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Helen Frankenthaler
Frankenthaler: The Darker Palette
Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C.
July 1-Sept. 14, 1998
Brooding tension via 10 darkly colored works from 1974 to 1995 by Helen Frankenthaler, best known for her luminous abstractions.
Curator: New Criterion contributor Karen Wilkin.
Tour: The show originated at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Ga., and appears at the Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, N.J., Jan. 10-Feb. 28, 1999.

Tony Smith
Tony Smith: Architect, Painter, Sculptor
Museum of Modern Art
July 2-Sept. 22, 1998
A jubilee of geometry, proto-Minimalist Smith's first major museum exhibition since his death, including sculptures, models, paintings, drawings, and a complete survey of his architectural projects.
Curator: Robert Storr.
Catalogue: 200 pages, 190 illustrations, with essays by Robert Storr, John Keenen, Joan Pachner.
Sponsor: Agnes Gund, Daniel Shapiro and Henry and Renée Segerstrom.

Tony Smith
Light Up!
Tony Smith in the City
New York City
July 1-Sept. 22, 1998
In conjuction with "Tony Smith: Architect, Painter, Sculptor" at the Museum of Modern Art, July 2-Sept. 22, the Public Art Fund has sighted Light-Up! at Seagram's Plaza, Cigarette at Central Park and Smug by the New York Public Library.

Jacob Lawrence
The Apartment, 1943
Jacob Lawrence: Painting Life
Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle
July 2-Sept. 27, 1998
Over 200 works spanning 1936 to 1998 by the 81-year-old Social Realist painter Jacob Lawrence, who now lives in Seattle and taught at the University of Washington.
Guest curator: Beth Sellars.
Tour: None planned.
Sponsors: Loacker Family, Seafirst Bank, University Bookstore.

Tony Oursler
Directions -- Tony Oursler: Video Dolls with Tracy Leipold
Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.
July 2-Sept. 7, 1998
Projected anger, hysteria and calm in six animated talking sculptures by video artist Tony Oursler and his star performer, Tracy Leipold.
Curator: Sidney Lawrence.

Sigmar Polke
The Russian Ministry of Defence...
Sigmar Polke: Music of Unclarified Origin 1996
P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY
July 5 - August 23, 1998
Naive characters bound in political reality, via 40 gouaches combining painting and collage by the artist Sigmar Polke as a self-portrait exhibition originally made in 1996 at the Institute of Foreign Relations in Stuttgart, Germany.
Sponsors: Würth-Gruppe, Künzelsau, Germany; Lufthansa German Airlines; Zaleski Family Foundation.

Piero Steinle/Julian Rosenfeldt
Detonation Deutschland
Deep Storage
P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY
July 5 - August 30, 1998
Over 40 artists explore the concept of storage as it manifests in the storeroom/museum, archive/library, artist's studio, and the data-space.
Curators: Ingrid Schaffner, Matthias Winzen, Hubertus Gaßner, Bernhart Schwenk and Stefan Iglhaut.
Catalogue essays: Geoffrey Batchen, Benjamin Buchloh, Susan Buck-Morss, Sheryl Conkelton, Trevor Fairbrother, Justin Hoffman, Jon Ippolito, Elizabeth Linning, John Smith and Susan Stewart.
Tour: The exhibition originated at Haus der Kunst in Munich, travelled to the Neue Nationalgalerie's Kulturforum, Berlin and the Kunstmuseum Düsseldorf. It is to travel to the Henry Art Gallery, University of Seattle, Washington.

Yayoi Kusama
Macaroni Handbag
Love Forever: Yayoi Kusama, 1958-1968
Museum of Modern Art
July 9-Sept. 22, 1998
80 works by the Japanese cult figure best known for her everyday objects covered with phallus-like protusions.
Curators: Lynn Zelevansky (LACMA) and Laura Hoptman (MoMA).
Catalogue essays: Lynn Zelevansky, Laura Hoptman, Alexandra Munroe, Akira Tatehata.
Stops: The show opened at the Los Angeles County Museum; it is to appear at the Walker Art Center and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo.
Sponsor: Nippon Foundation.

Sarah Charlesworth
Still Life with Camera
Sarah Charlesworth
The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.
July 9-September 27, 1998
A mid-career survey of Charlesworth's post-modern explorations of photography as medium and subject, including more than 60 politically pointed photo-objects.
Curators: Susan Fisher Sterling and Louis Grachos (SITE Santa Fe).
Catalogue: The first major publication on the artist, 150-page fully illustrated.
Tour: The exhibition started at SITE Santa Fe, followed by the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, and will continue on to the Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art and the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University.
Sponsors: MARPAT Foundation, Inc., The Freedom Forum, the NMWA National Advisory Board, and the NMWA Business and Professional Women's Council.
Lisa Roberts: Blind Side
Whitney Museum of American Art
July 10-October 4, 1998
An installation in conjunction with the New American Film & Video Series, the work of this Documenta X artist employs film and sculpture to challenge notions of cinematic experience.
Curator: Chrissie Iles.
Tour: The installation will travel to the Miami Art Museum in Spring, 1999.
Sponsors: Whitney Museum Film & Video Fellows, George S. Kaufman and the Kaufman Astoria Studios and public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts.

William Christenberry
William Christenberry: The Early Years
Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, Alabama
July 12-September 6,1998
Best known for his photographs of the rural south, Christenberry diversifies his oeuvre with this collection of old paintings from his attic.

Grandma Moses
Self-Taught Artists of the 20th Century: An American Anthology
High Museum, Atlanta
July 14-Sept. 20, 1998
Extraterrestial and apocalyptic visions in 300 works by over 30 artists in a show organized by the Museum of American Folk Art, New York.
Curators: Elsa Longhauser (Moore College of Art, Philadelphia) and Harald Szeemann (Kunsthaus Zurich).
Catalogue essays: Maurice Berger, Arthur Danto, folklorist Gerald Davis.
Stops: Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and Amon Carter Museum (Oct. 31, 1998-Jan. 24, 1999); Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, N.Y. (Feb. 20-Apr. 18, 1999); Wexner Center, Columbus, Oh. (May 7-Aug. 15, 1999).
Sponsors: Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund, Henry Luce Foundation, Inc.

David Goldblatt
Dutch Reformed Church, Quelerina...
David Goldblatt: Photographs from South Africa
Museum of Modern Art
July 16-Oct. 6, 1998
Quiet moments in unsettling contexts, in a 40-work photographic survey chronicling apartheid's influence by South African artist David Goldblatt.
Curator: Susan Kismaric.

Peter Kuper
Urban Encounters
New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
July 16-September 20, 1998
An interactive exhibition of appropriately in-your-face artists/activist collectives of 1980s Lower East Side eminence, including the Guerrilla Girls, ABC No Rio, Godzilla, REPOhistory, Bullet Space and World War III Illustrated.
Curator: Greg Sholette
So Quiet in Here: A Site-Specific Installation by Ruben Torres Llorca
El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY
July 16-October 25, 1998
A post-colonial cultural critique interweaving objects, images and texts, this exhibition/installation is part of the Contemporánea series, designed to introduce the work of emerging artists.
Sponsors: the Greenwall Foundation and the Jerome Foundation.

Edward Hopper
Ground Swell
The 45th Biennial Exhibition: The Corcoran Collects, 1907-1998
Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C.
July 17-Sept. 28, 1998
A tribute to American painting, via 135 works drawn from the Corcoran's past Biennials, by Mary Cassatt, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Joan Mitchell and others.
Curators: Linda Simmons, Terrie Sultan and Jack Cowart.
Sponsor: Anne E. Clark Biennial Fund.

Don Nakamura
My Space
Twenty Philadelphia Artists: Celebrating Fleisher Challenge at Twenty
Philadelphia Museum of Art
July 18-September 13, 1998
Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial's Challenge Exhibition series, this show presents the work of nearly 200 Phillie-area artists spanning the past 20 years.
Curators: John Ravenal and Kathleen Forde.
Catalogue: Text by John Ravenal with an essay by Thora Jacobson.
Sponsors: the Pew Charitable Trusts and the William Penn Foundation.

Otto Greis
German Marks: Postwar Drawings and Prints Donated to the Busch-Reisinger Museum through the German Art Dealers Association
Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Ma.
July 18-Sept. 27, 1998
A search for esthetic clarity, via some 40 German postwar drawings and prints including works by Piene, Baumiester, Janssen and others.
Curator: Emilie Norris.
Catalogue: Some 200 pages on 72 artists, from realism and Informel to the GDR. Essays by Michael Werner Gallery (Cologne) director Erika Koeltzsch, art historian Yule Hiebel, Emilie Norris.

Hirsch Farm Project Now:
Speculative environment
photo Mitchell Kane
Hirsch Farm Project Now
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
July 18-Oct. 18, 1998
"An invitation to think," in a three-part exhibition devoted to the Hirsh Farm Project, a series of annual retreats organized by Chicago collector Howard Hirsch at his home in Hillsboro, Wisc. The show includes an installation at the MCA that lowers a gallery ceiling and raises its floor; a theme song by Mayo Thompson of Red Crayola playing in the MCA bookstore; and an open house at Hirsch Farms July 25-26. For open house hours and directions, call 847-600-2000.
Organizers: MCA chief curator Amada Cruz and Hirsch Farm Project director Mitchell Kane.

Christopher Wool
Blue Fool
Christopher Wool
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
July 19-Oct. 18, 1998
The first U.S. solo exhibition of New York abstract artist Christopher Wool features 55 all-over pattern paintings, stenciled-word images and silkscreens dating from the mid-'80s to the present.
Curator: Anne Goldstein (MOCA).
Catalogue essays: Anne Goldstein, art historian Thomas Crow, Carnegie Museum curator Madeline Grynsztejn and novelists Jim Lewis and Gary Indiana.
Stop: Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh (Nov. 21, 1998-Jan. 31, 1999).
Sponsor: Lenore S. and Bernard A. Greenberg.

Louise Comfort Tiffany
Magnolias and Irises
Louise Comfort Tiffany
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
July 23-January 31, 1998
A celebration of decoration, this exhibition commemorates the 150th anniversary of the birth of the artist with a selection of painting, interior decoration, enamelwork, bronzes, furniture, textiles, architecture, jewelry, leaded-glass windows, lamps and chandeliers, all from the Met's permanent collection.
Curator: Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen.
Publication: Special Edition of the Met's 1998 Summer Bulletin, written by Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen with 141 illustrations.
Sponsor: Tiffany & Co.

Bill Bamberger
Smitty and friend, break time
Closing: The Life and Death of an American Factory: Photographs by Bill Bamberger
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh
July 26-Oct. 18, 1998
The American laborer, in a series of 55 photographs detailing the 1993 closing of the "South's oldest maker of fine furniture," the 111-year-old White Furniture Co. Bamberger's images, taken during the last four months of the plant's operation, recall the work of Lewis Hine and August Sander.
Curator: John Coffey.
Catalogue essay: Duke University professor Ruth F. DeVarney.
Stops: Light Factory Photographic Arts Center, Charlotte, N.C.; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn. Dates to be announced.

Barry McGee
Barry McGee
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
July 26-Oct. 18, 1998
Mad Magazine-style figures stricken with urban ills, via mural-scale works by San Francisco artist Barry McGee who paints directly on gallery walls, recycled steel trays and discarded bottles of Golden Gate Vodka.
Curator: Eungie Joo.

Arthur J. Motley, Jr.
Brown Girl After the Bath
Rhapsodies in Black: Art of the Harlem Renaissance
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
July 26-October 19, 1998
An exhibition featuring painting, sculpture, graphics, photography, books, magazines, and stage design from hip, hot, happening Harlem in the 1920s and early 30s.
Curators: Ilene Susan Fort and Howard N. Fox.
Tour: The exhibit appeared at the Hayward Gallery in London, England, and at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. It will appear at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston in the Fall of 1998.

Walker Evans
Faulkner Country: Plow in Newly Tilled Field
Walker Evans: New York
Getty Museum, Los Angeles
July 28-Oct. 11, 1998
100 New York images by Depression-era photographer Walker Evans (1903-1975) drawn from the Getty's extensive collection. Includes early abstract compositions and pictures from his unpublished 1963 series on the "man in the street."
The Artful Mailbox
National Postal Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Opens July 30, 1998
Whimsical, unusual mailboxes from across the country. And you thought mailboxes were just for mail.

Arthur Dove
Arthur Dove
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
July 30-Oct. 5, 1998
Seventy peaceful works by the pioneer of American abstraction.
Curator: Ilene Susan Fort (LACMA).
Catalogue: 208 pages, 140 images, co-published by the Phillips Collection and the Addison Gallery of American Art.
Tour: Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA, and the Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.
Sponsors: Refco Group Ltd., J. Mark Rudkin, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Glen Eagles Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Henry Moore
Three Piece Reclining Figure:

Henry Moore: A Centennial Salute; An Exhibition in Celebration of Philip I. Berman
Philadelphia Museum
15 small sculptures and five works on paper commemorating Moore's 100th birthday, including three monumental bronzes borrowed from public-art patron Philip I. Berman.
Co-organizer: Fairmount Park Association.
Sponsors: Henry Moore Foundation; Mr. and Mrs. Raymond G. Perelman.