September 20th 2011

Must-see October art exhibits

Looking for some great art shows and exhibits in October? There are many to boast about: some featuring up-and-coming artists, while others are hosted at long-loved museums.

We’ve lined up our favorites across the country, ones you’ll definitely have to check out (and love while you’re at it).

Degas’ Dancers at the Barre: Point and Counterpoint

This show features about thirty of Degas’ works covering one of his favourite topics: ballet. It runs from Oct. 1 through Jan. 8 at the Phillips Collection, Washington; (202) 387-2151, phillipscollection. org.

Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in LA Painting and Sculpture, 1950 to 1970

“Pacific Standard Time” describes a definitive survey of postwar Los Angeles art. It runs from Oct. 1 through Feb. 5 at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; (310) 440-7300,

Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974 to 1981

A much-loved highlight from  the “Pacific Standard Time” initiative, this 120-artist show celebrates the pluralism of West Coast art during the mid-to-late 1970s. It runs from Oct. 1 through Feb. 13 at the Geffen Contemporary, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; (213) 621-2766,

Harry Callahan at 100

The National Gallery of Art marks the centennial of Harry Callahan, a Detroit-born photographer who died in 1999, with a show of more than 100 images. It runs from Oct. 2 through March 4 at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; (202) 737-4215,

Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960-1980

The Hammer Museum’s contribution to “Pacific Standard Time” explores LA’s influential African-American art community. It runs from Oct. 2 through Jan. 8 at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; (310) 443-7000,

Picasso’s Drawings, 1890 to 1921: Reinventing Tradition

This exhibit closely looks at the development of Picasso’s detailed and intricate draftsmanship, with more than 50 works encompassing classicism and Cubism. It runs from Oct. 4 through Jan. 8 at the Frick Collection, Manhattan; (212) 288-0700, It then travels to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, where it runs from Feb. 5 through May 6.


The second in a continuing series of collection shows explores the heated dynamic between realism and surrealism in American art of the 1930s and ’40s. It runs from Oct. 6 – Feb. 12 at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Manhattan; (212) 570-3600,


About 40 artists are highlighted in an exhibit that explores the relationship between dance and drawing in art since World War II. It runs from Oct. 7 through Jan. 16 at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; (617) 478-3100,

Degas and the Nude

Organized with the Musée d’Orsay, this new exhibit features Degas’s appreciation of the female form with about 175 works in all media. It runs from Oct. 9 through Feb. 5 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; (617) 267-9300,

A Century of Art

The library features a hundred works made since the opening of its landmark building on Fifth Avenue, by artists including Diane Arbus, Yayoi Kusama and Thomas Struth. Oct. 11 through Jan. 15 at the New York Public Library, Manhattan; (212) 930-0800,

Stieglitz and his Artists: Matisse to O’Keefe

The Alfred Stieglitz collection is highlighted in the largest exhibition to date, including about 200 works by the famed photographer-dealer and the European and American modernists in his circle. It runs from Oct. 13 through Jan. 2 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; (212) 535-7710,

Edo Pop: The Graphic Impact of Japanese Prints

This show combines ukiyo-e prints from the 17th through 19th centuries with contemporary works by the likes of Jeff Wall, Matthew Barney and Chiho Aoshima. It runs from Oct. 30 through Jan. 8 at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts; (612) 870-3000,

Cecil Beaton: The New York Years

This show features a slew of vintage fashion photographs, celebrity portraits, set and costume designs and more by the longtime Vogue contributor. It runs from Oct. 25 through Feb. 20 at the Museum of the City of New York, Manhattan; (212) 534-1672,

Aphrodite and the Gods of Love

Featuring more than 150 works of Greek and Roman art, including loans from Rome and Naples, this exhibit celebrates the ancient goddess of love and beauty. It runs from Oct. 26 through Feb. 20 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; (617) 267-9300, Then it travels to the J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu, Calif. from March 28 through July 9; the San Antonio Museum of Art from Sept. 17 through Feb. 15, 2013; and the Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, Okla. from March 3 through May 26, 2013.

Rembrandt in America

Over 30 paintings by Rembrandt are included in this touring show, which traces the history of Rembrandt in United States collections. It runs from Oct. 30 through Jan. 22 at the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh; (919) 839-6262, It then travels to the Cleveland Museum of Art from Feb. 19 through May 28, followed by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts from June 24 through Sept. 16.

Xu Beihong

This is the first North American retrospective of this modern Chinese painter, featuring about sixty works from China’s Xu Beihong Memorial Museum. It runs from Oct. 30 through Jan. 29 at the Denver Art Museum; (720) 865-5000,

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Andrew loves art and design, and pursues his studies in his final year at the Ontario College of Art and Design. He loves seeking out new artists and giving them their dues, and in his spare time, focuses on his own abstract sculpture.