States of the art

By SHAULA CLARK  |  June 9, 2009
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“For My Best Beloved Sister Mia: An Album of Photographs by Julie Margaret Cameron” at the Portland art Museum
NEW HAMPSHIRE
CURRIER MUSEUM OF ART | The Currier has been filling its recently face-lifted halls — 33,000 square feet more ample since 2007 — with the technology-inspired abstract sculptures of Gary Haven Smith (who sources his granite from the land around his home in Northwood, New Hampshire) and graphite artist Gerald Auten; they'll soon be joined by "Turning Wood into Art: The Jane and Arthur Mason Collection," a collection of ornately designed lathe-turned wood works (July 3 through September 26). Also not to be missed: works by Henri Matisse, Josef Albers, and Claude Monet that grace the permanent collection, plus the Zimmerman House, a sleek Usonian beauty designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

150 Ash Street, Manchester, New Hampshire | 603.669.6144 | currier.org

RHODE ISLAND
RISD MUSEUM OF ART | It should come as no surprise that the current big-deal exhibit at the Rhode Island School of Design museum is "Marcel Breuer: Design and Architecture" (through July 19), a major retrospective of this Bauhaus maestro's creations. As much as the museum fawns over modern design, their surprisingly diverse collection spans ancient Roman terra cottas, a Paul Cézanne landscape, a William Blake watercolor, and their 10-foot wooden Buddha (a visitor favorite). Look for "Mountains and Rivers: Scenic Views of Japan," an exhibit of 19th-century Japanese landscape prints (July 10 through November 1).

224 Benefit Street, Providence, Rhode Island | 401.454.6500 | risdmuseum.org


VERMONT
SHELBURNE MUSEUM | An excursion to the Shelburne isn't so much a museum trip as it is a safari that will send you scrambling over 45 lilac-dotted acres and through 39 exhibition buildings brimming with folk art. In addition to the sprawling collection of Shaker furniture, 17th-century paintings, and vintage textile art, you'll find more exotic examples of "American Spirit": the beached steamboat Ticonderoga, 30 pieces of "automata," and a 4000-figurine Roy Arnold Circus Parade that stretches out over 500 feet. Frugal Yanks, take heed: every ticket purchase is good for free admission the next day.

5555 Shelburne Road, Shelburne, Vermont | 802.985.3346 | shelburnemuseum.org

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