So much for any lingering myths that the primary historical role of women in art has been to take their clothes off and pose for men. This stunning exhibit, assembled originally for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, includes more than 150 varied works by 83 American and European women. Some, such as Mary Cassatt and Georgia O'Keeffe, were famous in their own time, but most—such as the 16th-century Italian painter Sofonisba Anguissola or the 17th-century French artist Louise Moillon—have been largely ignored, for reasons best known to male art critics. The show is at the University of Texas Art Museum in Austin until June 12 and will travel later to Pittsburgh and Brooklyn. (The exhibit's organizers, Ann Sutherland Harris and Linda Nochlin, have also published a book by the same title [Knopf, $15]. It is an exhaustive catalogue; it is also printed in exhaustingly small type.)

Neil Simon's quartet of playlets set in the land of milk and money, the Beverly Hills Hotel, has just checked into San Francisco for a month-long stay LOS Angeles haters will enjoy seeing the Big Orange peeled, deliciously, by British Shakespearean Kenneth Haigh, Penny Fuller (the dizzy newswoman in All the President's Men), Rosemary Prinz (an alumna of As the World Turns) and Vincent Gardenia (the manager in Bang the Drum Slowly).