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June 2017: The Arts

Performing Arts.

–The inaugural induction ceremony for the Performing Arts Hall of Fame at Lincoln Center will see luminaries including Louis Armstrong, Placido Domingo, Yo-Yo Ma and Leontyne Price honored, along with the 30 founding members – June 6

–Maestro Alan Gilbert will conduct his final concerts as Music Director of the NY Philharmonic in David Geffen Hall. The special program, A Concert for Unity, will explore how music can build bridges and unite people across borders; the season finale will include Mahler’s Symphony No. 7 and feature special guest artists Yo-Yo Ma and Wynton Marsalis – June 8-10

–Summer season at The Yard, the contemporary dance program on Martha’s Vineyard, features modern, hip-hop, Indian, and a new work from Pam Tanowitz – June 8-Sept 9

–The American Dance Festival in Durham, North Carolina celebrates its 40th year at its Duke University home – June 13 – July 29

Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in the Berkshires, begins its summer music season with Andris Nelsons conducting – June 17 – Sept 3 

–Caramoor, the summer music venue just north of NYC, launches its season – June 17-July 30

–The Jacob’s Pillow summer dance festival kicks off in the Berkshires with over 20 different programs; a highlight this month is Tireless: A Tap Dance Experience, curated by Michelle Dorrance (June 28-July 2) – festival runs June 21 – Aug 27

–Paris celebrates the Fête de la Musique with free music throughout the city – June 21

–Bravo! Vail sees the NY Phil in residence in late July; Jaap van Zweden conducts the Dallas Symphony, and the Philadelphia Orchestra also performs – June 22-Aug 4

–The Aspen Music Festival explores the theme of “enchantment” – June 29-Aug 20

–The Santa Fe Opera Festival’s 61st season will feature five new productions, opening with Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus. Later in the summer, see the world premiere of the new opera The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, which consists of scenes that span the entirety of Steve Jobs’ life – June 30 – Aug 26

–Bard Summerscape and Bard Music Festival feature Chopin and Dvorak – June 30-Aug 20

Visual Arts.

–On Manhattan’s High Line, Hop, Skip, Jump and Fly: Escape from Gravity from artist Sheila Hicks will be on display from June 1 through next April

–The Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt will host the first major retrospective in Europe of American Pop artist Peter Saul – June 2–Sept 3

–Theaster Gates stages his second of four performances at the Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in DC, a remix of the civil-rights-focused jazz album Max Roach’s Freedom Day, with musicians leading a processional through the museum – June 3

–The ARoS Triennial, at various venues in Aarhus, Denmark (about three hours northwest of Copenhagen) takes the theme “The Garden—End of Times; Beginning of Times;” the show takes place in urban spaces as well as in a forest and along the coastline – June 3–July 30

–Grayson Perry: The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever! at the Serpentine Galleries in London will show new work from the Turner Prize-winning artist; he depicts everyday scenes in a variety of mediums, including ceramics, printmaking, and tapestry – June 8–Sept 10

–Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg, a retrospective of more than 50 of the artist’s works (some never-before-seen), runs at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago – June 6 – Sept 24

–Calder: Hypermobility at the Whitney in New York will showcase “early motor-driven abstractions, sound-generating gongs, and standing and hanging mobiles” – June 9–Oct 16

–Documenta, one of the most important art exhibitions in the world, takes place only once every five years, usually in the German city of Kassel; this year it is also being held in Athens (it debuted there April 8 and runs to July 16). Documenta (14) will showcase more than 150 artists in Greece and at the Fridericianum in Kassel – June 10 – Sept 17

–The fourth edition of the once-a-decade show Skulptur Projekte Münster includes 35 artists, whose work will be installed throughout its namesake German city, as well as the nearby city of Marl – June 10 – Oct 1

–Home—So Different, So Appealing at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art bring together work by U.S. Latino and Latin American artists from the 1950s to the present and will include “anarchitect” Gordon Matta-Clark, destruction artist Raphael Montañez Ortiz, and emerging installation artist Carmen Argote – June 11–October 15

–Frank Lloyd Wright: Unpacking the Archive at the MOMA celebrates the architect’s 150th birthday with an exhibit of 450 works from the 1890s to the 1950s – June 12–October 1

–The Tate Modern in London mounts a retrospective of the work of Fahrelnissa Zeid; the abstract painter was born in Turkey and trained in Paris, and synthesized influences from East and West – June 13 – Oct 8

Paul Cezanne’s portraits are on display at the Musee d’Orsay in Paris — June 13

–The iconic show Art Basel Switzerland features 291 of the world’s leading galleries showing the works of over 4,000 artists – June 15-18

–The left hand of Kara Walker’s monumental The Sugar Baby will be displayed in a former slaughterhouse on the island of Hydra in Greece – opens June 20

–Frank Bowling: Mappa Mundi at the Haus der Kunst in Munich – an overview of the black abstractionist’s work – will be anchored by his large-scale “map paintings,” which conjure journeys he took and also ones he imagined – June 23–Oct 22

–Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art includes 45 works, many from the latter part of the Norwegian artist’s career, with 12 lesser-known self-portraits – June 24–Oct 9

–The Getty Center in LA celebrates British artist David Hockney, who turns 80 next month – June 27

–London Art Week will celebrate an array of art from across the past five millennia; more than forty notable galleries and three leading auction houses will participate – VIP preview June 29, open to the public June 30-July 7

–The Guggenheim presents Mystical Symbolism: The Salon de la Rose+Croix in Paris, 1892–1897, which includes works by artists including Ferdinand Hodler, Georges Rouault, and Félix Vallotton, and also has a musical element, with works from Erik Satie, Richard Wagner, and others – June 30

–Bill Viola, at the Guggenheim Bilbao, is a retrospective of the work of the video artist, who focused on subjects including faith, transcendence, and renewal – June 30–November 9

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