Sheila Metzner
36 Views of the Brooklyn Bridge (Hokusai Series)
School of Visual Arts Museum
Sept. 3-Oct. 4, 2008
Ca. 100 images from the Brooklyn-born photographer’s own collection of her fashion, still-life, landscape and portrait photographs, including selections from her current series, "36 Views of Brooklyn Bridge," done in the rare Fresson "tirage au charbon" printing process
Curator: Chandra Kelemen

Robert Crumb
Courtesy of the artist, Paul Morris and David Zwirner Gallery
Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia
Sept. 5-Dec. 7, 2008
100+ works, including early comics, greeting cards, collaborations and sketchbooks, by the famous Zap Comix artist
Curators: Todd Hignite, Jenelle Porter
Funding: Eric Sack, others
Tour: This show has already appeared at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, and the Frye Art Museum, Seattle
Also opening: "Douglas Blau," "Kate Gilmore," "Odili Donald Odita: Third Space," all Sept. 5-Dec. 7, 2008

Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Order Coal Now
Norton Simon Museum
Norton Simon Museum
Sept. 5, 2008-Jan. 26, 2009
33 propaganda works from both World Wars by U.S. illustrators
Curator: Carol Togneri

Charles Lindbergh standing beside the Spirit of St. Louis, 1927
Missouri History Museum, St. Louis
Phoenix Art Museum
Sept. 6, 2008-Feb. 1, 2009
The 90-year history of the alluring one-piece garment, via Charles Lindberg’s original flight suit, Levi’s mechanic coveralls from the 1920s, a WWII "Rosie the Riveter" uniform, a NASA flight suit, and so much more.

"Francis Alÿs: Fabiola," installation view at the Dia at the Hispanic Society of America, New York
Photo by Cathy Carver
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Sept. 7, 2008-Jan. 4, 2009
300 amateur and professional paintings assembled by the Mexico City-based Belgian artist, each depicting the red-scarved profile of Saint Fabiola, the Roman-era ascetic who gave all she had to the poor
Curator: Lynne Cooke, J. Patrice Marandel
Tour: This show has already appeared at the Hispanic Society, New York
Also opening: "Five Centuries of Indonesian Textiles: Selections from the Mary Hunt Kahlenberg Collection," Sept. 18, 2008-Mar. 15, 2009

Ryan Trecartin
I-BE AREA (still)
Courtesy Elizabeth Dee Gallery
Hammer Museum
Sept. 10-Dec. 7, 2008
I-BE AREA (2007), the avant-garde video play by the Philadelphia-based artist, described as "a sort of Lord of the Flies for the 21st Century," which knocked ‘em dead when it showed at Elizabeth Dee Gallery in New York last year
Curator: Ali Subotnick
Also opening: "Hammer Projects: Nathalie Djurberg," Sept. 28, 2008-Jan. 4, 2009

Benjamin West
American Commissioners of the Preliminary Peace Negotiations with Great Britain
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
Sept. 11-Oct. 12, 2008
Paul Revere’s hand-colored engraving of the Boston Massacre, The Bloody Massacre Perpetrated in King Street (1770), and other paintings, watercolors, prints, documents and weapons that demonstrate how visual art and language played a role in the American Revolution

Walid Raad
Beirut 1982-2006: Plate 1
Collection of the artist
© Walid Raad
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Sept. 12-Nov. 23, 2008
Works by the Lebanese-American artist Walid Raad documenting the Lebanese Civil War of 1975-1990, including his video I only wish that I could weep (2002)
Also opening: "The Sounds I See: Photographs of Musicians," Sept. 20, 2008-Jan. 19, 2009

Rirkrit Tiravanija
untitled (demonstration no. 138)
Drawing Center
Sept. 12-Nov. 6, 2008
Approximately 200 works on paper, copies commissioned from Thai artists of photographs of demonstrations published in the International Herald Tribune, "turning ephemeral images of strife and social conflict into documents of political aspiration"
Curator: João Ribas
Also opening: "The Big Draw," Sept. 6, 2008, and "Kathleen Henderson: What If I Could Draw a Bird That Could Change the World," Sept. 12-Oct. 9, 2008

Leonardo da Vinci
Codex Forster, 1, 6v-7r
Victoria and Albert Museum
High Museum of Art
Sept. 13, 2008-Jan. 4, 2009
Carved ivories, bronze sculpture, jeweled metalwork, stained glass and a rare notebook by Leonardo da Vinci, from London’s Victoria & Albert Museum
Funding: Buckhead Community Bank
Tour: This show has already appeared at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Fla.; Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Ky.; and the Metropolitan Museum of Art; it continues to the Millennium Galleries, Sheffield, U.K., Jan. 29-May 24, 2009

Jean Frederic Bazille
Summer Scene
Harvard Art Museum
Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Harvard
Sept. 13, 2008-ongoing
A long-term installation of works from Harvard’s Sackler, Busch-Reisinger and Fogg art museums, presented together for the first time, on the occasion of the ongoing renovation of the Busch-Reisinger and the Fogg
Curators: the staff of all three museums

Richard Avedon
Henry Kissinger, Secretary of State, Washington, D.C.
June 2, 1976
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
© 2008 The Richard Avedon Foundation
Corcoran Gallery of Art
Sept. 13, 2008-Jan. 25, 2009
250 photos of public figures by Avedon, tracking his "five-decade taxonomy of politics and power"
Curator: Paul Roth
Catalogue: 350 pp., $60
Funding: PNC Financial Services Group

Eero Saarinen
IBM Manufacturing and Training Facility, Rochester, Minnesota
ca. 1958
Photographer Balthazar Korab
Walker Art Center/Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Sept. 13, 2008-Jan. 4, 2009
A retrospective of the short career of the controversial Finnish-born 20th-century architect, designer of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis and the TWA Terminal at Kennedy Airport, in a show of more than 50 built and unbuilt projects
Curator: Donald Albrecht
Catalogue: Yale University Press, 408 pp., $65
Tour: the show debuted in Helsinki and appeared in Brussels, Detroit and Los Angeles; subsequent stops include New York, Oslo, St. Louis, Washington, D.C. and New Haven

George de Forest Brush
An Aztec Sculptor
National Gallery of Art
National Gallery of Art
Sept. 14, 2008-Jan. 4, 2009
Paintings of life among the Arapahoe, Shoshone and Crow Indians of Wyoming and Montana by the Paris-trained George de Forest Brush (1854/1855-1941)
Curator: Nancy K. Anderson
Catalogue: 248 pp., $60 (cloth), $40 (paper)
Tour: This show continues to the Seattle Art Museum, Feb. 26-May 24, 2009

Harry Burton
Entrance to the tomb, from Tutankhamun’s Tomb, The Thrill of Discovery
Metropolitan Museum of Art
© The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Dallas Museum of Art
Sept. 14, 2008-May 17, 2009
38 prints from Burton, the photographer who accompanied Howard Carter on the Tutankhamun expedition and documented the discovery of King Tut’s tomb, in a show serving as prelude to next month’s tour stop for "Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs" at the DMA
Curator: Anne Bromberg

Sze Tsung Leong
New Street, Shijicheng, Landianchang, Haidian District, Beijing
Bronx Museum
Sept. 14, 2008-Jan. 25, 2009
A far-ranging survey of public culture via street photography, documentation of performances and ephemeral actions, videos and artworks made from found materials by artists ranging from Robert Frank and Jacques de la Villeglé to Vito Acconci, Marin Wong and Kimsooja
Curator: Lydia Yee
Catalogue: Aperture, 114 pp.
Funding: Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, MetLife, Andy Warhol Foundation, others

Huma Bhabha
Bumps in the Road
Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Sept. 14, 2008-Feb. 8, 2009
The museum’s "2008 Emerging Artist Award Exhibition" features a major new figurative sculpture by Bhabha, Bumps in the Road, made of clay, wood, wire, Styrofoam, metal studs, acrylic paint, cast iron, burlap, newsprint, sand and ash
Curator: Merrill Falkenberg
Also on view: "Karin Davie: Symptomania," "Lars Fisk: Trashbags"

Ruth Kennedy
Blocks and Strips Quilt
Collection of the Tinwood Alliance
Photo by Steve Pitkin
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Sept. 16-Dec. 14, 2008
Ca. 74 quilts from the celebrated community of Gee’s Bend, Ala., including newly discovered work from the 1930s to the 1980s, as well as more recent designs by established quiltmakers
Curator: Dilys Blum
Tour: This show has already appeared in Houston, Indianapolis, Orlando, Baltimore, Tacoma, Louisville, and Denver
Also on view: "Photo Mandalas: Bill Armstrong and Milan Fano Blatn," Sept. 6, 2008-Feb. 1, 2009; "Linda Day Clark: The Gee’s Bend Photographs," Sept. 16-Dec. 14, 2008; "Thomas Chambers (1808-1869): American Marine and Landscape Painter," Sept. 27-Dec. 28, 2008

Catalogue cover for "Giorgio Morandi" at the Metropolitan Museum
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Sept. 16, 2008-Dec. 14, 2008
110 works, including still-lifes, self-portraits and landscapes by the Italian artist, in the first complete survey of his work in the U.S.
Curators: Maria Cristina Bandera, Renato Miracco
Catalogue: 366 pp., $65
Funding: Jane and Robert Carroll, others
Tour: MAMbo-Museo d’Arte Moderna, Bologna
Also on view: "Landscapes Clear and Radiant: The Art of Wang Hui (1632–1717)," Sept. 9, 2008-Jan. 4, 2009; "Royal Porcelain from the Twinight Collection, 1800-1850," Sept. 16, 2008-Aug. 9, 2009; "Rhythms of Modern Life: British Prints 1914-1939," Sept. 23, 2008-Dec. 7, 2008; "New York, N. Why?: Photographs by Rudy Burckhardt, 1937-1940," Sept. 23, 2008-Jan. 4, 2009; "The Essential Art of African Textiles: Design Without End," Sept. 30, 2008-Mar. 22, 2009.

Grace Ndiritu
video still from Lying Down Textiles, from "Still Life"
Grey Art Gallery, NYU
Sept. 16-Dec. 6, 2008
A compare-and-contrast show that juxtaposes African textiles with approximately 60 contemporary artworks by African artists, including El Anatsui, Samuel Cophie, Rikki Wemega-Kwawu, Atta Kwami, Abdoulaye Konaté Groupe Bogolan Kasobane, Yinka Shonibare, Grace Ndiritu, Malick Sidibé, Owusu-Ankomah, Rikki Wemega-Kwawu, Rachid Koraïchi, Nike Okundaye, Viyé Diba, Sue Williamson, Sokari Douglas Camp and Nontsikelelo "Lolo" Veleko
Curator: Lynn Gumpert
Catalogue: 112 pp.
N.B.: the Grey’s show is presented in conjunction with "The Essential Art of African Textiles" at the Metropolitan Museum

Benjamin West
Cicero Discovering the Tomb of Archimedes
Yale Center for British Art
Sept. 18, 2008-Jan. 4, 2009
Paintings and works on paper pertaining to a late-18th-century hoax in which West and other London academicians were fooled by a fake manuscript that purported to contain Renaissance art secrets, a mistake that subjected West to considerable ridicule at the time
Curators: Angus Trumble, Mark Aronson, Helen A. Cooper

Olivo Barbieri
site specific_LAS VEGAS 05 (still)
Courtesy of the artist and Yancey Richardson Gallery
© Olivo Barbieri
San Francisco Museum of Art
Sept. 18, 2008-Jan. 4, 2009
Two recent video works about Sin City: Olivo Barbieri’s site specific_LAS VEGAS 05 and Stephen Dean’s No More Bets

Jean de Brunhoff
"The elephants carried Babar, Arthur, and Celeste in triumph," study for Histoire de Babar, le petit elephant
Morgan Library & Museum
Morgan Museum & Library
Sept. 19, 2008-Jan. 4, 2009
Illustrating the origin of the popular children’s book character, in the early sketches of both Jean de Brunhoff and Laurent de Brunhoff
Curator: Christine Nelson
Catalogue: $50, 164 pp.
Funding: Florence Gould Foundation, others

Jesper Just
still from No Man Is an Island
Brooklyn Museum
Sept. 19, 2008-Jan. 4, 2009
The first solo exhibition at a New York museum of films by the critically acclaimed Danish artist -- and the first all-film show at the Brooklyn Museum -- features the premiere of Romantic Delusions and three other films
Also on view: "21: Contemporary Art at the Brooklyn Museum," a long-term installation opening Sept. 19, 2008

Steven Deo
Trailways Baggage
San Jose Museum of Art
Photo courtesy of David Nuffer
San Jose Museum of Art
Sept. 19, 2008-Jan. 25, 2009
Eleanor Antin, Jane Benson, Val Britton, Sophie Calle, Steven Deo, Nina Katchadouria, Lordy Rodriguez, Ed Ruscha, Candace Plummer Gaudiani, Catherine Opie, and explore the "distinctively American experience" of the road trip

Susan Meiselas
Return to Masaya, Nicaragua (from the "Reframing History" series)
July 2004
© Susan Meiselas/Magnum
International Center of Photography
Sept. 19, 2008-Jan. 4, 2009
Three series by the American photographer: "Carnival Strippers" (1972–76); "Nicaragua" (1978-present); and "Kurdistan" (1991-present)
Curator: Kristen Lubben
Funding: Shell
Also on view: "Cornell Capa: Concerned Photographer," "America and the Tintype," "Living with the Dead: W. Eugene Smith and World War II," all Sept. 19, 2008-Jan. 4, 2009

Henri Cartier-Bresson
Art Institute of Chicago
Art Institute of Chicago
Sept. 20, 2008-Jan. 4, 2009
Side-by-side comparison of the early photos of Cartier-Bresson with paintings and drawings by Salvador Dalí, Giorgio de Chirico, André Lhote, Henri Matisse, Piet Mondrian and Pablo Picasso
Also on view: "Daniel Burnham’s Plan of Chicago," Sept. 6, 2008-Dec. 15, 2009; "Focus: Vincent Fecteau, New Work," Sept. 11-Nov. 30, 2008; "Of National Interest: Photographs from the Collection," Sept. 13, 2008-Jan. 11, 2009; "Deft Hands, Discerning Eyes: Chinese and Korean Ceramics from the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection," Sept. 18, 2008-June 7, 2009; "360 Degrees: Art beyond Borders," Sept. 27, 2008-June 16, 2009

The Lioness and the African
Phoenician, Neo-Assyrian Period, 899-700 BC
British Museum
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Sept. 21, 2008-Jan. 4, 2009
Reliefs, military dress and equipment, horse trappings and harnesses illustrate, carved ivories, furniture fittings, metal vessels, figures of deities, clay tablets, clay seals and sealings, exorcisms, omen texts, mathematical texts, more much, demonstrate the grandeur of the Assyrians, who ruled from the ninth to the seventh centuries BC
Also on view: "Karsh 100: A Biography in Images," Sept. 23, 2008-Jan. 19, 2009

Martin Kippenberger
The problem perspective. You are not the problem, it’s the problem-maker in your head
Collection of Margaret and Daniel Loeb
© Estate Martin Kippenberger, Galerie Gisela Capitain
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Sept. 21, 2008-Jan. 5, 2008
Paintings, sculpture, works on paper, installations, multiples, photographs, posters, announcement cards and books by the influential German artist
Curator: Ann Goldstein
Catalogue: 288 pp., $44.95
Funding: Sydney Irmas Exhibition Endowment
Tour: Museum of Modern Art, Mar. 1-May 11, 2009

Bill Jacobson
Miami Art Museum
© 2007 Bill Jacobson, courtesy Julie Saul Gallery
Parrish Art Museum
Sept. 21-Nov. 30, 2008
Works by Berenice Abbott, Diane Arbus, Eugène Atget, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Walker Evans, Lee Friedlander, Bill Jacobson, André Kertész, William Klein, Sally Mann, Robert Mapplethorpe, Duane Michals, Irving Penn, Robert Rauschenberg, Man Ray, Aleksandr Rodchenko, Andres Serrano, Cindy Sherman, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Sam Taylor-Wood, Andy Warhol and Gary Winogrand
Curator: Andy Grundberg
Catalogue: $34.95, 124 pp.
Tour: This show has already appeared at the Miami Art Museum

Vincent Van Gogh
The Starry Night
Museum of Modern Art
Museum of Modern Art
Sept. 21, 2008-Jan. 5, 2009
24+ works exploring van Gogh’s attempts at the "paradoxical task of representing night by light"
Curator: Joachim Pissarro, Sjraar van Heugten
Catalogue: 160 pp., $45
Funding: Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman, others
Tour: Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Feb. 13-June 7, 2009
Also opening: "Elements and Unknowns," Sept. 4-Nov. 23, 2008; "New Photography 2008: Josephine Meckseper and Mikhael Subotzky," Sept. 10, 2008-Jan. 5, 2009; "Projects 88: Lucy McKenzie," Sept. 10-Dec. 1, 2008; "Here Is Every. Four Decades of Contemporary Art," Sept. 10, 2008-Mar. 30, 2009

Leonardo da Vinci
Caricature of a Man with Bushy Hair
ca. 1495
Getty Center
Getty Center
Sept. 23-Dec. 7, 2008
Humor and satire in works by Pierre Bonnard, Leonardo da Vinci, Francisco de Goya, Urs Graf, Giambattista Tiepolo, Thomas Rowlandson, others
Also on view: "Sur le motif: Painting in Nature around 1800," Sept. 23, 2008-Mar. 8, 2009

Lisa Sigal
Proposal for Line Up
Courtesy the artist
New Museum of Contemporary Art
Sept. 25, 2008-Jan. 11, 2009
Exploring "a new model for curatorial practice and institutional collaboration" letting artists "engage the neighborhood by employing nearby buildings as canvas, local artists as collaborators, and New Museum territory as a meeting place, recital hall, and laboratory," with work from Dave McKenzie, My Barbarian, Martha Rosler, Lisa Sigal, Ginger Brooks Takahashi and Anton Vidokle
Curator: Eungie Joo
Funding: Third Millennium Foundation, MetLife Foundation, others

Male Figure
Songye, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Ethnographic Museum, Antwerp
© Ethnographic Museum, Antwerp
Menil Collection
Sept. 26, 2008-Jan. 4, 2009
60 carved "power figures" from four different African cultures: the Chokwe, the Luluwa, the Songye and the Luba
Curator: Constantine Petridis
Tour: de Young Museum, San Francisco; Cleveland Museum of Art
Funding: Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Gerry III, City of Houston

Catherine Opie
Courtesy the artist and Regen Projects
Guggenheim Museum
Sept. 26, 2008-Jan. 7, 2009
Aspects of all of the Los Angeles-based photographer’s major series: "Portraits" (1993-97); "Self-Portraits" (1993-2004); "Freeways" (1994); "Houses" (1995-96); "Domestic" (1995-99); "American Cities "(1997-present); "Icehouses" (2001) and "Surfers" (2003)
Curator: Jennifer Blessing, Nat Trotman
Catalogue: $65, 304 pp.
Funding: Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, Inc.

Glenn Brown
Holy Virgin
Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar
Sept. 26, 2008-Jan. 4, 2009
"Buy art that moves you," says Rohatyn, a 1989 Vassar College grad whose contemporary art holdings by 18 artists are surveyed in this show
Curator: Mary-Kay Lombino
Catalogue: yes

Edward Weston
Norton Museum of Art
Sept. 27-Dec. 21, 2008
40+ paintings, sculptures and photographs from the 18th through the 20th centuries, including works by Jan Breughel II, William Michael Harnett, Robert Mapplethorpe, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Yinka Shonibare and Andy Warhol
Funding: Harold and Anne Berkley Smith, others

Paul Villinski
My Back Pages
Photo by Anna Beeke
Museum of Arts and Design
Sept. 27, 2008-Feb. 15, 2009
MAD debuts its new Columbus Circle building with a show of art that repurposes ordinary objects, made by 50 artists, including El Anatsui, Xu Bing, Tara Donovan, Ingo Maurer, Tejo Remy, the Campana Brothers, Do Ho Suh, others
Curators: David Revere McFadden, Lowery Stokes Sims
Funding: American Express, others
Also opening: "Permanently MAD: Revealing the Collection," Sept. 27, 2008-Feb. 15, 2009; "Elegant Armor: The Art of Jewelry," Sept. 27, 2008-May 31, 2009

Installation of Bolero at the 52nd Venice Biennale, 2007
Photo by Ellen Page Wilson
Renaissance Society
Sept. 28-Dec. 14, 2008
The animation Bolero, along with the 511 graphite drawings from which the animation is made, and Politics of Rehearsal, a 30-minute video combining "footage of a speech by President Truman, narration by critic Cuauhtémoc Medina, and a rehearsal for a striptease"

Forrest Myers
Ziggarat and W and WWW
Blanton Museum of Art
Sept. 28, 2008-Jan. 18, 2009
Approximately 40 works by members of the artists’ cooperative that included Mark di Suvero, Robert Grosvenor, David Novros, Edwin Ruda and others, with Paul Cooper as the gallery director
Curator: Linda Dalrymple Henderson
Catalogue: yes
Also on view: "The New York Graphic Workshop: 1965-1970"