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      New This Month in U.S. Museums
Ray K. Metzker
Composites -- Philadelphia
  Taken by Design: Photographs from the Institute of Design, 1937-1971
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Dec. 2, 2002-Mar. 2, 2003
200 images by Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind, László Moholy-Nagy, Gyorgy Kepes, Ray K. Metzker, Kenneth Josephson and Nathan Lerner in a traveling show that originated at the Art Institute of Chicago
Curator: David Travis and Elizabeth Siegel
Kiki Smith
  The Smiths: Tony, Kiki, Seton
Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art
Dec. 2, 2002-Mar. 23, 2003
Work by Tony Smith and his daughters Kiki Smith and Seton Smith
Curator: Gilbert Brownstone (ICA)
Catalogue: Essays by Eleanor Heartney, Adrian Dannatt and David Pagel, designed by COMA
Haddon Sundblom
Good Boys and Girls
  Inventing Santa: Art and Advertising
High Museum of Art
Dec. 3, 2002-Jan. 5, 2003
Almost 20 paintings by Haddon Sundblom, the artist who came up with the iconic image of Santa Claus as part of a 1931 marketing campaign for Coca-Cola
Funding: Coca-Cola
Julian LaVerdiere
Allied Uranium Miners
  Julian LaVerdiere: Time Trial
Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami
Dec. 3, 2002-Feb. 23, 2003
The first solo museum show for the New York-based sculptor
Also on view: "Sarah Morris: Miami," Dec. 3, 2002-Jan. 26, 2003 and "Christian Marclay: The Sounds of Christmas"
Roger Ballen
Les hammering into wall
  Roger Ballen: Photographs
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego
Dec. 5, 2002-Feb.16, 2003
Documentary-style photographs by South Africa-based artist
Munakata Shiko
Kite Designs for the Aomori Festival
  Munakata Shiko: Japanese Master of the Modern Print
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Dec. 5, 2002-Mar. 2, 2003
378 woodblock prints, paintings, calligraphies and ceramics spanning the career of one of Japan's greatest 20th century artists
Curators: Robert T. Singer (LACMA) and Hollis Goodall (Keio University, Tokyo)
Catalogue: Edited by Robert T. Singer and Kakeya Nobuho, essays by Singer, Goodall, Kawai Masatomo, (Philadelphia Museum of Art)
Yayoi Kusama
  Yayoi Kusama
Bass Museum of Art
Dec. 5, 2002-May 11, 2003
Comprehensive survey of room-size installations, several trademark "infinity nets" and video spanning five decades
Curator: Mark Ormond
Theresa Hak Kyung Cha
  Theresa Hak Kyung Cha
Henry Art Gallery
Dec. 6, 2002-Mar. 2, 2003
A retrospective of the Korean-American artist with films, videos, sculptures, books and works on paper, organized by the Berkeley Art Museum
Winslow Homer
Boy fishing
  Casting a Spell: Winslow Homer, Artist and Angler
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Dec. 7, 2002-Feb. 9, 2003
65 works -- mostly watercolors -- featuring fly-fishing
Curators: Patricia Junker (Amon Carter) Sarah Burns (Indiana University)
Eliot Porter
Luna Month, Silver Lake, New Hampshire, June 3, 1953
  Eliot Porter: The Color of Wilderness
Amon Carter Museum
Dec. 7, 2002-Mar. 23, 2003
162 original photos and related ephemera by the nature photographer who bequeathed his archives to the museum in 1990
Curator: John Rohrbach (Amon Carter)
Catalogue: 150 pp., oversize with 90 plates, 31 illustrations and chronology
Leonardo da Vinci
Lady with an Ermine (Portrait of Cecilia Gallerani)
ca. 1490
  Leonardo da Vinci and the Splendor of Poland
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Dec. 8, 2002-Feb. 17, 2003
Works by Leonardo da Vinci in the first survey of Poland's private and public art collections to be presented outside Europe, a show organized by the Milwaukee Art Museum
Curator: Laurie Winters
Catalogue: Eight essays plus timeline, $39.95 softcover, $60 hardcover
Funding: WE Energies and Christopher Seton Abele
Louise Bourgeois
and Untitled
  Louise Bourgeois: The Early Work
Aspen Art Museum
Dec. 13, 2002-Feb. 2, 2003
Selection of works Bourgeois produced during the 1940s and 1950s, including 25 early sculptures (Personages), 17 paintings, 30 early drawings and a set of prints, in a show organized by the Krannert Art Museum
Catalogue: 150 pp.
Also on view: "Gregory Crewdson, Twilight," Dec. 6, 2002-Feb. 2, 2003
Marilyn Monroe
ca. 1952
  Weegee's Trick Photography
International Center of Photography
Dec. 13, 2002-Feb. 16, 2003
Nearly 200 prints culled from the ICP archives in the first extensive survey of Weegee's strange "caricatures" and "distortions"
Curator: Carlo McCormick
Also on view: "First Photographs: William Henry Fox Talbot and the Birth of Photography" and "Time of Change: Bruce Davidson, Civil Rights Photographs, 1961-65," Dec.16, 2002-Feb. 16, 2003
Alexei Jawlensky
Mystical Head: Galka
  My Four Kings: Galka Scheyer and the Blue Four
Norton Simon Museum
Dec. 13, 2002-Apr. 14, 2003
Over 300 paintings, prints, drawings and sculpture by the "Blue Four" artists Lyonel Feininger, Alexei Jawlensky, Vassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee, in the first of two exhibitions celebrating the art collector and dealer Emmy (Galka) Scheyer
Curator: Sara Campbell (Norton Simon)
Catalogue: The Blue Four Collection at the Norton Simon Museum by Vivian Endicott Barnett
Philippe Parreno
Anywhere out of the World
  No Ghost Just a Shell
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Dec. 14, 2002-Mar. 16, 2003
Animated films by French artists Pierre Huyghe and Philippe Parreno shown alongside works by Liam Gillick, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Pierre Joseph, Francois Curlet, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Joe Scanlan and Melik Ohanian all starring Huyghe's anime character AnnLee. After the SFMoMA presentation Annlee will be "terminated"
Curator: Benjamin Weil (SFMoMA)
Henri Matisse
Nasturtiums and The Dance
  Old Masters, Impressionists and Moderns: French Masterworks form the State Pushkin Museum, Moscow
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Dec. 15, 2002-Mar. 9, 2003
76 paintings, 52 in the United States for the first time, showcasing works by Poussin, Renoir, Pissarro, Monet, Degas, Matisse, Picasso, Bonnard and more
Curators: Janet Landay and Edgar Peters Brown (MFAH)
Catalogue: $29.95 softcover, $50 hardcover
Funding: Philip Morris
Tour: High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Apr. 5-June 29, 2003, and Los Angeles County Museum of Art, July 27-Oct. 13, 2003
Théodore Turpin de Crissé
The Bay of Naples
  Impressions of Light: The French Landscape form Corot to Monet
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Dec. 15, 2002-Apr. 13, 2003
French landscape survey of 80 paintings and 70 works on paper by Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Paul Signac, others, with some early photography by Gustave Le Gray, others
Curators: George T.M. Shackelford and Sue Welsh Reed (MFA)
Catalogue: Essays by the curators and Fronia E. Wissman
    The Edge of Enchantment
National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian
Dec. 15, 2002-summer 2003
Traditions surrounding "encantos" -- physical places of magic -- in the native communities located in the region of Oaxaca, Mexico, are shown through photographs, music, video and objects
Curator: Alicia M. Gonzàlez
Catalogue: 120 images by Roberto Ysàis
Taddeo Zuccaro
Italian, 1529-1566
Figure Studies
ca. 1553-1556
  Mise en Page: The Art of Composing on Paper
J. Paul Getty Museum
Dec. 17, 2002-Mar. 2, 2003
An exploration of "mise en page," or "placement on the page," in Old Master drawings from the Getty collections
Anang Ibibio artist mask
20th century
  For This World and Beyond: African Art from the Fred and Rita Richman Collection
High Museum of Art
Dec. 18, 2002-May 25, 2003
Nearly 100 works -- half of which are promised gifts from the Richmans -- of African Art, made primarily in the 19th and early 20th centuries
Curator: Carol Thompson (High)
David Rathman
You do hold on to your misery, don't you?
  Dialogues: Amy Cutler/David Rathman
Walker Art Center
Dec. 19, 2002-Mar. 23, 2003
Cutler's gouache drawings and Rathman's ink drawing are brought together
Curator: Douglas Fogle (Walker)
Bruce Yonemoto
Dear Playboy
  Fantasy Underfoot
Corcoran Gallery of Art
Dec. 21, 2002-Mar. 10, 2003
The 47th Corcoran Biennial showcases the new media work of 13 contemporary artists such as Nancy Davidson, Susan Smith-Pinelo, Bruce Nauman and Nigel Poor
Curator: Jonathan P. Binstock
Catalogue: 120 pp., essays by Binstock and Adam Lerner and poem by Poet Laureate Billy Collins
Artist Maki Tamura in Hello Kitty apron
  Rabbit, Cat and Horse: Endearing Creatures in Japanese Art
Seattle Asian Art Museum
Dec. 21, 2002-Mar. 10, 2003
Seattle-based artist Maki Tamura's special installation of Hello Kitty pop culture is on view along with 70 items from the museum collection that feature animals, from 4th-century clay horses to Edo-period rabbit designs and Zen Buddhist tiger images
Curator: Yukiki Shirahara (SAM)