May
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‘Frédéric Bazille and the Birth of Impressionism @ National Gallery of Art
May 25 all-day

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Journey to the National Gallery of Art’s recently redesigned East Building to discover the fascinating beginnings of Impressionism with Frédéric Bazille and the Birth of Impressionism. The underrated Bazille, a contemporary of Monet and Renoir, will be showcased by a major American exhibit for the first time in 25 years.

Chromatic Scale: Prints by Polly Apfelbaum @ National Museum of Women in the Arts
May 25 all-day

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The National Museum of Women in the Arts goes all chromatic in showcasing artist Polly Apfelbaum, who uses an array of bright colors and abstraction to create prints that truly pop. The exhibit explores Apfelbaum’s process for making these woodblock prints, and how her work on those has influenced her renowned large-scale installations.
Hours & Admission

Della Robbia: Sculpting with Color in Renaissance Florence @ National Gallery of Art
May 25 all-day

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Luca della Robbia was one of the master sculptors of the Italian Renaissance, inventing a glazing technique for sculpting that resonated throughout the artistic movement. Many of Luca’s sculptures retain their vibrant colors today, and the National Gallery of Art will display some of his finest works in this new exhibit (works by Luca’s son and grandsons will also be shown). Prepare to view marble and bronze masterpieces that still resonate, even 600 years after their creation.
Hours |  Free admission

East of the Mississippi: Nineteenth-Century American Landscape Photography @ National Gallery of Art
May 25 all-day

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Observe the first exhibition to solely focus on photographs made in the eastern half of the U.S. during the 19th century at the National Gallery of Art. Incorporating some 175 works, including daguerreotypes and stereographs, the display features images of natural wonders and a country amid a cultural shift due to industrialization and tourism. These striking photographs helped establish the American identity and paved the way for environmentalism.
Hours |  Free admission

Friends and Fashion: An American Diplomat in 1820s Russia @ Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens
May 25 all-day

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Living the diplomat’s life in early 20th-century Russia was an elegant endeavor. This is evidenced by a new exhibit coming to the gorgeous Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens. Henry Middleton journeyed to Russia in the 1820s as part of a government posting. His family’s time there is commemorated by an album consisting of 45 portraits, acquired by Hillwood in 2004. The art does a wonderful job of portraying daily life in Russia for the Middletons, as do the exhibit’s other objects, images and publications.
Hours & Admission

From the Desk of Simone de Beauvoir @ National Museum of Women in the Arts
May 25 all-day

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Simone de Beauvoir is a historical pillar of feminism and existentialism, a brilliant mind who published some of the most important philosophical works of the 20th century. This exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts is an interpretation of de Beauvoir’s Paris studio, allowing visitors to reflect on her immense contributions to popular culture and how her work affects them.
Hours & Admission

George Condo: The Way I Think @ The Phillips Collection
May 25 all-day

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Take a trip into the imagination of American artist George Condo at this new Phillips Collection exhibit. Roughly 200 of Condo’s drawings and sketches will be on display, as well as 8 of his “drawing paintings”. Experience how Condo transforms the raw and abstract ideas of his detailed drawings into hybrid paintings that show a range of influences while also establishing an idiosyncratic artist.
Hours & Admission

Macbeth @ Sidney Harman Hall
May 25 all-day

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One of Shakespeare’s most revered plays takes another turn at Sidney Harman Hall courtesy of Shakespeare Theatre Company. Macbeth is a harrowing tale of a country ripped apart by invasion and civil war, with the title character and his lady at the center of a series of murders. Director Liesl Tommy brings Broadway experience to this classic, allowing audiences to see Macbeth in a new light.
Tickets

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

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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.
Hours

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

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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