Hot Summer Exhibits

Museums across the country have new and exciting exhibits for the summer months. Here's a sampling of noteworthy shows.

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Sure, summer is ideal for going to the beach and eating al fresco, but it's also a great time to get your culture on and check out artwork at the country's best galleries.
Showing at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art , “The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion” focuses on iconic models of the twentieth century. The exhibition, which runs through Aug. 9, features haute couture and ready-to-wear masterworks accompanied by fashion photography and video footage.
Franklin Institute
Running through Sept. 7, "Galileo: the Medici and the Age of Astronomy" showcases some of Galileo's prized instruments, including one of the famed astronomer's few remaining telescopes. The exhibit at Philadelphia's Franklin Institute explores Galileo's accomplishments and relationship with the Medici family.
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC, is the Smithsonian's modern art branch. In its exhibit "Strange Bodies," artists distort the human figure in surprising ways. The special exhibit will be on display until early 2010.
"MIX: Nine San Diego Architects and Designers," an exhibition presenting the work of nine architects and designers who lead local architectural design firms that are redefining housing design and development, is on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in La Jolla through September 6.
Frome June 28 to Sept. 21, New York City’s Museum of Modern Art presents works by late nineteenth century Belgian avant-garde artist James Ensor. Featuring Ensor’s paintings, prints and drawings, the exhibition will travel to Paris’ Musée d'Orsay in October.
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Through Sept. 13, the international art world and local community come together at the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami for “Convention,” a series of performances, workshops, site-specific installations, and video projects examining the effects and roles of conventions, festivals, and other social and professional gatherings.
New York's Guggenheim Museum will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the realization of Frank Lloyd Wright's landmark design with "Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward." The exhibit, which runs through Aug. 23, features Wright's original drawings, as well as new models and digital animations.
From June 13 to Sept. 6, Greenwich, CT.’s Bruce Museum, presents “Masterpieces of European Painting from Museo de Arte de Ponce.” The exhibition features selected works from Puerto Rico’s Museo de Arte de Ponce, which is recognized as a premier institution of Italian Baroque, French Academic, and British 19th-century art. Among the artists represented are Peter Paul Rubens, Anthony van Dyck and Francisco de Goya.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
The Mask of Silenos is one of the many ancient Roman artifacts on display at LACMA's Pompeii exhibit that explores life around the Bay of Naples. The exhibit will be on display at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art until October 2009.
New York's Whitney Museum is spotlighting Claes Oldenburg this summer. Oldenburg's early work took everyday items and presented them in surprising ways, such as his soft french fries scuplture. You can catch the exhibit until September 2009.
From July 28 to Nov. 1, Getty Los Angeles presents “Capturing Nature's Beauty: Three Centuries of French Landscapes." The show highlights key moments of the French landscape tradition and showcases the work of major exponents of the genre, including Nicolas Poussin, Georges Seurat, and Vincent van Gogh.
"The Art of Affluence: Haute Couture and Luxury Fashions 1947-2007," running at San Diego's Mint Museum through spring of 2010, explores the creation of new trends by designers such as French master Christian Dior and Spaniard Cristobal Balenciaga. Also featured are garments and accessories by renowned designers Chanel, De La Renta, Givenchy, Saint Laurent, Valentino and Versace.
Showing at the San Francisco Museum of Art through Sept. 7, “Georgia O'Keeffe and Ansel Adams: Natural Affinities” brings together nearly 100 works from the painter and the photographer. O'Keeffe and Adams corresponded over the years, visited one another, and sometimes traveled together to sites that became subjects of their artwork.
Asian Art Museum
This samurai armor is from Japan's Edo era and part of the Asian Art Museum's exhibit on "Lords of the Samurai." The exhibit runs until September in San Francisco.
Running through Aug. 30, the Dallas Museum of Art hosts “Willie Doherty: Requisite Distance,” an exhibition of works by the two-time nominee for the Tate Turner Prize, Northern Ireland’s Willie Doherty. The show brings together for the first time Doherty’s Ghost Story—a fifteen-minute media work based on landscape and memory—and a selection of eleven photographs of the Irish landscape from the 1990s.
“Beyond Golden Clouds: Japanese Screens from the Art Institute of Chicago and the Saint Louis Art Museum,” running June 25 to Sept. 27 in Chicago, celebrates the full range of the screen format. The exhibition displays an expansive range of works dating from as early as the 16th century.
The Oceanic Art exhibit at the San Diego Museum of Art features items from Melanesia, Polynesia, Micronesia and Taiwan, such as the wooden canoe prow.
The Ruth Bowman and Harry Kahn Twentieth-Century American Self-Portrait Collection
The National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C. presents "Reflections/Refractions: Self-Portraiture in the Twentieth Century" through Aug. 16. Included in the exhibition are self-portraits by such diverse artists as Andy Warhol, Chuck Close, and this work by Edward Hopper.
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