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      New This Month in U.S. Museums
 
 
 

Clarence Williams
Leonard Thompson, homeless in Los Angeles
1998
  The Way Home: Ending Homelessness in America
Corcoran Gallery of Art
Dec. 4, 1999-Jan. 31, 2000
13 artists challenge stereotypes concerning poverty, education, addiction, violence and health care via photographs of the homeless. On view are works by Jodi Cobb, Ben Fernandez, Donna Ferrato, Betsy Frampton, Annie Leibovitz, Mary Ellen Mark, Joseph Rodriguez, Eli Reed, Stephen Shames, Callie Shell, Diana Walker, Clarence Williams and Tipper Gore, wife of Vice President Al Gore. Organized in association with the National Alliance to End Homelessness.
Curators: Phillip Brookman and Jane Slate Siena, both of the Corcoran Gallery.
Catalogue essays: Tipper Gore; Nan Roman, president of the National Alliance to End Homelessness.
Funding: Merle C. Chambers; C. W. Harrison & Natalie Shirley; Jonathan M. Tisch; Walt Disney Co.
 
 
 

Boots
Worn by George Clinton
1977
  Rock Style
Metropolitan Museum
Dec. 9, 1999-Mar. 19, 2000
A tribute to rock 'n' roll artists who've set fashion trends from the 1950s to the present, including Madonna, Mick Jagger, John Lennon, Courtney Love and Bono.
Curators: Richard Martin, Met Costume Institute; James D. Henke, Met VP of exhibitions; Ileen Gallagher, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Funding: Tommy Hilfiger U.S.A., Inc.; Condé Nast; Estée Lauder Companies Inc.
 
 
 

Mask for Gelede
Nigeria, Egbado, Yoruba
early/mid-20th century
  Yoruba Masquerade
Art Institute of Chicago
Dec. 10, 1999-Apr. 9, 2000
Sculptures, textiles, masks and more from the ritualistic performances of the Yoruba-speaking peoples of western Nigeria and eastern Republic of Benin.
Curator: Kathleen Bickford Berzock, A.I.C.
 
 
 

Tony Oursler
Getaway #2
1994
(detail)
  Introjection: Tony Oursler, 1976-1999
Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston
Dec. 11, 1999-Feb. 13, 2000
Over 85 works by the video pioneer, who is celebrated for his humorous and disturbing synthesis of video projection, sculpture and performance art.
Organized by the Williams College Museum of Art, in collaboration with MASS MoCA.
Curator: Deborah Rothschild, Williams College Museum of Art.
Catalogue essays: Tony Oursler, Deborah Rothschild, Ian Berry, Constance DeJong, Laura Heon, Mike Kelly.
Tour: The exhibition travels to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and the Des Moines Art Center.
Funding: Andy Warhol Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts.
 
 
 

Roy Lichtenstein
Man with Folded Arms
1962
  Panza: The Legacy of a Collector
Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art
Dec. 12, 1999-Mar. 5, 2000
Part one of the first comprehensive exhibition of L.A.MOCA's extensive holdings of contemporary art assembled by the Italian mega-collector Count Giuseppe and Countess Giovanna Panza di Biumo. The first installment presents 80 works by Franz Kline, Mark Rothko, Jean Fautrier, Roy Lichtenstein, Claus Oldenburg and others. Part two, opening Jan. 30, 2000, focuses on Los Angeles artists -- including Lawrence Carroll, Greg Colson, Jeff Colson, Peter Shelton and Robert Therrien.
Curator: Connie Butler, L.A. MoCA.
Catalogue essays: Giuseppe Panza, Caroline A. Jones.
 
 
    The Body Beautiful: Artists Draw the Nude (1440-1850)
J. Paul Getty Museum
Dec. 14, 1999-Feb. 27, 2000
Nudes for every taste, from the idealized 16th-century body to the fleshy naturalism of the 18th-century, including works by Guercino, Rubens and Pierre-Paul Proud'hon.
Curator: Alegra Pesenti, Getty Museum.
 
 
    A Century of Design, Part I: 1900-1925
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Dec. 14, 1999-Mar. 26, 2000
A selection of Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau and Art Deco objects kicks off this four-part survey of the Met's design collection.
Curator: Met consultant J. Stewart Johnson; Jane Adkin and Jared Cross, both of the Met.
 
 
 

Tara Donovan
Untitled
(detail)
  Tara Donovan
The Corcoran Gallery of Art
Dec. 15, 1999-Jan. 17, 2000
A large-scale, site-specific installation made of wrapped, stacked, bundled and unraveled fibrous material, addressing notions of boundaries and form, by the Corocoran College of Art and Design alumn.
 
 
 

Raphael Sanzio
Donna Velata (Veiled Lady)
ca. 1516
  Raphael and Titian: The Renaissance Portrait
Art Institute of Chicago
Dec. 15, 1999-Mar. 19, 2000
Raphael's Veiled Lady (ca. 1516), on view in the U.S. for the first time, and Titian's Man with Blue-Green Eyes (ca. 1540-45), recently restored, both on loan from the Pitti Palace in Florence, along with other important Renaissance portraits from the Art Institute's collection.
Curator: Larry J. Feinberg, A.I.C.
Funding: Rhoades Fund/Julius Lewis Exhibition Fund, et al.
 
 
    Byzantion Art in Texas
Menil Collection, Houston
Dec. 17, 1999-Feb. 20, 2000
No, not "Byzantine" -- "Byzantion," the name of the city that later became Constantinople. Iconic panel paintings, textiles, incense burners, lamps, keys, coins and more from the 6th to the 17th century, all from private collections in Texas, including the Menil Collection.
Curator: Bertrand Davezac, Menil Collecton.
 
 
    Ernesto Neto: Nhó Nhó Nave
Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston
Dec. 17,1999-Jan. 30, 2000
Sensual sculptures using materials such as nylon pantyhose, powdered spices and polystyrene pellets.
Curator: Lynn M. Herbert.
 
 
 

Brett Reichman
A painting that tells a story
1997
  New Work: Painting Today, Recent Acquisitions
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Dec. 17, 1999-Mar. 28, 2000
16 works by emerging artists, including Callum Innes, Laura Owens, Brett Reichman, Luc Tuymans and Hiroshi Sugito.
Curator: Gary Garrels, SFMOMA.
Funding: Collectors Forum.
 
 
 

Frank Stella
Cantahar
1998
  Frank Stella at 2000: Changing the Rules
Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami
Dec. 17, 1999-Mar. 12, 2000
25 recent large-scale paintings and sculptural works by the dean of Neo-Baroque Greenbergian formalism.
Curator: MoCA director Bonnie Clearwater.
 
 
 

Lotte Besse
Portrait of Otti Berger and studio house
1930
  At the End of the Century: 100 Years of Architecture
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Dec. 19, 1999-Mar. 12, 2000
The changing face of architecture, via a huge, 21-section survey -- "The House as an Esthetic Laboratory," "World of Tomorrow: The Future of Transportation," "Modern Learning and Living at the Bauhaus," "The Rational Kitchen," to name a few. On view in conjunction is "Material Evidence," Dec. 11, 1999-Mar. 5, 2000, investigating the use of materials as a defining element in the work of contemporary Chicago architects.
Curators: Richard Koshalek, former director, L.A. MOCA, and Elizabeth Smith, Chicago MCA.
Catalogue essays: Zeynep Celik, Jean-Louis Cohen, Beatriz Colomina, Jorge Francisco Liernur, Elizabeth Smith, Anthony Vidler, Hajime Yatsuka.
Tour: The exhibition debuted at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo, traveled to the Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso, Mexico City, and the Museum Ludwig, Cologne, and concludes at L.A. MoCA, Apr. 16-Sept. 24, 2000.
Funding: Ford Motor Company.
 
 
    Transatlantic Dialogue: Contemporary Art In and Out of Africa
Ackland Art Museum, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Dec. 19, 1999-Mar. 26, 2000
40 works by African artists (Outtara, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Sokari Douglas Camp) who have lived in America and Europe.
 
 
 

Roman Opalka
1896176-1916613
(detail)
  Global Conceptualism: Points of Origin, 1950s-1980s
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
Dec. 19, 1999-Mar. 5, 2000
Around 200 works by more than 130 artists challenge the notion that Conceptualism was a single movement that spread internationally.
Curator: Jane Farver, Queens Museum of Art; Luis Camnitzer, SUNY Old Westbury art professor; Rachel Weiss, School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Tour: The exhibition originated at the Queens Museum of Art.
Funding: AT&T; Lannan Foundation; Rockefeller Foundation; Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
 
 
 

Ellen Lanyon
Endangered, detail
1989
  Ellen Lanyon: Transformations, Selected Works from 1971-1999
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Dec. 23, 1999-May 7, 2000
50 paintings, prints and drawings incorporating images of ecological science and fantasy.