Tales from the Kiln: Contemporary Ceramics
San Jose Museum of Art
Sept. 1, 2005-July 9, 2006
California art ceramics, including a giant-sized hand-built clay column by Stephen De Staebler and Peter VandenBerges anthropomorphic pair of carrots chilling out in an easy chair.
Neil Welliver: Water and Sky
Portland (Me.) Museum of Art
Sept. 3-Nov. 27, 2005
20 works by the quintessential Maine artist, who died on Apr. 5, 2005, featuring paintings, watercolors and prints of the rugged scenery near his home in Lincolnville.
Dialogues: Duchamp, Cornell, Johns, Rauschenberg
Dallas Museum of Art
Sept. 4, 2005-Jan. 8, 2006
Large exhibition (40+ works) focusing on the relationships between the four seminal figures, taking as its starting point Duchamps Green Box (1934), and tracing its motifs in the work of the other three men through various juxtapositions.
Curator: Dorothy Kosinski
Catalogue: 75 pp., $24.95
Also on view: "Peter Doig: Works on Paper," Sept. 18Nov. 20, 2005; "Variations on a Theme: Three Olumeye by Olowe of Ise," Sept. 18Jan. 15, 2006
Origins of European Printmaking: Fifteenth-Century Woodcuts and Their Public
National Gallery of Art
Sept. 4-Nov. 27, 2005
The advent of the "single-leaf" woodcut in Europe, via ca. 140 woodcuts, books, printed textiles and other related objects from the National Gallery of Art, the Germanisches Nationalmuseum and public and private collections throughout Europe and America.
Curator: Peter Parshall
Catalogue: 372 pp., $65
Tour: Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Dec. 14, 2005-Mar. 19, 2006
The Prints of Félix Buhot: Impressions of City and Sea
National Gallery of Art
Sept. 4, 2005-Feb. 20, 2006
Opening alongside the NGAs "Origins of European Printmaking" comes this look at the 19th century printmaker Buhot, celebrated as a master of atmospheric effects, featuring 65+ of his drawings and prints.
Curator: Gregory Jecmen
Gold: The Asian Touch
Freer Gallery of Art/Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Sept. 10, 2005Feb. 19, 2006
47 objects employing gold from Asian cultures, including such flashy items as a scepter made for a Chinese emperor, gold inlaid and overlaid weapons from Mughal India and a Japanese silk gauze theater costume featuring patterns worked in gold.
Looking at Atget
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Sept. 10-Nov. 27, 2005
120 works by Atget acquired from the estate of dealer Julien Levy, in a show contrasting the different approaches taken to Atgets complex oeuvre by Levy, who saw Atget as a proto-Surrealist, and photographer Berenice Abbott, who rediscovered him and considered him to be a great humanist documentarian.
Curators: Peter Barberie, Katherine Ware
Catalogue: 136 pp., $45 cloth; $25 paper
Funding: Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation
Lords of Creation: The Origins of Sacred Maya Kingship
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Sept. 10, 2005Jan. 2, 2006
150 objects from the national museums of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Belize and Costa Rica, exploring the role of divine kings in ancient Mesoamerica.
Curators: Virginia Fields, Dorie Reents-Budet
Catalogue: 288 pp., $60
Funding: Televisa, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts, Arvey Foundation, Ethnic Arts Council of Los Angeles
Tour: Dallas Museum of Art, Feb. 12May 7, 2006; Metropolitan Museum of Art, June 11Sept. 10, 2006
Indian Gallery of Henry Inman
High Museum of Art
Sept 10, 2005March 12, 2006
Inman's powerful portraits of Native American tribal leaders, painted at the height of the Jacksonian era.
Curator: Sylvia Young
Rodney Graham: A Little Thought
Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia
Sept. 10Dec. 23, 2005
The first U.S. retrospective of the respected Canadian conceptualist centers on his trilogy of "genre" films: the Robinson-Crusoe adventure Vexation Island, the western How I Became a Ramblin' Man, and the costume drama City Self/Country Self, all accompanied by sculptural props, masks, wigs, costumes and storyboards.
Catalogue: 200 pp., $39.99
Funding: Altria Group, Inc., Toby D. Lewis and Patsy and Karl Rugart, Government of Canada Cultural Affairs Office
The Quiet Landscapes of William B. Post
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Sept. 10, 2005-Jan. 22, 2006
60 landscape photographs by William B. Post, an associate of Alfred Stieglitz and frequent contributor to Stieglitzs Camera Work, drawn from the MIAs permanent collection.
Curator: Christian A. Peterson
Catalogue: 100 pp., $29.95
Tour: Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Feb. 17-May 21, 2006; Portland Museum of Art, June 3-Aug. 27, 2006; Columbus Museum of Art, Sept. 16, 2006-Jan. 14, 2007; Brigham Young University Museum of Art, Feb. 3-June 4, 2007; Tacoma Art Museum, June 23-Sept. 16, 2007
Odd Lots: Revisiting Gordon Matta-Clarks Fake Estates
Queens Museum of Art
Sept. 11, 2005Jan. 22, 2006
Held in conjunction with a show at White Columns (Sept. 9-Oct. 15, 2005), the QMA show focuses on materials connected with Matta-Clarks "Fake Estates," and also features the work of 19 artists inspired by the project, including Francis Als, Mark Dion, Maximilian Goldfarb and Dennis Oppenheim
Curators: Jeffrey Kastner, Sina Najafi, Frances Richard
Catalogue: 96 pp., $24.95
Paper Museums: The Reproductive Print in Europe, 1500-1800
Grey Art Gallery
Sept. 13-Dec. 3, 2005
100+ prints reflecting the mass appeal of images by Drer, Lorraine, Michelangelo, Raphael, Rubens, Turner, Watteau and others.
Curators: Rebecca Zorach, Elizabeth Rondini
Catalogue: 150 pp., $24
Funding: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Samuel H. Kress Foundation, Rhoades Foundation, Adelyn Russell Bogert Endowment Fund of the Franke Institute for the Humanities, Abby Weed Grey Trust
Vietnam: Destination for the New MillenniumThe Art of Dinh Q. Lê
Sept. 13, 2005-Jan. 15, 2006
"Woven photographs" and a new installation of small-scale mirrored satellites by Vietnamese artist Dinh Q. L.
Curator: Melissa Chiu
Funding: Nimoy Foundation, W.L.S. Spencer Foundation
Also on view: "Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection in Focus: Jizo Bosatsu," Sept. 13, 2005-Jan. 15, 2006
American Folk Art Museum
Sept. 14, 2005-Mar. 19, 2006
Ca. 40 works by five young self-taught artists -- Eugene Andolsek, Charles Benefiel, Hiroyuki Doi, Chris Hipkiss and Martin Thompson -- accompanied by a selection of drawings art artists from the Art Brut canon.
Curator: Brooke Davis Anderson
Funding: Gerard C. Wertkin Exhibition Fund
Also on view: "Surface Attraction: Painted Furniture from the
Collection," Sept. 20, 2005-Mar. 26, 2006
Armand Hammer Museum of Art
Sept. 14, 2005-Jan. 8, 2006
New drawings and a video highlight an obsession with the delicate and the hand-crafted.
Curator: James Elaine
Funding: Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, Annenberg Foundation, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, members of the Hammer Circle
International Center of Photography
Sept. 16-Nov. 27, 2005
One of three important photography shows opening at the ICP on the same day (see below for the others), this major retrospective brings together 100+ images by the Hungary-born avant garde photographer, from his early images of Budapest and his studies of 1920s and 30s Paris to the New York pictures made later in his life.
Curator: Sarah Greenough
Catalogue: 316 pp., $60
Funding: André and Elizabeth Kertész Foundation
Tour: This show has already appeared at National Gallery of Art, Feb. 6-May 15, 2005, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, June 12, 2005-Sept. 5, 2005
Also on view: "El Salvador: Work of Thirty Photographers," Sept. 16-Nov. 27, 2005, and "Modernist Photography: Selections from the Daniel Cowin Collection," Sept. 16-Nov. 27, 2005
Petah Coyne: Above and Beneath the Skin
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City
Sept. 16Nov. 27, 2005
20+ delicate, interlaced wax sculptures be the New York artist, complemented by six of her black-and-white photos.
Curator: Douglas Dreishpoon
Funding: Bank of America
Tour: Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Jan. 21-May 7, 2006, Albright-Knox Art Museum, June 9-Sept. 17, 2006
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Sept. 16, 2005-Jan. 11, 2006
The largest collection of Russian art outside of Russia since the Cold War features 250 works ranging from 15th century monastery panels and parts of Peter the Greats art collection to Socialist Realism and contemporary Russian art.
Curator: Thomas Krens, Robert Rosenblum, Evgenia Petrova, Lidia Iovleva, Pavel Khoroshilov, Anna Kolupaeva, Zelfira Tregulova, Georgii Vilinbakhov, Valerie Hillings
Catalogue: 450 pp., $75 hardcover; $50 softcover
Funding: Vladimir Potanin Charity Fund, Alcoa Foundation, Sintez
In the American West: Photographs by Richard Avedon
Amon Carter Museum, Forth Worth
Sept. 17, 2005Jan. 8, 2006
78 of Avedons celebrated portraits of Westerners, originally presented at the Carter in 1985, featuring all the best known images from the series, such as his tattered oil field workers and sad-eyed factory workers.
Curator: John Rohrbach
Funding: Katrine M. Deakins and Crystelle Waggoner Charitable Trusts, Bank of America
Tour: Columbus (Ohio) Museum of Art; Center for Creative Photography in Tucson; Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University, Stanford, Ca.
James Surls: The Splendora Years, 1977-1997
Blaffer Gallery, Houston
Sept. 17-Nov. 12, 2005
35 works made in Splendora, Texas, by the influential Lone Star sculptor.
Catalogue: 156 pp., $40
Funding: anonymous donor, Eleanor and Frank Freed Foundation, Marilyn Oshman, Carey C. Shuart, others
Pay Attention: Bruce Nauman Videos from the Collection of Barbara Balkin Cottle and Robert Cottle
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
Sept. 17, 2005-Jan. 8, 2006
Five key videos, including Good Boy Bad Boy (1985), Violent Incident (Man/Women Segment) (1986), Clown Torture (1987), Setting a Good Corner (Allegory and Metaphor) (1999), and Office Edit 1 11/11/00, 11/9/00, 11/16/00, 11/19/00 [Mapping the Studio (Fat Chance John Cage)] (2001).
Curator: Marilu Knode
Funding: Nargess and Ali Salass, SmoCA Salon
Also on View: "southwestNET: Monique Prieto," Sept. 3, 2005-Dec. 4, 2005; "Tea and Coffee Towers," Sept. 3, 2005-Dec. 31, 2005; "Private Pictures: Photography from Arizona Collections," Sept. 24, 2005-Jan. 8, 2006
Robert Smithson's Floating Island to Travel around Manhattan
Whitney Museum of American Art
Sept. 17-25, 2005
A 30 x 90 ft. landscaped barge towed around Manhattan by a tugboat, a project conceived by the artist in 1970 but only now realized by the Whitney and the New York-based arts organization Minetta Brook
Funding: James Cohan Gallery, Peter Kellner, David S. Howe Foundation, others
Also on view (at the Whitney): "Building and Breaking the Grid,
1952-2002," Sept. 1, 2005-Jan. 8, 2006; "Still Life: A Vital Theme,"
Sept. 28, 2005-Jan. 15, 2006; and "The New City: Sub/Urbia in Recent
Photography," Sept. 30, 2005-Jan. 15, 2006
Semina Culture: Wallace Berman & His Circle
Santa Monica Museum of Art
Sept. 17-Nov. 26, 2005
The first major museum exhibition to focus on the charismatic artist (1926-1976) -- dubbed "Mr. Really Cool" by the late curator Walter Hopps -- includes the complete run of Semina, Berman's loose-leaf art and poetry journal; over 50 photographs by Berman himself; and works by 48 members of his circle, including John Altoon, Joan Brown, Bruce Conner, Jay DeFeo, Llyn Foulkes, Jess and Edmund Teske.
Curators: Michael Duncan, Kristine McKenna
Tour: Harrison Museum of Art, Logan, Utah, Jan. 10-Mar. 15, 2005; Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, Apr. 21-July 9, 2006; Berkeley Art Museum, Oct. 17-Dec. 10, 2006; Grey Art Gallery, Jan. 16-Mar. 31, 2007
Also on view: "Exene Cervenka: America the Beautiful," Sept. 17-Nov. 26, 2005
Jim Dine, some drawings
Neuberger Museum of Art
Sept. 18, 2005-Jan. 8, 2006
85 works, many from the artist's own collection and others from the holdings of Arne Glimcher, the artist's long-time dealer, plus a selection of heliogravure prints made in 2001 in California, in a show that originated at the Allen Memorial Art Museum
Curator: Stephanie Wiles
Also on view: "Acting Out: The Invented Melodrama in Contemporary Photography, Sept. 4-Dec. 31, 2005
Pieter Claesz: Master of Haarlem Still Life
National Gallery of Art
Sept. 18-Dec. 31, 2005
25 works by the pioneer of Dutch tabletop still lifes via mincemeat pies, breads, lemons, olives, nuts, fruits and wine.
Funding: Greg and Candy Fazakerley
Tour: Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, Nov. 27, 2004-April 4, 2005; Kunsthaus, Zürich, April 22-Aug. 22, 2005
Also on view: "Monumental Sculpture from Renaissance Florence: Ghiberti, Nanni di Banco, and Verrocchio at Orsanmichele," Sept. 18-Dec. 31, 2005; "Masterpieces in Miniature: Italian Manuscript Illumination from the J. Paul Getty Museum," Sept. 25, 2005-Jan. 2, 2006; "Audubon's Dream Realized: Selections from The Birds of America," Sept. 25, 2005-Apr. 16, 2006
Prague, The Crown of Bohemia, 13471437
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Sept. 20, 2005Jan. 3, 2006
160 splendid works produced under Bohemias Charles IV (1316-1378) and his successors, including the icon known as the "Ara Coeli Virgin," a gem-encrusted rock crystal ewer reliquary for a fragment of the tablecloth from the Last Supper, and a gilded silver tabernacle in the shape of a superbly detailed miniature Gothic cathedral.
Curator: Barbara Drake Boehm
Catalogue: 394 pp., $65
Funding: Carl B. and Ludmila Schwarzenberg Hess, William Randolph Hearst Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts
Scene of the Crime: Photo by Weegee
Sept. 20, 2005-Jan. 22, 2006
Ca. 70 photographs spanning Weegee's freelance career documenting the police beat and Manhattan nightlife during the 1930s, '40s and '50s
Also on view: "Pictures for the Press," Sept. 20, 2005-Jan. 22, 2006, photojournalism from the 1940s through the '70s
Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
Sept. 21, 2005Jan. 16, 2006
Natural History Museum-style dioramas, displays, text panels and timelines on the use of camouflage in fashion and on the battlefield as a metaphor for our contemporary political predicament.
Tour: CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, March 15-May 13, 2006
Columbus (Ohio) Museum of Art
Sept. 23, 2005-Jan. 1, 2006
Maternity, children, domestic settings and nudes via ca. 25 works.
Curator: Ann Dumas
Funding: Huntington, Limited Brands
Also on View: "Xan Palay: As Wishing Still Helped," Sept. 2-Nov. 6, 2005 and "Sid Chaffetz," Sept. 2-Oct. 9, 2005
Variations on a Theme by Sol LeWitt & Paula Robison
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Sept. 23Nov. 13, 2005
A special contemporary installation in the Belle Epoque house museum features daily recitals by flautist Paula Robison, in response to a large-scale, wave-like LeWitt wall drawing.
American Impressionism: The Beauty of Work
Bruce Museum of Art and Science, Greenwich, Conn.
Sept. 24, 2005Jan. 8, 2006
Ca. 45 paintings by American Impressionists, organized into categories investigating the different places of work such as the city, the countryside, the waterfront, factories and the home. Artists include William Merritt Chase, Daniel Garber, Childe Hassam, Willard Metcalf, Theodore Robinson, John Singer Sargent, Robert Spencer and J. Alden Weir.
Curator: Susan G. Larkin
Edvard Munch's Mermaid
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Sept. 24-Dec. 31, 2005
The first exhibition to explore the origins and meaning of the mermaid in Munch's art focuses on the museum's own recent (and beguiling) acquisition, Munch's Mermaid (1896), but includes 25 paintings, drawings and prints in all, assembled from collections in Norway and the United States
Catalogue: Penn State U, 56 pp., $21.95
Warhol Legacy: Selections from the Andy Warhol Museum
Corcoran Gallery of Art
Sept. 24, 2005-Feb. 20, 2006
150+ works, including the iconic soup cans, Lizs and Marilyns, also Mao Zedong wallpaper and Warhol memorabilia.
Curator: Stacey Schmidt, John Smith
Funding: PNC Financial Services
Yangtze Remembered: The River Beneath the Lake
Phoenix Art Museum
Sept. 24, 2005Jan. 1, 2006
55 photographs by Linda Butler made between 2000 and 2003 and documenting the Yangtze River area before and during construction of the Three Gorges Dam.
Anselm Kiefer: Heaven and Earth
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Sept. 25, 2005Jan. 8, 2006
The first American survey of Anselm Kiefer's work in almost two decades, includes 60+ major paintings, watercolors, books and sculptures created from 1969 to 2005.
Curator: Michael Auping
Catalogue: 184 pp. $65
Tour: Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Sept. 25, 2005Jan. 8, 2006; Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Feb. 12, 2006Apr. 30, 2006; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, June 18Sept. 10, 2006; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Oct. 15, 2006Jan. 14, 2007
Also on view: "Picasso: The Vollard Suite," Sept. 2, 2005Jan. 15, 2006
International Arts & Crafts
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Sept. 25, 2005-Jan. 22, 2006
Ca. 300 objects that constitute a determinately international look at the Arts and Crafts movement in a show that originated at the Victoria and Albert.
Curators: Karen Livingston, Linda Parry
Catalogue: 368 pp., $75
Also on view: "E Chen: String of Time," Sept. 15, 2005-Dec. 31, 2005, "Kelmscott Press Book Display," Sept. 25, 2005-Jan. 22, 2006
Thornton Dial in the 21st Century
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Sept. 25, 2005-Jan. 8, 2006
Drawings, watercolors and monumental assemblages, all done since 2000, by the Alabama-born artist who merges the traditions of African-American storytelling and European modernism.
Curator: Jane Livingston
Funding: Continental Airlines, Marilyn Oshman, Stephanie Smither, Texas Commission on the Arts
Also on view: "Restless," Sept. 23-Nov. 27, 2005
The Perfect Medium: Photography and the Occult
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Sept. 27Dec. 31, 2005
120 photographs from the 1860s to World War II that purport to document paranormal events, using the magic of the camera to conjure ghosts and all kinds of spiritual manifestations.
Curator: Mia Fineman, Pierre Apraxine, Sophie Schmit, Andreas Fischer, Clément Chéroux, Denis Canguilhem
Catalogue: 288 pp., $65
Funding: Francesca Ronnie Primus Foundation, Inc.
Also on view: "Secular and Sacred: Scholars, Deities, and Immortals in Chinese Art," Sept. 10, 2005Jan. 8, 2006, "The Art of Medicine in Ancient Egypt," Sept. 13, 2005Jan. 15, 2006, "Rara Avis: Selections from the Iris Barrel Apfel Collection," Sept. 13, 2005Jan. 22, 2006
New Museum of Contemporary Art
Sept. 29-Dec. 31, 2005
Survey of work by the Canadian artist, known for works that investigate his aboriginal roots through the use of consumer items, including tribal masks made out of Nike shoes.
Curators: Daina Augaitis, Trevor Smith
Catalogue: 176 pp., $50, essays by Daina Augaitis and Trevor Smith, Cuauhtémoc Medina, Ralph Rugoff, Kitty Scott, interview between Jungen and Simon Starling
Funding: Bob Rennie and Carey Fouks
Also on view: "Seventh Annual Altoids Curiously Strong Collection," Sept. 29-Oct. 29, 2005
Focus: Michael Asher
Art Institute of Chicago
Sept. 29, 2005Jan. 1, 2006
New work by the Conceptual Art guru, conceived of as a revisiting of a previous intervention at the AIC in 1979, for which he relocated a sculpture of George Washington by Jean Antoine Houdon
Curator: James Rondeau
John Szarkowski: Photographs
Milwaukee Art Museum
Sept. 29, 2005-Jan. 1, 2006
70 black-and-white images by Szarkowski, the Wisconsin native and legendary first curator of the MoMAs photo department, but also an accomplished artist himself, as he shows in these snaps of skyscrapers, desertscapes and vernacular architecture
Curator: Lisa Hostetler
Catalogue: 156 pp. $60
Tour: This show has already appeared at SFMOMA and the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson; it will go on to Museum of Modern Art, New York, Feb. 1-April 30, 2006 and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, June 18-Sept. 10, 2006
Funding: Randi and Bob Fisher, Charlotte and David Winton, Mr. and Mrs. John and Kathy MacDonough
The Surreal Calder
Sept. 30, 2005Jan. 15, 2006
Ca. 60 objects, ranging from works on paper to sculpture, made between 1932 and 1947 and focusing on Calders surreal side in his cosmic imagery, biomorphic and metamorphic forms.
Curator: Mark Rosenthal
Catalogue: 156 pp., $45