NEW THIS MONTH IN
U.S. MUSEUMS

Saul Steinberg
I Do, I Have, I Am
1971
Saul Steinberg Foundation
Morgan Library
Dec. 1, 2006-Mar. 4, 2007
100+ drawings, printed items and sculptural assemblages by the artist famous for his iconic New Yorker cartoons
Curator: Joel Smith
Catalogue: $65, 288 pp., contributions by Joel Smith, Charles Simic
Tour: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Apr. 6-June 24, 2007; Cincinnati Art Museum, July 20-Sept. 20, 2007; Francis Lehman Loeb Art Center, Nov. 2, 2007-Feb. 24. 2008

Jonathan Borofsky
Human Structure (detail)
2006
Courtesy of Jonathan Borofsky
Carnegie Museum of Art
Dec. 2, 2006-Mar. 11, 2007
Human Structure, a large-scale, site-specific environment comprised of hundreds of brightly colored, interlocking acrylic male and female figures
Curator: Heather Pesanti
Funding: Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds Foundation, Kraus Family Foundation, Associates of Carnegie Museum of Art

Bowl with Plaited Arabesque
Kashan, Iran, Mina’i
Courtesy of the Arthur M. Sackler Museum
Arthur M. Sackler Museum
Dec. 2, 2006-TBA
Artworks -- primarily ceramics and metalwork -- from peoples inhabiting a swath of territory extending from southern Europe through South Asia, accompanied by a photographic exhibition spotlighting themes, techniques and artistic approaches of these cultures
Curators: Mary McWilliams, Kimberly Masteller

Sculptor’s Model of the head and forelegs of a lion used as a gargoyle
Late Period or Ptolemaic Period (664-332 BCE or 332-30 BCE)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, Brooklyn Museum
Brooklyn Museum
Dec. 6, 2006-Aug. 12, 2007
20 ancient Egyptian artifacts once believed to have magical powers, including a relief depicting a son of Ramesses II, a bronze of the Goddess Isis, a magical healing stela and a headrest with images of deities believed to protect the dead and the living
Curator: Richard Fazzini

WowWee Ltd.
Robosapien® V2
2005
National Design Museum
Dec. 8, 2006-July 29, 2007
The hottest experimental designs -- including animation, new media, and fashion, robotics, architecture, product, medical and graphic design -- from 2003 to 2006
Curators: Barbara Bloemink, Ellen Lupton, Matilda McQuaid, Brooke Hodge
Catalogue: $35, 240 pp.
Funding: Target, others

Didier Barra
Bird’s Eye View of Naples
1647
Museo della Certosa di San Martino
Phoenix Art Museum
Dec. 10, 2006-Mar. 4, 2007
50 paintings from 17th century Naples, including works by Jusepe De Ribera, Artemisia Gentileschi, Luca Giordano, Francesco Guarino, Salvatore Rosa, Francesco Solimena and Mico Spadaro

Hélio Oiticica
Metaesquema
1958
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Dec. 10, 2006-Apr. 1, 2007
220 objects created by the pioneering Brazilian artist between 1955 and 1969, alongside documentary materials, sketches, journals, plans, films and maquettes from the Projeto Hélio Oiticica in Rio
Catalogue: $45, 276 pp.
Funding: Petrobras
Tour: Tate Modern, June 7–Sept. 3, 2007

Louis Kahn and the tetrahedral ceiling of the Yale University Art Gallery
Photograph courtesy Yale University Art Gallery Archives
Yale University Art Galleries
Dec. 10, 2006-July 8, 2007
Selection of postwar sculpture designed to highlight the relationship between art and architecture, in celebration of the opening of the YUAG’s restored Louis Kahn building
Curators: Pamela Franks and a team of Yale students
Funding: Jane and Gerald Katcher Fund for Education, Nolen-Bradley Family Fund
Also on view: "Jasper Johns: From Plate to Print," Dec. 10, 2006-Apr. 1, 2007; "Making a Mark: Four Contemporary Artists in Print," Dec. 10, 2006-Apr. 1, 2007

Jeff Koons
Olive Oyl
2003
Courtesy of the artist and the Dakis Joannou Collection
Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
Dec. 10, 2006-Apr. 29, 2007
The new ICA debuts with works from Chantal Akerman, Harun Farocki, Mona Hatoum, Anish Kapoor, Jeff Koons, Julie Mehretu, Albert Oehlen, Bridget Riley, James Turrell, Ed Ruscha and Sigmar Polke, all exploring the ways technology affects vision
Curator: Nicholas Baume
Catalogue: $34.95, 176 pp., contributions from Nicholas Baume, David Joselit, McKenzie Wark
Funding: Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Etant donnés: The French-American Fund for Contemporary Art, Cultural Services of the French Embassy
Also on view: "Momentum 6: Sergio Vega," Dec. 10, 2006-Mar. 11, 2007; "2006 ICA Artist Prize," Dec. 10, 2006-Oct. 28, 2007; "Sandra and Gerald Fineberg Art Wall: Chiho Aoshima," Dec. 10, 2006-Oct. 28, 2007

Valentino
Evening Gown
1984
Courtesy of Mr. Thomas L. Kempner
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Dec. 12, 2006-Mar. 4, 2007
A selection of clothing from the closet of New York socialite Kemper, member of the "Best Dressed List’s Hall of Fame"
Curator: Harold Koda

Paul Signac
Antibes, the Pink Cloud
1916
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Dec. 12, 2006-May 6, 2007
Works by Bernard, Cézanne, Degas, Denis, Lipchitz, Luce, Magritte, Maillol, Matisse, Miró, Monet, Picasso, Pissarro, Renoir, Signac, Rodin and van Rysselbergh, from the collection of Delphi CEO Black
Catalogue: $50, 136 pp.
Also on view: "Michael Mazur: The Art of the Print," Dec. 16, 2006-June 17, 2007

David Wojnarowicz
Untitled (bread sculpture)
1988/89
Courtesy the estate of David Wojnarowicz
PS1 Art Center
Dec. 14, 2006-Jan. 22, 2007
Familiar objects transformed into art, from Ann Böttcher, Vija Celmins, Jacob Dahlgren, Rä di Martino, Tom Friedman, Sharon Hayes, Emily Jacir, Gunilla Klingberg, Guillermo Kuitca, Dinh Q. Le, Serkan Özkaya, Cornelia Parker, Ola Pehrson, Zoë Sheehan Saldaña, Paul Salveson, Shinique Smith, Li Songsong, Stephanie Syjuco, Ben Vautier, Jacques Villegle, Ai Weiwei and David Wojnarowicz
Curators: Christopher Y. Lew, Erica Papernik, Elna Svenle, Jelena Kristic

Egon Schiele
Two Figures
1917
Walker Art Center
Walker Art Center
Dec. 15-July 15, 2007
Focusing on the ways that images of the body reflect social anxieties, via works by Ernst Barlach, Romare Bearden, Max Beckmann, Joseph Beuys, Isabel Bishop, Paul Cadmus, Henry Darger, Willem de Kooning, Otto Dix, Jared French, George Grosz, Lester Johnson, Paul Klee, Käthe Kollwitz, Walt Kuhn, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Jacob Lawrence, Reginald Marsh, Emil Nolde, Georgia O’Keeffe, José Clemente Orozco, Max Pechstein, Francis Picabia, Pablo Picasso, Georges Rouault, Egon Schiele, Oskar Schlemmer, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, David Smith and James B. Turnbull
Curator: Joan Rothfuss

Debbie Hill’s photo Arafat Compound -- The Muquata -- Ramallah, West Bank (2004), inspiration for Christoph Büchel’s "Training Ground for Democracy"
MASS MoCA
Dec. 16, 2006-Oct. 31, 2007
Swiss artist Christoph Büchel’s site-specific, football-field-sized installation of an imagined community featuring a playing field, a cinema and more, inspired by politically charged images from the mass media
Curator: Nato Thompson

Promotional poster for the 1911 International Hygiene Exhibition
Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin
Andy Warhol Museum
Dec. 17, 2006-Mar. 25, 2007
Exposing the Nazis use of pseudo-science to justify the Holocaust via some 200 artifacts, 200 photographs and photographic reproductions, as well as survivor testimony
Funding: David Berg Foundation, Lorraine and Jack N. Friedman, Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, Viterbi Family Foundation

F. Holland Day
The Seven Words
1898
Collection of Bruce Silverstein
Whitney Museum of American Art
Dec. 20, 2006-Mar. 11, 2007
Photographic works of art that take the self as subject, starting with F. Holland Day’s 1898 The Seven Words and continuing through Lyle Ashton, Harris Robert Mapplethorpe, Charles Ray, Cindy Sherman, Francesca Woodman, others
Curator: Carrie Springer
Also on view: "Burgeoning Geometries: Constructed Abstraction," Dec. 7, 2006-Mar. 4, 2007

John Cederquist
Wavemaster
1999
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Dec. 22, 2006-Sept. 3, 2007
50 pieces of furniture, ceramics, glass, metalwork, jewelry and fibers, from Robert Arneson, John Cederquist, Ruth Duckworth, Wharton Esherick, Kyung-hee Hong, Albert Paley, Ken Price, Ed Rossbach, Axel Russmeyer, Bonnie Seeman, others
Curator: Jane Adlin
Also on view: "Mother-of-Pearl: A Tradition in Asian Lacquer," Dec. 2, 2006-Apr. 1, 2007; "Discovering Tutankhamun: The Photographs of Harry Burton," Dec. 19, 2006-Apr. 29, 2007; "Flowing Streams: Scenes from Japanese Art and Life," Dec. 21, 2006-June 3, 2007

William Blake
Thus did Job continually
1825
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Dec. 23, 2006-June 17, 2007
21 line engravings and an engraved title page from Blake’s 1825 series illustrating the Book of Job
Also on view: "On the Same Page: Artist’s Books New to the Collection," Dec. 6, 2006-May 20, 2007; "The Etchings of Sir Francis Seymour Haden," Dec. 23, 2006-June 17, 2007