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      New This Month in U.S. Museums
ca. 1950-60
  kid size: The Material World of Childhood
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
Apr. 1-Aug. 1, 2004
Over three centuries of everyday objects designed for children around the world, in a show organized by the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany
Curators: Lucy Bullivant, Jutta Oldiges, Barbara Fehlbaum
Funding: Aetna
Catalogue: 320 pp., Skira Editore, $49.95
Tour: Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Dec. 22, 2004-Mar. 27, 2005; Carnegie Museum, Apr. 30-Sept. 11, 2005
Doron Solomons
Still from Father
  Fade In: New Film and Video
Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston
Apr. 3-July 4, 2004
Work by eight international video artists, including Brooklyn's own Luis Gispert, London-based Tacita Dean and Germany's Christian Jankowski
Curator: Paola Morsiani
Funding: Brown Foundation
Also on view: "Perspectives 141: Aaron Parazette," Apr.16-June 20, 2004
    Painting a New World: Mexican Art and Life, 1521-1821
Denver Art Museum
Apr. 3-July 25, 2004
Approximately 50 works compiled in the largest exhibition of Mexican colonial paintings ever assembled outside of Mexico
Curator: Donna Pierce
Catalogue: 328 pp., $49.95 cloth
Funding: NEA, Wells Fargo, Mayer Center for Pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial Art, Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado
Unidentified artist
Liberty and Washington
ca. 1805
  American Fancy: Exuberance in the Arts, 1790-1840
Milwaukee Art Museum
Apr. 3-June 20, 2004
200 examples of furniture, textiles, costume, ceramics, glass, metals, paintings and prints from the "Fancy" period of American folk art
Curator: Sumpter T. Priddy III
Catalogue: 250 pp., $75 cloth
Tour: Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass., July 14-Oct. 31, 2004; Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore, Dec. 3, 2004-Mar. 20, 2005
Funding: Chipstone Foundation
Miguel Cabrera
De español y albina, torna atrás
  Inventing Race: Casta Painting and 18th-Century Mexico/ La Invencin del mestizaje: La Pintura de castas y el siglo dieciocho en Mxico
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Apr. 4-Aug. 8, 2004
100 casta paintings -- images of interracial couples and their biracial children -- including works by Miguel Cabrera, Juan Rodrguez Jurez, Jos Joaqun Magn and Jos de Pez
Curator: Ilona Katzew
Catalogue: 259 pp., $60 cloth
Funding: Univision Communications Inc
Diego Rivera
No. 9, Nature Morte Espagnole
  The Cubist Paintings of Diego Rivera: Memory, Politics, Place
National Gallery of Art
Apr. 4-July 25, 2004
25 paintings from the Mexican artist's travels in France and Spain, 1913-15
Curator: Leah Dickerman
Tour: Museo de Arte Moderno, Sept. 22, 2004-Jan. 16, 2005
Funding: Target Stores
Also on view: "Courtly Art of the Ancient Maya," Apr. 4 - July 25, 2004
Dawoud Bey
  Dawoud Bey: Detroit Portraits
Detroit Institute of Arts
Large-format color photographs made during a five-week residency at Chadsey High School in Detroit.
Funding: Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, city of Detroit
Christo and Jeanne-Claude
Drawing from "The Gates"
  Christo and Jeanne-Claude: The Gates, Central Park, New York
Metropolitan Museum of Art
April 6-July 25, 2004
50 preparatory drawings and collages, 60 photographs and 10 maps and technical diagrams relating to the planned installation of 7,500 gates hung with saffron-colored cloth panels on Central Park's 27 miles of walkways.
Curator: Anne Strauss
Subway Car Poster
Meet Miss Subways Ann Napolitano
  Subway Style: Architecture and Design in the New York City Subway
UBS Art Gallery, New York
Apr. 8-June 18, 2004
200 examples of decorative metalwork, colorful ceramic tiles, classic maps, ads, blueprints, station plans, vintage and contemporary photographs for New York subways
Curator: Carissa Amash
    Marvels of Maiolica: Italian Renaissance Ceramics from the Corcoran Gallery of Art Collection
Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College
Apr. 9-June 13, 2004
32 Maiolica plates, apothecary jars, inkwells and other decorative objects from the Corcoran's William A. Clark Collection
Curator: Jacqueline Marie Musacchio
Catalogue: 64 pp., Bunker Hill Publishing, $10.95
Tour: Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Fla., Sept. 25, 2004-Jan. 2, 2005; Frick Art & Historical Center, Pittsburgh, Jan. 22-Apr. 3, 2005; Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, Sept. 22, 2005-Jan. 1, 2006; Hillstrom Museum of Art, St. Peter, Minn., Feb. 6-Mar. 19, 2006; Taft Museum of Art, Cincinnati, Apr. 7-June 18, 2006.
Funding: Scott Opler Foundation
Also on view: "The Transmission of Fame: Italian Renaissance Prints," Apr. 9-June 13, 2004
Elizabeth Catlett
  Something All Our Own: The Grant Hill Collection of African-American Art
New Orleans Museum of Art
Apr. 10-June 6, 2004
From the collection of the NBA superstar, paintings by Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, John Biggers and others
Curator: Alvia J. Wardlaw
Also on view: "Power on Paper: African-American Works on Paper from the New Orleans Museum of Art," Apr. 10-June 6, 2004; "Cox communications/NOMA 8th Annual Black History Art Contest Exhibition," Apr. 10-June 6, 2004; "From Another Dimension: Works on Paper by Sculptors," Apr. 22-Sept. 19, 2004
Constance Lowe
FabCom 14 (detail)
  Alicia Beach and Constance Lowe: Double Vision
Phoenix Art Museum
Apr. 10-Aug. 15, 2004
Lowe's dreamy colorful drawings on translucent mylar drafting film and Beach's two-handed drawings reminiscent of Rorschach inkblots
Curator: Frances Colpitt
Funding: Jonathan and Maxine Marshall
Also on view: "Motorcycle Jacket," Apr. 24-Aug. 29, 2004
  Worldscapes: The Art of Erro
Grey Art Gallery, NYU
Apr. 13-July 17, 2004
The first American survey of work by the Icelandic Pop artist includes 80 paintings and drawings, in an exhibition co-organized with the Reykjavik Museum
Curator: Lynn Gumpert
Tour: An additional 10 paintings are on view at the Goethe-Institut New York, and a recent suite of lithographs are being exhibited at NYU's Lillian Vernon Center for International Affairs.
Funding: Abby Weed Grey Trust, Consulate General of Iceland, Iceland Naturally
Cedric Buchet
Untitled image from Prada advertising campaign
  Fashioning Fiction in Photography since 1990
Museum of Modern Art, Queens
Apr. 16-June 28, 2004
In MoMA's first-ever show of fashion photography, 90 chic pix by 13 photographers, originally commissioned for fashion magazines or ad campaigns, including images by Cedric Buchet, Cindy Sherman, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Nan Goldin and Juergen Teller
Curators: Susan Kismaric, Eva Respini
Catalogue: 144 pp., $34.95 cloth
Funding: Banana Republic, Carol and David Appel
Also on view: "Humble Masterpieces," Apr. 8-Sept. 27, 2004
Luis Gispert
Untitled (car toes)
  Open House: Artists Working in Brooklyn
Brooklyn Museum
Apr. 17-Aug. 15, 2004
A celebration of the borough via approximately 300 works by 200 artists, ranging from Vito Acconci, Marty Ackley and Derrick Adams to Andy Yoder, Charles Yuen and Kevin Zucker.
Curators: Charlotta Kotik, Tumelo Mosaka
Catalogue: 244 pp.
Funding: Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, Richard and Barbara Debs Exhibition Fund, Peter Norton Family Foundation, Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Dr. Alvin Friedman-Kien, Liman Foundation, Jane and David Walentas, others
Also on view: "Alexis Rockman: Manifest Destiny," Apr. 17-Sept. 12, 2004; "Patrick Kelly: A Retrospective," Apr. 17-Sept. 12, 2004
Joseph Gridely
Blueberry Surprise (detail)
  Joseph Grigely: Ten Years of Conversations
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco
Apr. 17-July 4, 2004
Text-based wall pieces, installations, table-top tableaux and newly commissioned video by the artist who lost his hearing at ten years of age and now transcribes his conversations and uses the dialogues in his art
Curators: Ren de Guzman, Berin Golonu
Funding: MetLife Foundation Museum Connections Program
Stuart Davis
New York-Paris, No. 1M
  A Transatlantic Avant-Garde: American Artists in Paris, 1918-1939
Terra Museum of American Art, Chicago
Apr. 17-June 27, 2004
Organized by the Musee d'Art Americain Giverny, this exhibition of 150 paintings, sculpture and drawings by 38 artists explores cross-cultural creative exchange during 1918-1939
Curator: Sophie Levy
Catalogue: 256 pp., $39.95 cloth
Massage Group
Video still from Neck Massage: Choking leads to a firm grasp of the realities of life
  Nexus: Taiwan in Queens
Queens Museum of Art
Apr. 18-July 4, 2004
Work by 18 local Taiwanese artists, including the artist collective Massage Group and Yan Chung Hsien, who has adapted a 15th-century allegorical novel of a monk's spiritual quest to the West
Curator: Luchia Meihua Lee
Funding: Council for Cultural Affairs, Executive Yuan, Taiwan, Taipei Cultural Center, Taiwan Center
Also on view: "Ralph Bunche: Diplomat for Peace and Justice," Apr. 11-July 4, 2004
Ron Mueck
Untitled (Big Man)
  Bodily Space: New Obsessions in Figurative Sculpture
Albright-Knox Art Gallery
Apr. 20-Sept. 27, 2004
Messing with our sense of scale, via 18 works by Antony Gormley, Alan Rath, Robert Gober, Ron Mueck, Maurizio Cattelan and Charles Ray
Funding: Hodgson Russ LLP
Also on view: "Rodin: A Magnificent Obsession: Sculpture from the
Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation," Apr. 20-July 3, 2004
Wendy Wischer
Full to Wailing and Back Again
  Light and Atmosphere
Miami Art Museum
Apr. 23-Sept. 19, 2004
32 works, including three site-specific installations and an outdoor light projection, exploring the physical, psychological and metaphorical possibilities of light
Curator: Cheryl Hartup
Funding: Miami Art Museum's Annual Exhibition Fund
Fred Wilson
  Fred Wilson: Objects and Installations, 1985-2000
Studio Museum in Harlem
Apr. 28-July 4, 2004
The first retrospective of African-American postmodernist contains over 100 objects
Curator: Maurice Berger
Tour: This show was organized by the Fine Arts Gallery of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Julie Moos
Mrs. Rose and Mrs. Pleasant,
  Julie Moos: Hat Ladies
Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach
Apr. 24-July 11, 2004
18 large-scale photographs of ladies in their Sunday best from the African-American New Pilgrim Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala.
Curator: Virginia Heckert
Tour: The show was organized by the Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama
Funding: Daphne Seybolt Culpeper Foundation
Ida Applebroog
Insight Bores Me
  A Painting for Over the Sofa (That's Not Necessarily a Painting)
Spencer Museum of Art, Kansas City
Apr. 24-June 20, 2004
Debunking the notion of art as decoration are 18 mixed-media paintings with their own inflatable sofas
Curator: Bernice Steinbaum
Also on view: "American Etchers Abroad, 1880-1939," Apr. 3-June 6, 2004; "Marion Palfi Photographs," Apr. 10-June 13, 2004
Two Robes à la Polonaise
ca. 1778-80
  Dangerous Liaisons: Fashion and Furniture in the 18th Century
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Apr. 29-Aug. 8, 2004
Presented in the Met's French period rooms, "the dressed body's spatial negotiation of the 18th-century interior as a choreography of seduction and erotic play." The show is the occasion of the museum's Costume Institute Benefit Gala on Apr. 26
Curators: Harold Koda, Andrew Bolton, Ian Wardropper, Danille Kisluk-Grosheide
Catalogue: Yale University Press
Funding: Asprey, Cond Nast
Alphonse Mucha
French Poster Advertising the St. Louis 1904 Exposition
  1904: Art of the Fair
Saint Louis Museum of Art
Apr. 30-Sept.12, 2004
Original prints, photographs and drawings by Pierre Auguste Renoir, John Singer Sargent, James Abbot McNeill Whistler and other artists made either about or for the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair
Curator: Phillip Prodger