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  new this month in u.s. museums


Standing Chief Figure
Chokwe People, Angola
19th century
Chowke! Art and Initiation Among Chokwe and Related Peoples
Birmingham (Ala.) Museum of Art
Nov. 1, 1998-Jan. 3, 1999
Figures, scepters, masks, pottery, basketry and such from the Chokwe peoples of Central Africa.
Curator: Manuel Jord�n.
Publication: Prestel-Verlag, Munich.
Tour: Scheduled for the Baltimore Museum and Minneapolis Institute.
 


Jackson Pollock
Easter and the Totem
1953
Jackson Pollock
Museum of Modern Art
Nov. 1, 1998-Feb. 7, 1999
A full-scale retrospective of the prototypical "action painter," including everything from early figurative works to the infamous, monumental "drip paintings."
Curator: Kirk Varnedoe.
Catalogue: Essays by Kirk Varnedoe and Pepe Karmel.
Tour: Scheduled for the Tate Gallery, London, Mar. 4-May 31, 1999.
 


Grandma Moses
Thunderstorm
1948
Self-taught Artists of the 20th Century: An American Anthology
Amon Carter Museum, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Nov. 1, 1998-Jan. 24, 1999
A joint exhibition of work by some 30 artists, including Henry Church, Ken Grimes, Morris Hirshfield, Lonnie Holley, Grandma Moses, Horace Pippin, Marin Ramirez and Purvis Young.
Curators: Elsa Longhauser, Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, and Harald Szeemann, independent Swiss curator.
Tour: Opened at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and traveled to the High Museum of Art, Atlanta. Scheduled for the Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, N.Y., Wexner Center, Columbus, Oh., and the Museum of American Folk Art, the organizing institution.
Catalogue: Chronicle Books and the Museum of American Folk Art, with essays by Maurice Berger, Arthur Danto, Gerald Davis, others.
Funding: Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund; Henry Luce Foundation, Inc.
 
Flemish Manuscript Illumination of the Late Middle Ages
J. Paul Getty Museum
Nov. 3, 1998-Jan. 17, 1999
19 illuminated manuscripts, cuttings and manuscript leaves from the 1400s and 1500s.
 


Piero Stenle/Julian Rosenfeldt
Detonation Deutschland
1996
Deep Storage, Arsenal of Memory
Henry Art Gallery, Seattle
Nov. 5, 1998-Jan. 24, 1999
Over 40 artists explore the concept of storage as it manifests in the storeroom, museum, archive, library, artist's studio and data space.
Curators: Ingrid Schaffner, Matthias Winzen, Hubertus Gassner, Bernhart Schwenk and Stefan Iglhaut.
Catalogue: Essays by Geoffrey Batchen, Benjamin Buchloh, Susan Buck-Morss, Sheryl Conkelton, Trevor Fairbrother, Justin Hoffman, Jon Ippolito, Elizabeth Linning, John Smith and Susan Stewart.
Tour: Passed through the Haus der Kunst, Munich, Neue Nationalgalerie's Kulturforum, Berlin, Kunstmuseum Dusseldorf and P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, New York. Scheduled for the University of Seattle.
 


John Baldessari
The Telephone Book (With Pearls)
1988
Artist/Author: Contemporary Artists' Books
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Nov. 6, 1998-Jan. 3, 1999
Works by some 100 artists, including John Baldessari, Jenny Holzer, Barbara Kruger, Nan Goldin, Rosmarie Trockel and Sol Le Witt.
Organizer: American Federation of Arts.
Catalogue: Essays by Cornelia Lauf, Clive Phillpot, Jane Rolo and Brian Wallis.
Tour: Scheduled for the Lowe Art Museum, Coral Gables, Fla., the Western Gallery, Bellingham, Wash., University Art Gallery, Amherst, Mass.
Funding: Art Access II; Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund.
 


Maurizio Cattelan's
Picasso on the job.
Maurizio Cattelan
Museum of Modern Art
Nov. 6, 1998-Dec. 4, 1998
Volunteers dress up in Marizio Cattelan's irreverent Picasso costume.
Curator: Laura Hoptman, MOMA.
 


Aprilia Moto 6.5
1995
649 cc
Italy
The Art of the Motorcycle
The Field Museum, Chicago
Nov. 7, 1998-Mar. 21, 1999
More than 100 hawgs and choppers in an installation designed by Frank O. Gehry.
Organizer: Gugg director Tom Krens and curatorial team.
Catalogue essays: Hunter S. Thompson, Dennis Hopper, others.
Sponsor: BMW.
Tour: Originated at the Guggenheim, New York.
 


Kaufmann and Faubry
(photographers)
Hall of Science,
Century of Progress Exposition,
Chicago, 1933
Zigzags and Speed Stripes: The Art Deco Style
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh
Nov. 7, 1998-Mar. 28, 1999
The so-called "zig-zag moderne" of the 1930s. The show is part of an Art Deco celebration at the museum including the unveiling of the restored 1930s Chariot of Aurora wall relief, (made by Jean Dupas and Jean Dunand for the grand salon of the deluxe ocean liner Normandie), the exhibition "C'est Magnifique: French Decorative Art," Oct. 31, 1998-Mar. 21, 1999, and a film series.
 


Roy Lichtenstein
Landscape in Scroll
1996
Roy Lichtenstein: Landscapes in the Chinese Style
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Nov. 8, 1998-Feb. 7, 1999
The late American pop artist used his ubiquitous benday dots to imitate classic Chinese Landscape painting in this collection of 28 works done from 1994-1997.
Curator: Joseph Cheng, Sackler Gallery.
Tour: Passed through Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
 


Joust with Blunt Lances
(detail) from
The Housebook
1475-1485
Love and War: A Manual for Life in the Late Middle Ages
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Nov. 8, 1998-Jan. 31, 1999
More than 100 objects based on medieval courtly and secular themes, featuring the work of the Housebook Master.
 


Raphael
Faith
ca. 1507
The Invisible Made Visible: Angels from the Vatican
Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore
Nov. 8, 1998-Jan. 3, 1999
More than 100 images of Assyrian, Etruscan, Greco-Roman and Christian winged spirits.
Curators: Arnold Nesselrath, Vatican Museums and Pontifical Galleries.
Catalogue: Preface by Pope John Paul II.
Tour: Debuted at the Armand Hammer Museum of Art, UCLA and traveled to the Saint Louis Art Museum and the Detroit Institute of Arts. Scheduled to stop at the Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Fla.
Funding: Chrysler Corporation.
 


Elizabeth Murray
Rain Painting
1996
Cleveland Collects Contemporary Art
Cleveland Museum of Art
Nov. 8, 1998-Jan. 10, 1999
Contemporary paintings, sculptures and photo-based objects owned by 30 individuals and businesses in the greater Cleveland area.
Curator: Tom E. Hinson.
Catalogue: Essays by Hinson and CMA director, Robert P. Bergman.
Funding: Hahn Loeser & Parks and Ernst & Young.
 


Ben Shahn
Myself Among the Churchgoers
1939
Common Man, Mythic Vision: The Paintings of Ben Shahn
The Jewish Museum, New York
Nov. 8, 1998-Mar. 7, 1999
Over 50 paintings from 1936-1965 by the American social realist.
Tour: Scheduled for Allentown Art Museum, Pa. and the Detroit Institute of the Arts.
 


Fabrizio Plessi
Cristalli Liquidi
1993
Fabrizio Plessi
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego
Nov. 8, 1998-Jan. 31, 1999
Four large-scale video installations inspired by Italy's architectural and cultural environment, integrating wood, glass, marble and iron.
Curators: Hugh M. Davies and Toby Kamps.
Tour: Premiered at the Guggenheim Museum, SoHo.
Funding: Joan and Irwin Jacobs.
 


Andy Goldsworthy
Springtime postage stamps
1995
Cool Britannia: Recent British Design Selected by Sir Terence Conran
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Nov. 11, 1998-Mar. 7, 1999
A salute to Britain's styling king of interior design.
Curator: Kathryn Bloom Hiesinger.
 


Junichi Arai
Deep Sea
1994
Structure and Surface: Contemporary Japanese Textiles
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Nov. 12, 1998-Jan. 26, 1999
The ancient Japanese textile tradition as interpreted by 25 of the most influential textile designers, fashion designers and fiber artists working in Japan today.
Curators: Matilda McQuaid, MOMA and. Cara McCarty, Saint Louis Art Museum.
Catalogue: Essays by McQuaid and McCarty.
Tour: Scheduled for the Saint Louis Art Museum.
Sponsors: the AT&T Foundation and Dorothy and Lewis B.Cullman.
 


Masanori Umeda
Moonlit Garden
1990
Designed for Delight: Alternative Aspects of 20th-Century Decorative Arts
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond
Nov. 13, 1998-Jan. 31, 1999
Furniture, ceramics, glass, jewelry, textiles and metalwork from the Montreal Museum of Decorative Arts, exploring stylistic movements from Art Deco to Postmodernism.
Consulting scholar and catalogue editor: Martin Eidelberg.
Catalogue: Essays by Yvonne Brunhammer, Martin Filler, Stephen Dubin and Witold Rybczynski.
Tour: Began at the Montreal Museum of Decorative Arts. Scheduled for the Cincinnati Art Museum; J.B. Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Ken.
Sponsor: Philip Morris Companies Inc., Canada Council, et al.
 


Ejlat Feuer
East 2nd Street, Lower East Side
Manhattan, 1998 interior
Casitas: Gardens of Reclamation
El Museo del Barrio, New York
Nov. 14, 1998-Feb. 28, 1999
Large scale photographs of New York City's Casitas -- small structures built in vacant lots and gardens -- by photographer Ejlat Feuer and landscape architecture professor Daniel Winterbottom.
Funding: New York City Department of Cultural Affiars Cultural Challenge Program, Antonio Roig Ferr�/Fundaci�n de Arte Sacro and Cristina Roig Morris.
 
Contemporary British Artists
Denver Art Museum
Nov. 14, 1998-July 11, 1999
Nearly two dozen works by leading contemporary British artists, including several who showed in the Saatchi's "Sensation" show at the Royal Academy in London in 1997.
Curator: Dianne Vanderlip.
 


2 untitled disks
from the Domino Series
Domino/Dominó
El Museo de Barrio, New York
Nov. 14, 1998-Feb. 7, 1999
The Chicago based artist Bibiana Su�rez uses the domino in a mixed-media installation to explore her acculturation as a Puerto Rican in the U.S.
Funding: Greenwall Foundation; Jerome Foundation.
 


Antonio Bonilla
Funeral Procession
1990
Gods, Spirits and Legends: Twentieth-Century Art from El Salvador
El Museo del Barrio, New York
Nov. 14, 1998-Feb. 28, 1999
Forty works by 17 artists dealing with pre-Columbian and Catholic iconography in El Salvador.
Curator: Mariano Castro-Maga�a.
Funding: Consejo Nacional de Cultura El Salvador, et al.
 


Gronk
Echo
1995
GRONK X 3: Murals, Prints, Projects
San Jose Museum of Art
Nov. 14, 1998-Feb. 14, 1999
Large-scale murals, prints, paintings, set designs and performance work by the artist GRONK, famous for his recurring symbol of La Tormenta, the stormy femme fatale.
Sponsors: Adaptec; Wilson Sonsini Goodrich; Rosati, Hitatchi Data Systems.
 


Jack Delano
Woman and child aboard a train
1946
The Art of Jack Delano
El Museo del Barrio, New York
Nov. 14, 1998-Feb. 28, 1999
Photographs starting with the documentation of the Farm Security Administration work in the 1940s to Puerto Rico in the '60s.
Organizer: Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.
Sponsor: Banco Popuar.
 


Charles Ray
Fall '91
1992
Charles Ray
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Nov. 15, 1998-Mar. 15, 1999
A pared-down retrospective of 35 sculptures, photos and film by the trippy L.A. Minimalist. The exhibition features Oh! Charley, Charley, Charley, his notorious daisy-chain sculpture with eight figures all cast from the artist's body.
Curator: Paul Schimmel (MOCA).
Catalogue essays: Paul Schimmel, Whitney curator Lisa Phillips.
Tour: Originated at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and will travel to the Chicago MCA.
Sponsors: Peter Norton Family Foundation; Lannan Foundation.
 
Amy Adler
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Nov. 15, 1998-Feb.14, 1999
The first museum exhibition of the LA artist's computer-mainpulated photographs and drawings.
Curator: Connie Butler.
Catalogue: Essay by the curator.
Funding: Lawrence Barth and Mitsui Fudosan (USA), Inc.
 
Kay Rosen: lifeli[k]e
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Nov. 15,1998-Feb. 14, 1999
The first major one person survey in the U.S. of the work of Kay Rosen, featuring 89 photo-text works, drawings, paintings and wall paintings, many of which deal with language and linguistic theory.
Curators: Connie Butler and Otis Gallery Critic-in-Residence, Terry R. Myers.
Catalogue: Essays by the artist and curators.
Tour: The exhibition will go on view in conjunction with MOCA at the Otis Gallery at the Otis College of Art and Design on Dec. 5, 1998.
Funding: Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc., Lannan Foundation; David Hockney.
 


Yuh Okano
Epidermis (Forest)
1997
Edo: Art in Japan 1615-1868
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Nov. 15, 1998-Feb. 15, 1999
The first comprehensive survey of Edo art, including 300 scrolls and screens, costumes, armor, sculpture, ceramics, lacquer and woodblock prints, many of which have never left Japan.
Curator: Roger T. Singer, LACMA.
Catalogue: Essays by Singer, John Carpenter, Hollis Goodall, Victor Harris, Herman Ooms, Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere and Melinda Takeuchi.
Funding: NTT.
Activities: Japanese Performing Arts Festival to accompany exhibition.
 


Jean Louis Eugène Emile Cohl
study for poster for
L'Exposition des Arts
Incohérents

1893
Counter Culture: Parisian Cabarets and the Avant-Garde, 1875-1905
Grey Art Gallery, New York University
Nov. 17, 1998-Jan. 16, 1999
Over 300 books, journals, prints, posters, paintings, drawings and shadow theater silhouettes from the progressive artistic community and cabaret culture of fin-de-si�cle Paris.
Organizer: The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers.
Catalogue: Essays by Phillip Ednnis Cate, Mary Shaw, Olga Anna Dull, Daniel Grojnowski and Steven Moore Whiting.
Sponsors: Agnes B., Cultural Services of the French Embassy, et al.
 


My First Sony Product Line
1992
designed by Sony Design Center/
Sony Corporation
Unlimited by Design
Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York
Nov. 17, 1998-Mar. 21, 1999
Universally designed residential interiors and consumer products, all created to improve quality of life.
Curators: Bruce Hannah, Pratt Institute, and George A. Covington, co-chair of the Universal Design Task Force on the President Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities.
Sponsor: Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, NEC, Balck & Decker, et. al.
 


June Wayne
My Self
1985
June Wayne: A Retrospective
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Nov. 19, 1998-Feb. 15, 1999
A 50 year survey of the famous American lithographer.
Organizer: Newberger Museum of Art, Purchase Collage, New York, and Victor Carlson, LACMA.
Tour: Scheduled for Palm Springs Desert Museum; Purdue University Art Museum, West Lafayette, Ind.
Funding: NEA, Richard A. Florsheim Foundation, et al.
 


Sohan Gempo
(Shoun, 1848-1922)
One-Stroke Daruma
The Art of 20th-Century Zen: Paintings and Calligraphy by Japanese Masters
Japan Society, New York
Nov. 19, 1998-Jan. 10, 1999
Painting and calligraphy created by renowned modern Zen artists, including 13 monks and one nun.
Organizer: Marsh Art Gallery, University of Richmond.
Curators: Audry Yoshiko Seo and Stephen Addiss.
 
Pale Guide to Transparent Things: Recent work by Seton Smith
Whitney Museum of American Art
Nov. 20, 1998-Apr. 4, 1999
The American artist's first solo museum exhibition is a four-part photographic installation comprising transparencies on light boxes, 6-foot high cibachrome prints and 19-foot high semi-transparent scrims.
Curator: Adam D. Weinberg.
Sponsor: Whitney Contemporaries.
 


Issey Miyake
Coat with Jumpsuit
Japan, fall/winter 1976
Japonism in Fashion: Japan Dresses the West
Brooklyn Museum of Art
Nov. 20, 1998-Feb.14, 1999
More than 70 costumes and accessories from the 19th and 20th centuries exploring the influence of Japanese art and design on Western fashion, in collaboration with the Kyoto Costume Institute. On view are works by Elizabeth Hawes, Bonnie Cashin and Rudi Gernreich, as well as 20 ensembles by Japanese designers.
Curator: Akiko Fukai, Kyoto Costume Institute.
 


Lauretta Vinciarelli
from Incandescence
1998
Incandescence: Watercolors by Lauretta Vinciarelli
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Nov. 20, 1998-Feb. 23, 1999
An installation of the architect's abstract watercolors of luminous spaces, all commissioned by the SFMOMA Department of Architecture and Design.
Curator: Aaron Betsky.
 


George Nelson
Marshmallow Sofa
1956
Sitting on the Edge: Modernist Design from the Collection of Michael and Gabrielle Boyd
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Nov. 20, 1998-Feb. 23, 1999
Over 100 pieces of modernist furniture from the collection of the Bay area modern design enthusiasts.
Curator: Aaron Betsky.
Catalogue: Essays by Paola Antonielli, MoMA, Aaron Betsky, SFMoMA, Michael Boyd and Philippe Garner, Sotheby's.
 


Washington's dentures
The Power and the Glory: George Washington and the Birth of Fame in America
The New-York Historical Society
Nov. 20, 1998-Feb. 22, 1999
In conjunction with "Treasures from Mount Vernon: George Washington Revealed," an exhibition exploring the image of George Washington in American culture, and how he has been heroized and memorialized. Included are paintings of him, his false teeth, military sash, letters, swords and miniatures.
Organizer: The Mount Vernon Ladies' Association.
Sponsor: Ford Motor Company and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.
 


Rock crystal ewer
Italian, Miseroni workshop
ca. 1600
British Elegance: Decorative Arts from Burghley House
Cincinnati Art Museum
Nov. 22, 1998-Jan. 17, 1999
Jewelry studded porcelain and more from the house of Elizabeth I's Lord High Treasurer and principal advisor, the Lord Burghley.
Curator: Anita Ellis.
Sponsor: Cinergy.
 
Clay into Art: Selections from the Contemporary Ceramics Collection
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Nov. 24, 1998-May 30, 1998
Tea pots, bowls and vases along with monumental sculptures all made after World War II, including pieces by John Mason, Ken Price and Peter Voulkos.
Curators: Jane Adlin and J. Stewart Johnson.
Catalogue: Essays by Jane Adlin.
 


Arthur J. Motley, Jr.
Brown Girl After the Bath
1931
Rhapsodies in Black: Art of the Harlem Renaissance
Getty Center, Los Angeles
Nov. 27, 1998-Jan. 17, 1999
Paintings, sculpture, graphics, photography, books, magazines and stage design from hip, hot, happening Harlem in the 1920s and early '30s.
Curators: David A. Bailey, University of East London; Richard J. Powell, Duke University; Anne Wilkes Tucker, Museum of Fine Arts Boston; Aliva J. Wardlaw, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Tour: Originated at the Hayward Gallery in London and Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
 
Projects 66: Campana/Ingo Maurer
Museum of Modern Art
Nov. 27, 1998-Jan. 19, 1999
Furniture by Brazilian designers Fernando and Humberto Campana and lamps by Ingo Maurer from Munich, as part of the museum's "Projects" exhibition series.
Curator: Paola Antonelli.
Sponsor: Peter Norton.
 


Romare Bearden
Mysteries
1964
Romare Bearden in Black and White: Photomontage Projections, 1964
Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, Mass.
Nov. 28-Jan. 24, 1999
Photomontages and collages reflecting themes in the African-American artist's life, such as jazz and blues music and urban life in Harlem.
Organizer: Council for Creative Projects, N.Y.
 
Christmas Tree and Baroque Cr�che for the Holiday Season
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Nov. 28, 1998-Jan. 3, 1999
This long established Yuletide tradition in New York includes a 20-foot blue spruce with a collection of 18th century Neapolitan angels and cherubs and Neapolitan cr�che figures at the base in a nativity scene. A lighting ceremony accompanies the exhibition every Friday and Saturday evening at 7:00PM.
Sponsor: Loretta Hines Howard Trust.