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Stem cup
China, Ming dynasty, Xuande period (1426-35)
  Defining Yongle: Imperial Art in Early 15th-Century China
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Apr. 1-July 10, 2005
50 objects from the imperial workshop of the Yongle Emperor (1403-1424)
Curators: Denise Patry Leidy, James C.Y. Watt
Funding: Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Foundation
James McNeill Whistler
La Petite Mephisto
ca. 1884
  Small Masterpieces: Whistler Paintings from the 1880s
Freer Gallery
Apr. 2-continues indefinitely
24 of the strikingly sketchy and abstract paintings, done quickly from life or in the studio, that influenced similar works by Walter Sickert, Childe Hassam, John Twachtman and others
Curator: Kenneth Myers
Marilyn Minter
  New Work: Marilyn Minter
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Apr. 1-July 24, 2005
High-key erotic close-ups of women's mouths in photographs and paintings by the New York artist, in the third of the museum's "New Works" exhibitions
Curator: Joshua Shirkey
Funding: Betlach Family Foundation, Collectors Forum, Mimi and Peter Haas, Nancy and Steven Oliver, Robin Wright
Brass Candlestick
Egypt, late 13th or early 14th century
  Palace and Mosque: Islamic Art from the Victoria and Albert Museum
Kimbell Art Museum
Apr. 3-Sept. 4, 2005
Islamic art objects, books, architectural design and more dating from the 8th to the 19th centuries, in the second and final stop of a traveling exhibition that premiered at the National Gallery of Art
Funding: Mohammed Jameel
Max Ernst
Fireside Angel
  Max Ernst: A Retrospective
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Apr. 7-July 10, 2005
180 works by the Surrealist artist
Curators: Sabine Rewald, Werner Spies
Catalogue: 328 pp., Metropolitan Museum, $65
Funding: Atlanta AG
Elmgreen & Dragset
Monument to Short Term Memory
  Monuments for the USA
CAA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts
Apr. 7-May 14, 2005
Proposals for monuments by over 50 artists, including Monica Bonvicini, Los Carpinteros, Martin Creed, Jeremy Deller, Jessica Diamond, Hans Haacke, Thomas Hirschhorn, Brad Kahlhamer, Yoshua Okun and Olav Westphalen
Curator: Ralph Rugoff
Tour: tba
Also on view: "Tariq Alvi," "Anthony Burdin."
Encircling fishing net
Japan, designed 1996, manufactured 2003
  Extreme Textiles: Designing for High Performance
Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum
Apr. 8, 2005-Jan. 15, 2006
Recent technical advancements in textiles, displayed side-by-side with works from the museum's extensive permanent collection
Curator: Matilda McQuaid
Catalogue: 224 pp., Princeton Architectural Press, $45
Funding: Coby Foundation, Ltd., Elise Jaffe + Jeffrey Brown, J. M. Kaplan Fund, Stephen McKay, Inc., Target
Mahomi Kunikata
The Desk and Chair are too small
  Little Boy
Japan Society
Apr. 8-July 25, 2005
The third installment of artist Takashi Murakami's "Superflat" trilogy presenting works from the "otaku" Japanese youth subculture includes public installations around New York, courtesy the Public Art Fund
Curator: Takashi Murakami
Catalogue: Little Boy: The Arts of Japan's Exploding Subculture, 272 pp., Yale, $60
Adriaen van de Velde
Pastoral Landscape with Ruins
  Time and Transformation in 17th Century Dutch Art
Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College
Apr. 8-June 19, 2005
90 wporks dating from 1600 to 1690 by Rembrandt, Ruisdael, Cuyp, Wtewael, Bloemaert and more, in the first exhibition to examine how Dutch artists dwelt on the workings of time and circumstance upon the physical world
Curator: Susan Donahue Kuretsky
Catalogue: 352 pp., University of Washington Press, $60
Tour: Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Aug. 20-Oct. 30, 2005; J.B. Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Jan. 10-Mar. 26, 2006
Anne Chu
  Anne Chu
Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami
Apr. 9-July 3
35 marionette-like sculptures and 30 works on paper in the largest survey of the artist's work to date
Curator: Bonnie Clearwater
Funding: Francie Bishop Good, David Horvitz
Edward Hopper
The Lonely House
  At the Window: Etchings by Edward Hopper
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Apr. 9-July 31, 2005
Approximately 50 works, ca. 1918-1926, from the museum collection
Curators: Christa Carroll, John Ittman
Steve Mumford
Lead Humvee on River Road
  Art of Aggression
Moore Space, Miami
Apr. 14-July 1, 2005
Works by Wayne Gonzales, Emily Jacir, An-My L, Mark Lombardi, Mary Ellen Mark, Dominic McGill, Steve Mumford, Josh On & Futurefarmers, Martha Rosler, and Moises Saman
Curators: Jean Crutchfield, Robert Hobbs
Also: "Drawing From Life: Steve Mumford In Iraq 2003-2004" and "E-Flux Video Rental"
Maurice Sendak
detail from Where the Wild Things Are
  Wild Things: The Art of Maurice Sendak
Jewish Museum
Apr. 15-Aug. 14, 2005
Drawings, posters, costumes, sets and more chronicle 50 years of work by the illustrator and author famous for the children's classics Where the Wild Things Are and In the Night Kitchen
Curator: Claudia Nahson
Funding: Joseph Alexander Foundation, Empire State Development Corporation, Susan and Leonard Feinstein, Eugene M. and Emily Grant Foundation, Second Century Society
Terry Allen
Middle C
  Terry Allen: Stories from Dugout
Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston
Apr. 16-June 11, 2005
Love between a baseball player and a honky-tonk piano player, via a narrative installation by the Texas native
Funding: Charles Butt, Marilyn Oshman
Kazuo Shiraga
  The Shape of Time
Walker Art Center
Apr. 17-Aug. 3, 2005
One of seven exhibitions debuting the refurbished and expanded galleries of the Minneapolis museum
Also on view: "Shadowland: An Exhibition as a Film," "Urban Cocktail," "Elemental," "Mythologies," more.
Mummy Mask
late 1st century bc to early 1st century ad
  Mummies: Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt
Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, Santa Ana, Ca.
Apr. 17, 2005-Apr. 15, 2007
140 ancient Egyptian objects (including 14 mummies) from the British Museum
Curators: Nigel Strudwick, John Taylor
Catalogue: 244 pp, $29.95.
Digital image of winning proposal for the High Line
by Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro
  The High Line
Museum of Modern Art
Apr. 19-July 18, 2005
Models and digital renderings of the winning design for the rehabilitation of the High Line elevated railway along Manhattan's West Side
Curator: Tina di Carlo
Gabriele Di Matteo
History Stripped Bare (detail)
Grey Art Gallery, NYU
Apr. 19-July 16, 2005
The ambiguities of expression, via works by 14 emerging European artists (Christian Anderson, Olivier Blanckart, Valentin Carron, Gabriele Di Matteo, Lara Favaretto, Laurent Grasso, Bob Gramsma, Graham Gussin, Leopold Kessler, Adam McEwen, Werner Reiterer, Nedko Solakov, Jean-Luc Verna and Ben Woodeson) in a show presented with the Swiss Institute in SoHo
Curator: Marc-Olivier Wahler
Funding: Abby Weed Grey Trust, Pro Helvetia, tant Donns, Consulate General of Sweden, New York, Danish Arts Council, Fundao Luso-Americano Para o Desenvolvimento, IASPIS
Alain Bublex recommendation
  Alain Bublex: Plug-In City (Houston)
Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston
April 22-June 11, 2005
An imaginary Houston, via large-scale photos by the French photographer and conceptual artist
Funding: tant Donn
Sol Lewitt
proposal for wall drawing
  Sol LeWitt on the Roof: Splotches, Whirls, and Twirls
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Apr. 26-Oct. 30, 2005 (weather permitting)
Five recent sculptures and one wall drawing installed in the Met's Iris B. Cantor Roof Garden
Funding: Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon B. Polsky
Chris Ofili
  Chris Ofili: Afro Muses
Studio Museum in Harlem
Apr. 27-July 3, 2005
Regal portraits of African kings and queens from the Afro-British yBa
Curator: Thelma Golden
Funding: Melva Bucksbaum, Raymond Learsy, Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, Peter Jay Sharp Foundation
Also: "Bill Traylor, William Edmonson, and the Modernist Impulse," a touring exhibition of over 50 drawings and 25 sculptures
Erick Swenson
Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia
Apr. 30-Aug. 1, 2005
New work by Louise Bourgeois, Troy Brauntuch, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Patty Chang, and Erick Swenson
Also on view: "Richard Pettibone: A Retrospective"