Art across America ; What's Up. on the Walls of Galleries & Museums All over the Map

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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. …