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Posted 7/29/2009

ART ROAD TRIP The relatively quiet, post-Artscape days of Baltimore summer present the ideal time for nearby art tourism. The superb career-overview William Eggleston: Democratic Camera; Photographs and Video 1961-2008 runs through Sept. 20 at Washington's Corcoran Gallery of Art, while Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden offers a pair of contemporary artist spotlights: Susan Phillipsz sound installation "Sunset Song" and Guido van der Werve's films, such as "Nummer acht: Everything is going to be alright" (still, pictured).

The Philadelphia Museum of Art boasts Daidô Moriyama: Tokyo Photographs through Aug. 23, while Philly's Fabric Workshop and Museum's summer exhibition offers works by Tristin Lowe, Virgil Marti, Peter Rose, and Ryan Trecartin. But New York, as usual, offers the best big-ticket art bang for buck right now. Slovakian artist Roman Ondák invites people to participate in his pieces in the Museum of Modern Art's projects gallery. The Dan Graham retrospective Beyond runs through Oct. 11 at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and Sadie Benning's latest video installation, "Play Pause," runs through Sept. 20. Jonathan Horowitz's beyond post-pop And/Or runs through Sept. 14 at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center. And over at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the mammoth, overwhelming Francis Bacon: A Centenary Retrospective closes Aug. 16. I caught it at the Tate Britain last fall, and it's not to be missed.

OPENING MICA's MA in Art Education Thesis Exhibition opens July 29 in the Brown Center and runs through July 31, with a closing reception 5-7 p.m. Stories of Home--MICA and Maryland Aviation Administration's exhibition of artwork by MICA's international alumni--opens Aug. 4 in the upper level of the BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport international terminal.

CLOSING The photography exhibition In Place closes July 31 at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland Gormley Gallery. MICA undergraduate painter Keenan Derby's show at Gallery 17 ends July 31. The Hexagon's Art With a Heart ends Aug. 2. MICA's Connecting the Dots: Life in the Community Art Corps exhibition ends Aug. 1 in the Fox Building. The Mount Royal Tavern's Foodscape ends Aug. 2. School 33's Studio Artists Exhibition ends Aug. 1. Mike Dewitt's exhibition at the Daily Grind Coffee House's ends July 31. Martin Goggins exhibition of new works closes at the Station North Arts Cafe Gallery July 30. The Windup Space's group show Vs. ends July 31.

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