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Fall Art Highlights

Fifteen new shows worthy of a trip, from Byzantine icons in Los Angeles to Cezanne in New York City 

Bob Dylan playing bass in a recording studio, 1965. Featured in the Morgan Library's Bob Dylan exhibition, New York City.

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BOSTON
Domains of Wonder: Selected Masterworks of Indian Painting Court paintings and manuscript pages of passionate scenes of love and religious devotion, from the 14th to the 20th centuries and from all corners of India. Museum of Fine Arts, mfa.org, through Nov. 26, 2006

CHICAGO
Massive Change: The Future of Global Design A sweeping exploration of how design affects various aspects of daily life (among them, transportation, health, and the military), how it might bring about social change, and what the latest design innovations are. Museum of Contemporary Art, mcachicago.org, through Dec. 31, 2006

HOUSTON
Klee and America After stints in New York City and Washington, D.C., here's a last chance to catch this show of the German-born modernist painter's works from the 1930s and '40s. Menil Collection, menil.org, Oct. 6, 2006-Jan. 28, 2007

INDIANAPOLIS
Julian Opie: Signs Downtown Indianapolis hosts the British artist's largest public project yet: 11 eye-catching installations--some electrically lit--of stylized animals and bodies in motion. Organized by the Arts Council of Indianapolis. indyarts.org, through Sept. 2007

LOS ANGELES
Holy Image, Hallowed Ground: Icons from Sinai The sixth-century Monastery of St. Catherine in Mount Sinai, Egypt, has lent the Getty 43 of its most stunning Byzantine icons as well as five manuscripts and numerous ceremonial objects. J. Paul Getty Museum, getty.edu, Nov. 14, 2006- Mar. 7, 2007

Skin and Bones: Parallel Practices in Fashion and Architecture Works by an international selection of fashion designers and architects invite a comparison of the similar processes and themes behind designing clothes and structures as well as overlapping trends, such as minimalism. Museum of Contemporary Art, moca.org, Nov. 19, 2006-Mar. 5, 2007

MILWAUKEE
Bierdermeier: The Invention of Simplicity The first major North American show to focus on the mid-19th-century Biedermeier movement in central Europe, which stressed utility and refined, clean lines in furnishings, ceramics, jewelry, and paintings alike. Milwaukee Art Museum, mam.org, through Jan. 1, 2007

NEW YORK CITY
Africa Comics
The first U.S. show of its kind, co-organized with the Italian nonprofit Africa e Mediterraneo, highlights recent comics from Angola, South Africa, Tanzania, Mali, Nigeria, and beyond. Studio Museum in Harlem, studiomuseum.org, Nov. 15, 2006-Mar. 18, 2007

Bob Dylan's American Journey, 1956-1966 Concert footage, handwritten lyrics, letters, instruments, and photographs taken from a key period in Dylan's career, when he transitioned from folk to rock. Morgan Library and Museum, themorgan.org, Sept. 29, 2006-Jan. 6, 2007

Cézanne to Picasso: Ambroise Vollard, Patron of the Avant-Garde Vollard, an influential Parisian art patron and dealer who gave Cézanne his first solo exhibit, gets his due. More than 100 works, all of which he commissioned or handled, by Degas, Van Gogh, Rousseau, Matisse, and other stars. Metropolitan Museum of Art, metmuseum.org, through Jan. 7, 2007

Ecotopia: The Second I.C.P. Triennial of Photography and Video A timely survey of 39 international artists whose often-haunting images grapple with environmental change and catastrophe. International Center of Photography, icp.org, through Jan. 7, 2007

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