What If: Art on the Verge of Architecture and Design Moderna Museet (May 6-Sept. 3). What does contemporary art owe to your blender?More than just a penchant for mixing things up, it turns out. With projects by some 30 artists, this show examines the ways in which art borrows from design and architecture, and delves into the cultural and psychological implications of style. —Kim Levin
Désert Fondation Cartier (June 21-Nov. 5). For anyone who has ever been enthralled by a dune, this exhibition is irresistible. Exploring the desert as virgin territory, seductive mirage, and life at degree zero, it offers photographs by 19th-century adventurers, scientific explorers, and other incurable romantics. Don't miss the films by Pasolini and Bill Viola, and a number of specially commissioned artworks.
Brassaï Centre Georges Pompidou (through June 26). Marking the centennial of the great photographer's birth, this major retrospective (with twice as many works as the one currently touring the United States) is the most comprehensive showing ever of his indelible images of urban life.
Elizabeth Taylor National Portrait Gallery (May 18-July 16). This tribute to Liz — Dame Elizabeth to you — includes portraits by Cecil Beaton, film stills, and memorabilia, all the while emphasizing her links to Britain and her work for AIDS organizations.
Cy Twombly: The Sculpture Kunstmuseum Basel (April 15-July 13). Unlike his melancholic paintings — large-scale canvases whose surfaces are marred by his signature scrawls — Twombly's sculpture is nearly unknown. This exhibition presents everything from early assemblages to works that take up his favorite themes: architecture, literature, and loss.
Man Ray: Retrospective 1890-1976 Schirn Kunsthalle (May 28-July 30). Finally, the American photographer and artist who was Marcel Duchamp's Paris sidekick gets his due. Besides Man Ray's quintessential surreal objects, this show of 950 works comprises drawings, paintings, photographs, and experimental Rayographs.
The Glory of the Golden Age Rijksmuseum (through Sept. 17). To celebrate its bicentennial, this venerable museum mounts a major survey of 17th-century Dutch art. Among the 300 works in the lavish show are paintings by Hals, Rembrandt, Ruisdael, and Vermeer.
Alice Neel 1900-1984 Whitney Museum (June 29-Sept. 17). Neel's unconventional portraits of friends, neighbors, family, and fellow denizens of the art community (including Frank O'Hara and Andy Warhol) are as cruel as they are tender. The retrospective explores the evolution of her unique style from the WPA 1930's to her death in 1984.
Painting Revolution: Kandinsky, Malevich, and the Russian Avant-Garde Phoenix Art Museum (through July 2). Reminding us that Paris wasn't the only center of early avant-garde art, this show spotlights 85 familiar and obscure works by 31 revolutionary Russian artists from the first three decades of the 20th century — including Alexander Rodchenko, Natalya Goncharova, and Mikhail Larionov — on loan from Russian museums.
Gabriel Orozco MoCA at California Plaza (June 4-Sept. 3). The first major survey of the Mexican-born art star's playful work, with sculptures, photographs, and works on paper. —K.L.
Here's to you
The Graduate acts up
The 1967 Mike Nichols film that redefined postgrad angst — and plastics — just when America was sliding into a whole new groove has been adapted for the stage. It's minus the Simon and Garfunkel sound track, but with femme fatale Kathleen Turner playing Mrs. Robinson, fans are assured a worthwhile trip down memory lane. (Matthew Rhys is Benjamin Braddock.) The Graduate, Gielgud Theatre, London, through June 17; 44-207/494-5065.
The Witches of Eastwick Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, opens June 24; 44-207/494-5000. Lucie Arnaz plays one of the witches in this musical adaptation of the John Updike novel that also served as the basis of the 1987 film.
Coriolanus The Almeida at Gainsborough Studios, opens June 1; 44-207/359-4404. Ralph Fiennes stars in Shakespeare's tragedy about a Roman war hero who turns against his people. (On Saturdays after the matinee performance of Coriolanus, Fiennes reappears as the lead in an evening performance of Richard II.)
Lautrec Shaftesbury Theatre, through July 15; 44-207/379-5399. With music and lyrics by the French roi de chansons Charles Aznavour, this musical chronicles the last year in the life of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, whose art depicted the demimonde of 19th-century Paris.
Jeff Koons Schauspielhaus, through July 16; 49-40/248-713. In this kitschy production, the artist's controversial works are brought to life, with dialogue set to techno rhythms. Watch (or writhe) as a gang in Warhol wigs sings Madonna's wailer "Frozen."
The Green Bird Cort Theatre, open-ended run; 212/239-6200. The latest fantasy production of Tony Award-winning director and designer Julie Taymor (The Lion King) is an adaptation of an 18th-century Italian fable by Carlo Gozzi.
Proof Manhattan Theatre Club, May 2-July 9; 212/581-1212. Mary-Louise Parker stars in this world premiere about a young woman and her manipulative sister, their brilliant father, and an unexpected suitor — each an element in the solution of a cryptic mathematical equation.
The Wild Party Virginia Theatre, open-ended run; 212/239-6200. The second musical production this spring based on Joseph Moncure March's Jazz Age poem stars Toni Collette as a flapper named Queenie who gets caught up in the decadence of the Roaring Twenties.
The Full Monty Old Globe Theatre, May 23-July 2; 619/239-2255. A musical based on the film about six unemployed working-class men who create their own jobs as down-market versions of the Chippendales.