Calendar of Events
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.
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.
The Kennedy Center’s Terrace Gallery will host a special traveling exhibit from The GRAMMY Museum that honors legendary artist Leonard Bernstein. The display honors Bernstein’s centennial with more than 150 photographs, as well as personal artifacts like papers, scores, letters and even furniture. Leonard Bernstein at 100 will also feature interactive elements, including a listening bar, a vocal booth and a chance to “step into” Bernstein’s shoes and conduct the New York Philharmonic. Admission is free!
Snallygaster is here to let you beast out with over 300 craft brews and ciders at the scenic Yards Park. Named after a mythical creature, the festival roars into its sixth year with a hefty lineup that also includes food trucks and plenty of live music. Greg Engert, one of the city’s leading beer connoisseurs, has selected a motley crew of brews from far and wide for your tasting pleasure. Pick from one of two advance ticketing options and you will be contributing to Arcadia, a nonprofit working towards a more sustainable food system in the area.
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The Washington National Opera takes their fall production to the ballpark! For the final performance of its two-week run at the Kennedy Center, the production of Aida will be simulcast at Nationals Park, making for an evening filled with soaring vocals and drama outdoors. Giuseppe Verdi’s classic story will be accompanied by all the wonders of Nationals Park, including the chance to sit on the outfield (first-come, first-served) and to enjoy the park’s great concessions, along with kid-centric activities. Gates open at 5 p.m. Admission is free!
An all-night arts festival? Sign us up. Yes, DC has that with Art All Night: Made in DC, which is spread over six neighborhoods. Art experiences don’t get much more lavish or expansive than this: Everything from painting to performing arts to music to sculpture will be showcased in both public and private spaces, indoors and outdoors. Find out more about artists, schedules and neighborhood details.