Magazine Home  |  News  |  Features  |  Reviews  |  Books  |  People  |  Horoscope  
      New This Month in U.S. Museums
Victor Vasarely
Albright-Knox Gallery
  Victor Vasarely: Founder of Op Art
Naples (Fla.) Museum of Art
Nov. 2, 2004-Apr. 3, 2005
The first major retrospective in several decades, co-organized with Michle-Catherine Vasarely, the artists daughter-in-law and chair of the Vasarely Foundation, features 44 paintings
Catalogue: Robert C. Morgan, Vasarely, 128 pp., George Braziller, Inc., $35
Walker Evans
New York (Subway Passengers, New York)
Metropolitan Museum of Art
  Few Are Chosen: Street Photography and the Book, 1936-1966
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Nov. 5, 2004-Mar. 6, 2005
Influential, monographic suites of photographs by Walker Evans ("Many Art Called"), Robert Frank ("The Americans") and four other artists, drawn from the collections of the museum and the Gilman Paper Company
Also on view: "William Kentridge," a selection of works from the museum collection, Nov. 12, 2004-Feb. 20, 2005; "Klee: His Years at the Bauhaus" (1921-31), Nov. 19, 2004-Feb. 27, 2005; and the "Annual Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche," Nov. 23, 2004-Jan. 6, 2005.
Gary Hill
Tall Ships (detail)
  WOW (The Work of the Work)
Henry Art Gallery
Nov. 6, 2004-Feb. 6, 2005
An investigation of art and its effects, via works Anne Appleby, Candice Breitz, Olafur Eliasson, Callum Innes, Carsten Holler, Gary Hill, Mike Kelley, Kim Sooja, Wolfgang Laib, Steve McQueen, Joan Munoz, James Turrell, Hannah Villiger and Catherine Yass.
Curator: Elizabeth Brown
Funding: Allen Foundation for the Arts, PONCHO, others
Christopher Miner
Video still from Gulf Shores
  Queens International 2004
Queens Museum
Nov. 7, 2004-Feb. 6, 2005
The pulse of the artistic climate of "the nations most ethnically diverse locale," via works by 52 artists and two collaboratives, ranging from Toby Barnes, Isidro Blasco and Paul Branca to Rachel White, Haeri Yoo and Zhang Huan
Funding: Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Greenwall Foundation, American Center Foundation, Cowles Charitable Trust
Gerard ter Borch II
The Suitor's Visit
ca. 1658
Andrew W. Mellon Collection
  Gerard ter Borch
National Gallery Art
Nov. 7, 2004-Jan. 30, 2005
The first monographic exhibition in the U.S. of works by the 17th-century Dutch genre and portrait painter, who influenced Johannes Vermeer, includes approximately 50 works in a show co-organized with the American Federation of Arts
Curator: Arthur K. Wheelock, Jr.
Catalogue: 172 pp., Yale, $55
Tour: Detroit Institute of Arts, Feb. 27-May 22, 2005; and a small selection of works from the show appears at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, June 9-Sept. 4, 2005
Also on view: "Six Centuries of Prints and Drawings: Recent Acquisitions," Nov. 14, 2004-May 30, 2005
      Passion for Drawing: Poussin to Cézanne, Works from the Prat Collection
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Nov. 7, 2004-Jan. 16, 2005
The evolution of French art between 1600 and 1900, via 100 drawings from the collection of Louis-Antoine and Veronique Prat
Curator: Pierre Rosenberg
Tour: Art Services International
Funding: Deloitte & Touche
Gene Kornman
Marilyn Monroe
  I Wanna Be Loved by You: Photographs of Marilyn Monroe from the Leon and Michaela Constantiner Collection
Brooklyn Museum
Nov. 12, 2004-Mar. 20, 2005
An incredible 200 photos of the screen goddess by 39 photographers, including Eve Arnold, Richard Avedon, Cecil Beaton, Cornel Capa, Robert Frank, Milton Greene, Phillipe Halsman, Bert Stern, Weegee and Gary Winogrand
Curators: Marilyn L. Kushner, Matthew Yokobosky
Douglas Gordon
24-Hour Psycho
  CUT/Film as Found Object
Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami
Nov. 13, 2004-Jan. 30, 2005
14 large-scale video projections by nine artists -- Candice Breitz, Christian Marclay, Pierre Huyghe, Douglas Gordon, Jennifer and Kevin McCoy, Paul Pfeiffer, Omer Fast, and Michael Joaquin Grey -- who make use of found footage.
Curator: Stefano Basilico
Tour: Milwaukee Art Museum, June 25-Sept. 25, 2005; Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, Jan. 22-Mar. 26, 2006.
Funding: the Private Bank of Bank of America, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, others.
Also on view: "Standing Still While We Move Across Land: New Work by John Espinosa," Nov. 26, 2004-Jan. 30, 2005
George Stubbs
ca. 1762
National Gallery, London
  Stubbs and the Horse
Kimbell Art Museum
Nov. 14, 2004-Feb. 6, 2005
The first major exhibition devoted to the celebrated paintings of horses by George Stubbs (1724-1806), in a show organized with the Walters Art Museum and the National Gallery, London
Curator: Malcolm Warner
Catalogue: 256 pp., Yale, $50
Tour: Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Mar. 13-May 29, 2005; National Gallery, London, June 29-Sept. 25, 2005
Jessie B. Telfair
Freedom Quilt
  Folk Art Revealed
American Folk Art Museum
Opening Nov. 16, 2004
A new installation of 150 works from the collection, organized around four themes: utility, community, individuality and symbolism
Curators: Stacy C. Hollander, Brooke Davis Anderson
Funding: Peter Jay Sharp Foundation, Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Fund, others.
Peter Plagens
My Father Worked in Advertising, X
  Peter Plagens: An Introspective
USC Fisher Gallery, Los Angeles
Nov. 17, 2004-Feb. 12, 2005
Large-scale oil and acrylic paintings and mixed media compositions from the past 30 years by the painter -- a 1962 alumnus of USCs School of Fine Arts -- and Newsweek magazine art critic
Curator: Selma Holo
Catalogue essay by Dave Hickey
James Lee Byars
The Death of James Lee Byars 1994/2004
Collection of Walter Vanhaerents
  James Lee Byars: The Perfect Silence
Whitney Museum of American Art
Nov. 18, 2004-Mar. 6, 2005
The first New York museum presentation since 1970 of the work of American artist James Lee Byars (1932-97) includes the American premiere of a gold room with a sarcophagus marked with five crystals, part of a 1994 performance in Brussels that the artist called a rehearsal for his own death
Curator: Chrissie Iles
Also on view: "Bill Viola: Five Angels for the Millennium" and "Small: The Object in Film, Video and Slide," opening Nov. 18, 2004.
Stanislaw Drozdz
  Beyond Geometry: Experiments in Form 1940s-70s
Miami Art Museum
Nov. 18, 2004-May 1, 2005
135 works by 85 artists, in a show that originated at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Curator: Lynn Zelevansky
Catalogue: 240 pp., MIT, $49.95
Funding: NEA, NEH
Yoshio Taniguchi
Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Toyota City
© Kitajima
  Nine Museums by Yoshio Taniguchi
Museum of Modern Art
Nov. 20, 2004-Jan. 31, 2005
MoMA unveils its $425-million, six-floor, 630,000-square-foot, completely overhauled new facility -- with a new entrance on 54th Street -- with a week of festivities celebrating its 75th anniversary -- and this show in the temporary exhibition galleries, devoted to works by the museum's architect
Curator: Terence Riley
Catalogue: 204 pp., $50
Funding: Agnes Gund and Daniel Shapiro
Also on view: New installations of the permanent collection, the enlarged Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, plus projects by Mark Dion and Michael Weseley
Cosimo I de Medici as Orpheus
ca. 1537-39
Philadelphia Museum of Art
  Pontormo, Bronzino and the Medici: The Transformation of the Renaissance Portrait in Florence
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Nov. 20, 2004-Feb. 13, 2005
Approximately 40 works in a show organized around two portraits from the museums collection, Bronzinos Cosimo I deMedici as Orpheus (ca. 1537-389) and Pontormos Youth in a Pink Cloak (ca. 1525)
Curator: Carl Strehlke
Catalogue: 160 pp., Pennsylvania State University Press, $40
Funding: Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative, others
Also on view: "Florence Knoll Bassett: Defining Modern," the first museum show of works by the pioneering furniture designer, Nov. 17, 2004-Apr. 10, 2005
Deer mask
Oklahoma, LeFlore County, Spiro site, Craig Mound
A.D. 1200-1400
Smithsonian Institution
  Hero, Hawk and Open Hand: American Indian Art of the Ancient Midwest and South
Art Institute of Chicago
Nov. 20, 2004-Jan. 30, 2005
300 works in stone, ceramic, wood, shell, copper, silver and gold, made between 2000 BC and AD 1600
Curator: Richard F. Townsend
Catalogue: 286 pp., Yale, $60
Tour: St. Louis Art Museum, February-May 2005
Funding: National Endowment for the Humanities, Boeing
      I Feel Mysterious Today
Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art
Nov. 20, 2004-Mar. 27, 2005
Work by 25 contemporary artists that engage notions of alienation, fantasy and the irrational, includibng Chiho Aoshima, Slater Bradley, Roe Ethridge, Douglas Gordon, Wangechi Mutu and Charlie White
Curator: Dominic Molon
Kenneth Noland
Mysteries: Rock and Roll
© Kenneth Noland
  Kenneth Noland: The Nature of Color
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Nov. 21, 2004-Mar. 6, 2005
Surveying four decades of circles, diamonds, chevrons, stripes and more, via 25 works from the museum, local collectors and the artists studio
Curator: Alison de Lima Greene
Emperor Qianlong in formal court robe
© Palace Museum, Beijing
  Splendors of Chinas Forbidden City: The Glorious Reign of Emperor Qianlong
Dallas Museum of Art
Nov. 21, 2004-May 29, 2005
More than 400 artworks and artifacts from 18th-century imperial China, including the emperors elaborate gold-lacquered Dragon Throne
Curators: Chuimei Ho, Bennet Bronson
Catalogue: 272 pp., Merrell Holberton, $49.95
Tour: The show originated at the Field Museum, Chicago, where it was organized in cooperation with the Palace Museum, Beijing
Funding: Nancy B. Hamon, JP Morgan Chase, Texas Instruments