NEW THIS MONTH IN
U.S. MUSEUMS

John Lurie
This Dog Is Blind. Who Will Help?
2005
Courtesy the artist
P.S.1 MoMA
May 1-Aug. 14, 2006 
80 recent watercolors and works on paper featuring smart-mouthed rabbits, buffalo, horses, pigs, birds and dogs that talk back to their masters
Curator: Alanna Heiss
Funding: Rosa and Gilberto Sandretto, Kathy and Richard S. Fuld, Jr., supporters of the P.S.1 Annual Exhibition Fund

Page from a Manuscript with Illuminated Border of Birds among Flowering Branches
16th century
Art Insitute of Chicago
Art Institute of Chicago
May 1-July 3, 2006
The first of a two-part series of exhibitions featuring manuscript pages, book bindings and writers' tools, exploring the complex process of Islamic bookmaking,
Curator: Tanya Treptow
Also on view: "Commemorative Events on Cloth," May 6-July 16, 2006; "Todd Eberle: Architectural Abstractions," May 20-Aug. 20, 2006; "Focus: Maureen Gallace," May 25-Sept. 3, 2006

James Ensor
Christ's Entry into Brussels in 1889
1888
J. Paul Getty Museum
J. Paul Getty Museum
May 2-July 30, 2006
James Ensorís iconic Christís Entry into Brussels in 1889 (1888), a fixture of the Getty Museumís permanent collection, shown with related prints

Philip Treacy
Hat
spring/summer 2000
Photograph courtesy of firstVIEW.com
Metropolitan Museum of Art
May 3-Sept. 4, 2006
Historical costumes mixed in with British punk and contemporary fashions, all set in the Metís fabulous English Period Rooms, in a show that provides the occasion for the museumís high-society Costume Institute Gala (co-chaired by Burburry creative director Christopher Bailey, actress Sienna Miller and Vogue editor Anna Wintour), and which is also accompanied by a special audio recording by John Rotten (downloadable from iTunes or the museum website)
Curators: Andrew Bolton, Harold Koda, Ian Wardropper, DaniŽlle O. Kisluk-Grosheide
Funding: Burberry, Condé Nast

Philip Guston
Talking
1979
Museum of Modern Art
Museum of Modern Art
May 3-July 10, 2006
Ca. 100 paintings, sculpture, drawings and prints from a recent gift to MoMAís collection, including monographic galleries of work by Philip Guston, Vija Celmins, Ken Price and Christopher Wilmarth
Curator: Ann Temkin
Catalogue: 40 pp., introduction by John Elderfield, interview with Broida by Temkin
Also on view: "Since 2000: Printmaking Now," May 3-Sept. 18, 2006; "Transforming Chronologies: An Atlas of Drawings, Part Two," May 10-Oct. 2, 2006

Peter Moore
Group Portrait of some of the participants in 9 Evenings: Theatre and Engineering, taken on the entry steps of the 69th Regiment Armory on Lexington Avenue and 25th Street in Manhattan, October, 1966
© Estate of Peter Moore/VAGA, NYC
MIT List Visual Art Center
May 4-July 9, 2006
Revisiting the 1966 performance event "9 Evenings: Theatre and Engineering," which brought together engineers with artists such as John Cage, Lucinda Childs, Oyvind FahlstrŲm, Alex Hay, Deborah Hay, Steve Paxton, Yvonne Rainer, Robert Rauschenberg, David Tudor and R. Whitman, originally held at the 69th Regiment Armory in New York
Curator: Catherine Morris
Catalogue: Essays by Morris, Clarisse Bardiot, Michelle Yi-Ann Kuo
Funding: Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Robert Rauschenberg, Martin E. Zimmerman, Dedalus Foundation, Inc., Massachusetts Cultural Council, Council for the Arts at MIT, Phoenix Media/Communications Group
Also on view: "Choreographic Turn: Works by William Forsythe and Peter Welz, Daria Martin," May 4-July 9, 2006

Eva Hesse
Untitled
1967
The Estate of Eva Hesse, Hauser & Wirth Zürich London
Drawing Center
May 6-July 15, 2006
150 of Hesseís works on paper, including sketches and working notes for many of her important sculptures, along with reliefs and test pieces
Curators: Catherine de Zegher, Elisabeth Sussman
Catalogue: 288 pp., $50, essays by Benjamin H.D. Buchloh, Catherine de Zegher, Bracha L. Ettinger, Briony Fer, Mignon Nixon, Elisabeth Sussman, Kathryn A. Tuma, Anne M. Wagner
Funding: Robert Lehman Foundation, others
Tour: This show has already appeared at the Menil Collection, Houston; it continues to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Aug. 6-Oct. 23, 2006, and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Nov. 12, 2006-Feb. 18, 2007
Also on view: "Stephen Posen: Dancer/Mirror," May 6-June 10, 2006

Pablo Picasso
Le Chant des morts (frontispiece from the book Le Chant des morts, by Pierre Reverdy)
Legion of Honor, San Francisco
May 6-Sept. 3, 2006
Picassoís collaborations with poets and writers, including Max Jacob, André Breton, Pierre Reverdy, Robert Desnos and Paul Eluard

Charles Sheeler
Classic Landscape
1931
Collection of Barney A. Ebsworth
National Gallery of Art
May 7-Aug. 27, 2006
Paintings, conté crayon drawings and photographs, including Manhatta, a 1920 collaboration between Sheeler and Paul Strand that is regarded as the first American avant-garde film, as well as examples of the artistís experiments with montage from the 1940s and 1950s
Curator: Charles Brock
Catalogue: 238 pp., $45
Funding: Altria Group, Inc.
Tour: Art Institute of Chicago, Oct. 7-Jan. 7, 2007; M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, Feb. 10ĖMay 6, 2007

Susan Leopold
Empty Corridor
2002
National Academy Museum
May 11-June 18, 2006
A "multi-generational dialogue" between 124 American artists, including Lynda Benglis, Phong Bui, Enrique Chagoya, John Chamberlain, Susanne Doremus, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Maren Hassinger, Steven Holl, Susan Leopold, Sylvia Plimack Mangold, Tom Nozkowski, Cordy Ryman, Alison Saar, Kiki Smith, Pat Steir, Merrill Wagner, Aaron Wexler, Alexi Worth, others
Catalogue: Essays by Nancy Malloy, Annette Blaugrund

H. Landshoff
Eva Hesse in her home/studio at 134 Bowery, New York
ca. 1968
courtesy Hauser & Wirth, Zurich, London
Jewish Museum
May 12-Sept. 17, 2006
33 works of art, including a substantial recreation of Hesseís only solo show, "Chain Polymers" from the Fischbach Gallery in November 1968, along with other latex works, test pieces from 1967-68, a group of earlier sculpture and drawings and additional works from 1969-70, along with diaries, letters, exhibition announcements, reviews, photographs and other archival materials
Curators: Fred Wasserman, Elisabeth Sussman
Catalogue: 192 pp., $50 (hardcover) and $35 (paperback), contributions by Fred Wasserman, Elisabeth Sussman, Yve-Alain Bois, Mark Godfrey
Funding: Peter Jay Sharp Foundation, Bloomberg, others

Jean-Antoine Houdon
Bust of Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
1779
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia Museum of Art
May 12-July 30, 2006
Houdonís portrait bust of Benjamin Franklin, presented in a variety of versions and materials, along with sculpted portraits of Franklin by other French artists and a selection of related paintings, drawings, prints and documents
Curators: Jack Hinton, Joseph J. Rishel
Also on view: "Summer Vacation: Photographs from the Collection," May 13, 2006-Sept. 1, 2006

Larry Bell
A Wisp of the Girl She Used to Be
1963
Norton Simon Museum
Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena
23 objects by ten prominent Southern California artists: Peter Alexander, Larry Bell, Ron Davis, Guy Dill, Laddie John Dill, Robert Irwin, Craig Kauffman, Helen Pashgian, DeWain Valentine and Norman Zammitt
Curator: Michelle Deziel

Laura McPhee
Quartered Rocky Mountain Elk, Milky Creek, White Cloud Mountains, Idaho
2004
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
May 13-Sept. 17, 2006
40 large-scale photographs of the Sawtooth Valley in central Idaho, by Boston-based artist McPhee
Curator: William Stover
Funding: Alturas Foundation

Shomei Tomatsu
Eiko ôshima, Actress in the Film Shiiku (Prize Stock)
1961 (printed 2003)
Promised gift of Shirley Ross Sullivan to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
May 13-Aug. 13, 2006
Ca. 240 black-and-white and color photographs by one of Japanís most influential post-war photographers, showing the aftereffects of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, the influence of American military and popular culture and the impact of the post-1960s economic boom
Curators: Sandra S. Phillips, Leo Rubinfien
Catalogue: 224 pp., $45
Funding: Linda and Jon Gruber, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, Bob and Randi Fisher, Blakemore Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. William S. Fisher, Prentice and Paul Sack, Ellen Ramsey Sanger, Japan Foundation, Fuji Photo Film Co.
Tour: Fotomuseum, Winterthur, Switzerland, Sept. 1-Nov. 19, 2006; Galerie Rodolfinum, Prague, Jan. 12-Apr. 8, 2007

Charles and Ray Eames
Lounge Chair and Ottoman ("Component Blowup" for design installation)
Designed 1956 (current production), 2005
Photos: Nick Merrick, HedrichBlessing, Courtesy of Herman Miller
Museum of Arts and Design
May 18-Sept. 3, 2006
Charles and Ray Eamesí heralded 1955 chair design, including prototype models, drawings, advertisements and an "exploded" version of the chair that breaks down its components, along with a selection of other Eames designs
Curator: David A. Hanks
Catalogue: 192 pp., $45
Funding: Herman Miller, Inc.
Tour: Grand Rapids Art Museum, Oct. 6-Dec. 31, 2006; The Henry Ford, Dearborn, Mich., Feb. 3-Apr. 29, 2007
Also on view: "Schmuck 2006: International Contemporary Jewelry," May 18-Sept. 3, 2006

Buckminster Fuller with his Portrait by Isamu Noguchi, 1929
Photograph by Isamu Noguchi
Courtesy the Noguchi Museum, NY
Noguchi Museum
May 19-Oct. 15, 2006
The creative friendship between Isamu Noguchi and R. Buckminster Fuller, via a replica of Noguchiís now-lost Dymaxion car, Noguchiís sculpted head of Fuller (1929) and a selection of models, sculptures, drawings, photographs and letters detailing the interplay between their corpuses
Curator: Shoji Sadao

after Thomas Moran
Castle Geyser, Upper Geyser Basin, Yellowstone
1874
Photo: Matt Flynn
Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum
May 19-Oct. 22, 2006
100+ landscape paintings, oil sketches and drawings, along with more than 150 items of ephemera exploring the connection between romanticized images of nature by Church, Homer and Moran, and the rise of leisure tourism in the U.S.
Curator: Gail Davidson, Floramae McCarron-Cates
Catalogue: 192 pp., $50
Funding: New York State Council on the Arts, Stephen McKay, Inc.
Also on view: "Feeding Desire: Design and the Tools of the Table, 1500-2005," May 5-Oct. 29, 2006; "Solos: Matali Crasset," May 19-Sept. 10, 2006

Einar and Jamex de la Torre
El Fix
1997
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Museum
Photograph by Pablo Mason
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego
May 20-Sept. 17, 2006
150 works of art made by 41 architects, artists, designers and filmmakers from the emerging cultural hotspot of Tijuana
Curator: Rachel Teagle
Catalogue: 250 pp., $39.95, contributions by Teddy Cruz, ejival, Norma Iglesias, Pedro Ochoa, Rene Peralta, Rachel Teagle, Jose Manuel Valenzuela
Funding: Altria Group, others
Tour: Selections of the show have already been seen at the Cultural Institute of Mexico in Washington, D.C.; it continues to the Santa Monica Museum of Art, Jan. 13-Apr. 21, 2007, and venues in Mexico, TBA

Wolfgang Tillmans
Shaker Rainbow
1998
Courtesy Andrea Rosen and Regen Projects
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
May 20-Aug. 13, 2006
Ca. 300 photographic works, along with video and installation from the celebrated German photographer
Curators: Pamela Alper, Dominic Molon, Russell Ferguson
Catalogue: 128 pp., $30, essays by Daniel Birnbaum, Dominic Molon, Russell Ferguson, Mark Wigley, Lane Relyea, Julie Ault
Tour: Hammer Museum, Sept. 10, 2006-Jan. 7, 2007; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Feb. 1-May 1, 2007
Also on view: "Chris Ware," May 6-Aug. 27, 2006; "Eiko & Koma: Cambodian Stories," May 12-14, 2006; "Catherine Opie: Chicago (American Cities)," May 20-Oct. 15, 2006; "Patty Chang: Shangri-La," May 20-Aug. 13, 2006

Robert Rauschenberg
Monogram
1955-59
Moderna Museets, Stockholm
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
May 21-Sept. 4, 2006
Ca. 65 "combines" by the 80-year-old Pop maestro, ranging from little-known early works to the Moderna Museet in Stockholmís emblematic Monogram (1965-69) -- the taxidermy goat with a tire around its middle, standing on a "flat bed picture plane"
Curator: Paul Schimmel
Catalogue: 324 pp., $75
Funding: Jane and Robert Carroll, Wasserstein family, Merrill Lynch
Tour: This show has already been seen at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; it continues to the Pompidou Center, Paris, Oct. 4, 2006-Jan. 8, 2007, and the Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Feb. 4-Apr. 29, 2007

Bea Camacho
Enclose
2004
video still courtesy of the artist
Japan Society
May 22-June 18, 2006
Single-channel video works by Bea Camacho, Hiraki Sawa and Koki Tanaka
Curators: Eleni Cocordas, Yoko Shioya

Anne-Louis Girodet de Roussy-Trioson
The Burial of Atala
1813
Musťe Girodet, Montargis
Metropolitan Museum of Art
May 23-Aug. 29, 2006
100 paintings and works on paper by Anne-Louis Girodet de Roussy-Trioson (1767-1824), a student of Jacques-Louis David, from mythological subjects to portraits and representations of Napoleonís military triumphs
Curators: Sylvain Bellenger, Gary Tinterow, Kathryn Calley Galitz
Catalogue: $65
Tour: This show has already been seen at the Musée du Louvre and the Art Institute of Chicago; it continues to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Oct. 12, 2006-Jan. 21, 2007

Silversmithís mark RB (Robert Blackwell)
Water pot
1615Ė16
Moscow Kremlin Museums inventory number
Yale Center for British Art
May 25-Sept. 10, 2006
Ca. 80 items from the Armory Museum of the Moscow Kremlin, including 16th- and 17th-century English diplomatic silver, related historical books, manuscripts, maps, sea charts and rare firearms
Curators: Natalya Abramova, Yelena Yablonskaya
Catalogue: 288 pp., $85

Frank Stella
Coney Island
1958
Yale University Art Gallery
Menil Collection
May 26-Aug. 20, 2006
20+ works from the year Stella graduated from Princeton, showing his early influences, including Cricket/Kit Construction, a sculptural assemblage, and Them Apples, a painted construction of cardboard and wood that highlights Jasper Johnsí influence on Stellaís practice
Curators: Harry Cooper, Megan R. Luke
Catalogue: Yale University Press, 168 pp., $34.95
Funding: John and Frances Bowes, David Mirvish
Tour: This show has already appeared at the Arthur M. Sackler Museum; it continues to the Wexner Center for the Arts, Sept. 9-Dec. 31, 2006
Also on view: "Chance Encounters: The Formation of the de Menilsí African Collection," May 26-Sept. 10, 2006

Anna Mary Robertson (Grandma) Moses
Sugaring Off
1945
Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown
Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, N.Y.
May 26-Dec. 31, 2006
Ca. 40 paintings from Mosesí long and successful career, along with photographs and a film of Moses at work, source material for her art and artifacts such as brushes, a rocking chair and an apron
Curator: Karal Ann Marling
Catalogue: "Designs on the Heart: The Homemade Art of Grandma Moses," 304 pp., $35
Funding: Institute of Museum and Library Services
Tour: Reynolda House, Museum of American Art, Winston-Salem, Jan. 27-Apr. 22, 2007; Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga, May 19-Aug. 12, 2007; Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, Sept. 8-Jan. 6, 2008; John and Mable Ringling Museum, Sarasota, Jan. 25-Apr. 18, 2008

Jackson Pollock
Untitled
ca. 1939-40
The Menil Collection, Houston
Photo: Hester + Hardawayr
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
May 26ĖSept. 29, 2006
Ca. 60 works on paper, divided into four sections: Pollockís earliest sketchbooks (1938-40), his Surrealist-inspired drawings (1943-47), his renowned allover abstractions (1947-49) and his last experiments on handmade papers (1950-56)
Curator: Susan Davidson
Catalogue: 143 pp., $40, essays by David Anfam, Susan Davidson, Margaret Holben Ellis
Tour: This show has been already seen at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice and Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin

Greta Pratt
Nine Lincolns, Hodgenville, Kentucky
2000
MASS MoCA
May 27, 2006-Feb. 28, 2007
Historic reenactment in contemporary art, via works by Paul Chan, Jeremy Deller, Peggy Diggs, Felix Gmelin, Kerry James Marshall, Trevor Paglen, Greta Pratt, Dario Robleto, Nebojsa Seric-Shoba, Allison Smith, and Yinka Shonibare
Curator: Nato Thompson