Birmingham Museum of Art
July 16-Sept. 10
Sisters from Baltimore purchased Matisse's works on trips to Europe in the early part of the 1900s. Here are 68 pieces culled from their collection.
Phoenix Art Museum
Annie Leibovitz: Women
July 29-Sept. 24
Sixty photos of women by Leibovitz - from celebrities to the unknown.
Mother, Muse, Goddess
Through Sept. 17
Two hundred years of women's clothing focus on three roles women play in society: mother (practical fabrics, aprons), muse (corsets), and goddess (evening gowns).
Los Angeles County
Museum of Art
Gold of the Nomads: Scythian Treasures from Ancient Ukraine
July 2-Sept. 24
Scythians, the fierce, nomadic horsemen who roamed the European steppe from the 7th to the 3rd centuries BC, commissioned lavish gold objects for ceremony and battle. The exhibit has the most comprehensive collection ever gathered.
District of Columbia
National Gallery of Art
The Triumph of the Baroque: Architecture in Europe 1600-1750
Through Oct. 9
Baroque architects threw out practical Renaissance designs to place more drama into their work. 27 models and 40 corresponding artworks showcase Baroque ornamentation.
The Impressionists at Argenteuil
Through Aug. 20
Fifty-two works by such notables as Monet and Sisley. Created in the 1870s in Argenteuil, a small town 15 miles outside Paris, these works established the impressionist style.
Clark Atlanta University Art Galleries; High Museum of Art
To Conserve a Legacy: American Art from Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Through Sept. 24
This joint project brings together paintings, photographs, and sculptures from the 19th and 20th centuries, including some by O'Keeffe and Steiglitz. Half of the show will be at Clark Atlanta University's (CAU) galleries, the other at the High Museum.
CAU: (404) 880-6644
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The Art Institute of Chicago
Focus: Olafur Eliasson
Through Aug. 13
Icelandic artist Eliasson photographs his surroundings (icebergs, caves), and uses elements from nature (ice, fire, moss) to construct sculptures.
Des Moines Art Center
Pat Steir, Dazzling Water, Dazzling Light
Through Aug. 6
Contemporary artist Steir's turbulent paintings of crashing waves and serene water bring together Western abstraction and Asian art. This traveling exhibit features her large-scale paintings and a mural in Des Moines.
Portland Museum of Art
N.C. Wyeth: Precious Time
Through Oct. 15
Illustrator N.C. Wyeth exposed another part of his artistic ability in lesser-viewed works of nature. The show features 50 of his paintings, including pieces published in books ('Treasure Island,' 'Kidnapped').
The Museum of Fine Arts
Van Gogh: Face to Face
July 2-Sept. 24
Sixty of Vincent Van Gogh's portraits are gathered for the first time. The faces captured on canvas were those of everyday folks such as fishermen, peasant girls, and pensioners. In addition to his patented dash strokes in oil, there are also portraits sketched in ink.
Clark Art Institute
Noble Dreams, Wicked Pleasures: Orientalism in America, 1870-1930
Through Sept. 4
Islamic art scholars explore 19th-century mercantile America's fascination with all things Middle Eastern through advertisements, film clips (dashing Rudolph Valentino), fine and pop art.
In the Footsteps of Goethe: Paintings and Drawings from German Collections
Through Aug. 19
German author Goethe wrote 'Italian Journal' in 1829, and the compilation of his letters and diaries from his travels in the 1780s moved German artists to descend on Italy to produce a sizable body of work.
Whitney Museum of
July 13-Oct. 22
Contemporary artist Kruger's works get to say their piece - her art usually features printed words.
Robert Rauschenberg: Synapsis Shuffle
June 29-Oct. 8
A monumental new work by Rauschenberg consists of 52 interchangeable panels. It's intended to be 'shuffled' by different persons each time it is installed. Among those who participated in the Whitney exhibit are David Byrne, Mike Wallace, and Martha Stewart.
Institute of Contemporary Art
Through July 30
Examining the social, political, and artistic effects of mural art through an exhibit in the museum and a couple of commissioned works around Philadelphia, a city with more mural art than any other in the country.
Philadelphia Museum of Art
The Arts of Hon'ami Koetsu, Japanese Renaissance Master
July 29-Oct. 29
Koetsu (1558-1637), whose ceramic and lacquerwork have been named 'national treasures' by Japan's government, has his first comprehensive exhibit outside his native country.
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
The Splendor of 18th-Century Rome
June 25-Sept. 17
Rome was a hub for the arts throughout the 1700s: paintings by Jacques-Louis David, Baroque furniture, and the Trevi Fountain. More than 442 pieces, including models of architecture.
Kimbell Art Museum
Stroganoff: The Palace and Collections of a Russian Noble Family
July 2-Oct. 1
The finest treasures of the Stroganoffs, one of imperial Russia's most influential families, are featured in this exhibition of late 16th- to early 20th-century religious icons, royal palace furnishings, and painting masterpieces.
Chrysler Museum of Art
First in the Hearts of His Countrymen: America Remembers George Washington (1732-1799)
Through Dec. 2000
Celebrity isn't a 20th-century phenomenon. Washington was a popular figure in his day. Art and objects from the past 2-1/2 centuries featuring our first president are collected here.
Seattle Art Museum
Twentieth-Century American Art: The Ebsworth Collection
Aug. 10-Nov. 12
More than 70 works of modern art collected by a Midwest executive who summers in Seattle, this exhibit has paintings by Hopper and de Kooning.
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