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  new this month in u.s. museums


Portrait of Jacob Obrecht
1496
Flemish (or Franco-Flemish)
The Kimbell Collections
Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth
Oct. 1, 1998-Jan. 17, 1999
A new installation of some 150 international works, ranging from antiquity to the 20th-century.
 


Faith Ringgold
Dancing at the Louvre
1991
Dancing at the Louvre: Faith Ringgold's French Collection and Other Story Quilts
New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
Oct. 1, 1998-Jan. 3, 1999
The fictional adventures of an African American woman in Paris during the heyday of Picasso, Matisse and Gertrude Stein, via a series of quilt paintings.
Curator: Dan Cameron.
Funding: AT&T; John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; Richard Florsheim Art Fund; Andy Warhol Foundation.
 


Aaron Parazette
Tournament
1998
(detail)
Abstract Painting, Once Removed
Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston
Oct. 3-Dec. 6, 1998
Polly Apfelbaum, Kevin Appel, Uta Barth, Glenn Brown, Ingrid Calame, Fandra Chang, Mark D. Cole, Sally Elesby, Jeff Elrod, Tad Griffin, Jim Hodges, Callum Innes, Emil Lukas, Fabian Marcaccio, Beatriz Milhazes, Takashi Murakami, Aaron Parazette, Richard Patterson, Monique Prieto, Scott Richter, Pae White.
Tour: Kemper Museum, Kansas City, Apr. 23-July 18, 1999.
Curator: Dana Friis-Hansen.
Funding: Brown Foundation; British Council.
Publication: 112 color illustrated catalogue.
 


Joseph Cornell
Untitled (Bébé Marie)
early 1940s
Joseph Cornell/Marcel Duchamp: In Resonance
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Oct. 3-Dec. 6, 1998
About 40 works by each artist, including Cornell's little-known Marcel Duchamp Dossier, a collection of 117 items made in the 1940s while Cornell was engaged as Duchamp's assistant in assembling deluxe editions of Duchamp's minature museum of his own work, the Boîte-en-valise.
Curators: Ann Temkin (PMA), Walter Hopps (Menil), Ecke Bonk (independent); Susan Davidson (Menil); Linda Hartigan (NMAA).
Tours to co-organizing institution, the Menil Collection in Houston, in 1999.
 


Nellie Mae Rowe
Fish on Spools
1980
Collecting Folk Art at the High
High Museum, Atlanta
A two-part exhibition featuring folk art in "The Last 40 Years" (Oct. 3, 1998-Jan. 2, 1999) and decorative art in "Recent Acquisitions in Southern Decorative Art" (Oct. 3, 1998-Feb. 27, 1999).
 


Edgar Degas
Little Dancer
Aged Fourteen

ca. 1921 or later
(detail)
Degas and the Little Dancer
Baltimore Museum of Art
Oct. 4, 1998-Jan. 3, 1999
45 works dealing with the world of ballet, focusing on Little Dancer Aged Fourteen, the only sculpture by Degas exhibited during his lifetime.
Guest curator: Richard Kendall.
Catalogue: Yale University Press.
Organizer: Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha.
Tour: Last stop of a three-city tour.
 


Vincent Van Gogh
Self-Portrait with Felt Hat
1887-88
Van Gogh's Van Goghs: Masterpieces from the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Oct. 4, 1998-Jan. 3, 1999
70 paintings from the Netherlands museum, which holds the works kept by the artist's brother Theo and his family.
Passes are required.
Curator: Philip Conisbee (NGA).
Catalogue essays: Richard Kendall; John Leighton (Van Gogh Museum).
Tour: L.A. County Museum.
Funding: Andersen Consulting.
 


Richard Misrach
Desert Canto XV: The Salt Flats...
1992
Crimes and Splendors: The Desert Cantos of Richard Misrach
San Jose Museum of Art
Oct. 4, 1998-Jan. 3, 1999
"Civilization" leaves its litter in the desert (animal dumps, nuclear test sites, space shuttle landings, art happenings) via Misrach's large-scale color photos.
Curator: Anne Wilkes Tucker.
On tour from the Houston MFA.
 
Sacred Visions: Early Paintings from Central Tibet
Metropolitan Museum
Oct. 6, 1998-Jan. 17, 1999
Buddhism finds a permanent footing in Tibet, via 60 thankas and objects from the 11th to mid-15th centuries.
Catalogue: Doris Duke Fund for Publications.
 


Juan Soriano
Juan Soriano: Imago Mundi
Mexican Cultural Institute of New York
Oct. 6-Nov. 30, 1998
Prints and sculptures by the Mexican artist.
 


Model of the Château de la Belle
au Bois dormant, Fantasyland...
The Architecture of Reassurance: Designing the Disney Theme Parks
Cooper-Hewitt, New York
Oct. 6, 1998-Jan. 10, 1999
More than 200 drawings, models, posters, photos, ads and other items.
Curator: Karal Ann Marling.
Tour: Originated at the Canadian Centre for Architecture.
Catalogue: 224 pages.
Funding: Target Stores.
 


Filippo Negroli
Heroic Armor of the Italian Renaissance: Filippo Negroli and his Contemporaries
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Oct. 8, 1998-Jan. 17, 1999
Classically inspired armor by the Renaisssance craftsman and his workshop.
Funding: Madeline and Kevin Brine Charitable Trust; Carl Otto von Kienbusch Memorial Fund; Grancsay Fund.
 


Marcel Odenbach
It Turned My Head
1995-96
Marcel Odenbach
New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
Oct. 8, 1998-Jan. 5, 1999
Six video installations on social and political themes by the German artist.
Curator: Dan Cameron.
Catalogue essays: Dan Cameron; Kobena Mercer; Teodora Vischer.
 


Xu Bing
Introduction to New English Calligraphy
1994-96
Xu Bing: Introduction to New English Calligraphy
New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
Oct. 8, 1998-Jan. 10, 1999
The Chinese artist's first solo exhibition in a New York museum presents a new kind of writing.
Curator: Dan Cameron.
 


Ana Prada
Untitled
1995
Ana Prada
New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
Oct. 8, 1998-Jan. 5, 1999
Sculpture by the Spanish artist, in her first North American exhibition.
Curator: Dan Cameron.
 


Roni Horn
You Are the Weather
1994-96
(detail)
Surrogate: The Figure in Contemporary Sculpture and Photography
Henry Art Gallery, Seattle
Oct. 8, 1998-Feb. 7, 1999
Post-war works by Stephan Baikenhol, Anne Chu, John Coplans, Gary Hill, Roni Horn, Annette Messager, Mariko Mori, Bruce Nauman, Tony Oursler, Gerhard Richter, Thomas Ruff and Thomas Schütte.
Curator: Sheryl Conkelton.
 


Richard Diebenkorn
Cigar Box Lid No. 3
1976
Richard Diebenkorn
San Francisco MoMA
Oct. 9, 1999-Jan. 19, 1999
Ca. 150 works in the traveling retrospective.
Curator: Jane Livingston, guest curator for the Whitney.
Funding: J.P. Morgan & Co.; Modern Art Council (SFMOMA); Elaine McKeon.
 


Edgar Degas
Daniel Halevy
1895
Edgar Degas, Photographer
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Oct. 9, 1998-Jan. 3, 1999
The major surviving photos by Degas -- about 35 in all, most from 1895 -- plus a small number of paintings, pastels and monotypes that resulted.
Tour: J. Paul Getty Museum; Bibliotheque National de France, Paris.
Funding: Aetna.
 
Beyond the Edges, An Insider's Look at Early Photographs
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Oct. 9, 1998-Feb. 14, 1999
Some 50 19th-century photos selected by Vik Muniz focusing on the "early evolution of our ability to cast and accept the world in the form of a copy." In the Howard Gilman Gallery.
 


Pablo Picasso
Monument to the Spanish
Who Died for France

1945-47
Picasso and the War Years: 1937-1945
California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco
Oct. 10, 1998-Jan. 3, 1999
Ca. 40 paintings, 25 prints and drawings, plus other materials, ranging from the Spanish Civil War and Guernica through World War II and the Nazi Occupation of France.
Curators: Steven A. Nash (Legion of Honor); Robert Rosenblum (Guggenheim).
Tour: Guggenheim Museum.
 
The Painted Sketch: American Impressions from Nature, 1830-1880
Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Oct. 10, 1998-Jan. 10, 1999
90 jewel-like works by Bierstadt, Church, Cole, Durand and others.
Curator: Eleanor Jones Harvey (Dallas Museum of Art).
Funding: Henry Luce Foundation.
 


Mariko Mori
Miko No Inori
1996
Mariko Mori
Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art
Oct. 10, 1998-Mar. 14, 1999
Notions of Japanese femininity, via approximately 15 photos and video installation works.
Curator: Dominic Molon.
 


Jana Sterbak
Sisphys
1991
Jana Sterbak
Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art
Oct. 10, 1998-Jan. 3, 1999
New works characterized by startling hybrids of perishable and non-perishable materials (flank steak and furniture, for instance) by the Czech expatriate who lives and works in Montreal.
Curator: Amada Cruz.
Funding: Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of Canada.
 
Damien Hirst, Pharmaceutic Wall Painting, Five Blacks
Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art
Oct. 10, 1998-May 1999
One of Hirst's spot paintings, done directly on the MCA lobby walls.
Curator: Staci Boris.
 


Hans Holbein and studio
Prince of Wales, later Edward VI
ca. 1538
600 Years of British Painting: The Berger Collection
Denver Art Museum
Oct. 10, 1998-Mar. 28, 1999
Nearly 200 works from Denver collectors William and Bernadette Berger.
 


Gian Lorenzo Bernini
David
1623
Bernini's Rome: Italian Baroque Terracottas from the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg
National Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Oct. 11, 1998-Jan. 3, 1999
35 terra-cotta bozzetti by 14 artists, including Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Alessandro Algardi. On tour from the Art Institute of Chicago.
Curator: Ian B. Wardropper (AIC).
Catalogue essays: Sergei Androsov, Dean Walker, Ian B. Wardropper, Nina Kosareva.
Tour: Final stop; previous appearances at the Philadelphia Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago.
Funding: Republic National Bank of New York; Safra Republic Holdings S.A., Luxembourg; Banco Safra S.A. Brazil.
 


Keith Piper
Message Carrier
1998
The Unmapped Body: Three Black British Artists
Yale University Art Gallery
and Yale Center for British Art
Oct. 13, 1998-Jan. 3, 1999
Organizer: Daphne A. Deeds.
Sonia Boyce, Sutapa Biswas and Keith Piper explore race, nationality and gender in post-colonial Britain.
 


Chuck Close
Roy II
1994
Chuck Close
Hirshhorn Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Oct. 14, 1998-Jan. 10, 1999
The traveling retrospective.
Tour: Orgranized by the Museum of Modern Art.
Funding: Michael and Judy Ovitz; Banana Republic; Jon and Mary Shirley. In Washington: Holenia Exhibition Fund.
 


Sir Joseph Noël Paton
The Quarrel of Oberon and Titania
1847
Victorian Fairy Painting
Frick Collection, New York
Oct. 14, 1998-Jan. 17, 1999
Some 34 works selected by Frick curator Edgar Munhall from the larger touring show, organized by the Royal Academy of Arts, London, and the University of Iowa Museum of Art.
Funding: NEA; United Airlines.
 


Robert Filliou
Permanent Creation Tool Shed
1969-84
Premises: Invested Spaces in Visual Arts, Architecture and Design from France, 1958-98
Guggenheim Museum SoHo
Oct. 14, 1998-Jan. 10, 1999
French theory, via works by Dubuffet, Klein, Buren, Boltanski, Messager and Le Courbusier, plus some less-well-known conemporaries. Three floors including the Gugg's previously unused basement space.
Curators: Bernard Blistène (Pompidou), Alain Guilheux (Pompidou), Alison Gingeras (Guggenheim).
Catalogue: 600 pages, plus essays by Denis Hollier, Sylvère Lotringer, Benjamin H.D. Buchloh, Cornelia Lauf, others.
Funding: Hugo Boss; Air France.
 


Statue of a Scribe
Dynasty 18
Gift of the Nile: Ancient Egyptian Art and Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania Museum
Seattle Art Museum
Oct. 15, 1998-Jan. 10, 1999
Some 140 works from Egypt and Nubia.
Tour: The show has appeared at the Dallas MFA and the Denver Museum.
 


Rachel Harrison
No Menus
1997
New Photography 14
Museum of Modern Art
Oct. 15, 1998-Jan. 12, 1999
Work by Jeanne Dunning, Olafur Eliasson, Rachel Harrison and Sam Taylor-Wood.
Curator: M. Darsie Alexander.
Funding: Banana Republic.
 
Rendezvous: Masterpieces from Centre Georges Pompidou and the Guggenheim Museum
Guggenheim Museum
Oct. 16, 1998-Jan. 24, 1999
A summary of modern art, via more than 350 works made between 1900 and 1945 by more than 150 artists.
Curators: Bernard Blistène (Pompidou); Lisa Dennison (Gugg).
Exhibition design is by Andrée Putman.
Funding: Nokia; Air France; Florence Gould Foundation.
Catalogue: 600 pages.
 


Roy DeCarava
Graduation
1949
Roy DeCarava: A Retrospective
Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Oct. 17, 1998-Jan. 4, 1999
More than 190 black-and-white photographs made between 1949 and 1994 by the African American photographer.
Curator: Peter Galassi (MoMA).
Tour: Organized by the Museum of Modern Art.
Funding: Metropolitan Life Foundation; Agnes Gund and Daniel Shapiro; NEA. At the Corcoran: President's Exhibition Fund; Willard Inter-Continental Hotel.
 


James Angus
Neuschwansteins
1998
Unfinished History
Walker Art Center
Oct. 18, 1998-Jan. 10, 1999
The global art world enters the 21st century, via works by 23 international artists, from Alighiero e Boetti and William Kentridge to Gabriel Orozco and Shomas Struth.
Curators: Francesco Bonami, Douglas Fogle.
Funding: Rockefeller Foundation; Mondrian Foundation; IASPIS, Stockholm; Finnish Fund for Art Exchange.
 


Vivienne Westwood
Bright blue punched
leather "mock-croc"
platform shoes
1993-94
A Grand Design: The Art of the Victoria and Albert Museum
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Oct. 18, 1998-Jan. 10, 1999
Some 250 works.
Tour: Organized by the Baltimore Museum of Art.
Funding: Visa U.S.A.; Lockhjeed Martin; Ryland; and many others.
 


Deborah Kass
America's Most Wanted
No. 1, Robert S.

1998
In Your Face
Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh
Oct. 18, 1998-Jan. 17, 1999
Mug shots, by Warhol, Deb Kass, Arne Svenson, Nancy Burson and Rineke Dijkstra.
 


Mary Cassatt
Mother Feeding Child
1898
(detail)
Mary Cassatt: Drawings and Prints in the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Metropolitan Museum
Oct. 20, 1998-Jan. 24, 1999
The quintessential late-19th-century American artist in search of the European artistic experience.
Funding: Jan and Warren Adelson.
 


Ludolph Büsinck
(after Georges Lallemant)
The Procuress
1620s
French Prints from the Age of the Musketeers
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Oct. 21, 1998-Jan. 10, 1999
More than 125 prints dating from 1610 to 1660.
 


Berenice Abbott
Columbus Circle
1936
Berenice Abbott's "Changing New York," 1935-1939
National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.
Oct. 22, 1998-Jan. 19, 1999
Abbott's Depression-era study of the city, done with funding from the Federal Arts Project. Features 126 of the 305 unique vintage prints from the collection of the Museum of the City of New York.
Curator: Bonnie Yochelson (MCNY).
Tour: Der Kunstverein fur die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Dusseldorf, Mar. 26-June 24, 1999; Musee Carnavalet, Paris, Oct. 11, 1999- Jan. 16, 2000; Stockhols Stadsmuseum, Feb.-May 2000.
Funding: NEA; J.M. Kaplan Fund; Commerce Graphics, Ltd.
 


Tatyana Nazarenko
Company
1990
Tatyana Nazarenko:Transition
National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.
Oct. 22, 1998-Jan. 10, 1999
27 free-standing cut-out figures and 10 paintings by the contemporary Russian artist, portraying the transition from communism to capitalism.
Tour: Organized by the Society for the Advancement of Understanding Post-Modern Russian Art, Inc.
Catalogue essays: Alexandre Gertsman, Donald Kuspit, Judd Tully.
 


Attributed to Muhammad
Woman with a Veil
Iran
ca. 1845
Royal Persian Paintings: The Qajar Epoch 1785-1925
Brooklyn Museum of Art
Oct. 23, 1998-Jan. 24, 1999
105 paintings, manuscripts, laquer works and enamels from the Qajar dynasty, which ruled Iran from 1785 to 1925, and is characterized not by calligraphy but by monumental figural designs.
Curator: Layla Diba.
Funding: NEH; Massoume and Fereidoun Soudavar in memory of their sons Alireza and Mohammad; Hagop Kevorkian Fund; NEA; the Aryeh family; Hashem Khosrovani; Nasser D. Khalili, et al.
 


Shirin Neshat
video still from
Turbulent
1998
Shirin Neshat: Turbulent
Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris
Oct. 23, 1998-Jan. 15, 1999
Film installations that deal with gender in contemporary Iranian life.
Coordinator: Eugenie Tsai.
 


Julia Scher
video still from
Predictive Engineering2
Julia Scher's Predictive Engineering2
San Francisco MoMA
Oct. 23, 1998-Jan. 12, 1999
A surveillance event.
Curator: Robert R. Riley.
Funding: Collectors Forum, SFMoMA.
 


George Segal
The Bus Driver
1962
Pop Art: Selections from the Museum of Modern Art
High Museum of Art, Atlanta
Oct. 24, 1998-Jan. 17, 1999
Including Warhol's "Campbell Soup Cans" series (1962) and Rosenquist's F-111 (1964-65).
Catalogue essay: Anne Umland (MoMA).
 
Gifts to the Nation from Mr. and Mrs. John Hay Whitney
National Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Oct. 25, 1998-Jan. 3, 1999
16 works by Toulouse-Lautrec, Matisse, Braque and others from the bequest of John Hay Whitney and his wife, Betsey Cushing Whitney.
Curator: Philip Conisbee.
Funding: Circle of the NGA.
 


Donato Creti
Allegory of Prudence
1713-21
(detail)
Donato Creti: Melancholy and Perfection
Metropolitan Museum
Oct. 27, 1998-Jan. 31, 1999
A series of 17 paintings by the "Italian Watteau," called "the last and most exquisite exponent of the tradition of classical-idealist painting" emanating from Bologna in the 18th century.
Funding: Saima Servizi S.p.A.
 


John Singer Sargent
Theodore Roosevelt
1903
Theodore Roosevelt: Icon of the American Century
National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Oct. 27, 1998-Feb. 7, 1999
More than 100 paintings, sculptures, political cartoons and photos of the 26th president.
 
A Practical Dreamer: The Photographs of Man Ray
Getty Center, Los Angeles
Oct. 27, 1998-Jan. 17, 1999
More than 100 works drawn entirely from the Getty Museum holdings.
 


Zhang Peili
Eating
1997
Eating
Museum of Modern Art
Oct. 28, 1998-Feb. 2, 1999
Video sculpture by China's leading media artist, Zhang Peili.
 


Charles Nahl & Frederick Wenderroth
Miners in the Sierra
1851
The Art of the Gold Rush
National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Oct. 30, 1998-Mar. 7, 1999
70 paintings, watercolors and drawings from the California gold rush. A companion exhibition, "Silver and Gold: Photographs of the Gold Rush," features more than 140 daguerreotypes.
Tour: Organized by the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento.
 
A Laboratory of Modernity: Image and Society in the Weimar Republic
Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge, Mass.
Oct. 31, 1998-Jan. 10, 1999
Works by Moholy-Nagy, Hannah Hoch, Schwitters, Dix, Grosz, Sanders Heartfield, others.
Curator: Tawney Becker.
 


Scott McCarney
In Case of Emergency
1984
Artist/Author: Contemporary Artists' Books
Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art
Oct. 31, 1998-Jan. 3, 1999
Approximately 130 fanzines, assemblies, catalogues, poetry books, sketchbooks, documentations and illustrated books.
Tour: American Federation of Art.
 


Hopi Kachina Dolls
ca. 1900
Inventing the Southwest: The Fred Harvey Company & Native American Art
Denver Art Museum
Oct. 31, 1998-Jan. 24, 1999
200 objects explore how modern advertising and marketing techniques created a mythic Southwest.