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February 21, 2010

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ONGOING

GREENSBORO, N.C.

International Civil Rights Center & Museum: Feb. 1 was the 50th anniversary of the day when four African-American college freshmen sat at an all-white lunch counter at an F.W. Woolworth store here and, after being refused service, stayed right where they were. The event set off a wave of similar sit-ins at 55 sites in 13 states. That Woolworth’s closed in 1993. On Feb. 1 the International Civil Rights Center & Museum opened there. It offers such displays as a Hall of Shame, about lynching and other racist violence; a Hall of Courage, which re-creates the walk the young men took to the lunch counter and includes images of such civil rights heroes as Frederick Douglass, Rosa Parks, and Mohandas K. Gandhi; a re-creation of the luncheonette, including part of the original counter; and a survey of the world of the Jim Crow South. The aim of the museum, its founders say, is to “inspire the vigilance and fortify the spirit of all oppressed people to step forward in the ongoing struggle for human freedom.’’ 301 North Elm St., 336-274-9199, www.sitinmovement.org

THROUGH APRIL 18

PARIS

“Robert Doisneau: From Craft to Art’’: “The marvels of daily life are exciting,’’ the photographer Robert Doisneau once said. “No movie director can arrange the unexpected that you find in the street.’’ The streets he most often photographed were Parisian, where marvels are especially marvelous. This exhibition at the Henri-Cartier Bresson Foundation offers an extensive selection of Doisneau’s work taken in Paris and its suburbs between 1930 and 1966. 2 Impasse Lebouis, 011-33-1-56-80-27-00, www.henricartierbresson.org

THROUGH MAY 9

RIEHEN, SWITZERLAND

“Henri Rousseau’’: This year marks the centenary of the painter’s death. This exhibition at the Fondation Beyeler, just outside Basel, comprises 40 major works by Rousseau, including portraits, landscapes, and allegorical canvases. The primary theme is Rousseau’s ongoing concern with an imaginary primitive world juxtaposed with Western civilization. Baselstrasse 101, 011-41-61-645-97-00, beyeler.com

THROUGH MAY 9

FRANKFURT

“Georges Seurat: Figure in Space’’: The optical wizardry of Seurat’s Pointillist style of painting long ago made him one of the most popular post-Impressionist artists. This show at the Schirn Kunsthalle concentrates on Seurat’s figure paintings and the sometimes surprising artistic predecessors he drew on: Renaissance paintings, the Barbizon School, and the painter Puvis de Chavannes. Romerberg, 011-49-69-29-98-82-0, www.schirn-kunsthalle.de

MARCH 20-JUNE 20

CHICAGO

“Matisse: Radical Invention, 1913-1917’’: This Art Institute of Chicago exhibition looks at a pivotal period in the painter’s career. Responding to the twin influences of cubism and World War I, Matisse narrowed his palette to a striking degree (black and gray became the dominant colors of his canvases) and used figurative detail sparingly. The museum has gathered some 120 paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints. In July, the show travels to New York’s Museum of Modern Art. 111 South Michigan Ave., 312-443-3600, www.artic.edu

MARCH 21-JUNE 20

ATLANTA

“The Allure of the Automobile’’: The Atlanta Motor Speedway isn’t that far from the High Museum of Art. The figurative distance will shrink almost to zero during the run of this exhibition featuring 18 classic cars from the middle third of the last century. Their makers’ names - Bugatti, Duesenberg, Jaguar, Porsche, Ferrari - speak to a romance of road and racing that continues to rev high. 1280 Peachtree St. NE, 404-733-4400, www.high.org

PLAN AHEAD

MAY 20-SEPT. 12

WASHINGTON

“Yves Klein: With the Void, Full Powers’’: Klein was painter, composer, performance artist, even color inventor (Klein International Blue). This retrospective at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Gallery will be followed by stops at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Walker Art Center, in Minneapolis. Independence Avenue at Seventh Street SW, 202-633-4674, hirshhorn.si.edu

MARK FEENEY

Events are sometimes canceled, rescheduled, or sold out; call or check online. Mark Feeney can be reached at mfeeney@globe.com.