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      New This Month in U.S. Museums
 
 
 
Sigmar Polke
Potato Heads: Nixon and Khrushchev. Kartoffelköpfe: Nixon and Chruschtschow
ca. 1965
  Sigmar Polke: Works on Paper, 1963-1974
Museum of Modern Art
Apr. 1-Jun. 16, 1999
Approximately 180 drawings and gouaches and 20 sketch books by the German pop artist, many of which have rarely been seen outside of the artist's studio.
Curator: Margit Rowell.
Catalogue essays: Rowell; Bice Curger, Parkett; Michael Semff, National Drawings Collection, Munich.
Next stop: Kunsthalle, Hamburg, July 16-Oct. 17, 1999.
Funding: Anna Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation.
 
 
 
Jim Isermann
Project Unite
1993
(detail)
  Jim Isermann "Fifteen"
Santa Monica Museum of Art
Apr. 1-May 29, 1999
A major survey of the Californian artist's artsy-craftsy abstract works, including hooked rugs, tapestiries, quilts, "shag paintings," stained glass windows, mobiles, ceiling lights and paintings.
Curator: David Pagel.
Catalogue essays: Michael Darling.
Tour: Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, Fall 1999.
 
 
 
N. C. Wyeth
The Island Funeral
1939
  Picturing Old New England: Image and Memory
National Museum of American Art
Apr. 2-Aug. 22, 1999
Over 150 paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs and decorative arts made between 1865 and 1945.
Funding: Fidelity Investments.
 
 
 
John Marin
New York Abstraction
1934-40
  Artists of the Steiglitz Circle: Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley, John Marin, Georgia O'Keeffe, Alfred Steiglitz and Paul Strand
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe
Apr. 6-July 25, 1999
The American Modernists via 29 paintings and photographs.
Curator: Barbara Buhler Lynes.
 
 
 
Mariano Fortuny
Evening Coat
ca. 1920s
  Our New Clothes: Acquisitions of the 1900s
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Apr. 6-Aug. 22, 1999
The Met Costume Institute's best new pieces.
Curator: Richard Martin.
 
 
 
Lee Sheldrake
Photograph of sculptor Barbara Hepworth (British, 1909-1975) on a bridge overlooking St. Ives, England, May, 1964
  Faces of Friendship: The Art-World Circle of Joseph and Olga Hirshhorn in Documentary Photographs
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Apr. 7-May 9, 1999
51 informal portraits in commemoration of the museum's 25th anniversary.
Curator: Judith Zilczer.
 
 
 
Martha Cooper
Tuff City by Skeme and Phase 2, 174th Street
1982
  Urban Mythologies: The Bronx Represented since the 1960s
Bronx Museum of the Arts
Apr. 7-Sept. 5, 1999
More than 40 artists address the shifting representation of the Bronx in art, street culture and the mass media.
Curators: Lydia Yee, Bronx Museum, and Betti-Sue Hertz.
 
 
 
Mariko Mori
Empty Dream
1995
  Mariko Mori: Empty Dream
Brooklyn Museum of Art
Apr. 8-Aug. 15, 1999
Large-scale computer generated photographs and multimedia installations by the Japanese artist.
Curator: Charlotta Kotik.
The latest version of the touring Mori show.
Special assistance to the exhibition has been provided by Kanji Murakami, Chairman and Director of GIT Co., Ltd., Tokyo; CSK Sega Group, Tokyo; Atsuko Koyanagi, Gallery Koyangai, Tokyo; and Jeffrey Deitch, Deitch Projects, New York; and the FUNd at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, created by a gift from the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation.
 
 
 
Kalinga Ragaputra, Son of Dipak Raga
Folio from a Ragamala (Garland of Melodies)
India, Hinachal Pradesh, Kangra
ca. 1785
  The Three Graces: Music, Painting and Poetry in the Art of India
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Apr. 8-Dec. 6, 1999
51 watercolors from the 16th to 19th centuries showing personifications of musical nodes and melodies, or ragas, as well as images of Krishna.
Curator: Stephen Markel.
 
 
 
Masami Teraoka
The Garden of E-mail
1996
  Masami Teraoka: From Tradition to Technology, the Floating World Comes of Age
Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin, Oh.
Apr. 9-June 1, 1999
The Japanese artist's paintings and prints mix ukiyo-e, American pop art and late Gothic and Renaissance religious paintings to address contemporary social issues.
Guest curator: Pamela Auchincloss.
 
 
 
Toulouse-Lautrec
Divan Japonais
1892-93
  Toulouse-Lautrec from the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Denver Art Museum
Apr. 10-July 4, 1999
More than 100 drawings, prints, posters and illustrations by the master of Parisian pleasure.
Tour: Originated at the Met in 1996.
 
 
    Merchant Prince and Master Builder: J. Kaufmann and Frank Lloyd Wright
Carnegie Museum of Art
Apr. 10-Oct. 3, 1999
Original drawings and models of the 11 projects that Pittsburgh department store owner Edgar J. Kauffmann commissioned from the architect.
Curator: Dennis McFadden.
Funding: Henry Luce Foundation.
 
 
    Afterimage: Drawing through Process
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Apr. 11-Aug. 22, 1999
An investigation of Process Art through 160 works on paper by 24 American artists, including Eva Hesse, Bruce Nauman and Sol LeWitt.
Curator: Connie Butler.
Catalogue essays: Butler, Pamela M. Lee, associate professor of art history, Stanford University.
Funding: Jeanne C. Thayer.
 
 
 
Francisco Goya
Les Vielles
ca. 1808-12
  Goya: Another Look
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Apr. 11-July 11, 1999
35 paintings plus works on paper, including tapestry cartoons.
Curator: Arnauld Brejon de Lavergnée, Musée des Beaux Arts, Lille, and Joseph J. Rishel, PMA.
Tour: The exhibition premiered at the co-organizing institution, the Musée des Beaux Arts, Lille.
Funding: Advanta.
 
 
 
Brassaï
Balloon Seller, Montsouris Park, Paris
1931-34
  Brassaï: The Eye of Paris
J. Paul Getty Museum
Apr. 13-July 3, 1999
More than 150 photographs, drawings, sculptures and books by the Parisian "street photographer."
Curator: Anne Wilkes Tucker, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
Catalogue essays: Anne Wilkes Tucker, Richard Howard.
Tour: Originated at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; next stop National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (Sept. 4-Nov. 28, 1999).
 
 
 
Worrier's Frontlet
mid 19th-early 20th century
Kenyah-Kayan region, Mahakam River
  Guardians of the Longhouse: Art in Borneo
Metropolitan Museum of Art
April 13 - Jan. 16, 1999
The Kenyah-Kayan peoples' supernatural methods of physical defense, via more than 60 objects in wood, leopard skin, hornbill ivory and glass beads.
Curator: Eric Kjellgren.
 
 
 
Hans Hoffman
Renate's Nantucket
1965
  Hans Hoffman at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Apr. 13-Oct. 17, 1999
"The Renate Series" and other works.
Curator: Lowery Stokes Sims.
Catalogue essays: Lowery Stokes Sims, Tina Dickey.
 
 
 
William Kentridge
Drawing for Stereoscope
1998
  Project 67: William Kentridge
Museum of Modern Art
Apr. 15-June 8, 1999
The South African artist's animated films and the charcoal and pastel drawings used to make them.
Curator: Lilian Tone.
 
 
 
Georgia O'Keeffe
The Lawrence Tree
1929
  Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O'Keeffe and the American Modernism
Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Conn.
Apr. 16-Jul. 11, 1999
112 photographs and photogravures by Steiglitz, five paintings by O'Keeffe and 70 paintings and photographs by artists in their circle, including Edward Steichen and Arthur Dove.
Curator: Elizabeth Mankin Kornhauser.
Catalogue essays: Kornhauser, Amy Ellis, Maura Lyons.
Funding: Lincoln Financial Group.
 
 
 
Georgia O'Keeffe
Slightly Open Clam Shell
1926
  Georgia O'Keeffe: The Poetry of Things
Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.
Apr. 17-July 18, 1999
An examination of the artist's affinity for fruit, leaves, flowers, shells, bones, crosses and doors, via 69 paintings and works on paper from 1908 to 1963, co-organized by the Dallas Museum of Art.
Curator: Elizabeth Hutton Turner, Phillips Collection.
Catalogue essays: Hutton Turner, Marjorie B. Crozier.
Tour: Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Sante Fe (Aug., 7-Oct. 17, 1999); Dallas Museum of Art (Nov. 7, 1999-Jan. 30, 2000); California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco (Feb. 19-May 14, 2000).
Funding: Philip Morris Inc.
 
 
 
Tony Oursler
Crying
1996
  Introjection: Tony Oursler, 1976-1999
Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, Ma.
Apr. 17-Oct. 24, 1999
26 humorously disturbing mixed media works by the video-projection artist.
Curators: Deborah Rothschild, Linda Shearer.
Catalogue essays: Tony Oursler, Mike Kelley, Deborah Rothschild, Ian Berry and Laura Heon.
Future stops: Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Des Moines Art Center.
Funding: Andy Warhol Foundation; Kleiser-Walkczak Construction; Mead Corporation; ZUMA Digital.
 
 
 
Max Halberstadt
Sigmund Freud
1921
  Sigmund Freud: Conflict and Culture
The Jewish Museum, New York
Apr. 18-Sept. 9, 1999
More than 170 artifacts, including manuscripts, vintage photographs, prints and film and television excerpts trace the influence of the doctor and his ideas.
 
 
 
Caravaggio
St. John the Baptist
ca. 1600
  Caravaggio's St. John and Masterpieces from the Capitoline Museum in Rome
Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Conn.
Apr. 20-June 20, 1999
22 Renaissance and Baroque paintings from the world's oldest public art museum, including works by Guercino, Guido Reni, Veronese and Velàzquez.
Curator: Patrizi Masini, Capitoline Museum.
Catalogue essays: Patrizi Masini, Sergio Guarino, and Maria Elisa Tittoni, all from the Capitoline Museum.
Tour: Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (July-Sept. 1999).
Funding: Traveler's Insurance.
 
 
 
Albert Bierstadt
The Sacramento River Valley
ca. 1872-73
  Pacific Arcadia: Images of California, 1600-1915
Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, Ma.
Apr. 17-Oct. 24, 1999
Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts, Stanford University, Stanford, Ca.
Apr. 21-June 27, 1999
Notions of an idealized west and the "California Dream" are explored through 250 paintings, maps, prints, photographs and advertisements.
Curator: Claire Perry.
Stops: San Diego Museum of Art, Joslyn Museum of Art.
Funding: Ford Motor Company.
 
 
 
Edward Hopper
Chop Suey
1929
  The American Century: Art and Culture 1900-2000
Whitney Museum of American Art
Apr. 22- Aug. 30, 1999
A major exploration of American identify through 1,200 works, accompanied by an extensive online, interactive exhibition and a film program.
Curators: Barbara Haskell, Lisa Phillips, Susan Harris and Karl Willers.
Catalogue: Two volume source book on American art.
Funding: Intel.
 
 
 
  Open House: Michael Smith and Joshua White
New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
Apr. 22-June 27, 1999
An installation recreating Smith's SoHo loft serves as a commentary on the changing neighborhood.
Curator: Dan Cameron.
Funding: Charles E. Culpeper Foundation.
 
 
 
Jack Levine
The End of the Weimar Republic
1967
  A Voice of Conscience: The Prints of Jack Levine
Brooklyn Museum of Art
Apr. 23-Jun. 20, 1999
The New York City artist's first museum retrospective, including 69 prints made between 1942 and 1982.
Curator: Marilyn Kushner.
Funding: Joseph Alexander Foundation.
 
 
    Beyond the Photographic Frame
Art Institute of Chicago
Apr. 24-Sept. 12, 1999
25 works by contemporary photographers, including Lorna Simpson, David Hockney and William Wegman, illustrate a range of experimental photographic techniques.
 
 
 
Nainsukh
A Palace on Fire
ca. 1770-1780
  Nainsukh: Painter from the Punjab Hills
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Apr. 25-July 18, 1999
30 paintings by Nainsukh of Guler (1710-1778), an Indian artist who worked exclusively for the Rajput court.
Catalogue essays: B.N. Goswamy.
 
 
 
Salver or stand for kettle
Paul de Lamerie, London
1742-43
  The Huguenot Legacy: English Silver, 1680-1760
Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum
Apr. 27-Aug. 8, 1999
100 examples of 17th- and 18th-century English silver for court table settings, ambassadorial services, court dining rooms, salons and boudoirs.
Curator: Christopher Hartop, Christie's.
Funding: Constance and Harvey Krueger, et. al.
 
 
 
Dosso Dossi
Drunkeness
ca. 1521-22
  Dosso Dossi
J. Paul Getty Museum
Apr. 27-July 11, 1999
Approximately 60 works by the 16th-century Renaissance painter who worked for the count of Ferrara, on view in conjunction with Ecole de' Roberti: The Renaissance in Ferrara, April 27-July 11, 1999, also at the Getty.