Art across America

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Alabama

Birmingham

Birmingham Museum of Art

Matisse

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.

(205) 254-2565

www.artsbma.org

Arizona

Phoenix

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).

(602) 257-1222

www.phxart.org

California

Los Angeles

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.

(323) 857-6000

www.lacma.org

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.

(202) 737-4215

www.nga.gov/

Georgia

Atlanta

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

HMA: (404) 733-4444

www.high.org

Illinois

Chicago

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.

(312) 443-3600

www.artic.edu/aic/index.html

Iowa

Des Moines

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.

(515) 277-4405

www.desmoinesartcenter.org

Maine

Portland

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').

(207) 773-2787

www.portlandmuseum.org/

Massachusetts

Boston

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. …