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      New This Month in U.S. Museums
Agnes Denes
Crystal FortNieuwe Hollandse Waterlini
  Agnes Denes: Projects for Public Spaces
Chelsea Art Museum
Sept. 2-Nov. 6, 2004
The first New York retrospective of this conceptual and environmental artist includes proposal drawings, sculpture, photographs, and documentation of the ambitious public projects she created from 1968 to the present
Curator: Dan Mills
Catalogue: 56 pp., essay by Eleanor Heartney, $30 softcover
Tour: Organized in 2003 by the Samek Art Gallery at Bucknell University, the show subsequently appears at the Ewing Gallery, University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Funding: Agnes Gund and Daniel Shapiro, others.
Robert Schwartz
A Narrow Way
  Dream Games: The Art of Robert Schwartz
San Jose Museum of Art
Sept. 4, 2004-Jan. 23, 2005
Jewel-like paintings depicting mysterious narratives by the reclusive San Francisco-based painter, who died four years ago
Curator: Susan Landauer
Catalogue: 220 pp., with essays by Susan Landauer and Barry Schwabsky.
Funding: Rudolph W. Driscoll Trust, Koret Foundation
John Currin
Dressing Up
  The Charged Image from the Collection of Douglas C. Cramer
Joseloff Gallery, University of Hartford
Sept. 7-Oct. 17, 2004
Works by Ghada Amer, Louise Bourgeois, Cecily Brown, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Willem de Kooning, John Currin and many others, from the Hollywood producer who helped found L.A. MOCA and is credited with inventing the television miniseries
Catalogue: essay by Robert Rosenblum
Seaman Schepps
Ruby and Diamond Fish
  Seaman Schepps: A Century of New York Jewelry Design 1904-2004
Museum of Arts and Design, New York
Sept. 8, 2004-Jan. 2, 2005
Approximately 150 pieces of jewelry, design renderings, reproductions from fashion publications, and jewelry molds from one of Americas most innovative 20th century jewelry firms, whose clients included Marlene Dietrich, the Roosevelts and the Rockefellers and the British royal family.
Catalogue: 204 pp., with essays by jewelry historian Janet Zapata and Seaman Scheppss granddaughter Amanda Vaill, Vendome Press, $65 hardcover
Ignacio Iturria
Jugando en la Pileta (Playing in the Pool)
  Ignacio Iturria: Everything Has a Face
Boca Raton Museum of Art
Sept. 8-Nov. 7, 2004
More than 50 paintings and mixed media constructions by one of Uruguays best-known contemporary painters
Curator: Wayne Baerwaldt
Catalogue: the cover is an original artwork by Iturria, $48.95
Tour: Power Plant, Toronto, March 2005
Funding: Praxis International Art
Pepón Osorio
Face to Face
  Trials and Turbulence: Pepn Osorio, an Artist in Residence at DHS
Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia
Sept. 8-Dec. 12, 2004
In a project that caps a three-year-long artist-in-residence stint at the Philadelphia Department of Human Services (DHS), the Puerto-Rican born installation artist transforms the museums first floor galleries into a work of "social architecture" that reflects the life and lives of the welfare office
Curators: Ingrid Schaffner, Johanna Plummer
Funding: National Endowment for the Arts, University of Pennsylvania Diversity Fund, Kenneth Goldenberg - Goldenberg Realty, Philadelphia Department of Human Services, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, others
Also on view: "Ant Farm: 1968-1978," "David Lamelas: Exhibiting Mediality" and "Ramp Project: Amy Sillman," all on view Sept. 8-Dec. 12, 2004
Zoë Charlton
Homeland Security
  Talespinning: Selections Fall 2004
Drawing Center
Sept. 9-Oct. 23, 2004
Works on paper by 14 artists, selected from the centers viewing program, who create new allegories of the fantastical, the iconic, the uncanny and the mundane. Artists include Noriko Ambe, Alice Attie, Zo Charlton and Amy Wilson
Catalogue: Drawing Papers 47, with statements by the artists, $10
Donald Judd
Armchair (b48)
  Design ≠ Art: Functional Objects from Donald Judd to Rachel Whiteread
Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum
Sept. 10, 2004-Feb. 20, 2005
Functional designs by 18 artists from the past 50 years, including furniture, lighting, rugs, table settings and more by the likes of Donald Judd, Scott Burton, Richard Tuttle, Sol Lewitt, Jorge Pardo, Tom Sachs, Rosemarie Trockel and Franz West.
Curators: Barbara Bloemink, Joseph Cunningham
Catalogue: 224 pp., with essays by Barbara Bloemink, Joseph Cunningham, Richard Tuttle, Donald Judd and Scott Burton, $49.95 hardcover, $39.95 softcover
Funding: Barbara and Morton Mandel
Also on view: "Josef and Anni Albers: Designs for Living," Oct. 1, 2004-Feb. 27, 2005
Friedl Dicker-Brandeis
Untitled (Anti Capitalist Poster)
ca. 1931-35
  Innovator, Activist, Healer: The Art of Friedl Dicker-Brandeis
Jewish Museum
Sept. 10, 2004-Jan. 16, 2005
The first full-scale exhibition of the work of Dicker-Brandeis (1898-1944), who taught at the Bauhaus, features 150 works -- furniture, textiles, oil paintings, drawings, stage and costume designs.
Curator: Elena Makarova
Catalogue: 240 pp., $64.95 hardcover, $35 softcover
Ilya Kabakov
Before the Exam (detail)
  The Teacher and the Student: Charles Rosenthal and Ilya Kabakov
Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland
Sept. 10, 2004-Jan. 2, 2005
Timed to coincide with Kabakovs 70th birthday, this show is a "total installation" of over 100 monumental paintings, sculpture fragments, drawings and didactic portfolios displayed throughout the museums main galleries, which the artist is transforming into a Beaux Arts-style museum ("Charles Rosenthal," a representational painter, is a fictional creation of Kabakovs).
Curator: Jill Snyder
Catalogue: designed by Ilya Kabakov.
Albrecht Dörer
Melancholia I
  Proof of Genius: The Prints of Albrecht Dürer
UCLA Hammer Museum
Sept. 11, 2004-Jan. 2, 2005
Approximately 30 woodcuts, engravings and etchings from UCLAs Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts
Curator: Cynthia Burlingham
Robert Smithson
Spiral Jetty
  Robert Smithson
Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art
Sept. 12-Dec. 3, 2004
The first comprehensive retrospective of earthwork artist Robert Smithson (1938-73) features over 150 works, including paintings, works on paper, essays, photographs, objects, and films from 1955 to 1973.
Curators: Eugenie Tsai, Connie Butler
Tour: Dallas Museum of Art, Jan. 14-April 3, 2005; Whitney Museum of American Art, summer 2005
Catalogue: 228 pp., with essays by Eugenie Tsai, Thomas Crow and Connie Butler, $34.95
Funding: Ahmanson Foundation, Henry Luce Foundation, Altria Group, Inc., The Barbara and Fred Kort Family Foundation in honor of Tom Unterman, Janet and Tom Unterman, Dwell, Fifth Floor Foundation, Emily Rauh Pulitzer.
Julian Schnabel
  Tear Down This Wall: Paintings from the 1980s
Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art
Sept. 12, 2004-Jan. 3, 2005
Works by Julian Schnabel, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Carroll Dunham, Eric Fischl and Jörg Immendorff from MOCAs own prodigious collection
Robbert Flick
SV66, at Solstice
from "Sequential Views"
  Trajectories: The Photographic Work of Robbert Flick
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Sept. 12, 2004-Jan. 9, 2005
The first major retrospective of this Los Angeles landscape photographer includes 80 works that follow Flicks progression from straight black-and-white photography in the late 1960s to the color digital pictures he is making today.
Curator: Tim B. Wride
Catalogue: 317 pp., with essays by Tim B. Wride, Michael Dear and David Ulin, $85 clothbound
Funding: Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
Atsuko Tanaka
Electric Dress
  Electrifying Art: Atsuko Tanaka, 1954-1968
Grey Art Gallery, NYU
Sept. 14-Dec. 11, 2004
The Japanese artists most famous work, Electric Dress (1956), is accompanied by 15 early abstract paintings and 40 drawings Curators: Ming Tiampo, Mizuho Katö
Catalogue: 128 pp., with essays by Ming Tiampo and Mizuho Kato and a compilation of Tanakas writings, $30 hardcover
Tour: Belkin Art Gallery, University of British Columbia, Canada
A black buck
India (Mughal)
ca. 1650
  In the Realm of Gods and Kings: Arts of India
Asia Society
Sept. 14, 2004-Jan. 2, 2005
The more than 75 works on viewpaintings, decorative objects, sculpture and photography from the 2nd century B.C.E. to the early 20th centuryare selections from the Cynthia and Leon Polsky collection, rounded out by loans from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. (Cynthia Polsky either donated or provided the Met with funds to purchase these objects.) The exhibition is especially strong on Indian art from the 16th to 19th centuries, the focus of the Polskys collection
Curator: Dr. Vishakha N. Desai
Catalogue: 380 pp., essays by Dr. Vishakha N. Desai, John Falconer, Dr. Navina Haidar, Jeremiah Losty and Michael Spink, $60 hardcover
Funding: Merrill Lynch
Also on view: "When Gold Blossoms: Indian Jewelry from the Susan L. Beningson Collection," Sept. 14, 2004-Jan. 23, 2005
Byron Kim photographed
in front of Grunion Run
  Threshold: Byron Kim 1990-2004
Berkeley Art Museum
Sept. 15-Dec. 12, 2004
The first major museum retrospective of the Korean American artist
Curator: Eugenie Tsai
Catalogue: 100 pp., with essays by Eugenie Tsai, Constance Lewallen, Anoka Faruqee, and Byron Kim, $25 paper
Tour: Samsung Museum, Seoul, Mar. 10-May 8, 2005; MCA San Diego, May 29-Sept. 4, 2005; Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, N.C., Oct. 23, 2005-Jan. 22, 2006; Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, dates to be announced; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, summer 2006; Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Oct. 14, 2006-Jan. 7, 2007
Funding: Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Peter Norton Family Foundation, RBC Dain Rauscher, Consortium for the Arts at UC Berkeley.
Lisa Larsen
Jacqueline Kennedy dancing at her wedding reception
September 14, 1953
  Looking at LIFE
International Center of Photography
Sept. 17-Nov. 28, 2004
200 prints from the entire span of LIFE Magazine (1936-72), including works by Margaret Bourke-White, W. Eugene Smith, Gordon Parks, Larry Burrows and Robert Capa
Curator: Carol Squiers, Vanessa Rocco
Catalogue: a related publication, The Great LIFE Photographers, is available from Bulfinch Press
Funding: LIFE Magazine, Time Inc.
Also on view: "Ant Farm Presents Media Burn and The Eternal Frame," "JFK for President: Photographs by Cornell Capa," "Inconvenient Evidence: Iraqi Prison Photographs from Abu Ghraib," Sept. 17-Nov. 28, 2004
Terry Winters
Computational Architecture
  Terry Winters: Paintings, Drawings, Prints 1994-2004
Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Mass.
Sept. 17, 2004-Jan. 2, 2005
A decades worth of Winters work, including his artists books, organized into seven chronological groups
Curator: Adam D. Weinberg
Catalogue: 176 pp., with essays by Richard Shiff and Adam D. Weinberg, $50 hardcover
Tour: Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, Jan. 23-Apr. 17, 2005; Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Apr. 30-July 10, 2005
Kwabena P. Slaughter
The Poetry of Facts
  Adaptive Behavior
New Museum of Contemporary Art
Sept. 18-Nov. 13, 2004
Works by Robin Rhode, Kerry Tribe, Robert Melee and eight other artists whose video and photos blur the boundaries between performance and normal behavior, in a show mounted at the museum's temporary outpost, The Chelsea Art Museum
Curators: Trevor Smith, Yukie Kamiya, Dan Cameron
Also on view: "Rules of Crime: Kayle Brandon & Heath Bunting," Sept. 18-Nov. 13, 2004
Jessica Stockholder
  Jessica Stockholder: Kissing the Wall: Works, 1988-2003
Blaffer Gallery
Sept. 18-Nov. 21, 2004
35 sculptures, wall works and drawings chart the assemblage artists career
Curator: Terrie Sultan, Nancy Doll
Catalogue: 96 pp., with essays by Elspeth Carruthers and Miwon Kwon
Tour: Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Feb. 13-May 8, 2005
Sponsor: Altria Group, Inc.
Also on view: A new installation by Stockholder, Sam Walked on Sand or Sand Walked on Sam, will be on view at the Rice University Art Gallery, Sept. 16-Oct. 31, 2004
Alfred William Hunt
Finchale Priory
  The Poetry of Truth: Alfred William Hunt and the Art of Landscape
Yale Center for British Art
Sept. 18-Dec. 12, 2004
65 watercolors, drawings, sketchbooks and oils by the 19th century, John Ruskin-inspired British landscape painter.
Curator: Christopher Newall, Colin Harrison, Scott Wilcox
Catalogue: 184 pp., with essays by Scott Wilcox, Christopher Newall
Tour: Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, Jan. 26-Apr. 3, 2005
Paul Swenbeck
Specter of the Brocken (work in progress, detail)
  Paul Swenbeck: Specter of the Brocken
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Sept. 18-Nov. 21, 2004
A site specific installation by the Philadelphia artist uses cast resin creatures, Plexiglas ghosts, wall murals, mirrors and theatrical lighting to explore the myth of the Brocken, a demonic apparition once believed to inhabit the German Harz Mountains.
Curator: Alex Baker
Also on view: "Heartland: Paintings and Drawings by Bo Bartlett, 1978-2002," Sept. 18-Nov. 14, 2004
Shahzia Sikander
Production still from a work in progress
  Shahzia Sikander: Nemesis
Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Sept. 19, 2004-Jan. 2, 2005
The latest works by the Pakistan-born artist, including animations, drawings and a site-specific installation
Curators: Ian Berry, Jessica Hough
Catalogue: 96 pp., with essay by Jessica Hough and short fiction by Mohsin Hamid
Jan Matulka
Boats and Houses - Gloucester
ca. 1935
  Jan Matulka: The Global Modernist
Montclair Art Museum
Sept. 19, 2004-Jan. 16, 2005
66 paintings, watercolors, drawings, and prints made by the Czech-American modernist between 1916 and 1950.
Curator: Patterson Sims with TMG Projects and the estate of Jan Matulka
Catalogue: 72 pp., essay by Whitney Rugg, $25
Tour: Greenville (S.C.) County Museum of Art, Mar. 1-May 1, 2005; Lowe Art Museum, Coral Gables, June 18-July 24, 2005; Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, Aug. 27- Nov.27, 2005; Avampato Discovery Museum, Charleston, W.V., Jan. 14-Mar. 19, 2006; Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Apr. 19-June 11, 2006
Also on view: "Indian Space Works from the Montclair Art Museums Permanent Collection," Sept. 19, 2004-Jan. 16, 2005
Lothar Baumgarten
Memphis Bridge, St. Louis San Francisco Railway Harahan Bridge, Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad Mississippi River, Memphis, Tennessee
  Lothar Baumgarten: Carbon
Dallas Museum of Art
Sept. 19-Dec. 5, 2004
Three large wall drawings, 116 photographs and other works form the most comprehensive presentation of the German artists "Carbon" project, a documentation of the six months he spent traveling Americas railroad tracks in 1989.
Curator: John R. Lane
      Personal Affects: Power and Poetics in Contemporary South African Art
Museum for African Art, New York
Sept. 21, 2004-Jan. 3, 2005
Commemorating the first decade of democracy in South Africa, this show consists of newly commissioned and recently produced works by 17 South African artists including Jane Alexander, Wim Botha, Steven Cohen, Churchill Madikida, Mustafa Maluka, Thando Mama, Samson Mudzunga, Jay Pather, Johannes Phokela, Robin Rhode, Claudette Schreuders, Berni Searle, Doreen Southwood, Clive van den Berg, Minnette Vári, Diane Victor and Sandile Zulu. An accompanying performing arts program is being held at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine.
Curators: Laurie Ann Farrell, David Brodie, Churchill Madikida, Sophie Perryer, Liese van der Watt
Catalogue: 176 pp., with essays by Okwui Enwezor, Tracy Murinik and Liese van der Watt, $40 paper
Funding: Spier, International Marketing Council
Louisa Matthíasdóttir
Self-Portrait with Red Kerchief
ca. 1980
  Louisa Matthíasdóttir: A Retrospective
Scandinavia House, New York
Sept. 21-Nov. 13, 2004
About 75 works including oil paintings, miniatures, works on paper and rarely seen clothing patterns spanning the 60-year career of this Iceland-born artist, who died four years ago
Catalogue: essays by Hilton Kramer and Nicholas Fox Weber
Shomei Tomatsu
Untitled (Iwakuni)
from the series "Chewing Gum and Chocolate"
  Shomei Tomatsu: Skin of the Nation
Japan Society Gallery
Sept. 22, 2004-Jan. 2, 2005
Some 260 photographs drawing largely from Tomatsus own collection cover 50 years of the Japanese photographers depictions of the people, cities and rural landscapes of postwar Japan
Curators: Sandra Phillips, Leo Rubinfien
Catalogue: 208 pp., $45 (clothcover), with essays by Sandra Phillips, Leo Rubinfien, John W. Dower
Tour: Corcoran Gallery of Art, May 21-Aug. 29, 2005; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Oct. 15, 2005-Feb. 12, 2006; Fotomuseum, Winterthur, Sept. 1-Nov. 12, 2006
Funding: Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Boris Mikhailov
From the series "Red, USSR"
  Boris Mikhailov: A Retrospective
Institute of Contemporary Art Boston
Sept. 22, 2004-Jan. 2, 2005
500 photographs from 25 different series by the Ukrainian photographer known for his documentation of the Soviet Union at its height, decline and fall
Curator: Emily Moore coordinated the Boston showing
Catalogue: 176 pp., with essays by Urs Stahel, Ekaterina Dyogot, Anne von der Heiden, Michael Schischkin, Inka Schube, Helen Petrovsky and Margarita Tupitsyn, $45 cloth
Tour: The show was organized by the Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland, where it appeared last year; the Boston ICA is its only U.S. stop
Also on view: "Momentum 2/Lucy McKenzie," Sept. 22, 2004-Jan. 2, 2005
Vincet Mazeau
EVIL/EXIT- Theater
  Nothing Compared to This: ambient, incidental and new minimal tendencies in current art
Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati
Sept. 24-Nov. 28, 2004
Works by Ricci Albenda, Francis Cape, Martin Creed, Do Ho Suh, Brian Eno, Gaylen Gerber, Liam Gillick, Dominque Gonzalez-Foerster, Kara Hamilton, Vincent Mazeau, Jorge Pardo, Todd Pavlisko, Karin Sander, Tavares Strachan, Iran do Esprito Santo, Rikrit Tiranvanija and Andrea Zittel
Curator: Charles Desmarais.
Pavel Tchelitchew
Costume design for Errante
  Ballets Russes to Balanchine: Dance at the Wadsworth Atheneum
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
Sept. 25, 2004-Jan. 2, 2005
Celebrating the centennial of ballet choreographer George Balanchine, via 80 works of art, more than 25 costumes, and archival material and photographs, by artists Léon Bakst, Alexandre Benois, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Natalia Goncharova, André Derain, Giorgio de Chirico, Pavel Tchelitchew and others. The exhibition includes set and costume designs from the museums Serge Lifar Collection (a dancer, Lifar was Diaghilevs last protégé)
Catalogue: 48 pp., with essays by Eric M. Zafran, Eugene R. Gaddis, and Susan Hood
Funding: Katherine S. Hoffman and Dr. Anthony S. Krausen Fund, David T. Langrock Foundation, Linda and Edmund Sonnenblick, Sotheby's
Yang Fudong
An Estranged Paradise 1997 - 2002
  Yang Fudong
Renaissance Society, University of Chicago
Sept. 26-Nov. 7, 2004
Among the five works on view by this young, Shanghai-based filmmaker are the second chapter of his five-part film Seven Chinese Intellectuals and his earlier film An Estranged Paradise
  European Bronzes from the Quentin Collection
Frick Collection
Sept. 28, 2004-Jan. 2, 2005
Nearly 40 statuettes from the 15th-18th centuries in bronze, terracotta and precious metal, by such masters as Giambologna and Francesco Fanelli, from a little-known private collection
Curator: Organized at the Frick by Denise Allen
Catalogue: 360 pp., with essays by Dr. Manfred Leithe-Jasper and Patricia Wengraf, $125 cloth
Incense Burner (sahumador)
late 18th century
  The Colonial Andes: Tapestries and Silverwork, 15301830
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Sept. 29-Dec. 12, 2004
The Mets most ambitious show of Latin American material in over a decade features more than 175 works, including Inca and colonial garments and tapestries, and ritual and domestic silverwork, drawn from museums, churches and private collections in South America Europe and the United States
Curators: Johanna Hecht, Elena Phipps
Catalogue: 400 pp., with essays by Elena Phipps and Johanna Hecht, $75 cloth
Funding: Univision Communications Inc., Reed Foundation