Alexander Calder
Private collection, San Francisco
San Jose Museum of Art
Aug. 1, 2009-Dec. 13, 2009
Mobiles, jewelry and works on paper drawn from Bay Area collections

Claude Collins-Stracensky
Untitled (Light circle. S. Figuora St., Los Angeles)
Hammer Museum, UCLA
Aug. 1-Oct. 25, 2009
New sculptures and two new photographic lightbox wall reliefs, alongside a selection of photographs taken since 2001, by the L.A.-based artist known for works that explore light, energy and time
Funding: Susan Bay-Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy, Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, others

Installation view of "Ron Arad: No Discipline" at Museum of Modern Art
Photo by Jason Mandella
Museum of Modern Art
Aug. 2, 2009-Oct. 19, 2009
Exhibition of the superdesigner Ron Arad’s innovative art furniture
Curator: Marie-Laure Jousset
Catalogue: 216 pp., $45
Tour: This show has already appeared at the Centre Pompidou, Paris; it continues to the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Funding: Notify, Contemporary Arts Council of the Museum of Modern Art

Kutlug Ataman and Cristiana Perella
Strange Space
Museum of Arts and Design
Aug. 5-Aug. 30, 2009
The three winners of a $200,000 art prize sponsored by a Dubai-based private equity group, designed to raise international awareness of artists from the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia: Iran’s Nazgol Ansarinia, Algeria’s Zoulikha Bouabdellah and Turkey’s Kutlug Ataman
Curators: Leyla Fakhr, Carol Solomon, Cristiana Perrella
Funding: Abraaj Capital

Sutra box
Ming dynasty, Yongle period (1403-1424)
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Aug. 6, 2009-Feb. 21, 2010
50 examples of Chinese carved lacquer works, from the Met collection and the collection of Florence and Herbert Irving
Curator: Denise Patry Leidy

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Aug. 6, 2009-Jan. 24, 2010
Selections from the LACMA design collection, including works by Marcel Breuer, Charles and Ray Eames, Frank Gehry, Johanna Grawunder, Michael Graves, Greta Magnusson Grossman, Alvin Lustig, Greg Lynn, Elena Manferdini, Richard Neutra, Rudolph Schindler, Ettore Sottsass and Frank Lloyd Wright
Curator: Bobbye Tigerman

Elisabetta Gut
Book in a Cage
National Museum of Women in the Arts
National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.
Aug. 7, 2009-Jan. 17, 2010
15 examples of artists’ books that blur the lines between book and sculpture, by artists Elisabetta Gut, Wendy Fernstrom, Brenda Watson, others
Curator: Krystyna Wasserman
Catalogue: The Book as Art: Artists’ Books from the National Museum of Women in the Arts, 208 pp., $55
Funding: Margaret M. Johnston

Fabric work featured in "UK/OK"
Price Tower Arts Center , Bartlesville, Okla.
Aug. 7, 2009-Jan. 3, 2010
Focusing on the resurgence of handcrafted objects, via 75 objects by British and Oklahoman designers (hence the title "UK/OK")
Curator: Scott W. Perkins
Funding: ConocoPhillips, KJRH Channel 2, Bank of Oklahoma, others

Alec Soth
F. P., Resaca, Georgia
© Alec Soth
High Museum of Art
Aug. 8, 2009-Jan. 3, 2010
Photos by Minneapolis-based photographer Alec Soth, commissioned as part of the High’s "Picturing the South"initiative which has famous and emerging photographers respond to the American Southeast

Andreas Cellarius
Chart of Lunar Phases and Eclipses (from the Harmonia Macrocosmica)
1660 (1708 edition)
Minnich Collection
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Aug. 8, 2009-Jan. 10, 2010
Organized to coincide with a loan of Vermeer’s The Astronomer from the Musée du Louvre in Paris (on view from Oct. 18), this show explores "the scientific and cultural world of the 17th-century astronomer" via prints, books, scientific instruments and exhibits of other objects depicted in the painting

Jack Tworkov
Crossfield I
Private Collection
UBS Art Gallery
Aug. 13-Oct. 27, 2009
Full retrospective of New York school painter Jack Tworkov (1900-1982), ranging from his Social Realist paintings and drawings of the 1930s and 1940s to Abstract Expressionist canvases of the 1950s and 1960s and finally to the geometrical paintings of the 1970s and early 1980s
Curator: Jason Andrew
Funding: UBS Art Gallery

Mah hakala
15th-century Tibet
Norton Simon Foundation
Norton Simon Museum
Aug. 14, 2009-Mar. 8, 2010
An "intimate" exhibition of paintings, sculptures and ceremonial ritual objects, exploring the sinister and monstrous side of Buddhist deities
Curator: Christine Knoke

Mandala featured in "The Perfect Circle" at the Rubin Museum of Art
Rubin Museum of Art
Aug. 14, 2009-Jan. 11, 2010
Exploring the symbolism of the mandala (with special attention paid to the mystical import of the number five), via paintings, three-dimensional works, portable mandalas, ritual objects and even newly created "virtual mandalas"

Jason Villegas
Impish Animal installation view #1
Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston
Aug. 14-Nov. 1, 2009
A site-specific environment exploring the "life cycle of luxury goods" by the Houston-born, Brooklyn-based Villegas

R.A.D. Miller
Lace Factory
ca. 1935
James A. Michener Art Museum
Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, Pa.
Aug. 15, 2009-Jan. 3, 2010
A retrospective of work by Philadelphia-born R.A.D. Miller (1905-1966), known for subtly modernist Bucks County landscape paintings
Curator: Cher Krause Knight
Catalogue: 64 pp.
Funding: Mary Lou and Andrew Abruzzese of the Pineville Tavern

Marcel Duchamp
Étant donnés: 1. La chute d’eau, 2. Le gaz d’éclairage (Given: 1. The Waterfall, 2. The Illuminating Gas)
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Aug. 15-Nov. 29, 2009
Celebrating the 40th anniversary of Duchamp’s famous installation at the PMA, via 80 works related to its instalation, all the known studies, photographs, "erotic objects" and other materials
Curator: Michael R. Taylor

Wieki Somers
"High" Tea Pot
designed 2003, made 2005
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
© Wieki Somers
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Aug. 16, 2009-Feb. 21, 2010
Recently acquired design art works by Gae Aulenti, Mathias Bengtsson, Shiro Kuramata, Gerrit Rietveld, Wieki Somers, Ettore Sottsass, others

René Magritte
L’evidence éternelle (The Eternally Obvious)
Menil Collection
Menil Collection
Aug. 21, 2009-Feb. 28, 2010
Works from the Menil collection that involve the fragmented body, from a 15th-century finger reliquary to Cubist and Surrealist works

Zarina Bhimji
Out of Blue
Art Institute of Chicago
Art Institute of Chicago
Aug. 21-Nov. 15, 2009
An "abstracted narrative of guilt, mourning and loss, rooted in specific geopolitical, historical, and autobiographical facts," by Ugandan art filmmaker Zarina Bhimji

Pietro Paolini
Bacchic Concert
ca. 1625–30
Dallas Museum of Art
Dallas Museum of Art
Aug. 30, 2009-Feb. 28, 2010
Ca. 100 works spanning 5,000 years, from Pietro Paolini’s Bacchic Concert and Jean-Antoine-Théodore Giroust’s Oedipus at Colonus, to Pablo Picasso’s The Guitarist and Romare Bearden’s Soul Three, all on the theme of performance
Curators: organized collaboratively with all of the DMA’s curators