NEW THIS MONTH IN
U.S. MUSEUMS

Rachel Harrison
Huffy Howler
2004)
Photo by Oren Slor
New Museum of Contemporary Art
Dec. 1, 2007-Mar. 23, 2008
The new New Museum opens with an exploration of contemporary assemblage, via works by 30+ cutting-edge artists.
Curators: Richard Flood, Laura Hoptman, Massimiliano Gioni
Catalogue: 264 pp.
Funding: BNP Paribas
Also on view: "Young-Haw Chang," Dec 1, 2007-Mar 23, 2008; "Sharon Hayes," Dec. 1, 2007-Jan. 30, 2008; "Jeffery Inaba," Dec. 1, 2007-Nov. 9, 2008

A model of Herzog & de Meuronís new Miami Art Museum, scheduled to open in 2011
Miami Art Museum
Dec. 1, 2007-Apr. 6, 2008
Wallpaper murals, architectural models, floor plans, video projections and stereoscopic devices take visitors inside the new MAM, scheduled to open in 2011
Funding: Stanford Financial Group, others

Jorge Pardo
Untitled (Cesar and Mima Reyes House)
2006
Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami
Dec. 4, 2007-Mar. 2, 2008
60+ works in a major mid-career retrospective of the Havana-born, L.A.-based "design artist"
Curator: Bonnie Clearwater
Tour: Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, fall 2008; other venues TBA
Also on view: "Enoc Perez," Dec. 6, 2007-Mar. 22, 2008

Photo of the Charles F. McKirahanís Castaways Island Motel, 1958 (demolished)
Courtesy of Florida Architecture Magazine, 1958
Bass Museum of Art
Dec. 5, 2007-Apr. 13, 2008
The architecture, urban planning, design and decorative arts of mid-century Miami, represented by such figures as George Farkas, Morris Lapidus, Kay Pancoast, Alfred Browning Parker, Frederick Rank and Fran Williams
Curator: Allan T. Shulman, Thomas Hine, Ruth Grim
Funding: National Endowment for the Humanities, others

Giovanni Battista Piranesi
An Ancient Port
1749-1750
Getty Center
Getty Villa
Dec. 6, 2007-Mar. 10, 2008
Focusing on Piranesiís activities as artist, antiquarian, designer and publisher, via a selection of prints from the Getty Research Institute, including a fold-out depicting Trajanís column in Rome
Curators: Louis Marchesano, Marcia Reed

Lauren Greenfield
Alli, Annie, Hannah, and Berit, All 13, before the First Big Party of the Seventh Grade, Edina, Minnesota
1998
Art Institute of Chicago
Art Institute of Chicago
Dec. 8, 2007-Feb. 24, 2008
40+ photographs and one video focusing on adolescent girls, by Tina Barney, Rineke Dijkstra, Lauren Greenfield, Sally Mann, Melissa Pinney, Judith Joy Ross, Mark Steinmetz, Katherine Turczan, Celine van Balen and Hellen van Meene
Also on view: "Improvisations: Picture Books by Chris Raschka," Dec. 8, 2007-June 8, 2008; "Figuration in Contemporary Design, " Dec. 13, 2007-June 8, 2008

Buddha Amitabha
Korean, late 14th-early 15th century
National Museum of Korea
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Dec. 8, 2007-Dec. 15, 2008
Ancient and contemporary works spanning 5,000 years, including treasures on loan from the National Museum of Korea, marking a new partnership between that institution and the MFAH
Also on view: "Modern and Contemporary Masterworks from the MFAH," Dec. 8, 2007-Mar. 2, 2008

William Kentridge
Porter Series -- Man with Bed on Back
2006
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Dec. 12, 2007-Apr. 6, 2008
Kentridgeís series of tapestries, begun in 2001, along with related drawings, bronze sculptures, etchings and an artist book
Curator: Carlos Basualdo, Erica Battle
Funding: Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative, Dina and Jerry Wind
Also on view: "A Flute in the Forest: Tales of Young Krishna," Dec. 22, 2007-June 1, 2008; "Marvels of the Malla Period: A Nepalese Renaissance 1200-1603," Dec. 22, 2007-June 1, 2008

Still from Richard Serraís Television Delivers People (1973)
Whitney Museum of American Art
Dec. 12, 2007-Feb. 17, 2008
Titled after a 1973 video by Richard Serra, a presentation of works that take TV as their subject, including examples by Alex Bag, Dara Birnbaum, Joan Braderman and Michael Smith
Curator: Gary Carrion-Murayari
Also on view: "Beth Campbell," Dec. 7, 2007-Feb. 24, 2008

Tino Sehgal [right] with writer Xavier LaBoulbenne
Walker Art Center
Dec. 12-Mar. 23, 2008
Five pieces by the Berlin-based artist known for performances that push the edges of what is acceptable as art: Instead of allowing some thing to rise up to your face dancing bruce and dan and other things (2000), This is good (2001), This is propaganda (2002), This is new (2003) and This is about (2003)
Curator: Yasmil Raymond

Jorge Macchi
Nocturno
2004
Blanton Museum of Art
Dec. 15, 2007-Mar. 16, 2008
Ca. 40 works spanning 15 years of artistic production by the artist who created Argentinaís pavilion at the 2005 Venice Biennale
Curator: Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro
Catalogue: contribution by Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro
Funding: Bruce T. Halle Family Foundation, Susan Vaughan Foundation
Tour: This exhibition already appeared at the Sixth Mercosur Biennial; it continues to the Centro Galego de Arte ContemporŠneo, Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Work from "George Carlson: Heart of the West" at the Denver Art Museum
Denver Art Museum
Dec. 15, 2007-Apr. 23, 2008
35 objects, including many sculptures of horses and Native American figures, by the artist considered one of todayís finest sculptors of Western themes
Funding: Melinda and Lewis (Pete) Douglas, John and Erika Lockridge, others

Work by Zhang Daqian from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston collection
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Dec. 15, 2007-Sept. 14, 2008
Focusing on the Chinese painter Zhang Daqian (1899-1983), known for his ability to mix traditional techniques and styles with contemporary ideas, including a master forgery acquired by the MFA in 1957 as an authentic work by Guan Tong

Lucian Freud
Girl with Fig Leaf
1947
Art Institute of Chicago
Museum of Modern Art
Dec. 16, 2007-Mar. 10, 2008
75 etchings, from early experiments from the 1940s to works from the Ď80s, alongside a selection of related paintings and drawings
Curator: Starr Figura
Catalogue: 144 pp., $40
Funding: Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, Contemporary Arts Council of the Museum of Modern Art
Also on view: "Just In: Recent Acquisitions from the Collection," Dec. 21, 2007-Nov. 30, 2008

Miguel Adrover
I Love New York Dress
2000
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Dec. 18, 2007-Apr. 13, 2008
Ca. 40 recent acquisitions of the Metropolitan Museum costumes department dating from the 18th century to the present, in a show that invites the public to share their reactions via a blog on the museumís website -- a first at the Met
Curators: Harold Koda, Andrew Bolton
Catalogue: Yale University Press, featuring excerpts from the blog, published after the close of the exhibition
Funding: Manolo Blahnik
Also on view: "New Galleries for 19th- and Early 20th-Century European Paintings and Sculpture, including the Henry J. Heinz II Galleries," Dec. 4, 2007-ongoing; "Tibetan Arms and Armor from the Permanent Collection," Dec. 14, 2007-fall 2009; "The Art of Time: European Clocks and Watches from the Collection," Dec. 18, 2007-April 27, 2008

Graciela Iturbide
Autorretrato [Self-Portrait], Oaxaca
2006
Courtesy of the artist and RoseGallery, Santa Monica
Getty Center
Dec. 18, 2007-Apr. 13, 2008
140 prints by the Mexico City photographer, focusing on her work with indigenous communities in southern Mexico, outsider immigrant groups in East Los Angeles and the immigrants on the U.S./Mexico border, as well as recent landscape studies from the American South and Mexico
Curator: Judy Keller
Funding: Banamex-Citi
Also on view: "André Kertész: Seven Decades," Dec. 18, 2007-Apr. 13, 2008

Leonora Carrington
The Chair, Daghda Tuatha dé Danaan
1955
Private Collection
Dallas Museum of Art
Dec. 23, 2007-Mar. 30, 2008
25 key works works from the late 1930s to the 1980s by the British-turned-Mexican surrealist painter
Curator: Salomon Grimberg