Art across America
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
HMA: (404) 733-4444
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. …