Calendar Of Events

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‘Frédéric Bazille and the Birth of Impressionism @ National Gallery of Art
Apr 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.

A Raisin in the Sun @ Arena Stage
Apr 25 all-day

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One of the truly groundbreaking theatrical productions of the 20th century will call DC home this spring. A Raisin in the Sun will grace Arena Stage starting March 31. Inspired by a revered Langston Hughes poem, Lorraine Hansberry’s spellbinding story artfully depicts the African American experience through the struggles of a 1950s Chicago family.
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Border Crossing: Jami Porter Lara @ National Museum of Women in the Arts
Apr 25 all-day

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Porter Lara’s abstract work is the focus of this new exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Based in Albuquerque, Lara uses her hands, clay, stone and a pit-fire to create art that sleekly resembles a modern artifact: the plastic bottle. The pieces can also recall pottery, sculptures and animals, blurring artificial borders that society has created over time, like those between art and garbage or nature.
Hours & Admission

Chromatic Scale: Prints by Polly Apfelbaum @ National Museum of Women in the Arts
Apr 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
Apr 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
Apr 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

Filmfest DC
Apr 25 all-day

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For over 30 years, Filmfest DC has sought to keep pace with global cultural and social activities. Today we find ourselves in a conundrum of opposing beliefs and shifting governmental policies, which have often divided citizens and forged a culture of “us vs. them.” As a reflection of our times, this year’s festival has taken on a special focus on issues ripped from today’s headlines in hopes of increasing clarity and civil discourse.

Friends and Fashion: An American Diplomat in 1820s Russia @ Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens
Apr 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
Apr 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
Apr 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