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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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).
The Cleveland Museum of Art
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.
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.
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.
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.
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