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<P>Attributed to Nainsukh (active ca. 1735–78). <EM>Raja Balwant Singh Revering Krishna and Radha</EM>, ca. 1745–50. India (Himachal Pradesh, Jasrota)Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paperThe Metropolitan Museum of Art</P>

Attributed to Nainsukh (active ca. 1735–78). Raja Balwant Singh Revering Krishna and Radha, ca. 1745–50. India (Himachal Pradesh, Jasrota)
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Poetry and Devotion in Indian Painting
NEW YORK  •  Metropolitan Museum of Art  •  15 June - 4 December 2016
This small exhibition recognizes the contributions to the Department of Asian Art by Steven M. Kossak, curator in the department from 1986 to 2006. It features 22 of the dozens of Rajput and Pahari paintings that were acquired during his tenure, including a large intricately painted and printed cloth pichhwai (temple hanging).

Metropolitan Museum of Art Website

Contact: Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10028
Tel: (1) 212 535 77 10

Diane Arbus: In the Beginning
NEW YORK  •  Metropolitan Museum of Art  •  12 July - 27 November 2016

This exhibition features more than 100 photographs that together redefine Diane Arbus (American, 1923–1971), one of the most influential and provocative artists of the 20th century. It focuses on the first seven years of her career, from 1956 to 1962, the period in which she developed the idiosyncratic style and approach for which she has been recognized praised, criticized, and copied the world over.

Arbus made most of her photographs in New York City, where she lived and died, and where she worked in locations such as Times Square, the Lower East Side, and Coney Island. Her photographs of children and eccentrics, couples and circus performers, female impersonators and Fifth Avenue pedestrians are among the most intimate and surprising images of the era.

The majority of the photographs in the exhibition have never before been seen and are part of the Museum's Diane Arbus Archive, acquired in 2007 by gift and promised gift from the artist's daughters, Doon Arbus and Amy Arbus.

Metropolitan Museum of Art Website

Contact: Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10028
Tel: (1) 212 535 77 10

Pedro Reyes: <EM>Doomocracy</EM>Photo: Will Star/Shooting Stars Pro
Pedro Reyes: Doomocracy
Photo: Will Star/Shooting Stars Pro
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK  •  Brooklyn Army Terminal  •  7 October - 6 November 2016

Doom•oc•ra•cy (dü-ˈmä-krə-sē), n.

1. A form of government in which the supreme power is vested in a tyrant by a terrified general electorate. 2. The esoteric arithmetic that makes the electoral process malleable. 3. A corporate coup d’état in slow motion. 4. Permanent global war waged in the name of freedom. 5. A house of political horrors at the Brooklyn Army Terminal.

Exchanging political fights for political frights, Creative Time and Pedro Reyes take over the Brooklyn Army Terminal this October in an exciting new collaboration. Doomocracy, a major new immersive installation by Reyes, will mark the confluence of two events haunting the American cultural imagination: Halloween and the presidential election. 

How much surveillance are we willing to accept? How much pollution? How much corporate malfeasance? Provoking what Reyes calls “political catharsis,” this immersive artwork will distill the horrors of our political landscape into the form of a haunted house, inviting us to navigate a maze of near apocalyptic torments, from climate change to pandemic gun violence to GMOs. Visitors to Doomocracy will work their way through a labyrinth of rooms, exploring the depth and breadth of American political anxieties.

Pedro Reyes (b. 1972, Mexico City) employs sculpture, performance, video, and activism to address pressing social and political issues. His works often promote individual and collective agency by inviting viewers to engage in participation and dialogue. Steeped in notions of structure and pedagogy, Reyes explores the means by which knowledge and empowerment are shared and communicated amongst individuals. By creating spaces for encounter, the artist produces the conditions by which to drive cultural change.

Reyes trained as an architect at the Ibero-American University in Mexico City. He has had solo shows at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Whitechapel Gallery, London; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and the Guggenheim Museum, New York City, among others. His works have also been featured in group exhibitions such as dOCUMENTA 13 in Kassel, Germany (2012), the Liverpool Biennial in Liverpool, England (2012), and the 50th Venice Biennale (2003). Reyes was a participant in the 2013 Creative Time Summit, “Art, Place & Dislocation in the 21st Century City,” and has twice contributed writing to Creative Time Reports. In 2015, he was a recipient of the U.S. Department of State Medal of Arts in recognition of his “outstanding commitment and contributions to the Art in Embassies program and international cultural exchange.”

Creative Time Website

Contact: Brooklyn Army Terminal
140 58th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11220

Jean Honoré Fragonard (French, 1732–1806). <EM>Rinaldo in the Enchanted Forest,</EM> ca.1763. Brown wash over very light black chalk underdrawing; 13 3/16 x 18 in. (33.5 x 45.7 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Jean Honoré Fragonard (French, 1732–1806). Rinaldo in the Enchanted Forest, ca.1763.
Brown wash over very light black chalk underdrawing; 13 3/16 x 18 in. (33.5 x 45.7 cm).
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Fragonard: Drawing Triumphant—Works from New York Collections
NEW YORK  •  Metropolitan Museum of Art  •  6 October 2016 - 8 January 2017
Jean Honoré Fragonard (1732–1806) was equally skilled in painting, drawing, and etching. Unlike many old masters for whom drawing was a preparatory tool, Fragonard explored the potential of chalk, ink, and wash to create sheets that were works of art in their own right.

Among the 100 works on paper on view, nearly half are from private collections, some of which will be shown publicly for the first time.

Metropolitan Museum of Art Website

Contact: Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10028
Tel: (1) 212 535 77 10

Glenn Ligon: What We Said The Last Time
NEW YORK  •  Luhring Augustine  •  27 February - 2 April 2016

Luhring Augustine presents What We Said The Last Time, an exhibition of new work by Glenn Ligon, and Entanglements, a curatorial project by the artist. A companion exhibition entitled We Need To Wake Up Cause That’s What Time It Is opened at Luhring Augustine Bushwick on January 16th and remains on view through 17 April 2016. 

What We Said The Last Time features a suite of seventeen inkjet prints that document the paint-spattered pages of the artist’s well-worn copy of James Baldwin’s seminal 1953 essay “Stranger in the Village.” Written during a stay in a remote Swiss mountain hamlet, Baldwin’s text examines complex and urgent questions around blackness, culture, and history. Since 1996, Ligon has used the essay as the basis of his “Stranger” series, including prints, drawings, and dense paintings made with oil stick and often coal dust that oscillate between legibility and obscurity. While creating these canvases, Ligon kept pages of Baldwin’s essay on his studio table for reference, and over the years they became covered with random smudges of black paint, oil stains, and fingerprints. Intrigued by this accumulation of marks, Ligon transformed the book pages into a suite of large-scale prints, using the full text of the essay for the first time in his career. The resulting work is a palimpsest of accumulated personal histories that suggests Ligon’s long engagement with Baldwin’s essay, as well as a new strategy in his ongoing exploration of the interplay between language and abstraction.

Also on view is Entanglements, a curatorial project by Ligon that examines how artists use the studio as a base from which to engage momentous cultural shifts and political events in both direct and oblique ways.  Key to the exhibition is Bruce Nauman’s Violin Tuned D.E.A.D. (1968), a video that presents the artist repetitively playing a single note on a violin with his back to the camera. While discussions of Nauman’s video works from this period have focused on issues of performativity, endurance, and the body, Ligon was interested in how Nauman’s discordant note can be heard as a soundtrack to the war in Vietnam or the brutal violence faced by civil rights workers. While not directly commenting on these issues, the ominous soundscape of Violin Tuned D.E.A.D. nevertheless suggests Nauman’s engagement with that turbulent moment in American history and served as a point of departure for Ligon to consider other works in which the artist’s studio has acted as a conduit for contemporary events. Ligon’s selections posit new identities, conversations or modes of sociability as a response to pressing social and political issues.  Entanglements features artworks and ephemera by Felix Gonzalez-Torres, David Hammons, On Kawara, Glenn Ligon, Bruce Nauman, Adrian Piper, Bob Thompson, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, and Andy Warhol. 

Glenn Ligon lives and works in New York.

Luhring Augustine Website

Contact: Luhring Augustine
531 West 24th Street
New York, NY 10011
Tel: (1) 212 206 91 00

Guillermo del Toro’s Bleak HousePhoto © Josh White/
Guillermo del Toro's Bleak House
Photo © Josh White/
Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters
LOS ANGELES  •  Los Angeles County Museum of Art  •  31 July - 26 November 2016

Guillermo del Toro (b. 1964) is one of the most inventive filmmakers of his generation. Beginning with Cronos (1993) and continuing through The Devil’s Backbone (2001), Hellboy (2004), Pan’s Labyrinth (2006), Pacific Rim (2013), and Crimson Peak (2015), among many other film, television, and book projects, del Toro has reinvented the genres of horror, fantasy, and science fiction. Working with a team of craftsmen, artists, and actors—and referencing a wide range of cinematic, pop-culture, and art-historical sources—del Toro recreates the lucid dreams he experienced as a child in Guadalajara, Mexico. He now works internationally, with a cherished home base he calls “Bleak House” in the suburbs of Los Angeles.

Taking inspiration from del Toro’s imagination, the exhibition reveals his creative process through his collection of paintings, drawings, maquettes, artifacts, and concept film art. Rather than a traditional chronology or filmography, the exhibition is organized thematically, beginning with visions of death and the afterlife; continuing through explorations of magic, occultism, horror, and monsters; and concluding with representations of innocence and redemption.

Original music and soundscape for this exhibition created by Gustavo Santaolalla.

LACMA - Los Angeles County Museum of Art Website

Contact: LACMA - Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Wilshire Boulevard 5905
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Modern Heroics: 75 Years of African-American Expressionism at the Newark Museum
NEWARK, NEW JERSEY  •  Newark Museum  •  18 June 2016 - 8 January 2017

This exhibition presents selected works from Newark’s permanent collection of African-American art.  Taking a fresh look at heroic themes in modern and contemporary art, this unique exhibition features 34 paintings and sculptural works with an emphasis on storytelling and expressive imagery.   Mythical and universal subject matter, the bold use of color and dramatic scale, and the artists’ direct physical engagement with their materials are all themes explored in this exhibition.
Modern Heroics brings together rarely exhibited works by leading historical and contemporary African-American artists, placing in dialogue several generations and a range of self-taught and formally trained approaches.  This exhibition includes works by the following artists:

Charles Alston
Emma Amos
Kenseth Armstead
Romare Bearden
Chakaia Booker
Ed Clark
Emilio Cruz
Beauford Delaney
Thornton Dial, Sr.
Minnie Evans
Herbert Gentry
Sam Gilliam
Gladys Grauer
Claude Lawrence
Norman Lewis
Ronald Lockett
Nellie Mae Rowe
Kevin Sampson
Shinique Smith
Mickalene Thomas
Bob Thompson
Shoshanna Weinberger
Dmitri Wright
Purvis Young

Newark Museum Website

Contact: Newark Museum
49 Washington Street,
Newark, NJ
Tel: (1) 973 596 65 50

László Moholy-Nagy
László Moholy-Nagy
Moholy-Nagy: Future Present
CHICAGO  •  Art Institute of Chicago  •  30 September 2016 - 3 January 2017
Painting, photography, film, sculpture, advertising, product design, theater sets—László Moholy-Nagy (American, born Hungary, 1895–1946) did it all. Future Present, the first comprehensive retrospective of Moholy-Nagy’s work in the United States in nearly 50 years, brings together more than 300 works to survey the career of a multimedia artist who was always ahead of his time. Moholy, as he was known, came to prominence as a professor at the Bauhaus art school in Germany (1923–28). In 1937 he founded the New Bauhaus in Chicago, a school that continues today as the Institute of Design at the Illinois Institute of Technology. He remains the most renowned international modern artist ever to have resided in Chicago.

Art Institute of Chicago Website

Contact: Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60603-6404
Tel: (1) 312 443 36 00

Table Fountain, c. 1320–40. France, Paris. Gilt-silver, translucent enamel on basse-taille, and opaque enamel; 31.1 x 24.1 cm. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Gift of J. H. Wade 1924.859.
Table Fountain, c. 1320–40. France, Paris. Gilt-silver, translucent enamel on basse-taille, and opaque enamel; 31.1 x 24.1 cm. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Gift of J. H. Wade 1924.859.
Myth and Mystique: Cleveland’s Gothic Table Fountain
CLEVELAND, OHIO  •  Cleveland Museum of Art  •  9 October 2016 - 26 February 2017

The most complete surviving example of a Gothic table fountain is preserved in the Cleveland Museum of Art. This medieval automaton is datable to about 1320–40 and was likely produced in Paris for a person of high status, perhaps a member of the royal court. The Cleveland fountain is internationally recognized as a unique example of a genre now understood primarily through documentary sources. Such fountains existed in the 14th and 15th centuries in substantial numbers. They assumed various forms but were always made from precious metals and sometimes embellished with colorful enamels or semi-precious stones. Table fountains were probably returned to the goldsmith’s shop for conversion into vessels or coinage once they ceased to function or the fashion had passed, accounting for the scarcity of surviving examples today. 

Impressive in their sheer technical wizardry, these mechanical devices with moving parts that spouted (sometimes perfumed) water are known especially from inventories. Once thought to grace banqueting tables, they were more likely placed on pedestals in strategic locations in palaces, where they were showcased as spectacles of ingenuity by their owners to delight their guests. Such objects did not originate in the European West, but were probably introduced through the Byzantine and Islamic worlds.

Contact: Cleveland Museum of Art
11150 East Boulevard
Cleveland, Ohio
Tel: (1) 31 0440 73 00

<P>Jeffrey Gibson: <EM>Come Alive! (I Feel Love</EM>), 2016 Acrylic felt, rawhide, wood, glass beads, stone arrowheads, steel wire, assorted beads, tin and copper jingles, artificial sinew, acrylic paint, druzy quartz crystal, steel and brass studs, 66.25 x 28 x 15 in. Collection of the Newark Museum, 2016Image Courtesy Jeffrey Gibson Studio. Photograph © Peter Mauney</P>

Jeffrey Gibson: Come Alive! (I Feel Love), 2016
Acrylic felt, rawhide, wood, glass beads, stone arrowheads, steel wire, assorted beads, tin and copper jingles, artificial sinew, acrylic paint, druzy quartz crystal, steel and brass studs, 66.25 x 28 x 15 in.
Collection of the Newark Museum, 2016
Image Courtesy Jeffrey Gibson Studio. Photograph
© Peter Mauney

Native Artists of North America
NEWARK, NEW JERSEY  •  Newark Museum  •  22 October 2016 - 1 January 2018
This autumn, the Newark Museum unveils its newly redesigned and reinterpreted Native American galleries. Featuring more than 100 rarely exhibited objects from throughout the United States and Canada, Native Artists of North America showcases a selection of works from the permanent collection, dating from the early 19th century to the present, including many objects never before exhibited.
This permanent installation celebrates the great diversity of styles, media and creativity of Native artists and places them in the broader context of American art. Among the works on view are expertly woven Pomo baskets, exquisite hand-made items of dress from across the continent, and Southwestern pottery and textiles.  Other highlights include works by the Haida master carver Charles Edenshaw and Pueblo painters Fred Kabotie, Tonita Peña and Awa Tsireh. Additional works by contemporary Native American artists are installed in adjacent galleries, including recent acquisitions by Jeffrey Gibson and Preston Singletary.

Newark Museum Website

Contact: Newark Museum
49 Washington Street,
Newark, NJ
Tel: (1) 973 596 65 50

Reflections of Time and Cosmo
NEW YORK  •  Institute for the Study of the Ancient World  •  19 October 2016 - 23 April 2017

This exhibition aims to explore the ways that time was organized and kept track of in the Greco-Roman world, and how it was conceived in relation to the Cosmos. The objects displayed include artifacts illustrating the technology of ancient time-reckoning and the perception, visualization, and social role of time and cosmos, and will also highlight the contrasting formative roles of indigenous Greek and Roman cultural practices and contact with the civilizations of Mesopotamia and Egypt as well as the peoples of northwest Europe.

Time and Cosmos displays over 100 objects, including ancient sundials, calendars, jewelry, and surveying instruments, and will be organized around two themes: the Tools of Time Reckoning, exploring the material resources that gave temporal structure to the daily life of private individuals as well as the community in such public spheres as religion, commerce, and law; and Reflections of Time and Cosmos, concerning ancient representations of time, the universe, and their power to shape the environment and human destiny.

Institute for the Study of the Ancient World Website

Contact: Institute for the Study of the Ancient World
15 East 84th Street (between Madison and Fifth Avenues)
New York, NY 10028
Tel: (1) 212 992 78 00

CHICAGO  •  The Field Museum  •  21 October 2016 - 30 April 2017

The exhibition explores the global phenomenon of tattooing around the world over time, shedding light on this often-misunderstood art form.

This will be the first time that the exhibition, which was initially developed by Paris’s musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, will be on display in the United States. The exhibition, which will run until April 30, 2017, features 170 objects telling the story of tattooing, including historical artifacts and intricate contemporary designs tattooed onto silicone models of the human body.

Visitors to the exhibition will learn that people have been marking their skin as a means of expression for more than five thousand years—there’s evidence that the ancient Egyptians practiced tattooing, and the body of a naturally mummified man found in the Italian Alps (“Ötzi”) from 3330 BC is covered in 61 tattoos. The methods of tattooing vary widely across time and place—for instance, Thomas Edison held the first patent on a nineteenth-century “puncturing pen” that served as inspiration for the first electric tattooing machines—and the stories behind the tattoos vary even more. The exhibition features a seventeenth-century tattoo stamp for Christian pilgrims to Jerusalem to commemorate their journey; meanwhile, it tells the stories of contemporary tattooists like Whang-od Oggay, a 98-year-old Filipina artist who carries on traditional methods that are thousands of years old.

Contact: The Field Museum
1400 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605-2496
Tel: (1) 312 922 9410.

Alchemists Revealing Secrets from the Book of Seven Seals, The Ripley Scroll (detail), ca. 1700J. Paul Getty Museum
Alchemists Revealing Secrets from the Book of Seven Seals, The Ripley Scroll (detail), ca. 1700
J. Paul Getty Museum
The Art of Alchemy
LOS ANGELES  •  J. Paul Getty Museum  •  11 October 2016 - 12 February 2017

The Art of Alchemy features more than 100 objects, including manuscripts and rare books, prints, sculpture, and other works of art dating from the 3rd century BCE to the 20th century and coming from across Europe and Asia. The exhibition was organized in partnership with the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, where it will be on view in 2017, and is curated by David Brafman, associate curator of rare books with assistance from Rhiannon Knol.

The Art of Alchemy approaches the subject from a global perspective, tracing how alchemy historically bonded art, science, and natural philosophy in visual cultures throughout the world. From its origins in Classical and Eurasian antiquity to the advances made and spread throughout the Islamic world and the ‘silk’ routes of Central Asia, material and intellectual exchange across cultures reached mediaeval Europe, and catalyzed alchemy’s ‘golden age’ from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment. The persistence of its spirit is still present in artistic expression and technocratic trends of the modern day, and the historical echoes of this chemical obsession with artificial reproduction also resound throughout more modern technologies of art, from chromolithography in the Industrial Age to the media that now claim artistic boasting rights as the ultimate chemical mirrors of nature: photography and the liquid crystal displays of the digital world.

J. Paul Getty Museum Website


1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049

Tel: (1) 31) 440 73 00

Kara Walker
Kara Walker
The Ecstasy of St. Kara: Kara Walker, New Work
CLEVELAND, OHIO  •  Cleveland Museum of Art  •  9 October - 12 December 2016

The Cleveland Museum of Art presents The Ecstasy of St. Kara: Kara Walker, New Work, debuting  her latest series of large-scale works on paper. The drawings stem from Walker’s influential time spent in Rome this year, marking an extensive query about the power of myths and themes of martyrdom that dominate and complicate the issue of slavery and free will. Walker’s newest series reflects upon Christianity’s complex history, globally as well as in black life—in her own words, “alternating between captor and redeemer”—rendering it as absolutely current and pressing.

Kara Walker (born 1969) is a highly regarded artist of international prominence. She has received numerous awards throughout her career including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Achievement Award. Walker’s artwork has been the subject of many exhibitions and is held in the collections of prestigious institutions around the world. Her first public art project, the monumental installation A Subtlety (2014), was commissioned by Creative Time to wide acclaim.

Cleveland Museum of Art Website

Contact: Cleveland Museum of Art
11150 East Boulevard
Cleveland, Ohio
Tel: (1) 216 421 73 50

<SPAN class=pie>George Osodi: <EM>Ogony Boy</EM>, from the series “Oil Rich Niger Delta,” 2007Chromogenic print, 80 x 120 cm. Courtesy the artist and Z Photographic Ltd.</SPAN>
George Osodi: Ogony Boy, from the series “Oil Rich Niger Delta,” 2007
Chromogenic print, 80 x 120 cm.
Courtesy the artist and Z Photographic Ltd.
The Expanded Subject: New Perspectives In Photographic Portraiture From Africa
NEW YORK  •  Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University.  •  7 September - 10 December 2016
From 19th-century studio practice through the independence era, African photography has best been known for modes of portraiture that crystallize subjects' identities and social milieus. Even contemporary art photographs are often interpreted as windows into African lives, whether actual or theatricalized.

This exhibition reconsiders African contemporary photographic portraiture by presenting the work of four artists whose concerns range beyond depicting social identity: Sammy Baloji, Mohamed Camara, Saïdou Dicko, and George Osodi. Works by these four artists lend greater thematic and formal versatility to the practice of portraiture.

Sammy Baloji (b. 1978, DRC) transfers colonial-archival figures to alternate backdrops—the post-colonial site of an abandoned mine, landscape paintings by colonial explorers—in order to activate historical awareness and challenge photographic authority.

Mohamed Camara (b. 1985, Mali) situates his pictures ambiguously between documentary and mise en scène as a means of interrogating photographic portraiture, including its processes and potentials, pleasures and pitfalls.

Saïdou Dicko (b. 1979, Burkina Faso) captures the shadow silhouettes of individuals on sunlit streets—a strategy that references photographic processes and unsettles portrait conventions, while still conveying subjects' expressivity.

George Osodi (b.1974, Nigeria) produces pictures whose anonymous or fictional subjects reveal dissonance with their surroundings, thereby examining human consequences of broader political phenomena.

Viewed together, works by Baloji, Camara, Dicko, and Osodi complicate common understandings of portraiture from Africa. Baloji's montages dislocating the subject historically, Camara's reflexive gaze, Dicko's uncertainty with respect to the possibility of representation, and Osodi's political commentary all expand the range of portraiture and offer new ways of contemplating photographic subjectivities.

Lenders to the exhibition: Sammy Baloji (Axis Gallery, New York); Mohamed Camara (Galerie Pierre Brullé, Paris); Saïdou Dicko; George Osodi; The Walther Collection, New York; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery Website

Contact: Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery
Columbia University
926 Schermerhorn Hall
1190 Amsterdam Ave. MC 5502
New York, NY 10027
Tel: (1) 212 854 72 88

<P>Giovanni di Paolo: <EM>The Adoration of the Magi</EM>, 1427Tempera and gold leaf on panel. Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, the Netherlands</P>

Giovanni di Paolo: The Adoration of the Magi, 1427
Tempera and gold leaf on panel.
Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, the Netherlands

The Shimmer of Gold: Giovanni di Paolo in Renaissance Siena
LOS ANGELES  •  J. Paul Getty Museum Website  •  11 October 2016 - 8 January 2017
Manuscript illuminator and panel painter Giovanni di Paolo was one of the most distinctive and imaginative artists working in Siena, Italy, during the Renaissance. This exhibition reunites several panels from one of his most important commissions—an altarpiece for the Branchini family chapel in the church of San Domenico in Siena—for the first time since its dispersal, and presents illuminated manuscripts and paintings by Giovanni and his close collaborators and contemporaries. Through recent technical findings, the exhibition reveals his creative use of gold and paint to achieve remarkable luminous effects in both media.

J. Paul Getty Museum Website

Contact: 1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049


Tel: (1) 310 440 73 00

William Merritt Chase: <EM>The Young Orphan (An Idle Moment),</EM> 1884Oil on canvasNA diploma presentation, November 24, 1890National Academy Museum, New York
William Merritt Chase: The Young Orphan (An Idle Moment), 1884
Oil on canvas
NA diploma presentation, November 24, 1890
National Academy Museum, New York
William Merritt Chase: A Modern Master
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS  •  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston  •  9 October 2016 - 16 January 2017

William Merritt Chase (1849–1916) was a brilliant observer, an innovative painter, and a leader in international art circles at the turn of the last century. This exhibition brings together 80 of the American impressionist's finest works in both oil and pastel, drawn from public and private collections across the US. The traveling show is co-organized by The Phillips Collection (Washington, DC), the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Fondazione Musei Civici Venezia (Venice), and the Terra Foundation for American Art.

An exhibition catalogue, William Merritt Chase: A Modern Master, with five essays by prominent scholars of American art, is published by Yale University Press in association with the Phillips Collection.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Website

Contact: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Avenue of the Arts
465 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Tel: (1) 617 267 93 00

Alma Thomas: <EM>Apollo 12 "Splash Down"</EM>, 1970Acrylic and graphite on canvas50 1/4 × 50 1/4 in.Courtesy Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York, NY
Alma Thomas: Apollo 12 "Splash Down", 1970
Acrylic and graphite on canvas
50 1/4 × 50 1/4 in.
Courtesy Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York, NY
Alma Thomas
NEW YORK  •  The Studio Museum of Harlem  •  14 July - 30 October 2016

Alma Thomas examines the evolution of an artist who created a highly personal style that expanded upon traditional Abstract Expressionist and Washington Color School practices through experimentations with abstraction, color, line and pattern. Thomas, who focused on her artistic career after retiring as a school teacher at the age of 69, chartered her own course as an African-American woman within Washington D.C.’s largely white and male mid-20th century artistic community. She often cited natural elements as inspiration, and her signature style reflects the influences of Henri Matisse, Josef Albers, and Wassily Kandinsky—featuring loosely painted yet meticulously constructed canvases, filled with lattice works of bright color creating patterns from negative space.

The exhibition features works from every period in her career, including rarely exhibited watercolors and early abstractions, as well as her signature canvases drawn from a variety of private and public collections.

The Studio Museum of Harlem Website

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

Ellen Gallager: <EM>Abu Simbel</EM>, 2005, photogravure, watercolor, colour pencil, varnish, pomade, plasticine, blue fur, gold leaf and crystals, 24 1/2 × 35 1/2 inches framed (62.2 × 90.2 cm), edition of 25
Ellen Gallager: Abu Simbel, 2005, photogravure, watercolor, colour pencil, varnish, pomade, plasticine, blue fur, gold leaf and crystals, 24 1/2 × 35 1/2 inches framed (62.2 × 90.2 cm), edition of 25
Black Pulp!
NEW YORK  •  International Print Center  •  1 October - 3 December 2016

International Print Center New York (IPCNY) presents Black Pulp!, an exhibition that examines evolving perspectives of Black identity in American culture and history from 1912 to 2016 through contemporary works of art and rare historical printed media. The exhibition includes works by artists, graphic designers, and publishers in formats ranging from little known comic books to covers for historic books and magazines, to etchings, digital prints, drawings, and media-based works by some of today’s leading artists. The exhibition is organized by artists William Villalongo and Mark Thomas Gibson, and is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue, extensive didactics, and free public programming.

The exhibition features contemporary works by an intergenerational group of 21 artists from the Black diaspora: Derrick Adams, Laylah Ali, Firelei Báez, Nayland Blake, Robert Colescott, Renee Cox, William Downs, Ellen Gallagher, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Lucia Hierro, Yashua Klos, Kerry James Marshall, Wangechi Mutu, Lamar Peterson, Pope.L, Kenny Rivero, Alexandria Smith, Felandus Thames, Hank Willis Thomas, Kara Walker, and Fred Wilson.

"Black Pulp!" situates these works in the context of rare historical books, comics, newspapers, and related ephemera, from Alain LeRoy Locke’s The New Negro (1925) and Wallace Thurman’s quarterly Fire!!: Devoted to the Younger Negro Artists (1926) to Jackie Ormes’ comic strip Torchy in Heartbeats (1953). Other historical artists and writers on view are Gwendolyn Bennett, E. Simms Campbell, Miguel Covarrubias, Charles Cullen, Countee Cullen, Sadie Iola Daniel, Aaron Douglas, Emory Douglas, W.E.B. Dubois, George J. Evans, Jr., Elton C. Fax, Billy Graham, Oliver W. Harrington, George Herriman, Alvin Hollingsworth, Langston Hughes, Zora Neal Hurston, Charles S. Johnson, James Weldon Johnson, Lois Mailou Jones, Jacob Lawrence, Gertrude McBrown, Dwayne McDuffie, Owen Middleton, Richard Bruce Nugent, Laura Wheeler Waring, Charles White and Carter G. Woodson.

International Print Center Website

Contact: International Print Center
508 West 26th Street, Room 5A
New York, NY 10001
Tel: (1) 12) 989 50 90

<P>Installation View, <EM>UniAddDumThs</EM>. May 25 – July 16 , 2016, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, Sant’Andrea de Scaphis, RomeImage courtesy Mark Leckey and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York/Rome© Mark Leckey</P>

Installation View, UniAddDumThs. May 25 – July 16 , 2016, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, Sant’Andrea de Scaphis, Rome
Image courtesy Mark Leckey and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York/Rome
© Mark Leckey

Mark Leckey: Containers and Their Drivers
LONG ISLAND CITY  •  MoMA PS1  •  23 October 2016 - 5 March 2017

MoMA PS1 will present the first comprehensive U.S. survey of the pioneering British artist Mark Leckey and the largest exhibition of his work to date. His art has addressed the radical effect of technology on popular culture, and given form to the transition from analog to digital culture, powerfully influencing younger generations of artists. The exhibition brings together major bodies of Leckey’s work, including a broad array of video works and sculptural installations alongside new pieces made specifically for the exhibition.

Among the highlights of Mark Leckey: Containers and Their Drivers is Leckey’s breakthrough film Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore (1999), which uses sampled footage to trace dance subcultures in British nightclubs from the 1970s to 1990s; a selection of the artist’s Sound System sculptures (2001–2012), functioning stacks of audio speakers that recall those used in street parties in London; his pedagogical lecture performances; GreenScreenRefrigeratorAction (2010), a video and installation that considers “smart” objects and our increasingly technological environment; and a new iteration of the installation UniAddDumThs (2014), which Leckey created as a “copy” of a touring exhibition, The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things, that he had curated the year before. The exhibition also features a newly expanded presentation of Dream English Kid 1964–1999 AD (2015), an autobiography told through what the artist calls "found memories" that have been compiled from sources like archival television clips, YouTube videos, and eBay ephemera, as well as meticulous reconstructions of specific memories using props and models.

MoMA PS1 Website

Contact: MoMA PS1
22-25 Jackson Avenue
Long Island City, NY
Tel: (1) 718 784 20 84

<P>Jon Cox and Andy Bale, <EM>Roni</EM>, 2015Mercury-developed, gold-gilded daguerreotype5 in. x 7 in. (7 in. x 9 in. framed)</P>

Jon Cox and Andy Bale, Roni, 2015
Mercury-developed, gold-gilded daguerreotype
5 in. x 7 in. (7 in. x 9 in. framed)

The Ese’Eja People of the Amazon: Connected by a Thread
NEWARK, DELAWARE  •  Old College Gallery  •  31 August - 9 December 2016
The exhibition presents the Ese’Eja, one of the world’s last remaining foraging societies, whose way of life is today threatened by mining and logging activities surrounding their lands and communities in southeastern Peru.

Through daguerreotypes and photographs by UD faculty member Jon Cox and Andrew Bale (UD MFA 2005), and a selection of artifacts for healing and everyday use that attest to the nation’s traditions, knowledge and respect for their unique – and endangered – environment, The Ese’Eja People of the Amazon brings into focus a unique and fascinating community endangered by the encroachment of the modern world.

The University Museums of the University of Delaware Website

Contact: Old College Gallery
18 East Main St.
Newark, DE 19716
Tel: (1) 302 831 80 37

BMO Harris Bank Chicago Works: Andrew Yang
CHICAGO  •  Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago  •  26 July - 31 December 2016
In Andrew Yang’s (American, b. 1973) first solo museum exhibition, the artist and trained biologist contemplates our relation to the Milky Way, to which the majority of people have no basic visual access. Yang attempts to close this distance in a work that explores our shared elemental equivalencies; as inherent parts of the Milky Way galaxy, our corporeal bodies are, in a very real sense, celestial bodies.

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Website

Contact: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
220 E Chicago Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Tel: (1) 312 280 26 60

Unidentified artist, active in South America. <EM>Saint Francis Xavier</EM>, 18th centuryCarl and Marilynn Thoma Collection.
Unidentified artist, active in South America. Saint Francis Xavier, 18th century
Carl and Marilynn Thoma Collection.
Doctrine and Devotion: Art of the Religious Orders in the Spanish Andes
CHICAGO  •  Art Institute of Chicago  •  19 March 2016 - 25 June 2017
Presenting 13 paintings by South American artists from the 17th through 19th century, this focused exhibition introduces visitors to images promoted by several Catholic orders at work in the Spanish Andes—the Dominicans, Franciscans, Mercedarians, and Jesuits—examining the politics of the distinct iconographies each group developed as they vied for devotees and dominion.

Francisco Pizarro arrived in Peru with a mandate from Charles V to impose Spanish law and order, as well as the Roman Catholic religion, upon the indigenous Inca society that he encountered. The enormous task of converting the indigenous peoples of Spain’s overseas territories to Christianity fell largely to missionaries from several religious orders rather than parish clergy. For a native population that had no written language tradition, the missionaries relied heavily on works of art to illustrate their sermons and lessons and help them gain converts.

In the wake of the Protestant Reformation, the Catholic church embraced the use of images both as pedagogical tools and instruments of devotion, and the religious orders in South America relied on them in similar ways—as didactic materials employed in the teaching of new converts, and in later years as a means of spreading devotions specific to their own interests. While their ultimate goals were the same, each religious order promoted images specific to their own histories, identities, and goals. This exhibition explores examples of the iconographies that were particular to each group.

Art Institute of Chicago Website

Contact: 111 S Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60603

Tel: (1) 312 443 36 00

Fahamu Pecou: <EM>Femme Nue, Femme Noir</EM> 2014Acrylic, gold leaf and spray paint on canvas96 x 66.5 in / 243.8 x 168.9 cm
Fahamu Pecou: Femme Nue, Femme Noir 2014
Acrylic, gold leaf and spray paint on canvas
96 x 66.5 in / 243.8 x 168.9 cm
NEW YORK  •  Lyons Wier Gallery  •  13 October - 12 November 2016
#BLACKMATTERLIVES is the culmination of Fahamu's four consecutive museum shows, including "Do or Die," (an exhibition representing aspects of his research as a PhD student) currently on view at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, Charleston, SC.  These shows provided Fahamu with the opportunity to further mine his trope and emerge with a new vocabulary.  A vocabulary that synthesizes not only what is happening around him, but also what is going on inside of him. With #BLACKMATTERLIVES, he shifts from being a general narrator to a very personal raconteur, stripping away many of the secondary visual triggers that were used in his earlier works to ease the viewer into his own perceptions and personae. In #BLACKMATTERLIVES, he delivers a watershed series, wrought with unabashed angst, anger and adulations. 

Lyons Wier Gallery Website

Contact: Lyons Wier Gallery
542 West 24th Street
New York, NY 10011
Tel: (1) 212 242 6220

Mike Egan: <EM>We Said Goodbye to our Friend</EM>, 2016acrylic on panel14" h x 14" w
Mike Egan: We Said Goodbye to our Friend, 2016
acrylic on panel
14" h x 14" w
Mike Egan: I Saw You at My Funeral
CHICAGO  •  Matthew Rachman Gallery  •  10 September - 4 November 2016

As a child drawing cartoons and skateboard graphics, Mike Egan expressed an ever-present interest in skeletons and devils. Later in life, his fascination with mortality led to a career working in funeral homes, where he was constantly surrounded by death and mourning. This immersion into he most intimate and painful moments of life had a lasting influence on Egan’s acrylic paintings on panel. He started painting not only the stories of those who have passed, but the stories of those left behind after one's passing; the mourners, the lovers, the hurt and the relieved. His works are visual anecdotes; capturing sepulchral moments in time, presented to the viewer with whimsy and wit.

Hailing from the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Egan recalls a fascination with both art and with death, from a young age. A few years after receiving his B.F.A. from Edinboro University, his peculiar interests led Mike to attend the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science and to become an embalmer and funeral director. All the while continuing to paint, Mike developed a unique style that incorporated his surroundings, as well as his other influences: folk art, Day of the Dead, horror films, religion, Halloween and German Expressionism. Since 2006, Mike Egan has shown his work in galleries throughout America, Germany and the UK.

The new paintings Egan created for I Saw You at My Funeral are a look at his continued obsession with the idea of life and death. In light of recent world events and the way they are portrayed by the media, the subject matter is more important to him now than ever before. “There are so many tragic shootings and acts of violence in the world and it is constantly spoon fed to us through the media. These paintings act as a reminder to me that there are so many people to say ‘goodbye’ to, and that we must not forget them.”

Matthew Rachman Gallery Website


Matthew Rachman Gallery
1659 West Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622


Tel: (1) 773 245 31 82

Still from <EM>Un Ballo in Maschera</EM>, Yinka Shonibare MBE, 2004, High definition digital videoCourtesy of James Cohan Gallery.
Still from Un Ballo in Maschera, Yinka Shonibare MBE, 2004, High definition digital video
Courtesy of James Cohan Gallery.
Senses of Time: Video and Film-Based Works of Africa
LOS ANGELES  •  Los Angeles County Museum  •  20 December 2015 - 2 January 2017

Our hearts beat to the rhythms of biological time and continents drift in geological time, while we set our watches to the precision of Naval time. Time may be easy to measure, but it is challenging to understand. Five leading contemporary artists of Africa explore temporal strategies to convey how time is experienced—and produced—by the body. Bodies climb, dance, and dissolve in six works of video and film, or “time-based” art. Characters and the actions they depict repeat, resist, and reverse any expectation that time must move relentlessly forward.

Senses of Time invites viewers to consider tensions between personal and political time, ritual and technological time, bodily and mechanical time. Through pacing, sequencing, looping, layering, and mirroring, diverse perceptions of time are both embodied and expressed.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art Website

Contact: Los Angeles County Museum
5905 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Tel: (1) 323 857 60 10

Star Montana: <EM>My Family: Marina, Louise, and Frankie</EM>, 2010,Inkjet printPhoto courtesy of the artist
Star Montana: My Family: Marina, Louise, and Frankie, 2010,
Inkjet print
Photo courtesy of the artist
Star Montana: Tear Drops and Three Dots
LOS ANGELES  •  UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center  •  22 August - 28 October 2016
Exposing states of sensitivity, loss, and salvation, Star Montana reassembles her family history through the layering of different emotions associated with poverty, the loss of her mother, and socioeconomic struggles that are not only personal but also regionally and nationally applicable. Her candid archive captures an acute sense of time and timelessness, deep heartbreak and loss. Although vulnerable and intimate, her portraits find strength in the commonality of difficult—and often unspoken—narratives.

Star Montana is a photo-based artist who lives and works in Los Angeles, CA, and Brooklyn, NY.  She was born and raised in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of East Los Angeles, which is predominantly Mexican American and serves as the backdrop to much of her work. 

Montana received her BFA from the School of Visual Arts in 2013. In 2012, she worked at the CSRC as part of the Getty Multicultural Internship Program.

UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Website

Contact: UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
193 Haines Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1544
Tel: (1) 310 825 23 63

The Uses of Photography: Art, Politics, and the Reinvention of a Medium
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA  •  MCASD La Jolla  •  24 September 2016 - 2 January 2017
Tracing a crucial history of photoconceptual practice,The Uses of Photography focuses on an artistic community that formed in and around the University of California San Diego, founded in 1960, and its visual arts department, founded in 1967. Artists such as Eleanor Antin, Allan Kaprow, Fred Lonidier, Martha Rosler, Allan Sekula, and Carrie Mae Weems, to name a few, employed photography and its expanded forms as a means to dismantle modernist autonomy, to contest notions of photographic truth, and to engage in political critique.

MCASD La Jolla Website

Contact: MCASD La Jolla
700 Prospect Street
La Jolla, CA 92037-4291
Tel: (1) 858 454 35 41

<SPAN class=pie_g style="DISPLAY: block; MARGIN: 0px auto; TEXT-ALIGN: left" align="top">Hank Willis Thomas: <EM>She’s all tied a poor system</EM>, 1951/2015, 2015Digital chromogenic print, dimensions variableCourtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York </SPAN>
Hank Willis Thomas: She's all tied a poor system, 1951/2015, 2015
Digital chromogenic print, dimensions variable
Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
Unbranded: A Century of White Women, 1915–2015
GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA  •  The Weatherspoon Art Museum  •  3 September - 11 December 2016
The Weatherspoon Art Museum at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro presents the exhibition Unbranded: A Century of White Women, 1915–2015. In the exhibition, Thomas reveals ways that corporate campaigns have both marketed products to white women and marketed those women as a feminine standard. By removing the texts from historic advertisements, he offers a visual chronology of the perceived social roles of white women—a history he describes as “a fascinating one step forward, two steps back.” Simultaneously, he highlights the complex ways in which popular notions of virtue and power, beauty and desire, race and gender have long been bound together.

In a previous project, Unbranded: Reflections in Black by Corporate America, 1968–2008, Thomas focused attention on media images of and for black consumers, especially black men. By expanding that project to address images of white women, he questions why our understandings of identities—male and female, black and white—are often shaped in opposition to one another.

Weatherspoon Art Museum Website

Contact: Weatherspoon Art Museum 
Located at the corner of Spring Garden and Tate Streets, Greensboro, NC
Tel: (1) 336 334 57 70

Events in Classical Music

Berliner Philharmoniker
LOS ANGELES  •  Walt Disney Concert Hall  •  19 November 2016

Boulez: Éclat
Mahler: Symphony No. 7

Berliner Philharmoniker
Sir Simon Rattle, conductor

Walt Disney Concert Hall Website

Detailed schedule information:
8:00 pm

Contact: Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90012
Tel: (1) 323 850 20 00

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
CHICAGO  •  Symphony Center  •  10 - 12 November 2016

Mozart: Masonic Funeral Music
Wagner: Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde
Brahms: A German Requiem

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Jaap van Zweden, conductor
Christiane Karg, soprano
Michael Nagy, baritone
Chicago Symphony Chorus
Duain Wolfe, chorus director

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Website

Detailed schedule information:
8:00 pm

Contact: Symphony Center
220 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60604
Tel: (1) 312 294 30 00

Garrick Ohlsson, piano
LOS ANGELES  •  Walt Disney Concert Hall Complex  •  13 November 2016

Garrick Ohlsson, piano

Walt Disney Concert Hall Website

Detailed schedule information:
7:30 pm

Contact: Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90012
Tel: (1) 323 850 20 00

Jeremy Denk, piano
CHICAGO  •  Symphony Center  •  13 November 2016

Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Adams

Jeremy Denk, piano


Symphony Center Website

Detailed schedule information:
3:00 pm

Contact: Symphony Center
220 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60604
Tel: (1) 312 294 30 00

Events in Dance

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company
NEW YORK  •  The Joyce Theater  •  25 - 29 October 2016

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company

Bill T. Jones’ ongoing exploration of how text, storytelling, and movement pull and push against each other is revealed in Analogy Trilogy, a work based on oral histories in which the performers move seamlessly between dancing, speaking, and singing.

The Joyce Theater Website

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

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

Events in Jazz

Ellis Marsalis Quintet
NEW YORK  •  Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola  •  10 November 2016

Ellis Marsalis Quintet

With pianist Ellis Marsalis, saxophonist Derek Douget, trumpeter Ashlin Parker, bassist Jason Stewart, and drummer Stephen Gordon

Jazz at Lincoln Center Website

Detailed schedule information:
7:30 pm, 9:30 pm

Contact: Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola
Broadway and 60th Street
5th Floor
Tel: (1) 212 258 95 95

Joey Alexander
Joey Alexander
Joey Alexander
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS  •  Scullers Jazz Club  •  4 - 5 November 2016
Joey Alexander was recently nominated for 2 GRAMMY awards at the young age of 13. He performed at the Grammy Awards in 2016 and received a standing ovation.

Scullers Jazz Club Website

Detailed schedule information:
8:00 pm, 10:00 pm 

Contact: Scullers Jazz Club
400 Soldiers Field Road
Boston, MA
Tel: (1) 617 562 41 11

Jonathan Butler
Jonathan Butler
Jonathan Butler
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA  •  Yoshi's Jazz Club and Japanese Restaurant  •  28 October 2016

Jonathan Butler

Butler grew up in the townships of South Africa, the youngest of 12 children. He started singing and playing guitar at age seven. Even before he reached age ten, he traveled cross-country performing in villages with a 100-member troupe making money to help support his family. The audiences would vary from poverty-ravaged black townships to opulent halls open only to whites. Traveling accommodations were dismal and atrocious. In his travels, the young entertainer could neither comprehend the extreme destitute nor the harsh treatment he endured and bared witness to under the reign of Apartheid. Afrikaans was his native tongue, but he learned English in his travels.

After signing his first record deal as a teenager with British record producer Clive Caulder's Jive Records, Butler's premier single became the first by a black artist to be played on white radio stations in South Africa. The single won a Sarie Award, which is the South African equivalent to a Grammy award. Butler called England home for 17 years. His self-titled debut album put him on the map internationally and garnered two Grammy nominations: one for the R&B-pop vocal statement "Lies" and the other for a poignant instrumental, "Going Home."

Butler's albums and worldwide concert tours have afforded him fame and a lifestyle far from what he ever could have imagined as a child performer, but more importantly, it brought him the freedom to follow his passion – music – on his own terms. Residing with his family in the verdant hills of Southern California for more than a decade, an area that he says reminds him of his homeland, Butler remains humble and grateful.

Amidst a new album bursting with hope, joy, romance and inspiration, including eleven songs penned or co-penned by the artist, it's the Johnny Nash cover "I Can See Clearly Now" that Jonathan Butler elected to record on the So Strong album, his 15th solo collection,

Yoshi's Jazz Club and Japanese Restaurant Website

Contact: Yoshi's Jazz Club and Japanese Restaurant
510 Embarcadero West
Oakland, CA 9460
Tel: (1) 510 238 92 00

The Swing Era: Revolution in Rhythm
NEW YORK  •  Rose Theater  •  17 - 19 November 2016

The Swing Era: Revolution in Rhythm

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis showcases the timelessness of swing as a genre, cultural period, and musical concept. For the occasion, music director and JLCO trumpeter Marcus Printup will arrange a combination of Swing Era classics and rarely heard works, adding a modern twist to some, and demonstrating what made jazz the definitive dance music of the 1930s.

Jazz at Lincoln Center Website

Detailed schedule information:
8:00 pm


Rose Theater 
Broadway at 60th Street
New York

Tel: (1) 212 258 95 95

Chris Pattishall’s Fictions: Borges in Tango
NEW YORK  •  Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola  •  2 November 2016

Chris Pattishall’s Fictions: Borges in Tango

With pianist/composer Chris Pattishal, trumpeter Alphonso Horne, clarinetist/hulusist Patrick Bartley, violinist Benjamin Sutin, cellist David Moss, accordionist Sam Reider, guitarist Alex Wintz, and bassist Marty Jaffe

Jazz at Lincoln Center Website

Detailed schedule information:
7:30 pm, 9:30 pm

Contact: Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola
Broadway and 60th Street
5th Floor
Tel: (1) 212 258 95 95

Renee Rosnes Quartet
NEW YORK  •  Village Vanguard  •  1 - 6 November 2016

Renee Rosnes Quartet

Steve Nelson (vibes) Renee Rosnes (piano) Peter Washington (bass) Lenny White (drums


Village Vanguard Website

Detailed schedule information:
8:30 pm, 10:30 pm

Contact: Village Vanguard
78 7th Ave South
New York, NY 10014
Tel: (1) 212 255 40 37

The Pedrito Martinez Group
NEW YORK  •  Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola  •  31 October 2016

The Pedrito Martinez Group

With percussionist/vocalist Pedrito Martinez, percussionist Jhair Sala, pianist Edgar Pantoja-Aleman, and bassist Yunior Terry

Jazz at Lincoln Center Website

Detailed schedule information:
7:30 pm, 9:30 pm

Contact: Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola
Broadway and 60th Street
5th Floor
Tel: (1) 212 258 95 95

Events in Opera

Don Giovanni: By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
NEW YORK  •  Metropolitan Opera  •  27 September - 10 November 2016

Mozart: Don Giovanni
Libretto: Lorenzo Da Ponte
Sung in Italian with Met titles in English, German, Italian, Spanish

Fabio Luisi, conductor

Production: Michael Grandage
Set and Costume Designer:Christopher Oram
Lighting Designer: Paule Constable
Choreography: Ben Wright


Donna Anna: Hibla Gerzmava (27 September, 1,5,8,11,15,19,22 October)
Donna Anna: Malin Byström (1, 4, 10 November 2016)

Donna Elvira: Malin Byström (27 September, 1,5,8,11,15,19,22 October)
Donna Elvira: Amanda Majeski (1, 4, 10 November 2016)

Zerlina: Serena Malfi (27 September, 1,5,8,11,15,19,22 October)
Zerlina: Nadine Sierra (1, 4, 10 November 2016)

Don Ottavio: Rolando Villazón (27 September, 1,5,8,11,15,19,22 October)
Don Ottavio: Ramón Vargas (1, 4, 10 November 2016)

Don Giovanni: Simon Keenlyside (27 September, 1,5,8,11,15,19,22 October)
Don Giovanni: Ildar Abdrazakov (1, 4, 10 November 2016)

Leporello: Adam Plachetka (27 September, 1,5,8,11,15,19,22 October)
Leporello: Matthew Rose (1, 4, 10 November 2016)

Masetto: Matthew Rose (27 September, 1,5,8,11,15,19,22 October)
Masetto: Adam Plachetka (1, 4, 10 November 2016)

The Commendatore: Kwangchul Youn (27 September, 1,5,8,11,15,19,22 October, 1, 4, 10 November)

Metropolitan Opera Website

Detailed schedule information:

7:30 pm

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

Berlioz: <EM>LesTroyens</EM>
Berlioz: LesTroyens
Les Troyens: By Hector Berlioz
CHICAGO  •  Lyric Opera  •  13 November - 3 December 2016

Berlioz: LesTroyens
Performed in French with projected English translations

Sir Andrew Davis, conductor

Tim Albery, director
Tobias Hoheisel, designer
David Finn, lighting designer
Michael Black, chorus master
Helen Pickett, choreographer


Christine Goerke: Cassandre
Sophie Koch: Didon
Brandon Jovanovich: Énée
Lucas Meachem: Chorèbe
Christian Van Horn: Narbal
Okka von der Damerau: Anna

Lyric Opera of Chicago Website

Detailed schedule information:
1:00 pm

Contact: Lyric Opera of Chicago
20 N Wacker Dr # 860
Chicago, IL 60606
Tel: (1) 312 332 2244

<EM>Tristan und Isolde</EM>
Tristan und Isolde
Tristan und Isolde: By Richard Wagner
NEW YORK  •  Metropolitan Opera  •  26 September - 27 October 2016

Richard Wagner: Tristan und Isolde (New production)Production: Mariusz Trelinsk
Sung in German with English, Spanish and German Met titles

Simon Rattle, condutor 

Set designer: Boris Kudlicka
Costume Designer: Marek Adamski
Lighting Designer:  Marc Heinz
Choreography: Tomasz Wygoda
Dramaturg: Piotr Gruszczynski, Adam Radecki


Isolde: Nina Stemme 
Tristan: Stuart Skelton
Brangane: Ekaterina Gubanova
Kurwenal: Evgeny Nikitin
King Marke: René Pape

Metropolitan Opera Website

Detailed schedule information:
6:30 pm

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

Events in Pop Culture and Cinema

Lin-Manuel Miranda in <EM>Hamilton</EM>
Lin-Manuel Miranda in Hamilton
Hamilton: By Lin-Manuel Miranda
NEW YORK  •  Richard Rodgers Theatre  •  6 August 2015 - 31 December 2016

Hamilton is a hip hop musical with music, lyrics, and book by Lin-Manuel Miranda. The show was inspired by the 2004 biography Alexander Hamilton by historian Ron Chernow.

Directed by Thomas Kail

The cast features Lin-Manuel Miranda (Alexnder Hamilton), Leslie Odom Jr. (Aaron Burr), Drama Desk Award winner Renée Elise Goldsberry (Angelica Schuyler), Phillipa Soo (Eliza Hamilton), Jonathan Groff (King George), Daveed Diggs (Marquis De Lafayette, Thomas Jefferson), Christopher Jackson (George Washington), Anthony Ramos (John Laurens, Phillip Hamilton), Okieriete Onaodowan (Hercules Mulligan, James Madison), and Jasmine Cephas Jones (Peggy Shuyler, Maria Reynolds).

Hamilton on Broadway Website

Contact: Richard Rodgers Theatre
226 W 46th St
New York, NY 10036
Tel: (1) 212 247 78 00

The TitanosaurAmerican Museum of Natural History
The Titanosaur
American Museum of Natural History
The Titanosaur
NEW YORK  •  American Museum of Natural History  •  15 January 2016 - 1 January 2017

The Titanosaur

In January 2016, the Museum added another must-see exhibit to its world-famous fossil halls: a cast of a 122-foot-long dinosaur. This species is so new that it has not yet been formally named by the paleontologists who discovered it.

Paleontologists suggest this dinosaur, a giant herbivore that belongs to a group known as titanosaurs, weighed in at around 70 tons. The species lived in the forests of today’s Patagonia about 100 to 95 million years ago, during the Late Cretaceous period, and is one of the largest dinosaurs ever discovered. 

The remains were excavated in the Patagonian desert region of Argentina by a team from the Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio led by José Luis Carballido and Diego Pol, who received his Ph.D. degree in a joint program between Columbia University and the American Museum of Natural History. One of the 8-foot femurs, or thigh bones, found at the site is among five original fossils on temporary view with The Titanosaur.

American Museum of Natural History Website

Contact: American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024-5192
Tel: (1) 212 769 51 00

<EM>I Approve This Message: Decoding Political Ads</EM>Toledo Museum of Art
I Approve This Message: Decoding Political Ads
Toledo Museum of Art
I Approve This Message: Decoding Political Ads
TOLEDO, OHIO  •  Toledo Museum of Art  •  14 July - 8 November 2016
Using video, graphics and multimedia, this nonpartisan interactive exhibition examines how emotional triggers in political ads impact rational thinking and sway votes. Divided into theaters, the displays of advertising focus on emotions such as fear, anger, pride and hope, as well as how appeals different constituencies have changed over time.

Approximately 75 ads dating from 1952, when the first national presidential TV commercial was broadcast, through 2012 are decoded. They include such classics as the Lyndon B. Johnson 1964 “Daisy Girl” TV spot which begins gently with a little girl pulling petals from a flower and ends with nuclear annihilation, and the 1984 Ronald Reagan commercial many call “It’s Morning in America.”

A Mood Room offers visitors an immersive multisensory experience designed to demonstrate how images and sounds stir emotion. Another section contains the Change Theater and an interactive zone of hands-on opportunities.

I Approve This Message: Decoding Political Ads Website

Contact: Toledo Museum of Art
2445 Monroe Street
Toledo, Ohio
Tel: (1) 419 255 80 00

Sônia Braga as Clara in <EM>Aquarius</EM>
Sônia Braga as Clara in Aquarius
NEW YORK  •  Angelika Film Center  •  16 - 31 October 2016
Aquarius follows Clara (Sônia Braga), a 65-year-old widow and retired music critic, has vowed not to leave her quickly gentrifying home in Recife, Brazil, until her death. Her steadfastness brings about a mysterious confrontation, tingeing even Clara's most familiar routines with the tension of a thriller.

Angelika Film Center Website

Contact: Angelika Film Center
8 West Houston St.
New York, NY, 10012
Tel: ((1) 212 995 25 70

International Spy MuseumWashington, D.C.
International Spy Museum
Washington, D.C.
International Spy Museum
WASHINGTON, D.C.  •  Ongoing
The International Spy Museum is the first public museum in the United States solely dedicated to espionage. It features the largest collection of international espionage artifacts ever placed on public display. Many of these objects seen for the first time outside of the intelligence community illustrate the work of famous spies and pivotal espionage actions as well as help bring to life the strategies and techniques of the men and women behind some of the most secretive espionage missions in world history.

International Spy Museum Web Site

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Contact: International Spy Museum
800 F St NW
Washington, DC 20004

Tel: (1) 202 393 77 98

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