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TWENTY TOP SHOWS
IN U.S. MUSEUMS

Antonio Donghi
Circus (Circo equestre)
1927
Gerolamo and Roberta Etro, Milan
Guggenheim Museum
Oct. 1, 2010-Jan. 9, 2011
Focusing on the post WWI "return to order" in European art, via works by Balthus, Jean Cocteau, Giorgio de Chirico, Otto Dix, Hannah Höch, Fernand Léger, Henri Matisse, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Pablo Picasso, August Sander, others
Curator: Kenneth E. Silver
Catalogue: $55, 192 pp.
Funding: National Endowment for the Arts, David Berg Foundation
Tour: Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Feb. 21-May 15, 2011
Also on view: "Intervals: Ryan Gander," Oct. 1, 2010-Jan. 9, 2011

Installation view of "Eye for the Sensual: Selections from the Resnick Collection"
Photo © 2010 Museum Associates/LACMA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Oct. 2, 2010-Jan. 2, 2011
With exhibition design by "world famous stage designer" Pier-Luigi Pizzi, this exhibition highlights the opulent classical taste of LACMA patrons Stewart and Lynda Resnick, via works by Nicolas-Sébastien Adam, François Boucher, Clodion, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Francesco Guardi, Jean-Antoine Houdon, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Henri Lehman, Peter Paul Rubens, Élisabeth-Louise Vigée-Lebrun, others
Curator: J. Patrice Marandel, Bernard Jazzar
Also on view: "William Eggleson: Democratic Camera Photographs and Video, 1961-2008," Oct. 32, 2010-Jan. 16, 2011

Jackson Pollock
Number 1A, 1948
1948
Museum of Modern Art<
Museum of Modern Art
Oct. 3, 2010-Apr. 25, 2011
Another show of a museum collection, this time MoMA’s specialty, via 250 works, filling 25,000 square feet of space on the museum’s second, third and fourth floor, where a subsection called "The Big Picture" that fills the entire floor, a first
Curator: Ann Temkin, Jodi Hauptman, Sarah Suzuki, Sarah Meister, Michelle Elligott, Anne Morra, Sally Berger, Paulina Pobocha
Catalogue: $29.95, 128 pp.
Funding: HyundaiCard Company, Donald B. Marron and the Dana Foundation, others
Also on view: "Small Scale, Big Change: New Architectures of Social Engagement," Oct. 3, 2010-Jan. 3, 2011

Jan Gossart
Portrait of a Man (Jan Jacobsz. Snoeck?)
ca. 1530
National Gallery of Art
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Oct. 6, 2010-Jan. 17, 2011
Some 145 works highlighting the legacy and influence of pioneering Burgundian Netherlandish artist Jan Gossart (ca. 1478-1532), celebrated for his erotic mythical scenes as well as his lavishly detailed Madonnas and richly realistic portraits
Curator: Maryan Ainsworth
Catalogue: $85, 496 pp. 
Funding: William Randolph Hearst Foundation, Gail and Parker Gilbert Fund, Flanders House New York, Society of Friends of Belgium in America, others
Tour: National Gallery, London, Feb. 23-May 30, 2011

Sultan 'Ali 'Adil Shah II
ca. 1670
India, Karnataka, Bijapur
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Oct. 9, 2010-Apr. 2011
Gold as a reward for the righteous (and royalty), via a small selection of objects from the museum collection, including a 14th-century Qur’an folio from Central Asia or Turkey and an eagle-shaped pendant made in Iran during the 19th century
Curator: Yael Rice

Miguel Luciano
El Orgullo de Plátano / Plátano Pride
2006
Museum of Arts & Design
Oct. 12, 2010-Jan. 9, 2011
80+ examples of "art jewelry" by 50+ Latin-American jewelry artists/designers, including Mirla Fernandes and Claudia Cucchi, Valentina Rosenthal, Elisa Gulminelli and Francisca Kweitel, Jorge Manilla and Alcides Fortes, and Miguel Luciano
Curator: Valeria Vallarta Siemelink

Martha Rosler
Vacuuming Pop Art
1966-72
Courtesy of the artist and Mitchell-Innes & Nash
Brooklyn Museum
Oct. 15, 2010-Jan. 9, 2011
Examining the presence of women within the Pop art movement via 50+ artworks by Chryssa, Niki de Saint Phalle, Rosalyn Drexler, Marisol, Yayoi Kusama, Jann Haworth, Vija Celmins, Lee Lozano, Marjorie Strider, Idelle Weber, and Joyce Wieland, others
Curators: Sid Sachs, Catherine Morris
Catalogue: $50, 248 pp.
Funding: Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation
Tour: This show has already appeared at the Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, University of the Arts, Philadelphia
Also on view: "Fred Tomaselli," Oct. 8, 2010-Jan. 2, 2011

Titian
Diana and Actaeon
1556-1559
National Galleries of Scotland/National Gallery, London
High Museum of Art
Oct. 17, 2010-Jan. 2, 2011
25 Venetian Renaissance works (12 paintings and 13 drawings) from the National Galleries of Scotland, including Titian's masterpieces Diana and Actaeon and Diana and Callisto
Curator: David Brenneman
Catalogue: $29.95, 108 pp.
Funding: Friends of Scotland, others
Tour: Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Feb. 5-May 1, 2011; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, May 21-Aug. 14, 2011

Joel Holmberg
Legendary Account (performance documentation)
2008-2010
Courtesy of the artist
New Museum
Oct. 20, 2010-Jan. 23, 2011T
Twenty-three artists whose work reflects artistic strategies influenced by the "radically democratized cultural terrain" of the web: Liz Deschenes, Aleksandra Domanovic, Lizzie Fitch, Martijn Hendriks, Joel Holmberg, David Horvitz, Lars Laumann, Andrea Longacre-White, Kristin Lucas, Jill Magid, Hanne Mugaas, Takeshi Murata, Rashaad Newsome, Lisa Oppenheim, Trevor Paglen, Seth Price, Jon Rafman, Clunie Reid, Amanda Ross-Ho, Alexandre Singh, Ryan Trecartin & David Karp and Harm Van Den Dorpel
Curator: Lauren Cornell
Catalogue: a frequently updated website, edited by Ceci Moss, with contributions by Lauren Cornell, Ed Halter, Joanne McNeil, Brian Droitcour, Caterina Fake
Funding: Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Shane Akeroyd, others
Also on view: "The Last Newspaper," Oct. 6, 2010-Jan. 9, 2011; "Voice and Wind: Haegue Yang," Oct. 20, 2010-Jan. 23, 2011

Paul Thek
Untitled (from the series "Technological Reliquaries")
1966
Whitney Museum of American Art
© The Estate of George Paul Thek; courtesy of Alexander and Bonin
Photograph by Geoffrey Clements
Whitney Museum of American Art
Oct. 21, 2010-Jan. 9, 2011
First U.S. retrospective for Paul Thek (1933-1988), from his famous technological reliquaries to his late, sketch-like paintings on canvas
Curators: Elisabeth Sussman, Lynn Zelevansky
Catalogue: $65, 304 pp.
Tour: Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles

Emily Wardill
Game Keepers without Game (still)
2009
MIT List Visual Art Center
Oct. 22, 2010-Jan. 2, 2011
British artist Emily Wardill’s Gamekeepers without Game, described as a "re-imagining of the 17th-century play Life Is a Dream (La Vida es Sueño) by Pedro Calderón de la Barca, set in contemporary London," alongside screenings of the artist’s 16mm films
Curator: João Ribas
Funding: David Teiger, Council for the Arts at MIT, Massachusetts Cultural Council

Richard Hawkins
Dragonfly 2
2009
Image courtesy of Greene Naftali Gallery
Art Institute of Chicago
Oct. 22, 2010-Jan. 16, 2011
Ca.  80 books, collages, drawings, paintings and sculptures spanning the 20-year career by the artist known for his explorations of "the male figure"
Curator: Lisa Dorin
Catalogue: $35, 160 pp.
Funding: Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Cozzi Family Charitable Fund, James Cahn and Jeremiah Collatz
Tour: Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, Feb. 13-May 22, 2011

R. H. Quaytman
I Love -- The Eyelid Clicks / I See / Cold Poetry, Chapter 18
2010
© R. H. Quaytman, courtesy Miguel Abreu Gallery
Photo by Adam Reich
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Oct. 22, 2010-Jan. 16, 2011
New paintings by New York artist R.H. Quaytman, inspired by SFMoMA's collection of photographs, and reflecting on the life of Jack Spicer, a poet associated with the San Francisco Renaissance of the 1950s
Curator: Apsara DiQuinzio

My Barbarian
The Night Epi$ode Two: Yoga Matt / Veronika Phoenix
2009
Hammer Museum
Oct. 23-Jan. 23, 2011
The Los Angeles-based performance collective offers The Night Epi$ode (2010), a video installation that links "narratives related to the economic collapse with supernatural occurrences"
Curator: Anne Ellegood

OCMA curator Sarah Bancroft and a few of the 2010 CA Biennial artists
Orange County Museum of Art
Oct. 24, 2010-Mar. 13, 2011
An "eclectic and inclusive" selection of 40+ California-based artists
Curator: Sarah Bancroft

Elias Crespin
Tetra Circular Azul
2009
Leslie and Brad Bucher
© Elias Crespin
Photo by Paul Hester, Hester + Hardaway Photographers
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Oct. 24, 2010-Feb. 6, 2011 
100+ works on loan from private holdings in Houston and Latin America, by Antonio Berni, Gego, Frida Kahlo, Francisco Matto, Hélio Oiticica, Diego Rivera, Joaquín Torres-García, others
Curator: Gilbert Vicario, Mari Carmen Ramírez, Elizabeth Cerejido
Funding: Continental Airlines, others

Edward Hopper
South Carolina Morning
1955
Whitney Museum of American Art
Whitney Museum of American Art
Oct. 28, 2010-Apr. 10, 2011
Ca. 80 works by Hopper and contemporaries such as John Sloan, Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, Paul Strand, Charles Demuth, Guy Pène du Bois, Charles Sheeler, Charles Burchfield, Ben Shahn, Reginald Marsh
Curators: Barbara Haskell, Sasha Nicholas
Catalogue: 240 pp.
Funding: Cowles Charitable Trust, Gage Fund

Tim Lee
Upside-Down Water Torture Chamber, Harry Houdini, 1913
2004
Lent by the American Fund for the Tate Gallery, Courtesy of the American Acquisitions Committee, 2006
Jewish Museum
Oct. 29, 2010-Mar. 27, 2011
Magic apparatus, posters, broadsides, period photographs and archival films, relating to Harry Houdini (1874-1926), alongside contemporary art work inspired by the great magician by the likes of Matthew Barney, Petah Coyne, Jane Hammond, Vik Muniz, Deborah Oropallo and Raymond Pettibon
Curator: Brooke Kamin Rapaport
Catalogue: $39.95, 288 pp.
Funding: Jane and James Stern, Kathryn and Alan C. Greenberg, Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, others

Still from Yoshua Okón’s Bocanegra (2005-2007)
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Oct. 30, 2010-Feb. 6, 2011
Five multi-channel video installations by the provocative Mexico City artist Yoshua Okón, including Bocanegra, his 2005-2007 collaboration with "Nazi enthusiasts"
Catalogue: Yoshua Okon: US, $25, 198 pp.
Tour: A version of this show has already appeared at the Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City

Doug Aitken
Electric Earth (still)
1999
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles  
Oct. 31, 2010-Jan. 31, 2011
300 artworks in by more than 100 artists, highlighting the last 30 years of art production in L.A.
Curator: Rebecca Morse
Funding: Sydney Irmas Exhibition Endowment, Mandy and Cliff Einstein, Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP

Doug Aitken
Electric Earth (still)
1999
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
National Gallery of Art
Oct. 31, 2010-Jan. 30, 2011
Some 100 photographs and 20 paintings and watercolors chronicling the roles connections between British art photography in the 1850s and 1860s, and the Pre-Raphaelite art movement
Curator: Diane Waggoner
Catalogue: 240 pp.
Funding: Trellis Fund, Ryna and Melvin Cohen Family Foundation, Marcella and Neil Cohen, Marlene Nathan Meyerson Family Foundation
Tour: Musée d'Orsay, Paris, Mar. 6-May 29, 2011




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