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Fall Ushers In Museum Art Shows

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Here are some of the top art-museum shows appearing this fall, in Washington and beyond.

OPEN

"Edward Hopper," a comprehensive survey of the American master's career, at the National Gallery of Art. Through Jan. 21.

"Morris Louis Now: An American Master Revisited," a retrospective of the founder of the Washington Color School, at the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum. Through Jan. 6.

"Wack! Art and the Feminist Revolution," an international survey exploring the impact of feminism on contemporary art from 1965 to 1980, at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Through Dec. 16.

"J.M.W. Turner," a comprehensive retrospective of the great British landscape painter, at the National Gallery of Art. Through Jan. 6.

OCTOBER

7 -- "The Art of the American Snapshot, 1888--1978: From the Collection of Robert E. Jackson," approximately 200 photographs chronicling the evolution of the genre, at the National Gallery of Art. Through Dec. 31.

7 -- "D¿j¿ Vu? Revealing Repetition in French Masterpieces," an ambitious exhibition featuring 76 works from the 19th century and the first decades of the 20th, at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore. Through Jan. 1.

10 -- "Art of Being Tuareg: Sahara Nomads in a Modern World," more than 200 artworks in many media, along with documentary material, explore this West African culture, at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art. Through Jan. 27.

10 -- "Louise Bourgeois," a major retrospective of the nonagenarian artist from New York, at the Tate Modern in London. Through Jan. 20.

11 -- "Kara Walker: My Complement, My Enemy, My Oppressor, My Love," this country's first full-scale survey of the work of this controversial African American artist, at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Through Feb. 3.

12 -- "Seduced: Art and Sex from Antiquity to Now," an ambitious show of X-rated art assembled by British scholars, at the Barbican Art Gallery in London. Through Jan. 27.

14 -- "Dali: Painting & Film," examining the influence of cinema on the Spanish surrealist and his role in film, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Through Jan. 6.

16 -- "Inspiring Impressionism," examining the influence of Old Masters such as Titian and Rubens on the French impressionists, at the High Museum in Atlanta. Through Jan. 13.

17 -- "Tapestry in the Baroque: Threads of Splendor," the first full-scale survey of one of the most prestigious art forms in 17th-century Europe, at the Metropolitan Museum in New York. Though Jan. 6.

19 -- "William Christenberry: Site/Possession," works focusing on Hale County, Ala., and its relationship to the Ku Klux Klan, at the University of Virginia Art Museum in Charlottesville. Through Dec. 23. (Comes to Washington's American University Museum in 2008.)

19 -- "Let Your Motto Be Resistance: African American Portraits," subjects including Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth and Wynton Marsalis as photographed by Berenice Abbott, James VanDerZee, Irving Penn and others, at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. Through March 2.

20 -- "Impressionists by the Sea,"60 paintings by masters such as Courbet, Monet, Manet and Renoir, at the Phillips Collection. Through Jan. 13.

27 -- "The Sculpture of Louise Nevelson: Constructing a Legend," examining the work of this pioneering woman artist, at the de Young museum in San Francisco. Through Jan. 13.

28 -- "Georges Seurat: The Drawings," a survey of exquisite works on paper by a French artist better known for his pointillist paintings, at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Through Jan. 7.

29 -- "¿ Murakami," a major retrospective of the cartoon-inspired art of Japanese artist Takashi Murakami, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Through Feb. 11.

28 -- "Matisse: Painter as Sculptor," a major exhibition of sculptures, paintings, drawings and archival photographs, at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Through Feb. 3.

NOVEMBER

3 -- "Marcel Breuer: Design and Architecture," a retrospective exploring the artist's furniture, interior design and architecture, at the National Building Museum. Through Feb. 17.

3 -- "Mary Heilmann: To Be Someone," work from 1975 to now by this pioneer of "casual abstraction," at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. Through Jan. 6.

4 -- "Nan Goldin: Stories," photographs, slide shows and videos in which this influential American artist documents life on society's margins, at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. Through Feb. 10.

6 -- "Claiming Space: Some American Feminist Originators," an exhibition of large-scale works by 19 founders of the feminist art movement, at the American University Museum. Through Jan. 27.

6 -- "Fernando Botero: Abu Ghraib," works reflecting on atrocities committed by members of the U.S. military in Iraq, at the American University Museum. Through Dec. 30.

13 -- "Out of the Ordinary: Spectacular Craft," looking at the intersection between craft and ambitious contemporary art, at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Through Feb. 17.

15 -- "Lawrence Weiner," a major retrospective of this pioneer in text-based art, at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Through Feb. 10.

DECEMBER

1 -- "Unmonumental: The Object in the 21st Century," a survey of contemporary sculpture inspired by found materials, is the inaugural show at the relocated New Museum in New York. Through April 6.

21 -- "John Alexander: A Retrospective": The first full-scale survey of this American neo-expressionist focuses on his landscapes, at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Through March 16.

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