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      New This Month in U.S. Museums
    American Folk Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Mar. 2, 1999-Jan. 2, 2000
More than 125 paintings, works on paper and portrait miniatures from the 18th and 19th centuries.
Curator: Carrie Rebora Barrat.
  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.
Joan Mitchell
  Art at Work: 40 Years of the Chase Manhattan Collection
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Mar. 3-May 2, 1999
77 modern and contemporary works from the famed corporate collection.
Curator: Robert Rosenblum.
Pablo Picasso
  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
Study for Four Color Panels
  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).
Nikki Hills
Journey House
  What is Art For?: William T. Wiley & Mary Hull Webster & 100 Artists
Oakland Museum of California
Mar. 6-Jul. 25, 1999
Nearly 100 Bay area artists selected by Wiley and Webster to expound on the purpose of art through mixed-media installations.
Juan Gris
Pipe and Newspaper (Fantomas)
  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
Deep Orange and Black
  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.
Thedosius Arrives at Ephesus (Scene from the Legend of the Seven Sleepers of Ephesus)
ca. 1200-1205
  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.
    Mexican Prints from the Collection of Reba and Dave Williams
Cleveland Museum of Art
Mar. 14-May 23, 1999
About 100 graphic works made in Mexico from the 1920s to the 1950s.
Curator: Shelley R. Langdale.
Thomas Struth
Galleria dell'Academia I, Venice
  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.
Master of the Treasury Italo-Byzantine
active second third of 13th century
Saint Francis and Four Posthumous Miracles
ca. 1240
  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.
Ron Herron
Walking City, New York
  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.
    Shaker: Furnishings for the Simple Life
Renwick Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Mar. 19-July 25, 1999
Furniture, decorative arts and tools.
    Heavy Metals or the Alloyed Truth: A Tribute to the African Smith
National Museum of African Art, Washington, D.C.
Mar. 21-Jun. 20, 1999
Examples of smelting, forging and casting in gold, silver, copper, iron and more.
    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.
    Matisse and Other Modern Masters: The Elise S. Haas Collection
San Francisco Museum of Art
Mar. 26-July 6, 1999
37 paintings, sculptures and works on paper bequest to the museum in 1990.
Curator: Gary Garrels.
      Pomo Indian Basket Weavers: Their Baskets and the Art Market
National Museum of the American Indian, Heye Center, New York
Mar. 28-July 25, 1999
More than 100 baskets along with photographs of Pomo women.
Indrakshi Seated on a Lotus Flower, Adored by the Gods
ca. 1660-70
  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.
    Frederick Sommer Photographs and Collages/Surrealist Photos
Baltimore Museum of Art
Mar. 31-Jun. 20, 1999
Landscapes and portraits by the Surrealist photographer in conjunction with the museum's Surrealist Art exhibition.
Curator: Jay M. Fisher.