NAVAL BATTLE EXTRAVAGANZA AT QUEENS MUSEUM
Kudos to the Queens Museum of Art, for collaborating with artist Duke Riley on what promises to be the summer’s wackiest art event. "Those about to Die Salute You" is billed as a battle on water "wielded with baguette swords and watermelon cannon balls," using a fleet of vessels including several made of reeds by Riley and his collaborators. What’s more, everyone is to be clad in togas. The event is presented as a showdown between the boroughs, with the ships manned by sailors from the Brooklyn Museum, the Bronx Museum and El Museo del Barrio, as well as the Queens Museum. It all takes place at 6 pm on Aug. 13, 2009, in a flooded reflecting pool in Flushing Meadows Corona Park (a relic of the 1964 World’s Fair) just outside of the Queens Museum. Live music is provided by the "punk-glam-metal" deejay Hell-Bent Hooker, and admission is free.
MILTON GLASER AT SVA
Legendary graphic designer Milton Glaser (b. 1929) -- responsible for the New York magazine logo and the "I Heart NY" design, among other icons of modern culture -- is being given a 50-year retrospective of nearly 100 works at the School of Visual Arts (where he has been a faculty member since 1960). "Milton Glaser’s SVA: A Legacy of Graphic Design," Aug. 31-Sept. 26, 2009, is organized by design historian Steven Heller and designer Mirko Ilic (also both SVA teachers), and appears at the SVA Gallery at 601 West 26th Street. For more info, click here.
ABSTRACT ART IN JACKSON HOLE
The fall art season gets off to an early start in Jackson Hole, Wyo., when the JH Muse Gallery at 62 South Glenwood opens "Influences of Nature on Abstraction," Sept. 2-Oct. 14, 2009. Organized with Camille Obering Art Advisory in Jackson Hole (see www.camilleobering.com), the show features works by Milton Avery, Richard Diebenkorn, Helen Frankenthaler and Joan Mitchell -- a rare appearance in Wyoming of works by the artists. Operated by Tayloe Piggott, JH Muse Gallery specializes in 20th-century and contemporary art; for more info, see www.jhmusegallery.com.
RUSSELL RETRO AT DENVER ART MUSEUM
The first-ever major retrospective of paintings and sculpture by the 19th-century cowboy painter Charles M. Russell (1864-1926) debuts this fall at the Denver Art Museum. "The Masterworks of Charles M. Russell: A Retrospective of Paintings and Sculpture," which goes on view Oct. 17, 2009-Jan. 10, 2010, features more than 60 works selected by Joan Carpenter Troccoli, senior scholar at the museum’s Petrie Institute of Western American Art. The show is co-organized with the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, where it subsequently appears; the exhibition also travels to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The University of Oklahoma Press is publishing the accompanying catalogue. The show is sponsored in Denver by Wells Fargo and the Adolph Coors Foundation, among other donors.
"WOMEN AND MEN PAINTING" AT BOSCOBEL
One stop for summer visitors to New York’s lush Hudson River Valley is the federal-era Boscobel House & Gardens in Garrison, N.Y., presently home to the exhibition, "Home on the Hudson: Women and Men Painting Landscapes 1825-1875," June 7-Sept. 7, 2009. Organized by Katherine E. Manthorne and a class of CUNY art history Ph.D candidates, the show presents 38 works by 20 artists who lived and worked along the river. For those tied to their computers, the exhibition has an extensive website at www.homehudson.com
LJUBLJANA BIENNIAL OF GRAPHIC ARTS
The 28th Biennial of Graphic Arts in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Sept. 5-Oct. 25, 2009, takes a presumably suspicious view of the status quo, with a central exhibition titled "The Matrix: An Unstable Reality." More than 80 artists are participating, including Anita di Bianco, JustSeeds, Nicola López and Swoon from the U.S. Also on tap is an Artist’s Book Salon, a show of new Korean art organized by artist Jeon Joonho, and "Greetings from Cartoonia," a show organized by Stripburger at the Slovene Ethnographic Museum. For more info, see www.mglc-lj.si
HELP WANTED, TATE BRITAIN
Tate Britain, the self-proclaimed "home of British art from 1500 to the present," is advertising for a new director, to succeed Stephen Deuchar, who has been named head of the Art Fund. The position is an exacting one, and comes open during a program of capital development; the Tate Britain director reports to Tate director Nicholas Serota. For an application pack, contact Tamsin Chandler at Liz Amos Associates at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are due by Sept. 14, 2009.