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Artbeat: New York City, Chiapas, Madrid

Worth a Detour
P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, the New York art world's favorite institution for cutting-edge work, reopened this fall after a three-year renovation (Jackson and 46th Ave., Long Island City; 718/784-2084). The once-decrepit Romanesque Revival schoolhouse has been utterly transformed by architect Frederick Fisher and filled with adventurous exhibitions and installations. -- Kim Levin

Shoot 'em up
Hone your photography skills in the hills of Chiapas, Mexico, with professional clicker Cisco Craig Dietz, who escorts three students at a time to untouristed Mayan ruins, remote turquoise waterfalls, and traditional festivals during his one-week courses. Back at the 19th-century hacienda where students stay, Dietz teaches darkroom techniques. Aper Tours Photo Workshop, 800/303-4983; $750 per person, including lodging, breakfast, and lunch; 13 sessions in 1998. -- Elizabeth Garnsey

Revival in Spain
After 72 years of stop-start renovation at a cost of $157 million, Madrid's Royal Opera House reopened this fall with high-tech equipment capable of the most AÔda-esque stagings-- but the same stately neoclassical style it was born with (34-1/558-8787).

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