Mu­se­ums of­fer sugar and other spring treats

USA TODAY Weekend Extra - - TRAVEL - Sarah Maiel­lano

It’s time to shake off the win­ter blues and head out for some spring ad­ven­tures. Mu­se­ums through­out the U.S. have ex­hibits in store to en­ter­tain and in­form the whole fam­ily. Along with tra­di­tional art shows, you can ex­plore top­ics from television to mu­sic, car­toons to di­nosaurs and World War II to high fash­ion.

David Bowie Is

The Brook­lyn Mu­seum, New York

Through July 15

Af­ter tour­ing the world for the last five years, a block­buster David Bowie ex­hibit — or­ga­nized by the Vic­to­ria and Al­bert Mu­seum in Lon­don — comes to Brook­lyn for a highly-an­tic­i­pated run this spring. On dis­play: 400 arti­facts from the Brit-rocker-turned-New-Yorker’s ca­reer, in­clud­ing 60 cos­tumes, 85 hand­writ­ten lyric sheets, al­bum art, pho­tos, 40 mu­sic videos, and an im­mer­sive, mul­ti­me­dia in­stal­la­tion of an in­ter­na­tional tour.


Mag­i­cal & Real: Hen­ri­ette Wyeth and Peter Hurd, A Ret­ro­spec­tive Mich­ener Art Mu­seum, Penn­syl­va­nia

Through May 6

The first ma­jor ex­hi­bi­tion fo­cused on a fe­male artist in the Wyeth fam­ily show­cases the work of Hen­ri­ette (An­drew’s sis­ter) and her hus­band Peter Hurd. Said Kirsten M. Jensen, chief cu­ra­tor: “Mag­i­cal & Real is the first ex­hi­bi­tion to ex­plore the work and ca­reer of N.C.’s el­dest child, Hen­ri­ette, and N.C.’s stu­dent Peter Hurd, whom Hen­ri­ette mar­ried in 1929.” The ex­hibit in­cludes more than 100 works by Wyeth fam­ily mem­bers, most of which come from pri­vate col­lec­tions and have not been seen in pub­lic. It heads to New Mex­ico this sum­mer.


Ter­ra­cotta Army: Legacy of the First Em­peror of China Cincin­nati Art Mu­seum

April 20-Aug. 12

The first em­peror of China in 221 B.C., Ying Zheng, is cred­ited with uni­fy­ing the coun­try af­ter de­feat­ing other re­gional states and then im­ple­ment­ing cul­tural, po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic re­forms. In 1974, 8,000 life-size ter­ra­cotta war­riors and horses from his reign were dis­cov­ered in a mau­soleum. Now, the ob­jects are tour­ing the states. Cincin­nati’s ex­hibit in­cludes more than 40 works that have never been on view in the U.S.


My Fa­vorite Peanuts: Re­flec­tions of Fam­ily and Friends Charles M. Schulz Mu­seum in Santa Rosa, Calif

Through Sept. 16

The California mu­seum ded­i­cated to car­toon­ist Charles Schulz turns to mem­o­ries and mem­o­ra­bilia from his fam­ily and friends this spring. The ex­hibit in­cludes orig­i­nal comic strips, photographs, and re­flec­tions from Schulz’s wife Jean, their chil­dren, and close friends.


Into the Fold:

The Art and Science of Origami The Science Mu­seum of Ok­la­homa

Through Jan. 13, 2019

Work by 30 origami artists from around the U.S. and world — in­clud­ing Viet­nam, Aus­tralia, Is­rael, and Ger­many — can be seen in Ok­la­homa for the rest of 2018. The creations go from just mil­lime­ters tall to more than 80 feet long. “We are honored to show­case the work of some of the fore­most origami artists in the world here in Ok­la­homa City ... do­ing al­most unimag­in­able things with sin­gle sheets of pa­per, and beyond that, have had ex­tra­or­di­nary in­flu­ences in the ap­pli­ca­tion of origami to the sciences,” said Scott Hen­der­son, di­rec­tor of SMO’s smART Space gal­leries.


Mr. Her­shey’s Cuba: A Sweet Ven­ture in Sugar, 1916–1946 The Her­shey Story Mu­seum in Penn­syl­va­nia


Af­ter be­ing charmed by the is­land na­tion in the be­gin­ning of the 20th cen­tury, Mil­ton Her­shey opened a sugar mill in Cuba. He built a rail­road and town for his em­ploy­ees there, creat­ing a last­ing re­la­tion­ship be­tween the com­pany and work­ers. Vis­i­tors will see film and pho­tos, arti­facts, and can view sugar sam­ples un­der a mi­cro­scope.


Mag­nif­i­cent Mona Bis­marck Fra­zier Ken­tucky His­tory Mu­seum, Louisville

Through July 29

In De­cem­ber of 1933, a panel of seven fa­mous cou­turi­ers in Paris named Louisville-na­tive Mona Bis­marck the “Best-Dressed Woman in the World,” an honor she won again in 1934 and 1936. Fifty of her ad­mired en­sem­bles can be seen in her home state.


Cézanne Por­traits

The Na­tional Gallery of Art, Wash­ing­ton

Through July 1

Paul Cézanne painted al­most 200 por­traits in his ca­reer, in­clud­ing self­por­traits and por­traits of his wife Hortense Fi­quet, son Paul, friends and neigh­bors. The Na­tional Gallery of Art has brought to­gether 60 of these works from col­lec­tions around the world for the first ex­hi­bi­tion ded­i­cated to his por­traits. “This ex­hi­bi­tion pro­vides an un­ri­valed op­por­tu­nity to re­veal the ex­tent and depth of Cézanne's achieve­ment in por­trai­ture,” said Earl A. Pow­ell III, di­rec­tor, Na­tional Gallery of Art.


The first ma­jor ex­hi­bi­tion of a fe­male artist in the Wyeth fam­ily show­cases the work of Hen­ri­ette (An­drew’s sis­ter) and her hus­band, Peter Hurd.

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