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Seated figure, 17th–18th centuryMbembe peoplesEwayon River region, Cross River Province, NigeriaWood (Afzelia); H. 25 3/8 in. (64.5 cm)Musée du quai Branly, Paris (displayed at the Pavillon des Sessions, Musée du Louvre, Paris
Seated figure, 17th–18th century
Mbembe peoples
Ewayon River region, Cross River Province, Nigeria
Wood (Afzelia); H. 25 3/8 in. (64.5 cm)
Musée du quai Branly, Paris
(displayed at the Pavillon des Sessions, Musée du Louvre, Paris
Warriors and Mothers: Epic Mbembe Art
NEW YORK  •  Metropolitan Museum of Art  •  9 December 2014 - 7 September 2015
 
The figures created by Mbembe master carvers from southeastern Nigeria are among the earliest and most visually dramatic wood sculptures preserved from sub-Saharan Africa. Created between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries, and striking for their synthesis of intense rawness and poetry, these representations of seated figures—mothers nurturing their offspring and aggressive male warriors—were originally an integral part of monumental carved drums positioned at the epicenter of spiritual life, the heartbeat of Mbembe communities.

Metropolitan Museum of Art Website


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The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10028-0198


Tel: (1) 212 535 77 10

Mercury (detail), Roman, A.D. 175-225; silver and gold
Mercury (detail), Roman, A.D. 175-225; silver and gold
Ancient Luxury and the Roman Silver Treasure from Berthouville
LOS ANGELES  •  Getty Villa  •  19 November 2014 - 17 August 2015
 

Accidentally discovered by a French farmer plowing his field near the village of Berthouville in rural Normandy in 1830, the spectacular hoard of gilt-silver statuettes and vessels known as the Berthouville Treasure was an ancient offering to the Gallo-Roman god Mercury. Following four years of conservation and research in the J. Paul Getty Museum’s Antiquities Conservation Department, the exhibition Ancient Luxury and the Roman Silver Treasure from Berthouville, on view at the Getty Villa.

While the treasure – consisting of about 90 silver objects weighing more than 50 pounds – was first discovered in 1830, it was not until 1861 and again in 1896 that the site was extensively surveyed and excavated, uncovering the foundations of a Gallo-Roman fanum, a square colonnaded precinct with two temples. One was dedicated to Mercury Canetonensis (of Canetonum), while the other was devoted to his mother Maia or his consort Rosmerta. A theater-shaped gathering space was also found nearby. The site survey did not reveal any evidence of an ancient settlement or cemetery in the immediate area, so it’s possible that Mercury’s sanctuary at Berthouville was a place of pilgrimage, perhaps visited during annual festivals. The most impressive objects in the Berthouville Treasure bear Latin inscriptions stating that they were dedicated to Mercury by a Roman citizen named Quintus Domitius Tutus.

The exhibition also presents a variety of precious objects from the collection of the Cabinet des médailles at the Bibliothèque nationale de France, one of the premier repositories of ancient luxury arts. The objects on display include the four newly restored Late Antique missoria , cameos, intaglios, gold coins and jewelry, marbles, and bronzes. These surviving artifacts from the Cabinet’s collection not only demonstrate the skills of Roman craftsmen but also provide valuable information about social relations at the height of the empire in the first to sixth centuries A.D. The four missoria, on view in the final section of the exhibition, were luxury objects in Late Antiquity. They were primarily intended to display the wealth, status, and cultural aspirations of their owners. The two largest platters are the famed “Shield of Scipio” (found in the Rhone near Avignon in 1636) and “Shield of Hannibal” (found in the Alps in 1714). The shape, scale, and imagery of these two platters led early scholars to erroneously identify them as votive shields of historical generals – the Roman Scipio Africanus and his rival, the Carthaginian Hannibal.



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Beneath the Surface: Life, Death, and Gold in Ancient Panama
PHILADELPHIA  •  Penn Museum  •  7 February - 1 November 2015
 

Finds at the Precolumbian cemetery of Sitio Conte in central Panama shed light on a mysterious and complex society that thrived there more than 1,000 years ago. A high chieftain's grave site is featured; excavated by Penn Museum archaeologist J. Alden Mason in 1940, the burial contained glittering gold adornments and plaques embossed with animal-human motifs, pottery, tools, and weapons. This new exhibition offers contemporary perspectives on the people and culture from a range of scholars and scientists.

Gold plaque at left 
Panama
Sitio Conte
8th century

Rather simple anthropomorphic figure. Full face. Arms and legs outstretched. Legs end in immense claws; curved arms in a great crescentic hook. Spikes or arms and legs. Twin "tails" ending in hooks with series of hooks along edges. Narrow waist; intaglio triangle (equilateral) on chest. Satanic head on two supports in place of neck. Broad mouth full of triangular teeth. Queer ornaments (?) extending out to sides of mouth with hooks on edge. Animal-like upright ears. Horns or headdress with spikes and hooks. Oval eyes with raised pupils. Elongated nose nares. Two pair of suspension holes.



University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Website


Contact: University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
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Philadelphia, PA 19104
Tel: (1) 215 898 40 00

Black Dolls: From the Collection of Deborah Neff
SAN DIEGO  •  Mingei International Museum  •  7 February - 5 July 2015
 

This exhibition presents over 100 unique handmade African-American dolls made between 1850 and 1940. Faithful yet stylized representations of young and old African Americans, the dolls portray playful boys and girls, finely dressed gentlemen and elegant young ladies, distinguished older men and stately, determined women of mature years. The dolls are believed to have been created by African Americans for children that they knew - members of their own families and communities as well as white children in their charge. Embroidered, stitched and painted faces express a variety of emotions–surprise, puzzlement, contentment and joy.

Black Dolls also includes rare nineteenth- and twentieth-century photographs of dolls, clutched by their young owners, or posed alone.



Mingei International Museum Website


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Plaza de Panama
Balboa Park
1439 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101


Tel: (1) 619 239 00 03

<P>Plaque with image of seated Buddha. Pagan period, 11th-13th centuryGilded metal with polychrome. 7 x 6 1/4 x 1/4 in. (17.8 x 15.9 x 0.6 cm)Bagan Archaeological Museum Photo: Sean Dungan</P>

Plaque with image of seated Buddha. Pagan period, 11th-13th century
Gilded metal with polychrome. 7 x 6 1/4 x 1/4 in. (17.8 x 15.9 x 0.6 cm)
Bagan Archaeological Museum
Photo: Sean Dungan

Buddhist Art of Myanmar
NEW YORK  •  Asia Society  •  10 February - 10 May 2015
 
The exhibition comprises approximately 70 spectacular works—including stone, bronze and wood sculptures, textiles, paintings, and lacquer ritual implements—from the fifth through the early twentieth century. Artworks include objects created for temples, monasteries, and personal devotion, which are presented in their historical and ritual contexts. The exhibition explores how Buddhist narratives were communicated visually and the multiplicity of regional styles. Many of the works in the exhibition have never been shown outside of Myanmar. Works are on loan from the National Museum of Myanmar in Yangon and Nay Pyi Taw; Bagan Archeological Museum; Sri Ksetra Archaeological Museum, Hmawza; and the Kaba Aye Buddhist Museum, as well as works from public and private collections in the United States.

Buddhism was established in Myanmar around 500 CE or the middle of the first millennium, centuries after the Buddha’s demise in India. The faith was likely brought to Myanmar by Indian monks and traders during their interactions with local kingdoms. Lower Myanmar was then in the hands of the Mon, while Upper Myanmar was ruled by the Pyu. These two major ethnic groups were eclipsed by Bamar-speaking peoples who had begun to filter into Upper Myanmar by the beginning of the second millennium. The Bamar created their capital overlooking the Irrawaddy River at Pagan, or Bagan, where a frenzy of Buddhist devotion resulted in the construction of over two thousand brick temples, stupas, and monasteries. While Pagan’s art owed a strong and undeniable debt to eastern India, its sculptors, painters, and architects forged a distinctive aesthetic, which in later centuries diverged completely from Indian modes.

Asia Society Website


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Seth Eastman (1808–1875), <EM>Hunting the Buffalo in Winter</EM>Plate 10, printed by R. HinshelwoodFrom the collections of the Nicollet County Historical Society.
Seth Eastman (1808–1875), Hunting the Buffalo in Winter
Plate 10, printed by R. Hinshelwood
From the collections of the Nicollet County Historical Society.
Commemorating Controversy: The Dakota–U.S. War of 1862
WASHINGTON, DC  •  The National Museum of the American Indian  •  14 January - 29 December 2015
 

In the late summer of 1862, a war raged across southern Minnesota between Dakota akicitas (warriors) and the U.S. military and immigrant settlers. In the end, hundreds were dead and thousands more would lose their homes forever. On December 26, 1862, 38 Dakota men were hung in Mankato, Minnesota, by order of President Abraham Lincoln. This remains the largest mass execution in United States history. The bloodshed of 1862 and its aftermath left deep wounds that have yet to heal. What happened 150 years ago continues to matter today.

Commemorating Controversy: The Dakota–U.S. War of 1862—an exhibition of 12 panels that explores the causes, voices, events, and long-lasting consequences of the conflict.



The National Museum of the American Indian Website


Contact: The National Museum of the American Indian
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Washington, DC 20560
Tel: (1) 202 633 10 00

<P>Funerary Vessel , South Italian, from Apulia, 340-310 B.C., terracotta red-figured volute krater attributed to the Phrixos Group. Image © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, AntikensammlungPhoto: Johannes Laurentius</P>

Funerary Vessel , South Italian, from Apulia, 340-310 B.C., terracotta red-figured volute krater attributed to the Phrixos Group.
Image © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Antikensammlung
Photo: Johannes Laurentius

Dangerous Perfection: Funerary Vases from Southern Italy
LOS ANGELES  •  Getty Villa  •  19 November 2014 - 11 May 2015
 
Thirteen elaborately decorated Apulian vases provide a rich opportunity to examine the funerary customs of peoples native to southern Italy and the ways they used Greek myth to comprehend death and the afterlife. Displayed following a six-year conservation project at the Antikensammlung Berlin and the Getty Villa, these monumental vessels also reveal the hand of Raffaele Gargiulo, one of the leading restorers of 19th-century Naples. His work exemplifies what one concerned antiquarian described as "dangerous perfection" as such interventions—especially the painted decorations—could be so effective it became difficult to identify what was ancient and what was modern. The vases on view offer a window into the ongoing debate concerning the degree to which ancient artworks should be repaired and repainted.


The Getty Villa Website


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17985 Pacific Coast Highway
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272


Gordon Parks:<EM> Husband and Wife, Sunday Morning, Detroit, Michigan</EM> (1950)
Gordon Parks: Husband and Wife, Sunday Morning, Detroit, Michigan (1950)
Gordon Parks: Back to Fort Scott
BOSTON  •  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston  •  17 January - 13 September 2015
 
Gordon Parks (1912-2006), one of the most celebrated African-American photographers of all time, is the subject of a new exhibition of groundbreaking photographs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA). Gordon Parks: Back to Fort Scott traces Parks’ return to his hometown of Fort Scott, Kansas and then to other Midwestern cities, to track down and photograph each of his childhood classmates. On view in the MFA’s Art of the Americas Wing, the exhibition’s 42 photographs were from a series originally meant to accompany a Life magazine photo essay—but for reasons unknown, the story was never published. The images depict the realities of life under segregation in 1950—presenting a rarely seen view of everyday lives of African-American citizens in the years before the Civil Rights movement began in earnest. One of the most personal and captivating of all Parks’ projects, the images, now owned by The Gordon Parks Foundation, represent a rare and little-known group within Parks’ oeuvre

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Website


Contact: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Avenue of the Arts
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Boston, Massachusetts 02115
Tel: (1) 617 267 93 0

<P>Hiroshi Sugimoto: <EM>Surface of Revolution with Constant Negative Curvature</EM> (Conceptual Form 0010), 2004Gelatin-silver print, 58 3/4 x 47 in. Collection of the Artist, New York.</P>

Hiroshi Sugimoto: Surface of Revolution with Constant Negative Curvature (Conceptual Form 0010), 2004
Gelatin-silver print, 58 3/4 x 47 in.
Collection of the Artist, New York.

Hiroshi Sugimoto: Conceptual Forms and Mathematical Models
WASHINGTON, DC  •  The Phillips Collection  •  7 February - 10 May 2015
 
This exhibition features five photographs and three sculptures by the Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto (b. 1948). This is the first exhibition to contrast Sugimoto’s mathematical photographs of 19th-century mathematical plaster models inspired by Man Ray with his own aluminum or stainless-steel mathematical models crafted with computer-controlled, precision milling machines.

The Phillips Collection Website


Contact: The Phillips Collection
1600 21st Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
Tel: (1) 202 387 21 51

<P>Maskette, 1780-1830. Tsimshian, British ColumbiaWood, copper, opercula shell, pigment7 1/10 × 5 15/16 x 3 9/16 in. Diker no. 681 Courtesy American Federation of Arts.</P>

Maskette, 1780-1830. Tsimshian, British Columbia
Wood, copper, opercula shell, pigment
7 1/10 × 5 15/16 x 3 9/16 in.
Diker no. 681
Courtesy American Federation of Arts.

Indigenous Beauty
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON  •  Seattle Art Museum,  •  12 February - 17 May 2015
 

Drawn from the celebrated Native American art collection of Charles and Valerie Diker, Indigenous Beauty: Masterworks of American Indian Art from the Diker Collection is organized by the American Federation of Arts (AFA) and features 122 masterworks representing tribes and First Nations across the North American continent.

Selections from the collection have been presented previously at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1998–2000) and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (2004-6).



Seattle Art Museum Website


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Seattle Art Museum 
1300 First Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101


Tel: (1) 206.654.3100

<P>Joseph Mallord William Turner: <EM>The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons, October 16, 1834</EM>, 1834–35Oil on canvas 92.1 x 123.2 cm (36 1/4 x 48 1/2 in.) Philadelphia Museum of Art: The John Howard McFadden Collection, 1928 EX.2015.3.3.</P>

Joseph Mallord William Turner: The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons, October 16, 1834, 1834–35
Oil on canvas
92.1 x 123.2 cm (36 1/4 x 48 1/2 in.)
Philadelphia Museum of Art: The John Howard McFadden Collection, 1928 EX.2015.3.3.

J.M.W.Turner: Painting Set Free
LOS ANGELES  •  J. Paul Getty Museum  •  24 February - 24 May 2015
 

One of the most influential painters of nature who ever lived, Joseph Mallord William Turner (English, 1775–1851) was especially creative and inventive in the latter years of his life, producing many of his most famous and important paintings after the age of 60. On view at the J. Paul Getty Museum J.M.W.Turner: Painting Set Free brings together more than 60 key oil paintings and watercolors from this culminating period of his career, and is the West Coast’s first major exhibition of Turner’s work.

In his later years, Turner’s continuing fascination with the sea reached a zenith. Although he respected existing conventions of marine painting, particularly its 17th-century Dutch roots, he consistently moved beyond them, turning the water into a theater for drama and effect. At the Royal Academy exhibitions, he confounded viewers with his bold portrayals of modern maritime action—whales and their hunters battling for survival—while striving to capture the mysterious depths and forces of the elements. Never having witnessed a whale hunt himself, he included a reference to Beale’s Voyage in the catalogues, acknowledging that his source of inspiration was Thomas Beale’s Natural History of the Sperm Whale (1839). (Herman Melville consulted the same book when writing Moby - Dick , published in 1851.)



J. Paul Getty Museum Website


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Los Angeles, CA 90049

Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK  •  Brooklyn Museum  •  20 February - 24 May 2015
 

The works presented in Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic raise questions about race, gender, and the politics of representation by portraying contemporary African American men and women using the conventions of traditional European portraiture. The exhibition includes an overview of the artist’s prolific fourteen-year career and features sixty paintings and sculptures.

Wiley's signature portraits of everyday men and women riff on specific paintings by Old Masters, replacing the European aristocrats depicted in those paintings with contemporary black subjects, drawing attention to the absence of African Americans from historical and cultural narratives.

The subjects in Wiley's paintings often wear sneakers, hoodies, and baseball caps, gear associated with hip-hop culture, and are set against contrasting ornate decorative backgrounds that evoke earlier eras and a range of cultures.



Brooklyn Museum Website


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Brooklyn, New York 11238-6052
Tel: (1) 718 638 50 00

<P>Herbert Bayer: <EM>Humanly Impossible</EM>, 1932Gelatin silver print15 5/16 x 11 9/16" (38.9 x 29.3 cm)The Museum of Modern Art, New YorkThomas Walther CollectionAcquired through the generosity of Howard Stein© 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn </P>

Herbert Bayer: Humanly Impossible, 1932
Gelatin silver print
15 5/16 x 11 9/16" (38.9 x 29.3 cm)
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Thomas Walther Collection
Acquired through the generosity of Howard Stein
© 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Modern Photographs from the Thomas Walther Collection, 1909–1949
NEW YORK  •  Museum of Modern Art  •  13 December 2014 - 19 April 2015
 
The Museum of Modern Art acquired more than 300 photographs from Thomas Walther’s private collection in 2001. Featuring iconic works by such figures as Berenice Abbott, Karl Blossfeldt, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Claude Cahun, Alvin Langdon Coburn, Florence Henri, André Kertész, Germaine Krull, El Lissitzky, Lucia Moholy, László Moholy-Nagy, Aleksandr Rodchenko, Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, Maurice Tabard Umbo, and Edward Weston, along with lesser-known treasures by more than 100 other practitioners, this exhibition presents the story of this key moment in photography’s history, allowing both experts and those less familiar with the medium to understand these photographs in new ways.

The Museum of Modern Art Website


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between Fifth and Sixth avenues
New York, NY 10019-549
Tel: (1) 212 708 94 00

<P>Piero di Cosimo: <EM>Madonna and Child Enthroned with Saints Elizabeth of Hungary, Catherine of Alexandria, Peter, and John the Evangelist with Angels</EM>, 1493Oil and tempera on panel203 x 197 cm (79 7/8 x 77 1/2 in.)Museo degli Innocenti, Florence</P>

Piero di Cosimo: Madonna and Child Enthroned with Saints Elizabeth of Hungary, Catherine of Alexandria, Peter, and John the Evangelist with Angels, 1493
Oil and tempera on panel
203 x 197 cm (79 7/8 x 77 1/2 in.)
Museo degli Innocenti, Florence

Piero di Cosimo: The Poetry of Painting in Renaissance Florence
WASHINGTON, DC  •  National Gallery of Art  •  1 February - 3 May 2015
 

The first major retrospective exhibition ever presented of paintings by the Italian Renaissance master Piero di Cosimo (1462–1522) is currently on view at the National Gallery of Art, Washington. Piero di Cosimo: The Poetry of Painting in Renaissance Florence showcases some 44 of the artist's most compelling works. With themes ranging from the pagan to the divine, the works include loans from churches in Italy and one of his greatest masterpieces, Madonna and Child Enthroned with Saints Elizabeth of Hungary, Catherine of Alexandria, Peter, and John the Evangelist with Angels (completed by 1493), from the Museo degli Innocenti, Florence. (see image at left).



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<P>Donatello: <EM>St. John the Evangelist,</EM> 1408–15Marble, 212 × 91 × 62 cm. Opera di Santa Maria del Fioreinv. no 2005/113© Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore / Antonio Quattrone.</P> • <P>&nbsp;</P>

Donatello: St. John the Evangelist, 1408–15
Marble, 212 × 91 × 62 cm.
Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore
inv. no 2005/113© Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore / Antonio Quattrone.

 

Sculpture in the Age of Donatello: Renaissance Masterpieces from Florence Cathedral
NEW YORK  •  Museum of Biblical Art  •  20 February - 14 June 2015
 
Twenty-three masterpieces of early Florentine Renaissance sculpture—most never seen outside Italy—are on view at MOBIA in New York as the centerpiece of the Museum’s tenth anniversary season. MOBIA is the sole world-wide venue for this exhibition. These works—by Donatello, Brunelleschi, Nanni di Banco, Luca della Robbia and others—were made in the first decades of the fifteenth century for Florence Cathedral ("Il Duomo"), which was then in the last phase of its construction, and are figural complements to Brunelleschi’s soaring dome, conveying an analogous sense of courage and human potential. Like the dome, these statues of prophets and saints express the spiritual tension of a faith-driven humanism destined to transform Western culture.

Museum of Biblical Art Website


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1865 Broadway at 61st Street
New York, NY 10023
Tel: (1) 212 408 15 00

<P><EM>The Hero Redhorn or Morningstar</EM> 1100–1200Oklahoma. MississippianBauxiteThe University of Arkansas, FayettevilleMuseum Collections (47-2-1)</P>

The Hero Redhorn or Morningstar 1100–1200
Oklahoma. Mississippian
Bauxite
The University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
Museum Collections (47-2-1)

The Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky.
NEW YORK  •  Metropolitan Museum of Art  •  7 March - 10 May 2015
 

This exhibition unites Plains Indian masterworks found in European and North American collections, from pre-contact to contemporary, ranging from a two-thousand-year-old human-effigy stone pipe to contemporary paintings, photographs, and a video-installation piece. Works of art collected centuries ago by French traders and travelers will be seen together with those acquired by Lewis and Clark on their famous expedition of 1804–06, along with objects from the early reservation period and recent works created in dialogue with traditional forms and ideas.

The distinct Plains aesthetic is revealed through an array of forms and media: painting and drawing; sculptural works in stone, wood, antler, and shell; porcupine-quill and glass-bead embroidery; feather work; painted robes depicting figures and geometric shapes; richly ornamented clothing; composite works; and ceremonial objects. Many nations, including Osage, Quapaw, Omaha, Crow, Cheyenne, Arapaho, Lakota, Blackfeet, Pawnee, Kiowa, Comanche, and Meskwaki are represented.



The Metropolitan Museum of Art Website


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1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10028-0198
Tel: (1) 212 535 77 10

<EM>Outer Loop: Tony Cox and Matthew Ronay</EM>Installation viewPhoto; Bill Orcutt
Outer Loop: Tony Cox and Matthew Ronay
Installation view
Photo; Bill Orcutt
Outer Loop: Tony Cox and Matthew Ronay
NEW YORK  •  Marlborough Chelsea  •  4 April - 9 May 2015
 

The show takes its title from the beltway around Louisville, KY, where the two artists grew up together, but is evocative also of their shared penchant for the further flung reaches of culture.

This includes colorful abstraction, Appalachian folk art, science fiction and a self-determined spirituality that hints at the cosmic but positions them outside of any New Age mainstream.
Cox’s paintings are hand-embroidered in bold geometric designs and stylized landscape using brightly hued and metallic threads pulled through acrylic-coated stretched canvas.  The mantra-
like repetition of stitches together with vivid patterning, are reminiscent of mandalas and other sacred art, but Cox imbues the works with an off-kilter humor and pathos that places them squarely in his head and from his inimitable hand.

Ronay’s hand-carved basswood sculptures, while often heavily patterned with dimples, curves and cairn-like stacks, eschew hard edge abstraction for a molecular, spore-like affect coupled with a kind of suggestive figuration in the form of disembodied hands and tongues.  Ingeniously and idiosyncratically composed from multiple pieces of wood and sections of canvas that have
been lushly dyed in a spectrum of rich colors, the works have the natural feel of an organism, growing and replicating itself like a coral reef or Martian bacterium.



Marlborough Chelsea Website


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545 West 25th Street
New York, NY 10001
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Frank Benson: <EM>Julliana</EM>, 2015.
Frank Benson: Julliana, 2015.
2015 Triennial: Surround Audience
NEW YORK  •  New Museum  •  25 February - 24 May 2015
 
 
Featuring fifty-one artists http://www.newmuseum.org/exhibitions/view/the-generational-triennial from over twenty-five countries, Surround Audience pursues numerous lines of inquiry, including: What are the new visual metaphors for the self and subjecthood when our ability to see and be seen is expanding, as is our desire to manage our self-image and privacy? Is it possible to opt out of, bypass, or retool commercial interests that potentially collude with national and international policy? How are artists striving to embed their works in the world around them through incursions into media and activism? A number of artists in the exhibition are poets, and many more use words in ways that connect the current mobility in language with a mutability in form. The exhibition also gives weight to artists whose practices operate outside of the gallery—such as performance and dance—and to those who test the forums of marketing, comedy, and social media as platforms for art. The building-wide exhibition encompasses a variety of artistic practices, including sound, dance, comedy, poetry, installation, sculpture, painting, video, one online talk show, and an ad campaign.

New Museum Website


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Piotr Ukla&#324;ski (born Poland, 1968),<EM> Untitled (Skull),</EM> 2000, Platinum printCollection of the artist
Piotr Uklański (born Poland, 1968), Untitled (Skull), 2000, Platinum print
Collection of the artist
Fatal Attraction: Piotr Uklański Photographs
NEW YORK  •  The Metropolitan Museum of Art,  •  17 March - 16 August 2015
 
 
Fatal Attraction: Piotr Uklański Photographs is the first survey of the Polish-born, New York-based artist’s photography. Known for working in a wide variety of media including installation, fiber art, resin paintings, and collage, Uklański (born 1968) invests overlooked and exhausted styles with new meanings—and similarly explores clichéd or obsolete photographic languages. Nearly half of the works on display in the Metropolitan Museum’s exhibition are from The Joy of Photography (1997-2007), the artist’s little-known series.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street
New York, NY 100


Tel: (1) 212 535 77 10

Trenton Doyle Hancock: <EM>…And Then It All Came Back to Me</EM>, 2011Mixed media on paper9 × 8 inchesCollection KAWS, New YorkCourtesy the artist and James Cohan Gallery, New York
Trenton Doyle Hancock: …And Then It All Came Back to Me, 2011
Mixed media on paper
9 × 8 inches
Collection KAWS, New York
Courtesy the artist and James Cohan Gallery, New York
Trenton Doyle Hancock : Skin and Bones, 20 Years of Drawing
NEW YORK  •  The Studio Museum in Harlem  •  26 March - 28 June 2015
 
 
 The exhibition is the first in-depth examination of the artist’s extensive body of drawings, collages and works on paper. For over two decades, Hancock has immersed himself in drawing, testing the elasticity of the medium with a keen sense of humor. Hancock was born in 1974 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He lives and works in Houston, Texas. In 2007, Hancock was the recipient of The Studio Museum in Harlem’s Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize. Organized by the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (CAMH), Trenton Doyle Hancock: Skin and Bones, 20 Years of Drawings is curated by Valerie Cassel Oliver, Senior Curator. The Studio Museum’s presentation is organized by Lauren Haynes, Associate Curator, Permanent Collection.

The Studio Museum in Harlem Website


Contact: The Studio Museum in Harlem
144 West 125th Street
New York, NY 10027
Tel: (1) 212 864 45 00

William Matthews: (American, b. 1949), <EM>Hopalong Henry</EM>, (detail) 2013Watercolor on paperCollection of the artist
William Matthews: (American, b. 1949), Hopalong Henry, (detail) 2013
Watercolor on paper
Collection of the artist
William Matthews: Trespassing
DENVER, COLORADO  •  Denver Art Museum  •  23 November 2014 - 17 May 2015
 
 

The Denver Art Museum is celebrating the American West with a presentation of Western art and film at the museum. The DAM is featuring William Matthews: Trespassing in January and screening a documentary about Colorado-based artist William Matthews’ journey as he prepared for his solo exhibition. The exhibition features 27 selected works from Matthews’ early career through recent paintings that exemplify his expertise in watercolor and western American subjects. His main focus has been subjects found in the American West: working cowboys, ranches, rural architecture, and the landscape.



Denver Art Museum Website


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Denver Art Museum
100 W 14th Ave Pkwy
Denver, CO 80204


Tel: (1) 720 865 50 00

Events in Classical Music

Australian Chamber Orchestra: Sharon Kam, clarinet
NEW YORK  •  Carnegie Hall  •  26 April 2015
 

Prokofieve: Visions fugitives, Op. 22 (arr. Barshai/Tognetti)
Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A Major
Jonny Greenwood: Water (NY Premiere)
Haydn: Symphony No. 83, "The Hen"

Australian Chamber Orchestra
Richard Tognetti, Artistic Director
Sharon Kam, clarinet



Carnegie Hall Website



Detailed schedule information:
3:00 pm

Contact: Carnegie Hall
57th Street and Seventh Avenue
New York, NY
Tel: (1) 212 247 780

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
NEW YORK  •  Carnegie Hall  •  27 February 2015 - 27 February 2915
 
Brahms: Symphony No. 1
Brahmas: Symphony No. 3

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Daniele Gatti, conductor

Carnegie Hall Website



Detailed schedule information:
8:00 pm

Contact: Carnegie Hall
57th Street and Seventh Avenue
New York, NY
Tel: (1) 212 247 780

Events in Dance

Ballet Hispanico
Ballet Hispanico
Ballet Hispanico
NEW YORK  •  Joyce Theater  •  14 - 26 April 2015
 

Ballet Hispanico presents Conquer, a world premiere by Mexico-based choreographer Miguel Mancillas and the New York premiere of Show.Girl. by Miami-based award-winning choreographer Rosie Herrera.

Program B showcases the Joyce premiere of CARMEN.maquia by Gustavo Ramírez Sansano, a Picasso-inspired contemporary take on Bizet’s classic. Also on tap is the return of Ramírez Sansano’s  El Beso, audience favorite Sombrerísimo by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, and Celia Cruz-inspired Asuka by Cuban-American Vilaro.



The Joyce Theater Website



Detailed schedule information:
Tuesday 7:30pm
Wednesday 7:30pm
Thursday 8pm
Friday 8pm
Saturday 2pm & 8pm
Sunday 2pm

Contact: The Joyce Theater
175 Eighth Avenue (at the corner of 19th Street)
New York
Tel: (1) 212 242 08 00

Lyon Opera Ballet
Lyon Opera Ballet
Lyon Opera Ballet
NEW YORK  •  Joyce Theater  •  29 April - 3 May 2015
 
Lyon Opera Ballet performs a programme featuring William Forsythe’s Steptext, a 1985 quartet for three male and one female dancer in which the choreographer plays with theatrical conventions and constantly shifts weight and balance between dancers. The programme also includes Benjamin Millepied’s Sarabande, set to extracts from Johann Sebastian Bach’s music performed by violin soloist Tim Fain; and the New York premiere of the Israeli-born, French-based choreographer Emanuel Gat’s Sunshine.

The Joyce Theater Website



Detailed schedule information:
Tuesday 7:30pm
Wednesday 7:30pm
Thursday 8pm
Friday 8pm
Saturday 2pm & 8pm
Sunday 2pm

Contact: The Joyce Theater
175 Eighth Avenue (at the corner of 19th Street)
New York
Tel: (1) 212 242 08 00

Events in Jazz

Steve Wilson & Wilsonian's Grain
NEW YORK  •  Jazz Standard  •  7 - 10 May 2015
 

Steve Wilson & Wilsonian's Grain

Released on 24 March by Random Act Records, Steve Wilson & Wilsonian's Grain Live in New York: The Vanguard Sessions features the multi–reed master at the helm of a superb quartet; the programme is a take on Wilson’s live set, including three Wilson originals, one apiece from pianist Orrin Evans (“Spot It, You Got It”) and drummer Joe Chambers (“Patterns), and a fresh rendition of the Thelonious Monk classic “Well You Needn’t.”

Steve Wilson – alto & soprano saxophones

Orrin Evans – piano

Ugonna Ukegwo – bass

Bill Stewart – drums



Jazz Standard Website



Detailed schedule information:
7:00 pm & 10:00 pm

Contact: Jazz Standard
116 East 27th Street (between Park & Lexington Avenues)
New York, NY
Tel: (1) 212 576 22 32

Mingus Big Band
NEW YORK  •  Jazz Standard  •  4 May 2015
 
Mingus Big Band

Jazz Standard Website



Detailed schedule information:
7:30 pm, 10:00 pm

Contact: Jazz Standard
116 East 27th Street (between Park & Lexington Avenues)
New York, NY
Tel: (1) 212 576 22 32

Events in Opera

Don Carlo: By Giuseppe Verdi
NEW YORK  •  Metropolitan Opera  •  30 March - 25 April 2015
 
 

Giuseppe Verdi: Don Carlo
Sung in Italian with Met titles in English, Spanish, Italian and German
Co-production of the Metropolitan Opera; Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London; and the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet

Production: Nicholas Hytner
Set & Costume Designer: Bob Crowley
Lighting Designer: Mark Henderson

Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor

Cast

Elisabeth de Valois: Barbara Frittoli
Eboli: Ekaterina Gubanova
Don Carlo: Yonghoon Lee
Rodrigo: Dmitri Hvorostovsky
Philip II: Ferruccio Furlanetto
Grand Inquisitor: James Morris



Metropolitan Opera Website



Detailed schedule information:
7:00 pm

Contact: Metropolitan Opera
Lincoln Center
New York, New York  10023
Tel: (1) 212 362 60 00

Events in Pop Culture and Cinema

Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald
NEW YORK  •  Carnegie Hall  •  29 April 2015
 
Audra McDonald, vocalist
Andy Einhorn, piano
Mark Vanderpoel, bass
Gene Lewin, drums


Carnegie Hall Website



Detailed schedule information:
8:00 pm

Contact: Carnegie Hall
57th Street and Seventh Avenue
New York, NY
Tel: (1) 212 247 7800

Smithsonian GardensRhyncholaeliocattleya Owen HolmesPhoto: Bryan Ramsay
Smithsonian Gardens
Rhyncholaeliocattleya Owen Holmes
Photo: Bryan Ramsay
Orchids: Interlocking Science and Beauty
WASHINGTON, DC  •  National Museum of Natural History  •  24 January - 26 April 2015
 

The exhibition explores the connections between botany, horticulture and technology and examines how new ideas and inventions change the way people study, protect and enjoy orchids. Hundreds of living specimens from the renowned Smithsonian Gardens’ Orchid Collection and the U.S. Botanic Garden.

Orchids: Interlocking Science and Beauty, takes visitors on a journey from past to present, starting in the Victorian era during the height of orchid exploration and discovery. The journey continues through the 19th century as orchid collecting grew into “orchidelirium,” when private collections filled ornate greenhouses and a single orchid could cost thousands of dollars.

As the exhibit concludes, visitors are given a glimpse into the future, where new orchid discoveries and innovations take place on a molecular level. DNA sequencing of individual orchid species may help scientists better understand the complicated evolutionary relationships among the estimated 25,000 species in this family.



Smithsonian: National Museum of Natural History


Contact: Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
10th Street and Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
Tel: (1) 202 633 10 00

Attacks on America: The Fight Against Terrorism and Hate Crimes
WASHINGTON, DC  •  Crime Museum  •  18 March - 15 June 2015
 
 
The exhibit features terrorist attacks committed on American soil and attempts to address a topic that is often in the headlines: Hate Crimes. Moreover, the show seeks to educate the public on how terrorist attacks and Hate Crimes are classified and what they look like to day. Visuals and objects include World Trade Center rubble and other 9/11 artifacts, a runner’s medal and bib from the Boston Marathon Bombing, a Ku Klux Klan ceremonial robe, a noose from a lynching, and the gun used in the 2012 attack aimed at the politically conservative Family Resource Council in Washington, DC.

Crime Museum Website


Contact: Crime Museum
575 7th Street NW
Washington, DC 20004
Tel: (1) 202.621.5550



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