Events and exhibits starting in June

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Globe Staff / May 30, 2004

Noguchi reopens
June 12

Isamu Noguchi (1904-88) did it all. An international Renaissance man, he was a sculptor, ceramist, painter, landscape architect, and designer of theater sets, furniture, even his own museum. Born in Japan, he lived most of his life in New York, though he traveled the world for his art. After a 2-year renovation, The Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum reopens in the former photoengraving plant that he transformed in 1985. Noguchi created an open-air sculpture garden surrounded by indoor galleries. The museum introduces changing exhibits and a gallery devoted exclusively to his designs, among them his paper lamps, called Akari Light Sculptures. ''Isamu Noguchi: Sculptural Design," with 100 objects, is on view through Oct. 4.

32-37 Vernon Blvd. 718-545-8842.

'Impressionist Visions'
June 12-Sept. 12

In its only North American venue, ''Turner, Whistler, Monet: Impressionist Visions" makes its world premiere at the Art Gallery of Ontario. The exhibit's 60 paintings and 60 works on paper by J.M.W. Turner, James McNeill Whistler, and Claude Monet have never been shown together. Conceived by the Toronto museum and co-organized with Tate Britain, London, and the Muse d'Orsay in Paris, the exhibit examines how the landscapes of Turner (1775-1851) influenced Whistler (1834-1903) and Monet (1840-1926). The latter two artists, who were good friends, admired Turner's way of capturing the essence or impression of a scene on canvas. After Toronto, the exhibit goes to the Grand Palais in Paris and then the Tate.

317 Dundas St. West. 416-979-6648.

Heifers festival
June 3-6

They're on the mooove again in southern Vermont. The third annual ''Strolling of the Heifers" meanders down Main Street Saturday with 75 dolled-up heifers, water buffalo, yaks, llamas, floats, and bands. ''The Value of Vermont Dairy Farms: It's More Than the Milk," a public summit, kicks off the four-day event. ''The Farm Show," an exhibit of art with sales to benefit the Strolling of the Heifers grants program, is a new ingredient. The Dairy Fest & Marketplace delivers cheese sampling, a celebrity milking contest, hayrides, and cooking demonstrations by local chefs. Among other activities are a Heifer Ball, a Heifer Brunch, various musical performances, and tours of area farms.

Various locations. 802-254-4565

'Festivalof Performances'
June 8-13

While 5,000 members of the country's nonprofit performing arts community gather in Pittsburgh for the first National Performing Arts Convention, the city shows off its own world-class cultural treasures with the ''Festival of Performances." Among the concerts are the Pittsburgh Opera's staging of Jake Heggie's contemporary work ''Dead Man Walking" and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's ''James Galway Festival." Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh collaborate for the city premiere of a ballet set to J.S. Bach's ''Magnificat." Pittsburgh Public Theater presents Friedrich Schiller's 1800 drama, ''Mary Stuart." The annual Three Rivers Arts Festival overlaps the convention with visual arts, concerts, and street performances June 4-20.

Various locations. 412-394-3353.

Helmut Newton gallery
June 4-Oct. 31

The bold and controversial fashion photographer Helmut Newton, 83, was killed in an auto accident in Los Angeles in January, three months after he donated 1,000 images to his hometown Berlin, the city he fled in 1938 to escape the Nazis. The newly established German Center for Photography, in collaboration with the Helmut Newton Foundation, plans rotating displays of work by Newton and his wife, June, also known as Alice Springs. The gallery's opening exhibits are ''Sex and Landscape" and ''Us and Them," a group of portraits Newton and Springs took of each other from 1947-97.

Jebenstrasse 2. 011-49-0-30-2090-5555 (Staatliche Museen, which is handling the calls)

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