Puget Sound English Department

June 25, 2009

NEWSWEEK Prognosticates Exhibits of Art

the-whitney-museum(The Whitney Museum, New York)

The June 15, 2009, issue of Newsweek--with guest-editor Stephen Colbert–features an articled by Cathleen McGuigan on the famous and infamous “Elgin” marbles (sculpture) which were taken from Greece and are now housed in the British Museum. As one might imagine, Greece wants the marbles back, and the very name, “Elgin marbles,” is contested.

Meanwhile, as that issue unfolds slowly over the decades, the unnamed “Prognosticator” at the end of the article takes note of the following art-exhibits-to-come:

–An exhibit of Georgia O’Keefe’s abstract painting–not the famous flowers and skulls, as the Prog notes, but “undulating, sunset-hued” abstracts. When? In about 3 months. Where? The Whitney in New York.

–An exhibit called “The Aztec Pantheon and the Art of Empire,” featuring “newly excavated material.”  The exhibit will help celebrate Mexico’s bicentennial. When? In about a year. Where? The Getty Villa in Malibu.

–An exhibit of portraits of Elvis Presley–“from the sublime (Warhol) to the saccharine (Cowan).”  When? In about 6 months, to coincide roughly with Elvis Presley’s 75th birthday, thank-you-very-much. Where? National Portrait Gallery, D.C.

The article and prognostications appear on pages 62-63 in Newsweek.

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