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The Urban Scene: 1920-1950 @ National Gallery of Art
Jul 25 all-day


This new exhibit at the National Gallery of Art gathers 25 black-and-white prints that showcase artists’ interpretations of America’s burgeoning metropolises in the early to mid-20th century. As cities and their populations grew, so did the spectacle of their appearances. Artists such as Louis Lozowick and Reginald Marsh depicted the modern age in both its glory and anxiety, and you can experience their pivotal works in this fascinating display.

Louder Than Words: Rock, Power and Politics @ Newseum
Jul 25 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm


Newseum and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have partnered to create this unique display that will showcase the power of rock and how it can influence politics and equality. Artists like Bob Dylan, U2 and Rage Against the Machine will be highlighted, indicating how artists can effect change through exercising their First Amendment rights. Complete with stunning artifacts and photographs, this Newseum exhibit promises to be one of the year’s most discussed.
Hours & Admission

Advertising War @ National Museum of American History
Jul 25 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm


At the outset of America’s involvement in World War I, art and illustration were the primary modes of mass communication. This exhibit at the National Museum of American History showcases works that were used to inspire patriotism, enrollment in military forces, rationing and charity work. Visitors will be able to view what the America of the time looked like, from the new roles of women to new technologies.

Artist Soldiers @ mithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Jul 25 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm


The National Air and Space Museum is one of the most popular in the nation, and the dynamic locale features an exhibit like few others in its history this summer. Artist Soldiers shows how war art drastically changed during World War I, when depictions went from heroic and romanticized to first-person accounts by professional artists and soldiers themselves.

Gateways/Portales @ Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
Jul 25 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm


The stories and experiences of Latino migrants and immigrants in four U.S. metro areas (DC, Baltimore, Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham in North Carolina) are showcased in this new exhibit at the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum. Visitors will learn of both the struggles and victories that these migrants and immigrants face through topics such as social justice, public festivals and community building.

June Schwarcz: Invention and Variation @ Renwick Gallery
Jul 25 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm


The Renwick Gallery’s highly anticipated new exhibit will showcase the work of June Schwarcz, a forward-thinking artist who used enamel to create an amazing body of work over 60 years. The exhibit features nearly 60 artworks and represents the first retrospective of Schwarcz’s work in 15 years. You will see the artist’s pioneering work in the form of three-dimensional objects, plaques, panels, vessels and more.

New Painting by Mark Bradford @ Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Jul 25 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm


In what will be Mark Bradford’s first exhibition in DC, expect to be blown away by the scope and detail of this piece at the Hirshhorn Museum. Bradford’s piece will take up almost 400 feet of the Hirshhorn’s Inner Ring Galleries, forming what is called a “cyclorama” that will fully consume the viewer. Although specifics of the piece are not available, the theme will be little-known female voices of the Civil Rights movement, injecting personal and historical magnitude to what already promises to be an oft-discussed work.

Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces @ National Museum of the American Indian
Jul 25 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm


This landmark exhibit will officially announce the development of the National Native American Veterans Memorial, which will be placed on the grounds of the National Museum of the American Indian. The museum pays homage to the American Indian and Alaska Native men and women inside Patriot Nations, which will feature rarely seen photographs and artifacts that will reflect the service and sacrifice of these groups, from the Revolutionary War to the present day.

Voulkos: The Breakthrough Years @ Renwick Gallery
Jul 25 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm


The Renwick Gallery presents yet another mind-bending exhibit this spring. Peter Voulkos revolutionized pottery making in the 1950s, utilizing an array of influences from other artistic forms, including Abstract Expressionism and the artworks of Pablo Picasso. A rebel through and through, Voulkos rejected standard technique and form, creating a truly distinctive body of work. This exhibit fea

In the Tower: Theaster Gates @ National Gallery of Art
Jul 25 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm


The National Gallery of Art’s East Building presents this new, dynamic exhibit inside its Tower 3 galleries. American artist Theaster Gates will reveal a new body of work entitled The Minor Arts, with pieces that show how everyday objects can be turned into powerful art. In these elaborate creations, Gates incorporated the floor of a Chicago high school gym and the archives of Ebony magazine, among other objects.
Hours |  Free admission