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‘Frédéric Bazille and the Birth of Impressionism @ National Gallery of Art
‘Frédéric Bazille and the Birth of Impressionism @ National Gallery of Art
Apr 21 all-day
‘Frédéric Bazille and the Birth of Impressionism @ National Gallery of Art
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
A Raisin in the Sun @ Arena Stage
Apr 21 all-day
A Raisin in the Sun @ Arena Stage
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. Tickets
Ballet Across America’ – curated by Misty Copeland and Justin Peck @ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Ballet Across America’ – curated by Misty Copeland and Justin Peck @ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Apr 21 all-day
Ballet Across America’ – curated by Misty Copeland and Justin Peck @ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Creativity in American ballet is honored with this week-long celebration at the Kennedy Center. Programs that showcase the new directions of the art form have been curated by two superstars in Misty Copeland and Justin Peck. An opening night extravaganza will feature two world premiere commissions, and throughout the week, audiences will have the chance[...]
Border Crossing: Jami Porter Lara @ National Museum of Women in the Arts
Border Crossing: Jami Porter Lara @ National Museum of Women in the Arts
Apr 21 all-day
Border Crossing: Jami Porter Lara @ National Museum of Women in the Arts
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[...]
Chromatic Scale: Prints by Polly Apfelbaum @ National Museum of Women in the Arts
Chromatic Scale: Prints by Polly Apfelbaum @ National Museum of Women in the Arts
Apr 21 all-day
Chromatic Scale: Prints by Polly Apfelbaum @ National Museum of Women in the Arts
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 &[...]
Della Robbia: Sculpting with Color in Renaissance Florence @ National Gallery of Art
Della Robbia: Sculpting with Color in Renaissance Florence @ National Gallery of Art
Apr 21 all-day
Della Robbia: Sculpting with Color in Renaissance Florence @ National Gallery of Art
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[...]
East of the Mississippi: Nineteenth-Century American Landscape Photography @ National Gallery of Art
East of the Mississippi: Nineteenth-Century American Landscape Photography @ National Gallery of Art
Apr 21 all-day
East of the Mississippi: Nineteenth-Century American Landscape Photography @ National Gallery of Art
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[...]
Filmfest DC
Filmfest DC
Apr 21 all-day
Filmfest DC
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[...]
Friends and Fashion: An American Diplomat in 1820s Russia @ Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens
Friends and Fashion: An American Diplomat in 1820s Russia @ Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens
Apr 21 all-day
Friends and Fashion: An American Diplomat in 1820s Russia @ Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens
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,[...]
From the Desk of Simone de Beauvoir @ National Museum of Women in the Arts
From the Desk of Simone de Beauvoir @ National Museum of Women in the Arts
Apr 21 all-day
From the Desk of Simone de Beauvoir @ National Museum of Women in the Arts
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[...]
George Condo: The Way I Think @ The Phillips Collection
George Condo: The Way I Think @ The Phillips Collection
Apr 21 all-day
George Condo: The Way I Think @ The Phillips Collection
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[...]
Midwestern Gothic @ Signature Theatre
Midwestern Gothic @ Signature Theatre
Apr 21 all-day
Midwestern Gothic @ Signature Theatre
As strange and captivating as its title suggests, this Signature Theatre production is sure to turn some heads this spring. Midwestern Gothic is a thriller/musical, focusing on a small town trapped by its own smallness. The town’s occupants seek diversion in strange ways, leading to this compelling play that truly reimagines its own art form.[...]
New Ground: The Southwest of Maria Martinez and Laura Gilpin @ National Museum of Women in the Arts,
New Ground: The Southwest of Maria Martinez and Laura Gilpin @ National Museum of Women in the Arts,
Apr 21 all-day
New Ground: The Southwest of Maria Martinez and Laura Gilpin @ National Museum of Women in the Arts,
The American West of the early 20th-century is often cast as a male-dominated region full of violence and conquest. However, the work of Maria Martinez and Laura Gilpin, showcased in this new exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, show that female and artistic voices were strong in the region. Martinez’s pottery[...]
Pike St. @ Woolly Mammoth Theatre
Pike St. @ Woolly Mammoth Theatre
Apr 21 all-day
Pike St. @ Woolly Mammoth Theatre
Obie Award-winning playwright Nilaja Sun brings a new and vibrant play to the Woolly Mammoth Theatre. Pike St. shows off Sun’s distinctive performance and writing style in a tale concerning a Puerto Rican immigrant living on the Lower East Side in New York City. As she tries to keep the electricity on for her daughter’s[...]
Ragtime @ Ford’s Theatre
Ragtime @ Ford’s Theatre
Apr 21 all-day
Ragtime @ Ford’s Theatre
This Tony-winning musical is based on a classic E.L. Doctorow novel. With brilliant music as your guide, follow the lives of a Harlem musician, a Jewish immigrant and a wealthy white family as each strives for the American dream in the early 20th century. A cast filled with DC stage stars will drive this intense[...]
The Urban Scene: 1920-1950 @ National Gallery of Art
The Urban Scene: 1920-1950 @ National Gallery of Art
Apr 21 all-day
The Urban Scene: 1920-1950 @ National Gallery of Art
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[...]
Toulouse-Lautrec: Illustrates the Belle Époque @ The Phillips Collection
Toulouse-Lautrec: Illustrates the Belle Époque @ The Phillips Collection
Apr 21 all-day
Toulouse-Lautrec: Illustrates the Belle Époque @ The Phillips Collection
Prominent prints and posters from artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec will be on display for the first time in the United States courtesy of The Phillips Collection. Toulouse-Lautrec famously captured Parisian nightlife of the late 19th century and its most important figures through his daring and colorful pieces, in which he experimented with lithography and caricature.[...]
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9:00 am Louder Than Words: Rock, Power and Politics @ Newseum
Louder Than Words: Rock, Power and Politics @ Newseum
Apr 21 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Louder Than Words: Rock, Power and Politics @ Newseum
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[...]
10:00 am ‘For a Love of His People: The Photography of Horace Poolaw, DC’ @ National Museum of the American Indian
‘For a Love of His People: The Photography of Horace Poolaw, DC’ @ National Museum of the American Indian
Apr 21 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
‘For a Love of His People: The Photography of Horace Poolaw, DC’ @ National Museum of the American Indian
Horace Poolaw of the Kiowa tribe began photographing family and friends across numerous tribes in the mid-1920s, sparking a career that lasted roughly 50 years. His work displayed everyday activities and momentous occasions, including weddings, funerals, parades and men being shipped off to war. Poolaw’s photos provide an in-depth and intimate look at a marginalized[...]
10:00 am Advertising War @ National Museum of American History
Advertising War @ National Museum of American History
Apr 21 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Advertising War @ National Museum of American History
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[...]
10:00 am Artist Soldiers @ mithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Artist Soldiers @ mithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Apr 21 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Artist Soldiers @ mithsonian National Air and Space Museum
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[...]
10:00 am Gateways/Portales @ Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
Gateways/Portales @ Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
Apr 21 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Gateways/Portales @ Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
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,[...]
10:00 am June Schwarcz: Invention and Variation @ Renwick Gallery
June Schwarcz: Invention and Variation @ Renwick Gallery
Apr 21 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
June Schwarcz: Invention and Variation @ Renwick Gallery
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[...]
10:00 am New Painting by Mark Bradford @ Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
New Painting by Mark Bradford @ Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Apr 21 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
New Painting by Mark Bradford @ Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
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[...]
10:00 am Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces @ National Museum of the American Indian
Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces @ National Museum of the American Indian
Apr 21 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces @ National Museum of the American Indian
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[...]
10:00 am To Haiti Let Us Go @ The Phillips Collection
To Haiti Let Us Go @ The Phillips Collection
Apr 21 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
To Haiti Let Us Go @ The Phillips Collection
The impressive work of American artist Jacob Lawrence will again be on display at The Phillips Collection. This exhibition focuses on a series of 15 silkscreen prints created by Lawrence to tell the story of the life of Toussaint L’Ouverture, a former slave who led the fight for the liberation of Haiti during the French[...]
10:00 am Voulkos: The Breakthrough Years @ Renwick Gallery
Voulkos: The Breakthrough Years @ Renwick Gallery
Apr 21 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Voulkos: The Breakthrough Years @ Renwick Gallery
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[...]
10:00 am Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors @ Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors @ Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
Apr 21 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors @ Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
One of the most highly anticipated DC experiences of the year begins at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden on Feb. 23. Yayoi Kusama is one of the world’s greatest artists, a Japanese woman who specializes in immersive art. Her mirror rooms, large-scale paintings and child-like installations will all be on display in an exhibit[...]
11:00 am In the Tower: Theaster Gates @ National Gallery of Art
In the Tower: Theaster Gates @ National Gallery of Art
Apr 21 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
In the Tower: Theaster Gates @ National Gallery of Art
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[...]
11:30 am ‘America’s Presidents’ Temporary Installation @ National Portrait Gallery
‘America’s Presidents’ Temporary Installation @ National Portrait Gallery
Apr 21 @ 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
‘America’s Presidents’ Temporary Installation @ National Portrait Gallery
With the gallery dedicated to American presidents currently under renovation at the National Portrait Gallery, this temporary display will live in the west gallery’s second floor through Sept. 4 (the restored gallery will re-open Sept. 22). In this special space: “Hindsight is Always 20/20,” an installation by artist Luke DuBois that features word clouds that[...]
11:30 am ‘Bill Viola: The Moving Portrait’ @ National Portrait Gallery
‘Bill Viola: The Moving Portrait’ @ National Portrait Gallery
Apr 21 @ 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
‘Bill Viola: The Moving Portrait’ @ National Portrait Gallery
Bill Viola intimately examines the human face and body through kinetic high-definition videos that often elicit intense emotions and thought. This National Portrait Gallery installation includes works like Man Searching for Immortality/Woman Searching for Eternity (2013), which examines mortality through two aging subjects. Viola uses water, light and spirituality to create moving portraits that connect multiple[...]
11:30 am ‘The Faces of Battle: Americans at War, 9/11 to Now @ National Portrait Gallery
‘The Faces of Battle: Americans at War, 9/11 to Now @ National Portrait Gallery
Apr 21 @ 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
‘The Faces of Battle: Americans at War, 9/11 to Now @ National Portrait Gallery
The National Portrait Gallery‘s new exhibit, The Faces of Battle: Americans at War, 9/11 to Now, examines the cost of ongoing war through incredible portraits of soldiers. Several leading photographers and artists have contributed to the 56 works inside, which show the immense sacrifice and extraordinary experiences of common soldiers. The museum is free to enter.
8:00 pm Drive-By Truckers @ 9:30 Club
Drive-By Truckers @ 9:30 Club
Apr 21 @ 8:00 pm
Drive-By Truckers @ 9:30 Club
Hailing from the American South, Drive-By Truckers have been the definitive Southern rock band since the late 1990s, churning out a steady stream of hard-rocking, gut-busting, soul-searching records. The live shows are loud and torrential, with songs capable of going in any direction. Their new album, American Band, reaffirms the band’s unmistakable voice and sound.[...]