TWENTY TOP SHOWS

Selection from the Ann Dunham Collection of Batik
Courtesy The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, Washington, D.C.
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
July 1-5, 2009
For four days only, batik textiles from the collection of Barack Obama’s late mother, Ann Dunham, alongside batiks on loan from Houston-based collector Ita McCutchen
Tour: Indonesian Consulates of New York, Chicago and Los Angeles; Textile Museum, Washington, D.C.

Vincent Cianni
The Pu Tang Clan, P.S. 84, Grand Street
1997
Duke University Special Collections Library
Nasher Museum of Art
July 2-Oct. 18, 2009
Tracing the history of the photographic print from albumen, platinum, gelatin silver and photogravure to contemporary digital prints, via 82 photos from Duke University’s Rare Book, Manuscript and Special Collections Library
Curators: Sarah Schroth, Margaret Sartor, Karen Glynn, Margaret Morrison
Catalogue: Beauty isn’t Enough: Building an Archive of the Documentary Image at Duke University

Bill Viola
Nine Attempts to Achieve Immortality
1996
© Bill Viola
Detroit Institute of Arts
July 3, 2009-Jan. 3, 2010
Video installations by Bruce Nauman, Ana Mendieta, Fischli & Weiss and Bill Viola
Funding: Dr. and Mrs. George Kamperman Fund

Joe Sola
Studio Visit (still)
2005
Courtesy the artist and Bespoke Gallery
© 2009 Joe Sola
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
July 3-Sept. 13, 2009
A collection of faux TV appearances by artists, ranging from parody to institutional critique by Kevin Atherton, General Idea, Christian Jankowski, Mads Lynnerup and Joe Sola

Tullio Lombardo
Bacchus and Ariadne
ca. 1505
Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, Kunstkammer
National Gallery of Art
July 4-Nov. 1, 2009
Works by Venetian Renaissance sculptor Tullio Lombardo (ca. 1455-1532), alongside 10 works by his closest followers, including his brother Antonio Lombardo, Simone Bianco, Antonio Minello and Giammaria Mosca
Curator: Alison Luchs
Catalogue: 160 pp., $60

Alyssa Monks
Vapor
2008
Courtesy of the artist and DFN Gallery
National Academy Museum
July 8-Nov. 15, 2009
160 works exploring the figurative tradition in American art, from Thomas Eakins to Kehinde Wiley
Curators: Bruce Weber, Marshall Price

Catherine Yass
Descent (still)
2000
© Catherine Yass
Courtesy Galerie Lelong
Saint Louis Art Museum
July 10-Oct. 25, 2009
British artist Catharine Yass’ 8-minute-long film of a construction site at Canary Wharf, London, made by suspending a camera from a crane and lowering it to the ground, and then projecting the image upside down
Curator: Charlotte Eyerman

Charles Frederick Kandler
Wine Jug
1739/40
Art Institute of Chicago
Art Institute of Chicago
July 11-Sept. 20, 2009
Ca. 300 objects and works of art drawn from all departments of the Institute for a show highlighting wine’s influence on art, from a Greek stamnos to contemporary German painter Brigitte Riesebrodt’s The Last Supper, made from recycled wooden wine barrel staves

Cao Fei
My Future Is Not A Dream (still)
2006
Image courtesy of Lombard-Fried Projects
Henry Art Gallery
July 11-Oct. 4, 2009
Work by two high-powered Chinese art stars
Curator: Sara Krajewski
Tour: This show has already been seen at the Arizona State University Art Museum in Tempe; it continues to Indianapolis Museum of Art, May 15-Aug. 16, 2009, and the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, Oct. 17, 2010-Jan. 9, 2011

Kathy Butterly
Fall Into Spring
2004
Private collection
Walker Art Center
July 11-Nov. 29, 2009
Adventurous works in clay by Ann Agee, Robert Arneson, Kathy Butterly, Nicole Cherubini, Lucio Fontana, Viola Frey, Jane Irish, Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Jeffry Mitchell, Ron Nagle, George Ohr, Ken Price, Sterling Ruby, Beverly Semmes, Arlene Shechet, Rudolf Staffel, Paul Swenbeck, Adrian Saxe, Beatrice Wood, Betty Woodman, Eugene Von Bruenchenhein and Peter Voulkos
Curators: Ingrid Schaffner, Jenelle Porter
Catalogue: 112 pp., $35
Tour: This show has already appeared at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Pennsylvania

Joseph Stella
Golden Fall
1940
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia Museum of Art
July 12-Sept. 13, 2009
100 early-20th-century paintings, sculptures, watercolors and drawings from the collection of archeologist Charles K. Williams II, including pieces by Joseph Stella, Oscar Bluemner, Charles Demuth and Arthur Dove
Curator: Innis Howe Shoemaker

Dennis Oppenheim
Attempt to Raise Hell
1974-1985
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego
July 12-Sept. 27, 2009
Installation art by Vito Acconci, María Fernanda Cardoso, Russell Crotty, Lewis deSoto, James Drake, Charles Gaines, Ann Hamilton, Dennis Oppenheim, Paul Kos, others -- plus a newly commissioned installation by Jim Skalman

ASCO
Spray Paint LACMA
1972 (printed 2007)
Courtesy of Harry Gamboa Jr.
© ASCO/a>
Phoenix Art Museum
July 12-Sept. 21, 2009
120 works by 32 artists exploring the conceptual art, performance, photography and media-based art of a new generation of artists with cultural ties to Mexico and Latin America
Curators: Rita Gonzalez, Howard N. Fox, Chon A. Noriega
Catalogue: $39.95, 240 pp.
Funding: APS, Contemporary Forum
Tour: This show has already appeared at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

David B. Gamble house, Pasadena, 1907-09
Photograph © Alexander Vertikoff
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
July 14-Oct. 18, 2009
Inlaid furniture, stained glass, metalwork, architectural drawings and photographs relating to the work of Charles Greene (1868-1957) and his brother Henry Greene (1870-1954), stars of the American Arts and Crafts Movement
Curators: Edward R. Bosley, Anne Mallek
Catalogue: 265 pp., $75
Tour: This show has already appeared at the Huntington Library, Los Angeles, and the Renwick Gallery, Washington, D.C.

Giampaolo Babetto
Spilla 5 (brooch)
2003
Museum of Arts and Design
Museum of Arts and Design
July 15-Sept. 20, 2009
120+ pieces of glass jewelry by 60 of the world’s leading jewelry artists, including Giampaolo Babetto, Simsa Cho, Václav Cigler, Robert Ebendorf, Karl Fritsch, Thomas Gentille, Mieke Groot, Svatopluk Kasalý, Otto Künzli, Linda MacNeil, Evert Nijland, Ruudt Peters, Markéta Šilená and Giorgio Vigna
Catalogue: 212 pp., $60
Funding: Swarovski, Mondriaan Foundation, Karma Foundation, Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass

Hurvin Anderson
Peter’s Series: Back’
2008
Courtesy the artist and Anthony Meier Fine Arts
Photo by Ira Schrank
Studio Museum, Harlem
July 16-Oct. 25, 2009
Works from the "Barbershop" series by Hurvin Anderson (b. 1965), whose paintings catalogue the environments of Caribbean immigrants living in London
Tour: This show has already been seen at Tate Britain

Jan Dibbets
Untitled
1969
Museum of Modern Art
© 2009 Jan Dibbets/Artists Rights Society
Photo by Jonathan Muzikar
Museum of Modern Art
July 19-Oct. 5, 2009
Ca. 120 drawings, installations, wall drawings, films, posters and ephemera made in and about the city of Amsterdam, by artists including Stanley Brouwn, Hanne Darboven, Jan Dibbets, Gilbert & George, Bas Jan Ader, Sol LeWitt, Charlotte Posenenske, Allen Ruppersberg, Ger van Elk and Lawrence Weiner
Curators: Christophe Cherix
Funding: Wallis Annenberg Fund for Innovation in Contemporary Art, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim Foundation, Mondriaan Foundation, Jerry I. Speyer and Katherine G. Farley, others

Liz Craft
Windmill

1998
Hammer Museum
Courtesy Marianne Boesky Gallery
Image courtesy Marianne Boesky Gallery
Hammer Museum, UCLA
July 19-Oct. 4, 2009
Selections of a gift of 50+ sculptures by L.A. artists, made from 1995 to the present, featuring Edgar Arceneaux, Frank Benson, Jonathan Pylypchuk (aka Rudy Bust), Xavier Cha, Liz Craft, Chris Finley, Hannah Greely, Katie Grinnan, Evan Holloway, Matt Johnson, Martin Kersels, Lisa Lapinski, Won Ju Lim, Nathan Mabry, Jason Meadows, Pentti Monkkonen, Ruby Neri, Ry Rocklen, Sterling Ruby, Paul Sietsema and Eric Wesley
Curators: Douglas Fogle, Ali Subotnick

Dorothy Iannone
I Begin to Feel Free
1970
Courtesy of the artist
New Museum
July 22-Oct. 18, 2009
Work made between 1965 and 1978 by the pioneering American-born, Berlin-based artist (the title is taken from Dieter Roth’s nickname for Iannone), including sculptures, paintings, drawings and a video box
Curator: Jarrett Gregory

Ball-Nogues Studio
Maximilian’s Schell
2005
Courtesy of Ball-Nogues Studio
Photo © Neil Cochran
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
July 26-Nov. 15, 2009
Thousands of hand-dyed strings configured in catenary curves, by the L.A. design firm Ball-Nogues, known for their use of unconventional materials
Curators: Brooke Hodge, Alma Ruiz
Funding: Ron Burkle Endowment for Architecture and Design Programs, others