North American art exhibitions in 2011: McQueen, Lloyd Wright, 'Avatar'

From modern art to classics and street art to retrospectives of renowned fashion designers, museum exhibitions in 2011 range from collections from around the world to thematically curated shows, including focuses on Alexander McQueen and the film
Avatar, as well as Picasso and Frank Lloyd Wright. Here is a look at exhibitions set for the first half of 2011.

Ed Ruscha: Road Tested
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
January 23 - April 17, 2011
Fort Worth, Texas

Paintings, drawings, photographs, and other works by Ed Ruscha, inspired by his 1956 road trip from Oklahoma City to Los Angeles, follows the artist's love of the American road. Through 75 works, the retrospective features images from his books, such as Twenty-Six Gasoline Station, the panoramic Every Building on the Sunset Strip, aerial grids and California horizons, and the rarely seen film Miracle.
http://themodern.org


Museum of the Moving Image reopening

January 15 - six weeks
Queens, New York

After the addition of a three-story structure doubling the space, the Museum of the Moving Image reopens with events and screenings entitled "Celebrating the Moving Image." Located in the 1920 Paramount Pictures Astoria Studio, it is the only American museum focused exclusively on film, video and digital media. The inaugural program includes 20 newly restored archival-worthy films, from avant-garde works by Jonas Mekas and Andy Warhol to Roberto Rossellini's Rome, Open City (1945). http://movingimage.us


The Emperor's Private Paradise: Treasures from the Forbidden City
Metropolitan Museum of Art
February 1 - May 1
New York City, New York

More than 90 lavish objects are displayed, including murals, paintings, furniture, decorative works, and architecture from the 2-acre residence and gardens of the Qianlong Emperor of China's last dynasty, created in 1771 and shuttered in 1924. Objects of lacquer, porcelain and gilt bronzes - never been seen before by the public - are part of a larger show, the Summer of China, including Extravagant Display: Chinese Art in the 18th and 19th Centuries. Organized by Peabody Essex Museum in Massachusetts, it travels to Milwaukee in June before returning to the Palace Museum in Beijing.
http://www.metmuseum.org


Frank Lloyd Wright: Organic Architecture for the 21st Century
Milwaukee Art Museum
February 12 - May 15
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Timed to mark the centennial of Taliesin, Frank Lloyd Wright's home, studio and school in Wisconsin, this survey of the architect's major projects includes Unity Temple, Fallingwater home and the Johnson Wax building. Highlights feature never-before-exhibited drawings, furniture, photography and work related to Taliesin and his Arizona home, Taliesin West. The first exhibition to consider the relevance of Wright's architecture to today's environmentalism.
http://www.mam.org


Paul Gauguin: Maker of Myth
National Gallery of Art
February 27 - June 2
Washington DC

Paul Gauguin's colorful images of Brittany and the South Seas' islands are presented in this exhibit of 120 works, organized by the Tate Modern of London. The first major show in the US of the French artist since a 1988 retrospective, featuring self-portraits, still lifes and landscapes, paintings, pastels, sculpture, and decorated objects. The show explores Gauguin's use of myth and symbol to tell stories, from European culture to Maori legend.
http://www.nga.gov


Art in the Streets
Museum of Contemporary Art/The Geffen Contemporary
April 4 - September 15
Los Angeles, California

This massive exhibit is the first by a major museum on the history of graffiti and street art in America, from the 1970s to present day, with a focus on the legacy of Los Angeles. From cholo graffiti to skate culture-inspired works, more than 100 artists will be featured, including work by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Blu, Banksy, Martha Cooper, Shepard Fairey, Stelios Faitakis, Futura, Keith Haring, Lady Pink, and Swoon. Also, two dozen artists have been commissioned to create installations and murals for the exhibit. http://www.moca.org


Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

Metropolitan Museum of Art/The Costume Institute
May 4 - July 31
New York, New York

Five collections from the fashion designer's 19-year career span Dante (1996-97), Number 13 (1999), Voss (2001), Irere (2003), and Plato's Atlantis (2010), as well as videos of his runway presentations up to McQueen's death last February. His dramatic and imaginative culture and identity display iconic designs, including his signature kimono jacket and Origami frock coat, as well as exaggerated silhouettes spanning the 1860s to the 1950s. Approximately 100 examples include works crafted into romantic narratives with technical ingenuity and innovative vision.
http://www.metmuseum.org/


Tim Burton
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
May 29 - October 31
Los Angeles, CA

This major retrospective explores the filmmaker's creative work as a director, artist and illustrator. Inspired by popular culture, fairy tales and gothic themes, the exhibition brings together over 700 drawings, paintings, photographs, puppets, concepts, costumes, and cinematic ephemera, including art from personal projects. Many of these objects come from the artist's own archive, as well as from studio archives and private collections of Burton's collaborators. The show was curated by the Museum of Modern Art.
http://www.lacma.org


Picasso from Musée National Picasso
De Young Museum
June 11 - September 25
San Francisco, California

The de Young hosts an exhibition of more than 100 paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints drawn from every phase of the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso's career. The rare exhibit is possible due to the temporary closure of the Musée Picasso in Paris until 2012 for renovations. It covers the artist's range of style including La Celestine (1904) from the Blue Period, Two Brothers (1906) from the Rose Period, the expressionist Les Demoiselles d'Avignon (1907), Cubist Man with a Guitar (1911), neoclassical Portrait of Olga (1917), six Surrealist bronze heads of the artist's mistress, Marie-Therese Walter, (1950), and the late self-portrait The Matador (1970).
http://deyoung.famsf.org/


Avatar: The Exhibition
EMP/Science Fiction Museum
June 4, 2011 - September 2012
Seattle, Washington

Avatar: The Exhibition consists of a collection of artifacts, props and costumes from the all-time biggest blockbuster film. Organized with director James Cameron's Lightstorm Entertainment, the show brings the imaginative world of Pandora to life off the screen. An actual Armored Mobility Platform suit from combat scenes and the original, hand-made models of the Na'vi characters and their wardrobes will be on display. Visitors will experience interactive installations of motion capture, virtual and 3-D technologies in film. Set to travel to other arts and cultural institutions in the US and around the world. http://www.empsfm.org


The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
June 17 - October 2
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

For the 35th anniversary of fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier, the first retrospective devoted to the couturier, spans selections from his 1976 ready-to-wear collection to 120 dresses from his haute couture firm in 1997. The exhibition celebrates the refined avant-garde style and ties with music (Madonna, Lady Gaga), cinema (Luc Besson, Pedro Almodóvar), dance, theater, and television with clips of films, concerts, ballets, and fashion shows. The show travels to the Dallas Museum of Art in November.
http://www.mbam.qc.ca/en/

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