D.C., Philadelphia, New York offer blockbuster art events

September 08, 1991|By John Dorsey

There's also art out of town, as you might have guessed. Here

are some of the major events in nearby cities:


*The National Gallery will present an old-fashioned blockuster, "Circa 1492: Art in the Age of Exploration," commemorating (a year early) Columbus' discovery of guess where. It includes more than 600 objects from paintings and sculpture to scientific instruments from all over the world to represent "the full spectrum of the creative arts at the dawn of the modern era" (opens Oct. 12).

*The National Museum of American Art this Friday opens "Homecoming: William H. Johnson and Afro-America, 1938-1946," highlighting a hitherto little known artist's paintings of the black experience before and during World War II.

*The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden's biggie for the year will be "Martin Puryear," celebrating the work of a Washington native who has become extremely well known for his abstract wooden sculptures (Feb. 5).

*And the Corcoran Gallery will have an exhibit of satirical beadwork sculptures by Baltimore's own Joyce Scott, a show delightfully titled "I-con-no-body/I-con-o-graphy" (Sept. 14).


*The season promises what art lovers may consider the show of the year with the Metropolitan Museum of Art's "Seurat" (Sept. 24). It is a retrospective in honor of the centenary of the death (at age 31) of Georges Seurat, one of the seminal painters of modern art despite his short career. The exhibit opened in Paris

this summer.


*The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts will have "Thomas Eakins Rediscovered: At Home, At School, At Work" (Sept. 27). Eakins is certainly a leading candidate for the title of America's greatest artist, and this show will include more than 200 paintings, photographs, sculptures and drawings, plus a re- created studio and Victorian parlor and photomurals.

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