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      New This Month in U.S. Museums
 
 
 
Catherine Chalmers
Preying Mantis
from "Food Chain"
  Multiple Sensations: Series, Collections, Obsessions
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco
Aug. 5-Oct. 22, 2000
Nine projects exploring ideas of collecting and seriality, including "On the Edge of the Western World: Selections from the nvisible Museum," Catherine Chalmers' "Food Chain" and the Brooklyn-based gallery Pierogi 2000's "Flat Files."
Curators: René de Guzman and Natasha Boas, Yerba Buena Center.
Funding: Lannan Foundation, Koret Foundation, AT&T, LEF, Hitachi American, Ltd., Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, Bank of America, Columbia, and the members of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
 
 
 
Chris Burden
A Tale of Two Cities
1981
  Chris Burden
Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, Calif.
Aug. 5-Feb.11, 2001
A Tale of Two Cities, a room size installation that incorporates over 5,000 war toys plus sand, rocks and houseplants.
Funding: Ben C. Deane.
 
 
 
Frederic Edwin Church
The Iceberg
1875
  Frederic Edwin Church
Terra Museum of American Art, Chicago
Aug. 5-Oct. 1, 2000
More than 50 works survey the artist's career -- from paintings of the Hudson Valley to scenes of the Arctic, Central and South America, Europe and the Middle East.
Curators: Organized by Berry-Hill Galleries, N.Y.
Tour: Portland [Ore.] Art Museum, Oct. 21-Jan. 10, 2001; Portland [Me.] Museum of Art, Jan. 18-Mar. 18, 2001.
 
 
 
Barbara Bloom
The Gaze
1985-1992
  Barbara Bloom: The Gaze and The Nature of Seeing: Works from the Collection
Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, N.Y.
Aug. 5-Sept. 17, 2000
An installation, The Gaze (1986), which veils the museum's collection of 19th and 20th century art. Presented in conjunction with "Summer Sculpture: Peter Schlesinger" and a lecture series on visual perception and new ways of looking.
Curator: Alicia Longwell, Parrish Art Museum.
Funding: Helene and Whitney Stevens; William Rosenwald Family Fund, Inc.
 
 
 
John Gutmann
The Cry
1939
  John Gutmann: Culture Shock
Museum of Contemporary Art at California Plaza, Los Angeles
Aug. 6-Nov. 5, 2000
More than 50 years of work, featuring 100 photographs selected by the artist shortly before his death in 1998.
Curators: Joel Leivick and Bernard Barryte.
Catalogue: 144 pp. Essay by Sandra S. Phillips, SF MOMA photo curator.
Funding: Organized by the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University and made possible in part by a generous grant from Capital Group Companies, Inc. and Capital Group Foundation; Audrey M. Irmas.
 
 
 
Adrian Piper
Performance of Some Reflective Surfaces at the Whitney Museum
  MEDI(t)Ations: Adrian Piper's Videos, Installations, Performances, and Soundworks 1968-1992
Museum of Contemporary Art at Calif. Plaza, Los Angeles
Aug. 6-Nov. 5, 2000
The first major survey of the artist's characteristically political, conceptual and performative media and time-based work. Also includes video and audio interviews with the artist.
Curators: Organized by independent curator Dara Meyers-Kingsley and coordinated at MOCA by associate curator Connie Butler.
Catalogue: Includes critical essays by Berger, Piper and critic Laura Cottingham.
Funding: Catherine and Jeffrey Soros; MOCA Contemporaries.
 
 
 
Charlotte Solomon
from Life? or Theatre? A Play with Music
1940-42
  Charlotte Salomon: Life? Or Theatre?
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Aug. 9-Oct. 29, 2000
Includes more than 400 semi-autobiographical paintings from a series of over 780 small gouaches, made while the artist was in exile in the South of France between 1940 and 1942. She died in Auschwitz at age 26.
Curator: Cheryl Brutvan, MFA. The exhibition is organized by the Royal Academy of Arts, London.
 
 
 
Christian Boltanski
Les Concessions
1996
(detail)
  Christian Boltanski: Reflection
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Aug. 9-Nov. 12, 2000
Hundreds of mirrors and the artist's own archive of second-hand photographs printed on fabric in an installation created specifically for the MFA.
Curator: Cheryl Brutvan, MFA.
 
 
    The Queen of the Angels
J. Paul Getty Museum
Aug. 15-Nov. 5, 2000
The Virgin Mary, via 400 years of illuminated manuscripts. A related exhibition, "The Making of a Medieval Book" (Aug. 15-Nov. 5, 2000) explains the labor-intensive process by which illuminated manuscripts were made during the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
 
 
 
A work from "Skyscrapers"
  Skyscrapers: The New Millennium
Art Institute of Chicago
Aug. 19-Jan. 15, 2001
Drawings and models of more than 70 high-rise buildings that have been completed in the past five or six years, or are currently under construction. Includes the newly finished Jin Mao Building in Shanghai by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, the newly opened SONY Center in Berlin, designed by Chicago's Helmut Jahn as well as environmentally conscious skyscrapers by Sir Norman Foster, Ken Yeang and others.
Curators: John Zukowsky and Martha Thorne, Art Institute.
Catalogue: 160 pp., Prestel Verlag, Munich.
Tour: Museum of San Francisco International Airport and the Octagon Museum of the American Institute of Architects in Washington, D.C., dates TBA.
Funding: Julien J. Studley, Inc.; Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.
 
 
 
Linda St. John
Fifty Girls in Feed Sack Dresses
(detail)
  Back to School: Fifty Girls in Feed Sack Dresses
Santa Monica Museum of Art
Aug. 22-Sept. 12, 2000
An installation of 50 life-sized paper dolls made by N.Y. based artist and designer Linda St. John.
 
 
 
Hale Woodruff
Relics
ca. 1931-46
  Southern Exposure: Works by Winfred Rembert and Hale Woodruff
Yale University Art Gallery
Aug. 22-Nov. 26, 2000
Images of racially segregated rural Georgia in the mid-20th-century.
Curators: Jock Reynolds, Yale University Art Gallery Director and Mary Kordack, Yale University Art Gallery.
 
 
 
Dawoud Bey
Man Looking at Pants in Fulton Street
1989
  The Persistence of Photography in American Portraiture
Yale University Art Gallery
Aug. 22-Nov. 26, 2000
Portraits by everyone from Walker Evans, Robert Frank and Harry Callahan to Nathan Lyons, John Coplans and Tina Barney. Among the painters are Chuck Close, Roy Lichtenstein and Robert Rauschenberg.
Curator: Jock Reynolds, Yale University Art Gallery Director.
 
 
 
Mask
Western France
ca. 1125
  Before and After the End of Time: Architecture and the Year 1000
Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University
Aug. 26-Jan. 21, 2000
The dawn of Romanesque architecture, fantastical visions of the Heavenly Jerusalem, apocalyptic images by artists such as Odilon Redon, more.
Curators: Christine Smith, Harvard Graduate School of Design, and Marjorie B. Cohn, Fogg Art Museum.
 
 
    When Reason Dreams: Drawings Inspired by the Visionary, the Fantastic, and the Unreal
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Aug. 26-Oct. 29, 2000
Works on paper from the museum collection dating from the 1780s and 1790s (Sir Thomas Lawrence, William Blake) to the 1990s (Raymond Pettibon, Nicola Tyson).
Curator: Ann Percy, Philadephia Museum.
 
 
    The Nightingale's Song: Nurses and Nursing
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Aug. 26-Oct. 29, 2000
Drawn entirely from the museum's Ars Medica Collection, 80 prints, drawings and photographs, tracing the history of the nursing profession over six centuries and across four continents.
Curators: William H. Helfand and John Ittman, Philadelphia Museum.
Funding: SmithKline Beecham and others.
 
 
    Peter Paul Rubens and the Art of Drawing in Flanders
J. Paul Getty Museum
Aug. 29-Oct. 22, 2000
Drawings by the Baroque master, with the newly acquired The Assumption of the Virgin (ca. 1624) as the focal point. Also included are works by Anthony van Dyck, Frans Snyders, Jan Cossiers and Jacob Jordaens.
Curator: Lee Hendricks, Getty.
 
 
 
Katherine Choy
Pillow Vase with Abstract Design
1957
  Katherine Choy: A Promise Unfulfilled
Newark Museum
Aug. 29-Jan. 21, 2001
Highlights the brief, remarkable career of this ceramic artist who died of pneumonia at the age of 29.
Curator: Ronald Kuchta, director emeritus of the Everson Museum, Syracuse, N.Y., and editor of American Ceramics.
 
 
 
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