TWENTY TOP SHOWS

Sara Belleau
Isaiah Speaks
2007
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Apr. 3-May 31, 2009
Local color from the MIA’s "Minnesota Artist Exhibition Program," featuring Robinson’s vibrant self-portraits as fantasy characters alongside Belleau’s photos illustrating Bible, Torah and Qur'an stories as well as "life in a modern Minnesota vernacular"
Funding: Jerome Foundation

Pawel Wojtasik
Below Sea Level
2009
MASS MoCA
Apr. 4, 2009-Feb. 28, 2010
In what is described as a curatorial riff on a 1967 Jackson Browne lyric ("These days I seem to think about / How all the changes came about my ways / And I wonder if I'll see another highway"), this show brings together six artists -- George Bolster, Chris Doyle, Micah Silver, Robert Taplin, Sam Taylor-Wood and Pawel Wojtasik -- who offer elegiac commentary about the state of the world
Funding: Artist's Resource Trust, a Fund of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, Culture Ireland, USG

Hung Liu
Unofficial Portraits: The Bride
2001
Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer
San Jose Museum of Art
Apr. 4-Aug. 16, 2009
56 prints by a range of women artists, including Anni Albers, Squeak Carnwath, Barbara Kruger, Louise Nevelson, Louise Bourgeois, Suzanne Caporeal, Fay Jones, Judy Pfaff, Kiki Smith, Wangechi Mutu, Vija Celmins and Kara Walker
Funding: McManis Faulkner

Edvard Munch
Moonlight
1895
National Gallery of Art
Hammer Museum
Apr. 5-June 28, 2009
120 "intimate" works on paper, including prints, drawings, illustrated books and portfolios, by figures such as Félix Bracquemond, Victor Hugo, Edvard Munch, Odilon Redon and James McNeill Whistler
Curator: Peter Parshall
Catalogue: 192 pp., $70
Tour: National Gallery of Art, Oct. 1, 2009-Jan. 18, 2010; Smart Museum of Art, Chicago, Feb. 11-June 10, 2010

Mohammed Bourouissa
La fenêtre
2005
New Museum
Apr. 8-June 14, 2009
Hotly anticipated, mega-hyped, super-cool roundup of 50 emerging international artists, all under the age of 33, the first in a proposed series of New Museum Triennials
Curators: Lauren Cornell, Massimiliano Gioni, Laura Hoptman
Catalogue: Younger Than Jesus: The Reader, 204 pp., $45; The Younger than Jesus Artist Directory, 480 pp., $49.95
Funding: Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

Julieta Aranda
Partially untitled (tell me if I am wrong)
2009
Collection of the artist
Guggenheim Museum
Apr. 10-July 19, 2009
Site-specific installations by Mexican artist Julieta Aranda that promise to "challenge the idea of time as a linear progression marked by clocks, calendars and other devices," part of a new series at the Guggenheim dedicated to locating works by emerging artists in "interstitial" spaces within the famous building
Curator: Nancy Spector, Katherine Brinson

Anthony Ames painting featured in "Anthony Ames, Architect: Residential Landscapes"
High Museum of Art
Apr. 11-Aug. 23, 2009
26 paintings, eight architectural models and one dinnerware set by Atlanta-based architect Anthony Ames, best known for his 1984 "Hulse House"
Curator: Ron Labaco

Luis Gispert
Three Asian Cheerleaders
2001
MOCA at Goldman Warehouse, Miami
Apr. 11-June 27, 2009
The first major solo museum exhibition of Luis Gispert, the Brooklyn-based artist known for works that explore kitsch and artifice in Latino-Latina culture
Curator: Bonnie Clearwater

Roman Vishniac
Nat Gutman’s Wife, Warsaw
1938
Collection of Mara Vishniac Kohn
Detroit Institute of Arts
Apr. 15-July 12, 2009
The Depression-era pictures of Roman Vishniac, who photographed throughout Poland's Jewish communities, alongside work by contemporary photographer Jeffrey Gusky, who captured many of the same Polish sites during the 1990s
Curator: Karen Sinsheimer
Funding: Bill and Karen Davidson, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, City of Detroit

Dorothea Rockburne
Angular Momentum
2008
Courtesy of the artist and Greenberg Van Doren Gallery
National Academy Museum
Apr. 16-June 10, 2009
189 artist-members of National Academy exhibit their work

Arthur Carter
Grey Art Gallery, NYU
Apr. 16-29, 2009
More than 50 sculptures and 40 drawings in a selling exhibition -- yes, the works are for sale, at prices between $35,000 and $65,000, with proceeds benefiting the Grey -- by the Wall Street entrepreneur and former publisher of the New York Observer, who is chairman of NYU’s board of overseers of the faculty of arts and sciences. Carter began making abstract sculpture in stainless steel and bronze in 1990, and exhibited his work at Salander-O’Reilly Galleries in 2000 and 2002, and at the Tennessee State Museum in 2005.
Catalogue: $15, with essay by Carey Lovelace, as well as a second book, Arthur Carter: Sculptures, Paintings, and Drawings, with essays by Charles A. Riley and Peter Kaplan, 225 pp., Abrams, $50

Still from Ann Lislegaard’s Bellona (after Samuel R. Delany)
Henry Art Gallery, Seattle
Apr. 18, 2009-Aug. 23, 2009
A trilogy of digital-animation installations based on seminal works of science fiction: J.G. Ballard’s Crystal World, Ursela K. LeGuin’s The Left Hand of Darkness and Samuel R. Delany’s Bellona
Curator: Elizabeth Brown
Funding: Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, ArtsFund, Mayor’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, Danish Arts Council Committee for International Visual Art, Scan¦Design by Inger & Jens Bruun Foundation

Guido Van der Werve
Nummer Acht (#8) everything is going to be alright (still)
2007
Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Park
Apr. 20-Oct. 11, 2009
Dutch artist Guido Van der Werve’s incredible film, Nummer  Acht (#8) everything is going to be alright (2007), featuring the artist walking unperturbed across an icy sea as a ship breaks through the ice at his heels

The Pictures Generation, 1974-1984 (Yale University Press, 2009)
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Apr. 21-Aug. 2, 2009
The first museum tribute to the media-smart New York artists who invented "postmodernism": Troy Brauntuch, James Casebere, Allan McCollum, Richard Prince, Cindy Sherman, Louise Lawler, Sherrie Levine, Robert Longo, Laurie Simmons, David Salle, James Welling, others
Curator: Douglas Eklund
Catalogue: $50, 352 pp.
Funding: William Randolph Hearst Foundation, Andy Warhol Foundation, Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, Inc.

Stephen Kaltenbach
Time Capsule (OPEN AFTER MY DEATH)
1970
Courtesy the artist and Another Year in LA
Apr. 24-Sept. 27, 2009
An exhibition asking the question of "what is alive and dead within the legacy of conceptual art," via works by Kris Martin, Lygia Clark, Pierre Huyghe and Michael Sailstorfer, with installations sited on the Walker’s parking ramp and in the nearby Basilica of Saint Mary’s, as well as in the galleries
Funding: Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, David Teiger Foundation

Sun Ra and his Arkestra, Chicago, ca. 1960
Collection of the Chicago Jazz Archive
Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia
Apr. 24-Aug. 2, 2009
The Philadelphia-based jazz pioneer, mystic philosopher and Afro-Futurist Sun Ra (born Herman Poole Blount, 1914-1993), via a collection artworks and ephemera produced by Ra and his associates, much of it never before seen. The show includes original drawings for Sun Ra album sleeves, the unpublished manuscript of The Magic Lie, a book of Ra’s poetry, and Spaceways, Edward English’s 1968 film of the Arkestra preparing to perform at Carnegie Hall.

Graydon Wood
Anne d'Harnoncourt, The George D. Widener Director and Chief Executive Officer, Philadelphia Museum of Art
2005
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Apr. 25-July 19, 2009
Not so much an exhibition as an homage in wall labels, "A Director’s Vision" highlights examples of acquisitions under the late director’s stewardship, as well as gifts given to the PMA in honor of d’Harnoncourt

Jane Hammond
Fallen (detail)
2004-ongoing
Whitney Museum of American Art
Photo by Sheldan Collins
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego
Apr. 26-July 5, 2009
Over 4,000 hand-painted paper leaves, each bearing the name of an American soldier killed in the Iraq War
Funding: Sheila Potiker

Klaus Moje
The Portland Panels: Choreographed Geometry (detail)
2007
Courtesy of the artist and Bullseye Gallery
Photo by Ryan Watson
Museum of Arts and Design
Apr. 29-Sept. 20, 2009
68 objects spanning 30 years in the career of the experimental glass maker Klaus Moje, from early carved crystal glass pieces to his intricately patterned vessels of layered glass and his recent multi-panel fused works
Funding: Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass, Bullseye Glass Company, Portland, Oregon, Susan Steinhauser and Daniel Greenberg, private donors

The Baltimore Museum of Art’s Baker Artist Awards
Baltimore Museum of Art
Apr. 29-June 28, 2009
Exhibiting the winners of the BMA’s inaugural round of "Baker Artist Awards" for Baltimore artists, featuring musician Carl Grubbs, sculptor John Ruppert and scroll-maker Hadieh Shafie (who each win $25,000), as well as "people’s choice" winners Becky Alprin, Milan Braslavsky, Sarah House, Adam Hopkins, Rob Levit, Jim Lucio and Vincent Thomas (who get $1,000 each)