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Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.

Don't be put off by its exterior, which architecture critic Ada Louise Huxtable described as "born-dead, neo-penitentiary modern." The Hirshhorn, part of the Smithsonian Institution, is splendid with art of mainly the post-World War II period. In February, its third floor will be closed for renovations (other exhibition spaces will remain open), which are expected to be completed by Oct. 1 in time for the Hirshhorn's 40th anniversary. The space, which housed early 20th century works, will feature instead art from the '60s forward. On view through May 26, "Damage Control: Art and Destruction Since 1950," with works by John Baldessari, Vija Celmins and Ai Weiwei, among others. Info: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden