SEPTEMBER

1--"Robes of Deliverance: Ritual Garments of the Buddhist Priests of Japan," a display of their silk robes, opens at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Through Feb. 27.

9--"Illinois Women Artists: The New Millennium," the latest in a series of state-by-state displays, opens at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Through Dec. 12.

10--"Options 99," the biennial exhibitions of experimental work by District, Maryland, and Virginia artists, opens at the WPA/Corcoran's projectspace, 625 E St. NW. Through Nov. 20.

11--"At the Edge: A Portuguese Futurist, Amadeo de Souza Cardoso," a 50-picture retrospective devoted to the work of the turn-of-the-century modernist, and "Sam Bookatz," an exhibition of the Washington artist's recent work, open at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Through Nov. 28.

12--"Wrapped in Pride: Ghanaian Kente and African American Identity," a collaboration among the National Museum of African Art, the Anacostia Museum and the Center for African American History and Culture exploring traditional and contemporary uses of the strip-woven Asante cloth, will open at the African Art museum and nearby in the Arts and Industries Building. Through Jan. 2.

16--"Egyptian Art in the Age of the Pyramids," an exhibit of some 250 Old Kingdom objects borrowed from more than 30 museums, opens in New York at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Through Jan. 9.

19--"The Golden Age of Chinese Archaeology: Celebrated Discoveries From the People's Republic of China," a display of 170 objects, some of them 7,000 years old, opens at the National Gallery of Art. Through Jan. 2.

22--"Daido Moriyama: Hunter," an exhibit of 40 vintage prints made by the Japanese photographer in the wake of World War II, opens in New York at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Through Jan. 2.

24--"A Durable Memento: Portraits by Augustus Washington, African American Daguerreotypist," an exhibit of images by the Connecticut photographer who opened his Hartford studio in 1846 and moved his family to Liberia in 1853, opens at the National Portrait Gallery. Through Jan. 2.

24--"Modern American Realism: Selections From the Sara Roby Foundation Collection," an exhibit of 34 20th-century examples, opens at the National Museum of American Art. Through Jan. 3.

24--"Glass! Glorious Glass!," a selection of contemporary objects from its permanent collection, opens at the Renwick Gallery. Through Jan. 30.

25--"Renoir to Rothko: The Eye of Duncan Phillips," a commemorative exhibit that will fill the whole museum and pay homage to its founder, opens at the Phillips Collection. Through Jan. 23.

25--"Impact: Revealing Sources for New Art," a group show of 30 artists selected for their influence on their younger contemporaries, inaugurates the new permanent facility (at 100 W. Centre St.) for Baltimore's Contemporary Museum. Through Dec. 18.

26--"The Drawings of Annibale Carracci," a selection of pictures by the 16th-century Italian, among them an 11-foot-square cartoon for his painting "The Triumph of Bacchus and Ariadne" in Rome's Farnese Gallery, opens at the National Gallery of Art. Through. Jan. 9.

26--"The American Century: Art and Culture 1900-2000," the second part of a museum-filling survey, opens in New York at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Through Feb. 13.

28--Groundbreaking for the National Museum of the American Indian, a ceremonial commencement of the construction of the new museum on the Mall.

OCTOBER

1--"Evan Summer," an exhibit of intaglios and collages by the Pennsylvania printmaker, opens at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Through Jan. 2.

2--"We Are Not Alone: Angels and Other Aliens," a display of 260 objects of more than 100 self-taught artists--among them alleged UFO abductee Betty Ann Luca and spoon-bender Uri Geller--opens in Baltimore at the American Visionary Art Museum. Through Sept. 3, 2000.

2--"Sensation: Young British Artists From the Saatchi Collection," a show of some 90 photographs, paintings, sculptures and installations, most of them startling, opens in New York at the Brooklyn Museum. Through Jan. 9.

3--"Tilman Riemenschneider: Master Sculptor of the Late Middle Ages," a selection of more than 50 of his carvings, most produced in Wurzburg, Germany, between 1483 and 1531, opens at the National Gallery of Art. Through Jan. 9.

5--"Portraits by Ingres: Image of an Epoch," the touring exhibition, already seen in Washington, and "Carleton Watkins: The Art of Perception," an exhibition of his 19th-century landscape photographs, open in Manhattan at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Ingres exhibition closes Jan. 2, the Watkins show on Jan. 9.

7--"Regarding Beauty: A View of the Late 20th Century" opens at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. The exhibit, which marks the museum's 25th anniversary, will include 88 objects by 36 artists--among them Willem de Kooning, Louise Bourgeois, Lucian Freud, Roy Lichtenstein, Sigmar Polke, Pablo Picasso, and Andy Warhol. Through Jan. 17.

7--"Defining Eye: Women Photographers of the 20th Century," a show of Helen Kornblum's collection, which includes the work of Diane Arbus, Dorothea Lange, Cindy Sherman and 80 other artists, opens at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Through Jan. 9.

7--"Modern Starts," the first part of "MoMA2000," a trio of exhibitions taking millennial stock of modernism, opens in Manhattan at the Museum of Modern Art. This one, focused on "People," "Places" and "Things," deals with the period 1880-1920, and runs through March 14.

7--"Clemente," a retrospective of the work of Francesco Clemente, the New York based-Italian painter, opens in Manhattan at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Through Jan. 3.

7--"Rodin's Monument to Victor Hugo," an exhibit of 20 sculptures--in terra cotta, plaster, bronze and marble--for the late-19th-century Hugo monument on which Rodin worked for more than a decade, opens in New York at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Through Jan. 2.

8--"Peter Collingwood: Master Weaver," an exhibition surveying his 45-year career, opens at the Textile Museum. Through Jan. 23.

10--"Faces of Impressionism: Portraits From American Collections," a selection of 56 paintings by the 19th-century French modernists, opens at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Through Jan. 30.

10--"Worldly Goods: The Arts of Early Pennsylvania, 1680-1758," a survey of the colony's pre-revolutionary decorative arts, and "The Kingdoms of Edward Hicks," a retrospective focused on "The Peaceable Kingdom" pictures of the 19th-century Quaker, both open at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Through Jan. 2.

17--"Treasures From the Royal Tombs of Ur," an exhibit of 5,000-year-old objects from the Sumerian city-state, opens at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Through Jan. 17.

17--"Brassai: The Eye of Paris," a centenary exhibition devoted to the late photographer who was born in Transylvania but made his reputation exploring nighttime Paris, opens at the National Gallery of Art. Through Jan. 16.

20--"Watteau and His World: French Drawing From 1700 to 1750," an exhibition of more than 35 drawings by Antoine Watteau (1684-1721), augmented by works by his predecessors and followers, opens in New York at the Frick Collection. Through Jan. 9.

22--"Edward Hopper: The Watercolors," a display of more than 60 works, mostly of New England from the 1920s and 1930s, opens at the National Museum of American Art. Through Jan. 3.

23--"The 1999 WPA/Corcoran Art Auction," the annual sale of local art, concludes at the Corcoran Gallery of Art.

24--"From Schongauer to Holbein: Master Drawings From Basel and Berlin," a selection of some 190 images done between 1465 and 1545 by Swiss and German masters, opens at the National Gallery of Art. Through Jan. 9.

26--"Vive la France! A Millennium of French Masterpieces," an investigation drawn from the ivories and bronzes, manuscripts and paintings in the Walters Art Gallery's permanent collection opens in Baltimore at the Walters. Through Jan. 16.

27--"Women by Annie Leibovitz," a selection of 70 portraits by the magazine photographer, opens at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Through Feb. 28.

29--"Tete a Tete: Portraits by Henri Cartier-Bresson," a selection of photographs chosen by the French master on the eve of his 90th birthday, opens at the National Portrait Gallery. Through Jan. 9.

29--"Eastman Johnson: Painting America," a retrospective exhibition of more than 90 pictures by the 19th-century realist, opens in New York at the Brooklyn Museum. Through Feb. 6.

NOVEMBER

7--"An Enduring Legacy: Masterpieces From the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon," a selection of gifts and bequests from the late benefactor, opens at the National Gallery of Art. Through Feb. 27.

10--"Celebrating the American Wing: Notable Acquisitions, 1980-1999," an exhibition marking the 75th anniversary of the American Wing in New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. Through November 2000.

16--"Velazquez in New York Museums," a small exhibit marking the 400th anniversary of the Spanish painter's birth, opens in Manhattan at the Frick Collection. Through Jan. 16.

16--" 'Only the Best': Masterpieces From the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon," a selection from the collection formed by the late Calouste Sarkis Gulbenkian (1869-1955), opens in Manhattan at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Through Feb. 27.

17--"Imaging the Word: New Selections of Calligraphy From the Islamic World," an exhibit blending loans with recent purchases and gifts, opens at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Through May 7.

18--"Directions--Shazia Sikander," an exhibit of new work by the American-based Pakistani whose autobiographical miniatures draw from both Mughal and contemporary sources, opens at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Through Feb. 21.

19--"To Conserve a Legacy: American Art From Historically Black Colleges and Universities," a selection of more than 150 objects from the collections of Clark, Fisk, Hampton, Howard, North Carolina Central and Tuskegee universities, opens at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Through Jan. 31.

21--"Constructing Identities: Recent Works by Jananne al-Ani," an exhibit of her slides and large-scale photographs, thus challenging the stereotypes of "Oriental" femininity, and "Antonin Sevruguin and the Persian Image," a selection of works produced in the photographer's Tehran studio between the 1850s and the 1930s, open together at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. The al-Ani show closes Feb. 28; the Sevruguin show runs through May 28.

DECEMBER

4--"The Way Home: Ending Homelessness in America," an exhibit of documentary essays by 13 contemporary photographers, opens at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Through Feb. 6.

9--"Rock Style," an investigation of the influence on fashion of classic rock-and-roll performers, opens in New York at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Through March 19.

14--"A Century of Design, Part I: 1900-1925," the first of four linked exhibitions that together will survey 20th-century design, opens in Manhattan at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Through March 26.

23--"Ellen Lanyon: Transformations. Selected Works From 1971-1999," a retrospective of her fantastical and socially concerned art, opens at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Through May 7.

INFORMATION ON SELECTED ART EXHIBIT VENUES

AMERICAN VISIONARY ART MUSEUM

800 Key Hwy., Inner Harbor, Baltimore

410-244-1900

ARLINGTON ARTS CENTER

3550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington

703-524-1494

ARTISTS' MUSEUM

406 Seventh St. NW

202-638-7001

THE ART MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAS

201 18th St. NW

202-458-6016

ARTHUR M. SACKLER GALLERY

1050 Independence Ave. SW

202-357-3200

BALTIMORE MUSEUM OF ART

Art Museum Drive and North Charles Street, Baltimore

410-396-7100

B'NAI B'RITH KLUTZNICK NATIONAL JEWISH MUSEUM

1640 Rhode Island Ave. NW

202-857-6583

BROOKLYN MUSEUM OF ART

Eastern Parkway and Washington Avenue, Brooklyn

718-638-5000

CORCORAN GALLERY OF ART

500 17th St. NW

202-639-1700

D. C. ARTS CENTER

2438 18th St. NW

202-462-7833

DELAWARE ART MUSEUM

2301 Kentmere Pkwy., Wilmington

302-571-9590

FOLGER SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY

201 East Capitol St. SE

202-544-7077

FREER GALLERY OF ART

12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW

202-357-2700

HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN

Independence Avenue at Seventh Street SW

202-357-2700

INTERNATIONAL GALLERY

S. Dillon Ripley Center

1100 Jefferson Dr. SW

202-357-2700

MERIDIAN INTERNATIONAL CENTER

1624 Crescent Pl. NW

202-667-6800

METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART

1000 Fifth Ave., New York

212-535-7710

MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

West 53rd Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues, New York

212-708-9400

NATIONAL BUILDING MUSEUM

401 F St. NW

202-272-2448

NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART

Constitution Avenue between Third and Seventh streets NW

202-737-4215

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN ART

950 Independence Ave. SW

202-357-2700

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART

Eighth and G streets NW

202-357-2700

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WOMEN IN THE ARTS

1250 New York Ave. NW

202-783-5000

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY

Eighth and F Streets NW

202-357-2700

PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART

Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street, Philadelphia

215-763-8100

PHILLIPS COLLECTION

1600 21st St. NW

202-387-2151

RENWICK GALLERY

17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW

202-357-2700

ROCKVILLE ARTS PLACE

100 East Middle Lane, Rockville

301-309-6900

SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM

1071 Fifth Ave., New York

212-423-3500

VIRGINIA MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS

2800 Grove Ave., Richmond

804-367-0844

WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART

945 Madison Ave., New York

212-570-3676

WALTERS ART GALLERY

600 N. Charles St., Baltimore

410-547-9000