The scope is vast in current and upcoming exhibitions, which range from studies of early medieval times to rock 'n' roll. Dance performances also are featured.
Akron, Ohio -- The Akron Art Museum focuses on the long career of one of America's most beloved artists and illustrators in "American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell," Nov. 10 to Feb. 3.
Bloomfield Hills, Mich. -- The work of a renowned architect is celebrated in "Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future" at the Cranbrook Art Museum, Nov. 17 to March 30.
Chicago -- "Jasper Johns: Gray," at the Art Institute of Chicago through Jan. 6, looks at the shades of gray prominent in the work of this major American artist.
The relationship between art and popular music holds center stage in "Sympathy for the Devil: Art and Rock 'n' Roll" at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago through Jan. 6.
Cleveland -- The Beatles are back in a tribute to one of their most popular films at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame from Nov. 17 to March 30. The "Help!" exhibition includes artifacts, photographs, posters and scripts from the movie as well as costumes and musical instruments.
Denver -- The big show at the Denver Art Museum through Jan. 6 is "Artisans and Kings: Selected Treasures From the Louvre."
Fort Worth, Texas -- "Picturing the Bible: The Earliest Christian Art," at the Kimball Art Museum from Nov. 18 to March 30, includes small sculptures, pottery, gems and the earliest known illustrated biblical manuscripts.
Katonah, N.Y. -- Visitors will see glass in new and different ways in an exhibition featuring the work of 22 contemporary artists. "Shattering Glass: New Perspectives" is on view at the Katonah Museum of Art from Nov. 11 to Feb. 24.
Los Angeles -- More than 100 celebrated works in a range of media are featured in "Medieval Treasures From the Cleveland Museum of Art" at the J. Paul Getty Museum through Jan. 20.
From Nov. 13 to Jan. 20, the Getty will display "The Decorated Letter," an exhibition focusing on the elaborately decorated initials that were used in medieval manuscripts.
Miami Beach -- The Miami Beach Convention Center is the site of Art Basel Miami, a major fair of contemporary art held from Dec. 6 to 9. On the same dates, a number of art fairs will be held in the city's Wynwood Art District.
Newport Beach, Calif. -- A distinctive style of detached art championed by California artists in the '50s is explored in "Birth of the Cool" at the Orange County Museum of Art through Jan. 6.
New York -- Two galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art will reopen following three years of renovations. The New Galleries for Oceanic Art and the New Gallery for Art of Native North America will open on Nov. 14. Also recently reopened at the Met is the renovated Wrightsman Galleries for French Decorative Arts.
Through Feb. 3 the Met features a major donated collection, "Abstract Expressionism and Other Modern Works: The Muriel Kallis Steinberg Collection."
Everything you've ever wanted to know about water will be highlighted in a major exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History. "Water: H2O=Life" is on exhibit through May 25. Shown above left,a water jug on display in the exhibition.
A major exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art through Jan. 7 looks at "George Seurat: The Drawings." MoMA also features "Martin Puryear" through Jan. 14.
In "Drawing Connections: Baselitz, Kelly, Penone, Rockburne and the Old Masters," at the Morgan Library and Museum through Jan. 6, four contemporary artists compare and contrast their works with Old Masters from the museums's collection. Continuing at the Morgan through Jan. 6 is "Painted With Words: Vincent van Gogh's Letters to Emile Bernard," an exhibition that, in addition to the letters, includes paintings, drawings and watercolors that the two artists discussed.
Photography is the focus of "Foto: Modernity in Central Europe, 1918-1945" through Jan. 13 at the Guggenheim Museum.
A contemporary artist tackles the theme of racism through a range of media, including drawings, prints, cutouts and film, in "Kara Walker: My Complement, My Enemy, My Oppressor, My Love" at the Whitney Museum of American Art through Feb. 3.
The work of an 18th century French artist is featured in "Gabriel de Saint-Aubin (1724-1780)" at the Frick Collection through Jan. 27.
The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum features exhibits on two design pioneers: "Piranesi as Designer" through Jan. 20 and "Provoking Magic: Lighting of Ingo Maurer" through Jan. 27.
Dance takes center stage in the Big Apple with the annual season of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at the New York City Center from Nov. 29 to Dec. 31. The season features two world premieres in addition to company premieres, new productions and classic works. Shown below right, the troop performing Maurice Bejarts "The Firebird."
Two holiday dance staples are on tap, as well. The New York City Ballet's "Nutcracker" runs from Nov. 23 to Dec. 30 at Lincoln Center, and the high-kicking Rockettes celebrate the 75th edition of the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall from Nov. 9 to Dec. 30.
Salem, Mass. -- An American creative design pioneer is explored in depth in "Samuel McIntire, Carving an American Style" at the Peabody Essex Museum through Feb. 24.
San Francisco -- The contents of a famed French queen's private retreat are the attraction in "Marie-Antoinette and the Petit Trianon" from Nov. 17 to Feb. 17 at the Legion of Honor.
Washington -- The influence of the French seaside on Impressionism is the focus of "Impressionists by the Sea" at the Phillips Collection through Jan. 13.
West Palm Beach, Fla. -- Bronzes by Donatello are among the major works featured in "Medieval and Renaissance Treasures From the V&A" at the Norton Museum of Art through Jan. 6.
Williamstown, Mass. -- "Consuming Passion: Fragonard's Allegories of Love" features works from the French artist's later years focusing on romantic love.
Amsterdam -- Through May 5, the Hermitage Amsterdam looks at "Art Nouveau During the Reign of the Tsars."
Buenos Aires -- The first international, photo-based art fair in Latin America, "Buenos Aires Photo '07," will be held at the Palais de Glace, Recoleta from Nov. 7 to 11.
Hamburg, Germany -- Among Germany's famed Christmas markets, Hamburg's are some of the most impressive. Held in the city center squares, the markets run from Nov. 26 to Dec. 23.
London -- Photographic imagery, with works by Andy Warhol, David Hockney and Gerhard Richter, is featured in "The Painting of Modern Life" at the Hayward through Dec. 30.
Madrid -- The Prado celebrates a major expansion, which doubles its size, with "A Collection Rediscovered: The 19th Century in the Prado." The survey of more than 100 works runs through April 24. From Nov. 19 to Feb. 24, the Prado also will display "Fabulas de Velasquez."
Paris -- The work of a somewhat quirky 16th century Italian painter, "Arcimboldo," best known for his use of fruits, vegetables and animals in his portraits, runs through Jan. 13 at the Musee de Luxembourg.
Playa del Carmen, Mexico -- The beach at Playa Mamitas is the setting for the fifth annual Riviera Maya Jazz Festival from Nov. 29 to Dec. 1. Marcus Miller and George Benson are among the headliners.
The Hague, Netherlands -- "Dutch Portraits: The Age of Rembrandt and Frans Hals" is the attraction at the Maurithuis through Jan. 13.
Quebec City -- The Musee National des Beaux-Arts du Quebec features "Picasso, la Joie de Vivre, Selections From the Musee Picasso Antibes" through Jan. 6.
Valenciennes, France -- Major works on loan from the Egyptian Museum of Cairo and the Louvre are featured in "Pharaoh, Man, King and God" at the Musee des Beaux-Arts through Jan. 20.
Longtime arts and tourism writer Alvin H. Reiss is editor of Arts Management and author of eight books including his latest, "The ReissSource Directory of the Arts" (AEBMedia, Chicago).