Christian Marclay performing Smash Hits (1991)
Whitney Museum of American Art
July 1-Sept. 26, 2010
Actual musical events -- an extensive program of performances, every day -- overseen by the celebrated New York music-artist and "turntablist," who till now has perhaps been better known in the art world for his multivalent visual manifestations of "sound"
Curator: David Kiehl with Limor Tomer
Funding: Bloomberg, Keds, Jill and Peter Kraus, Ben-tley Mee-ker

Jimmy DeSana
Marker Cones
"Off the Wall"
Whitney Museum of American Art
Whitney Museum of American Art
July 1-Sept. 19, 2010
Body Art is back, in a show that includes actions that serve to displace the site of the artwork from the object to the body in physical space, in an investigation of identity and gender by artists ranging from Vito Acconci and Carl Andre to Jordan Wolfson and Francesca Woodman
Curator: Chrissie Iles

Norman Rockwell
And Daniel Boone Comes to Life on the Underwood Typewriter
Collection of Steven Spielberg
Smithsonian American Art Museum
July 2, 2010-Jan. 2, 2011
More than 50 paintings and drawings from the holdings of two celebrated Hollywood directors, with a 12-minute-long documentary that explores the connections between Rockwell’s imagery and the movies
Curator: Virginia M. Mecklenburg
Catalogue: $65 cloth, $35.95 paper
Funding: Booz Allen Hamilton, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg

Erin Shirreff
Roden Crater (video still)
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Metropolitan Museum of Art
July 2, 2010-Feb. 13, 2011
Dislocation and displacement, perambulations and digressions, via works by Vito Acconci, Ed Ruscha, Bruce Nauman, Rineke Dijkstra, Doug Aitken and many others (22 artists in all, drawn largely from the museum collection), in a show that includes video, which seems unusual for the Met
Curator: Douglas Eklund

Brion Gysin with Dreamachine at Musee des Art Decoratifs, Paris, in 1962
© Harold Chapman/Topham/The Image Works
New Museum
July 7-Oct. 3, 2010
The first U.S. retrospective of the painter, performer, poet and writer (1916-1986) presents 300 works, including his pioneering "cut-up" poetry and computer art, and a Dreammachine, a kinetic light sculpture "that uses the flicker effect to induce visions when experienced with closed eyes"
Curator: Laura Hoptman
Catalogue: Hugh Merrell, Ltd, 192 pp., $39.95

Vasily Kandinsky
Composition 8
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Guggenheim Museum
July 9-Sept. 7, 2010
Two pioneers of abstraction, in a focused presentation of eight paintings
Curators: Tracey Bashkoff, Megan Fontanella

Red Cross photo of a badly damaged cathedral in Port-au-Prince
Queens Museum of Art
July 10-Aug. 1, 2010
A special program honoring the artists and architects who died from the Haitian earthquake on Jan. 12, 2010, via a showcase of works by Haitian artists and architects
Organizers: Project L’Education du Regard, in collaboration with painter Patricia Brintle and architect Anton Martinez

Dennis Hopper
Double Standard
Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art
July 10-Sept. 26, 2010
At L.A. MOCA’s Geffen Contemporary, a survey of more than 200 works made over a 60-year career, ranging from early photographs and assemblages to his graffiti paintings of the 1980s and billboard paintings from the 2000s -- the first museum survey for Hopper, who died in May 2010, and for L.A. MOCA’s new director, Jeffrey Deitch
Curator: Julian Schnabel, with Fred Hoffman serving as curatorial consultant
Funding: Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, Graff Foundation, Tod’s, Ruth and Jake Bloom

Zwelethu Mthethwa
Courtesy Jack Shainman Gallery
Studio Museum in Harlem
July 15-Oct. 24, 2010
Three series by the South African photographer, two documenting the lives of migrant workers in Johannesburg and the third featuring houses in post-Katrina New Orleans

Charles LeDray
Throwing Shadows (detail)
Courtesy the artist and Sperone Westwater, New York
Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
July 16-Oct. 17, 2010
Approximately 50 dollhouse-sized sculptures and installations made by the New York-based artist over the last 20 years, including Throwing Shadows (2008-2010), a new ceramic work of more than 3,000 vessels of black porcelain, each less than two inches tall
Tour: Whitney Museum of American Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Henry Wessel
Buena Vista, Colorado
George Eastman House
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
July 17-Oct. 3, 2010
A restaging of the landmark exhibition originally held in 1975 at George Eastman House in Rochester, N.Y., featuring works by ten photographers -- including Robert Adams, Lewis Baltz, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Joe Deal and others -- who abandoned the romantic landscape tradition in favor of straightforward images of everyday America
Curators: Dr. Britt Salvesen, Dr. Alison Nordström
Catalogue: New Topographics (Steidl)
Tour: The show has already appeared at its organizing institutions, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the George Eastman House, and subsequently travels to museums in Linz (Austria), Cologne, Rotterdam and Bilbao
Funding: Terra Foundation for American Art

Window Grille, 15th century, Iran
Gift of Arthur Upham Pope, 1931
Art Institute of Chicago
Art Institute of Chicago
July 17-Oct. 3, 2010
The museum celebrates its newly refurbished Islamic art galleries with a show of artworks -- ceramics, tilework, textiles, paintings, glasswork and lacquerware -- assembled by Arthur Upham Pope (1881-1969), a dealer, curator and collector of Persian art who assembled the influential A Survey of Persian Art in 1938-39
Curator: Dr. Yuka Kadoi

Pepón Osorio in downtown North Adams, Mass.
Williams College Museum of Art
July 17-Sept. 7, 2010
A new work commissioned by the museum for a former Chevrolet dealership in North Adams -- part of DownStreet Art, a public art project designed to revitalize the city center -- that is a slowly revolving multimedia installation that tells the stories of two families, and a community
Curator: Cynthia Way
Tour: The installation subsequently appears at the Williams College Museum, Sept. 25, 2010-Feb. 6, 2011

Henri Matisse
The Piano Lesson
Museum of Modern Art
Museum of Modern Art
July 18-Oct. 11, 2010
Nearly 120 paintings, drawings, photographs and more focusing on the large-scale, Cubist-influenced works Matisse made between his visit to Morocco in 1913 and his move to Nice in 1917
Curators: John Elderfield, Stephanie D’Alessandro
Catalogue: 368 pp., 650 illus., including X-ray and infrared, $65
Tour: The show premiered at its co-organizing institution, the Art Institute of Chicago
Funding: AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company, AllianceBernstein, AXA Art, others

Mette Tommerup
"New Work Miami 2010"
Miami Art Museum
July 18-Oct. 17, 2010
Approximately 35 artists -- including Jim Drain, Lynne Golob Gelfman, Guerra de la Paz, Gean Moreno/Ernesto Oroza, Mette Tommerup, Frances Trombly and Michelle Weinberg -- are included in what is called "an exuberant snapshot" of the local artistic community
Curators: Peter Boswell, René Morales

Thomas Eakins
Portrait of Dr. Samuel D. Gross (The Gross Clinic)
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia Museum of Art
July 24, 2010-Jan. 9, 2011
The famous painting, newly conserved (with problems arising from an over-aggressive cleaning in the 1920s repaired), along with three studies, a full-sized X-radiograph, and documentary materials presenting the public reaction to the work when it was first unveiled at the 1876 Centennial Exposition
Curators: Mark S. Tucker, Kathleen A. Foster

Thomas Eakins
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
July 25-Oct. 17, 2010
The first museum show to focus on Eakins’ sporting paintings includes nearly 30 works, and celebrates LACMA’s acquisition of the artist’s 1899 painting, Wrestlers
Curator: Ilene Susan Fort
Funding: Mr. & Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation for the arts
Also on view: Running concurrently is an exhibition of new photographs of college football players by Catherine Opie

Edvard Munch
The Vampire
National Gallery of Art
National Gallery of Art
July 31-Oct. 31, 2010
Nearly 60 prints, featuring several impressions of the same image, drawn from the museum’s holdings and two private collections (the Epstein Family Collection and the Collection of Catherine Woodard and Nelson Blitz Jr.), in the gallery’s sixth show on the artist
Curators: Andrew Robison, Elizabeth Prelinger
Catalogue: 168 pp., 131 illustrations, $49.95

One of Leonard Nimoy’s subjects posing for "Secret Selves"
Opening July 31, 2010
Photos shot in 2007 in Northampton, Mass., of volunteers posing and dressing "as their true or imagined secret selves," from rock stars to wood nymphs, in an undertaking that "taps into a shared sense of inner yearning and fantasy"
Catalogue: Essays by Williams College Museum curator John Stomberg and the artist himself
Funding: Bonnie Moss, others