Print of Jacob Lawrence’s Boy with Kite (1983), from his "Hiroshima" series
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
Aug. 1-Dec. 28, 2008
The six original paintings of Jacob Lawrence’s celebrated Hiroshima series (1983), illustrating John Hersey’s 1946 account of six survivors of the first atomic bomb attack

Alyson Shotz
The Structure of Light
Courtesy the artist and Derek Eller Gallery
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Aug. 1-Nov. 4, 2008
Three artists explore the transformative properties of light
Curator: Alison Gass

Diana Walker
Court Jester (Queen Elizabeth II and Ronald Reagan)
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Aug. 2-Sept. 21, 2008
70+ paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, posters, photographs, manuscripts, glassware, porcelain and metalwork, all relating to various U.S. presidents, in an exhibition organized to coincide with the 2008 Republican National Convention in the Twin Cities

Thomas Eakins
Portrait of Dr. Samuel D. Gross (The Gross Clinic)
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Aug. 2, 2008-Feb. 2009
Two Philadelphia treasures, by Thomas Eakins and Augustus Saint-Gaudens, which were recently prevented from leaving the city by an alliance of area cultural institutions
Curator: Kathleen Foster

Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
Toni Morrison
Collection of the artist
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Aug. 3-Oct. 26, 2008 
Twenty-one 58 x 44 in. photo portraits of African-American cultural icons, including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Sean Combs, Vernon Jordan, Toni Morrison, Chris Rock and Al Sharpton, captured during interviews for Greenfield-Sanders’ documentary The Black List
Funding: Credit Suisse
Also on view: "Houston Collects: African American Art," Aug. 3-Oct. 26, 2008; "Celebrating 10 Years of the Design Council," Aug. 23, 2008-Jan. 4, 2009

Gian Lorenzo Bernini
Bust of Costanza Bonarelli
ca. 1636-37
Museo Nazionale, Florence
Getty Center
Aug. 5-Oct. 26, 2008
Focusing on the portrait busts of Baroque sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680), via some 30 sculptures by Bernini and his contemporaries, including Alessandro Algardi, Francois Duquesnoy, Giuliano Finelli and Francesco Mochi, alongside drawings and paintings
Curators: Catherine Hess, Andrea Bacchi, Jennifer Montagu
Catalogue: $44.95, 336 pp.
Tour: National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Nov. 28, 2008-Mar. 8, 2009
Also on view: "Faces of Power and Piety: Medieval Portraiture," Aug. 12-Oct. 26, 2008 "In Focus: The Landscape," Aug. 26, 2008-Jan. 11, 2009;

Giorgio Sommer
Campidoglio (Roma) (Capitoline Hill, Rome)
ca. 1870s.
Henry Art Gallery
Henry Art Gallery, Seattle
Aug. 5-Nov. 30, 2008
19th-century photos illustrating the monuments of Rome, originally made for the tourist market, by Robert MacPherson, James Anderson, Giorgio Sommer and the d’Alessandri family
Curator: Elizabeth Brown

Tomb figures of a man and woman playing polo
China, Tang dynasty (618–906), 8th century
Norton Museum of Art
Norton Museum of Art
Aug. 8-Nov. 30, 2008
Art and sport from many cultures, in a show timed to coincide with the opening of the Beijing Olympics and divided into four sections: "The Olympics," "Ball Games," "Games of Skill and Chance" and "Just Plain Fun"
Funding: Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Hamish Maxwell Exhibition Endowment

1962 Fisher Body Craftsman’s Guild model (rear view)
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Aug. 9-10, 2008
On view for two days only, 60+ one-twelfth scale models of dream cars designed for General Motors Corporation’s industrial arts youth outreach program between 1937 to 1968, with their original designers in attendance to explain their creations

Edward Weston
Three Fish -- Gourds
Edward Weston Archive
Phoenix Art Museum
Aug. 9-Nov. 15, 2008
60 photographs from the legendary photographer’s time in Mexico in the ‘20s

Sanford Biggers
The Bridger is Over (biddybyebye)
Courtesy of the artist and Mary Goldman Gallery
Aspen Art Museum
Aug. 9-Oct. 19, 2008
Artists exploring the connections between music and melancholy, including Sanford Biggers, Anne Collier, Jesper Just, Tim Lee, Euan Macdonald, Susan Philipsz, Ugo Rondinone, Melanie Schiff and Wilhelm Sasnal
Funding: AAM National Council
Also on view: "Phil Collins: soy mi madre," Aug. 15-Oct. 19, 2008

Peggy Preheim
White Buffalo
Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Aug. 10, 2008-Feb. 8, 2009
Exploring the full range of contemporary artist Peggy Preheim’s practice, including pencil drawings, sculptural assemblages and black-and-white photographs
Also on view: "Video A," Aug. 10-Dec. 7, 2008; "Paul Ramírez Jonas: ABRACADABRA -- I Create as I Speak," Aug. 10-Nov. 30, 2008

Nam June Paik and Otto Piene
Museum of Modern Art
Museum of Modern Art
Aug. 13, 2008-Jan. 5, 2009
Work from the mid-‘60s to the mid-‘70s exploring new media, particularly music, from Laurie Anderson, John Cage, Joan Jonas, Ray Johnson, Bruce Nauman, Yoko Ono, Nam June Paik, Steve Reich, Jack Smith, rocker David Bowie, others
Curator: Barbara London
Also on view: "Kirchner and the Berlin Street," Aug. 3-Nov. 10, 2008

Pierre Huyghe
A Journey That Wasn’t (still)
Walker Art Center, Whitney Museum of American Art
Walker Art Center
Aug. 14-Dec. 7, 2008
Artworks focusing on adventure and exploration, centering on the film of Pierre Huyghe’s A Journey That Wasn’t (2005), documenting his performance in Central Park featuring an albino penguin
Curators: Elizabeth Carpenter, Doryun Chong

Metropolitan Museum of Art
Aug. 19, 2008-Mar. 8, 2009
Sculptures and prints by contemporary African-American artists confronting issues of racial heritage and identity, including Chakaia Booker, Willie Cole, Glenn Ligon, Alison Saar, Lorna Simpson and Kara Walker

El Greco
St. James (Santiago el Mayor) (detail)
ca. 1610-14
Museo del Greco
Nasher Museum of Art
Aug. 21-Nov. 9, 2008
Paintings, sculpture and decorative arts -- including a partial recreation of the camarín of the Duke of Lerma -- from 1598-1621 in Spain
Curators: Ronnie Baer, Sarah Schroth
Catalogue: $65, 250 pp.
Tour: This show continues has already appeared at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

El Anatsui’s Adinkra Sasa (2003), part of his "Detritus" series
Price Tower Arts Center, Bartlesville, Okla.
Aug. 22, 2008-Jan. 4, 2009
30+ artworks and objects examining the use of creatively repurposed or "upcycled" objects as part of a new environmental consciousness within art and design, from El Anatsui, Zac Freeman, Kate Goldsworthy, Tracy Kendall, Miwa Koizumi, Volksware, Jil Weinstock, Anke Weiss, others
Curators: Michaela Merryday, Scott W. Perkins
Funding: Knightsbridge Advisors, Oklahoma Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts

Pablo Picasso
Untitled (Arlequín y Polichinela)
Collection Fundación Mapfre
Bass Museum of Art
Aug. 23-Nov. 2, 2008
80 works on paper by Sonia Delaunay, Juan Gris, Joan Miró, Francis Picabia, Pablo Picasso, Joaquín Torres-Garcia, others, from the collection of Spain’s Fundación Mapfre
Funding: Fundación Mapfre

The Bill Peet Storybook Menagerie
Artwork by Bill Peet
Art Institute of Chicago
Aug. 23, 2008-May 24, 2009
Sketches and storyboards from Bill Peet, principal animator at the Walt Disney company for 34 years, along with original works from Peet’s 34 published books
Tour: This show has already been seen at the Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis
Also on view: "Yokohama-e: 19th-Century Prints of Americans in Japan," Aug. 9-Oct. 25, 2008

Jahangir Wearing a Tie-dyed Patka, a painting from an unidentified album
ca. 1620
Detroit Institute of Arts
Aug. 23-Nov. 16, 2008
86 miniature paintings, calligraphic examples and albums from the libraries of the Mughal Emperors Akbar (1556-1605), Jahangir (1605-1627) and Shah Jahan (1628-1666)
Catalogue: Muraqqa’: Imperial Mughal Albums from the Chester Beatty Library, 528 pp., $79.95
Tour: This show has already been seen at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; it continues to the Honolulu Academy of Arts, Hawai’i, Dec. 17, 2008-Mar., 2009; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Mar. 21-June 14, 2009; Denver Art Museum, July 4-Sept. 27, 2009

Sharon Lockhart
Audition Three, Amalia and Kirk
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Aug. 24-Dec. 15, 2008
The evolution of conceptual and post-studio practices in California, via John Baldessari, Wallace Berman, Cindy Bernard, Chris Burden, Bruce Conner, Guy de Cointet, Andrea Fraser, David Ireland, Mike Kelley, David Lamelas, Sharon Lockhart, Mathias Poledna, Stephen Prina, Alexis Smith, Pae White, Christopher Williams, others
Curators: Philipp Kaiser, Corrina Peipon
Funding: Executive Forum Partners: East West Bank, Farmers Insurance Group, Park Fifth, Plaza Commons, Inc., Resnick Family Foundation, Inc., UBS

Still from Semiconductor’s Magnetic Movie
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Aug. 25-Dec. 14, 2008
Works by the artistic team Ruth Jarman and Joseph Gerhardt -- aka Semiconductor -- including their award winning short film Magnetic Movie (2007)

Page from Franz Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1
Morgan Library and Museum
Aug. 29-Nov. 16, 2008
The art and artistic process of composerFranz Liszt (1811–1886), via ca. 50 manuscripts, first editions, letters and related materials
Curator: Mary Flagler Cary