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Rembrandt van Rijn, Head of Christ, ca. 1648, Gemaldegalerie, Berlin
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Aug. 3-Oct. 30, 2011
Seven paintings from the Dutch artist’s rare series, reunited in an exhibition for the first time since 1656, as well as more than 50 related paintings, prints and drawings
Curator: Lloyd DeWitt
Funding: The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Robert Montgomery Scott Fund for Exhibitions
Tour: The exhibition debuted at the Louvre, its co-organizing institution, in April 2011, and will continue to the Detroit Institute of Arts, its other co-organizing institution, in November of 2011

Gladys Nilson, Arytystic Pairanoiya, 1978, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Aug. 12, 2011-Jan. 2, 2012
26 paintings, sculpture and works on paper made from 1960 to 1980 by Chicago artists including Roger Brown, Leon Golub and Jim Nutt, all given to the museum in the late ‘70s by Chi-town collectors Samuel and Blanche Koffler
Curators: Franz Schulze, George Gurney

Yoshua Okón, Octopus (still), 2011, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
UCLA Hammer Museum
Aug. 13, 2011-Nov. 6, 2012
The Mexican artist (b. 1970) debuts a new two-channel video installation produced during his residency at the Hammer, shot on location at a Los Angeles Home Depot store
Funding: Susan Bay Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy and The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation

Richard Prince, Untitled (Covering Pollock), 2010, Gagosian Gallery, New York; photo by Rob McKeever
Guild Hall
Aug. 13-Oct. 17, 2011
47 new works by the controversial appropriation artist (b. 1949) comprising paint- and collage-embellished black-and-white photographs of AbEx patriarch Pollock in his East Hampton studio
Curator: Christina M. Strassfield
Funding: Barbara and Richard Lane, Donald R. Mullen, Mark and Marisa Borghi, others

Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, Christie Turlington Burns, 2011, Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York
Brooklyn Museum
Aug. 19-Dec. 11, 2011
Presenting 25 large-format color photographic portraits of influential Latino Americans -- including Gloria Estefan, Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Eva Longoria -- alongside excerpts from an accompanying documentary film, also directed by the artist, which premieres on HBO on Sept. 29, 2011
Curator: Lisa Small
Funding: AT&T

Ai Weiwei, The Zodiac Project (detail), © AW Asia
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Aug. 20, 2011-Feb. 12, 2012
The Chinese artist’s first major public sculpture, which comprises a reinterpretation of the twelve bronze animal heads of the Chinese zodiac, travels to the West Coast as part of its world tour
Funding: Phillips de Pury & Co.

Pierre-Paul Prud'hon, Standing Female Nude, Seen from Behind, 1785-90, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Aug. 20, 2011-May 13, 2012
Approximately forty-five works by late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century artists, including Ingres, Delacroix, Turner, Blake and Gericault, that illuminate the period’s two contrasting movements: Neo-Classicism and Romanticism
Curator: Clifford Ackley

Artists and jurors of “Artists Choose Artists” at Ross Bleckner’s Sagaponack studio, 2011
Parrish Art Museum
Aug. 21-Oct. 9, 2011
A jury of seven East End artists, including Ross Bleckner, Gary Simmons and Agathe Snow, select two artists each from 200 online submissions and subsequent studio visits to present work alongside their own
Curators: Andrea Grover, Sam Bridger-Carroll
Funding: Corcoran Group Real Estate, Helene B. Stevens, Brenda Earl, Nash Family Foundation, others

Carlito Carvalhosa, Sum of Days (installation view at the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, July 2010), 2010, Museum of Modern Art, New York
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Aug. 24-Nov. 14, 2011
The celebrated Brazilian artist (b. 1961) makes his North American museum debut with a large-scale “environmental and participatory sounds installation” -- a labyrinth of fabric hung from the ceiling which incorporates a system of microphones that record each day’s ambient noise, playing it back the following day through several speakers
Curators: Luis Perez-Oramas, Geaninne Gutierrez-Guimaraes
Funding: Mr. and Mrs. Joseph J. Safra, Ms. Cleusa Garfinkel, others

Brian Ulrich, Cleveland, OH, 2003, Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland Art Museum
Aug. 27, 2011-Jan. 16, 2012
The New York photographer’s first museum exhibition presents 60 color photographs executed between 2001-11 which explore American consumerism through the modern shopping experience, organized into three thematic groups: “Retail,” “Thrift” and “Dark Stores”
Curator: Tom Hinson
Catalogue: Aperture, 144 pp., $50
Funding: Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Foundation

Dieter Rams, Braun phonosuper (SK 4), 1956; design by Hans Gugelot and Dieter Rams, photo by Koichi Okuwaki
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Aug. 27, 2011-Feb. 20, 2012
Some 200 sketches, prototypes and original design projects by the famed German designer (b. 1932), best known for his years overseeing design at electronic devices manufacturer Braun and furniture designer Vitsoe
Curator: Joseph Becker
Catalogue: Die Gestalten Verlag, 808 pp., $78
Funding: Braun and Vitsoe
Tour: The exhibition has been on a world tour since 2009

Andrew Moore, Chemistry Lab, former Cass Technical Highschool building, 2009, Queens Museum of Art, New York
Queens Museum of Art
Aug. 28, 2011-Jan. 15, 2012
Organized by the Akron Art Museum, the exhibition presents 30 large scale (62 in. x 78 in.) color photographs taken between 2008-09 that document the architecture of a once thriving industrial epicenter now facing population decline and a failing economy
Curator: Sohrab Mohebbi
Funding: Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell, John A. McAlonan Fund of Akron Community, Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, Charina Endowment Fund

Faith Ringgold and young New Yorkers (ages 8-19), The 9/11 Peace Story Quilt, 2006, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Aug. 30, 2011-Jan. 22, 2012
Presenting the quilt commissioned in 2006 by nonprofit InterRelations Collaborative Inc. and made by New York students ages 8-19 with quilt artist Faith Ringgold, comprising 36 squares on the theme of peace and accompanied for the exhibition by artworks that inspired its content and a range of educational programs
Curator: Rebecca McGinnis