Calendar of Events
As part of its Civil Rights at 50 series, Newseum will highlight the pivotal year of 1968. Explore the essential and tragic events of this year through stunning photography and interactive elements. You will learn more about the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, the important Black Power protest at the Olympics and much, much more.
Hours & Admission
Award-winning photographer Stephen Wilkes captured the migrations of four ancient bird species, which led to heart-stopping images. This National Geographic Museum exhibit explores these photographs and the stunning birds that they depict, including flamingos in Kenya and sandhill cranes in Nebraska. You’ll be struck by the beauty of these shots from one of the world’s greatest photographers.
Hours & Admission
Cultural and religious conventions bring about a familial clash in this Women’s Voices Theater Festival production from the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. An immigrant Zimbabwean family prepares for their daughter’s wedding, but when she states that she wants to observe a bride-price ceremony, a divide over tradition and assimilation emerges. The Tony-nominated Danai Gurira penned this exciting new play.
The Shakespeare Theatre Company takes on quite possibly the greatest tragedy of Western literature this January. Hamlet comes home from college after his father’s sudden death to find his mother remarried, his uncle in power and, in turn, his entire world turned upside down. After being visited by the ghost of his father, Hamlet must decide whether to accept this new reality…or not. You don’t want to miss your chance to witness one of Shakespeare’s masterpieces at one of the area’s best theaters.
This Arena Stage production boldly addresses America’s Japanese internment camps during World War II, constructed in response to the surprise attack at Pearl Harbor by the Japanese. Hold These Truths details the true story of Gordon Hirabayashi, an American son of Japanese immigrants who fought the courts to honor the values on which the U.S. was built. Don’t miss this thought-provoking, and surprisingly humorous, play that is relevant for our times.
Chinese artist Hung Liu is the focus of this exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Liu is most commonly known as a painter, but her printmaking is also of note, as she uses an array of techniques, surfaces and colors to showcase her unique brand of realism. Her works deal with issues of identity, culture and class, making for a thought-provoking display that you can enjoy through July 8.
Hours & Admission
For the first time, the work of Anne Truitt will be showcased in a major exhibition at the National Gallery of Art. Experience the development of Truitt’s work across 50 years through nine sculptures, 12 paper works and two paintings. Some of the artist’s most acclaimed pieces will be on display, highlighting her successful use of different forms of media.
Robbie Schaefer of the folk band Eddie from Ohio headlines this new production at Signature Theatre in Arlington, Va. Robbie will tell tales about growing up in India, pursuing a musical career, his relationship with his father and his father’s own dark past. Expect riveting folk-rock songs throughout, as Robbie tells an unforgettable story of immigration, music and the power of a father-son relationship.
In honor of the centennial of the Estonian Republic, the Art Museum of Estonia and the National Gallery of Art have collaborated on this exhibit dedicated to Estonia’s greatest Renaissance art, Michel Sittow. Roughly 20 of Sittow’s works will be on display, with an examination of his art in a broader context, including his relationship to his Netherlandish contemporaries, part of this fascinating exhibit.
This Women’s Voice Theater Festival production will be can’t-miss fare from the Shakespeare Theatre Company. As an Iraqi couple prepares to celebrate their first Christmas as American citizens, Noura looks forward to welcoming a guest—a young Iraqi refugee. But Maryam’s arrival upends the family, forcing them to confront who they have become.