New York

The ancient Maya are back in vogue. Mel Gibson's latest movie, Apocalypto, focuses on this mysterious civilization, and, starting June 13, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York will present Treasures of Sacred Maya Kings. Objects on display willinclude large-scale relief sculpture in stone, mosaic funerarymasks, ceramic vessels, and objects of carved jade, shell, bone,and pearl. Through September 10;


The Museum of Science and Industry's exhibit Leonardo da Vinci: Man, Inventor, Genius showcases 60 custom-built wooden models ofhis designs and inventions, including flying wings, helicopterdevices, and bridge structures. It also explores questions about daVinci (Why did he write from right to left? Did he invent thebicycle?) and delves into some of the theories detailed in the bestseller The Da Vinci Code. Through September 4; Jill Fergus


Visiting the British capital this summer? Then be sure to catch Kandinsky: The Path to Abstraction 1908-1922 at the Tate Modern.The exhibition, with more than 50 paintings on display and 30 onpaper, follows the Russian artist's journey from figurative landscape painter to modernist master. Some of the works showcasedinclude Landscape with Factory Chimney, Cossacks, Two Girls,and Blue Segment. June 22 to October 1;


Americans in Paris, 1860–1900 is debuting this month at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The exhibit consists of paintings by American artists that were made and displayed in Paris — including works by James McNeill Whistler, John Singer Sargent, and Mary Cassatt — portraits of Americans in Paris painted by American artists, and images of the city by Childe Hassam and Henry Ossawa Tanner. Highlights include Sargent’s Madame X and the famed Whistler’s Mother. June 25 to September 24;

Washington, D.C.

Look for the reopening of the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum on July 1, since both Smithsonian institutions are housed in the same historic building. The former will have all of the presidential portraits back on permanent display, including the Lansdowne portrait of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart, while the latter will have exhibits featuring photographer William Wegman (July 7 to September 24) and artist William H. Johnson (July 1 to January 7, 2007).