Craving culture? Exhibitions to see now.

A spread from Playboy demonstrates the vision of modern architecture the magazine embraced, as presented in an exhibit at Elmhurst Art Museum.

From the architecture of Playboy and the photography of Irving Penn to modern art’s influence on early television and the role of designers in the Cold War, there is a fresh crop of art exhibits across the country, just waiting to be picked.

Phoenix Art Museum
Defining Moments: Fifty Years of Fashion at Phoenix Art Museum

Elmhurst Art Museum
Playboy Architecture, 1953–1979

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Surrealism: The Conjured Life

Figge Art Museum, Davenport
The Art of Architecture: LEGO Sculptures by Adam Reed Tucker with Photographs by J. Hunt Harris II

Gur I by Frank Stella. © Frank Stella. On view at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

Museum of Design Atlanta
Make Believe America: U.S. Cultural Exhibitions in the Cold War

Related article from Introspective magazine: How Mid-Century Designers Became Unlikely Diplomats

Portland Museum of Art
Edward Curtis: Selections from the North American Indian

Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover
Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Ruined: When Cities Fall

IC T1 Low Table Lamp by Michael Anastassiades. On view at the Cooper Hewitt in New York. The T1 is available at DWR.

Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills
Tours of Saarinen House and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Smith House run May through September.

Bard Graduate Center Gallery
Artek and the Aaltos: Creating a Modern World

Museum of Art and Design
Atmosphere for Enjoyment: Harry Bertoia’s Environment for Sound (Opens May 3.)
Bent, Cast & Forged: The Jewelry of Harry Bertoia (Opens May 3.)

Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty

Cooper Hewitt
Beauty: Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial

The Fontenelles ar the Poverty Board
The Fontenelles at the Poverty Board, Harlem, New York (1967) by Gordon Parks. Gelatin silver print. © The Gordon Parks Foundation. On view at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Art Gallery of Ontario
Outsiders: American Photography and Film, 1950s–1980s

Dallas Museum of Art
Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Frank Stella: A Retrospective

Seattle Art Museum
Mood Indigo: Textiles from Around the World

Joseph—Nez Perce (detail, 1903), By Edward Curtis. Photogravure on tissue, mounted on paper. On view at the Portland Art Museum.