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2011 Museum Wish List
One of the best places to discover the pulse of a city is within its museums. And several of the country's top museums have pulse-pounding exhibits scheduled for 2011. Here are a few you may want to add to your vacation wish list.
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Masterpieces from the National Gallery of Art
Learn your Monet from your Manet and acquaint yourself with 15 other masters — from the self-portraits of painter Vincent van Gogh to the dancing visions of Edgar Degas — at this impressive showing of the world’s best Impressionists. The MFAH is the exclusive U.S. venue for this exhibition of stunning works, which are being loaned out while the galleries that house the National Gallery of Arts’ (Washington, D.C.) collection are closed for renovation. Feb. 20-May 23, 2011. This exhibit requires an additional timed-entry ticket. Upgrade cost with Houston CityPASS admission: $13, adults; $11.50 children (3-11), students and senior adults (65+); free, children 3 and younger.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Helios: Eadweard Muybridge in a Time of Change
This is the first-ever retrospective for pioneering British photographer Eadweard Muybridge, whose stop-motion pictures of everything from sweaty boxers to steam locomotives ushered in a new way of looking at the world. The exhibit showcases the evolution of Muybridge during the early years of photography. Feb. 26-June 7, 2011. Included with San Francisco CityPASS.
Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago
BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life
Pioneering anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens, the genius behind the much-buzzed-about Body Worlds phenomenon, is back. His latest exhibit — BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life — will make its U.S. debut at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago. This exhibit zooms in on the aging process as seen through “plastination,” a remarkable scientific process that replaces natural fluids in actual donated bodies with reactive plastics. March 18-Sept. 5, 2011. This exhibit requires an additional timed-entry ticket. Upgrade cost with Chicago CityPASS admission: $12, adults; $8, children (3-11). Children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty
The brilliant bad boy of high fashion, the late, great Alexander McQueen left behind an incredible body of work. By challenging fashion’s tightly sewn boundaries, he transformed the runway into his own unique and often brutish vision. May 4-July 31, 2011. Included with New York CityPASS.
High Museum of Art, Atlanta
Modern by Design
When is a chair not a chair? When it’s a piece of 20th century modern art. Collected by The Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the world of modern design is seen through the objects we use daily (furniture, lighting, glassware) that are anything but everyday. Showing in Atlanta from June 4-Aug. 14, 2011. Next available entry to the exhibition is included with CityPASS.
de Young Museum, San Francisco
Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris
Due to the temporary closure of Paris’ Musée National Picasso, 100 masterpieces by Spanish artist Pablo Picasso are making a once-in-a-lifetime visit to the de Young Museum. The exhibit features an extensive collection of artworks from one of the world’s most profound and prolific visual masters. From Picasso’s Blue Period to his Rose Period to his six life-size bronze Bathers, it’s all here. June 11-Oct. 9, 2011. Upgrade cost with San Francisco CityPASS admission: $15, adults; free, children 12 and younger.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Jewels, Gems, and Treasures: Ancient to Modern
The first exhibition in the museum’s new Rita J. and Stanley H. Kaplan Family Foundation Gallery will feature the glittery world of jewelry as seen over a span of 4,000 years. If bling is your thing, this is the show for you. July 19, 2011-Nov. 1, 2012. Exhibition is included with CityPASS admission.