Although most of us feel lucky if we do even one thing really well, artists are often talented in more than one medium. And then there’s Salvador Dali.
While Dali is immediately recognizable by his out-of-this-world mustache (made famous in a classic 1942 photograph by Philippe Halsman), most people, however, can recognize just one or two of his works, usually the ones with the drippy clocks. Very few probably know just how innovative, experimental, and prolific he was as an artist. Dali used controversial images in his paintings to reflect what was happening in his time — the mid-20th century — and his work influenced a generation of young pop artists, including Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.
The first retrospective exhibition of the artist’s work in the United States in more than 60 years is now on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It is the only American museum to host this exhibit; the only other venue was in Barcelona at the end of 2004. Marking 100 years since Dali’s birth, the show places Dali’s most famous surrealist canvases of the 1920s and 1930s in context with his early and later work, and aims to reassess his position in modern art. The goal of the exhibit is to give Dali the painter, writer, filmmaker, sculptor, and performance artist the proper recognition that he deserves.
In a career spanning 60 years, Dali drew and painted, illustrated books, hand-crafted jewelry, designed and produced surrealist films, and created theatrical sets and costumes. There are a few of these items on display among the paintings, including a pink satin sofa in the shape of Mae West’s lips; a telephone with a lobster handset — Dali was obsessed with lobsters, which are said to be an aphrodisiac; and a bust of Venus in which her breasts and belly have been fashioned into drawers with ermine knobs.
“This exhibition allows us a unique opportunity to reassess the life of one of the most complex, and in many respects, most controversial artists of the 20th century,” says Michael R. Taylor, the curator of modern art at the museum and one of the contributing curators of the show. “We all think we know Dali. He is not the most approachable artist. But he had enormous impact on contemporary art and culture. It seems to me that no matter what Dali touched, be it architecture, fashion, or design, he would always manage to imprint his own visual imagination on what he was working on. And he was unique in that aspect.”
Dali was born in 1904 in Figueres, Spain. Over a stretch of 85 years, Dali was a witness to major events in world history including the Spanish Civil War, the groundbreaking work of Sigmund Freud, the rise of fascism, and the advent of the atomic age. All of these influences are apparent in his work.
The exhibit is the lynchpin of a worldwide Dali centennial year of exhibitions and events commissioned by the Gala-Salvador Dali Foundation in Figueres, Spain. The foundation organized the exhibit in collaboration with the Palazzo Grassi in Venice and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In Philadelphia, the retrospective features more than 200 works, including 150 paintings, sculpture, writings on paper, and objects drawn from public and private collections in 14 countries.
The exhibition galleries are organized chronologically, beginning with art Dali created when he was just 13 years old. Called “Aunt Ana Sewing in Cadaques,” the painting is in the Impressionist style, but Dali moved on to Cubism in the same year, by 1925 he became a Realist, and by 1927 a Surrealist. Each gallery reveals a major transformation in his artistic style, which correlates to major influences on or periods of his life — desire, Freudian analysis, family turmoil, sex, world war, and Catholicism. Large statements on the wall in each gallery explain the meaning of the work in each gallery and how it is evidenced in the pieces. As one proceeds through the galleries — experiencing by turns the fantastical and absurd, the somber and horrifying, and the uplifting and spiritually touching nature of Dali’s work — it becomes apparent just how revolutionary his art was, an intensely uninhibited and personal expression that extended well into his 70s.
For example, in 1922, the same year Dali entered the prestigious San Fernando Academy of Fine Arts in Madrid, Sigmund Freud’s book, “The Interpretation of Dreams” was translated into Spanish. Freud’s belief that dreams revealed the desires, obsessions, and fears of the subconscious mind would affect Dali’s work forever.
Dali finally got to meet Freud in London in 1938 and the resulting pencil drawing of him is on view at the exhibition. “Dali was fascinated with Freud,” says Taylor. “He felt he had the right to paint his dreams, childhood phobias, and obsessions. He kept his fears dangerously close to the surface where he could use them.”
One of Dali’s most famous works, Premonition of Civil War, created six months before the Spanish Civil War began in 1936, shows a grimacing body (representing Spain) pulling itself apart. Later that year, Dali’s close friend, the poet Federico Garcia Lorca, was executed by General Franco’s firing squad, presumably for his political leanings. The atomic bomb at Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, affected him greatly, and he began to paint pictures that pointed to another world beyond this one. (A free audiotape is available that includes commentary on two to three paintings in each gallery by curator Michael Taylor and other experts on Dali’s life and art.)
Before beginning his formal training at the age of 18, Dali already knew that he was prodigiously talented and had been experimenting with different artistic styles for years. At this point, he was imitating the Realist techniques of such Spanish masters as Velazquez and Goya. While he relied on his sister, Anna Marie, as his favorite model, overall his relations with his family were strained. His mother, Felipa, died the year before he went to art school. His father, Don Salvador Dali y Cusi, a prestigious notary who was overbearing and authoritative, was not particularly supportive of his son’s chosen career.
Dali lasted only a year at the academy before being suspended for “subversive” behavior after being arrested at a political rally. In addition, his growing interest in modern art set him apart from the more conservative students. In fact, he was the first student at the academy to experiment with Cubism. The academy finally expelled Dali in 1926 after he declared that none of the professors were competent to judge his work in the summer exam. His career, however, by this time, was already launched and he would soon join the Avant-Garde movement in Paris.
In 1929, Dali was the first artist to make a film, “Un Chien Andalou,” a collaboration with Luis Bunuel. The film contained an image that had appeared to Bunuel in a dream — the infamous scene of a razor slicing through an eyeball.
Also that year, Dali’s father expelled him from the family home because he disapproved of his son’s adulterous relationship with Gala Eluard, the wife of the surrealist poet Paul Eluard. From that time on, a father figure threatening castration shows up in many of Dali’s early surrealist creations. Dali later reconciled with his father after a decade-long rupture.
Gala went on to be Dali’s lifelong companion, muse, and only model. After many years, Dali visited the Pope to ask for a dispensation for a divorce, because Gala was still married to Eluard. This was denied but they did marry upon Eluard’s death and were life-long partners.
By 1939, the Surrealist Movement, one of the most revolutionary art movements of the 20th century, had expelled Dali from the group. While Dali embraced and popularized Surrealism, he also consciously pushed its limits. In addition, his refusal to take a political stand during the Spanish Civil War infuriated the Communist-leaning leaders of the movement. Although Dali never joined another movement, he is still considered one of the most famous Surrealist painters.
“The exhibition shows all the facets of Dali’s work, going back to his first experiments with Impressionism and Cubism,” says Taylor, who has a Ph.D. in art history from the Courtlaud Institute at the University of London, instead of focusing purely on his Surrealist paintings. “We can sense the mounting excitement of a young artist as he encounters the international Avant-Garde movement. And it continues right through to the end of his life when he begins to make the large-scale paintings integrating science and religion, which he called nuclear mysticism.” During these years, Dali painted many of his best-known works, including “Christ of St. John of the Cross,” “The Discovery of America by Christopher Columbus,” and “The Last Supper.”
In the 1970s, Dali was the first artist to make and exhibit holograms, including a revolving, cylindrical hologram of rock musician Alice Cooper’s brain, which is on display in the retrospective. The exhibit ends with his last work, “The Swallow’s Tail,” completed when he was 79.
Gala died in 1982 and in 1984 Dali was severely burned in a fire at his home in Spain. In 1989 he died of heart failure at the age of 85, and was buried in a crypt at the Teatro-Museo Dali in Figueres. He bequeathed his property and remaining works, not previously donated to the Teatro-Museo, to the Spanish State.
Anne d’Harnoncourt, director of the Philadelphia Museum of Art says: “Dali is one of the best-known artists of all time and yet 15 years after his death, his achievement has yet to be fully understood. This exhibition provides a splendid opportunity for scholars, artists, and visitors to encounter a complete and complex picture of the artist.”
”Salvador Dali,” the Philadelphia Museum. Through May 15. General ticket prices, which include audio headsets, are $20 for adults, $17 for those 62 or older amd students with IDs, and $10 for children 5 to 12 years old. The museum is hosting several supporting events including a special restaurant menu from Dali’s home state of Catalan, special Friday evening performances of Spanish music, dance, and food, and a wide array of public programs to enhance the Dali experience. For more information, call 215/684-7860 or visit www.philamuseum.org.
Dali on the Side
Since you have to buy Dali tickets in advance, try choosing one of the following dates and enhance your Dali experience with one of these themed musical or culinary evenings at the museum.
Friday, March 11, 8 p.m., concert by Fireworks, hailed as the “hottest new classical band in New York” by New Music Connoisseur. To celebrate the exhibition Salvador Dali, the ensemble explores the relationship of Dali’s aesthetics, particularly the Surrealist movement, with similar currents in twentieth-century music. Featured composers: Mauricio Kagel, John Cage, Brian Coughlin, and Igor Stravinsky. $20. Van Pelt Auditorium.
Friday, March 11, 6 to 8:30 p.m. The Book and The Cook Wine Dinner. Philadelphia’s ever-popular author/chef dinner series pays homage to the museum and Dali. Executive chef Tracey Hopkins and Colman Andrews, editor of Saveur magazine and author of “Catalan Cuisine,” pair up to deliver a four-course, prix-fixe wine-tasting dinner featuring cuisine and wines of Dali’s native region. Cost: $122; $148 nonmembers
Friday, March 18, 8 p.m., concert by internationally renowed classical guitarist Eliot Fisk performing music from Dali’s homeland of Catalonia. Featured composers: Enrique Granados and Federico Mompou,as well as avant-garde composers Cristobal Halffter and Luciano Berio. $20. Van Pelt Auditorium.
Friday evening wine dinners, 6 to 8:30 p.m., four-course, prix-fixe dinners with executive chef Tracey Hopkins: March 18, Basque Country and the Wines of the Rioja: An exploration of Spain’s most acclaimed gastronomic region; April 22, Food and Wine of the Levante: The pleasures of Valencia and Alicante; May 13, The Old Castile Region: Cuisine of Castilla-Leon and wines of the Ribera del Duero. Cost: $122; $148 nonmembers. Museum Restaurant.
Saturday, April 30, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Salvador Dali and the Art of Enjoying Catalan Wines, hosted by John McNulty, wine educator, radio show host, food and wine writer, and co-owner of CorkScrewed of Cherry Hill; and Michael Taylor, Muriel and Philip Berman Curator of Modern Art. $125 (includes same-day ticket to Dal exhibition). Wintersteen Student Center.
For these events, the Museum recommends a visit to the Dali exhibition at 4:30 p.m. followed by the concert or dinner. Call the Museum ticket center at 215-235-SHOW for concert tickets, or the museum restaurant at 215-684-7990 for dinner reservations. Reservations will be taken, space permitting, until Wednesday, March 9.
Art in Town
Dynasty Arts, 20 Nassau Street, Unit F, 609-688-9388. The recently opened Chinese antique and art gallery features a silk-screen series, “Last Dynasty,” oil and watercolor, and limited edition prints. Artist and owner, Lu Zuogeng, combines Chinese brushwork with Western watercolor. Also, Chinese antique furniture of Ming and Qing dynasties. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
Historical Society of Princeton, Bainbridge House, 158 Nassau Street, 609-921-6748. “Princeton Recollects” exhibition was organized to celebrate the accomplishments of the Princeton History Project. In the 1970s and 80s, the project was dedicated to collecting and preserving memories, and publishing “The Princeton Recollector,” a monthly magazine. The exhibition includes original letters, documents, and artifacts. Free. Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.
University Medical Center at Princeton, 253 Witherspoon Street, 609-497-4192. Exhibit of works by cartoonist Bob Heim. On view to March 2. Gallery is open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
Coryell Gallery, 8 Coryell Street, Lambertville, 609-397-0804. Lambertville Historical Society’s 25th annual juried art exhibition, “Lambertville and the Surrounding Area,” and selected by juror Frank Rivera. Among the nine artists awarded cash prizes are Ed Adams, James A. Hamilton III, Judith Sutton, Beatrice Bork, Joanne Augustine, Barbara Watts, Vincent Ceglia, and Michael Budden. To March 20. Gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
Ellarslie, Trenton City Museum, Cadwalader Park, 609-989-3632. Shared show, “Art Teachers Art,” for Bernard Moore, Susan Kiley, Anthony Colavita, and Aundretta Wright. Through February 27. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sundays, 1 to 4 p.m.
Gallery 125, 125 South Warren Street, Trenton, 609-393-8998. “Cabin Fever.” On view through April 1. The gallery’s hours are Tuesday through Friday, noon to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Gallery 14, 14 Mercer Street, Hopewell, 609-333-8511. Shared exhibits, “Us,” by Harold Schrader, and “Faces and Folk Art of Ghana,” David Miller. Exhibits on view through March 13.
Gold Medal Impressions, 43 Princeton Hightstown Road, West Windsor, 609-606-9001. Newly-expanded gallery of photographer Richard Druckman, a freelance photographer for Associated Press. Six rooms and over 250 photographs of professional football, basketball, hockey, tennis, and Olympic events. Photographs for sale are matted and framed and in a variety of sizes and prices. Gallery is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Grounds For Sculpture, 18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton, 609-586-0616. A seasonal outdoor sculpture exhibition featuring the ISC Outstanding Student Achievement Awards Exhibition. “Twisted Logic” by Patrick Dougherty ,”Earthwords and Geoglyphs” by Australian artist Andrew Rogers. Show continues to May 1. “Focus on Sculpture 2005,” an annual juried exhibition of photographs by amateur photographers and the figurative sculptures of contemporary Norwegian artist Nicolaus Widerberg. On view in the Domestic Arts Building to May 1. Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., November to March; open Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., April to October.
Hopewell Frame Shop Gallery, 24 West Broad Street, 609-466-0817. Solo show for portrait artist Karen Bannister. She finds the human face and form most appealing and uses live models whenever possible. On view through February 26. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Louisa Melrose Gallery, 41 Bridge Street, Frenchtown, 908-996-1470. “Art Blooms,” an exhibit featuring florals and spring scenes in all media. Artists include Stephanie Amato, W, Carl Burger, Christian Corey, Christina Debarry, and Christine Debrosky. Through February 28. Gallery hours are Wednesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
La Principessa Ristorante, Route 27, Kingston Mall, 609-921-3043. “La Dolce Vita, “ a collection of original photographs from Italia by Ed Tseng. The exhibition remains on permanent display. Restaurant hours are Tuesday to Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 5 to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, 4:30 to 9 p.m.
Montgomery Center for the Arts, 124 Montgomery Road, Skillman, 609-921-3272. “Express Yourself: The Culture of Our Generation,” in celebration of Youth Art Month, an exhibition of work by area high school students. Through March 25.
North Brunswick Township Arts and Humanities, 710 Hermann Road, North Brunswick, 888-431-1010. Exhibit of work of area artist Bill Kastan. On view through February.
Peggy Lewis Gallery, Lambertville Public Library, 6 Lilly Street, 609-397-0275. “Natural Wonder,” an exhibit of vibrant watercolors and pastel by Diane M. Santarella. On view through March 5. Gallery hours are Monday to Thursday, 1 to 9 p.m.; Friday, 1 to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Plainsboro Public Library, 641 Plainsboro Road, 609-275-2897. Pastels and Calligraphy by Jack Liang. Recent works in pastel as well as non-traditional Chinese calligraphy. On view through February 28. Open Monday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Tuesday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Riverrun Gallery, 287 South Main Street, Lambertville, 609-397-3349. Second Annual Works on Paper Show. Through March 3. Gallery open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays, noon to 5 p.m. Closed Tuesdays.
Taste of the Town, 5 Railroad Place, Hopewell Borough, 609-466-3666. “Reflections of Italy,” an exhibit of photographs by Michele Bartran Mosner. Through April 14.
Windrows Forrestal Village, Plainsboro, 732-422-0700. Robert DeChico and his photographic impression show, “Celebration of the River Towns.” Buildings, canals, towpaths, and the river are featured. On view through March 2.
Top Of PageCampus Arts
Princeton University Art Museum, 609-258-3788. Medieval, Renaissance, and baroque galleries are open. The museum’s galleries are open Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Tours are given on Saturdays at 2 p.m.
College of New Jersey Sesquicentennial, Art Gallery, Holman Hall, Ewing, 609-771-2198. Circa 1855: International Art Exhibit featuring French, American, British, and Japanese works from 1835 to 1875. Works include Ames, Cotot, Daumier, Homer, Pissaro, and Whistler. Closed from March 6 to 13 (spring break). Through March 30. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, noon to 3 p.m.; Thursday 7 to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 3 p.m.
Chapin School, 4101 Princeton Pike, 609-924-7206. “The Past Through Tomorrow,” an exploration of medieval armors and various metal techniques by metallurgical artists, Jeff Brunner and Dave Rylak. Through March 11. Gallery is open by appointment during school hours.
Mason Gross School of the Arts, Civic Square Galleries, 33 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, 732-932-7511. MFA Thesis Show. Show through February 25.
The Pennington School, 112 West Delaware Avenue, Pennington, 609-737-6128. Exhibition marking the 25th anniversary of the fire that destroyed the school’s O’Hanlon Hall. Artifacts,news clippings, and photographs assembled by archivist Mary Alice Quigley. The building, built in 1900, was the largest building in Pennington Borough when it burned to the ground in a fire on January 16, 1980. Through April 15. Exhibit hours are Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in accordance with the school calendar.
Silva Gallery of Art, Pennington School, 112 West Delaware Avenue, Pennington, 609-737-8069. “Nature and Nurture” Feminine Explorations of Form,” an exhibit of paintings by Caroline K. Hall and Kerri M. Williams. Through March 10. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Special hours for this exhibit, Wednesday to Saturday, March 2 to 5, 4 to 7 p.m.
Princeton Theological Seminary, Erdman Hall Gallery, 20 Library Place, 609-497-7990. “Quatrains and Other Works on Paper” by Princeton artist Sarah Strengle. Her drawings are assembled into structures. On view through April 3. Open Monday to Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 2:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Rider University Art Gallery, 2083 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, 609-896-5192. Diane Burko, “Landscapes: Paint/Pixel.” Exhibit runs through Friday, February 25. Show features panoramic views of Grand Canyon, Himalayan peaks, coastlines of California, Maine and France. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.
Art in the Workplace
Bristol-Myers Squibb, Hopewell Campus, 609-252-5120. Outdoor sculpture show features works by seven prominent East Coast artists: Hope Carter of Hopewell, Kate Dodd, Richard Heinrich, John Isherwood, Joel Perlman, John Van Alstine, and Jay Wholley. Exhibition is on view during business hours and will remain in its location for two years.
The artists were selected by a panel composed of Alejandro Anreus, veteran curator and scholar, Jeffrey Nathanson of the International Sculpture Center, and visual artist Sheba Sharrow, working under the guidance of Kate Somers, curator of the company’s corporate gallery in Lawenceville.
Gallery at Bristol-Myers Squibb, Route 206, Lawrenceville, 609-252-6275. Four-person exhibit “Signs and Symbols: Journey of the Spirit.” Artists Barbara Klein, Diana Gonzalez Gandolfi, Sally Spofford, and Bruce Wall, use signs or symbols in their art to express their visions of the world. Through April 3. Open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; weekends, 1 to 5 p.m.
Art by the River
New Hope Arts, Union Square, West Bridge Street and Union Square Drive, New Hope, 215-862-3396. Second annual New Hope Sculpture Exhibition featuring an indoor exhibition of more than 88 works by 43 nationally and internationally recognized artists and an outdoor show of seven large-scale works installed throughout the town. Through April.
Art In Trenton
The Old Barracks Museum, Barrack Street, Trenton, 609-396-1776. “Furniture, Curios and Pictures: 100 Years of Collecting by the Old Barracks,” a display in the exhibit gallery is included in the tour admission fee. Open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; the last tour is at 3:50 p.m.
American Hungarian Foundation Museum, 300 Somerset Street, New Brunswick, 732-846-5777. “Calm Between the Storms,” an exhibit of close to 70 works of Hungarian Interwar Art from the Salgo Trust for Education. Through September 4, 2005. Museum hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.
Hunterdon Museum of Art, 7 Lower Center Street, Clinton, 908-735-8415. “2005 Members Exhibition” juror is Susan Hapgood, director of exhibitions at Independent Curators International in New York. Show runs to March 7. Also “Mars Zone: An Installation by John Goodyear.” On view to March 13. Museum hours are Tuesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
James A. Michener Art Museum, Union Square Complex, Bridge Street, New Hope, 215-340-9800. New Hope satellite facility opens with the relocation of the popular, interactive multi-media show, “Creative Bucks County: A Celebration of Art and Artists,” featuring 19th and 20th century painters, writers, composers, and playwrights. Also on exhibit, “Pennsylvania Impressionists of the New Hope School.” Also, “The Contemporary Eye” featuring the contemporary art scene focusing on 12 regional artists who work in media including painting, woodworking, and photography. Artists include Ricardo Barros, David Ellsworth, Marily C. Gordley, Judith Heep, Alan Lachman, Ann Lovett, Robert Ranieri, Chalotte Schatz, Mavi Smith, Susan M. Twadus, and Valerie Von Betzen. Through May 8, 2005. Museum admission $6 adults; $2 youth. Tuesday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday noon to 6 p.m.Closed Mondays.
James A. Michener Art Museum, 138 South Pine Street, Doylestown, 215-340-9800. “The Artists Among Us,” a permanent interactive exhibit dedicated to the history and legacy of the artists who have made New Hope an internationally recognized arts colony. It is a permanent exhibition. Open Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Museum admission $6.50 adults; $4 students.
Also, “Impossible to Forget: The Nazi Camps Fifty Years After.” The 88 photographs were produced over a 12-year period by the English photographer Michael Kenna. On view through April 10. $4 in addition to regular admission.
Also, “Playing Around! Toys Designed by Artists,” an exhibit highlighting 50 interesting pieces from the Arkansas Art Center’s collection. Toys are made from clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood, and found objects. Hands-on section of toys. Through May 22. Toy Making Workshops on Sundays, March 13 and April 3.
Also, “Animals on the Loose: A Mercer Menagerie,” an exhibit designed for children ages three to eight and their families. Extended through December 31.
New Jersey State Museum, Galleries at 225 West State Street, Trenton, 609-292-6464. “Vision and Voice: Princeton Artists Alliance in Dialogue with Contemporary New Jersey Poetry,” an exhibit of over 40 works by New Jersey artists and poets. Margaret M. O’Reilly is curator. Through May 13. The gallery is open Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Philadelphia Museum of Art, 709-721 Catharine Street, Philadelphia, 215-922-3456. An exhibit of 88 paintings focuses on Rajput courts of India from the 17th to 19th centuries. Illustrates themes of pious devotion, poetic love, the play of Hindu gods, and the pleasures and intrigues of court life. Exhibit runs through mid-April.
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 3620 South Street, Philadelphia, 215-898-4000. Australian Aboriginal Paintings of the Wolfe Creek Crater. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. $8, adults; $5, students and seniors. Exhibit runs through Sunday, February 27.
Zimmerli Art Museum, George and Hamilton streets, New Brunswick, 732-932-7237. Ongoing exhibits are “Art in Paris from Daumier to Rodin” and “Japonisme: Selections from the Collection.” Also, “American Photorealism,” through March 27, and “Beyond the Limits of Socialist Realism: Part II: Theater Posters from the Soviet Union,” through July 31. Museum hours are Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Spotlight tours every Sunday at 2 and 3 p.m. Admission $3 adults; under 18 free. Free admission on the first Sunday of each month.
Also, “Original Illustrations for Children’s Books.” Through July 17, 2005. “Allusive Form: Painting as Idea.” Through April 30, 2005. “The Color of Night: How Artists Work with Darkness.” Through July 31, 2005.