On view

Art, war, fashion, museums, pterosaurs

Mary Cassatt’s circa 1878-79 oil on canvas “Woman With a Fan,” on view in the exhibit  “Degas/Cassatt” at the National Gallery of Art. It explores Cassatt’s influence on her friend and peer Edgar Degas.
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Mary Cassatt’s circa 1878-79 oil on canvas “Woman With a Fan,” on view in the exhibit “Degas/Cassatt” at the National Gallery of Art. It explores Cassatt’s influence on her friend and peer Edgar Degas.


National Gallery of Art, Washington

May 11-Oct. 5

Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt were friends and peers. His influence on her has long been noted. This exhibition evens the score, looking at her influence on him. The main focus is on the 1870s and ’80s. Among the 70 works on display are drawings and prints, as well as paintings. Note that this is the sole venue for the show. 6th Street and Constitution Ave NW, 202-737-4215,

Collection of the Maryland State Archives
Mary Cassatt, "Young Woman in Black (Portrait of Madame J)."

“Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs”


American Museum of Natural History

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New York

Through Jan. 4

Flying reptiles — the first creatures with backbones to take to the sky — what could be more interesting? Fossils, models, illustrations, and interactive displays illuminate the lives of these remarkable creatures. Central Park West at 79th Street, 212-769-5100,

“The Glamour of Italian Fashion: 1945-2014”

Victoria & Albert Museum, London


Through July 27

The title is self-explanatory. Milan catwalks come to South Kensington. Some 100 ensembles are on display (accessories, too), both mens- and womenswear. Designers include Pucci, Valentino, Gucci, Missoni, Giorgio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Prada, and Versace. Cromwell Road, 011-44-20-7942-2000,

“When the Greeks Ruled Egypt”

Art Institute of Chicago

Through July 27

The interaction between two of the ancient world’s foremost cultures is the subject of this exhibition. Items on display include mummy masks, glassware, jewelry, metalwork, and stone reliefs. 111 South Michigan Ave., 312-443-3600,

“Caribbean: Crossroads of the World”


Pérez Art Museum Miami

Through Aug. 17

The interplay of cultures is the theme of this large and ambitious exhibition, which looks at more than two centuries of Caribbean culture — from the Haitian Revolution to the present — through painting, sculpture, prints, photography, and film. 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-375-3000,

“Titian and the Golden Age of Venetian Art”

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Through Sept. 14

Put into artistic context are two paired mythological paintings by Titian, “Diana and Actaeon” and “Diana and Callisto.” The context comes courtesy of works by such contemporaries as Lorenzo Lotto, Palma Vecchio, Tintoretto, and Veronese . The Mound, 011-44-131-624-6200,

Chester Dale Collection
Mary Cassatt, "Girl Arranging Her Hair," 1886 oil on canvas.

“1914-1918: The First World War”

German Historical Museum, Berlin

Through Nov. 30

In observance of the upcoming centenary of the outbreak of “the war to end all wars,” this extensive overview looks at multiple aspects of the conflict. They include innovations in military technology, the war’s economic impact, and its unprecedented global scale. Unter den Linden 2, 011-49-30-20304-444,

“Plural Modernities from 1905-1970”

Centre Pompidou, Paris

Through Jan. 26

The center offers a world history of much of 20th-century art in this exhibition. It includes more than 1,000 items, representing the work of 400 artists and 47 countries. Place Georges-Pompidou, 011-33-1-44-78-12-33,

“Around 1914: Design in a New Age”

Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto

This wide-ranging exhibition examines a year poised between tradition and modernity. Among the artists represented are Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Frank Lloyd Wright, Emile Gallé, Carlo Bugatti, Josef Hoffmann, and Walter Gropius. 100 Queen’s Park, 416-586-8000,

Grand reopening

National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis

Earlier this month, the museum celebrated both its reopening, following a two year-, $27.5 million renovation, and the 50th anniversary of passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. There are more than three dozen new exhibits, including films, oral histories, and interactive displays. 450 Mulberry St., 901-521-9699,

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