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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


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.

Getty Vlla Website

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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 
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
3260 South Street 
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


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

Contact: Asia Society
725 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10021
Tel: (1) 212 288 64 00

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
Fourth Street & Independence Ave., S.W.
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

Contact: The Getty Villa
17985 Pacific Coast Highway
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

<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


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

Contact: J. Paul Getty Museum
1200 Getty Center Drive
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

Contact: Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, New York 11238-6052
Tel: (1) 718 638 50 00

<P>Malick Sidibé: Untitled, 1967/ 2004Vintage silver gelatin print, glass, paint, cardboard, tape, and string4 5/8 x 6 1/4 inches image size, 7 7/8 x 10 1/8 inches framedsigned and dated on front </P>

Malick Sidibé: Untitled, 1967/ 2004
Vintage silver gelatin print, glass, paint, cardboard, tape, and string
4 5/8 x 6 1/4 inches
image size, 7 7/8 x 10 1/8 inches framed
signed and dated on front

Malick Sidibé: Studio Malick, Bamako, Mali
LOS ANGELES  •  Maloney Fine Art  •  28 February - 4 April 2015

This solo exhibition features vintage prints in original hand-painted glass frames. The show marks more than forty years of Malick Sidibé’s photographs of the lives of young people in Mali since the country’s independence from France in 1960. Portraying couples, marriage ceremonies, social clubs, sport events, and infants, Sidibé uniquely conveys the pride, exuberance, and beauty of his subjects. Now renowned, his work provides an extraordinary record of momentous social and cultural change.

Malick Sidibé was born in 1936 in southern French Sudan (now Mali) to a rural herding family. In 1952, his moved to Bamako to attend the prestigious National Institute of Art, graduating in jewelry production. In 1955, he apprenticed at the studio of a leading colonial French photographer, where he began to take portraits of African customers. At night the young photographer biked around to record local dance parties, growing popular for his pictures and his joie de vivre.

Sidibé opened Studio Malick in 1962 as a center for his portrait and documentary work, also serving early on as a popular gathering place for young people in Bamako. His photographs capture the joy, convictions, and desires of a post-colonial generation embracing such new freedoms as rock n’ roll and Western fashions. Over the subsequent decades, Sidibé has continued to depict rituals of social and personal identity. His work raises ever more vital questions about African nationality, self-expression, gender, and historical memory.

Malick Sidibé was the first African artist to be awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement by the Venice Biennale, in 2007. He was the recipient of the Hasselblad International Award in Photography, in 2003, as well as the International Center of Photography Infinity Award for Lifetime Achievement, in 2008.

Maloney Fine Art Website


Maloney Fine Art 
2680 South La Cienega Boulevard
(between Venice & Washington)
Los Angeles, California 90034

Tel: (1)310 570 64 20

<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

Contact: The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53 Street,
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).

National Gallery of Art website

Contact: The National Gallery of Art 
National Mall between 3rd and 9th Streets NW
Washington, DC
Tel: (1) l 202 737 42 15

John Woodrow Wilson (b. 1922): <EM>Martin Luther King, Jr</EM>., 1981Charcoal on cream wove paperSheet: 38 1/8 x 29 7/16 inches (96.8 x 74.8 cm)© John Woodrow Wilson / Visual Artists and Galleries Association
John Woodrow Wilson (b. 1922): Martin Luther King, Jr., 1981
Charcoal on cream wove paper
Sheet: 38 1/8 x 29 7/16 inches (96.8 x 74.8 cm)
© John Woodrow Wilson / Visual Artists and Galleries Association
Represent: 200 Years of African American Art
PHILADELPHIA  •  Philadelphia Museum of Art  •  10 January - 5 April 2015
This exhibition highlights selections from the Museum’s exceptional holdings of African American art and celebrates the publication of a catalogue examining the breadth of these noteworthy collections. With work by renowned artists such as Henry Ossawa Tanner, Horace Pippin, Jacob Lawrence, Martin Puryear, and Carrie Mae Weems, the exhibition showcases a range of subjects, styles, mediums, and traditions. Since the Museum’s acquisition of Tanner’s painting The Annunciation in 1899, its collections of African American art have grown significantly, especially during the last three decades.

Philadelphia Muse m of Art Website

Contact: Philadelphia Muse m of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19130
Tel: (1) 215 763 81 00

<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

Contact: Museum of Biblical Art
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
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

Contact: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10028-0198
Tel: (1) 212 535 77 10

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 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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235 Bowery
New York, NY 10002
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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.


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

Tel: (1) 212 535 77 10

T&#333;sh&#363;sai Sharaku: <EM>The Actor &#332;tani Oniji III as Edobei</EM>, 1794 Clarence Buckingham Collection.
Tōshūsai Sharaku: The Actor Ōtani Oniji III as Edobei, 1794 Clarence Buckingham Collection.
Masterworks of Japanese Prints: Toshusai Sharaku
CHICAGO  •  The Art Institute of Chicago  •  9 January - 29 March 2015

The Art Institute presents an exhibition of Japanese prints by a mysterious 18th century Japanese artist whose identity is debated but whose output was remarkable for its innovation and imagination. Masterworks of Japanese Prints: Toshusai Sharaku.

Sharaku’s earliest work consisted of 28 bust portraits of actors who appeared in the Kabuki plays presented at the three principal Edo (Tokyo) theaters starting in the fifth month of 1794. He produced about 150 designs in a 10-month period between the summer of 1794 and the early spring of 1795. Before and after this period, an artist by this name is unknown, and therefore, Sharaku’s identity has been a matter of much debate. The Art Institute has one of the best museum collections of Sharaku’s work in the world thanks to the early efforts of collectors Clarence and Kate Buckingham. Most of the prints in this exhibition entered the museum between 1925 and 1934 as gifts from the Buckinghams.

The Art Institute of Chicago Website


The Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60603

Tel: (1) 312 443 36 00

Platinum: Contemporary Photography
PHOENIX, ARIZONA  •  Phoenix Art Museum  •  10 January - 5 April 2015
This exhibition brings together four of the leading photographers currently working in the historic platinum process. Lois Conner, Scott Davis, Kenro Izu, and Andrea Modica work in different genres and styles exploring the distinct characteristics of material to include landscapes, nudes, still lifes and portraits—all lusciously rendered in one of photography’s most admired processes: platinum.

Phoenix Art Museum Website


Phoenix Art Museum
1625 N. Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85004-1685

Tel: (1) 602 257 18 80

Film still from <EM>The Enclave</EM>, 2012-2013, showing a rebel from Mai Mai Yakutumba posing in Elephant Grass in Fizi, South Kivu, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo16 mm infrared film transferred to HD video, 39 minutes 25 secondsProduced in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo Director/Producer: Richard Mosse, Cinematographer/Editor: Trevor TweetenComposer/Sound Designer: Ben FrostCourtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.
Film still from The Enclave, 2012-2013, showing a rebel from Mai Mai Yakutumba posing in Elephant Grass in Fizi, South Kivu, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo
16 mm infrared film transferred to HD video, 39 minutes 25 seconds
Produced in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo Director/Producer: Richard Mosse, Cinematographer/Editor: Trevor Tweeten
Composer/Sound Designer: Ben Frost
Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.
The Enclave: Richard Mosse
PORTLAND, OREGON  •  Portland Art Museum  •  8 November 2014 - 12 April 2015

The Portland Art Museum is the first U.S. museum to present Richard Mosse’s (born in Ireland in 1980) video installation The Enclave (2013). The work, which premiered at the 2013 Venice Biennale in the Irish Pavilion runs through 12 April 2015. Several of his monumental photographs from the Democratic Republic of Congo are also on view.

The Enclave was produced using a recently discontinued military film technology originally designed in World War II to reveal camouflaged installations hidden in the landscape. This film registers an invisible spectrum of infrared light, rendering the green landscape in vivid hues of lavender, crimson, and hot pink. On the threshold of the medium’s extinction, Mosse employed this film to document an ongoing conflict situation in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. This humanitarian disaster—in which 5.4 million people have died since 1998—is largely overlooked by the mass media.

The Enclave comprises six monumental double-sided screens installed in a large darkened chamber. This installation is intended to formally parallel eastern Congo’s multifaceted conflict, confounding expectations and forcing the viewer to interact spatially from an array of differing viewpoints. Its  soundscape is layered spatially by 12-point surround sound, composed by Ben Frost from recordings gathered in North and South Kivu. The piece is a looping, non-linear narrative which documents civilians fleeing massacre and Mai Mai militia preparing for battle, as well as M23 rebels moving on, fighting for, and finally taking the city of Goma. This humanitarian disaster unfolds in a landscape of extraordinary beauty, on the shores of Lake Kivu.

Portland Art Museum Website


Portland Art Museum
1219 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97205

Tel: (1) 503 226 28 11

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

Victor Man: <EM>Ombre sul giallo</EM>, 2013-2014Oil on canvas mounted on wood10 5/8 x 7 1/2 inches (27 x 19 cm)
Victor Man: Ombre sul giallo, 2013-2014
Oil on canvas mounted on wood
10 5/8 x 7 1/2 inches (27 x 19 cm)
Victor Man
NEW YORK  •  Gladstone Gallery  •  8 March - 18 April 2015

Gladstone Gallery presents an exhibition of paintings by Victor Man. The exhibition includes several works from Man’s series, The Chandler, presented for the first time in the United States. Paintings in this series portray a seated, decapitated figure holding its head in its lap. The series’ title refers to the medieval term for candle-maker, one who cuts off the top of a candle in order to light it. As in much of Man’s work, “The Chandler” series alludes to historic motifs, in particular the Greek acéphale.

In the other works in the exhibition, multiple references co-exist, from Italian Pre-Renaissance painting to forms of primitivism. The references within these paintings bear a constant sense of repression of reality, which proliferated in Europe during the early avant-garde period at the beginning of the twentieth century.

A catalogue with a narrative by Torsten Slama will be published in conjunction with the exhibition.

Victor Man was born in 1974 and lives in Berlin, Germany and Cluj, Romania.

Gladstone Gallery Website

Contact: Gladstone Gallery
515 West 24th Street
New York, NY

Tel: (1) 212 206 93 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


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

Tel: (1) 720 865 50 00

Events in Classical Music

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 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


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

Maroon 5
Maroon 5
Maroon 5
INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA  •  The Forum  •  3 - 4 April 2015
The Los Angeles quintet is back with its third-studio album, entitled Hands All Over — a hybrid of rock, pop, funk, and R&B

The Forum Website

Detailed schedule information:
7:30 pm

Contact: The Forum
3900 W Manchester Blvd.
Inglewood,  CA  90305
Tel: (1) 310 330 73 00

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

The U.S. Constitution and the End of American Slavery
SAN MARINO, CALIFORNIA  •  The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens  •  24 January - 20 April 2015

In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the passage of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens seeks to  illuminate the complexities of ending slavery with an exhibition drawn from its renowned collections of American historical manuscripts and prints.

The exhibition includes the writings of abolitionists and slave masters; runaway slaves and slave speculators; African American emigrants to Liberia and members of the Underground Railroad; and legal scholars and leaders of political parties. Visitors will see manumissions (formal documents freeing slaves from servitude) and slave traders’ business correspondence, letters from Civil War battlefields, and congressional speeches and resolutions, as well as political cartoons representing viewpoints from both sides of the partisan divide. The display will include a 1796 letter by President George Washington discussing the fate of his runaway slave, Ona Marie "Oney" Judge; Thomas Jefferson’s notes on amending the Constitution; a notebook from the famous abolitionist John Brown; and the writings of Francis Lieber, the celebrated author of the U.S. Army military code that was praised as “better than the Emancipation Proclamation.” The exhibition will feature letters and manuscripts from The Huntington’s famous collection of Abraham Lincoln material, including Lincoln’s record of his debates with Stephen A. Douglas and a copy of the 13th Amendment signed by the president.

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens Website

Contact: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, CA 91108

Tel: (1) 626 405 21 00

An Evening with Damien Rice
NEW YORK  •  Beacon Theatre  •  4 April 2015
An Evening with Damien Rice

Beacon Theatre Website

Detailed schedule information:
8:00 pm

Contact: Beacon Theatre
2124 Broadway
New York, NY
Tel: (1) 212 496 70 70

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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