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      New This Month in U.S. Museums
Umar slings a stone at the giant
ca. 1570
  The Adventures of Hamza
Brooklyn Museum of Art
Nov. 1, 2002-Jan. 26, 2003
58 of the remaining 200 surviving Hamzanama paintings, an epic love story commissioned by Mughal emperor Akbar and painted between 1557 and 1572
Curators: Dr.John Seyller, Aimée Froom, and Amy Poster (BMA)
Catalogue: Fully illustrated with essays by Dr. Seyller, Dr. Wheeler Thackson and Dr. Ebba Koch
Tour: Royal Academy of Art, London, March 15-June 18, 2003
Rosemary Laing
Flight Research #5
  Defying Gravity: Contemporary Art and Flight
North Carolina Museum of Art
Nov. 2, 2002-Feb. 22, 2003
Approximately 70 works created in the last 25 years, including "sonic architecture" by Bill and Mary Buchen, a camera obscura of the sky by Chris Drury and a full-size plane formed by thousands of fluttering butterflies by Ralph Helmick and Stuart Schechter
Curator: Linda Johnson Dougherty
Giorgio de Chirico
The Soothsayer's Recompense
  Giorgio de Chirico and the Myth of the Ariadne
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Nov. 3, 2002-Jan. 5, 2003
50 paintings, including the artist's "Ariadne Series" (which symbolized for de Chirico intense loneliness and alienation), on view with related drawings and sculptures
Curator: Michael Taylor (PMA)
Catalogue: Essays by Michael Taylor and Matthew Gale, text by Max Ernst, interview with Gerard Tempest
Shah Zav Enthroned
Page from Shahnama
ca. 1330
  The Legacy of Genghis Khan: Courtly Arts and Culture in Western Asia, 1256-1353
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Nov. 5, 2002-Feb. 16, 2003
200 works of rare textiles, ceramics, jewelry, metalwork, stone and woodwork and books, including 30 pages from the Great Mongol Shahnama (Book of Kings), the luxuriously illustrated epic
Curator: Stefano Carboni (Met), and Linda Komaroff (LACMA)
Catalogue: Yale, 424 pp., 200 color plates, cloth $60
Tour: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Apr. 13-July 27, 2003
Also on view: "French Nineteenth-Century Drawings in the Robert Lehman Collection, " Nov. 13, 2002-Feb. 9, 2003; "A Very Private Collection: Janice H. Levin's Impressionist Pictures," Nov. 19, 2002-Feb. 9, 2003; and "Genesis: Ideas of Origin in African Sculpture," Nov. 19, 2002-April 13, 2003
Vincent van Gogh
Portrait of Alexander Reid
  Millet to Matisse: Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century French Painting from Kelingrove Art Gallery, Glasgow
The Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky
Nov. 6, 2002-Feb. 2, 2003
A thematic overview, with 64 paintings by Jules Breton, Gustave Courbet, Camille Pissarro, others, organized by the American Federation of Arts and the Glasgow Museums
Curator: Vivien Hamilton (Glasgow)
Funding: Humana Foundation
Tour: Frick Art and Historical Center, Pittsburgh, Pa., Feb. 26-May 25, 2003, and Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Ne., June 18-Sept. 14, 2003, additional venues to be announced
Robert Venturi
Sainsbury Wing, National Gallery, London
  Out of the Ordinary: The Architecture and Design of Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown and Associates
Carnegie Museum of Art
Nov. 8, 2002-Feb. 2, 2003
Drawings, models, photographs, furniture, textiles and decorative arts showcasing Postmodern architecture and design by the eclectic firm
Curators: Kathryn B. Hiesinger with Professors David B. Brownlee and David G. DeLong (Philadelphia Museum)
Catalogue: 288 pp., 375 illustrations, paper $36, cloth $60
Funding: Sue K. and Dr. Charles C. Edwards
Cristofano Allori
Judith with the Head of Holofornes
  The Medici and the Art of Florence
Art Institute of Chicago
Nov. 9, 2002-Feb. 2, 2003
180 paintings, sculptures, graphics, porcelain, tapestries, costumes from 1537-1631 Florence, including works by Michelangelo, Bronzino, Pontormo and Salviati, in a show that bowed in Florence under the title "Magnificenza!"
Curators: Larry Feinberg (AIC), Alan P. Darr, Walter B. Ford II (Detroit Institute) and Marco Chiarini (Palazzo Pitti, Florence)
Catalogue: Yale, 416 pp., cloth $60
Tour: Detroit Institute of Arts, March 16-June 8, 2003
Deborah Oropallo
  Deborah Oropallo
Museum of Glass, Tacoma, Wash.
Nov. 10, 2002-Feb. 2, 2003
A mid-career survey of 23 paintings and three sculptures that highlight the work of the Bay Area artist, organized by the San Jose Museum of Art
Karaori with snow-laden Camellias and Genji Clouds
Edo period
18th century
  Miracles and Mischief: Noh and Kyogen Theater in Japan
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Nov. 10, 2002-Feb. 2, 2003
More than 100 Noh objects dating back to the 14th century, including carved wooden masks, woven and embellished costumes, lacquered musical instruments and painted screens and hand scrolls
Curator: Sharon Sadako Takeda (LACMA) with Monica Bethe (Otani University, Kyoto)
Also on view: "George Washington: A National Treasure," Nov. 8-March 9, 2003, and "Contemporary Projects 7: Keith Edmier and Farrah Fawcett 2000," Nov. 21, 2002-Feb. 17, 2003
Shiva as Nataraja, Lord of the Dance
  The Sensuous and the Sacred: Chola Bronzes from South India
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian
Nov. 10, 2002-Mar. 9, 2003
59 sculptures of Hindu deities that were once worshipped as living divinities during the Chola period (9th to 13th centuries)
Curator: Vidya Dehejia (Columbia University)
Catalogue: 256 pp., 152 color plates, 25 black-and-white illustrations, published by the American Foundation of Arts with University of Washington Press, soft cover $35, clothbound $49.95
Tour: Dallas Museum of Art, Apr. 4-June 15, 2003, and Cleveland Museum of Art, July 6, Sept. 14, 2003
Cecily Brown
  Directions: Cecily Brown
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Nov. 14, 2002-Mar. 1, 2003
The first museum solo show for the painter features seven paintings
Curator: Judith Zilczer
Sigmar Polke
  Sigmar Polke: New Work
Dallas Museum of Art
Nov. 16, 2002-Mar. 1, 2003
50 works from the past four years, including a dozen monumental paintings
Curator: Charles Wylie
Catalogue: Fully-illustrated catalogue plus a second publication designed by Polke and featuring illustrations of his source imagery
Also on view: "The Gilded Age: Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum," Nov. 3, 2002-Jan. 12, 2003
Jürgen Mayer H
  Body Design
San Francisco Museum of Art
Nov. 16, 2002-Mar. 23, 2003
More than a dozen prototypes and commercially available works from the fields of fashion, furniture, industrial design and architecture
Curators: Joseph Rosa and Ruth Keffer (SFMoMA)
Also on view: "Architecture + Water," Nov. 16, 2002-March 23, 2003; "August Sander," Nov. 29, 2002-Feb. 23, 2003
    Mark Tobey and Friends
Seattle Art Museum
Nov. 16, 2002-Apr. 6, 2003
Paintings by the artist drawn from the museum's permanent collection shown alongside works by his contemporaries such as Lyonel Feininger, Morris Graves, Paul Horiuchi, Paul Klee, Jackson Pollock and George Tsutukawa
Also on view: "Anthony Hernandez," Nov. 16, 2002-April 6, 2003
Larry Fink
Cleveland School of the Arts
  A City Seen: Photographs from the George Gund Foundation Collection
Cleveland Museum of Art
Nov. 17, 2002-Jan. 26, 2003
148 black-and-white photographs of Cleveland by 12 artists, including Dawoud Bey, Larry Fink, Lee Friedlander and Linda Butler, slated to be given to the museum on occasion of the foundation's 50th anniversary
Curator: Tom E. Hinson (CAM) and Mark Schwartz
Catalogue: 188 pp., 146 reproductions, $40
Funding: George Gund Foundation
Buddha Seated
Afghanistan, Hadda
3rd-4th century
  Afghanistan: A Timeless History
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Nov. 17, 2002-Feb. 9, 2003
110 works of ancient Afghanistan art from the Musée des Arts Asiatiques (Guimet) collection
J Mays
Ford GT40 concept
(side air intake detail)
  Retrofuturism: The Car Design of J Mays
Museum of Contemporary Art at the Geffen Contemporary
Nov. 17, 2002-Mar. 9, 2003
An overview of the automobile designer and current vice-president of the Ford Motor Company will debut a new concept vehicle for Ford called "Ma"
Curator: Brooke Hodge (MoCA)
Johnnie Lee Gray
Matinee at the Ritz
  Rising Above Jim Crow: The Paintings of Johnnie Lee Gray
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library
Nov. 20, 2002-Jan. 3, 2003
35 paintings about life during segregation and after in the artist's hometown of Spartanburg, S.C.
Curator: Gwendolyn H. Everett
Lucy T. Pettway
"Drunkard Path" Variation (Snowball)
ca. 1950
  The Quilts of Gee's Band
Whitney Museum of American Art
Nov. 21, 2002-Mar. 2, 2003
Some 70 quilts made by four generations of artists in the isolated community of Gee's Bend in Southwest Alabama, drawn from the collection of Tinwood Alliance, a nonprofit foundation that supports African-American vernacular art
Curators: Alvia Wardlaw (Houston MFA), John Beardsley (Harvard), Jane Livingston and William Arnett
    Sanford Biggers: Afrotemple
Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston
Nov. 22, 2002-Feb. 2, 2003
Site-specific installations made from everyday materials by the New York-based artist
Curator: Valerie Cassel (CAMH)
Catalogue: Essay by Cassel, reproductions of works on view and career survey
Le Corbusier
Matroil color samples for Marcel Levaillant's Geneva apartment
  Le Corbusier Before Le Corbusier: Applied Arts, Architecture, Painting and Photography
The Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design and Culture
Nov. 22, 2002-Feb. 23, 2003
The first major exhibition to examine the formative years of Charles-Edouard Jeanneret, as Le Corbu was called before he took on his pseudonym in 1920, consists of approximately 250 works on paper, architectural studies, photographs and models
Curators: Stanislaus von Moos (University of Zurich) and Arthur Rüegg (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich)
Catalogue: Essays by Antonio Brucculeri, Françoise Ducros, Stanislaus von Moos, Francesco Passanti, Arthur Rüegg, Leo Schubert, and Pierre Vaisse with detailed writing on Corbusier's major works
Victor Karl Hammer
Mrs. Schermerhorn
  From Emperors to Hoi Polloi: Portraits of an Era, 1851-1945
Wolfsonian-Florida International University
Nov. 22, 2002-May 11, 2003
Portrait exhibition of important figures such as J.P. Morgan, Henry Ford, Josephine Baker and others culled from the Wolfsonian's collection
Edgar Degas
  Paris in the Age of Impressionism: Masterworks from the Musée d'Orsay
High Museum
Nov. 23, 2002-Mar. 16, 2003
Over 100 works arranged thematically into seven categories: Art Nouveau, the Dark Side, the Eiffel Tower, Grand Theatres, High Society, New Directions and Views of the City
Curator: David Brenneman (High)
Catalogue: 172 pp., 98 color plates, introduction by Mary G. Morton, cloth $35
Tour: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Apr. 6-June 29, 2002
Funding: GE Power Systems
Karen Carson
LA Post-Cool
  L.A. Post-Cool
San Jose Museum of Art
Nov. 23, 2002-Mar. 23, 2003
Approximately 70 works by 43 artists including Karen Carson, Nancy Jackson, Patty Wickman and Russell Crotty
Curator: Michael Duncan
Lucille Chabot
Gabriel Weather Vane
ca. 1939
  Drawing on America's Past: Folk Art, Modernism and the Index of American Design
National Gallery of Art
Nov. 27, 2002-Mar. 2, 2003
80 watercolor renderings of folk and decorative art along with 40 original objects they represent, on view for the 60th anniversary of the acquisition of the Index of American design, a "New Deal" program which offered employment to artists and documented America's cultural landscape during the Great Depression
Curator: Virginia Tuttle Clayton (NGA)
Catalogue: Fully illustrated, soft cover $25, hardcover $45
Funding: Henry Luce Foundation