna Gaskell
video still from
Future's Eve
  Anna Gaskell, Future's Eve
New Langton Arts, San Francisco
Apr. 4-May 5, 2001
Gaskell's first show on the West Coast features a film-to-DVD installation and 30 pen-and-ink drawings on the motifs of time and memory.
Gary Hume
edition for Parkett 48, 1996
  Collaborations with Parkett: 1984 to Now
Museum of Modern Art
Apr. 5-June 5, 2001
Over 150 multiples published by the tony art journal over the last 18 years, in a show highlighting MoMA's acquisition of the entire set.
Curator: Deborah Wye, MoMA.
Catalogue: 250 pp.
    Illustrating Nature: Three Centuries of Botanical Prints
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Apr. 5-July 22, 2001
51 prints and four books by women botanical artists working in the 17th-19th centuries.
Mary Ellen Mark
Bull Riders Craig Scarmardo and Cheyloh Mather, Boerne Rodeo, Texas
  Mary Ellen Mark: American Odyssey
International Center of Photography
Apr. 6-June 17, 2001
40-year retrospective featuring approximately 140 images by the recipient of ICP's second annual Cornell Capa Award.
Organized by Aperture Foundation.
Funding: Artur Walther.
Federico Fellini
Film still from
La Dolce Vita
  Conversations Between Shadows and Light: Italian Cinematography
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Apr. 6-July 28, 2001
Works by 16 cinematographers -- Vittorio Storaro, Otello Martelli, Dante Spinotti -- will be screened in the museum's Peter B. Lewis Theater. Call (212) 360-4321 for details.
Curators: Antonio Monda, NYU, Maria-Christina Villaseñor, Guggenheim.
Catalogue: Edizioni Olivares, 72 pp., illustrated.
Carte de visite of Frank Mayo in the title role of Davey Crockett; or, Be Sure You're Right, Then Go Ahead
  Touring West: 19th-century Performing Artists on the Overland Trails
New York Public Library
Apr. 6-July 7, 2001
The companion exhibition to "Heading West: Mapping the Territory" (currently on view at the library, Mar. 9-May 19, 2001) includes a variety of printed handbills, song books, correspondence and other items relating to 19th-century performing artists who entertained pioneers.
Curator: Barbara Cohen-Stratyner.
Catalogue: 88 pp., 70 illustrations.
Eugenio Dittborn
La cuisine et la guerre
  Eugenio Dittborn: La cuisine et la guerre Seven Airmail Paintings
Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston
Apr. 7-July 29, 2001
Seven large-scale collages by the Chilean mail artist.
Curator: Blaffer director Terrie Sultan.
Catalogue: Includes interview with the artist.
Unidentified artist
Bottlecap Giraffe
  Contemporary Folk Art: Treasures From the Smithsonian American Art Museum
Tacoma Art Museum
April 7-June 17, 2001
70 paintings and sculptures by folk artists from the past 40 years.
Catalogue: 112 pp.
Tour: "Treasures to Go", Oct.10 2001-Jan. 20, 2002, Cummer Museum of Art, Jacksonville, F.L., Feb. 16 -Apr. 13, 2002, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, G.A., Sep. 7-Nov. 3, 2002, Fort Wayne Museum of Art.
Funding: The Principal Financial Group.
Paul Signac
Place des Lices, St. Tropez
  Light! The Industrial Age: 1750-1900 Art, Science, Technology, and Society
Carnegie Museum of Art
Apr. 7-July 29, 2001
More than 300 scientific and historic objects, as well as artworks by van Gogh, Blake, Monet, Turner and Goya.
Curators: Louise Lippincott, CMA, and Andreas Blühm, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.
Catalogue: Light!, 272 pp., 304 illustrations.
Funding: Bayer, PNC Financial Services Group.
Franz Marc
The Large Blue Horses
  Franz Marc and the Blue Rider
Walker Art Center
Apr. 8-July 15, 2001
Marc's The Large Blue Horses (1911) from the Walker's collection is the centerpiece of an exhibition of some 40 works, including several of Marc's visionary horse paintings from the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart and works by Kandinsky, Klee, Macke and Jawlensky from the Busch-Reisinger (both co-organizing institutions).
Walker curator: Joan Rothfuss.
N. W. Wineland
Group of Merino Sheep
ca. 1879
  American Folk
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Apr. 8-Aug. 5, 2001
The museum's first major folk art show features 150 objects from museum holdings and area collectors.
Curators: Sue Welsh Reed, Gerry Ward, Carol Troyen, Pamela Parmal, Gilian Shallcross, all MFA Boston.
Catalogue: 144 pp.
Funding: Merrill Lynch.
    Circa 1900: Design at the Turn of the Century
Dallas Museum of Art
Apr. 8-Aug. 19, 2001
Examples of 20th-century furniture, glass, ceramics, textiles and graphics from the museum collection.
    FOCUS: Rineke Dijkstra
Art Institute of Chicago
Apr. 11-Jul. 29, 2001
Arresting color photos of children and adolescents by the Dutch artist.
Curator: James Rondeau, AIC.
Catalogue: 129 pp.
Willie Cole
International Balls 2000
photo Nancy Robinson Watson
  Game Show: Installations and Sculptures by Willie Cole
Bronx Museum of the Arts
Apr. 12-Sept. 9, 2001
Old and new works by the African American artist -- known for works that convert the pre-Civil Rights era "lawn jockey" into the Yoruban gatekeeper figure -- on the theme of games of chance as a metaphor for fate and consequence.
Curator: Marysol Nieves, Bronx Museum.
Funding: Cowles Charitable Trust, Jackie and Gene Brodie..
Also on view: "Aztlán Today: The Chicano Postnation," "(un)Shop: An Installation by Gillie Holme," and "Collaborative Art Projects: The RICE Banquet" by Rune Olsen.
Younghusband exhibition encampment at Phari
Dzong, Spring
  Tibet: Mountains and Valleys, Castles and Tents
Paine Webber Art Gallery, New York
Apr. 12-June 22, 2001
From the Newark Museum collection, artifacts dating back to the 13th century plus early photographs in a show that explores the range of daily life in Tibet, from the aristocracy to farmers, traders and nomads.
    ¡Propaganda! Cuban Political and Film Posters
American Institute of Graphic Arts, New York
Apr. 12-June 29, 2001
100 original posters dating from the 1950s to the late 1990s.
Rogelio López Marín (Gory)
Es sólo agua en la lágrima de un extraño (It's Only Water in the Teardrop of a Stranger)
  Shifting Tides: Cuban Photography after the Revolution
Los Angeles Museum of Art
Apr. 15-July 1, 2001
Three sections, organized by generations of artists from the past 40 years and a prologue gallery feature work by Enrique de la Uz, Gory, Manuel Piña and Ernesto Leal.
Curator: Tim B. Wride, LACMA.
Catalogue: 160 pp.
Tour: Aug. 28-Oct. 27, 2001, Grey Art Gallery, New York.
    Performance Drawings
Drawing Center
Apr. 19-July 28, 2001
Solo installations and related performances by Milan Grygar, Alison Knowles, Erwin Wurm, Christopher Taggart and Elena del Rivero.
Catalogue: Drawing Papers 21, 70 pages.
Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning
Apr. 23-June 16, 2001
25 artists from Jackie Chang to Mark Lombard to Seong Chun explore the relationship between text and visual art. A symposium will held May 19 from noon to 3 pm at the Queens Public Library, Flushing.
Curator: Karina Skuirsky.
Catalogue: Includes historical and recent developments.
Henri Matisse
The Yellow Dress
  Grand Reopening of the Cone Collection
Baltimore Museum of Art
Apr. 22, 2001
More than 100 paintings, sculptures and works on paper, with a focus on Matisse, in nine renovated galleries.
Reinstallation team: BMA director Doreen Bolger, Jay Fisher, Katherine Rothkopf, Karen Nielsen, David Harvey.
Catalogue: Matisse in the Cone Collection: The Poetics of Vision, 120 pp., essay by Jack Flam.
Also on view, the first focus exhibition, "Picasso: The Circus Family," opening Apr. 22.
Landscape frieze, USA
ca. 1900
photo Matt Flynn
  A Room with a View: Landscape & Wallpaper
Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York
Apr. 24-Oct. 14, 2001
19th-century block-printed landscape wallpaper from the museum collection.
Curator: Joanne Kosuda-Warner, Cooper-Hewitt.
Catalogue: 128 pp., 100 color images.
Funding: Esme Usdan, Blumenthal.
Isaac Julien
still from The Long Road to Mazatlán
  Isaac Julien, The Long Road to Mazatlán and Vagabondia
MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Mass.
Apr. 26-July 1, 2001
Film installations on the themes of popular mythology, history, race and high society are part of the "Race in Digital Space" conference and the CyberArts Festival.
Also on view, Paul Pfeifer's The Long Count (I Shook Up the World) and Johan Grimonprez's Inflight.
Alexis Rockman
The Farm
  Alexis Rockman: Future Evolution
Henry Art Gallery, Seattle
Apr. 27-Aug. 19, 2001
Studies and paintings for the artist's 1997 mural, A Recent History of the World, housed in the New Fisheries Building at the University of Washington.
Guest curator: Kurt Kiefer.
    Between Street and Mirror: The Drawings of James Ensor
Drawing Center
Apr. 27-July 21, 2001
Over 100 works from 1880-1900, the Belgian artist's most prolific period, when he experimented with etching, large-scale drawing and a range of subjects.
Curators: Robert Hoozee, director of the Museé des Beaux-Arts of Ghent, and Drawing Center director Catherine de Zegher.
Catalogue: Co-published with the University of Minnesota Press.
Funding: Robert Lehman Foundation.
Piet Mondrian
No. 9
  Mondrian: The Transatlantic Paintings
Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge, Mass.
Apr. 28-July 22, 2001
14 works from the artist's final years, made in Europe and reworked in America, plus new technical research that provides insight into Mondrian's working process.
Curators: Harry Cooper, Fogg, and Ron Spronk, Straus Center for Conservation, Harvard.
Catalogue: Includes X-radiographs, UV and infrared images.
Marc Chagall
Lovers in Blue
  Marc Chagall: Early Works from Russian Collections
Jewish Museum
Apr. 29-Oct. 14, 2001
56 paintings and drawings never before seen in the Western hemisphere, plus murals dating from 1908 to 1920 for the State Jewish Chamber Theater in Moscow. Curator: Susan Tumarkin Goodman, Jewish Museum.
Catalogue: 110 pages, 107 illustrations.
Funding: Dresdner Bank, Delta Airlines.
Also on view: 13 paintings by Yehuda Pen, Chagall's first teacher.
Fernand Léger
The Mechanic
  L'Esprit Nouveau: Purism in Paris
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Apr. 29-Aug. 5, 2001
Works by Charles-Edouard Jeanneret (better known as Le Corbusier) and Amédée Ozenfant, founders of the Purist movement, plus works from their closest colleague, Fernand Léger. Centerpiece is a reproduction of Corbusier's Pavillion de L'Esprit Nouveau built for the International Exposition of Decorative and Industrial Arts in 1925.
Curator: Carol S Eliel, LACMA.
Catalogue: Includes the first English translation of Ozenfant and Jeanneret's Aprés le cubisme, 1918.