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      New This Month in U.S. Museums
 
 
 
Magdalena Abakanowicz
Figure on Trunk
1998
  Abakanowicz on the Roof
Metropolitan Museum of Art
May 1-late fall 1999 (weather permitting)
An outdoor installation of large-scale sculptures by Polish artist Magdalena Abakanowicz.
Curators: Lowery Stokes Sims, curator of 20th-century art at the Met, and Anne L. Strauss, research associate in 20th-century art at the Met.
Funding: Lita Annenberg Hazen Charitable Trust.
 
 
 
Edgar Degas
Achille De Gas
  Degas and New Orleans: A French Impressionist in America
New Orleans Museum of Art
May 1-Aug. 29, 1999
More than 30 works created during the artist's stay with his Louisianan relatives, 1872-1873.
Curator: Gail Feigenbaum, NOMA curator of paintings.
Catalogue essays: Feigenbaum, Jean Sutherland Boggs, Marilyn Brown, Christopher Benfey, and Christina Vella.
Tour: Ordupgaard, Copenhagen (Sept. 16-Nov. 28, 1999).
Funding: Lazard Fréres & Co. LLC, et al.
 
 
 
Charles Ray
Oh! Charley, Charley, Charley
1992
  Charles Ray
Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art
May 1-July 4, 1999
The traveling retrospective of 35 sculptures, photos and a film installation by the trippy L.A. Minimalist, organized by the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. 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, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art.
Catalogue essays: Schimmel and Lisa Phillips.
Last stop: The show previously appeared at the Whitney Museum and the L.A. MOCA.
Funding: Mr. And Mrs. Martin E. Zimmerman and the Lannan Foundation.
 
 
 
May Stevens
Go Gentle
1983
  May Stevens: Images of Women Near and Far
Boston Museum of Fine Arts
May 1-Aug. 8, 1999
More than a dozen large-scale political paintings and drawings.
Curator: Barbara Stern Shapiro, MFA curator of special projects.
 
 
 
Elihu Vedder
The End of a Misspent Life
1867
  Roads Less Traveled: American Paintings, 1833-1935
Birmingham (Ala.) Museum of Art
May 2-July 4, 1999
A tribute to highly respected yet lesser known artists, featuring 69 works, many of which are seascapes, landscapes or still lifes.
Organized by the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University.
Funding: The Birmingham News/Birmingham Post-Herald.
 
 
    Picturing the Medieval Family
J. Paul Getty Museum
May 4-July 18, 1999
Manuscripts from Italy, France, Spain, Silesia, Flanders and Germany illustrating marriage, sexual relations, child rearing and lineage.
 
 
 
Susan Billy Weaving, July 29, 1996
  Pomo Indian Basket Weavers: Their Baskets and the Art Market
Museum of the American Indian, New York, N.Y.
May 9-Aug. 15, 1999
More than 100 baskets made by the northern California peoples, plus historical photographs.
Curators: Hunter College professor Sally McLendon and University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Antrhopology research associate Judith Berman.
Funding: National Endowment for the Humanities.
 
 
 
Jean Pucelle
(active ca. 1320-1334)
The Miracle of the Breviary
from
The Hours of Jeanne d'Evreux
France
1324-28
  Prayer Book for a Queen: The Hours of Jeanne d'Evreux
Metropolitan Museum of Art
May 11-Aug. 29, 1999
32 images from the celebrated Medieval manuscript. On view in conjunction with "Devotions and Diversions: Prints and Books from the Late Middle Ages in Northern Europe."
Curator: Met medievalist Barbara Drake Boehm.
Tour: Originated at the J. Paul Getty Museum of Art.
 
 
 
The Sick Lion Summons the Animals to His Bedside
Germany
ca. 1600
  Devotions and Diversions: Prints and Books from the Late Middle Ages in Northern Europe
Metropolitan Museum of Art
May 11-Aug. 29, 1999
The dawn of printmaking via 41 German, Netherlandish and French woodcuts and metalcuts and 20 illustrated books. On view in conjunction with "Prayer Book for a Queen: The Hours of Jeanne D'Evreux."
Curator: Suzanne Boorsch and Nadine Orenstein, Met associate curators of drawings and prints.
 
 
 
George Grosz
Metropolis
1917
  Collecting in Depth: Drawings by Grosz, Schwitters, Ernst and Klee
Museum of Modern Art
May 13-July 20, 1999
Dadaist highlights from MOMA's collection.
Curator: MOMA curatorial assistants Mary Chan, Kathleen Curry and Kristin Helmick-Brunet.
 
 
 
Otto Fried
Gravitational
1988
  Otto Fried: Spheres and Atmospheres
Portland (Ore.) Art Museum
May 13-July 18, 1999
Recent paintings, drawings and sculpture by the abstractionist and former Portland resident.
Curator: Portland Art Museum.curator of contemporary art Kathryn Kanjo.
Funding: Richard Florsheim Art Fund.
 
 
 
Daido Moriyama
Police Safety Poster, 1969
  Daido Moriyama
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
May 14-Aug. 3, 1999
Nearly 200 black-and-white photographs of postwar Tokyo by the radical Japanese artist.
Curator: SFMOMA photo curator Sandra S. Philips.
Catalogue essays: Sandra Phillips and Alexandra Munroe, Japan Society, N.Y.
Tour: The exhibition travels to the Japan Society Galleries and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, N.Y.; Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland; Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany; Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University; Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego.
 
 
 
Jesse Lott
Self-Portrait
1989
  Stop Asking/We Exist: 25 African American Craft Artists
American Craft Museum, New York
May 14-Oct. 10, 1999
70 mixed media works focusing on ethnic and social themes.
Organized by the Society for Contemporary Crafts, Pittsburgh.
Curator: fiber and performance artist Joyce J. Scott.
Catalogue essay: Joyce J. Scott.
 
 
 
Jim Smoote
Buju
  Spirits of the Cloth: Contemporary Quilts by African American Artists
American Craft Museum, New York
May 14-Oct. 10, 1999
Fiber art by over 30 major male and female artists from the Women of Color Quilter's Network (WCQN).
Curators: Carolyn L. Mazloomi, president of WCQN, David McFadden, chief curator, American Craft Museum.
Catalogue essay: Carolyn L. Mazloomi.
 
 
 
Frank Cowper
Vanity
1907
  The Royal Academy in the Age of Queen Victoria (1837-1901)
Denver Art Museum
May 15-Aug. 15, 1999
A traveling exhibition featuring 70 paintings and 12 sculptures from one of England's premier art institutions, including works by Alma-Tadema, Landseer, Lord Leighton and Millais.
Curators: Royal Academy curators MaryAnne Stevens and Helen Valentin; Yale Center for British Art curator Malcolm Warner.
Future stops: Frye Art Museum, Seattle; Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Fla.; National Academy Museum and School of Fine Art, New York; Cincinatti Art Museum.
Funding: American Associates of the Royal Academy Trust.
 
 
 
Edgar Tolson
Man with Pony
1958
  Self-Taught Artists of the Twentieth Century
Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Oh.
May 15-Aug. 8, 1999
More than 200 works by over 31 artists working outside the confines of art schools and museums, including Ken Grimes, Grandma Moses, Horace Pippin, Elijah Pierce and Purvis Young.
Curators: Elsa Longhauser (Moore College of Art, Philadelphia) and Harald Szeemann (Kunsthaus Zurich).
Catalogue essays: Maurice Berger, Arthur Danto, folklorist Gerald Davis.
Last stop on five-city tour.
Funding: Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund; Henry Luce Foundation, Inc.
 
 
 
Willem de Kooning
Untitled
1970-79
  Willem de Kooning: Drawing Seeing/Seeing Drawing
Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Oh.
May 15-Aug. 8, 1999
Rarely exhibited drawings by the Abstract Expressionist, including large-scale tracings on vellum and small sketches of women.
Curator: Klaus Kertess.
Past Stops: Drawing Center, New York, Addison Gallery, Massachusetts.
Funding: Robert Lehman Foundation, Inc.
 
 
 
The Housebook Master (?)
Middle Rhenish, (active ca. 1600-1500)
Panorama of Mining from
The Housebook (fol 35r)
ca. 1475-1485
  The Medieval Housebook: The Real and the Ideal -- A 15th-Century View of Life
The Frick Collection
May 18-July 25, 1999
A view of life in a princely court via secular texts and pen-and-ink illustrations, along with approximately 20 drypoint etchings by the Master of the Amsterdam Cabinet, the artist believed to be responsible for several of the illustrated pages in the Housebook, manuscripts related to the book, prints by contemporary masters and stained glass.
Curator: Met curator of medieval art Timothy Husband; Frick associate curator Susan Grace Galassi.
Catalogue: Venus and Mars: The World of the Medieval Housebook.
Tour: Previously appeared at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (Nov. 8, 1998 -Jan. 31, 1999).
 
 
 
Willem de Kooning
Seated Nude (Portrait of Elaine)
ca. 1947-49
  New York Collects: Drawings and Watercolors, 1900-1950
Morgan Library, New York
May 20-Aug. 29, 1999
140 works on paper by 32 modern artists, including Picasso's Man with a Pipe (1912) and de Kooning's Portrait of Elaine (ca. 1940-1941).
Curator: William M. Griswold, Morgan Library.
 
 
 
Bars
1910-20
  Beyond the Square: Color and Design in Amish Quilts
Museum of American Folk Art
May 22- Nov. 7, 1999
20 quilts from Pennsylvania, Indiana and Ohio reflect the variety of Amish cultural traditions.
Curator: Elizabeth V. Warren.
Funding: Philip Morris Companies, Inc.
 
 
 
Cathy McClure
Clowns on Parade
  Cathy McClure: New Kinetic Sculptures
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco
May 22-Aug. 15, 1999
Shadow environments based on zoetrope technology and sound.
 
 
 
Peter Alexander
Lucky
1996
  Peter Alexander: In this Light
Orange County Museum of Art
May 22-Sept. 12, 1999
65 of the Los Angeles artist's sculptures and paintings from the 1970s to the present.
Curators: Naomi Vine, director of the OCMA; Dave Hickey.
Tour: Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (Oct. 9-Nov. 28, 1999).
Funding: The Irvine Company.
 
 
 
Eleanor Antin
Eleanor Antin, R.N. from
The Adventures of A Nurse
1976
  Eleanor Antin
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
May 23-Aug. 23, 1999
A survey of the work of the first-generation feminist artist, including her text-based conceptual works, consumer goods "portraits," postcard art, photographic narratives, video installations, recorded performances, films and a one act play staring the artist on June 1st.
Curator: Howard N. Fox, LACMA curator of contemporary art.
Catalogue Essays: Howard N. Fox, Lisa E. Bloom.
Funding: KKGO, Hotel Nikko at Beverly Hills.
 
 
    House of Sculpture
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
May 23-Aug. 22, 1999
A survey of sculpture from the 1960s to the present, including works by Eva Hesse, Donald Judd, Ron Mueck and Kiki Smith.
Curator: MAMFW chief curator Michael Auping.
 
 
 
Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres
Louis-François Bertin
1832
  Portraits by Ingres: Image of an Epoch
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
May 23-Aug. 22, 1999
The first American exhibition of the famed 19th-century draftsman, including almost 40 paintings and 60 drawings.
Curator: National Gallery of Art senior curator of European paintings Philip Conisbee; Met curator of European paintings Gary Tinterow; National Gallery, London, curator of 19th-century art Christopher Riopelle.
Catalogue essays: Geroges Vigne, Andrew Shelteon, Hans Naef, Robert Rosenblum.
Tour: National Gallery, London, (through Apr. 25, 1999); Metropolitan Museum of Art (Oct. 5, 1999-Jan. 2, 2000).
Funding: Airbus Industrie.
 
 
 
Claude Monet
Waterlillies and Agapanthus
1914-17
  Monet at Giverny: Masterpieces from the Museé at Marmottan
Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, N.Y.
May 23-Aug. 29, 1999
22 paintings of the artist's home and garden and famed water lily pond.
Organized in conjunction with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the Phoenix Art Museum.
Advance ticket sales available.
Funding: M&T Bank.
 
 
 
Paul Cézanne
A Modern Olympia
1873-74
  Cézanne to Van Gogh: The Collection of Dr. Gachet
Metropolitan Museum of Art
May 25-Aug. 15, 1999
50 Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings and drawings from the Musee d'Orsay and 12 paintings and 30 works on paper from the Van Gogh Museum and private European collections, all formerly belonging to Vincent van Gogh's physician, friend and patron, Dr. Paul-Ferdinand Gachet (1828-1909). Also on view are several works by Dr. Gachet himself, van Gogh's sketchbook from his Auvers period, letters and photographs.
Curators: Met associate curator Susan Alyson Stein; Musée D'Orsay chief curator Anne Distel.
Tour: Previously appeared at the Grand Palais, Paris (Jan. 30-Apr. 26, 1999); next stop Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Sept. 24-Dec. 5, 1999).
Funding: Janice H. Levin.
 
 
 
Édouard Manet
The Bullfight
1864
  Manet's The Dead Toreador and The Bullfight: Fragments of a Lost Salon Painting Reunited
The Frick Collection, New York, N.Y.
May 25-Aug. 22, 1999
Two fragments of Incident in a Bullfight (ca. 1864), which Manet destroyed, will be temporarily reunited, and shown along with photographs of x-rays. The Bullfight, a section from the top right hand corner of the original painting hangs in the Frick Collection, and Dead Toreador, the bottom half of the same painting, is on loan from the National Gallery, Washington.
Curator: Susan Grace Galassi, associate curator, Frick Collection.
 
 
 
Anthropoid Sarcophagus of Amen-em-opet
ca. 1490 B.C.
  Splendors of Ancient Egypt
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond
May 25-Nov. 28, 1999
Mummy cases, mummies, papyrus scrolls, jewelry, wall carvings, ceramics and more from the 5th century BCE to the 7th century AD, from the collection of the Pelizaeus Museum, Hildesheim, Germany.
Tour: Previously appreared at the Portland Museum of Art and the Phoenix Art Museum.
Funding: First Union.
 
 
    When Time Began to Rant and Rage: Figurative Painting from 20th-Century Ireland
Grey Art Gallery, New York University
May 25-July 24, 1999
An exploration of Irish identity via 60 figurative paintings and drawings.
Curator: James Steward, director of the University of Michigan Museum, Ann Arbor.
Catalogue essays: James Steward, Sighle Bhreathnach-Lynch, Marianne Hartigan, Kenneth McConkey, Caoimhin Mac Gilooa Leith, Peter Murray and Colm Tobin.
Funding: National Endowment for the Humanities.
 
 
    Waxing Poetic: Encaustic Art in America
Montclair Museum of Art, Montclair, N.J.
May 25-Aug. 15, 1999
75 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper by major 20th-century artists, including Arthur Dove, Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg.
Curator: Gail Stavitsky, chief curator, Montclair Museum of Art.
Catalogue essays: Ellen S. Harris, Stavitsky, and Danielle Rice.
Tour: Knoxville Museum of Art (Sept. 5, 1999-Jan. 9, 2000).
Funding: New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
 
 
 
Brice Marden
Study for Three Muses (Hydra Version)
1991-97
  Brice Marden, Works of the 1990s: Paintings, Drawings and Prints
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
May 27-Sept. 6, 1999
Approximately 24 paintings and 24 works on paper by the handsome American artist.
Curator: Charles Wylie, Dallas Museum of Art.
Tour: Originated at the Dallas Museum of Art, and continues to the Miami Art Museum and the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pa.
 
 
 
Claude Monet
The Red Cape
1869-70 or 1871
  Impressionists in Winter: Effets de Neige
Brooklyn Museum of Art
May 28-Aug. 29, 1999
Snowy scenes by Monet, Pissarro, Sisley, Caillebotte and Gaugin.
Organized by the Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.
Catalogue essays: Charles S. Mofett, Katherin Rothkopf and Joel Isaacson.
Tour: Previously appeared at the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco and the Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.
Funding: J.P. Morgan & Co. Incorporated.
 
 
 
Renzo Piano
Jean Marie Tjibaou Cultural Center
Nouméa, New Caledonia 1991-98
  The Pritzker Architecture Prize: 1979-1999
Art Institute of Chicago
May 28-Sept. 7, 1999
A look at 20 years of the "Nobel Prize of architecture," which has been won by Philip Johnson, Frank Gehry and Robert Venturi, among others.
Curator: Art Institute of Chicago associate architecture curator Martha Thorne.
Catalogue Essays: Martha Thorne, Colin Amery, William Curtis, William Lacy and J. Carter Brown.
 
 
 
Carleton Watkins
Russian Hill Observatory
ca. 1867
  Carleton Watkins: The Art of Perception
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
May 28-Sept. 7, 1999
Over 150 photos by the 19th-century American landscape photographer, including several panorama pictures, images in stereoscopes and interactive multimedia viewing stations.
Curator: Douglas R. Nickel, SFMOMA associate curator of photography.
Catalogue Essays: Peter E. Palmquist, Nickel and Hambourg.
Tour: Metropolitan Museum of Art (Oct. 11, 1999-Jan. 9, 2000); National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (Feb. 6-Apr. 30, 2000).
Funding: Henry J. Luce Foundation; Chevron; National Endowment for the Humanities.
 
 
    Masterpieces of Chinese Painting
Freer Gallery of Art
May 29, 1999-Jan. 30, 2000
Handscrolls, hanging scrolls, murals, screen paintings and albums from the 10th to early 18th century.
Curator: Jenny So, Freer Gallery.
 
 
    Treasures from the Royal Tombs of Ur
Dallas Museum of Art
May 30-Sept. 5, 1999
Over 150 objects found in the excavation of the royal Mesopotamian cemetery in the 1920s. On view in conjunction with "Ancient Gold Jewelry from the Dallas Museum of Art."
Curator: Richard L. Zettler, associate-curator-in-charge, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.
Future stops: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington, D.C.; Cleveland Museum of Art; Pierpont Morgan Library, New York, N.Y.; The Oriental Institute of Art, Detroit.
Catalogue essays: Zettler, Donald P. Hansen and Holly Pittman.
 
 
    Ancient Gold Jewelry from the Dallas Museum of Art
Dallas Museum of Art
May 30-Sept. 5, 1999
Jewelry from Greek, Roman, Etrucscan and Near Eastern civilizations. On view in conjunction with Treasures from the Royal Tombs of Ur.
Curator: Anne Bromberg, Dallas Museum of Art.
Catalogue essays: Bromberg, Barbara Deppert-Lippitz and John Dennis.
Future Stops: Santa Barbara Museum of Art; Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Va.
 
 
 
Diego Rivera
Nocturnal Landscape
1947
  Diego Rivera: Art and Revolution
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
May 30-Aug. 16, 1999
Approximately 100 paintings, prints and drawings surveying the life of the Mexican social idealist.
Organized by the Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, Mexico, and the Cleveland Museum of Art.
Tour: Cleveland Museum of Art, (Feb. 14-May 2, 1999); Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, (May 30-Aug. 16, 1999); Museuo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City, (Dec. 17-Mar. 19, 2000).
Funding: KMEX-TV/Univision.
 
 
 
Claude Monet
Camille Monet (1847-1879) on a Garden Bench
1873
  Annenberg Collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Masterworks
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Late May-Nov. 1999
53 paintings, watercolors and drawings by 18 French 19th- and early 20th-century artists, including Cézanne, Corot and Morisot.