Calendar of Events
Cultural Tourism DC showcases the incredible walkability of the nation’s capital during this week-long public tour program. More than 50 guided walking tours are held throughout the District, introducing attendees to the art, culture and history of the city. Tours come in many variations, from after-work “happy hour” soirees to long weekend tours. Historians, licensed tour guides, community leaders and business owners, among others, host these excursions that will take you to both well-known and hidden gems across DC. Check out the details and schedules.
Russian-born American artists Ilya and Emilia Kabakov have been an artistic duo for almost thirty years. The Hirshhorn Museum will display a range of their installations that date back to 1985, including monuments, allegorical narratives, architectural structures and outdoor works. Many of the pieces are inspired by the Kabakovs’ time in the Soviet Union, where they faced poverty and an overbearing government.
Jost Amman was one of the popular printmakers and book illustrators of the late sixteenth century. This National Gallery of Art exhibit will examine Amman’s history and how his work stood apart from other artists who used similar techniques and methods during the time period. Visitors will be amazed by Amman’s precise and imaginative works.
In Inuit culture, the narwhal (a small Arctic whale with a distinct spiral tusk) is an intriguing and spiritual animal. The National Museum of Natural History will showcase the Inuit perspective on the animal, as well as the latest scientific information, to reveal the complex nature of the narwhal. The exhibit will include tusks and skulls from the animal, as well as Inuit artwork and artifacts depicting the male narwhal. Visitors can also enjoy hands-on activities and chat with experts at select times.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Every few years, the Canadian indie rock ensemble known as Broken Social Scene (which once counted singer Feist as a member) emerges with an epic album and tour. Mark 2017 down as one of those years, as the acclaimed Hug of Thunder is currently making a home in headphones and the group is taking to the road. The legendary 9:30 Club will feature the mega group for two shows this September – the first has already sold out, so grab tickets for Sept. 20 quickly!