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Ursula von Rydingsvard
Pod Pacha
2003
Courtesy of Galerie LeLong
Portland (Ore.) Museum of Art
Sept. 1-Dec. 30, 2007
Pod Pachą -- a massive, motorized, carved cedar sculpture by the German-born, New York-based artist
Curator: Bruce Guenther
Funding: Miller Meigs Endowment for the Contemporary Arts

Zhang Huan
Foam #9
1998
Asia Society
Sept. 6, 2007-Jan. 20, 2008
50+ works by the Shanghai-based body artist -- in 1994 he coated himself with honey and laid in a public toilet, where he was covered with flies -- now celebrated for color photos of a large variety of individual and group performances
Curator: Melissa Chiu
Catalogue: Charta, 200 pp., $70

Jay Heikes
So There's This Pirate (still 1300)
2005
Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia
Sept. 7-Dec. 16, 2007
A bed of nails, a cuckoo clock, a freezer wall and drawings in a new installation “telling” once again the artist’s favorite joke about a pirate and a parrot
Curator: Jenelle Porter
Funding: Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, others

Harry Callahan
Eleanor
1948
Collection of Nicholas Pritzker
High Museum of Art
Sept. 8-Dec. 9, 2007
Ca. 125 works, focusing on Callahan’s celebrated images of his wife Eleanor from the ‘40s, ’50s and ’60s
Curator: Julian Cox
Catalogue: Steidl, 160 pp., $65
Tour: Rhode Island School of Design; St. Louis Art Museum

Olafur Eliasson
Your mobile expectations: BMW H2R project
2007
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Sept. 8, 2007-Feb. 24, 2008
Sculpture, photography and large-scale immersive installations from 1993 to the present by the Icelandic “weather artist,” including Your Mobile Expectations: BMW H2R project, Eliasson’s new collaboration with BMW
Curator: Madeleine Grynsztejn
Catalogue: Thames & Hudson, 272 pp., $50, contributions by Mieke Bal, Klaus Biesenbach and Roxana Marcoci, Daniel Birnbaum, Olafur Eliasson and Robert Irwin, Pamela M. Lee, Henry Urbach

Work from “Shy Boy, She Devil, and Isis: The Art of Conceptual Craft. Selections from the Wornick Collection”
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Sept. 11, 2007-Jan. 6, 2008
Almost 120 works from the holdings of California collectors Ronald C. and Anita L. Wornick, launched in 1985, including contemporary decorative arts by artists from the U.S. and elsewhere: John Cederquist, Dale Chihuly, Viola Frey, Michelle Holzapfel, Sergei Isupov, Richard Jolley, Michael Lucero, Peter Voulkos, others
Catalogue: MFA, 256 pp.
Also on view: “Arthur Wesley Dow: Photographer and Printmaker,” Sept. 1, 2007-Feb. 17, 2008; “Arts of Japan: The John C. Weber Collection,” Sept. 22, 2007-Jan. 13, 2008; “Walk This Way,” Sept. 27, 2007-Mar. 23, 2008

Michael Smith and Alan Herman
Government Approved Home Fallout Shelter / Snack Bar
1983
Photo by Kevin Noble
Blanton Museum of Art
Sept. 11-Dec. 30, 2007
30 years worth of videos, environments and performance art detailing “Mike,” Smith’s hapless Everyman character
Curator: Annette DiMeo Carlozzi
Funding: Andy Warhol Foundation, Melissa Jones, Marlene Nathan Meyerson, others
Tour: ICA, Philadelphia, Apr. 24-Aug. 3, 2008

Filmmaker Ernie Gehr
Museum of Modern Art
Sept. 12, 2007-Feb. 25, 2008
New media artist Ernie Gehr's five-channel video installation, Panoramas of the Moving Image (2005), shown alongside a selection of vintage paper Zoetrope strips and Phenakistiscope discs
Curator: Jytte Jensen, Ron Magliozzi
Also on view: “James Lee Byars: The Art of Writing,” Sept. 5-Oct. 29, 2007; “Focus: Alexander Calder,” Sept. 14, 2007-Feb. 18, 2008; “New Photography 2007: Tanyth Berkeley, Scott McFarland, Berni Searle,” Sept. 30, 2007-Jan. 1, 2008

Still from film by William Colville of lecture by Leroi Jones (Amiri Baraka), Texas Southern University, 1970
Menil Archives
Menil Collection
Sept. 13-Dec. 9, 2007
A “hybrid exhibition-classroom-performance piece,” incorporating a variety of artifacts from the Menil collection, by the Houston-based art collective Otabenga Jones & Associates
Curators: Franklin Sirmans, Michelle White
Funding: City of Houston, others

Stuart Klipper
Tail of Herc 719, Spryte Vehicle, South Polar Plateau, Antarctica, 1989
2006
Milwaukee Art Museum.
Milwaukee Art Museum
Sept. 13-Dec. 24, 2007
Ca. 65 photographs and stereographs of the Artic and Antarctic, dating from 1860 to today, including images from the Isaac Israel Hayes expedition of 1869, Count Wilczek's 1872 Arctic travels, Robert Peary's expeditions of 1898-1902, as well as contemporary photographs by Subhankar Banerjee, Diane Cook, Rena Bass Forman, John Holmgren and Stuart Klipper
Curator: Lisa Hostetle

Winslow Homer
Homosassa River
1904
Brooklyn Museum
Brooklyn Museum
Sept. 14, 2007-Jan. 13, 2008
80 works, dating from 1777 to 1945, by Thomas Eakins, Childe Hassam, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, John Marin, Maurice Prendergast, William Trost Richards, others
Curator: Teresa A. Carbone
Funding: Brooklyn Museum American Art Council, others

Mark Bradford
Los Moscos
2004
Sikkema Jenkins & Co.
Whitney Museum of American Art
Sept. 14-Nov. 25, 2007
Bradford’s large-scale abstractions made from shredded mosaics of advertising posters
Curator: Carter Foster
Catalogue: $18.95, 64 pp.
Funding: Martin Bucksbaum Family Foundation, Altria
Also on view: “Undone: Tom Holmes, Tony Matelli, Eileen Quinlan and Heather Rowe,” Sept. 18-Dec. 31, 2007

Giovanni Battista Piranesi
Perspective of Newdigate candelabrum with cranes from Vasi, candelabra, cippi ... ed ornamenti
1778
Smithsonian Institution Libraries, Cooper-Hewitt Branch
Photo by Matt Flynn
Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum
Sept. 14, 2007-Jan. 20, 2008
Etchings, drawings, prints, chimneypieces, carriage works, furniture, light fixtures and other decorative pieces by Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720–1778), along with works by contemporary designers influenced by him
Curator: Sarah E. Lawrence, John Wilton-Ely
Catalogue: Editions Assouline, $45
Funding: Eli Wilner & Company, others
Also on view: “Provoking Magic: Lighting of Ingo Maurer,” Sept. 14, 2007-Jan. 27, 2008

Alfred Stieglitz
Dorothy Norman
1936
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Sept. 15, 2007-Jan. 31, 2008
Inaugurating the museum’s new Levy Gallery with 40 works, including photogravures, portraits of artists, selections from Stieglitz’s series “Georgia O'Keeffe: A Portrait and Equivalents,” a group of portraits of Dorothy Norman, later images of poplar trees taken at Stieglitz's family retreat at Lake George, N.Y., and views of New York City
Curator: Katherine Ware
Also on view: “A Conversation in Three Dimensions: Sculpture from the Collections,” Sept. 15, 2007-May 25, 2008; “A Passion for Perfection: James Galanos, Gustave Tassell, Ralph Rucci,” Sept. 15, 2007-Mar. 9, 2008; “Designing Modern: 1920 to the Present,” Sept. 15, 2007-Spring 2008

Richard Misrach
Untitled #696-05
2005
Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, Marc Selwyn Fine Art and Pace/MacGill Gallery
Art Institute of Chicago
Sept. 15-Nov. 25, 2007
20+ large-scale photographic works that evoke a post-apocalyptic world
Funding: David Yurman

Cosima von Bonin
Hundeschule/Obedience School
2004
Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne
Photo by Michael Straßburger and Dejan Saric
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Sept. 16, 2007-Jan. 7, 2008
A survey of the output of the Cologne-based artist known for her gnomic fabric paintings as well as sprawling installations incorporating a range of objects, from stuffed animals to Minimalist geometric structures
Curator: Ann Goldstein
Funding: Hillcrest Foundation, Susan Bay Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy, John Morace and Tom Kennedy, Marieluise Hessel
Also on view: “Gordon Matta-Clark: You Are the Measure,” Sept. 16, 2007-Jan. 7, 2008

Edward Hopper
Nighthawks
1942
Art Institute of Chicago
National Gallery of Art
Sept. 16, 2007-Jan. 21, 2008
Ca. 48 oil paintings, 34 watercolors and 12 prints by Hopper, including icons like Automat (1927), Drug Store (1927), Early Sunday Morning (1930), New York Movie (1939) and Nighthawks (1942)
Curators: Carol Troyen, Judith Barter
Catalogue: MFA, 288 pp., $65
Tour: The show premiered at the Boston MFA and subsequently appears at the Art Institute of Chicago, Feb. 16-May 11, 2008
Funding: Booz Allen Hamilton Inc.

Camille Pissarro
The Brook at Montbuisson, Louveciennes
ca. 1869
private collection
Jewish Museum
Sept. 16, 2007-Feb. 3, 2008
Nearly 50 paintings and works on paper, drawn primarily from New York City-area collections, by the only Jewish Impressionist
Curator: Karen Levitov
Catalogue: 96 pp., $19.95
Funding: Toll Brothers, Grand Marnier Foundation, Mailman Foundation, others
Also on view: “Isaac Bashevis Singer and the Lower East Side: Photographs by Bruce Davidson,” Sept. 16, 2007-Feb. 3, 2008

Christian Marclay
Double Doors (The Electric Chair)
2006
private collection
Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Sept. 16, 2007-Feb. 24, 2008
Using Aldrich’s state-of-the-art sound facilities to showcase works that explore the artistic power of the human voice by Rachel Berwick, Joseph Beuys/Ute Klophaus, John Cage, Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller, Valie Export, Anna Gaskell, Asta Gröting, Christian Marclay, Melik Ohanian, Hans Schabus, Nedko Solakov, Julianne Swartz and Cerith Wyn Evans
Curator: Thomas Trummer

Nicole Cohen
Sunday Morning
2003
Shoshana Wayne Gallery
J. Paul Getty Center
Sept. 18, 2007-Dec. 27, 2009
Video artist Cohen’s participatory video project responds to the Getty’s collection of French furniture and its museological context

Rembrandt van Rijn
Man in Oriental Costume ("The Noble Slav")
1632
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Sept. 18, 2007-Jan. 6, 2008
The museum’s entire collection of Dutch Old Master paintings -- 228 in all, including 20 by Rembrandt -- displayed together for the first time
Curator: Walter Liedtke
Catalogue: two volumes forthcoming, written by Walter Liedtke
Funding: Accenture, others
Also on view: “Bridging East and West: The Chinese Diaspora and Lin Yutang,” Sept. 15, 2007-Feb. 10, 2008; “Drawings and Prints from Holland’s Golden Age: Highlights from the Collection,” Sept. 18, 2007-Jan. 6, 2008; “Abstract Expressionism and Other Modern Works: The Muriel Kallis Steinberg Newman Collection in the Metropolitan Museum of Art,” Sept. 18, 2007-Feb. 3, 2008; “Joyce and Robert Menschel Hall for Modern Photography,” opens Sept. 25, 2007; “Impressed by Light: British Photographs from Paper Negatives, 1840–1860,” Sept. 25, 2007-Dec. 30, 2007

Anselm Keifer’s Etroits sont les Vaisseaux
MASS MoCA
Sept. 21, 2007-Nov. 1, 2008
A selection of Kiefer's monumental paintings from the collection of Andy and Christine Hall, as well as the German artist’s massive concrete statue Etroits sont les Vaisseaux

Color reconstructions of the Peplos Kore from the Athenian Akropolis, by Ulrike Koch-Brinkmann
Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Harvard Universi0ty
Sept. 22, 2007-Jan. 20, 2008
Reconstructions of celebrated works of Greek and Roman sculpture, colorfully painted to approximate their original presentation, juxtaposed with ancient sculptures from the Sackler’s collection in their more familiar colorless state
Curators: Susanne Ebbinghaus, Amy Brauer
Funding: Christopher and Jean Angell, Ida and William Rosenthal Foundation, Walter and Ursula Cliff, Mark B. Fuller, German Consulate General Boston, German Foreign Office, Evangelos Karvounis, James and Sonia Kay, Marian Marill, Markus Michalke, Samuel Plimpton, Laura and Lorenz Reibling, two anonymous donors
Also on view: “Alexander’s Image and the Beginning of Greek Portraiture,” Sept. 22, 2007-Jan. 20, 2008; “On the Path of Madness: Representations of Majnun in Persian, Turkish, and Indian Painting,” Sept. 27, 2007-Feb. 10, 2008

Tom Little
Hall of Architecture (detail)
2007
Carnegie Museum of Art
Carnegie Museum of Art
Sept. 22, 2007­-Jan. 27, 2008
Architectural drawings, period photography and ephemera chronicling the history of the Carnegie Museum’s Hall of Architecture, with its collection of 150 plaster architectural casts
Funding: Heinz Endowments, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

Page spread from Picture Post, Dec. 3, 1938, with Robert Capa’s photographs
International Center of Photography
Sept. 25, 2007-Jan. 6, 2008
A close reading of several photo-stories by the celebrated photojournalist via vintage prints, contact sheets, handwritten observations and personal letters and original magazine layouts
Curator: Richard Whelan, Cynthia Young
Catalogue: Steidl, 400 pp.,
Funding: BNP Paribas, NEA
Also on view: “Gerda Taro,” “Other Weapons: Photography and Print Culture during the Spanish Civil War,” “Dark Is the Room Where We Sleep: A Project by Francesc Torres”

Title page of Sketches of Character by I. M. Belisario
Yale Center for British Art
Sept. 27-Dec. 30, 2007
The first exhibition to focus exclusively on the visual culture of slavery and emancipation in Jamaica presents paintings drawings and prints depicting life on the Jamaica sugar plantation and images used by the anti-slavery campaign, notably including Belisario’s lithographs depicting the Afro-Jamaican Jonkonnu carnival
Curators: Gillian Forrester, Tim Barringer, Barbaro Martinez-Ruiz
Catalogue: Yale, 520 pp., $75
Funding: Reed Foundation

Vincent van Gogh
Letter to Émile Bernard
March 1888
Morgan Library & Museum
Photo by Joseph Zehavi
Morgan Library & Museum
Sept. 28, 2007-Jan. 6, 2008
Letters and sketches sent by van Gogh to his protégé Emile Bernard, shown along with 20 paintings, drawings and watercolors by the two men
Curator: Jennifer Tonkovich
Catalogue: Vincent Van Gogh, Painted with Words: The Letters to Emile Bernard, 384 pp., $50
Funding: International Music and Art Foundation, Robert Lehman Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts

Richard Prince
Untitled (labels)
1977
Sept. 28, 2007-Jan. 9, 2008
A full-scale retrospective of work by the pioneering postmodernist artist, including photographic series like “Cowboys,” “Girlfriends” and “Upstates”; painting series like “Jokes,” “White Paintings,” “Check Paintings” and “Nurses”; and his “Hood” sculptures
Curator: Nancy Spector
Catalogue: 368 pp., $60, contributions by Jack Bankowsky, Nancy Spector, Glenn O’Brien
Funding: Deutsche Bank

Thaddeus Strode
In the Wild with the Ox (Herding the Bodhi Mind)
2006
Courtesy of Galerie Michael Janssen
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Sept. 29, 2007-Jan. 6, 2008
Examining the intersection of rock and the visual arts, via album covers, music videos and other materials by Slater Bradley, Bryan Ferry, Mike Kelley, John Lennon, Raymond Pettibon, Peter Townsend and Andy Warhol, among others
Curator: Dominic Molon
Catalogue: $50, 288 pp.
Funding: Cari and Michael Sacks, others

Peter Chang
Bracelet
1991
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Sept. 30, 2007-Jan. 21, 2008
Ca. 275 pieces of jewelry, 20 drawings and watercolors, and three sculptures, in an exhibition that “explores the impact of contemporary jewelry as a global art form” via the creations of Gijs Bakker, Claus Bury, Stanley Lechtzin, Albert Paley, Gerd Rothmann, Olaf Skoogfors, Emmy van Leersum, others
Curator: Cindi Strauss
Funding: National Endowment for the Arts, Rotasa Foundation, Fulbright & Jaworski, L.L.P., Center for Craft, Creativity and Design, Mondriaan Foundation, Consulate General of the Netherlands
Also on view: “Practice Makes Perfect: Repetition as a Form of Scholarship among Glassell Studio School Alumni,” Sept. 7-Nov. 2, 2007; “Houston Wilderness: A Collaboration,” Sept. 22, 2007-Jan. 6, 2008

Francis Alÿs
in collaboration with Rafael Ortega
Still from Rehearsal 2
2001
Hammer Museum
Sept. 30, 2007-Feb. 10, 2008
The first large-scale museum show in the U.S. of works by the Belgian-born, Mexico City-based artist known for elaborate and touching installations and performance works
Curator: Russell Ferguson
Funding: Fundación/Colección Jumex, Heidi and Erik Murkoff, others
Also on view: “Dan Graham: Rock My Religion,” Sept. 4-23, 2007; “Jamie Isenstein,” Sept. 28-Nov. 11, 2007


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