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Mona Hatoum
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Mona Hatoum
New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
Dec. 4, 1997 - Feb. 22, 1998
A video of the artist's esophagus, a cross of stacked metal cots and a cell of chicken-wire cages in this first U.S. survey of the Palestinian artist living and working in London.
Curator: Jessica Morgan, Chicago MCA assistant curator
Catalogue essays: Jessica Morgan and Dan Cameron
Sponsors: Lannan Foundation, Peter Norton Family Foundation and the Diana Tamari Sabbagh Foundation.

Gabriele Münter
The Village Church
Gabriele Münter: The Years of Expressionism, 1903-1920
Milwaukee Art Museum
Dec. 5, 1997 - Mar. 1, 1998
Presenting 70 paintings, drawings and prints by Kandinsky's protege & mistress who cofounded the Munich-based Blue Rider group.
Curator: U. Chicago art historian Reinhold Heller
Stops: Columbus Museum of Art, Apr. 18 - Jun. 21, 1998; Virginia MFA, Richmond, July 13 - Sept. 20, 1998; McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Nov. 3, 1998 - Jan. 5, 1999.
Sponsors: Olsten Staffing Services; Lufthansa.

John Altoon
John Altoon
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego
Dec. 7, 1997 - Mar. 11, 1998
The first museum retrospective of the late California artist (1925-1969) features his brazen nudes, plus Pollock-inspired abstractions and airbrush drawings.
Co-curators: Hugh M. Davies and Andrea Hales
Catalogue essays: Art historian Peter Selz, Altoon's psychoanalyst Dr. Milton Wexler, the poet Robert Creely and Andrea Hales.
Sponsors: L.J. Cella, Elizabeth Cella, Arpa Foundation for Film, Music and Art and the NEA

Théophile Bra
[unity synthesized iconography...]

The Drawing Speaks: Théophile Bra, Works 1826-1855
Menil Collection, Houston
Dec. 12, 1997 - Mar. 29, 1998
50 little-known drawings by the mystical 19th-century sculptor whose work anticipated Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism.
Curator: Jacques de Caso, art historian, U. Cal., Berkeley.
Catalogue essays: Jacques de Caso and Andre Bigotte, librarian of Douai (Bra's birthplace)
Stops: University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City; Musée de la Chartreuse, Douai, France
Sponsors: The Menil Collection, Inc. and Louise Ferrari

Henry Darger
Spangled Benglins
Henry Darger: The Unreality of Being
High Museum, Atlanta
Dec. 13, 1997 - Mar. 7, 1998
58 watercolor drawings extracted from the former janitor's 12-volume novel chronicling the battle to free child slaves from an army of evil soldiers.
Organizer: University of Iowa Museum of Art

Scenes from
The Tale of Genji
ca. 1599
Twelve Centuries of Japanese Art from the Imperial Collections
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Dec. 14, 1997 - Mar. 8, 1998
1,200 years of Japanese refinement, via 76 works.
Curator: James Ulak, Freer and Sackler curator
Catalogue essay: Freer and Sackler associate curator Ann Yonemura
Organizers: Imperial Household Agency; Agency for Cultural Affairs; Japan Foundation; Smithsonian Institution.
Sponsors: Henry Luce Foundation; Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Fund; Smithsonian Institution Special Exhibition Fund; Japan World Exposition Commemorative Fund.

Rosa Bonheur
Race of Wild Horses
Rosa Bonheur: All Nature's Children
Dahesh Museum
Dec. 17, 1997 - Feb. 21, 1998
60 works by 19th-century animalier who wore men's clothing in order to freely sketch her subjects in the slaughterhouses and horse markets of Paris. The Dahesh is the only U.S. venue.
Curator: Dahesh director David Farmer
Catalogue essays: Gabe Weisberg, Britta Dwyer, Christina Portell, Helen LaFonte-Couturier, Annie Paule Quinsac
Additional organizers: Musée des Beaux Arts, Bordeaux; Musée de l'Ecole de Barbizon-Auberge Ganne
Sponsors: Citibank, Bankers Trust, Edward Foss Wilson Trust, Bordeaux Wine Bureau and the Alliance Francaise/French Institute.

Carlos Alfonzo
Triumph of the Spirit: Carlos Alfonzo, A Survey 1975-1991
Miami Art Museum
Dec. 18, 1997 - Mar. 8, 1998
71 works by the late Cuban American painter.
Curator: Hirshorn assistant curator Olga M. Viso
Catalogue essays: Olga M. Viso, Dan Cameron and César Trasobares
Stops: Hirshorn Museum, June, 1998
Sponsors: NEA; State of Florida Challenge Grant; Anonymous Gift in Memory of Carlos M. Artigas; Saks Fifth Avenue; Judith Rothschild Foundation; Mr. and Mrs. Juan P. Loumiet.

Zaha Hadid
Malevich Tektonik

Constructed Landscapes: Projects by Zaha Hadid
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Dec. 19, 1997 - Mar. 10, 1998
Two dozen images by the Iraqi-born British architect whose suprematist-inspired city drawings defy gravity.
Curator: Aaron Betsky, SFMOMA curator of architecture and design
Sponsors: Modern Art Council; Architectural Foundation of San Francisco; American Institute of Architects San Francisco Chapter.

Jose de Paez
The Adoration of the
Sacred Heart of Jesus
with Saints Ignatius Loyola
and Aloysuis Gonzaga

The Body of Christ in the Art of Europe and New Spain 1150-1800
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Dec. 21, 1997 - Apr. 12, 1998
Christ in 75 works by Dürer, Botticelli, Rubens, Veronese, etc.
Curator: MFA curator James Clifton
Catalogue essays: James Clifton and Rice U. professors Linda Neagley and David Nirenberg
Sponsor: Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas R. Reckling III