Art to Discover at US Museums This Spring and Summer

CHICAGO

“Cézanne”

May 15 to Sept. 5

This summer blockbuster offers a large-scale look at the work of Paul Cézanne, who early on in his career was more appreciated by other artists, later becoming a nearly universal taste. In 90 oils and 40 watercolors and drawings, the exhibition tracks the development of a painter who could capture a view or a person with perfect economy and who could make a bowl of fruit seem riveting. It travels to the co-organizing institution, London’s Tate Modern, in the fall. Art Institute of Chicagoartic.edu

MADISON, WIS.

“Suspended Landscapes: Thread Drawings by Amanda McCavour”

Through Sept. 11

This site-specific project celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Chazen Museum of Art at the University of Wisconsin (delayed by the pandemic from its original 2020 date). The Toronto-based artist Amanda McCavour has created diaphanous fabric holding panels delicately sewn botanical patterns, and they hang from a three-story-high atrium topped by skylights. As the panels move gently, the installation gives the space a shimmering quality. Chazen Museum of Artchazen.wisc.edu

SEATTLE

“Our Blue Planet: Global Visions of Water”

Through May 30

There could hardly be a more universal theme than water, and this exhibition feels satisfyingly broad. Three curators cooperated on the show, mostly choosing the more than 80 works from the Seattle Art Museum’s collection. They range from comforting, more familiar depictions from the 19th century — like an Albert Bierstadt beach painting and a Hiroshige woodblock print of a whirlpool — to challenging contemporary works that examine water as an endangered or desecrated resource. Seattle Art Museumseattleartmuseum.org

SAN FRANCISCO

“Guo Pei: Couture Fantasy”

Through Sept. 5

Amid the pandemic, a little fashion escapism is called for, and it’s amply provided by China’s most famous living couturier, Guo Pei. The designer — who founded her atelier, Rose Studio, in 1997 — made a splash with a yellow dress created for Rihanna, who wore it to the 2015 Met Gala. Ms. Guo is known for intricate embroidery, as seen in “Da Jin” (“Magnificent Gold”), one of more than 80 enembles on view in the serene classical architecture of the Legion of Honor. Fine Arts Museums of San Franciscofamsf.org

LOS ANGELES

“Barbara Kruger: Thinking of You”. I Mean Me. I Mean You.”

Through July 17

Barbara Kruger turned her pointed red-and-white text works — like 1987’s “Untitled (I shop therefore I am)” — into some of the most immediately recognizable (and imitated) art around. Now this retrospective traveling show arrives in Los Angeles, where she lives. With the 33 works made over four decades, audiences will see that she goes well beyond clever graphics, also using sound installations and videos for her sharp takes on culture and society. Los Angeles County Museum of Artlacma.org

ASPEN, COLO.

“Gaetano Pesce: My Dear Mountains”

May 27 to Oct. 9

Adding to the already impressive views around the Aspen Art Museum is an inflatable, site-specific work by the Italian-born, New York City-based artist Gaetano Pesce that will cover the building’s facade. Depicting an idyllic mountain scene, it refers to the surroundings, and to Mr. Pesce’s happy visits to the area, in a playful way that also suggests a more complicated take on how museums present themselves. Aspen Art Museumaspenartmuseum.org

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