Art across America ; What's Up. on the Walls of Galleries & Museums All over the Map
Dillin, Katherine, The Christian Science Monitor
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. …