Art Across America

Los Angeles

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Made in California, 1900-2000

Oct. 22-Feb. 25

How has California's image evolved over the past century? 750 posters, paintings, photographs, brochures, newspaper clippings, and more trace its creation.

(323) 857-6000

www.lacma.org

Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

A Well-Watched War: Images from the Russo-Japanese Front 1904-5

Through Nov. 26

While photographs and film footage captured some of the Russo-Japanese War, they were still fairly primitive. Magazines preferred the stylized woodblock prints from Japan and Western illustrations.

(202) 357-4880

www.asia.si.edu

National Gallery of Art

Art Nouveau: 1890-1914

Oct. 8-Jan. 28

Art nouveau pieces - including furniture, sculptures, even a Glasgow luncheon room - mix styles: the ornate tendencies of its Victorian predecessors with the art of Japan and the simplicity of nature which inspired a streamline in new designs. A precursor to abstract 20th-century art.

(202) 737-4215

www.nga.gov

The Phillips Collection

Degas to Matisse: Impressionist and Modern Masterworks from The Detroit Institute of Arts

Sept. 23-Jan. 21

The exhibition compares the collections of art patrons Duncan Phillips (D.C.) and Robert Tannahill (Detroit) that span French Impressionists (Renoir) to American modernists (O'Keeffe).

(202) 387-2151

www.phillipscollection.org

Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago

William Merritt Chase: Modern American Landscapes

Through Nov. 26

American Impressionist painter Chase (1849-1916) noted the importance of parks in revitalizing urban areas and so made them the centerpiece of many of his works.

(312) 443-3600

www.artic.edu

Rockland

The Farnsworth Art Museum and Wyeth Center

On Island: A Century of Continuity and Change

Through Oct. 15

Painters Edward Hopper, N.C. Wyeth, Childe Hassam, John Singer Sargent, and many others graced their canvases with images of islands off the coast of Maine.

(207) 596-6457

www.farnsworthmuseum.org

Baltimore

The Baltimore Museum of Art

Power, Politics & Style: Art for the Presidents

Sept. 24-Jan. 7

Not only is this the season for casting ballots, but there's a collection of presidential fashions, furnishings, White House china, and other memorabilia on view.

(410) 396-7100

www.artbma.org

Boston

Museum of Fine Arts

Dangerous Curves: Art of the Guitar

Nov. 5-Feb. 25

The museum plucks new artistic strains in an exhibit of 120 guitars spanning 400 years of music history. The oldest guitar on display is from 1590.

(617) 267-9300

www.mfa.org

Lincoln

Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden

Conrad Bakker: Art and Objecthood

Through Nov. 5

Bakker, a young artist, carves everyday objects out of wood, but distorts them to comment on modern life, suburbia, and symbols of success in America.

(402) 472-2461

sheldon.unl.edu

New York City

The Frick Collection

A Brush with Nature: The Gere Collection of Landscape Oil Sketches

Through Nov. 12

Oil sketches are completed out of doors in under two hours, and used for later reference while painting the masterwork. This show offers more than 60 of these 18th- and 19th-century works by such artists as Corot and Degas.

(212) 288-0700

www.frick.org

The Guggenheim

Amazons of the Avant-Garde

Through Jan. 7

The museum showcases the paintings and drawings of six Russian women artists, whose works outline the birth of modern Russian art.

(212) 423-3500

www.guggenheim.org

New York Public Library

Utopia: The Search for the Ideal Society in the Western World

Oct. 14-Jan. 27

Fresh from Paris, the exhibition looks at utopian societies through tomes, art, photographs, and includes a 1493 letter from Christopher Columbus about the New World and an edition of Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451."

Charlotte

Mint Museum of Art

Unseen Treasures: Imperial Russia and the New World

Through Dec. 31

Russian colonialism in the early-18th century of what was to become Alaska resulted in hundreds of objects for display (letters from Thomas Jefferson, Leo Tolstoy, Abraham Lincoln) and works of art (etchings of native Aleuts, gem-adorned icons).

(704) 337-2000

www.mintmuseum.org

Cleveland

The Cleveland Museum of Art

Master Drawings

Through Oct. 15

120 European and American drawings from the museum's own collection span the early-15th through mid-20th centuries and include masters Michelangelo, Raphael, and Mary Cassatt.

(216) 421-7350

www.clemusart.com

Portland

Portland Art Museum

Oregon's 20th Century in Photography

Sept. 30-Feb. 4

100 years of Oregon photography from the turn-of-the-century photo secessionist movement (which pushed for recognition of photography as art), Minor White, and others.

(503)226-2811

www.pam.org

Doylestown

James A. Michener Art Museum

In Line With Al Hirschfeld: An Al Hirschfeld Retrospective

Sept. 30-Feb. 11

His joyful works have influenced many artists. Here are drawings made by an 11-year-old Hirschfeld and his adult pieces made for The New York Times, The New Yorker, and MGM.

(215) 340-9800

www.michenerartmuseum.org

Austin

Austin Museum of Art

The New Frontier: Art and Television 1960-65

Through Nov. 26

Artwork in a variety of mediums from such names as Andy Warhol, Nam June Paik, and Yoko Ono comprise this exhibition studying TV's newfound influence on US and European cultures. "The New Frontier" comes from John F. Kennedy's 1960 campaign slogan.

(512) 495-9224

www.amoa.org

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