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By Catherine McHugh

Welcoming an old friend at the Botanical Gardens, celebrating a centennial at the Met, and staring into the eclipse—and seeing the light—in New Jersey. Musée des Beaux-Arts de Brest métropole.

TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE ART Timed to the first total solar eclipse visible in the continental United States this century (on August 21), the Princeton University Art Museum is presenting Transient Effects: The Solar Eclipses and Celestial Landscapes of Howard Russell Butler. Historically a source of mystery and fascination, solar eclipses have been seen at some times as a foreboding omen, and at others as a key means of understanding the scientific concept of general relativity. In 1918, Howard Russell Butler, a portrait and landscape artist and graduate of Princeton University’s first school of science, painted a new kind of portrait: the total solar eclipse. With remarkable accuracy, he captured those rare seconds when the moon disappears into darkness—crowned by the flames of the sun, whose brilliant colors had eluded photography. This exhibition brings together experts from art history and the sciences to present the story of Butler’s unique paintings and the artist who created them. It also opens up a broader historical exploration of experiments at the intersection of art and science. July 22 through October 15. The Princeton University Art Museum, McCormick Hall, Princeton, N.J., 609.258.3788, artmuseum.princeton.edu/art. Howard Russell Butler, Solar Eclipse, 1932, 1932. Oil on canvas. Princeton University Art Museum. Gift of David H. McAlpin, Class of 1920.

Henri Martin. Young Saint (Jeune Sainte), 1891. Oil on canvas, 66.4 x 49.3 cm. Musée des Beaux-Arts de Brest, France.

MYSTIC PIECES The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is presenting Mystical Symbolism: The Salon de la Rose+Croix in Paris, 1892–1897, the first museum exhibition devoted to this revelatory and significant series of six annual exhibitions. Eccentric Joséphin Péladan organized the first Salon de la Rose+Croix at the Galerie Durand-Ruel in Paris. Cosmopolitan in reach, the salons gathered the work of artists from Belgium, Finland, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland. Images of femmes fragiles and fatales, androgynous creatures, chimera and incubi were the norm, as were sinuous lines, attenuated figures and anti-naturalistic forms. This exhibition will include approximately 40 works by a cross section of artists, and invites a fresh look at and new scholarship on the legacies of late-19th-century Symbolist art. Drawing from extensive research to identify artworks shown in the original exhibitions, the show will encompass paintings, works on paper and sculptures by artists such as Antoine Bourdelle, Jean Delville, Ferdinand Hodler, Fernand Khnopff, Alphonse Osbert, Armand Point, Jan Toorop, Ville Vallgren and Félix Vallotton. June 30 through October 4. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue, 212.423.3500, guggenheim.org.

ARTISTIC ROOTS With CHIHULY, the New York Botanical Garden is spotlighting world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly’s bold innovation and experimentation. Several new handblown glass sculptures, created especially for the NYBG, will complement the Garden’s landscape and architecture while highlighting the connections between artwork and the natural world. The exhibition features 20 installations, as well as drawings and early works that reveal the evolution and development of Chihuly’s artistic process. Chihuly has reimagined the Artpark installation he created in the summer of 1975 specifically for this exhibition, and several dramatic neon sculptures pay homage to the artist’s pioneering use of that technology in his early work. April 22 through October 29. The New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, N.Y., 718.817.8700, nybg.org. Left: Fire Orange Basket Set, 2013, 27” x 21” x 21”. Right: Chihuly Drawings exhibition. Museum of Glass, Tacoma, Wash.

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