Friday, June 29, 2007

JULY 6-OCT. 14: "FRIDA KAHLO: PUBLIC IMAGE, PRIVATE LIFE: A SELECTION OF PHOTOGRAPHS AND LETTERS" Photographs of Kahlo (1907-54), along with selected personal letters and the 1937 painting "Self-Portrait Dedicated to Leon Trotsky," offer insight into the life of the Mexican artist. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-5000.

JULY 28-JAN. 13: "TALES OF THE BRUSH: LITERARY MASTERPIECES IN CHINESE PAINTING" Works of literature are the inspiration for the art in this show. Freer Gallery of Art, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. 202-633-1000.

AUG. 31-JAN. 2: "CRITTERCAM" Visitors are invited to see the world through the eyes of wild animals -- or at least through footage recorded by video equipment worn by them. Explorers Hall, National Geographic Society, 1145 17th St. NW. 202-857-7588.

SEPT. 9-NOV. 18: "BROADCAST" The work of artists who have harnessed and challenged the power of television and radio since the late 1960s is the focus of this group show. Contemporary Museum, 100 W. Centre St., Baltimore. 410-783-5720.

SEPT. 11-DEC. 30: "A QUEST FOR FABULOUS: THIRTY YEARS OF COLLECTING, 1977-2007" To celebrate Hillwood's 30th anniversary as a public museum, the former estate of Marjorie Merriweather Post displays paintings, works on paper and decorative art objects acquired during that time. Hillwood Museum & Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807.

SEPT. 13-OCT. 26: "OPTIONS 2007" The Washington Project for the Arts/Corcoran presents its biennial exhibition of art by under-recognized and emerging regional artists. Edison Place Gallery, 701 Ninth St. NW. 202-872-3396.

SEPT. 14-JAN. 6: "KINDRED SPIRITS: ASHER B. DURAND AND THE AMERICAN LANDSCAPE" The first monographic exhibition devoted to Durand (1796-1886) in more than 35 years revisits the artist's contribution to 19th-century landscape painting. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000.

SEPT. 15-JAN. 27: "ANSEL ADAMS" About 127 photographs from the collection of William H. and Saundra Lane showcase the influential photographer's six-decade career. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1700.

SEPT. 15-NOV. 9, 2008: "EAST OF THE RIVER: CONTINUITY AND CHANGE" A show in honor of the museum's 40th anniversary celebrates the past and present of communities east of the Anacostia River. Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. 202-633-1000.

SEPT. 16-JAN. 21: "EDWARD HOPPER" Such classic works as "Early Sunday Morning" (1930) and "Nighthawks" (1942) are featured in this survey of the iconic American painter's (1882-1967) career. National Gallery of Art, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.

SEPT. 20-JAN. 5: "MARKETING SHAKESPEARE: THE BOYDELL GALLERY (1789-1805) AND BEYOND" Shakespeare-themed paintings and engravings document the growth of the market for goods related to the Bard during the Romantic period. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077.

SEPT. 20-JAN. 6: "MORRIS LOUIS NOW: AN AMERICAN MASTER REVISITED" For the first time since 1986, the work of the Washington Color School painter (1912-62) is given an in-depth look. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Seventh Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000.

SEPT. 21-DEC. 16: "WACK! ART AND THE FEMINIST REVOLUTION" The museum's largest exhibition to date explores the role of feminism in contemporary art from 1965 to 1980. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-5000.

SEPT. 21-JUNE 22: "CELEBRATING THE LUCELIA ARTIST AWARD, 2001-2006" The work of Rirkrit Tiravanija, Kara Walker, Andrea Zittel and others is featured in a show celebrating the award, created in 2001, to honor contemporary artists younger than 50. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000.

SEPT. 28-FEB. 17: "AHEAD OF HIS TIME: THE COLLECTING VISION OF GEORGE HEWITT MYERS" A sampling of works collected by the Textile Museum's founder demonstrate his commitment to the cause of promoting textiles as works of art. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441.

SEPT. 28-FEB. 17: "PRIVATE PLEASURES: COLLECTING CONTEMPORARY TEXTILE ART" Works drawn from private collections in the Washington area illuminate the role of collecting in the shaping of contemporary art history. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441.

OCT. 1-JAN. 6: "J.M.W. TURNER" Known for his powerfully romantic seascapes, the great British painter (1775-1851) is the subject of a comprehensive retrospective, the largest mounted in the United States. National Gallery of Art, West Building, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.

OCT. 5-JAN. 21: "GOING WEST! QUILTS AND COMMUNITY" A wide variety of quilts illustrates the role played by the traditional craft in the lives of American frontier women. Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-633-1000.

OCT. 6-AUG. 31: "ALL FAITHS BEAUTIFUL" More than 500 works by artists from a diversity of religious traditions address the theme of belief. American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Hwy., Baltimore. 410-244-1900.

OCT. 7-DEC. 31: "THE ART OF THE AMERICAN SNAPSHOT, 1888-1978: FROM THE COLLECTION OF ROBERT E. JACKSON" Changes in culture and technology are chronicled in this history of popular photography beginning with George Eastman's introduction of the Kodak camera and roll film. National Gallery of Art, West Building, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.

OCT. 7-JAN. 1: "DEJA VU? REVEALING REPETITION IN FRENCH MASTERPIECES" Works by such well-known painters of the 19th and 20th centuries as Eugene Delacroix and Henri Matisse explore the idea of artistic repetition. Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., Baltimore. 410-547-9000.

OCT. 10-JAN. 27: "THE ART OF BEING TUAREG: THE 'BLUE PEOPLE' OF THE SAHARA" The arts and culture of the Tuareg people of Mali, Niger and Algeria are the focus of this show organized by Sanford University's Cantor Arts Center. National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. 202-633-1000.

OCT. 13-JAN. 13: "ANNIE LEIBOVITZ: A PHOTOGRAPHER'S LIFE, 1990-2005" The personal and professional sides of the photographer's life are woven together in a collection of images featuring family members and the famous. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1700.

OCT. 15: NEWSEUM OPENS Absent from the museum scene since vacating its Rosslyn building in 2002, the interactive museum of news reopens to the public in a new, 643,000-square-foot home in downtown Washington. Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 888-639-7386.

OCT. 19-MARCH 2: "LET YOUR MOTTO BE RESISTANCE: AFRICAN AMERICAN PORTRAITS" Photographic portraits document the history and struggles of African Americans. National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000.

OCT. 20-JAN. 13: "IMPRESSIONISTS BY THE SEA" Paintings by Claude Monet, Gustave Courbet and others document the rise of tourism along the northern coast of France in the 19th century. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151.

OCT. 27-MARCH 2: "WILD CHOIR: CINEMATIC PORTRAITS BY JEREMY BLAKE" The artist who created digital abstractions to run between scenes in the film "Punch Drunk Love" presents a series of cinematic portraits produced in collaboration with Malcolm McLaren. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1700.

OCT. 28-FEB. 3: "MATISSE: PAINTER AS SCULPTOR" Although known primarily as a painter, Henri Matisse created 3-D and 2-D work, creating a dialogue between both sides of his artistic output that is explored in this showcase of more than 150 objects. Baltimore Museum of Art, North Charles Street and Art Museum Drive, Baltimore. 443-573-1700.

NOV. 3-FEB. 18: "MARCEL BREUER: DESIGN AND ARCHITECTURE" Known for his innovative tubular steel furniture, the modernist designer and architect is the focus of a show that treats his furniture, interior design and architectural work with equal weight. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448.

NOV. 10-APRIL 13: "MASTERWORKS OF JAPANESE PAINTING FROM THE PRICE COLLECTION" After a year-long tour of Japan, this showcase of 109 paintings from the Japanese Edo period (1615-1868) comes to Washington. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. 202-633-1000.

NOV. 15: "BUTTERFLIES AND PLANTS: PARTNERS IN EVOLUTION" A new permanent exhibition opens, featuring an enclosed pavilion housing live butterflies. National Museum of Natural History, 10th and Constitution NW. 202-633-1000.

NOV. 17: "AMERICA BY AIR" A new permanent exhibition opens, spotlighting the history of airline travel from just after Kitty Hawk to the jet age. National Air and Space Museum, Seventh Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000.

NOV. 18: ROBERT AND ARLENE KOGOD COURTYARD Designed by British architect Norman Foster, the enclosed public courtyard and cafe shared by the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery opens. Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture, Eighth Street NW between G and F streets. 202-633-1000.

DEC. 13: "EARLY AMERICAS" This long-term exhibition of objects from the Jay I. Kislak Collection of rare books, manuscripts, historic documents, maps and art of the Americas features the 1507 Waldseemuller World Map, known as "America's birth certificate" for its claim as the first map to use the name "America." Library of Congress, 10 First St. SE. 202-707-4604.

DEC. 21-MARCH 16: "JOHN ALEXANDER: A RETROSPECTIVE" The three-decade career of the contemporary, Texas-born neo-expressionist, in whose abstract paintings float animals and heads, is the subject of his first, full-scale retrospective. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000.

View all comments that have been posted about this article.

© 2007 The Washington Post Company