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September 18, 2021 marks the return of a previously annual celebration—Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day, an occasion marked by free admission to hundreds of museums, zoos, and cultural centers across the nation. Art & Object has assembled some highlights from across the nation that should appeal to our readers.
When we think of visages that defined Renaissance art between the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, we're drawn to depictions of mythological and biblical figures and unnamed dames. Yet these subjects were only part of the artists' exploration of the human form—there was also the thriving art form of portraiture, which sought to express universality through the depiction of specific individuals. 
When Yayoi Kusama established herself in New York City in 1958, the first thing she did was visit the Empire State Building. She climbed the landmark, looked out at the astonishing city, and, as she recalled in an earlier interview republished with Artspace, “aspired to grab everything that went on in the city and become a star.
The cloud’s chimeric quality is even more salient in Chinese visual and material arts. It has made a palpable mark on theories of painting and the visual arts of China, and by extension the visual culture of East Asia. 
“There has never before been a period of greater accessibility, and greater opportunity for the people of any given culture to learn directly from one another,” says Susanna Ferrell, Wynn Resorts Assistant Curator of Chinese art at LACMA.
America is haunted. That is the premise of the first major museum exhibition to take a comprehensive look at the relationship between American artists and the unseen forces that lurk in our cultural history. 
MCA Denver's lively response to the devastating COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 and 2021 demonstrates the saving grace of creativity in a crisis.
Mosaics adorned the floors, walls, and ceilings of public and domestic buildings. The best mosaics go beyond mere decoration; they are masterpieces of design and execution.
The artists’ work represents an authentic depiction of a region that is widely underrepresented and misrepresented. The eruption of social media in recent years is broadcasting their work to the world.
The exhibition presents the works of more than 120 women photographers from 20 different countries and highlights the advancements made by women behind the camera between the 1920s and the 1950s.