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      New This Month in U.S. Museums
Bruce Conner
  The Big Nothing
Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia
May 1-Aug. 1, 2004
Works by 60 artists, including Maurizio Cattelan, Roe Ethridge, Yves Klein, William Pope.L and Andy Warhol, whose work has something to do with nothing and nothingness
Curators: Ingrid Schaffner, Bennett Simpson, Tanya Leighton
Also on view: "Yun-Fei Ji," May 1-Aug. 1, 2004, "Ramp Project: Judy Pfaff," May 1-Aug. 1, 2004
Yvonne Rainer, Richard Move
video still from Rainer Variations
  Yvonne Rainer, Radical Juxtapositions 1961-2002
Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions
May 5-Aug. 8, 2004
New video installations, performance sets, vintage performance photographs, posters, documents, dance notations and manuscripts by the modern dance pioneer, in a show that originated at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia
Curator: Sid Sachs
Catalogue: 151 pp., $40
Funding: Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative
Shimon Attie
At Pyramide
on-location slide projection, Rome
  Shimon Attie: The History Of Another
Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago
May 6-July 2, 2004
17 photographs of site-specific installations in which photographs of Roman Jews, taken between 1890 and 1920, are projected by the artist onto ancient Roman ruins and excavation sites
Curator: Natasha Egan
Nina Levy
Greeter, Exhibitionist & Jeer
  The 179th Annual: An Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary American Art
National Academy of Design Museum
May 6-June 20, 2004
Polly Apfelbaum, Ida Applebroog, Lesley Dill, Sol Lewitt, Whitfield Lovell, Joel Shapiro, Jessica Stockholder and over 100 other artists
Funding: Peter Jay Sharp Foundation
Roger Ballen
Tommy, Samson and a mask
  Roger Ballen: Photographs
Berkeley Art Museum
May 12-Aug. 15, 2004
The first U.S. museum exhibition of work by the controversial American-born photographer of impoverished white South Africans
Curator: Rachel Teagle
Funding: Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, stART Up
Ellsworth Kelly
Self Portrait
  Ellsworth Kelly in Dallas
Dallas Museum of Art
May 15-Aug. 22, 2004
40 paintings, sculptures and works on paper selected by the artist himself
Curator: Charles Wylie
Catalogue: 57 pp., $ 19.95 paper
Funding: Contemporary Art Fund, Naomi Aberly, Laurence Lebowitz, Arlene and John Dayton, others
Norman Rockwell
Freedom of Speech
  Norman Rockwell's Four Freedoms: Paintings that Inspired a Nation
Corcoran Gallery of Art
May 15-Sept. 6, 2004
Newsreels, war bond posters, photographs, war bonds and stamps depicting the four iconic Rockwell paintings that were inspired by President Franklin D. Roosevelt's 1943 speech on fundamental America freedoms (and that were first seen in The Saturday Evening Post)
Curator: Sarah Cash
Funding: Curtis Publishing, The Saturday Evening Post
Henri Matisse
  The Pierre and Maria-Gaetana Matisse Collection
Metropolitan Museum of Art
May 18, 2004-June 26, 2005
50 works by Matisse, plus works by Loren MacIver, Jean Dubuffet, Ren Magritte, Paul Delvaux, others.
Curator: William S. Lieberman Also on view: "Andy Goldsworthy on the Roof," May 4-Oct. 31, 2004
Amadeo Modigliani
Beatrice Hastings in Front of a Door
  Modigliani: Beyond the Myth
Jewish Museum
May 21-Sept. 19, 2004
The first major museum exhibition of the Jewish artist since his 1951 Museum of Modern Art retrospective includes more than 80 paintings, sculptures and drawings
Curator: Mason Klein
Catalogue: 256 pp., Skira Editore, $50
Tour: Art Gallery of Ontario, Oct. 23-Jan. 23, 2005; Phillips Collection, Feb. 26-May 29, 2005
Funding: Jerome L. Greene Foundation
August Sander
Secretary at West German Radio in Cologne
  August Sander: People of the Twentieth Century, A Photographic Portrait of Germany
Metropolitan Museum of Art
May 25-Sept. 19, 2004
150 portraits, plus notes, from Sander's ethnographic project documenting seven German "types," from the "farmer" to the "artist," between 1911 and 1952, in a show that originated in Cologne
Curators: Gerd Sander, Gabriele Conrath-Scholl, Susanne Lange, Lisa Hostetler, Malcolm Daniel
Catalogue: $195 cloth
Funding: Museum's Visiting Committee for the Department of Photographs
Kai Althoff
Das Fleisch seiner Knochen [The flesh of his bones]
  Kai Althoff
Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
May 26-Sept. 6, 2004
140 works demonstrating the Cologne-based artist's virtuosity in photography, painting, music, installation, text and other mediums Curator: Nicholas Baume
Catalogue: 120 pp., $50
Tour: Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Sept. 23, 2004-Jan. 16, 2005
Funding: David Teiger and Institut fur Auslandsbeziehungen e.V.
Also on view: "Momentum I/ Carol Bove," May 26-Sept. 6, 2004
Leonardo da Vinci
Spray of Blackberry
ca. 1506-1508
  Painters of Reality: The Legacy of Leonardo and Caravaggio in Lombardy
Metropolitan Museum of Art
May 27-Aug. 15, 2004
Approximately 110 paintings and drawings dating from the 16th to 18th century, including work by Sofonisba Anguissola, Giacomo Ceruti, Lorenzo Lotto and other practitioners of naturalism
Curator: Andrea Bayer, Keith Christiansen, Mina Gregori
Catalogue: 259 pp., $60 cloth
Funding: Regione Lombardia, William Randolph Hearst Foundation, Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation
Still from: Last Year at Marienbad (Alain Resnais, director)
Designer: Coco Chanel
Worn by: Delphine Seyrig
France-Italy, 1961
  Cut! Costume for the Silver Screen
AXA Gallery
May 27-Aug. 21, 2004
30 iconic accoutrements by Adrian, Cecil Beaton, Coco Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld and other designers made for the likes of Jeanne Moreau, Marlene Dietrich and Leslie Caron
Curator: Marianne de Fleury
Funding: AXA Financial
Jean-Michel Othoniel
My Bed
  Othoniel - Crystal Palace
Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami
May 28-Aug. 31, 2004
A series of fantastical installations involving glass, water, crystal and metal by the young French artist
Curator: Bonnie Clearwater
Funding: Fondation Cartier, George Lindemann, Etant donnés: The French-American Fund for Contemporary Art; Cultural Services of the French Embassy in Miami.
Elizabeth Catlett
Head of a Woman
  Celebration and Vision: the Hewitt Collection of African American Art
Baltimore Museum of Art
May 30-Aug. 22, 2004
55 paintings and 20 works on paper by 21st century African American artists, including Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett and Jacob Lawrence
Curators: Susan Dackerman, Heather Egan, Lynette Roth
Funding: Bank of America
John Valdez
Car Show
  Chicano Visions: American Painters on the Verge
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
May 30-Sept. 12, 2004
25 Chicano artists, including Carlos Almaraz, Frank Romero, Gronk, Patssi Valdez and George Yepes paint images of Chicano identity in a show organized by the L.A. comic and co-star of Nash Bridges, Cheech Marin
Funding: Target Stores, Hewlett-Packard Company
Also on view: "Chicano Now: American Expressions," May 30-Sept. 12, 2004