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9/11 museum, cars, El Greco, Mondrian

A display of artifacts from the area of the  World Trade Center, on view at the National September 11 Memorial Museum.
A display of artifacts from the area of the World Trade Center, on view at the National September 11 Memorial Museum.

National September 11 Memorial Museum

New York

The museum is dedicated to commemorating the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York and elsewhere, and on the World Trade Center in 1993. It opened to the public last month. Among the museum’s holdings are 23,000 images, nearly 2,000 oral histories, and 500 hours of video, as well as audio, digital files, and personal effects. Among objects on display are emergency vehicles damaged on Sept. 11 and wreckage from the building at 7 World Trade Center. 1 Albany St., 212-266-5211,

“Making Colour”

National Gallery of Art, London


June 18-Sept. 7

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Art and science intersect in this innovative show which examines how artists produce the colors used in their work. Items on display include paintings, mineral specimens, textiles, ceramics, and glass. Trafalgar Square, 011-44-20-7747-2885,

“Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas”

High Museum of Art, Atlanta

Through Sept. 7

Paying tribute to the art of the automobile, this exhibition looks at specialized vehicular design from the 1930s to the present. Among examples on display are concept cars from Ferrari, Porsche, Bugatti, and BMW. 1280 Peachtree St. Northeast, 404-733-4444,

“A Thin Wall of Air: Charles James”


Menil Collection, Houston

Through Sept. 7

This is Charles James’s time. The couturier’s work is the subject of this year’s Costume Institute show at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, and here it is in Texas. He designed interiors and furnishings for the Menil family, as well as couture. Examples of each are on display. 1533 Sul Ross St., 713-525-9400,


Asian Art Museum

San Francisco


Through Sept. 14

Gorgeousness of the artistic sort can take any number of forms. That’s the point of this show, which draws on the collections of the Asian Art Museum and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, with works that span 2200 years and multiple cultures. 200 Larkin St., 415-581-3500,

“At the Court of the Russian Emperors: Costumes of the 18th-Early 20th Centuries”

State Hermitage Museum

St. Petersburg

Through Sept. 21

Sumptous attire was de rigueur around the Romanovs, as this show makes plain (or not plain, actually). A related exhibition — “Servants of the Imperial Court: Livery Costume of the Late-19th-Early-20th Centuries in the Hermitage Collection”— details the sumptuousness of the help’s dress too. Palace Square, 2, 011-7-812-710-90-79,

“El Greco and Modern Painting”

Prado Museum, Madrid

Through Oct. 5

This year marks the 400th anniversary of the painter’s death. Few Old Masters have a style as distinctive, one reason it had such an impact on 19th- and 20th-century painters, as this exhibition demonstrates. Calle Ruiz de Alarcón 23, 011-34-91-330-2800,

“Mondrian and His Studios”

Tate Liverpool, Liverpool

Through Oct. 5

Observing the 70th anniversary of the abstract painter’s death, this exhibition looks at his work practices and workspaces — in Amsterdam, Paris, and New York — as well as his art’s relationship to architecture and urbanism. Albert Dock, 011-44-151-702-7400,

“The Great War: The Persuasive Power of Photography”

National Gallery of Canada


June 27-Nov. 16

This wide-ranging show looks at the many uses the camera was put to during World War I, from soldiers’ snapshots and government propaganda, to military planning and historical documentation. 380 Sussex Drive, 613-990-1985,

“Art Deco Hawai‘i”

Honolulu Museum of Art

July 3-Jan. 11

The leading international design style of the interwar period often had striking regional permutations. This look at the Hawaiian version of Deco includes painting, architeture, consumer products, and decorative arts. 900 South Beretania, 808-532-8700,

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