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A selection of ancient Near Eastern cylinder seals
"A Seal upon Thine Heart": Glyptic Art of the Ancient Near East, ca. 3500-2100 B.C.
Pierpont Morgan Library
Jan. 7-Apr. 26, 1998
Nearly 100 stone-carved seals -- amulets decorated with scenes that predate writing -- dating from the fourth to the third millennium B.C.
Organizer: Pierpont Morgan associate curator Sidney Babcock
Sponsors: Ruth Nanda Anshen, Joseph Rosen Foundation and Sotheby's.

Louise Bourgeois
Eye Benches
[project in progress]
Stages of Creation: Public Sculpture by National Academicians
National Academy Museum, New York
Jan. 7-Mar. 8, 1998
Including work by Louise Bourgeois, Tom Otterness and Leonard Baskin, this exhibition traces the development -- from studies in bronze to installation -- of public sculptures by 33 contemporary artists.
Curators: chief curator David Dearinger and associate curator Trudie Grace
Sponsor: Alex Ettl Foundation.

Hendrick ter Brugghen
The Concert
ca. 1623
Masters of Light: Dutch Painters in Utrecht during the Golden Age
Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore
Jan. 8-Apr. 5, 1998
80 17th-century paintings by the Utrecht artists who boldly applied Caravaggio's inventive lighting techniques to their cosmopolitan range of subjects.
Curators: Walters Art Gallery curator Joaneath Spicer and Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco curator Lynn Federle Orr.
Organizers: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore; National Gallery, London.
Catalogue essays: Marten Jan Bok, Jan de Vries, Wayne Franits, Benjamin Kaplan, George Keyes, Ben Olde Meierink and Angelique Bakker Subsequent itinerary: National Gallery, London, May 6-Aug. 2, 1998.
Funding: NEA, NEH.

Martin Wong
The Clones of Bruce Lee
Sweet Oblivion: The Urban Landscapes of Martin Wong
University Galleries, Normal, Illinois
Jan. 8-Apr. 5, 1998
Images of unrequited love and drug addiction are coupled with constellation diagrams and street poetry in Martin Wong's 34 paintings of his New York Hispanic neighborhood.
Curators: Dan Cameron and Barry Blinderman.
Catalogue essays: Carlo McCormick, Lydia Lee, Yasmin Ramirez, Dan Cameron and Barry Blinderman.
Stop: New Museum, New York City (May-Sept. 1998).
Sponsor: Illinois Arts Council.

William Blake
illustration to Milton's L'Allegro
To Observe and Imagine: British Drawings and Watercolors, 1600-1900
Pierpont Morgan Library
Jan. 14-May 3, 1998
Hogarth's "Four Stages of Cruelty" in red chalk, plus a healthy selection of works by Fuseli, Blake, Turner, Rossetti, etc.
Organizer: Morgan Library curator Stephanie Wiles
Sponsor: Fay Elliot

Helen Frankenthaler
Mountains and Sea
After "Mountains and Sea": Frankenthaler 1956-1959
Guggenheim Museum
Jan. 16-May 3, 1998
14 early, dream-like paintings from the artist who invented the "staining" technique.
Organizer: Guggenheim curator Julia Brown
Catalogue essays: Julia Brown and Guggenheim curator Susan Cross

Arthur J. Motley, Jr.
Brown Girl After the Bath
Rhapsodies in Black: Art of the Harlem Renaissance
California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco
Jan. 17- Mar. 8, 1998
Approximately 130 works, including James Van Der Zee's celebrity photographs and rare film clips of Josephine Baker and Paul Robeson.
Curators: Duke University professor Richard J. Powell; David A. Bailey, co-director of the African and Asian Artists' Archive, London .
Catalogue essays: Martina Attille, David A. Bailey, Andrea D. Barnwell, Simon Callow, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Paul Gilroy, Richard J. Powell and Jeffrey C. Stewart.
Organizers: Hayward Gallery, Corcoran Gallery, Institute of International Visual Arts, London.
Remaining stop: Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C. (Apr. 18-Aug. 3, 1998).
Sponsors: Annenberg Foundation; Rockfeller Foundation; United Airlines; Union Bank of California; AT&T; Nordstrom; LEF Foundation; Zuc & Associates, Inc.

Glenn Ligon
Dreambook Series #291 (Language)
Glenn Ligon: Unbecoming
Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia
Jan. 17-Mar. 8, 1998
The first comprehensive exhibition by the New York-based gay African-American painter whose stenciled paintings incorporate slave narratives, literary quotations and autobiographical accounts.
Curator: ICA associate director Judith Tannebaum
Catalogue essays: Richard Meyer, Whitney curator Thelma Golden and Judith Tannebaum.
Sponsors: Norton Foundation; Lannan Foundation, et al.

Leonard Freed
"Colored Tier" city prison, New Orleans, Louisiana

We Shall Overcome: Photographs from America's Civil Rights Era
National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Jan. 15-Feb. 8, 1998
75 compelling b&w works by ten internationally recognized photographers, including contextual passages from the artists.
Curator: NMAM curator Robert Phelan.
Organized by: SITES.
Stops: Many, through 2004.

Robert Gober
(installation detail)
Robert Gober
Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Conn.
Jan. 18-May 17, 1998
A two-floor installation, including a suitcase holding a storm grate and a tidal pool complete with aquatic life.
Curator: Aldrich director Harry Philbrick

Al Hirschfeld
Ella Fitzgerald
In Line with Al Hirschfeld
Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, N.Y.
Jan. 18-Apr. 5, 1998
The first comprehensive retrospective of Al Hirschfeld's drawings, commemorating his 70-year association with the New York Times.
Curator: Hirschfeld archivist David Leopold
Sponsors: Billy Rose Foundation; UST; Westchester Arts Council

Detail of Edith Lucile Howard painting at the Grand Canyon
ca. 1926
The Philadelphia Ten, 1917-1945: A Women's Artist Group
Paley/Levy Galleries at Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia
Jan. 23-Mar. 15, 1998
75 paintings and 15 sculptures by Philadelphia modernists, including Edith Lucile Howard and M. Elizabeth Price.
Organizers: MCAD curator and director Page Talbott and independent curator Patricia Tanis Sydney.
Stops: Westmoreland Museum, Greensburg, Penn. (May 10-July 12, 1998); Old Jail Museum, Albany, Texas (Jan 23-Mar. 20, 1999); Concord Art Association, Concord, Mass. (Apr. 16-Jun.11, 1999); James A. Michener Museum of Art, Doylestown, Penn. (July 17-Oct. 3, 1999).
Sponsors: Pennsylvania Council of the Arts, Philadelphia Cultural Fund, CoreStates Bank.

Robert Colescott
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Robert Colescott: Recent Paintings
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
Jan. 24-Apr. 5, 1998
20 paintings premiered at the 47th Venice Biennale by Robert Colescott, whose work melds high modernism and social commentary.
Organized by: Independent curator Miriam Roberts.
Catalogue essays: Miriam Roberts and Met curator Lowery Stokes Sims.
Stops: Queens Museum (Apr. 20-Aug. 27, 1998); University of Arizona Museum, Tucson (Oct. 20, 1998-Jan. 5, 1999); University of California Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley (May 12-Aug. 29, 1999); Portland Art Museum, Oregon (Jan. 22-Mar. 28, 1999); Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden, University of Nebraska at Lincoln, (Sept. 15, 1999-Jan. 2, 2000); SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico (dates to be announced).
Sponsors: Dain Rauscher Incorporated et al.

Faith Ringgold
The French Collection I #6: Matisse's Chapel
Dancing at the Louvre: Faith Ringgold's French Collection and Other Story Quilts
Akron Art Museum
Jan. 24-Mar. 22, 1998
Allied with her fictional alter-ego, Willa Marie Simone, Faith Ringgold humorously and dramatically invents a past in which African Americans and women enjoy prominent roles in society.
Curator: New Museum curator Dan Cameron.
Catalogue essays: Ann Gibson, Michele Wallace, Thalia Gouma-Peterson, Faith Ringgold, Moira Roth, Patrick Hill and Dan Cameron.
Organizer: New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York.
Stops: U. A. M., Berkeley (May 6-Aug. 30, 1998); New Museum (Sept. 29-Dec. 20, 1998); Baltimore Museum (Jan. 27-Apr. 11, 1999); Fort Wayne Museum , Fort Wayne, Ind. (Apr. 30-July 18, 1999).
Sponsors: AT&T; Knight Foundation; Richard Florsheim Art Fund; Andy Warhol Foundation.

Consuelo Kanaga
Eluard Luchel McDaniel
Consuelo Kanaga: An American Photographer
Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.
Jan. 24-Apr. 5, 1998
The first major retrospective of the former news photographer and Stieglitz protoge Consuelo Kanaga, via 102 gelatin silver prints of her images strikers, civil rights protesters and the poor.
Curator: Stephen Bennett Phillips.
Catalogue essays: BMA associate curator Barbara Head Millstein and guest-cocurator Sarah M. Lowe.
Organizer: Brooklyn Museum of Art.
Stops: Greenville County Museum, Greenville, SC (Apr. 17-Jun. 21, 1998); Marsh Art Gallery, University of Richmond, VA (July 24-Sept. 27, 1998); Samuel P. Harn Museum, University of Florida, Gainsville (Oct. 30, 1998 - Jan. 3, 1999); Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ (Feb. 2-Apr. 18, 1999).
Sponsors: Metropolitan Life Foundation; NEA; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; Florence D. Lewisohn; Lucille and Charles M. Plotz; Kirk and Carolyn Wilkinson.

Pendant with Winged Charioteer
4th century B.C.
Ancient Gold Jewelry from the Dallas Museum of Art
Birmingham Museum of Art
Jan. 25-Apr. 5, 1998
105 unequaled works in gold -- the "undying metal" whose mysterious properties ensured material wealth and inspired otherworldly communication --from the ancient Mediterranean.
Curator: BMA curator Donald Wood. Organizer: Dallas Museum of Art.
Catalogue essays: Dr. Barbara Deppert-Lippitz, Anne R. Bromberg, John Dennis.
Stops: Montreal Museum of Fine Art (Apr. 26-July 19, 1998), a venue to be announced (Aug. 23-Nov. 22, 1998), Minneapolis Institute (Dec. 20, 1998 - Mar. 14, 1999). Sponsors: The Birmingham News/Birmingham Post-Herald,City of Birmingham, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, Inc.

Matthew Brady
Ulysses S. Grant
Matthew Brady's Portraits: Images as History, Photography as Art
Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge
Jan. 31, 1998 - Apr. 19, 1998
Approximately 150 portraits by the Civil War photographer including Abraham Lincoln and P.T. Barnum.
Curator: National Portrait Gallery curator Mary Panzer
Organizers: Harvard Art Museum curators Deborah Martin Kao and Charles C. Cunningham, Sr.
Sponsors: Siemens, Discovery Communications, Marpat Foundation, Smithsonian Institution Special Exhibition Fund and the Smithsonian Scholarly Studies Program.

Gerhard Richter
Administrative Building
Gerhard Richter: Wexner Prize Exhibition
Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio
Jan. 31, 1998 - Apr. 12, 1998
15 paintings by the renowned and unpredictable Gerhard Richter, the sixth recipient of the prestigious Wexner award.
Organizer: Wexner curator Donna De Salvo.
Sponsors: Greater Columbus Arts Council.

Eric Owen Moss Architects
Dancing Bleachers
Fabrications: Full Scale
Museum of Modern Art
Jan. 29-Apr. 28, 1998
Wexner Center for the Arts
Jan. 31, 1998 - Apr. 12, 1998
San Francisco MoMA
Feb. 6-Apr. 28, 1998
Full-scale "architectural inventions" simultaneously presented at three museums.
At MoMA: "The Tectonic Garden," with projects by Munkenbeck + Marshall Architects, TEN Arquitectos, Monica Ponce de Leon and Nader Tehrani, and Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects
At the Wexner: "Full Scale," by Mockbee/Coker Architects, Eric Owen Moss Architects, Patkau Architects and Stanley Saitowitz Office.
In San Francisco: "Bodybuildings," by Hodgetts + Fung Design Associates, Kennedy and Voilich Architecture, Rob Wellington Quigley and Kuth/Rainieri.
Curator: Terence Riley (MoMA), Mark Robbins (Wexner) and Aaron Betsky (SF MoMA).
Sponsors: Pizzuti Family Foundation; The Limited, Inc.; Ohio Arts Council.