From Rodin to Lichtenstein

An $85 million renovation more than doubles exhibition space at the North Carolina Museum of Art. An $85 million renovation more than doubles exhibition space at the North Carolina Museum of Art. (Scott Frances)
By Mark Feeney
Globe Staff / April 18, 2010

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Reopening of North Carolina Museum of Art: Three years in the making, this $85 million expansion and renovation will transform the museum’s 164-acre campus. A new structure, the West Building, and a renovated East Building will more than double the museum’s exhibition space for its permanent collection and nearly double its space for temporary exhibitions. The building program also includes a new restaurant, museum store, and four acres of sculpture gardens, reflecting pools, and pond renovations. To celebrate the reopening, the museum has acquired more than 200 new works of art. They include 28 sculptures by Auguste Rodin, as well as paintings by Ellsworth Kelly, David Park, and Sean Scully. 2110 Blue Ridge Road, 919-839-6262, www.ncartmuseum .org



“Lucian Freud: The Studio’’: Some 50 paintings, along with prints, drawings, and photographs, make up this exhibition of work by the celebrated British artist. The focus is on studio works — even the few landscapes in the show are of locations visible from the various London studios Freud has used over the past 40 years. Other sections of the show include portraits, self-portraits, and works inspired by other paintings. 19 rue du Renard, 011-33-1-44-78-12-33,



“1964’’: Drawing on its own holdings, the Walker Art Center presents upward of 100 works documenting the art world’s enormous ferment in the title year. Pop and Minimalism were on the rise. Graphic design and performance art were reflecting the growing political and social upheaval of the period. Artists with work on display include Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Louise Nevelson, George Segal, Ellsworth Kelly, Dan Flavin, and Lucas Samaras. 1750 Hennepin Ave., 612-375-7600, www



Opening of Virginia Museum of Fine Arts: The museum’s $150 million expansion, which adds 165,000 square feet, is a five-level glass-and-limestone design by English architect Rick Mather. He’s best known for his recent expansion and renovation of Oxford University’s Ashmolean Museum. The expansion is part of a larger master plan for VMFA’s 13 1/2-acre campus that’s been some eight years in the making. 200 North Boulevard, 804-340-1400, www

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“15 Minutes of Fame: Portraits from Ansel Adams to Andy Warhol’’: This Orange County Museum of Art show presents more than 150 examples of photographic portraiture. Subjects include people as famous as Alfred Hitchock and as anonymous as a group of cheerleaders doing splits. Besides Adams and Warhol (two names not commonly found in the same sentence), artists include Garry Winogrand, Larry Clark, and Lawrence Schiller. 850 San Clemente Drive, 949-759-1122,

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“Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera Since 1870’’: God must be a voyeur. First he created light, then a bit later he let the camera be invented. This Tate Modern exhibition gathers more than 200 photographs — some of them taken by artists of the caliber of Walker Evans and Henri Cartier-Bresson, others by automated surveillance cameras — to examine the fascinating, and sometimes creepy, relationship between the lens and surreptitious watching. Bankside, 011-44-20-7887-8888, www.tate



Montreal International Jazz Festival: From June 25 through July 6 Montreal becomes the world capital of jazz and various of its musical kin. Among performers scheduled to appear at this year’s festival are Boz Scaggs, Cassandra Wilson, David Sanborn, Manhattan Transfer, Sonny Rollins, George Benson Terence Blanchard, Allen Toussaint, the Gipsy Kings, and a very downtown triple bill of Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed, and John Zorn. 305 rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest, 888-515-0515,


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