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U.S. MUSEUMS

Gilbert & George
Blue World
1989
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia Museum of Art
May 2-Nov. 2, 2008
Tracing the English duo’s stylistic departure from subdued black-and-white and monochromatic photo grids in the 1970s to bolder large-scale color works of the 1980s
Curators: Carlos Basualdo, Adelina Vlas
Also on view: "Hello! Fashion: Kansai Yamamoto, 1971-1973," May 24, 2008-Spring 2009; "Curious and Commonplace: European Popular Prints of the 1800s," May 31-Aug. 24, 2008

Philip Guston
Untitled (Cherries)
1980
private collection
© Estate of Philip Guston
Morgan Library & Museum
May 2-Aug. 31, 2008
Ca. 100 Guston drawings from the mid-1940s to 1980
Catalogue: $60, 216 pp.
Funding: Musa and Tom Mayer, Singer Family Foundation, Renee and David McKee, others
Tour: KunstMuseum, Bonn, Germany; Staatliche Graphische Sammlung, Munich, Germany; Louisiana Museum, Denmark; The Albertina, Vienna
Also on view: "Three Gutenberg Bibles," May 20-Sept. 28, 2008

Paul Thek
Untitled (Earth Drawing)
ca. 1974
"Life on Mars"
Carnegie Museum of Art
May 3, 2008-Jan. 11, 2009
Under the banner of a rather whimsical title, the 55th installment of the once-every-three-years survey of contemporary art investigates "the human condition" via works by 40 artists from 17 countries 
Curator: Douglas Fogle

Agnes Denes
Wheatfield -- A Confrontation: Battery Park Landfill, Downtown Manhattan -- with New York Financial Center
1982
Commissioned by Public Art Fund, New York City
SculptureCenter, New York City
May 4-July 28, 2008
Post-Minimalism from a feminist perspective, via works by ten women artists
Curator: Catherine Morris
Funding: Jeanne Donovan Fisher
Also on view: "Michael Portnoy: Casino Ilinx"

Max Neuhaus
Drawing: Three to One
1992
Menil Collection
Menil Collection
May 4-Aug. 10, 2008
Drawings for sound pieces and drawings executed as responses to them, made between 1992 and 2007 by the Texas-born artist, plus Sound Line, a new work commissioned for a location just outside the museum entrance
Curator: Josef Helfenstein
Funding: Amy and Michael Cosgrove, Siss and Denny Kempner, Michael Zilkha, others

August Sander
Young Farmers
Ca. 1913
J. Paul Getty Center
Getty Center
May 6-Sept. 14, 2008
125 portraits from August Sander’s collective catalogue of the German people
Curator: Virginia Heckert, Judy Annear
Tour: This show has already been seen at the Gallery of New South Wales, Australia
Also on view: "Imagining Christ," May 6-July 27, 2008; "Bernd and Hilla Becher: Basic Forms," May 6-Sept. 14, 2008

Thierry Mugler, fall/winter 1996–1997.
Photograph © Patrice Stable
Metropolitan Museum of Art
May 7-Sept. 1, 2008
Movie costumes, avant-garde haute couture and high-performance sportswear, revealing how the superhero serves as the ultimate metaphor for fashion
Curator: Harold Korda
Catalogue: 160 pp., $50
Funding: Giorgio Armani, Condé Nast
Also on view: "Masterpieces of Modern Design: Selections from the Collection," opens May 2008; "American Landscapes," opens May 20, 2008; "Medieval and Renaissance Treasures from the Victoria and Albert Museum," May 20-Aug. 17, 2008; "Tiepolo Drawings from the Robert Lehman Collection," May 20-Aug. 17, 2008

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Plakat Nina Hard (Poster of Nina Hard)
1921
Robert Gore Rifkind Center for German Expressionist Studies
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
May 8-Sept. 7, 2008
40+ prints and 15 books showcasing the famed German Expressionist’s progression from Jugendstil to Expressionism, alongside a selection of related objects by contemporary designers Peter Behrens, Bruno Paul and Richard Riemerschmid
Curator: Timothy O. Benson
Also on view: "Philip-Lorca diCorcia," May 23-Sept. 14, 2008

Alexis Rockman
Orange Waterspout
2007
Collection of Steve and Tyra Adams
"Alexis Rockman: The Weight of Air"
Rose Art Museum
Rose Art Museum, Brandeis
May 8-July 27, 2008
Approximately 50 new works addressing climate change, plus representative early works, in the New York artist’s first U.S. museum survey
Curator: Michael Rush
Also on view: "The New Authentics: Artists of the Post-Jewish Generation"; "Odili Donald Odita."

Farouk Hosny
Abstraction #29
2007
Collection of the artist
© Farouk Hosny
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
May 10-Sept. 1, 2008
Recent works by the Egyptian artist Farouk Hosny (b. 1942), who has served as Egypt’s minister of culture for more than 20 years
Also on view: "The Civil War Battlefields of African American Soldiers: Contemporary Photographs by William Earle Williams," May 13-Sept. 14, 2008; "The Scholar’s Eye: Contemporary Ceramics from the Garth Clark and Mark Del Vecchio Collection," May 18-Sept. 1, 2008

Model wearing Art Smith’s "Modern Cuff" Bracelet, ca. 1948
Brooklyn Museum
May 14, 2008-May 17, 2009
Silver and gold jewelry created by the Brooklyn-reared modernist jeweler Arthur Smith (1917-1982), along with Smith’s design sketches and jewelry by related figures such as Elsa Freund, Claire Falkenstein, Ed Weiner and Frank Rebajes
Curator: Barry R. Harwood
Funding: Harold S. Keller Fund, Donald and Mary Oenslager Fund

Dan Flavin
Untitled
1963
Walker Art Center
Walker Art Center
May 15-July 12, 2009
Focusing on how European shaman Joseph Beuys and Minimalists Dan Flavin and Donald Judd operated in "a different manner but toward similar goals"
Curator: Yasmil Raymond
Also on view: "Design for the Other 90%," May 24-Sept. 7, 2008

Risaku Suzuki
Kumano
1997
"Heavy Light"
International Center of Photography
International Center of Photography
May 16-Sept. 7, 2008
Approximately 80 works by 13 artists who came of age following the Asian economic crash of 1990, including Makoto Aida, Tomoko Sawada and Miwa Yanagi
Curators: Christopher Phillips, Noriko Fuku
Catalogue: ICP/Steidl, 246 pp., $30
Tour: LACMA, other North American venues
Funding: ICP Exhibitions Committee, Nikon, Robert and Gayle Greenhill, others

On Kawara
July 20, 1969 (Man Walks on the Moon)
1969
© 2007 On Kawara
Dallas Museum of Art
May 18-Aug. 24, 2008
Date paintings and diary-like accumulations of facts and names from the Conceptual artist
Curator: Charles Wylie
Catalogue: $50, 192 pp.
Also on view: "Materials & Meanings," May 3, 2008-Fall 2009

Bernd and Hilla Becher
Cooling Towers
2007
Sonnabend Gallery
Museum of Modern Art
May 21-Aug. 25, 2008
The Bechers’ famous typologies of industrial buildings, shown alongside landscapes photos showing the context of each structure
Curator: Peter Galassi
Also on view: "Dada at MoMA," May 21-July 28, 2008

Ansel Adams
Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico
1941
Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona
© 2008 Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust
Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
May 23-Sept. 7, 2008
Almost 100 works by the two friends who met in Taos in 1929 and traveled together in the West in 1937-38
Curator: Anne Hammond
Catalogue: Little, Brown & Co.
Tour: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Norton Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Art

Pendant showing the Dragan Master
Tillya Tepe, Tomb II
1st century AD
National Museum of Afghanistan
National Gallery of Art
May 25-Sept. 7, 2008
228 artifacts dating from 2200 BC to AD 200 -- golden bowls, bronze and stone sculptures, ivories, painted glassware and 100 gold ornaments from the "Bactrian Hoard" -- many dramatically recovered from a vault under the presidential palace in 2004
Tour: Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, Oct. 24, 2008-Jan. 25, 2009; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Feb. 22-May 17, 2009; Metropolitan Museum of Art, June 15-Sept. 20, 2009
Funding: E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation
Also on view: "Medieval to Modern: Recent Acquisitions of Drawings, Prints and Illustrated Books," May 4-Nov. 2, 2008; "Richard Misrach: On the Beach," May 25-Sept. 1, 2008

Anthony Goicolea
Tree Dwellers
2004
MASS MoCA
May 24, 2008-ongoing
Reflecting on the environmental crisis, via new commissions by Vaughn Bell, Center for Land Use Interpretation, Joe Smolinski, Nina Katchadourian and Mary Temple, alongside work by Robert Adams, Boyle Family, Melissa Brown, Leila Daw, Gregory Euclide, J. Henry Fair, Mike Glier, Anthony Goicolea, Marine Hugonnier, Paul Jacobsen, Jane D. Marsching and Terreform, Alexis Rockman, Ed Ruscha, Yutaka Sone and Jennifer Steinkamp
Curator: Denise Markonish
Catalogue: $24.95, 232 pp.

Kitao Shigemusa
Flower Arranging
ca. 1769
Clarence Buckingham Collection
Art Institute of Chicago
May 25-Aug. 3, 2008
30+ works by Edo-period Japanese print masters such as Harunobu, Hiroshige, Hokusai and Utamaro, focusing on the theme of ikebana, the art of flower arranging
Curator: Janice Katz
Also on view: "Focus: Mario Ybarra Jr.—Take Me Out...No Man Is an Island," May 29-Aug. 24, 2008

James O. Clark
Orestes
2006
National Academy Museum
May 29-Sept. 7, 2008
Works by 125 contemporary U.S. artists, including José Bedia, Leonardo Drew, Ming Fay, Maria Elena Gonzalez, Steven Holl, David Reed, David Row, Sean Scully, James Wines and Betty Woodman

Anish Kapoor
Inwendig Volle Figur
2006
Boston ICA
Boston Institute of Contemporary Art
May 30-Sept. 7, 2008
The first U.S. museum survey in more than 15 years assembles 13 works made by the Bombay-born, London-based artist since 1980
Funding: Deutsche Bank

Bhairava Rag
ca. 1625
Norton Simon Art Foundation
Norton Simon Museum
May 30-Nov. 3, 2008
25 "Ragamalas" -- pictorial illustrations of a musical mode, personifying melodies as male (raga) or female (ragini) and evoking a particular emotion, element of devotion or mythological episode
Curator: Christine Knoke

Jeff Koons
Triple Hulk Elvis 1
2007
Collection of William Bell
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
May 31-Sept. 21, 2008
An extensive survey of works by the neo-Pop artist, including the auction-record-setting Hanging Heart
Curator: Francesco Bonami
Catalogue: $45
Also on view: "Everything’s Here: Jeff Koons and His Experience of Chicago," June 14-Oct. 26, 2008

Klaus Moje
The Portland Panels: Choreographed Geometry (detail)
2007
Courtesy of the artist and Bullseye Gallery
Photo by Ryan Watson
Portland Art Museum, Portland, Ore.
May 31-Sept. 7, 2008
68 pieces of glass art from Moje, founder of the glass workshop at Australian National University’s Canberra School of Art, along with a new monumental work, The Portland Panels: Choreographed Geometry, composed of more than 22,000 hand-cut strips of glass
Curator: Bruce Guenther
Catalogue: contribution by Dan Klein
Funding: James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, Daniel Greenberg and Susan Steinhauser /Jeffrey and Cynthia Manocherian, Bullseye Glass, Henry Lea Hillman, Jr. Foundation, Al Solheim, Bernard B. Kliks Trust, Anne M. Barbey, Pat and Trudy Ritz, Schnitzer Novack Foundation, The Standard, NW Natural, Vibrant Table Catering & Events, Bonnie Serkin and Will Emery, and an anonymous donor
Tour: Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio; Museum of Arts and Design, New York


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