Land of the Winged Horsemen: Art in Poland, 1572-1764 Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore Mar. 3-May 9, 1999 Nearly 150 works of fine and decorative art drawn from over 35 public collections throughout Poland. Curator: Ellen Reeder, Walters; Jan Ostrowski, Wawel Royal Castle, Cracow; Andrzej Rottermund, Royal Castle, Warsaw.
Next stop: Art Institute of Chicago, opening June 5, 1999.
Picasso: Painter and Sculptor in Clay Metropolitan Museum of Art
Mar. 3-June 6, 1999
The first large-scale exhibition of the artist's ceramic works, including 175 pieces, mostly created between 1947 and 1962.
Organized by the Royal Academy of Arts, London.
Funding: Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundation.
Ellsworth Kelly: The Early Drawings 1948-1955 Harvard University Art Museums Mar. 6-May 16, 1999 Massive survey of 220 drawings and collages from the American abstract artist's formative years in France.
Curator: Yve-Alain Bois.
Catalogue essay: Yve-Alain Bois.
Tour: High Museum of Art, Atlanta (June 8-Aug. 15, 1999); Art Institute of Chicago (Sept. 11-Dec. 5, 1999).
Mad for Modernism: Earl Horter and his Collection Philadelphia Museum of Art
Mar. 7-May 16, 1999
30 works of art by the pioneering Philadelphia artist (1880-1940), along with his collection of 50 modernist works and 20 African and Native American sculptures.
Curator: Innis Howe Shoemaker.
Catalogue essays: Shoemaker; Christa Clarke, Metropolitan Museum; William Wierzbowski.
Funding: Pew Charitable Trusts, Willliam Penn Foundation, et al.
Sam Francis: Paintings 1947-1990 Museum of Contemporary Art at the Geffen Contemporary, Los Angeles Mar. 7-July 25, 1999 60 paintings and 30 drawings by the late American abstractionist. Curator: William C. Agee, Hunter College, New York. Catalogue essays: Agee; Debra Burchett-Lere, curator of the Sam Francis estate. Funding: Geri and Richard Brawerman; Christie's; et al.
Mirror of the Medieval World Metropolitan Museum of Art Mar. 9-July 4, 1999 Nearly 300 works of art from the fourth to the 16th centuries, acquired by the Met and the Cloisters over the past two decades.
Curator: Peter Barnet; William D. Wixom.
Catalogue essays: Barnet; Wixom, Helen C. Evans, Timothy B. Husband, Charles T. Little, Barbara Drake Boehm, Katharine R. Brown, Mary B. Shepard, et al.
The Museum as Muse: Artists Reflect Museum of Modern Art Mar. 14-June 1, 1999
60 artists examine the concept, function and nature of the museum via roughly 188 works of art, from the 1800s to works specially commissioned for the show.
Curator: Kynaston McShine.
Catalogue essays: Kynaston McShine and others.
Find special projects on the MoMAweb site.
The Treasury of Saint Francis of Assisi Metropolitan Museum of Art
Mar. 16-June 27, 1999
Medieval and Renaissance panel painting, sculpture, goldsmith's work, textiles and manuscript illumination lent by the Basilica of San Francesco, Italy, and private collections.
Organized in conjunction with the Sacro Convento di San Francesco di Assisi, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana and Ministero per I Beni e le Attività Culutali.
Curators: Laurence B. Kanter; Pia Palladino.
Funding: Robert Lehman Foundation; Alitalia; Monte dei Paschi di Siena.
To Conserve a Legacy: American Art from Historically Black Colleges and Universities Studio Museum in Harlem Feb. 7-Apr. 9, 1999 More than 175 works of art drawn from the collections of six institutions, with a special emphasis on 19th- and 20th-century African American art.
Organized in conjunction with the Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Mass.
Curator: Richard J. Powell, Duke University; Jock Reynolds, Yale University Art Gallery.
Tour: The show will travel to seven American cities.
Funding: AT&T; Ford Motor Company.
Archigram: Experimental Architecture 1961-1974 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
March 19-June 15, 1999
Nearly 200 photos, drawings and models of the pop, utopian constructions of the British group of architects.
Organized by Thread Waxing Space, New York and the Pratt Institute, New York.
Funding: J.M Kaplan Fund, et al.
Alexis Rockman: A Recent History of the World The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Conn. Jan. 30-May 2, 1999 Mar. 21-May 30, 1999
Two large-scale paintings and one stained glass window exploring issues of evolution and extinction.
Devi: The Great Goddess Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington, D.C. Mar. 28-Sept. 6, 1999
120 works of art showing the Indian mother goddess.
Funding: Enron Corp.; Rockefeller Foundation; Hughes Network Systems.