If you haven’t yet ventured back to your preferred museums, now is the time. Summer is coming to an end and the pandemic has deprived us of months of museum-going pleasure — reward yourself. We have assembled a list of some eye-catching exhibitions for the coming year. We’ll begin with a couple that are ending soon:

Jacob Lawrence. We, the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility…. 1955. Painting. Image and data from the Harvard Art Museums. © 2021 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Foundation, Seattle / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle
The Phillips Collection, Washington D.C., June 26-September 19, 2021
The Phillips Collection in Artstor

Most of the 30 original panels from Jacob Lawrence’s series on the American Revolution have been reunited for this exhibition that has toured several museums. The artist conceived and executed the paintings during the mid-1950s as the Civil Rights Movement grew and his interpretation incorporated the actions of enslaved Black people as part of the arc of American history.

Agnolo Bronzino. A Young Woman and Her Little Boy. 1540. Image and data from The National Gallery of Art.

Artemisia Gentileschi. Judith and Maidservant with the Head of Holofernes. c. 1625. Painting. Image and data from The Detroit Institute of Arts.

The Medici: Portraits and Politics, 1512–1570
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, June 26-October 11, 2021
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in Artstor

Discover the celebrity culture of Renaissance Florence through the illuminating portraits of Jacopo Pontormo, Agnolo Bronzino, Rosso Fiorentino, and others in an exhibition that includes about 90 works — art, jewels and fashion — that document the culture of the Medici.

By Her Hand: Artemisia Gentileschi and Women Artists in Italy, 1500–1800
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, September 30, 2021- January 9, 2022
The Detroit Institute of Arts, February 6, 2022-May 29, 2022
The Detroit Institute of Arts in Artstor

The DIA’s Judith and Her Maidservant by Artemisia Gentileschi anchors an exhibition that presents the perspective of Italian seventeenth-century women painters, including Gentileschi, Sofonisba Anguissola, Elisabetta Sirani, and others.

Lola Alvarez Bravo. En su propia cárcel. c.1950. © 2021 Center for Creative Photography, The University of Arizona Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

The New Woman Behind the Camera
The National Gallery of Art, Washington, October 31, 2021–January 30, 2022
The National Gallery of Art in Artstor

The New Vision of the New Woman is explored in this survey of the work of 120 international women photographers dating from the 1920s to the 50s.

Giampietro Zanotti. 1739. The “Accademia Clementina” Bologna. Image and data from The J. Paul Getty Museum.

Flesh and Bones: The Art of Anatomy
The Getty Center, February 22-July 10, 2022
The J. Paul Getty Museum in Artstor

Explore the relationship of art and anatomy in an exhibition where science meets art, anatomical renderings, and illustrations from the sixteenth century onwards.

– Nancy Minty, collections editor