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‘Crazy for You’
‘Crazy for You’ @ Signature Theatre
Jan 1 all-day
‘Crazy for You’ @ Signature Theatre
The music of the famous Gershwin brothers guides this Tony Award-winning holiday spectacular. When a banker heads to a small town to foreclose on its theater, his love of music causes him to revive it instead. This decision leads to mistaken identities, a love story and a whole lot of 1930s flair that audiences will[...]
‘Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe’
‘Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe’ @ Newseum
Jan 1 all-day
‘Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe’ @ Newseum
Newseum brings back one of its most popular exhibits in honor of JFK’s 100th birthday. More than 70 images from the Kennedys’ personal photographer, Jacques Lowe, will be on display. Lowe’s photos created the legend of the Kennedy presidency known as “Camelot,” showcasing the public and private life of one of America’s most famous families in[...]
‘Curve of Departure’
‘Curve of Departure’ @ Studio Theatre
Jan 1 all-day
‘Curve of Departure’ @ Studio Theatre
On the night before a funeral, an entire family descends upon a single room in a New Mexico hotel. The future is not clear as the family discusses absentees and logistics. Playwright Rachel Bonds dives into the dynamic among the relations, and how one decides how far they’ll go to help someone they owe nothing.[...]
‘Imaginary World of The Nutcracker’
‘Imaginary World of The Nutcracker’ @ ARTECHOUSE
Jan 1 all-day
‘Imaginary World of The Nutcracker’ @ ARTECHOUSE | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
ARTECHOUSE presents this interactive exhibit that brings one of the best winter stories to vibrant life. Characters from The Nutcracker will come to life through projections and digital displays that change as you move through them. Expect to see magic trees, snowflakes, toys and of course, the Nutcracker himself. The entire family will enjoy this immersive experience. Tickets
‘In the Tower: Anne Truitt’
‘In the Tower: Anne Truitt’ @ National Gallery of Art East Building
Jan 1 all-day
‘In the Tower: Anne Truitt’ @ National Gallery of Art East Building
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[...]
‘Les Misérables’
‘Les Misérables’ @ National Theatre
Jan 1 all-day
‘Les Misérables’ @ National Theatre
From the page to the stage to the big screen, Les Misérables has been dazzling audiences for more than 150 years. DC’s National Theatre welcomes the story’s newest production this month, fresh off an acclaimed two-and-a-half year run on Broadway. With its inspiring story and thrilling songs, this legendary play is sure to satisfy, whether it’s the first time[...]
‘Posing for the Camera – Gifts from Robert B. Menschel’
‘Posing for the Camera – Gifts from Robert B. Menschel’ @ National Gallery of Art
Jan 1 all-day
‘Posing for the Camera – Gifts from Robert B. Menschel’ @ National Gallery of Art
More than 60 photographs from the collection of Robert B. Menschel will be on display at the National Gallery of Art for this exhibition. Inside, visitors will discover how posing for a portrait changed as the medium evolved. Works in the exhibit stretch from the 1840s to the 1990s, and include portraits of famous figures such as[...]
Edvard Munch: Color in Context
Edvard Munch: Color in Context @ National Gallery of Art
Jan 1 all-day
Edvard Munch: Color in Context @ National Gallery of Art
Responsible for one of modern art’s most famous paintings, Edvard Munch was a Norwegian painter with strong ties to German Expressionism. The National Gallery of Art opens an exhibit containing 21 of his works on Sunday, Sept. 3, showcasing how Munch used color to invoke psychology and the spiritual world. Hours 
Holiday in the Park at Six Flags America
Holiday in the Park at Six Flags America @ Six Flags America
Jan 1 all-day
Holiday in the Park at Six Flags America @ Six Flags America
Beautiful lights, seasonal food and holiday-themed attractions and characters make up this Christmas event at Six Flags America. Running during weekends and select days from Nov. 18 – Jan. 1, make the drive to enjoy the thrills of Six Flags accompanied by plenty of holiday cheer. Tickets
Jackson Pollock’s ‘Mural’
Jackson Pollock’s ‘Mural’ @ National Gallery of Art
Jan 1 all-day
Jackson Pollock’s 'Mural' @ National Gallery of Art
On loan from the University of Iowa Museum of Art, Jackson Pollock’s largest work will reside in the National Gallery of Art’s East Buildingthrough October of next year. Mural is nearly 20 feet long, a work originally commissioned by Peggy Guggenheim for her New York City home. The piece represents a dynamic shift in Pollock’s style, making it[...]
Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists 8:30 am
Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists @ Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building
Jan 1 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists @ Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building
The Library of Congress dug into its vaults to present this enlightening and in-depth exhibit on the immense contributions made by North American women to the art forms of illustration and cartooning. Drawn to Purpose stretches all the way back to the late 19th century, showing how women’s roles in the private and public sphere gradually increased, allowing for[...]
Christmas at Mount Vernon 9:00 am
Christmas at Mount Vernon @ George Washington’s Mount Vernon
Jan 1 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Christmas at Mount Vernon @ George Washington’s Mount Vernon
George Washington’s estate knows how to celebrate the holiday season like few other locales in the DMV area. During daylight hours, tour the gorgeous mansion, have holiday coffee and dessert with Martha Washington, witness chocolate-making demonstrations and hang out with the estate’s favorite pet, Aladdin the Camel. At nighttime, tour the estate by candlelight and on[...]
‘Beautiful Blooms: Flowering Plants on Stamps’ 10:00 am
‘Beautiful Blooms: Flowering Plants on Stamps’ @ National Postal Museum
Jan 1 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
‘Beautiful Blooms: Flowering Plants on Stamps’ @ National Postal Museum
The National Postal Museum highlights the role of the flowering plant on U.S. postage stamps over the last 50 years in this new exhibit. See developmental and final artwork that shows how important design artwork is to the completion and production of a postage stamp. Common artistic themes, like the relationship between flowering plants and bees, will[...]
‘Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt’ 10:00 am
‘Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt’ @ Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Jan 1 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
‘Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt’ @ Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Although cats are great for internet memes now, felines were spiritual beings in ancient Egyptian times. The newly redesigned Freer | Sackler Galleries bring you this exclusive exhibit that mines the importance of the cat in society from the Middle Kingdom to the Byzantine Period, including their status in religious and political life. You’ll be able to[...]
‘Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia’ 10:00 am
‘Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia’ @ Freer | Sackler Galleries
Jan 1 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
‘Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia’ @ Freer | Sackler Galleries
More than two hundred pieces of Buddhist art comprise this new exhibit from the Freer | Sackler Galleries. Spread across two millennia, the works show Asia’s powerful Buddhist heritage. You’ll learn how the art is perceived to have sacred power, how Buddhists have engaged with the works, how the religious understanding of the pieces differs from[...]
‘Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: The Utopian Projects’ 10:00 am
‘Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: The Utopian Projects’ @ Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
Jan 1 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
‘Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: The Utopian Projects’ @ Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
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[...]
‘In the Library: Jost Amman and Sixteenth-Century Woodcut Illustration’ 10:00 am
‘In the Library: Jost Amman and Sixteenth-Century Woodcut Illustration’ @ National Gallery of Art
Jan 1 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
‘In the Library: Jost Amman and Sixteenth-Century Woodcut Illustration’ @ National Gallery of Art
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.
‘Making Room: Housing for a Changing America’ 10:00 am
‘Making Room: Housing for a Changing America’ @ National Building Museum
Jan 1 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
‘Making Room: Housing for a Changing America’ @ National Building Museum
Housing demands in America have shifted dramatically in the last 50 years. Nuclear families make up just 20% of America’s housing community today, compared to 40% in 1970. Nearly 30% of those looking for homes are single adults, a demand that has not yet been met by supply. The National Building Museum’s exhibit will explore how housing[...]
‘Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend’ 10:00 am
‘Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend’ @ Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Jan 1 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
‘Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend’ @ Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
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[...]
‘Painting Shakespeare’ 10:00 am
‘Painting Shakespeare’ @ Folger Shakespeare Library
Jan 1 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
‘Painting Shakespeare’ @ Folger Shakespeare Library
The Folger Shakespeare Library presents this exhibit that shows how Shakespeare has inspired artists from his time to today. Painting Shakespeare includes everything from oil sketches to grand masterpieces, with each piece a reflection of how important and influential the Bard’s plays and words have been throughout the last 400 years. You will see scenes from Shakespeare’s plays reimagined,[...]
‘The Message: New Media Works’ 10:00 am
‘The Message: New Media Works’ @ Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Jan 1 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
‘The Message: New Media Works’ @ Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Get acquainted with leading video artists from around the world in this spectacular audio/visual mash-up of an exhibit at the Hirshhorn. Five film and video installations that use music to great effect highlight different forms of communication in the digital age, from the concert to the music video to the web lecture. The videos will also[...]
‘Tomb of Christ’ 10:00 am
‘Tomb of Christ’ @ National Geographic Museum
Jan 1 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
‘Tomb of Christ’ @ National Geographic Museum
Take a three-dimensional journey into the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in this enthralling exhibit at the National Geographic Museum. This sacred location in Jerusalem is believed to be the site of where Jesus of Nazareth was crucified, as well as where he was buried and resurrected. The site recently underwent an extensive restoration, a[...]
‘Wall Flowers: Botanical Murals’ 10:00 am
‘Wall Flowers: Botanical Murals’ @ U.S. Botanic Garden
Jan 1 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
‘Wall Flowers: Botanical Murals’ @ U.S. Botanic Garden | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
The U.S. Botanic Garden presents this colorful new exhibit that may reframe how you view plant life. Large-scale murals from local artists will showcase plants through powerful colors and vibrant detail, highlighting the vital role that plants play in urban environments, not just suburban or rural ones. You’ll have a chance to admire botanical art in one[...]
Artist Soldiers 10:00 am
Artist Soldiers @ mithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Jan 1 @ 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[...]
Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today 10:00 am
Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today @ National Museum of Women in the Arts
Jan 1 @ 10:00 am
Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today @ National Museum of Women in the Arts
The National Museum of Women in the Arts has gathered work from 21 different black women artists for this new exhibit that showcases how abstract art can be used to communicate personal experiences. Pieces that use unconventional form and construction can be seen throughout the exhibit, including sculpture and large-scale paintings. Many of the artists on display[...]
Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces 10:00 am
Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces @ National Museum of the American Indian
Jan 1 @ 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[...]
Renoir and Friends: Luncheon of the Boating Party 10:00 am
Renoir and Friends: Luncheon of the Boating Party @ The Phillips Collection
Jan 1 @ 10:00 am
Renoir and Friends: Luncheon of the Boating Party @ The Phillips Collection
Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s most famous work, which permanently resides at America’s first museum of modern art, The Phillips Collection, is the focus of this new exhibit. Luncheon of the Boating Partyis an essential painting, and one with a fascinating story to boot. You will learn of artists, friends and other works that inspired Renoir’s painting in the first[...]
Rick Araluce: The Final Stop 10:00 am
Rick Araluce: The Final Stop @ Renwick Gallery
Jan 1 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Rick Araluce: The Final Stop @ Renwick Gallery
Rick Araluce’s first large-scale installation on the East Coast of the U.S. will turn the Renwick Gallery into an underground subway platform. This immersive work will make you feel as if you’re situated in a creepy, subterranean environment. Expect flickering lights and distant sounds as you wait for a train that may never come.
Season’s Greenings 10:00 am
Season’s Greenings @ United States Botanic Garden
Jan 1 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Season’s Greenings @ United States Botanic Garden
The annual holiday show at the United States Botanic Garden includes a collection of DC landmarks made entirely from plant materials, including the U.S. Capitol Building, the Washington Monument , the Lincoln Memorial and many more. On select Tuesday and Thursday evenings in December, the Conservatory will stay open until 8 p.m. to host live seasonal music.
Secrets of the Lacquer Buddha 10:00 am
Secrets of the Lacquer Buddha @ Sackler Galleries
Jan 1 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Secrets of the Lacquer Buddha @ Sackler Galleries
This exhibit will mark the first time that every known sixth-century, life-size Chinese lacquer buddha sculpture will be displayed together. Secrets will also highlight how all three of the sculptures were made, revealing fascinating details, including what tree species the lacquer came from, what type of equipment was utilized and what type of burnt bone was mixed[...]
Subodh Gupta: ‘Terminal’ 10:00 am
Subodh Gupta: ‘Terminal’ @ Freer | Sackler Galleries
Jan 1 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Subodh Gupta: 'Terminal’ @ Freer | Sackler Galleries
A new large-scale installation from internationally appreciated artist Subodh Gupta resides in the Sackler Pavilion. Terminal is made from towers of brass containers that are connected by thread, creating a glimmering landscape. The spires within the installation range from one to 15 feet tall, reminding one of architectural features found on churches, temples and mosques.
Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry 10:00 am
Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry @ National Gallery of Art
Jan 1 @ 10:00 am
Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry @ National Gallery of Art
The National Gallery of Art hosts this landmark consideration of the artistic exchanges between Johannes Vermeer and his peers between 1650-1675. The exhibit features 65 works from Vermeer and fellow Dutch Golden Age painters, a group of artists that mastered depicting the domestic life of the time period through outstanding technique. Learn how these painters challenged and[...]
What Absence Is Made Of 10:00 am
What Absence Is Made Of @ Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
Jan 1 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
What Absence Is Made Of @ Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
The creative ways that absence is expressed throughout numerous forms of art is the topic of this new exhibit at the Hirshhorn. More than 70 works across seven decades make up the display, which include small-scale pieces that use mirroring effects to large-scale ruminations using simple materials. Visitors will be able to observe how leading artists[...]
‘Portraits of the World: Switzerland’ 11:30 am
‘Portraits of the World: Switzerland’ @ National Portrait Gallery
Jan 1 @ 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
‘Portraits of the World: Switzerland’ @ National Portrait Gallery
With this exhibit, the National Portrait Gallery begins a series that will highlight the global context of American portraiture. You can marvel at Swiss painter Ferdinand Hodler’s Femme en Extase, a portrait of the Italian dancer Giulia Leonardi. The piece embodies the theory of eurhythmics, which went on to change the concept of dance in America. Other Portrait[...]
‘Tamayo: The New York Years’ 11:30 am
‘Tamayo: The New York Years’ @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
Jan 1 @ 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
‘Tamayo: The New York Years’ @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
This exhibit will examine the incredible influences between the work of Rufino Tamayo and the American art scene, a first for a major museum. Tamayo was a Mexican artist who lived in New York City off and on for almost three decades, composing Modernist paintings that incorporated Mexican subjects into urban and dreamlike settings, as well[...]
‘The Faces of Battle: Americans at War, 9/11 to Now 11:30 am
‘The Faces of Battle: Americans at War, 9/11 to Now @ National Portrait Gallery
Jan 1 @ 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.
‘The Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers’ 11:30 am
‘The Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers’ @ National Portrait Gallery
Jan 1 @ 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
‘The Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers’ @ National Portrait Gallery
The work of famous artists like Winslow Homer and Dorothea Lange will be on display in this new exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery. The face of the American laborer has undergone radical change over time, and this development will be showcased across several genres of art. Roughly 75 pieces will be on display, depicting slaves,[...]
Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated) 11:30 am
Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated) @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
Jan 1 @ 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated) @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
Kara Walker daringly uses and reimagines 19th century portraits to confront observers with racial inequalities and injustices. In this exhibit, you can experience Walker’s thought-provoking interpretations, in which she overlays stenciled figures on original scenes depicted in Harper’s in an 1866 anthology of the Civil War. Walker’s images will be displayed next to the original prints, showing[...]
Lumia: Thomas Wilfred and the Art of Light 11:30 am
Lumia: Thomas Wilfred and the Art of Light @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
Jan 1 @ 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
Lumia: Thomas Wilfred and the Art of Light @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
Thomas Wilfred is one of the most underappreciated artists of the 20th century, but he will get his due with this special retrospective at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Wilfred’s light installations, which used sculptures to project moving images, were way ahead of their time. The exhibit features 15 of the artist’s innovative compositions, the first[...]
Recent Acquisitions at the National Portrait Gallery 11:30 am
Recent Acquisitions at the National Portrait Gallery @ National Portrait Gallery
Jan 1 @ 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
Recent Acquisitions at the National Portrait Gallery @ National Portrait Gallery
Savor some of the National Portrait Gallery’s newest additions in this special exhibit. You can marvel at works featuring Madeleine Albright, Spike Lee, Rita Moreno, Francis Scott Key and many more in this 27-piece display. See the story of America and witness the powerful impact of great portraiture as you journey through the fascinating collection.
‘An American in Paris’ 1:30 pm
‘An American in Paris’ @ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Jan 1 @ 1:30 pm – 7:30 pm
‘An American in Paris’ @ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
This Tony Award-winning musical comes to DC for the first time. Set in Paris after World War II, the play follows an American soldier and a French girl, each looking to begin a new life after the conflict. Featuring unforgettable music from George and Ira Gershwin, this acclaimed Broadway production will be a highlight of[...]
‘The Illusionists’ 3:00 pm
‘The Illusionists’ @ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Jan 1 @ 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm
‘The Illusionists’ @ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
After an outstanding run at the Kennedy Center in 2015, the world’s best-selling magic show returns to the illustrious venue in late December. Audiences of all ages will have their jaws dropped when they witness the world’s greatest illusionists, who will perform sophisticated magic and outrageous acts that must be seen to be believed. Tickets
ZooLights 5:00 pm
ZooLights @ National Zoo
Jan 1 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
ZooLights @ National Zoo
Head to ZooLights at the National Zoo for a wildly vibrant display of LED Christmas lights (a half-million of them!), along with activities like Zoo Tubing and special themed nights like BrewLights (Nov. 30). The kids will love the National Zoo Choo-Choo (a train ride through the Great Cats exhibit),
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‘Crazy for You’
‘Crazy for You’ @ Signature Theatre
Jan 2 all-day
‘Crazy for You’ @ Signature Theatre
The music of the famous Gershwin brothers guides this Tony Award-winning holiday spectacular. When a banker heads to a small town to foreclose on its theater, his love of music causes him to revive it instead. This decision leads to mistaken identities, a love story and a whole lot of 1930s flair that audiences will[...]
‘Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe’
‘Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe’ @ Newseum
Jan 2 all-day
‘Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe’ @ Newseum
Newseum brings back one of its most popular exhibits in honor of JFK’s 100th birthday. More than 70 images from the Kennedys’ personal photographer, Jacques Lowe, will be on display. Lowe’s photos created the legend of the Kennedy presidency known as “Camelot,” showcasing the public and private life of one of America’s most famous families in[...]
‘Curve of Departure’
‘Curve of Departure’ @ Studio Theatre
Jan 2 all-day
‘Curve of Departure’ @ Studio Theatre
On the night before a funeral, an entire family descends upon a single room in a New Mexico hotel. The future is not clear as the family discusses absentees and logistics. Playwright Rachel Bonds dives into the dynamic among the relations, and how one decides how far they’ll go to help someone they owe nothing.[...]
‘Imaginary World of The Nutcracker’
‘Imaginary World of The Nutcracker’ @ ARTECHOUSE
Jan 2 all-day
‘Imaginary World of The Nutcracker’ @ ARTECHOUSE | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
ARTECHOUSE presents this interactive exhibit that brings one of the best winter stories to vibrant life. Characters from The Nutcracker will come to life through projections and digital displays that change as you move through them. Expect to see magic trees, snowflakes, toys and of course, the Nutcracker himself. The entire family will enjoy this immersive experience. Tickets
‘In the Tower: Anne Truitt’
‘In the Tower: Anne Truitt’ @ National Gallery of Art East Building
Jan 2 all-day
‘In the Tower: Anne Truitt’ @ National Gallery of Art East Building
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[...]
‘Les Misérables’
‘Les Misérables’ @ National Theatre
Jan 2 all-day
‘Les Misérables’ @ National Theatre
From the page to the stage to the big screen, Les Misérables has been dazzling audiences for more than 150 years. DC’s National Theatre welcomes the story’s newest production this month, fresh off an acclaimed two-and-a-half year run on Broadway. With its inspiring story and thrilling songs, this legendary play is sure to satisfy, whether it’s the first time[...]
‘Posing for the Camera – Gifts from Robert B. Menschel’
‘Posing for the Camera – Gifts from Robert B. Menschel’ @ National Gallery of Art
Jan 2 all-day
‘Posing for the Camera – Gifts from Robert B. Menschel’ @ National Gallery of Art
More than 60 photographs from the collection of Robert B. Menschel will be on display at the National Gallery of Art for this exhibition. Inside, visitors will discover how posing for a portrait changed as the medium evolved. Works in the exhibit stretch from the 1840s to the 1990s, and include portraits of famous figures such as[...]
Edvard Munch: Color in Context
Edvard Munch: Color in Context @ National Gallery of Art
Jan 2 all-day
Edvard Munch: Color in Context @ National Gallery of Art
Responsible for one of modern art’s most famous paintings, Edvard Munch was a Norwegian painter with strong ties to German Expressionism. The National Gallery of Art opens an exhibit containing 21 of his works on Sunday, Sept. 3, showcasing how Munch used color to invoke psychology and the spiritual world. Hours 
Jackson Pollock’s ‘Mural’
Jackson Pollock’s ‘Mural’ @ National Gallery of Art
Jan 2 all-day
Jackson Pollock’s 'Mural' @ National Gallery of Art
On loan from the University of Iowa Museum of Art, Jackson Pollock’s largest work will reside in the National Gallery of Art’s East Buildingthrough October of next year. Mural is nearly 20 feet long, a work originally commissioned by Peggy Guggenheim for her New York City home. The piece represents a dynamic shift in Pollock’s style, making it[...]
Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists 8:30 am
Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists @ Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building
Jan 2 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists @ Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building
The Library of Congress dug into its vaults to present this enlightening and in-depth exhibit on the immense contributions made by North American women to the art forms of illustration and cartooning. Drawn to Purpose stretches all the way back to the late 19th century, showing how women’s roles in the private and public sphere gradually increased, allowing for[...]
Christmas at Mount Vernon 9:00 am
Christmas at Mount Vernon @ George Washington’s Mount Vernon
Jan 2 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Christmas at Mount Vernon @ George Washington’s Mount Vernon
George Washington’s estate knows how to celebrate the holiday season like few other locales in the DMV area. During daylight hours, tour the gorgeous mansion, have holiday coffee and dessert with Martha Washington, witness chocolate-making demonstrations and hang out with the estate’s favorite pet, Aladdin the Camel. At nighttime, tour the estate by candlelight and on[...]
‘Beautiful Blooms: Flowering Plants on Stamps’ 10:00 am
‘Beautiful Blooms: Flowering Plants on Stamps’ @ National Postal Museum
Jan 2 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
‘Beautiful Blooms: Flowering Plants on Stamps’ @ National Postal Museum
The National Postal Museum highlights the role of the flowering plant on U.S. postage stamps over the last 50 years in this new exhibit. See developmental and final artwork that shows how important design artwork is to the completion and production of a postage stamp. Common artistic themes, like the relationship between flowering plants and bees, will[...]
‘Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt’ 10:00 am
‘Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt’ @ Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Jan 2 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
‘Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt’ @ Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Although cats are great for internet memes now, felines were spiritual beings in ancient Egyptian times. The newly redesigned Freer | Sackler Galleries bring you this exclusive exhibit that mines the importance of the cat in society from the Middle Kingdom to the Byzantine Period, including their status in religious and political life. You’ll be able to[...]
‘Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia’ 10:00 am
‘Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia’ @ Freer | Sackler Galleries
Jan 2 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
‘Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia’ @ Freer | Sackler Galleries
More than two hundred pieces of Buddhist art comprise this new exhibit from the Freer | Sackler Galleries. Spread across two millennia, the works show Asia’s powerful Buddhist heritage. You’ll learn how the art is perceived to have sacred power, how Buddhists have engaged with the works, how the religious understanding of the pieces differs from[...]
‘Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: The Utopian Projects’ 10:00 am
‘Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: The Utopian Projects’ @ Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
Jan 2 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
‘Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: The Utopian Projects’ @ Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
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[...]
‘In the Library: Jost Amman and Sixteenth-Century Woodcut Illustration’ 10:00 am
‘In the Library: Jost Amman and Sixteenth-Century Woodcut Illustration’ @ National Gallery of Art
Jan 2 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
‘In the Library: Jost Amman and Sixteenth-Century Woodcut Illustration’ @ National Gallery of Art
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.
‘Making Room: Housing for a Changing America’ 10:00 am
‘Making Room: Housing for a Changing America’ @ National Building Museum
Jan 2 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
‘Making Room: Housing for a Changing America’ @ National Building Museum
Housing demands in America have shifted dramatically in the last 50 years. Nuclear families make up just 20% of America’s housing community today, compared to 40% in 1970. Nearly 30% of those looking for homes are single adults, a demand that has not yet been met by supply. The National Building Museum’s exhibit will explore how housing[...]
‘Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend’ 10:00 am
‘Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend’ @ Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Jan 2 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
‘Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend’ @ Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
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[...]
‘Painting Shakespeare’ 10:00 am
‘Painting Shakespeare’ @ Folger Shakespeare Library
Jan 2 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
‘Painting Shakespeare’ @ Folger Shakespeare Library
The Folger Shakespeare Library presents this exhibit that shows how Shakespeare has inspired artists from his time to today. Painting Shakespeare includes everything from oil sketches to grand masterpieces, with each piece a reflection of how important and influential the Bard’s plays and words have been throughout the last 400 years. You will see scenes from Shakespeare’s plays reimagined,[...]
‘The Message: New Media Works’ 10:00 am
‘The Message: New Media Works’ @ Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Jan 2 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
‘The Message: New Media Works’ @ Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Get acquainted with leading video artists from around the world in this spectacular audio/visual mash-up of an exhibit at the Hirshhorn. Five film and video installations that use music to great effect highlight different forms of communication in the digital age, from the concert to the music video to the web lecture. The videos will also[...]
‘Tomb of Christ’ 10:00 am
‘Tomb of Christ’ @ National Geographic Museum
Jan 2 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
‘Tomb of Christ’ @ National Geographic Museum
Take a three-dimensional journey into the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in this enthralling exhibit at the National Geographic Museum. This sacred location in Jerusalem is believed to be the site of where Jesus of Nazareth was crucified, as well as where he was buried and resurrected. The site recently underwent an extensive restoration, a[...]
‘Wall Flowers: Botanical Murals’ 10:00 am
‘Wall Flowers: Botanical Murals’ @ U.S. Botanic Garden
Jan 2 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
‘Wall Flowers: Botanical Murals’ @ U.S. Botanic Garden | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
The U.S. Botanic Garden presents this colorful new exhibit that may reframe how you view plant life. Large-scale murals from local artists will showcase plants through powerful colors and vibrant detail, highlighting the vital role that plants play in urban environments, not just suburban or rural ones. You’ll have a chance to admire botanical art in one[...]
Artist Soldiers 10:00 am
Artist Soldiers @ mithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Jan 2 @ 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[...]
Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today 10:00 am
Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today @ National Museum of Women in the Arts
Jan 2 @ 10:00 am
Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today @ National Museum of Women in the Arts
The National Museum of Women in the Arts has gathered work from 21 different black women artists for this new exhibit that showcases how abstract art can be used to communicate personal experiences. Pieces that use unconventional form and construction can be seen throughout the exhibit, including sculpture and large-scale paintings. Many of the artists on display[...]
Renoir and Friends: Luncheon of the Boating Party 10:00 am
Renoir and Friends: Luncheon of the Boating Party @ The Phillips Collection
Jan 2 @ 10:00 am
Renoir and Friends: Luncheon of the Boating Party @ The Phillips Collection
Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s most famous work, which permanently resides at America’s first museum of modern art, The Phillips Collection, is the focus of this new exhibit. Luncheon of the Boating Partyis an essential painting, and one with a fascinating story to boot. You will learn of artists, friends and other works that inspired Renoir’s painting in the first[...]
Rick Araluce: The Final Stop 10:00 am
Rick Araluce: The Final Stop @ Renwick Gallery
Jan 2 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Rick Araluce: The Final Stop @ Renwick Gallery
Rick Araluce’s first large-scale installation on the East Coast of the U.S. will turn the Renwick Gallery into an underground subway platform. This immersive work will make you feel as if you’re situated in a creepy, subterranean environment. Expect flickering lights and distant sounds as you wait for a train that may never come.
Secrets of the Lacquer Buddha 10:00 am
Secrets of the Lacquer Buddha @ Sackler Galleries
Jan 2 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Secrets of the Lacquer Buddha @ Sackler Galleries
This exhibit will mark the first time that every known sixth-century, life-size Chinese lacquer buddha sculpture will be displayed together. Secrets will also highlight how all three of the sculptures were made, revealing fascinating details, including what tree species the lacquer came from, what type of equipment was utilized and what type of burnt bone was mixed[...]
Subodh Gupta: ‘Terminal’ 10:00 am
Subodh Gupta: ‘Terminal’ @ Freer | Sackler Galleries
Jan 2 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Subodh Gupta: 'Terminal’ @ Freer | Sackler Galleries
A new large-scale installation from internationally appreciated artist Subodh Gupta resides in the Sackler Pavilion. Terminal is made from towers of brass containers that are connected by thread, creating a glimmering landscape. The spires within the installation range from one to 15 feet tall, reminding one of architectural features found on churches, temples and mosques.
Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry 10:00 am
Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry @ National Gallery of Art
Jan 2 @ 10:00 am
Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry @ National Gallery of Art
The National Gallery of Art hosts this landmark consideration of the artistic exchanges between Johannes Vermeer and his peers between 1650-1675. The exhibit features 65 works from Vermeer and fellow Dutch Golden Age painters, a group of artists that mastered depicting the domestic life of the time period through outstanding technique. Learn how these painters challenged and[...]
What Absence Is Made Of 10:00 am
What Absence Is Made Of @ Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
Jan 2 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
What Absence Is Made Of @ Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
The creative ways that absence is expressed throughout numerous forms of art is the topic of this new exhibit at the Hirshhorn. More than 70 works across seven decades make up the display, which include small-scale pieces that use mirroring effects to large-scale ruminations using simple materials. Visitors will be able to observe how leading artists[...]
‘Portraits of the World: Switzerland’ 11:30 am
‘Portraits of the World: Switzerland’ @ National Portrait Gallery
Jan 2 @ 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
‘Portraits of the World: Switzerland’ @ National Portrait Gallery
With this exhibit, the National Portrait Gallery begins a series that will highlight the global context of American portraiture. You can marvel at Swiss painter Ferdinand Hodler’s Femme en Extase, a portrait of the Italian dancer Giulia Leonardi. The piece embodies the theory of eurhythmics, which went on to change the concept of dance in America. Other Portrait[...]
‘Tamayo: The New York Years’ 11:30 am
‘Tamayo: The New York Years’ @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
Jan 2 @ 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
‘Tamayo: The New York Years’ @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
This exhibit will examine the incredible influences between the work of Rufino Tamayo and the American art scene, a first for a major museum. Tamayo was a Mexican artist who lived in New York City off and on for almost three decades, composing Modernist paintings that incorporated Mexican subjects into urban and dreamlike settings, as well[...]
‘The Faces of Battle: Americans at War, 9/11 to Now 11:30 am
‘The Faces of Battle: Americans at War, 9/11 to Now @ National Portrait Gallery
Jan 2 @ 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.
‘The Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers’ 11:30 am
‘The Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers’ @ National Portrait Gallery
Jan 2 @ 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
‘The Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers’ @ National Portrait Gallery
The work of famous artists like Winslow Homer and Dorothea Lange will be on display in this new exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery. The face of the American laborer has undergone radical change over time, and this development will be showcased across several genres of art. Roughly 75 pieces will be on display, depicting slaves,[...]
Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated) 11:30 am
Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated) @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
Jan 2 @ 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated) @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
Kara Walker daringly uses and reimagines 19th century portraits to confront observers with racial inequalities and injustices. In this exhibit, you can experience Walker’s thought-provoking interpretations, in which she overlays stenciled figures on original scenes depicted in Harper’s in an 1866 anthology of the Civil War. Walker’s images will be displayed next to the original prints, showing[...]
Lumia: Thomas Wilfred and the Art of Light 11:30 am
Lumia: Thomas Wilfred and the Art of Light @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
Jan 2 @ 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
Lumia: Thomas Wilfred and the Art of Light @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
Thomas Wilfred is one of the most underappreciated artists of the 20th century, but he will get his due with this special retrospective at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Wilfred’s light installations, which used sculptures to project moving images, were way ahead of their time. The exhibit features 15 of the artist’s innovative compositions, the first[...]
Recent Acquisitions at the National Portrait Gallery 11:30 am
Recent Acquisitions at the National Portrait Gallery @ National Portrait Gallery
Jan 2 @ 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
Recent Acquisitions at the National Portrait Gallery @ National Portrait Gallery
Savor some of the National Portrait Gallery’s newest additions in this special exhibit. You can marvel at works featuring Madeleine Albright, Spike Lee, Rita Moreno, Francis Scott Key and many more in this 27-piece display. See the story of America and witness the powerful impact of great portraiture as you journey through the fascinating collection.
‘An American in Paris’ 1:30 pm
‘An American in Paris’ @ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Jan 2 @ 1:30 pm – 7:30 pm
‘An American in Paris’ @ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
This Tony Award-winning musical comes to DC for the first time. Set in Paris after World War II, the play follows an American soldier and a French girl, each looking to begin a new life after the conflict. Featuring unforgettable music from George and Ira Gershwin, this acclaimed Broadway production will be a highlight of[...]
‘The Illusionists’ 3:00 pm
‘The Illusionists’ @ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Jan 2 @ 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm
‘The Illusionists’ @ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
After an outstanding run at the Kennedy Center in 2015, the world’s best-selling magic show returns to the illustrious venue in late December. Audiences of all ages will have their jaws dropped when they witness the world’s greatest illusionists, who will perform sophisticated magic and outrageous acts that must be seen to be believed. Tickets
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‘Crazy for You’
‘Crazy for You’ @ Signature Theatre
Jan 3 all-day
‘Crazy for You’ @ Signature Theatre
The music of the famous Gershwin brothers guides this Tony Award-winning holiday spectacular. When a banker heads to a small town to foreclose on its theater, his love of music causes him to revive it instead. This decision leads to mistaken identities, a love story and a whole lot of 1930s flair that audiences will[...]
‘Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe’
‘Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe’ @ Newseum
Jan 3 all-day
‘Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe’ @ Newseum
Newseum brings back one of its most popular exhibits in honor of JFK’s 100th birthday. More than 70 images from the Kennedys’ personal photographer, Jacques Lowe, will be on display. Lowe’s photos created the legend of the Kennedy presidency known as “Camelot,” showcasing the public and private life of one of America’s most famous families in[...]
‘Curve of Departure’
‘Curve of Departure’ @ Studio Theatre
Jan 3 all-day
‘Curve of Departure’ @ Studio Theatre
On the night before a funeral, an entire family descends upon a single room in a New Mexico hotel. The future is not clear as the family discusses absentees and logistics. Playwright Rachel Bonds dives into the dynamic among the relations, and how one decides how far they’ll go to help someone they owe nothing.[...]
‘Imaginary World of The Nutcracker’
‘Imaginary World of The Nutcracker’ @ ARTECHOUSE
Jan 3 all-day
‘Imaginary World of The Nutcracker’ @ ARTECHOUSE | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
ARTECHOUSE presents this interactive exhibit that brings one of the best winter stories to vibrant life. Characters from The Nutcracker will come to life through projections and digital displays that change as you move through them. Expect to see magic trees, snowflakes, toys and of course, the Nutcracker himself. The entire family will enjoy this immersive experience. Tickets
‘In the Tower: Anne Truitt’
‘In the Tower: Anne Truitt’ @ National Gallery of Art East Building
Jan 3 all-day
‘In the Tower: Anne Truitt’ @ National Gallery of Art East Building
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[...]
‘Les Misérables’
‘Les Misérables’ @ National Theatre
Jan 3 all-day
‘Les Misérables’ @ National Theatre
From the page to the stage to the big screen, Les Misérables has been dazzling audiences for more than 150 years. DC’s National Theatre welcomes the story’s newest production this month, fresh off an acclaimed two-and-a-half year run on Broadway. With its inspiring story and thrilling songs, this legendary play is sure to satisfy, whether it’s the first time[...]
‘Posing for the Camera – Gifts from Robert B. Menschel’
‘Posing for the Camera – Gifts from Robert B. Menschel’ @ National Gallery of Art
Jan 3 all-day
‘Posing for the Camera – Gifts from Robert B. Menschel’ @ National Gallery of Art
More than 60 photographs from the collection of Robert B. Menschel will be on display at the National Gallery of Art for this exhibition. Inside, visitors will discover how posing for a portrait changed as the medium evolved. Works in the exhibit stretch from the 1840s to the 1990s, and include portraits of famous figures such as[...]
Edvard Munch: Color in Context
Edvard Munch: Color in Context @ National Gallery of Art
Jan 3 all-day
Edvard Munch: Color in Context @ National Gallery of Art
Responsible for one of modern art’s most famous paintings, Edvard Munch was a Norwegian painter with strong ties to German Expressionism. The National Gallery of Art opens an exhibit containing 21 of his works on Sunday, Sept. 3, showcasing how Munch used color to invoke psychology and the spiritual world. Hours 
Jackson Pollock’s ‘Mural’
Jackson Pollock’s ‘Mural’ @ National Gallery of Art
Jan 3 all-day
Jackson Pollock’s 'Mural' @ National Gallery of Art
On loan from the University of Iowa Museum of Art, Jackson Pollock’s largest work will reside in the National Gallery of Art’s East Buildingthrough October of next year. Mural is nearly 20 feet long, a work originally commissioned by Peggy Guggenheim for her New York City home. The piece represents a dynamic shift in Pollock’s style, making it[...]
Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists 8:30 am
Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists @ Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building
Jan 3 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists @ Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building
The Library of Congress dug into its vaults to present this enlightening and in-depth exhibit on the immense contributions made by North American women to the art forms of illustration and cartooning. Drawn to Purpose stretches all the way back to the late 19th century, showing how women’s roles in the private and public sphere gradually increased, allowing for[...]
Christmas at Mount Vernon 9:00 am
Christmas at Mount Vernon @ George Washington’s Mount Vernon
Jan 3 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Christmas at Mount Vernon @ George Washington’s Mount Vernon
George Washington’s estate knows how to celebrate the holiday season like few other locales in the DMV area. During daylight hours, tour the gorgeous mansion, have holiday coffee and dessert with Martha Washington, witness chocolate-making demonstrations and hang out with the estate’s favorite pet, Aladdin the Camel. At nighttime, tour the estate by candlelight and on[...]
‘Beautiful Blooms: Flowering Plants on Stamps’ 10:00 am
‘Beautiful Blooms: Flowering Plants on Stamps’ @ National Postal Museum
Jan 3 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
‘Beautiful Blooms: Flowering Plants on Stamps’ @ National Postal Museum
The National Postal Museum highlights the role of the flowering plant on U.S. postage stamps over the last 50 years in this new exhibit. See developmental and final artwork that shows how important design artwork is to the completion and production of a postage stamp. Common artistic themes, like the relationship between flowering plants and bees, will[...]
‘Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt’ 10:00 am
‘Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt’ @ Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Jan 3 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
‘Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt’ @ Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Although cats are great for internet memes now, felines were spiritual beings in ancient Egyptian times. The newly redesigned Freer | Sackler Galleries bring you this exclusive exhibit that mines the importance of the cat in society from the Middle Kingdom to the Byzantine Period, including their status in religious and political life. You’ll be able to[...]
‘Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia’ 10:00 am
‘Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia’ @ Freer | Sackler Galleries
Jan 3 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
‘Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia’ @ Freer | Sackler Galleries
More than two hundred pieces of Buddhist art comprise this new exhibit from the Freer | Sackler Galleries. Spread across two millennia, the works show Asia’s powerful Buddhist heritage. You’ll learn how the art is perceived to have sacred power, how Buddhists have engaged with the works, how the religious understanding of the pieces differs from[...]
‘Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: The Utopian Projects’ 10:00 am
‘Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: The Utopian Projects’ @ Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
Jan 3 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
‘Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: The Utopian Projects’ @ Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
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[...]
‘In the Library: Jost Amman and Sixteenth-Century Woodcut Illustration’ 10:00 am
‘In the Library: Jost Amman and Sixteenth-Century Woodcut Illustration’ @ National Gallery of Art
Jan 3 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
‘In the Library: Jost Amman and Sixteenth-Century Woodcut Illustration’ @ National Gallery of Art
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.
‘Making Room: Housing for a Changing America’ 10:00 am
‘Making Room: Housing for a Changing America’ @ National Building Museum
Jan 3 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
‘Making Room: Housing for a Changing America’ @ National Building Museum
Housing demands in America have shifted dramatically in the last 50 years. Nuclear families make up just 20% of America’s housing community today, compared to 40% in 1970. Nearly 30% of those looking for homes are single adults, a demand that has not yet been met by supply. The National Building Museum’s exhibit will explore how housing[...]
‘Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend’ 10:00 am
‘Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend’ @ Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Jan 3 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
‘Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend’ @ Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
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[...]
‘Painting Shakespeare’ 10:00 am
‘Painting Shakespeare’ @ Folger Shakespeare Library
Jan 3 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
‘Painting Shakespeare’ @ Folger Shakespeare Library
The Folger Shakespeare Library presents this exhibit that shows how Shakespeare has inspired artists from his time to today. Painting Shakespeare includes everything from oil sketches to grand masterpieces, with each piece a reflection of how important and influential the Bard’s plays and words have been throughout the last 400 years. You will see scenes from Shakespeare’s plays reimagined,[...]
‘The Message: New Media Works’ 10:00 am
‘The Message: New Media Works’ @ Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Jan 3 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
‘The Message: New Media Works’ @ Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Get acquainted with leading video artists from around the world in this spectacular audio/visual mash-up of an exhibit at the Hirshhorn. Five film and video installations that use music to great effect highlight different forms of communication in the digital age, from the concert to the music video to the web lecture. The videos will also[...]
‘Tomb of Christ’ 10:00 am
‘Tomb of Christ’ @ National Geographic Museum
Jan 3 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
‘Tomb of Christ’ @ National Geographic Museum
Take a three-dimensional journey into the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in this enthralling exhibit at the National Geographic Museum. This sacred location in Jerusalem is believed to be the site of where Jesus of Nazareth was crucified, as well as where he was buried and resurrected. The site recently underwent an extensive restoration, a[...]
‘Wall Flowers: Botanical Murals’ 10:00 am
‘Wall Flowers: Botanical Murals’ @ U.S. Botanic Garden
Jan 3 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
‘Wall Flowers: Botanical Murals’ @ U.S. Botanic Garden | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
The U.S. Botanic Garden presents this colorful new exhibit that may reframe how you view plant life. Large-scale murals from local artists will showcase plants through powerful colors and vibrant detail, highlighting the vital role that plants play in urban environments, not just suburban or rural ones. You’ll have a chance to admire botanical art in one[...]
Artist Soldiers 10:00 am
Artist Soldiers @ mithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Jan 3 @ 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[...]
Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today 10:00 am
Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today @ National Museum of Women in the Arts
Jan 3 @ 10:00 am
Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today @ National Museum of Women in the Arts
The National Museum of Women in the Arts has gathered work from 21 different black women artists for this new exhibit that showcases how abstract art can be used to communicate personal experiences. Pieces that use unconventional form and construction can be seen throughout the exhibit, including sculpture and large-scale paintings. Many of the artists on display[...]
Renoir and Friends: Luncheon of the Boating Party 10:00 am
Renoir and Friends: Luncheon of the Boating Party @ The Phillips Collection
Jan 3 @ 10:00 am
Renoir and Friends: Luncheon of the Boating Party @ The Phillips Collection
Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s most famous work, which permanently resides at America’s first museum of modern art, The Phillips Collection, is the focus of this new exhibit. Luncheon of the Boating Partyis an essential painting, and one with a fascinating story to boot. You will learn of artists, friends and other works that inspired Renoir’s painting in the first[...]
Rick Araluce: The Final Stop 10:00 am
Rick Araluce: The Final Stop @ Renwick Gallery
Jan 3 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Rick Araluce: The Final Stop @ Renwick Gallery
Rick Araluce’s first large-scale installation on the East Coast of the U.S. will turn the Renwick Gallery into an underground subway platform. This immersive work will make you feel as if you’re situated in a creepy, subterranean environment. Expect flickering lights and distant sounds as you wait for a train that may never come.
Secrets of the Lacquer Buddha 10:00 am
Secrets of the Lacquer Buddha @ Sackler Galleries
Jan 3 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Secrets of the Lacquer Buddha @ Sackler Galleries
This exhibit will mark the first time that every known sixth-century, life-size Chinese lacquer buddha sculpture will be displayed together. Secrets will also highlight how all three of the sculptures were made, revealing fascinating details, including what tree species the lacquer came from, what type of equipment was utilized and what type of burnt bone was mixed[...]
Subodh Gupta: ‘Terminal’ 10:00 am
Subodh Gupta: ‘Terminal’ @ Freer | Sackler Galleries
Jan 3 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Subodh Gupta: 'Terminal’ @ Freer | Sackler Galleries
A new large-scale installation from internationally appreciated artist Subodh Gupta resides in the Sackler Pavilion. Terminal is made from towers of brass containers that are connected by thread, creating a glimmering landscape. The spires within the installation range from one to 15 feet tall, reminding one of architectural features found on churches, temples and mosques.
Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry 10:00 am
Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry @ National Gallery of Art
Jan 3 @ 10:00 am
Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry @ National Gallery of Art
The National Gallery of Art hosts this landmark consideration of the artistic exchanges between Johannes Vermeer and his peers between 1650-1675. The exhibit features 65 works from Vermeer and fellow Dutch Golden Age painters, a group of artists that mastered depicting the domestic life of the time period through outstanding technique. Learn how these painters challenged and[...]
What Absence Is Made Of 10:00 am
What Absence Is Made Of @ Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
Jan 3 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
What Absence Is Made Of @ Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
The creative ways that absence is expressed throughout numerous forms of art is the topic of this new exhibit at the Hirshhorn. More than 70 works across seven decades make up the display, which include small-scale pieces that use mirroring effects to large-scale ruminations using simple materials. Visitors will be able to observe how leading artists[...]
‘Portraits of the World: Switzerland’ 11:30 am
‘Portraits of the World: Switzerland’ @ National Portrait Gallery
Jan 3 @ 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
‘Portraits of the World: Switzerland’ @ National Portrait Gallery
With this exhibit, the National Portrait Gallery begins a series that will highlight the global context of American portraiture. You can marvel at Swiss painter Ferdinand Hodler’s Femme en Extase, a portrait of the Italian dancer Giulia Leonardi. The piece embodies the theory of eurhythmics, which went on to change the concept of dance in America. Other Portrait[...]
‘Tamayo: The New York Years’ 11:30 am
‘Tamayo: The New York Years’ @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
Jan 3 @ 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
‘Tamayo: The New York Years’ @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
This exhibit will examine the incredible influences between the work of Rufino Tamayo and the American art scene, a first for a major museum. Tamayo was a Mexican artist who lived in New York City off and on for almost three decades, composing Modernist paintings that incorporated Mexican subjects into urban and dreamlike settings, as well[...]
‘The Faces of Battle: Americans at War, 9/11 to Now 11:30 am
‘The Faces of Battle: Americans at War, 9/11 to Now @ National Portrait Gallery
Jan 3 @ 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.
‘The Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers’ 11:30 am
‘The Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers’ @ National Portrait Gallery
Jan 3 @ 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
‘The Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers’ @ National Portrait Gallery
The work of famous artists like Winslow Homer and Dorothea Lange will be on display in this new exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery. The face of the American laborer has undergone radical change over time, and this development will be showcased across several genres of art. Roughly 75 pieces will be on display, depicting slaves,[...]
Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated) 11:30 am
Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated) @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
Jan 3 @ 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated) @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
Kara Walker daringly uses and reimagines 19th century portraits to confront observers with racial inequalities and injustices. In this exhibit, you can experience Walker’s thought-provoking interpretations, in which she overlays stenciled figures on original scenes depicted in Harper’s in an 1866 anthology of the Civil War. Walker’s images will be displayed next to the original prints, showing[...]
Lumia: Thomas Wilfred and the Art of Light 11:30 am
Lumia: Thomas Wilfred and the Art of Light @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
Jan 3 @ 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
Lumia: Thomas Wilfred and the Art of Light @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
Thomas Wilfred is one of the most underappreciated artists of the 20th century, but he will get his due with this special retrospective at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Wilfred’s light installations, which used sculptures to project moving images, were way ahead of their time. The exhibit features 15 of the artist’s innovative compositions, the first[...]
Recent Acquisitions at the National Portrait Gallery 11:30 am
Recent Acquisitions at the National Portrait Gallery @ National Portrait Gallery
Jan 3 @ 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
Recent Acquisitions at the National Portrait Gallery @ National Portrait Gallery
Savor some of the National Portrait Gallery’s newest additions in this special exhibit. You can marvel at works featuring Madeleine Albright, Spike Lee, Rita Moreno, Francis Scott Key and many more in this 27-piece display. See the story of America and witness the powerful impact of great portraiture as you journey through the fascinating collection.
‘An American in Paris’ 1:30 pm
‘An American in Paris’ @ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Jan 3 @ 1:30 pm – 7:30 pm
‘An American in Paris’ @ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
This Tony Award-winning musical comes to DC for the first time. Set in Paris after World War II, the play follows an American soldier and a French girl, each looking to begin a new life after the conflict. Featuring unforgettable music from George and Ira Gershwin, this acclaimed Broadway production will be a highlight of[...]
‘The Illusionists’ 3:00 pm
‘The Illusionists’ @ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Jan 3 @ 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm
‘The Illusionists’ @ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
After an outstanding run at the Kennedy Center in 2015, the world’s best-selling magic show returns to the illustrious venue in late December. Audiences of all ages will have their jaws dropped when they witness the world’s greatest illusionists, who will perform sophisticated magic and outrageous acts that must be seen to be believed. Tickets
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‘Crazy for You’
‘Crazy for You’ @ Signature Theatre
Jan 4 all-day
‘Crazy for You’ @ Signature Theatre
The music of the famous Gershwin brothers guides this Tony Award-winning holiday spectacular. When a banker heads to a small town to foreclose on its theater, his love of music causes him to revive it instead. This decision leads to mistaken identities, a love story and a whole lot of 1930s flair that audiences will[...]
‘Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe’
‘Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe’ @ Newseum
Jan 4 all-day
‘Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe’ @ Newseum
Newseum brings back one of its most popular exhibits in honor of JFK’s 100th birthday. More than 70 images from the Kennedys’ personal photographer, Jacques Lowe, will be on display. Lowe’s photos created the legend of the Kennedy presidency known as “Camelot,” showcasing the public and private life of one of America’s most famous families in[...]
‘Curve of Departure’
‘Curve of Departure’ @ Studio Theatre
Jan 4 all-day
‘Curve of Departure’ @ Studio Theatre
On the night before a funeral, an entire family descends upon a single room in a New Mexico hotel. The future is not clear as the family discusses absentees and logistics. Playwright Rachel Bonds dives into the dynamic among the relations, and how one decides how far they’ll go to help someone they owe nothing.[...]
‘Imaginary World of The Nutcracker’
‘Imaginary World of The Nutcracker’ @ ARTECHOUSE
Jan 4 all-day
‘Imaginary World of The Nutcracker’ @ ARTECHOUSE | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
ARTECHOUSE presents this interactive exhibit that brings one of the best winter stories to vibrant life. Characters from The Nutcracker will come to life through projections and digital displays that change as you move through them. Expect to see magic trees, snowflakes, toys and of course, the Nutcracker himself. The entire family will enjoy this immersive experience. Tickets
‘In the Tower: Anne Truitt’
‘In the Tower: Anne Truitt’ @ National Gallery of Art East Building
Jan 4 all-day
‘In the Tower: Anne Truitt’ @ National Gallery of Art East Building
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[...]
‘Les Misérables’
‘Les Misérables’ @ National Theatre
Jan 4 all-day
‘Les Misérables’ @ National Theatre
From the page to the stage to the big screen, Les Misérables has been dazzling audiences for more than 150 years. DC’s National Theatre welcomes the story’s newest production this month, fresh off an acclaimed two-and-a-half year run on Broadway. With its inspiring story and thrilling songs, this legendary play is sure to satisfy, whether it’s the first time[...]
‘Posing for the Camera – Gifts from Robert B. Menschel’
‘Posing for the Camera – Gifts from Robert B. Menschel’ @ National Gallery of Art
Jan 4 all-day
‘Posing for the Camera – Gifts from Robert B. Menschel’ @ National Gallery of Art
More than 60 photographs from the collection of Robert B. Menschel will be on display at the National Gallery of Art for this exhibition. Inside, visitors will discover how posing for a portrait changed as the medium evolved. Works in the exhibit stretch from the 1840s to the 1990s, and include portraits of famous figures such as[...]
Edvard Munch: Color in Context
Edvard Munch: Color in Context @ National Gallery of Art
Jan 4 all-day
Edvard Munch: Color in Context @ National Gallery of Art
Responsible for one of modern art’s most famous paintings, Edvard Munch was a Norwegian painter with strong ties to German Expressionism. The National Gallery of Art opens an exhibit containing 21 of his works on Sunday, Sept. 3, showcasing how Munch used color to invoke psychology and the spiritual world. Hours 
Jackson Pollock’s ‘Mural’
Jackson Pollock’s ‘Mural’ @ National Gallery of Art
Jan 4 all-day
Jackson Pollock’s 'Mural' @ National Gallery of Art
On loan from the University of Iowa Museum of Art, Jackson Pollock’s largest work will reside in the National Gallery of Art’s East Buildingthrough October of next year. Mural is nearly 20 feet long, a work originally commissioned by Peggy Guggenheim for her New York City home. The piece represents a dynamic shift in Pollock’s style, making it[...]
Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists 8:30 am
Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists @ Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building
Jan 4 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists @ Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building
The Library of Congress dug into its vaults to present this enlightening and in-depth exhibit on the immense contributions made by North American women to the art forms of illustration and cartooning. Drawn to Purpose stretches all the way back to the late 19th century, showing how women’s roles in the private and public sphere gradually increased, allowing for[...]
Christmas at Mount Vernon 9:00 am
Christmas at Mount Vernon @ George Washington’s Mount Vernon
Jan 4 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Christmas at Mount Vernon @ George Washington’s Mount Vernon
George Washington’s estate knows how to celebrate the holiday season like few other locales in the DMV area. During daylight hours, tour the gorgeous mansion, have holiday coffee and dessert with Martha Washington, witness chocolate-making demonstrations and hang out with the estate’s favorite pet, Aladdin the Camel. At nighttime, tour the estate by candlelight and on[...]
‘Beautiful Blooms: Flowering Plants on Stamps’ 10:00 am
‘Beautiful Blooms: Flowering Plants on Stamps’ @ National Postal Museum
Jan 4 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
‘Beautiful Blooms: Flowering Plants on Stamps’ @ National Postal Museum
The National Postal Museum highlights the role of the flowering plant on U.S. postage stamps over the last 50 years in this new exhibit. See developmental and final artwork that shows how important design artwork is to the completion and production of a postage stamp. Common artistic themes, like the relationship between flowering plants and bees, will[...]
‘Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt’ 10:00 am
‘Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt’ @ Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Jan 4 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
‘Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt’ @ Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Although cats are great for internet memes now, felines were spiritual beings in ancient Egyptian times. The newly redesigned Freer | Sackler Galleries bring you this exclusive exhibit that mines the importance of the cat in society from the Middle Kingdom to the Byzantine Period, including their status in religious and political life. You’ll be able to[...]
‘Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia’ 10:00 am
‘Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia’ @ Freer | Sackler Galleries
Jan 4 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
‘Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia’ @ Freer | Sackler Galleries
More than two hundred pieces of Buddhist art comprise this new exhibit from the Freer | Sackler Galleries. Spread across two millennia, the works show Asia’s powerful Buddhist heritage. You’ll learn how the art is perceived to have sacred power, how Buddhists have engaged with the works, how the religious understanding of the pieces differs from[...]
‘Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: The Utopian Projects’ 10:00 am
‘Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: The Utopian Projects’ @ Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
Jan 4 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
‘Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: The Utopian Projects’ @ Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
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[...]
‘In the Library: Jost Amman and Sixteenth-Century Woodcut Illustration’ 10:00 am
‘In the Library: Jost Amman and Sixteenth-Century Woodcut Illustration’ @ National Gallery of Art
Jan 4 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
‘In the Library: Jost Amman and Sixteenth-Century Woodcut Illustration’ @ National Gallery of Art
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.
‘Making Room: Housing for a Changing America’ 10:00 am
‘Making Room: Housing for a Changing America’ @ National Building Museum
Jan 4 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
‘Making Room: Housing for a Changing America’ @ National Building Museum
Housing demands in America have shifted dramatically in the last 50 years. Nuclear families make up just 20% of America’s housing community today, compared to 40% in 1970. Nearly 30% of those looking for homes are single adults, a demand that has not yet been met by supply. The National Building Museum’s exhibit will explore how housing[...]
‘Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend’ 10:00 am
‘Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend’ @ Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Jan 4 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
‘Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend’ @ Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
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[...]
‘Painting Shakespeare’ 10:00 am
‘Painting Shakespeare’ @ Folger Shakespeare Library
Jan 4 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
‘Painting Shakespeare’ @ Folger Shakespeare Library
The Folger Shakespeare Library presents this exhibit that shows how Shakespeare has inspired artists from his time to today. Painting Shakespeare includes everything from oil sketches to grand masterpieces, with each piece a reflection of how important and influential the Bard’s plays and words have been throughout the last 400 years. You will see scenes from Shakespeare’s plays reimagined,[...]
‘The Message: New Media Works’ 10:00 am
‘The Message: New Media Works’ @ Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Jan 4 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
‘The Message: New Media Works’ @ Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Get acquainted with leading video artists from around the world in this spectacular audio/visual mash-up of an exhibit at the Hirshhorn. Five film and video installations that use music to great effect highlight different forms of communication in the digital age, from the concert to the music video to the web lecture. The videos will also[...]
‘Tomb of Christ’ 10:00 am
‘Tomb of Christ’ @ National Geographic Museum
Jan 4 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
‘Tomb of Christ’ @ National Geographic Museum
Take a three-dimensional journey into the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in this enthralling exhibit at the National Geographic Museum. This sacred location in Jerusalem is believed to be the site of where Jesus of Nazareth was crucified, as well as where he was buried and resurrected. The site recently underwent an extensive restoration, a[...]
‘Wall Flowers: Botanical Murals’ 10:00 am
‘Wall Flowers: Botanical Murals’ @ U.S. Botanic Garden
Jan 4 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
‘Wall Flowers: Botanical Murals’ @ U.S. Botanic Garden | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
The U.S. Botanic Garden presents this colorful new exhibit that may reframe how you view plant life. Large-scale murals from local artists will showcase plants through powerful colors and vibrant detail, highlighting the vital role that plants play in urban environments, not just suburban or rural ones. You’ll have a chance to admire botanical art in one[...]
Artist Soldiers 10:00 am
Artist Soldiers @ mithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Jan 4 @ 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[...]
Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today 10:00 am
Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today @ National Museum of Women in the Arts
Jan 4 @ 10:00 am
Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today @ National Museum of Women in the Arts
The National Museum of Women in the Arts has gathered work from 21 different black women artists for this new exhibit that showcases how abstract art can be used to communicate personal experiences. Pieces that use unconventional form and construction can be seen throughout the exhibit, including sculpture and large-scale paintings. Many of the artists on display[...]
Renoir and Friends: Luncheon of the Boating Party 10:00 am
Renoir and Friends: Luncheon of the Boating Party @ The Phillips Collection
Jan 4 @ 10:00 am
Renoir and Friends: Luncheon of the Boating Party @ The Phillips Collection
Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s most famous work, which permanently resides at America’s first museum of modern art, The Phillips Collection, is the focus of this new exhibit. Luncheon of the Boating Partyis an essential painting, and one with a fascinating story to boot. You will learn of artists, friends and other works that inspired Renoir’s painting in the first[...]
Rick Araluce: The Final Stop 10:00 am
Rick Araluce: The Final Stop @ Renwick Gallery
Jan 4 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Rick Araluce: The Final Stop @ Renwick Gallery
Rick Araluce’s first large-scale installation on the East Coast of the U.S. will turn the Renwick Gallery into an underground subway platform. This immersive work will make you feel as if you’re situated in a creepy, subterranean environment. Expect flickering lights and distant sounds as you wait for a train that may never come.
Secrets of the Lacquer Buddha 10:00 am
Secrets of the Lacquer Buddha @ Sackler Galleries
Jan 4 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Secrets of the Lacquer Buddha @ Sackler Galleries
This exhibit will mark the first time that every known sixth-century, life-size Chinese lacquer buddha sculpture will be displayed together. Secrets will also highlight how all three of the sculptures were made, revealing fascinating details, including what tree species the lacquer came from, what type of equipment was utilized and what type of burnt bone was mixed[...]
Subodh Gupta: ‘Terminal’ 10:00 am
Subodh Gupta: ‘Terminal’ @ Freer | Sackler Galleries
Jan 4 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Subodh Gupta: 'Terminal’ @ Freer | Sackler Galleries
A new large-scale installation from internationally appreciated artist Subodh Gupta resides in the Sackler Pavilion. Terminal is made from towers of brass containers that are connected by thread, creating a glimmering landscape. The spires within the installation range from one to 15 feet tall, reminding one of architectural features found on churches, temples and mosques.
Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry 10:00 am
Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry @ National Gallery of Art
Jan 4 @ 10:00 am
Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry @ National Gallery of Art
The National Gallery of Art hosts this landmark consideration of the artistic exchanges between Johannes Vermeer and his peers between 1650-1675. The exhibit features 65 works from Vermeer and fellow Dutch Golden Age painters, a group of artists that mastered depicting the domestic life of the time period through outstanding technique. Learn how these painters challenged and[...]
What Absence Is Made Of 10:00 am
What Absence Is Made Of @ Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
Jan 4 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
What Absence Is Made Of @ Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
The creative ways that absence is expressed throughout numerous forms of art is the topic of this new exhibit at the Hirshhorn. More than 70 works across seven decades make up the display, which include small-scale pieces that use mirroring effects to large-scale ruminations using simple materials. Visitors will be able to observe how leading artists[...]
‘Portraits of the World: Switzerland’ 11:30 am
‘Portraits of the World: Switzerland’ @ National Portrait Gallery
Jan 4 @ 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
‘Portraits of the World: Switzerland’ @ National Portrait Gallery
With this exhibit, the National Portrait Gallery begins a series that will highlight the global context of American portraiture. You can marvel at Swiss painter Ferdinand Hodler’s Femme en Extase, a portrait of the Italian dancer Giulia Leonardi. The piece embodies the theory of eurhythmics, which went on to change the concept of dance in America. Other Portrait[...]
‘Tamayo: The New York Years’ 11:30 am
‘Tamayo: The New York Years’ @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
Jan 4 @ 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
‘Tamayo: The New York Years’ @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
This exhibit will examine the incredible influences between the work of Rufino Tamayo and the American art scene, a first for a major museum. Tamayo was a Mexican artist who lived in New York City off and on for almost three decades, composing Modernist paintings that incorporated Mexican subjects into urban and dreamlike settings, as well[...]
‘The Faces of Battle: Americans at War, 9/11 to Now 11:30 am
‘The Faces of Battle: Americans at War, 9/11 to Now @ National Portrait Gallery
Jan 4 @ 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.
‘The Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers’ 11:30 am
‘The Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers’ @ National Portrait Gallery
Jan 4 @ 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
‘The Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers’ @ National Portrait Gallery
The work of famous artists like Winslow Homer and Dorothea Lange will be on display in this new exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery. The face of the American laborer has undergone radical change over time, and this development will be showcased across several genres of art. Roughly 75 pieces will be on display, depicting slaves,[...]
Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated) 11:30 am
Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated) @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
Jan 4 @ 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated) @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
Kara Walker daringly uses and reimagines 19th century portraits to confront observers with racial inequalities and injustices. In this exhibit, you can experience Walker’s thought-provoking interpretations, in which she overlays stenciled figures on original scenes depicted in Harper’s in an 1866 anthology of the Civil War. Walker’s images will be displayed next to the original prints, showing[...]
Lumia: Thomas Wilfred and the Art of Light 11:30 am
Lumia: Thomas Wilfred and the Art of Light @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
Jan 4 @ 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
Lumia: Thomas Wilfred and the Art of Light @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
Thomas Wilfred is one of the most underappreciated artists of the 20th century, but he will get his due with this special retrospective at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Wilfred’s light installations, which used sculptures to project moving images, were way ahead of their time. The exhibit features 15 of the artist’s innovative compositions, the first[...]
Recent Acquisitions at the National Portrait Gallery 11:30 am
Recent Acquisitions at the National Portrait Gallery @ National Portrait Gallery
Jan 4 @ 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
Recent Acquisitions at the National Portrait Gallery @ National Portrait Gallery
Savor some of the National Portrait Gallery’s newest additions in this special exhibit. You can marvel at works featuring Madeleine Albright, Spike Lee, Rita Moreno, Francis Scott Key and many more in this 27-piece display. See the story of America and witness the powerful impact of great portraiture as you journey through the fascinating collection.
‘An American in Paris’ 1:30 pm
‘An American in Paris’ @ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Jan 4 @ 1:30 pm – 7:30 pm
‘An American in Paris’ @ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
This Tony Award-winning musical comes to DC for the first time. Set in Paris after World War II, the play follows an American soldier and a French girl, each looking to begin a new life after the conflict. Featuring unforgettable music from George and Ira Gershwin, this acclaimed Broadway production will be a highlight of[...]
‘The Illusionists’ 3:00 pm
‘The Illusionists’ @ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Jan 4 @ 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm
‘The Illusionists’ @ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
After an outstanding run at the Kennedy Center in 2015, the world’s best-selling magic show returns to the illustrious venue in late December. Audiences of all ages will have their jaws dropped when they witness the world’s greatest illusionists, who will perform sophisticated magic and outrageous acts that must be seen to be believed. Tickets
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‘Crazy for You’
‘Crazy for You’ @ Signature Theatre
Jan 5 all-day
‘Crazy for You’ @ Signature Theatre
The music of the famous Gershwin brothers guides this Tony Award-winning holiday spectacular. When a banker heads to a small town to foreclose on its theater, his love of music causes him to revive it instead. This decision leads to mistaken identities, a love story and a whole lot of 1930s flair that audiences will[...]
‘Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe’
‘Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe’ @ Newseum
Jan 5 all-day
‘Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe’ @ Newseum
Newseum brings back one of its most popular exhibits in honor of JFK’s 100th birthday. More than 70 images from the Kennedys’ personal photographer, Jacques Lowe, will be on display. Lowe’s photos created the legend of the Kennedy presidency known as “Camelot,” showcasing the public and private life of one of America’s most famous families in[...]
‘Curve of Departure’
‘Curve of Departure’ @ Studio Theatre
Jan 5 all-day
‘Curve of Departure’ @ Studio Theatre
On the night before a funeral, an entire family descends upon a single room in a New Mexico hotel. The future is not clear as the family discusses absentees and logistics. Playwright Rachel Bonds dives into the dynamic among the relations, and how one decides how far they’ll go to help someone they owe nothing.[...]
‘Imaginary World of The Nutcracker’
‘Imaginary World of The Nutcracker’ @ ARTECHOUSE
Jan 5 all-day
‘Imaginary World of The Nutcracker’ @ ARTECHOUSE | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
ARTECHOUSE presents this interactive exhibit that brings one of the best winter stories to vibrant life. Characters from The Nutcracker will come to life through projections and digital displays that change as you move through them. Expect to see magic trees, snowflakes, toys and of course, the Nutcracker himself. The entire family will enjoy this immersive experience. Tickets
‘In the Tower: Anne Truitt’
‘In the Tower: Anne Truitt’ @ National Gallery of Art East Building
Jan 5 all-day
‘In the Tower: Anne Truitt’ @ National Gallery of Art East Building
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[...]
‘Les Misérables’
‘Les Misérables’ @ National Theatre
Jan 5 all-day
‘Les Misérables’ @ National Theatre
From the page to the stage to the big screen, Les Misérables has been dazzling audiences for more than 150 years. DC’s National Theatre welcomes the story’s newest production this month, fresh off an acclaimed two-and-a-half year run on Broadway. With its inspiring story and thrilling songs, this legendary play is sure to satisfy, whether it’s the first time[...]
‘Posing for the Camera – Gifts from Robert B. Menschel’
‘Posing for the Camera – Gifts from Robert B. Menschel’ @ National Gallery of Art
Jan 5 all-day
‘Posing for the Camera – Gifts from Robert B. Menschel’ @ National Gallery of Art
More than 60 photographs from the collection of Robert B. Menschel will be on display at the National Gallery of Art for this exhibition. Inside, visitors will discover how posing for a portrait changed as the medium evolved. Works in the exhibit stretch from the 1840s to the 1990s, and include portraits of famous figures such as[...]
Edvard Munch: Color in Context
Edvard Munch: Color in Context @ National Gallery of Art
Jan 5 all-day
Edvard Munch: Color in Context @ National Gallery of Art
Responsible for one of modern art’s most famous paintings, Edvard Munch was a Norwegian painter with strong ties to German Expressionism. The National Gallery of Art opens an exhibit containing 21 of his works on Sunday, Sept. 3, showcasing how Munch used color to invoke psychology and the spiritual world. Hours 
Jackson Pollock’s ‘Mural’
Jackson Pollock’s ‘Mural’ @ National Gallery of Art
Jan 5 all-day
Jackson Pollock’s 'Mural' @ National Gallery of Art
On loan from the University of Iowa Museum of Art, Jackson Pollock’s largest work will reside in the National Gallery of Art’s East Buildingthrough October of next year. Mural is nearly 20 feet long, a work originally commissioned by Peggy Guggenheim for her New York City home. The piece represents a dynamic shift in Pollock’s style, making it[...]
Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists 8:30 am
Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists @ Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building
Jan 5 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists @ Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building
The Library of Congress dug into its vaults to present this enlightening and in-depth exhibit on the immense contributions made by North American women to the art forms of illustration and cartooning. Drawn to Purpose stretches all the way back to the late 19th century, showing how women’s roles in the private and public sphere gradually increased, allowing for[...]
Christmas at Mount Vernon 9:00 am
Christmas at Mount Vernon @ George Washington’s Mount Vernon
Jan 5 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Christmas at Mount Vernon @ George Washington’s Mount Vernon
George Washington’s estate knows how to celebrate the holiday season like few other locales in the DMV area. During daylight hours, tour the gorgeous mansion, have holiday coffee and dessert with Martha Washington, witness chocolate-making demonstrations and hang out with the estate’s favorite pet, Aladdin the Camel. At nighttime, tour the estate by candlelight and on[...]
‘Beautiful Blooms: Flowering Plants on Stamps’ 10:00 am
‘Beautiful Blooms: Flowering Plants on Stamps’ @ National Postal Museum
Jan 5 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
‘Beautiful Blooms: Flowering Plants on Stamps’ @ National Postal Museum
The National Postal Museum highlights the role of the flowering plant on U.S. postage stamps over the last 50 years in this new exhibit. See developmental and final artwork that shows how important design artwork is to the completion and production of a postage stamp. Common artistic themes, like the relationship between flowering plants and bees, will[...]
‘Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt’ 10:00 am
‘Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt’ @ Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Jan 5 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
‘Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt’ @ Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Although cats are great for internet memes now, felines were spiritual beings in ancient Egyptian times. The newly redesigned Freer | Sackler Galleries bring you this exclusive exhibit that mines the importance of the cat in society from the Middle Kingdom to the Byzantine Period, including their status in religious and political life. You’ll be able to[...]
‘Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia’ 10:00 am
‘Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia’ @ Freer | Sackler Galleries
Jan 5 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
‘Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia’ @ Freer | Sackler Galleries
More than two hundred pieces of Buddhist art comprise this new exhibit from the Freer | Sackler Galleries. Spread across two millennia, the works show Asia’s powerful Buddhist heritage. You’ll learn how the art is perceived to have sacred power, how Buddhists have engaged with the works, how the religious understanding of the pieces differs from[...]
‘Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: The Utopian Projects’ 10:00 am
‘Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: The Utopian Projects’ @ Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
Jan 5 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
‘Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: The Utopian Projects’ @ Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
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[...]
‘In the Library: Jost Amman and Sixteenth-Century Woodcut Illustration’ 10:00 am
‘In the Library: Jost Amman and Sixteenth-Century Woodcut Illustration’ @ National Gallery of Art
Jan 5 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
‘In the Library: Jost Amman and Sixteenth-Century Woodcut Illustration’ @ National Gallery of Art
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.
‘Making Room: Housing for a Changing America’ 10:00 am
‘Making Room: Housing for a Changing America’ @ National Building Museum
Jan 5 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
‘Making Room: Housing for a Changing America’ @ National Building Museum
Housing demands in America have shifted dramatically in the last 50 years. Nuclear families make up just 20% of America’s housing community today, compared to 40% in 1970. Nearly 30% of those looking for homes are single adults, a demand that has not yet been met by supply. The National Building Museum’s exhibit will explore how housing[...]
‘Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend’ 10:00 am
‘Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend’ @ Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Jan 5 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
‘Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend’ @ Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
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[...]
‘Painting Shakespeare’ 10:00 am
‘Painting Shakespeare’ @ Folger Shakespeare Library
Jan 5 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
‘Painting Shakespeare’ @ Folger Shakespeare Library
The Folger Shakespeare Library presents this exhibit that shows how Shakespeare has inspired artists from his time to today. Painting Shakespeare includes everything from oil sketches to grand masterpieces, with each piece a reflection of how important and influential the Bard’s plays and words have been throughout the last 400 years. You will see scenes from Shakespeare’s plays reimagined,[...]
‘The Message: New Media Works’ 10:00 am
‘The Message: New Media Works’ @ Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Jan 5 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
‘The Message: New Media Works’ @ Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Get acquainted with leading video artists from around the world in this spectacular audio/visual mash-up of an exhibit at the Hirshhorn. Five film and video installations that use music to great effect highlight different forms of communication in the digital age, from the concert to the music video to the web lecture. The videos will also[...]
‘Tomb of Christ’ 10:00 am
‘Tomb of Christ’ @ National Geographic Museum
Jan 5 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
‘Tomb of Christ’ @ National Geographic Museum
Take a three-dimensional journey into the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in this enthralling exhibit at the National Geographic Museum. This sacred location in Jerusalem is believed to be the site of where Jesus of Nazareth was crucified, as well as where he was buried and resurrected. The site recently underwent an extensive restoration, a[...]
‘Wall Flowers: Botanical Murals’ 10:00 am
‘Wall Flowers: Botanical Murals’ @ U.S. Botanic Garden
Jan 5 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
‘Wall Flowers: Botanical Murals’ @ U.S. Botanic Garden | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
The U.S. Botanic Garden presents this colorful new exhibit that may reframe how you view plant life. Large-scale murals from local artists will showcase plants through powerful colors and vibrant detail, highlighting the vital role that plants play in urban environments, not just suburban or rural ones. You’ll have a chance to admire botanical art in one[...]
Artist Soldiers 10:00 am
Artist Soldiers @ mithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Jan 5 @ 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[...]
Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today 10:00 am
Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today @ National Museum of Women in the Arts
Jan 5 @ 10:00 am
Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today @ National Museum of Women in the Arts
The National Museum of Women in the Arts has gathered work from 21 different black women artists for this new exhibit that showcases how abstract art can be used to communicate personal experiences. Pieces that use unconventional form and construction can be seen throughout the exhibit, including sculpture and large-scale paintings. Many of the artists on display[...]
Renoir and Friends: Luncheon of the Boating Party 10:00 am
Renoir and Friends: Luncheon of the Boating Party @ The Phillips Collection
Jan 5 @ 10:00 am
Renoir and Friends: Luncheon of the Boating Party @ The Phillips Collection
Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s most famous work, which permanently resides at America’s first museum of modern art, The Phillips Collection, is the focus of this new exhibit. Luncheon of the Boating Partyis an essential painting, and one with a fascinating story to boot. You will learn of artists, friends and other works that inspired Renoir’s painting in the first[...]
Rick Araluce: The Final Stop 10:00 am
Rick Araluce: The Final Stop @ Renwick Gallery
Jan 5 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Rick Araluce: The Final Stop @ Renwick Gallery
Rick Araluce’s first large-scale installation on the East Coast of the U.S. will turn the Renwick Gallery into an underground subway platform. This immersive work will make you feel as if you’re situated in a creepy, subterranean environment. Expect flickering lights and distant sounds as you wait for a train that may never come.
Secrets of the Lacquer Buddha 10:00 am
Secrets of the Lacquer Buddha @ Sackler Galleries
Jan 5 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Secrets of the Lacquer Buddha @ Sackler Galleries
This exhibit will mark the first time that every known sixth-century, life-size Chinese lacquer buddha sculpture will be displayed together. Secrets will also highlight how all three of the sculptures were made, revealing fascinating details, including what tree species the lacquer came from, what type of equipment was utilized and what type of burnt bone was mixed[...]
Subodh Gupta: ‘Terminal’ 10:00 am
Subodh Gupta: ‘Terminal’ @ Freer | Sackler Galleries
Jan 5 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Subodh Gupta: 'Terminal’ @ Freer | Sackler Galleries
A new large-scale installation from internationally appreciated artist Subodh Gupta resides in the Sackler Pavilion. Terminal is made from towers of brass containers that are connected by thread, creating a glimmering landscape. The spires within the installation range from one to 15 feet tall, reminding one of architectural features found on churches, temples and mosques.
Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry 10:00 am
Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry @ National Gallery of Art
Jan 5 @ 10:00 am
Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry @ National Gallery of Art
The National Gallery of Art hosts this landmark consideration of the artistic exchanges between Johannes Vermeer and his peers between 1650-1675. The exhibit features 65 works from Vermeer and fellow Dutch Golden Age painters, a group of artists that mastered depicting the domestic life of the time period through outstanding technique. Learn how these painters challenged and[...]
What Absence Is Made Of 10:00 am
What Absence Is Made Of @ Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
Jan 5 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
What Absence Is Made Of @ Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
The creative ways that absence is expressed throughout numerous forms of art is the topic of this new exhibit at the Hirshhorn. More than 70 works across seven decades make up the display, which include small-scale pieces that use mirroring effects to large-scale ruminations using simple materials. Visitors will be able to observe how leading artists[...]
‘Portraits of the World: Switzerland’ 11:30 am
‘Portraits of the World: Switzerland’ @ National Portrait Gallery
Jan 5 @ 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
‘Portraits of the World: Switzerland’ @ National Portrait Gallery
With this exhibit, the National Portrait Gallery begins a series that will highlight the global context of American portraiture. You can marvel at Swiss painter Ferdinand Hodler’s Femme en Extase, a portrait of the Italian dancer Giulia Leonardi. The piece embodies the theory of eurhythmics, which went on to change the concept of dance in America. Other Portrait[...]
‘Tamayo: The New York Years’ 11:30 am
‘Tamayo: The New York Years’ @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
Jan 5 @ 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
‘Tamayo: The New York Years’ @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
This exhibit will examine the incredible influences between the work of Rufino Tamayo and the American art scene, a first for a major museum. Tamayo was a Mexican artist who lived in New York City off and on for almost three decades, composing Modernist paintings that incorporated Mexican subjects into urban and dreamlike settings, as well[...]
‘The Faces of Battle: Americans at War, 9/11 to Now 11:30 am
‘The Faces of Battle: Americans at War, 9/11 to Now @ National Portrait Gallery
Jan 5 @ 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.
‘The Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers’ 11:30 am
‘The Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers’ @ National Portrait Gallery
Jan 5 @ 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
‘The Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers’ @ National Portrait Gallery
The work of famous artists like Winslow Homer and Dorothea Lange will be on display in this new exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery. The face of the American laborer has undergone radical change over time, and this development will be showcased across several genres of art. Roughly 75 pieces will be on display, depicting slaves,[...]
Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated) 11:30 am
Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated) @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
Jan 5 @ 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated) @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
Kara Walker daringly uses and reimagines 19th century portraits to confront observers with racial inequalities and injustices. In this exhibit, you can experience Walker’s thought-provoking interpretations, in which she overlays stenciled figures on original scenes depicted in Harper’s in an 1866 anthology of the Civil War. Walker’s images will be displayed next to the original prints, showing[...]
Lumia: Thomas Wilfred and the Art of Light 11:30 am
Lumia: Thomas Wilfred and the Art of Light @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
Jan 5 @ 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
Lumia: Thomas Wilfred and the Art of Light @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
Thomas Wilfred is one of the most underappreciated artists of the 20th century, but he will get his due with this special retrospective at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Wilfred’s light installations, which used sculptures to project moving images, were way ahead of their time. The exhibit features 15 of the artist’s innovative compositions, the first[...]
Recent Acquisitions at the National Portrait Gallery 11:30 am
Recent Acquisitions at the National Portrait Gallery @ National Portrait Gallery
Jan 5 @ 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
Recent Acquisitions at the National Portrait Gallery @ National Portrait Gallery
Savor some of the National Portrait Gallery’s newest additions in this special exhibit. You can marvel at works featuring Madeleine Albright, Spike Lee, Rita Moreno, Francis Scott Key and many more in this 27-piece display. See the story of America and witness the powerful impact of great portraiture as you journey through the fascinating collection.
‘An American in Paris’ 1:30 pm
‘An American in Paris’ @ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Jan 5 @ 1:30 pm – 7:30 pm
‘An American in Paris’ @ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
This Tony Award-winning musical comes to DC for the first time. Set in Paris after World War II, the play follows an American soldier and a French girl, each looking to begin a new life after the conflict. Featuring unforgettable music from George and Ira Gershwin, this acclaimed Broadway production will be a highlight of[...]
‘The Illusionists’ 3:00 pm
‘The Illusionists’ @ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Jan 5 @ 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm
‘The Illusionists’ @ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
After an outstanding run at the Kennedy Center in 2015, the world’s best-selling magic show returns to the illustrious venue in late December. Audiences of all ages will have their jaws dropped when they witness the world’s greatest illusionists, who will perform sophisticated magic and outrageous acts that must be seen to be believed. Tickets
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‘4,380 Nights’
‘4,380 Nights’ @ Signature Theatre
Jan 6 all-day
‘4,380 Nights’ @ Signature Theatre | Arlington | Virginia | United States
Playwright Annalisa Dias examines post-9/11 America in this timely Signature Theatre play that is presented as part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival. The title references the amount of days that Malik Djamal Ahmad Essaid has been held in the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center without charge. Split between Essaid’s interactions with those on the outside and historical[...]
‘Crazy for You’
‘Crazy for You’ @ Signature Theatre
Jan 6 all-day
‘Crazy for You’ @ Signature Theatre
The music of the famous Gershwin brothers guides this Tony Award-winning holiday spectacular. When a banker heads to a small town to foreclose on its theater, his love of music causes him to revive it instead. This decision leads to mistaken identities, a love story and a whole lot of 1930s flair that audiences will[...]
‘Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe’
‘Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe’ @ Newseum
Jan 6 all-day
‘Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe’ @ Newseum
Newseum brings back one of its most popular exhibits in honor of JFK’s 100th birthday. More than 70 images from the Kennedys’ personal photographer, Jacques Lowe, will be on display. Lowe’s photos created the legend of the Kennedy presidency known as “Camelot,” showcasing the public and private life of one of America’s most famous families in[...]
‘Curve of Departure’
‘Curve of Departure’ @ Studio Theatre
Jan 6 all-day
‘Curve of Departure’ @ Studio Theatre
On the night before a funeral, an entire family descends upon a single room in a New Mexico hotel. The future is not clear as the family discusses absentees and logistics. Playwright Rachel Bonds dives into the dynamic among the relations, and how one decides how far they’ll go to help someone they owe nothing.[...]
‘Imaginary World of The Nutcracker’
‘Imaginary World of The Nutcracker’ @ ARTECHOUSE
Jan 6 all-day
‘Imaginary World of The Nutcracker’ @ ARTECHOUSE | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
ARTECHOUSE presents this interactive exhibit that brings one of the best winter stories to vibrant life. Characters from The Nutcracker will come to life through projections and digital displays that change as you move through them. Expect to see magic trees, snowflakes, toys and of course, the Nutcracker himself. The entire family will enjoy this immersive experience. Tickets
‘In the Tower: Anne Truitt’
‘In the Tower: Anne Truitt’ @ National Gallery of Art East Building
Jan 6 all-day
‘In the Tower: Anne Truitt’ @ National Gallery of Art East Building
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[...]
‘Les Misérables’
‘Les Misérables’ @ National Theatre
Jan 6 all-day
‘Les Misérables’ @ National Theatre
From the page to the stage to the big screen, Les Misérables has been dazzling audiences for more than 150 years. DC’s National Theatre welcomes the story’s newest production this month, fresh off an acclaimed two-and-a-half year run on Broadway. With its inspiring story and thrilling songs, this legendary play is sure to satisfy, whether it’s the first time[...]
‘Posing for the Camera – Gifts from Robert B. Menschel’
‘Posing for the Camera – Gifts from Robert B. Menschel’ @ National Gallery of Art
Jan 6 all-day
‘Posing for the Camera – Gifts from Robert B. Menschel’ @ National Gallery of Art
More than 60 photographs from the collection of Robert B. Menschel will be on display at the National Gallery of Art for this exhibition. Inside, visitors will discover how posing for a portrait changed as the medium evolved. Works in the exhibit stretch from the 1840s to the 1990s, and include portraits of famous figures such as[...]
Edvard Munch: Color in Context
Edvard Munch: Color in Context @ National Gallery of Art
Jan 6 all-day
Edvard Munch: Color in Context @ National Gallery of Art
Responsible for one of modern art’s most famous paintings, Edvard Munch was a Norwegian painter with strong ties to German Expressionism. The National Gallery of Art opens an exhibit containing 21 of his works on Sunday, Sept. 3, showcasing how Munch used color to invoke psychology and the spiritual world. Hours 
Jackson Pollock’s ‘Mural’
Jackson Pollock’s ‘Mural’ @ National Gallery of Art
Jan 6 all-day
Jackson Pollock’s 'Mural' @ National Gallery of Art
On loan from the University of Iowa Museum of Art, Jackson Pollock’s largest work will reside in the National Gallery of Art’s East Buildingthrough October of next year. Mural is nearly 20 feet long, a work originally commissioned by Peggy Guggenheim for her New York City home. The piece represents a dynamic shift in Pollock’s style, making it[...]
Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists 8:30 am
Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists @ Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building
Jan 6 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists @ Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building
The Library of Congress dug into its vaults to present this enlightening and in-depth exhibit on the immense contributions made by North American women to the art forms of illustration and cartooning. Drawn to Purpose stretches all the way back to the late 19th century, showing how women’s roles in the private and public sphere gradually increased, allowing for[...]
Christmas at Mount Vernon 9:00 am
Christmas at Mount Vernon @ George Washington’s Mount Vernon
Jan 6 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Christmas at Mount Vernon @ George Washington’s Mount Vernon
George Washington’s estate knows how to celebrate the holiday season like few other locales in the DMV area. During daylight hours, tour the gorgeous mansion, have holiday coffee and dessert with Martha Washington, witness chocolate-making demonstrations and hang out with the estate’s favorite pet, Aladdin the Camel. At nighttime, tour the estate by candlelight and on[...]
‘Beautiful Blooms: Flowering Plants on Stamps’ 10:00 am
‘Beautiful Blooms: Flowering Plants on Stamps’ @ National Postal Museum
Jan 6 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
‘Beautiful Blooms: Flowering Plants on Stamps’ @ National Postal Museum
The National Postal Museum highlights the role of the flowering plant on U.S. postage stamps over the last 50 years in this new exhibit. See developmental and final artwork that shows how important design artwork is to the completion and production of a postage stamp. Common artistic themes, like the relationship between flowering plants and bees, will[...]
‘Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt’ 10:00 am
‘Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt’ @ Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Jan 6 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
‘Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt’ @ Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Although cats are great for internet memes now, felines were spiritual beings in ancient Egyptian times. The newly redesigned Freer | Sackler Galleries bring you this exclusive exhibit that mines the importance of the cat in society from the Middle Kingdom to the Byzantine Period, including their status in religious and political life. You’ll be able to[...]
‘Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia’ 10:00 am
‘Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia’ @ Freer | Sackler Galleries
Jan 6 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
‘Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia’ @ Freer | Sackler Galleries
More than two hundred pieces of Buddhist art comprise this new exhibit from the Freer | Sackler Galleries. Spread across two millennia, the works show Asia’s powerful Buddhist heritage. You’ll learn how the art is perceived to have sacred power, how Buddhists have engaged with the works, how the religious understanding of the pieces differs from[...]
‘Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: The Utopian Projects’ 10:00 am
‘Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: The Utopian Projects’ @ Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
Jan 6 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
‘Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: The Utopian Projects’ @ Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
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[...]
‘Making Room: Housing for a Changing America’ 10:00 am
‘Making Room: Housing for a Changing America’ @ National Building Museum
Jan 6 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
‘Making Room: Housing for a Changing America’ @ National Building Museum
Housing demands in America have shifted dramatically in the last 50 years. Nuclear families make up just 20% of America’s housing community today, compared to 40% in 1970. Nearly 30% of those looking for homes are single adults, a demand that has not yet been met by supply. The National Building Museum’s exhibit will explore how housing[...]
‘Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend’ 10:00 am
‘Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend’ @ Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Jan 6 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
‘Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend’ @ Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
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[...]
‘Painting Shakespeare’ 10:00 am
‘Painting Shakespeare’ @ Folger Shakespeare Library
Jan 6 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
‘Painting Shakespeare’ @ Folger Shakespeare Library
The Folger Shakespeare Library presents this exhibit that shows how Shakespeare has inspired artists from his time to today. Painting Shakespeare includes everything from oil sketches to grand masterpieces, with each piece a reflection of how important and influential the Bard’s plays and words have been throughout the last 400 years. You will see scenes from Shakespeare’s plays reimagined,[...]
‘The Message: New Media Works’ 10:00 am
‘The Message: New Media Works’ @ Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Jan 6 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
‘The Message: New Media Works’ @ Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Get acquainted with leading video artists from around the world in this spectacular audio/visual mash-up of an exhibit at the Hirshhorn. Five film and video installations that use music to great effect highlight different forms of communication in the digital age, from the concert to the music video to the web lecture. The videos will also[...]
‘Tomb of Christ’ 10:00 am
‘Tomb of Christ’ @ National Geographic Museum
Jan 6 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
‘Tomb of Christ’ @ National Geographic Museum
Take a three-dimensional journey into the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in this enthralling exhibit at the National Geographic Museum. This sacred location in Jerusalem is believed to be the site of where Jesus of Nazareth was crucified, as well as where he was buried and resurrected. The site recently underwent an extensive restoration, a[...]
‘Wall Flowers: Botanical Murals’ 10:00 am
‘Wall Flowers: Botanical Murals’ @ U.S. Botanic Garden
Jan 6 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
‘Wall Flowers: Botanical Murals’ @ U.S. Botanic Garden | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
The U.S. Botanic Garden presents this colorful new exhibit that may reframe how you view plant life. Large-scale murals from local artists will showcase plants through powerful colors and vibrant detail, highlighting the vital role that plants play in urban environments, not just suburban or rural ones. You’ll have a chance to admire botanical art in one[...]
Artist Soldiers 10:00 am
Artist Soldiers @ mithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Jan 6 @ 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[...]
Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today 10:00 am
Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today @ National Museum of Women in the Arts
Jan 6 @ 10:00 am
Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today @ National Museum of Women in the Arts
The National Museum of Women in the Arts has gathered work from 21 different black women artists for this new exhibit that showcases how abstract art can be used to communicate personal experiences. Pieces that use unconventional form and construction can be seen throughout the exhibit, including sculpture and large-scale paintings. Many of the artists on display[...]
Renoir and Friends: Luncheon of the Boating Party 10:00 am
Renoir and Friends: Luncheon of the Boating Party @ The Phillips Collection
Jan 6 @ 10:00 am
Renoir and Friends: Luncheon of the Boating Party @ The Phillips Collection
Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s most famous work, which permanently resides at America’s first museum of modern art, The Phillips Collection, is the focus of this new exhibit. Luncheon of the Boating Partyis an essential painting, and one with a fascinating story to boot. You will learn of artists, friends and other works that inspired Renoir’s painting in the first[...]
Rick Araluce: The Final Stop 10:00 am
Rick Araluce: The Final Stop @ Renwick Gallery
Jan 6 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Rick Araluce: The Final Stop @ Renwick Gallery
Rick Araluce’s first large-scale installation on the East Coast of the U.S. will turn the Renwick Gallery into an underground subway platform. This immersive work will make you feel as if you’re situated in a creepy, subterranean environment. Expect flickering lights and distant sounds as you wait for a train that may never come.
Secrets of the Lacquer Buddha 10:00 am
Secrets of the Lacquer Buddha @ Sackler Galleries
Jan 6 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Secrets of the Lacquer Buddha @ Sackler Galleries
This exhibit will mark the first time that every known sixth-century, life-size Chinese lacquer buddha sculpture will be displayed together. Secrets will also highlight how all three of the sculptures were made, revealing fascinating details, including what tree species the lacquer came from, what type of equipment was utilized and what type of burnt bone was mixed[...]
Subodh Gupta: ‘Terminal’ 10:00 am
Subodh Gupta: ‘Terminal’ @ Freer | Sackler Galleries
Jan 6 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Subodh Gupta: 'Terminal’ @ Freer | Sackler Galleries
A new large-scale installation from internationally appreciated artist Subodh Gupta resides in the Sackler Pavilion. Terminal is made from towers of brass containers that are connected by thread, creating a glimmering landscape. The spires within the installation range from one to 15 feet tall, reminding one of architectural features found on churches, temples and mosques.
Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry 10:00 am
Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry @ National Gallery of Art
Jan 6 @ 10:00 am
Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry @ National Gallery of Art
The National Gallery of Art hosts this landmark consideration of the artistic exchanges between Johannes Vermeer and his peers between 1650-1675. The exhibit features 65 works from Vermeer and fellow Dutch Golden Age painters, a group of artists that mastered depicting the domestic life of the time period through outstanding technique. Learn how these painters challenged and[...]
What Absence Is Made Of 10:00 am
What Absence Is Made Of @ Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
Jan 6 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
What Absence Is Made Of @ Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
The creative ways that absence is expressed throughout numerous forms of art is the topic of this new exhibit at the Hirshhorn. More than 70 works across seven decades make up the display, which include small-scale pieces that use mirroring effects to large-scale ruminations using simple materials. Visitors will be able to observe how leading artists[...]
‘Portraits of the World: Switzerland’ 11:30 am
‘Portraits of the World: Switzerland’ @ National Portrait Gallery
Jan 6 @ 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
‘Portraits of the World: Switzerland’ @ National Portrait Gallery
With this exhibit, the National Portrait Gallery begins a series that will highlight the global context of American portraiture. You can marvel at Swiss painter Ferdinand Hodler’s Femme en Extase, a portrait of the Italian dancer Giulia Leonardi. The piece embodies the theory of eurhythmics, which went on to change the concept of dance in America. Other Portrait[...]
‘Tamayo: The New York Years’ 11:30 am
‘Tamayo: The New York Years’ @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
Jan 6 @ 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
‘Tamayo: The New York Years’ @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
This exhibit will examine the incredible influences between the work of Rufino Tamayo and the American art scene, a first for a major museum. Tamayo was a Mexican artist who lived in New York City off and on for almost three decades, composing Modernist paintings that incorporated Mexican subjects into urban and dreamlike settings, as well[...]
‘The Faces of Battle: Americans at War, 9/11 to Now 11:30 am
‘The Faces of Battle: Americans at War, 9/11 to Now @ National Portrait Gallery
Jan 6 @ 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.
‘The Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers’ 11:30 am
‘The Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers’ @ National Portrait Gallery
Jan 6 @ 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
‘The Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers’ @ National Portrait Gallery
The work of famous artists like Winslow Homer and Dorothea Lange will be on display in this new exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery. The face of the American laborer has undergone radical change over time, and this development will be showcased across several genres of art. Roughly 75 pieces will be on display, depicting slaves,[...]
Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated) 11:30 am
Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated) @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
Jan 6 @ 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated) @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
Kara Walker daringly uses and reimagines 19th century portraits to confront observers with racial inequalities and injustices. In this exhibit, you can experience Walker’s thought-provoking interpretations, in which she overlays stenciled figures on original scenes depicted in Harper’s in an 1866 anthology of the Civil War. Walker’s images will be displayed next to the original prints, showing[...]
Lumia: Thomas Wilfred and the Art of Light 11:30 am
Lumia: Thomas Wilfred and the Art of Light @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
Jan 6 @ 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
Lumia: Thomas Wilfred and the Art of Light @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
Thomas Wilfred is one of the most underappreciated artists of the 20th century, but he will get his due with this special retrospective at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Wilfred’s light installations, which used sculptures to project moving images, were way ahead of their time. The exhibit features 15 of the artist’s innovative compositions, the first[...]
Recent Acquisitions at the National Portrait Gallery 11:30 am
Recent Acquisitions at the National Portrait Gallery @ National Portrait Gallery
Jan 6 @ 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
Recent Acquisitions at the National Portrait Gallery @ National Portrait Gallery
Savor some of the National Portrait Gallery’s newest additions in this special exhibit. You can marvel at works featuring Madeleine Albright, Spike Lee, Rita Moreno, Francis Scott Key and many more in this 27-piece display. See the story of America and witness the powerful impact of great portraiture as you journey through the fascinating collection.
‘An American in Paris’ 1:30 pm
‘An American in Paris’ @ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Jan 6 @ 1:30 pm – 7:30 pm
‘An American in Paris’ @ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
This Tony Award-winning musical comes to DC for the first time. Set in Paris after World War II, the play follows an American soldier and a French girl, each looking to begin a new life after the conflict. Featuring unforgettable music from George and Ira Gershwin, this acclaimed Broadway production will be a highlight of[...]
‘The Illusionists’ 3:00 pm
‘The Illusionists’ @ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Jan 6 @ 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm
‘The Illusionists’ @ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
After an outstanding run at the Kennedy Center in 2015, the world’s best-selling magic show returns to the illustrious venue in late December. Audiences of all ages will have their jaws dropped when they witness the world’s greatest illusionists, who will perform sophisticated magic and outrageous acts that must be seen to be believed. Tickets
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‘4,380 Nights’
‘4,380 Nights’ @ Signature Theatre
Jan 7 all-day
‘4,380 Nights’ @ Signature Theatre | Arlington | Virginia | United States
Playwright Annalisa Dias examines post-9/11 America in this timely Signature Theatre play that is presented as part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival. The title references the amount of days that Malik Djamal Ahmad Essaid has been held in the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center without charge. Split between Essaid’s interactions with those on the outside and historical[...]
‘Crazy for You’
‘Crazy for You’ @ Signature Theatre
Jan 7 all-day
‘Crazy for You’ @ Signature Theatre
The music of the famous Gershwin brothers guides this Tony Award-winning holiday spectacular. When a banker heads to a small town to foreclose on its theater, his love of music causes him to revive it instead. This decision leads to mistaken identities, a love story and a whole lot of 1930s flair that audiences will[...]
‘Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe’
‘Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe’ @ Newseum
Jan 7 all-day
‘Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe’ @ Newseum
Newseum brings back one of its most popular exhibits in honor of JFK’s 100th birthday. More than 70 images from the Kennedys’ personal photographer, Jacques Lowe, will be on display. Lowe’s photos created the legend of the Kennedy presidency known as “Camelot,” showcasing the public and private life of one of America’s most famous families in[...]
‘Curve of Departure’
‘Curve of Departure’ @ Studio Theatre
Jan 7 all-day
‘Curve of Departure’ @ Studio Theatre
On the night before a funeral, an entire family descends upon a single room in a New Mexico hotel. The future is not clear as the family discusses absentees and logistics. Playwright Rachel Bonds dives into the dynamic among the relations, and how one decides how far they’ll go to help someone they owe nothing.[...]
‘Imaginary World of The Nutcracker’
‘Imaginary World of The Nutcracker’ @ ARTECHOUSE
Jan 7 all-day
‘Imaginary World of The Nutcracker’ @ ARTECHOUSE | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
ARTECHOUSE presents this interactive exhibit that brings one of the best winter stories to vibrant life. Characters from The Nutcracker will come to life through projections and digital displays that change as you move through them. Expect to see magic trees, snowflakes, toys and of course, the Nutcracker himself. The entire family will enjoy this immersive experience. Tickets
‘In the Tower: Anne Truitt’
‘In the Tower: Anne Truitt’ @ National Gallery of Art East Building
Jan 7 all-day
‘In the Tower: Anne Truitt’ @ National Gallery of Art East Building
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[...]
‘Les Misérables’
‘Les Misérables’ @ National Theatre
Jan 7 all-day
‘Les Misérables’ @ National Theatre
From the page to the stage to the big screen, Les Misérables has been dazzling audiences for more than 150 years. DC’s National Theatre welcomes the story’s newest production this month, fresh off an acclaimed two-and-a-half year run on Broadway. With its inspiring story and thrilling songs, this legendary play is sure to satisfy, whether it’s the first time[...]
‘Posing for the Camera – Gifts from Robert B. Menschel’
‘Posing for the Camera – Gifts from Robert B. Menschel’ @ National Gallery of Art
Jan 7 all-day
‘Posing for the Camera – Gifts from Robert B. Menschel’ @ National Gallery of Art
More than 60 photographs from the collection of Robert B. Menschel will be on display at the National Gallery of Art for this exhibition. Inside, visitors will discover how posing for a portrait changed as the medium evolved. Works in the exhibit stretch from the 1840s to the 1990s, and include portraits of famous figures such as[...]
Edvard Munch: Color in Context
Edvard Munch: Color in Context @ National Gallery of Art
Jan 7 all-day
Edvard Munch: Color in Context @ National Gallery of Art
Responsible for one of modern art’s most famous paintings, Edvard Munch was a Norwegian painter with strong ties to German Expressionism. The National Gallery of Art opens an exhibit containing 21 of his works on Sunday, Sept. 3, showcasing how Munch used color to invoke psychology and the spiritual world. Hours 
Jackson Pollock’s ‘Mural’
Jackson Pollock’s ‘Mural’ @ National Gallery of Art
Jan 7 all-day
Jackson Pollock’s 'Mural' @ National Gallery of Art
On loan from the University of Iowa Museum of Art, Jackson Pollock’s largest work will reside in the National Gallery of Art’s East Buildingthrough October of next year. Mural is nearly 20 feet long, a work originally commissioned by Peggy Guggenheim for her New York City home. The piece represents a dynamic shift in Pollock’s style, making it[...]
Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists 8:30 am
Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists @ Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building
Jan 7 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists @ Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building
The Library of Congress dug into its vaults to present this enlightening and in-depth exhibit on the immense contributions made by North American women to the art forms of illustration and cartooning. Drawn to Purpose stretches all the way back to the late 19th century, showing how women’s roles in the private and public sphere gradually increased, allowing for[...]
‘Beautiful Blooms: Flowering Plants on Stamps’ 10:00 am
‘Beautiful Blooms: Flowering Plants on Stamps’ @ National Postal Museum
Jan 7 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
‘Beautiful Blooms: Flowering Plants on Stamps’ @ National Postal Museum
The National Postal Museum highlights the role of the flowering plant on U.S. postage stamps over the last 50 years in this new exhibit. See developmental and final artwork that shows how important design artwork is to the completion and production of a postage stamp. Common artistic themes, like the relationship between flowering plants and bees, will[...]
‘Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt’ 10:00 am
‘Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt’ @ Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Jan 7 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
‘Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt’ @ Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Although cats are great for internet memes now, felines were spiritual beings in ancient Egyptian times. The newly redesigned Freer | Sackler Galleries bring you this exclusive exhibit that mines the importance of the cat in society from the Middle Kingdom to the Byzantine Period, including their status in religious and political life. You’ll be able to[...]
‘Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia’ 10:00 am
‘Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia’ @ Freer | Sackler Galleries
Jan 7 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
‘Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia’ @ Freer | Sackler Galleries
More than two hundred pieces of Buddhist art comprise this new exhibit from the Freer | Sackler Galleries. Spread across two millennia, the works show Asia’s powerful Buddhist heritage. You’ll learn how the art is perceived to have sacred power, how Buddhists have engaged with the works, how the religious understanding of the pieces differs from[...]
‘Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: The Utopian Projects’ 10:00 am
‘Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: The Utopian Projects’ @ Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
Jan 7 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
‘Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: The Utopian Projects’ @ Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
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[...]
‘Making Room: Housing for a Changing America’ 10:00 am
‘Making Room: Housing for a Changing America’ @ National Building Museum
Jan 7 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
‘Making Room: Housing for a Changing America’ @ National Building Museum
Housing demands in America have shifted dramatically in the last 50 years. Nuclear families make up just 20% of America’s housing community today, compared to 40% in 1970. Nearly 30% of those looking for homes are single adults, a demand that has not yet been met by supply. The National Building Museum’s exhibit will explore how housing[...]
‘Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend’ 10:00 am
‘Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend’ @ Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Jan 7 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
‘Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend’ @ Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
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[...]
‘Painting Shakespeare’ 10:00 am
‘Painting Shakespeare’ @ Folger Shakespeare Library
Jan 7 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
‘Painting Shakespeare’ @ Folger Shakespeare Library
The Folger Shakespeare Library presents this exhibit that shows how Shakespeare has inspired artists from his time to today. Painting Shakespeare includes everything from oil sketches to grand masterpieces, with each piece a reflection of how important and influential the Bard’s plays and words have been throughout the last 400 years. You will see scenes from Shakespeare’s plays reimagined,[...]
‘The Message: New Media Works’ 10:00 am
‘The Message: New Media Works’ @ Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Jan 7 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
‘The Message: New Media Works’ @ Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Get acquainted with leading video artists from around the world in this spectacular audio/visual mash-up of an exhibit at the Hirshhorn. Five film and video installations that use music to great effect highlight different forms of communication in the digital age, from the concert to the music video to the web lecture. The videos will also[...]
‘Tomb of Christ’ 10:00 am
‘Tomb of Christ’ @ National Geographic Museum
Jan 7 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
‘Tomb of Christ’ @ National Geographic Museum
Take a three-dimensional journey into the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in this enthralling exhibit at the National Geographic Museum. This sacred location in Jerusalem is believed to be the site of where Jesus of Nazareth was crucified, as well as where he was buried and resurrected. The site recently underwent an extensive restoration, a[...]
‘Wall Flowers: Botanical Murals’ 10:00 am
‘Wall Flowers: Botanical Murals’ @ U.S. Botanic Garden
Jan 7 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
‘Wall Flowers: Botanical Murals’ @ U.S. Botanic Garden | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
The U.S. Botanic Garden presents this colorful new exhibit that may reframe how you view plant life. Large-scale murals from local artists will showcase plants through powerful colors and vibrant detail, highlighting the vital role that plants play in urban environments, not just suburban or rural ones. You’ll have a chance to admire botanical art in one[...]
Artist Soldiers 10:00 am
Artist Soldiers @ mithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Jan 7 @ 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[...]
Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today 10:00 am
Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today @ National Museum of Women in the Arts
Jan 7 @ 10:00 am
Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today @ National Museum of Women in the Arts
The National Museum of Women in the Arts has gathered work from 21 different black women artists for this new exhibit that showcases how abstract art can be used to communicate personal experiences. Pieces that use unconventional form and construction can be seen throughout the exhibit, including sculpture and large-scale paintings. Many of the artists on display[...]
Renoir and Friends: Luncheon of the Boating Party 10:00 am
Renoir and Friends: Luncheon of the Boating Party @ The Phillips Collection
Jan 7 @ 10:00 am
Renoir and Friends: Luncheon of the Boating Party @ The Phillips Collection
Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s most famous work, which permanently resides at America’s first museum of modern art, The Phillips Collection, is the focus of this new exhibit. Luncheon of the Boating Partyis an essential painting, and one with a fascinating story to boot. You will learn of artists, friends and other works that inspired Renoir’s painting in the first[...]
Rick Araluce: The Final Stop 10:00 am
Rick Araluce: The Final Stop @ Renwick Gallery
Jan 7 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Rick Araluce: The Final Stop @ Renwick Gallery
Rick Araluce’s first large-scale installation on the East Coast of the U.S. will turn the Renwick Gallery into an underground subway platform. This immersive work will make you feel as if you’re situated in a creepy, subterranean environment. Expect flickering lights and distant sounds as you wait for a train that may never come.
Secrets of the Lacquer Buddha 10:00 am
Secrets of the Lacquer Buddha @ Sackler Galleries
Jan 7 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Secrets of the Lacquer Buddha @ Sackler Galleries
This exhibit will mark the first time that every known sixth-century, life-size Chinese lacquer buddha sculpture will be displayed together. Secrets will also highlight how all three of the sculptures were made, revealing fascinating details, including what tree species the lacquer came from, what type of equipment was utilized and what type of burnt bone was mixed[...]
Subodh Gupta: ‘Terminal’ 10:00 am
Subodh Gupta: ‘Terminal’ @ Freer | Sackler Galleries
Jan 7 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Subodh Gupta: 'Terminal’ @ Freer | Sackler Galleries
A new large-scale installation from internationally appreciated artist Subodh Gupta resides in the Sackler Pavilion. Terminal is made from towers of brass containers that are connected by thread, creating a glimmering landscape. The spires within the installation range from one to 15 feet tall, reminding one of architectural features found on churches, temples and mosques.
Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry 10:00 am
Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry @ National Gallery of Art
Jan 7 @ 10:00 am
Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry @ National Gallery of Art
The National Gallery of Art hosts this landmark consideration of the artistic exchanges between Johannes Vermeer and his peers between 1650-1675. The exhibit features 65 works from Vermeer and fellow Dutch Golden Age painters, a group of artists that mastered depicting the domestic life of the time period through outstanding technique. Learn how these painters challenged and[...]
What Absence Is Made Of 10:00 am
What Absence Is Made Of @ Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
Jan 7 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
What Absence Is Made Of @ Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
The creative ways that absence is expressed throughout numerous forms of art is the topic of this new exhibit at the Hirshhorn. More than 70 works across seven decades make up the display, which include small-scale pieces that use mirroring effects to large-scale ruminations using simple materials. Visitors will be able to observe how leading artists[...]
‘Portraits of the World: Switzerland’ 11:30 am
‘Portraits of the World: Switzerland’ @ National Portrait Gallery
Jan 7 @ 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
‘Portraits of the World: Switzerland’ @ National Portrait Gallery
With this exhibit, the National Portrait Gallery begins a series that will highlight the global context of American portraiture. You can marvel at Swiss painter Ferdinand Hodler’s Femme en Extase, a portrait of the Italian dancer Giulia Leonardi. The piece embodies the theory of eurhythmics, which went on to change the concept of dance in America. Other Portrait[...]
‘Tamayo: The New York Years’ 11:30 am
‘Tamayo: The New York Years’ @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
Jan 7 @ 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
‘Tamayo: The New York Years’ @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
This exhibit will examine the incredible influences between the work of Rufino Tamayo and the American art scene, a first for a major museum. Tamayo was a Mexican artist who lived in New York City off and on for almost three decades, composing Modernist paintings that incorporated Mexican subjects into urban and dreamlike settings, as well[...]
‘The Faces of Battle: Americans at War, 9/11 to Now 11:30 am
‘The Faces of Battle: Americans at War, 9/11 to Now @ National Portrait Gallery
Jan 7 @ 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.
‘The Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers’ 11:30 am
‘The Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers’ @ National Portrait Gallery
Jan 7 @ 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
‘The Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers’ @ National Portrait Gallery
The work of famous artists like Winslow Homer and Dorothea Lange will be on display in this new exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery. The face of the American laborer has undergone radical change over time, and this development will be showcased across several genres of art. Roughly 75 pieces will be on display, depicting slaves,[...]
Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated) 11:30 am
Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated) @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
Jan 7 @ 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated) @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
Kara Walker daringly uses and reimagines 19th century portraits to confront observers with racial inequalities and injustices. In this exhibit, you can experience Walker’s thought-provoking interpretations, in which she overlays stenciled figures on original scenes depicted in Harper’s in an 1866 anthology of the Civil War. Walker’s images will be displayed next to the original prints, showing[...]
Lumia: Thomas Wilfred and the Art of Light 11:30 am
Lumia: Thomas Wilfred and the Art of Light @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
Jan 7 @ 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
Lumia: Thomas Wilfred and the Art of Light @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
Thomas Wilfred is one of the most underappreciated artists of the 20th century, but he will get his due with this special retrospective at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Wilfred’s light installations, which used sculptures to project moving images, were way ahead of their time. The exhibit features 15 of the artist’s innovative compositions, the first[...]
Recent Acquisitions at the National Portrait Gallery 11:30 am
Recent Acquisitions at the National Portrait Gallery @ National Portrait Gallery
Jan 7 @ 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
Recent Acquisitions at the National Portrait Gallery @ National Portrait Gallery
Savor some of the National Portrait Gallery’s newest additions in this special exhibit. You can marvel at works featuring Madeleine Albright, Spike Lee, Rita Moreno, Francis Scott Key and many more in this 27-piece display. See the story of America and witness the powerful impact of great portraiture as you journey through the fascinating collection.
‘An American in Paris’ 1:30 pm
‘An American in Paris’ @ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Jan 7 @ 1:30 pm – 7:30 pm
‘An American in Paris’ @ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
This Tony Award-winning musical comes to DC for the first time. Set in Paris after World War II, the play follows an American soldier and a French girl, each looking to begin a new life after the conflict. Featuring unforgettable music from George and Ira Gershwin, this acclaimed Broadway production will be a highlight of[...]
‘The Illusionists’ 3:00 pm
‘The Illusionists’ @ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Jan 7 @ 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm
‘The Illusionists’ @ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
After an outstanding run at the Kennedy Center in 2015, the world’s best-selling magic show returns to the illustrious venue in late December. Audiences of all ages will have their jaws dropped when they witness the world’s greatest illusionists, who will perform sophisticated magic and outrageous acts that must be seen to be believed. Tickets
Washington Capitals vs. St. Louis Blues 3:00 pm
Washington Capitals vs. St. Louis Blues @ Capital One Arena
Jan 7 @ 3:00 pm
Washington Capitals vs. St. Louis Blues @ Capital One Arena | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
One of the best teams in the NHL’s Western Conference comes to Capital One Arena to take on DC’s beloved Washington Capitals. Alex Ovechkin and the Caps are currently in playoff position, as are the St. Louis Blues, who are led by high-scoring winger Vladimir Tarasenko, who hails from the same country as Mr. Ovechkin (Russia). The[...]
Boat Burning: Music for 100 Guitars 8:00 pm
Boat Burning: Music for 100 Guitars @ 9:30 Club
Jan 7 @ 8:00 pm
Boat Burning: Music for 100 Guitars @ 9:30 Club | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Boat Burning is an experimental guitar project that makes for a truly unique concert experience. This 9:30 Club show will feature more than 100 performers, as numerous instruments come together to create a powerful wall of sound that can sound both classical and very punk rock, with the incredible capabilities of the electric guitar at the center.[...]
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‘4,380 Nights’
‘4,380 Nights’ @ Signature Theatre
Jan 8 all-day
‘4,380 Nights’ @ Signature Theatre | Arlington | Virginia | United States
Playwright Annalisa Dias examines post-9/11 America in this timely Signature Theatre play that is presented as part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival. The title references the amount of days that Malik Djamal Ahmad Essaid has been held in the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center without charge. Split between Essaid’s interactions with those on the outside and historical[...]
‘Crazy for You’
‘Crazy for You’ @ Signature Theatre
Jan 8 all-day
‘Crazy for You’ @ Signature Theatre
The music of the famous Gershwin brothers guides this Tony Award-winning holiday spectacular. When a banker heads to a small town to foreclose on its theater, his love of music causes him to revive it instead. This decision leads to mistaken identities, a love story and a whole lot of 1930s flair that audiences will[...]
‘In the Tower: Anne Truitt’
‘In the Tower: Anne Truitt’ @ National Gallery of Art East Building
Jan 8 all-day
‘In the Tower: Anne Truitt’ @ National Gallery of Art East Building
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[...]
‘Posing for the Camera – Gifts from Robert B. Menschel’
‘Posing for the Camera – Gifts from Robert B. Menschel’ @ National Gallery of Art
Jan 8 all-day
‘Posing for the Camera – Gifts from Robert B. Menschel’ @ National Gallery of Art
More than 60 photographs from the collection of Robert B. Menschel will be on display at the National Gallery of Art for this exhibition. Inside, visitors will discover how posing for a portrait changed as the medium evolved. Works in the exhibit stretch from the 1840s to the 1990s, and include portraits of famous figures such as[...]
Edvard Munch: Color in Context
Edvard Munch: Color in Context @ National Gallery of Art
Jan 8 all-day
Edvard Munch: Color in Context @ National Gallery of Art
Responsible for one of modern art’s most famous paintings, Edvard Munch was a Norwegian painter with strong ties to German Expressionism. The National Gallery of Art opens an exhibit containing 21 of his works on Sunday, Sept. 3, showcasing how Munch used color to invoke psychology and the spiritual world. Hours 
Jackson Pollock’s ‘Mural’
Jackson Pollock’s ‘Mural’ @ National Gallery of Art
Jan 8 all-day
Jackson Pollock’s 'Mural' @ National Gallery of Art
On loan from the University of Iowa Museum of Art, Jackson Pollock’s largest work will reside in the National Gallery of Art’s East Buildingthrough October of next year. Mural is nearly 20 feet long, a work originally commissioned by Peggy Guggenheim for her New York City home. The piece represents a dynamic shift in Pollock’s style, making it[...]
Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists 8:30 am
Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists @ Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building
Jan 8 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists @ Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building
The Library of Congress dug into its vaults to present this enlightening and in-depth exhibit on the immense contributions made by North American women to the art forms of illustration and cartooning. Drawn to Purpose stretches all the way back to the late 19th century, showing how women’s roles in the private and public sphere gradually increased, allowing for[...]
‘Beautiful Blooms: Flowering Plants on Stamps’ 10:00 am
‘Beautiful Blooms: Flowering Plants on Stamps’ @ National Postal Museum
Jan 8 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
‘Beautiful Blooms: Flowering Plants on Stamps’ @ National Postal Museum
The National Postal Museum highlights the role of the flowering plant on U.S. postage stamps over the last 50 years in this new exhibit. See developmental and final artwork that shows how important design artwork is to the completion and production of a postage stamp. Common artistic themes, like the relationship between flowering plants and bees, will[...]
‘Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt’ 10:00 am
‘Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt’ @ Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Jan 8 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
‘Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt’ @ Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Although cats are great for internet memes now, felines were spiritual beings in ancient Egyptian times. The newly redesigned Freer | Sackler Galleries bring you this exclusive exhibit that mines the importance of the cat in society from the Middle Kingdom to the Byzantine Period, including their status in religious and political life. You’ll be able to[...]
‘Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia’ 10:00 am
‘Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia’ @ Freer | Sackler Galleries
Jan 8 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
‘Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia’ @ Freer | Sackler Galleries
More than two hundred pieces of Buddhist art comprise this new exhibit from the Freer | Sackler Galleries. Spread across two millennia, the works show Asia’s powerful Buddhist heritage. You’ll learn how the art is perceived to have sacred power, how Buddhists have engaged with the works, how the religious understanding of the pieces differs from[...]
‘Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: The Utopian Projects’ 10:00 am
‘Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: The Utopian Projects’ @ Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
Jan 8 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
‘Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: The Utopian Projects’ @ Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
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[...]
‘Making Room: Housing for a Changing America’ 10:00 am
‘Making Room: Housing for a Changing America’ @ National Building Museum
Jan 8 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
‘Making Room: Housing for a Changing America’ @ National Building Museum
Housing demands in America have shifted dramatically in the last 50 years. Nuclear families make up just 20% of America’s housing community today, compared to 40% in 1970. Nearly 30% of those looking for homes are single adults, a demand that has not yet been met by supply. The National Building Museum’s exhibit will explore how housing[...]
‘Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend’ 10:00 am
‘Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend’ @ Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Jan 8 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
‘Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend’ @ Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
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[...]
‘Painting Shakespeare’ 10:00 am
‘Painting Shakespeare’ @ Folger Shakespeare Library
Jan 8 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
‘Painting Shakespeare’ @ Folger Shakespeare Library
The Folger Shakespeare Library presents this exhibit that shows how Shakespeare has inspired artists from his time to today. Painting Shakespeare includes everything from oil sketches to grand masterpieces, with each piece a reflection of how important and influential the Bard’s plays and words have been throughout the last 400 years. You will see scenes from Shakespeare’s plays reimagined,[...]
‘The Message: New Media Works’ 10:00 am
‘The Message: New Media Works’ @ Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Jan 8 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
‘The Message: New Media Works’ @ Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Get acquainted with leading video artists from around the world in this spectacular audio/visual mash-up of an exhibit at the Hirshhorn. Five film and video installations that use music to great effect highlight different forms of communication in the digital age, from the concert to the music video to the web lecture. The videos will also[...]
‘Tomb of Christ’ 10:00 am
‘Tomb of Christ’ @ National Geographic Museum
Jan 8 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
‘Tomb of Christ’ @ National Geographic Museum
Take a three-dimensional journey into the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in this enthralling exhibit at the National Geographic Museum. This sacred location in Jerusalem is believed to be the site of where Jesus of Nazareth was crucified, as well as where he was buried and resurrected. The site recently underwent an extensive restoration, a[...]
‘Wall Flowers: Botanical Murals’ 10:00 am
‘Wall Flowers: Botanical Murals’ @ U.S. Botanic Garden
Jan 8 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
‘Wall Flowers: Botanical Murals’ @ U.S. Botanic Garden | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
The U.S. Botanic Garden presents this colorful new exhibit that may reframe how you view plant life. Large-scale murals from local artists will showcase plants through powerful colors and vibrant detail, highlighting the vital role that plants play in urban environments, not just suburban or rural ones. You’ll have a chance to admire botanical art in one[...]
Artist Soldiers 10:00 am
Artist Soldiers @ mithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Jan 8 @ 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[...]
Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today 10:00 am
Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today @ National Museum of Women in the Arts
Jan 8 @ 10:00 am
Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today @ National Museum of Women in the Arts
The National Museum of Women in the Arts has gathered work from 21 different black women artists for this new exhibit that showcases how abstract art can be used to communicate personal experiences. Pieces that use unconventional form and construction can be seen throughout the exhibit, including sculpture and large-scale paintings. Many of the artists on display[...]
Rick Araluce: The Final Stop 10:00 am
Rick Araluce: The Final Stop @ Renwick Gallery
Jan 8 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Rick Araluce: The Final Stop @ Renwick Gallery
Rick Araluce’s first large-scale installation on the East Coast of the U.S. will turn the Renwick Gallery into an underground subway platform. This immersive work will make you feel as if you’re situated in a creepy, subterranean environment. Expect flickering lights and distant sounds as you wait for a train that may never come.
Secrets of the Lacquer Buddha 10:00 am
Secrets of the Lacquer Buddha @ Sackler Galleries
Jan 8 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Secrets of the Lacquer Buddha @ Sackler Galleries
This exhibit will mark the first time that every known sixth-century, life-size Chinese lacquer buddha sculpture will be displayed together. Secrets will also highlight how all three of the sculptures were made, revealing fascinating details, including what tree species the lacquer came from, what type of equipment was utilized and what type of burnt bone was mixed[...]
Subodh Gupta: ‘Terminal’ 10:00 am
Subodh Gupta: ‘Terminal’ @ Freer | Sackler Galleries
Jan 8 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Subodh Gupta: 'Terminal’ @ Freer | Sackler Galleries
A new large-scale installation from internationally appreciated artist Subodh Gupta resides in the Sackler Pavilion. Terminal is made from towers of brass containers that are connected by thread, creating a glimmering landscape. The spires within the installation range from one to 15 feet tall, reminding one of architectural features found on churches, temples and mosques.
Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry 10:00 am
Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry @ National Gallery of Art
Jan 8 @ 10:00 am
Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry @ National Gallery of Art
The National Gallery of Art hosts this landmark consideration of the artistic exchanges between Johannes Vermeer and his peers between 1650-1675. The exhibit features 65 works from Vermeer and fellow Dutch Golden Age painters, a group of artists that mastered depicting the domestic life of the time period through outstanding technique. Learn how these painters challenged and[...]
What Absence Is Made Of 10:00 am
What Absence Is Made Of @ Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
Jan 8 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
What Absence Is Made Of @ Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
The creative ways that absence is expressed throughout numerous forms of art is the topic of this new exhibit at the Hirshhorn. More than 70 works across seven decades make up the display, which include small-scale pieces that use mirroring effects to large-scale ruminations using simple materials. Visitors will be able to observe how leading artists[...]
‘Portraits of the World: Switzerland’ 11:30 am
‘Portraits of the World: Switzerland’ @ National Portrait Gallery
Jan 8 @ 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
‘Portraits of the World: Switzerland’ @ National Portrait Gallery
With this exhibit, the National Portrait Gallery begins a series that will highlight the global context of American portraiture. You can marvel at Swiss painter Ferdinand Hodler’s Femme en Extase, a portrait of the Italian dancer Giulia Leonardi. The piece embodies the theory of eurhythmics, which went on to change the concept of dance in America. Other Portrait[...]
‘Tamayo: The New York Years’ 11:30 am
‘Tamayo: The New York Years’ @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
Jan 8 @ 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
‘Tamayo: The New York Years’ @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
This exhibit will examine the incredible influences between the work of Rufino Tamayo and the American art scene, a first for a major museum. Tamayo was a Mexican artist who lived in New York City off and on for almost three decades, composing Modernist paintings that incorporated Mexican subjects into urban and dreamlike settings, as well[...]
‘The Faces of Battle: Americans at War, 9/11 to Now 11:30 am
‘The Faces of Battle: Americans at War, 9/11 to Now @ National Portrait Gallery
Jan 8 @ 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.
‘The Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers’ 11:30 am
‘The Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers’ @ National Portrait Gallery
Jan 8 @ 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
‘The Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers’ @ National Portrait Gallery
The work of famous artists like Winslow Homer and Dorothea Lange will be on display in this new exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery. The face of the American laborer has undergone radical change over time, and this development will be showcased across several genres of art. Roughly 75 pieces will be on display, depicting slaves,[...]
Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated) 11:30 am
Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated) @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
Jan 8 @ 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated) @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
Kara Walker daringly uses and reimagines 19th century portraits to confront observers with racial inequalities and injustices. In this exhibit, you can experience Walker’s thought-provoking interpretations, in which she overlays stenciled figures on original scenes depicted in Harper’s in an 1866 anthology of the Civil War. Walker’s images will be displayed next to the original prints, showing[...]
Recent Acquisitions at the National Portrait Gallery 11:30 am
Recent Acquisitions at the National Portrait Gallery @ National Portrait Gallery
Jan 8 @ 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
Recent Acquisitions at the National Portrait Gallery @ National Portrait Gallery
Savor some of the National Portrait Gallery’s newest additions in this special exhibit. You can marvel at works featuring Madeleine Albright, Spike Lee, Rita Moreno, Francis Scott Key and many more in this 27-piece display. See the story of America and witness the powerful impact of great portraiture as you journey through the fascinating collection.
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‘4,380 Nights’
‘4,380 Nights’ @ Signature Theatre
Jan 9 all-day
‘4,380 Nights’ @ Signature Theatre | Arlington | Virginia | United States
Playwright Annalisa Dias examines post-9/11 America in this timely Signature Theatre play that is presented as part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival. The title references the amount of days that Malik Djamal Ahmad Essaid has been held in the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center without charge. Split between Essaid’s interactions with those on the outside and historical[...]
‘Crazy for You’
‘Crazy for You’ @ Signature Theatre
Jan 9 all-day
‘Crazy for You’ @ Signature Theatre
The music of the famous Gershwin brothers guides this Tony Award-winning holiday spectacular. When a banker heads to a small town to foreclose on its theater, his love of music causes him to revive it instead. This decision leads to mistaken identities, a love story and a whole lot of 1930s flair that audiences will[...]
‘In the Tower: Anne Truitt’
‘In the Tower: Anne Truitt’ @ National Gallery of Art East Building
Jan 9 all-day
‘In the Tower: Anne Truitt’ @ National Gallery of Art East Building
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[...]
‘On Your Feet!’
‘On Your Feet!’ @ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Jan 9 all-day
‘On Your Feet!’ @ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
The uplifting story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan will light up the Kennedy Center stage this month. The duo rose from humble beginnings in Cuba to mega stardom on the U.S. pop charts, but not without struggles and tragedy along the way. You will hear classic songs throughout the production, all woven into an inspiring tale of[...]
‘Posing for the Camera – Gifts from Robert B. Menschel’
‘Posing for the Camera – Gifts from Robert B. Menschel’ @ National Gallery of Art
Jan 9 all-day
‘Posing for the Camera – Gifts from Robert B. Menschel’ @ National Gallery of Art
More than 60 photographs from the collection of Robert B. Menschel will be on display at the National Gallery of Art for this exhibition. Inside, visitors will discover how posing for a portrait changed as the medium evolved. Works in the exhibit stretch from the 1840s to the 1990s, and include portraits of famous figures such as[...]
‘The Humans’
‘The Humans’ @ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Jan 9 all-day
‘The Humans’ @ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
The 2016 Tony Award winner for Best Play comes to the Kennedy Center for a limited run this January. The Humansconcerns Erik Blake and his Pennsylvania family, who journey to his daughter’s apartment in Lower Manhattan for the first time to celebrate Thanksgiving. During the family dinner, scary sounds are overheard, eventually bringing family fears and foibles into[...]
‘The Way of the World’
‘The Way of the World’ @ Folger Theatre
Jan 9 all-day
‘The Way of the World’ @ Folger Theatre | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Adapted from a William Congreve play, this Folger Theatreproduction asks if true love can overcome the immense importance of wealth and status in a place like the Hamptons. Mae has inherited $600 million, but her boyfriend Henry’s dalliance with her aunt inspires her to withdraw from the community. However, Henry has a plan to win Mae[...]
Edvard Munch: Color in Context
Edvard Munch: Color in Context @ National Gallery of Art
Jan 9 all-day
Edvard Munch: Color in Context @ National Gallery of Art
Responsible for one of modern art’s most famous paintings, Edvard Munch was a Norwegian painter with strong ties to German Expressionism. The National Gallery of Art opens an exhibit containing 21 of his works on Sunday, Sept. 3, showcasing how Munch used color to invoke psychology and the spiritual world. Hours 
Jackson Pollock’s ‘Mural’
Jackson Pollock’s ‘Mural’ @ National Gallery of Art
Jan 9 all-day
Jackson Pollock’s 'Mural' @ National Gallery of Art
On loan from the University of Iowa Museum of Art, Jackson Pollock’s largest work will reside in the National Gallery of Art’s East Buildingthrough October of next year. Mural is nearly 20 feet long, a work originally commissioned by Peggy Guggenheim for her New York City home. The piece represents a dynamic shift in Pollock’s style, making it[...]
Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists 8:30 am
Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists @ Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building
Jan 9 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists @ Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building
The Library of Congress dug into its vaults to present this enlightening and in-depth exhibit on the immense contributions made by North American women to the art forms of illustration and cartooning. Drawn to Purpose stretches all the way back to the late 19th century, showing how women’s roles in the private and public sphere gradually increased, allowing for[...]
‘Beautiful Blooms: Flowering Plants on Stamps’ 10:00 am
‘Beautiful Blooms: Flowering Plants on Stamps’ @ National Postal Museum
Jan 9 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
‘Beautiful Blooms: Flowering Plants on Stamps’ @ National Postal Museum
The National Postal Museum highlights the role of the flowering plant on U.S. postage stamps over the last 50 years in this new exhibit. See developmental and final artwork that shows how important design artwork is to the completion and production of a postage stamp. Common artistic themes, like the relationship between flowering plants and bees, will[...]
‘Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt’ 10:00 am
‘Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt’ @ Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Jan 9 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
‘Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt’ @ Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Although cats are great for internet memes now, felines were spiritual beings in ancient Egyptian times. The newly redesigned Freer | Sackler Galleries bring you this exclusive exhibit that mines the importance of the cat in society from the Middle Kingdom to the Byzantine Period, including their status in religious and political life. You’ll be able to[...]
‘Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia’ 10:00 am
‘Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia’ @ Freer | Sackler Galleries
Jan 9 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
‘Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia’ @ Freer | Sackler Galleries
More than two hundred pieces of Buddhist art comprise this new exhibit from the Freer | Sackler Galleries. Spread across two millennia, the works show Asia’s powerful Buddhist heritage. You’ll learn how the art is perceived to have sacred power, how Buddhists have engaged with the works, how the religious understanding of the pieces differs from[...]
‘Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: The Utopian Projects’ 10:00 am
‘Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: The Utopian Projects’ @ Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
Jan 9 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
‘Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: The Utopian Projects’ @ Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
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[...]
‘Making Room: Housing for a Changing America’ 10:00 am
‘Making Room: Housing for a Changing America’ @ National Building Museum
Jan 9 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
‘Making Room: Housing for a Changing America’ @ National Building Museum
Housing demands in America have shifted dramatically in the last 50 years. Nuclear families make up just 20% of America’s housing community today, compared to 40% in 1970. Nearly 30% of those looking for homes are single adults, a demand that has not yet been met by supply. The National Building Museum’s exhibit will explore how housing[...]
‘Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend’ 10:00 am
‘Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend’ @ Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Jan 9 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
‘Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend’ @ Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
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[...]
‘Painting Shakespeare’ 10:00 am
‘Painting Shakespeare’ @ Folger Shakespeare Library
Jan 9 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
‘Painting Shakespeare’ @ Folger Shakespeare Library
The Folger Shakespeare Library presents this exhibit that shows how Shakespeare has inspired artists from his time to today. Painting Shakespeare includes everything from oil sketches to grand masterpieces, with each piece a reflection of how important and influential the Bard’s plays and words have been throughout the last 400 years. You will see scenes from Shakespeare’s plays reimagined,[...]
‘The Message: New Media Works’ 10:00 am
‘The Message: New Media Works’ @ Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Jan 9 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
‘The Message: New Media Works’ @ Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Get acquainted with leading video artists from around the world in this spectacular audio/visual mash-up of an exhibit at the Hirshhorn. Five film and video installations that use music to great effect highlight different forms of communication in the digital age, from the concert to the music video to the web lecture. The videos will also[...]
‘Tomb of Christ’ 10:00 am
‘Tomb of Christ’ @ National Geographic Museum
Jan 9 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
‘Tomb of Christ’ @ National Geographic Museum
Take a three-dimensional journey into the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in this enthralling exhibit at the National Geographic Museum. This sacred location in Jerusalem is believed to be the site of where Jesus of Nazareth was crucified, as well as where he was buried and resurrected. The site recently underwent an extensive restoration, a[...]
‘Wall Flowers: Botanical Murals’ 10:00 am
‘Wall Flowers: Botanical Murals’ @ U.S. Botanic Garden
Jan 9 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
‘Wall Flowers: Botanical Murals’ @ U.S. Botanic Garden | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
The U.S. Botanic Garden presents this colorful new exhibit that may reframe how you view plant life. Large-scale murals from local artists will showcase plants through powerful colors and vibrant detail, highlighting the vital role that plants play in urban environments, not just suburban or rural ones. You’ll have a chance to admire botanical art in one[...]
Artist Soldiers 10:00 am
Artist Soldiers @ mithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Jan 9 @ 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[...]
Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today 10:00 am
Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today @ National Museum of Women in the Arts
Jan 9 @ 10:00 am
Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today @ National Museum of Women in the Arts
The National Museum of Women in the Arts has gathered work from 21 different black women artists for this new exhibit that showcases how abstract art can be used to communicate personal experiences. Pieces that use unconventional form and construction can be seen throughout the exhibit, including sculpture and large-scale paintings. Many of the artists on display[...]
Rick Araluce: The Final Stop 10:00 am
Rick Araluce: The Final Stop @ Renwick Gallery
Jan 9 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Rick Araluce: The Final Stop @ Renwick Gallery
Rick Araluce’s first large-scale installation on the East Coast of the U.S. will turn the Renwick Gallery into an underground subway platform. This immersive work will make you feel as if you’re situated in a creepy, subterranean environment. Expect flickering lights and distant sounds as you wait for a train that may never come.
Secrets of the Lacquer Buddha 10:00 am
Secrets of the Lacquer Buddha @ Sackler Galleries
Jan 9 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Secrets of the Lacquer Buddha @ Sackler Galleries
This exhibit will mark the first time that every known sixth-century, life-size Chinese lacquer buddha sculpture will be displayed together. Secrets will also highlight how all three of the sculptures were made, revealing fascinating details, including what tree species the lacquer came from, what type of equipment was utilized and what type of burnt bone was mixed[...]
Subodh Gupta: ‘Terminal’ 10:00 am
Subodh Gupta: ‘Terminal’ @ Freer | Sackler Galleries
Jan 9 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Subodh Gupta: 'Terminal’ @ Freer | Sackler Galleries
A new large-scale installation from internationally appreciated artist Subodh Gupta resides in the Sackler Pavilion. Terminal is made from towers of brass containers that are connected by thread, creating a glimmering landscape. The spires within the installation range from one to 15 feet tall, reminding one of architectural features found on churches, temples and mosques.
Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry 10:00 am
Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry @ National Gallery of Art
Jan 9 @ 10:00 am
Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry @ National Gallery of Art
The National Gallery of Art hosts this landmark consideration of the artistic exchanges between Johannes Vermeer and his peers between 1650-1675. The exhibit features 65 works from Vermeer and fellow Dutch Golden Age painters, a group of artists that mastered depicting the domestic life of the time period through outstanding technique. Learn how these painters challenged and[...]
What Absence Is Made Of 10:00 am
What Absence Is Made Of @ Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
Jan 9 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
What Absence Is Made Of @ Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
The creative ways that absence is expressed throughout numerous forms of art is the topic of this new exhibit at the Hirshhorn. More than 70 works across seven decades make up the display, which include small-scale pieces that use mirroring effects to large-scale ruminations using simple materials. Visitors will be able to observe how leading artists[...]
‘Portraits of the World: Switzerland’ 11:30 am
‘Portraits of the World: Switzerland’ @ National Portrait Gallery
Jan 9 @ 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
‘Portraits of the World: Switzerland’ @ National Portrait Gallery
With this exhibit, the National Portrait Gallery begins a series that will highlight the global context of American portraiture. You can marvel at Swiss painter Ferdinand Hodler’s Femme en Extase, a portrait of the Italian dancer Giulia Leonardi. The piece embodies the theory of eurhythmics, which went on to change the concept of dance in America. Other Portrait[...]
‘Tamayo: The New York Years’ 11:30 am
‘Tamayo: The New York Years’ @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
Jan 9 @ 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
‘Tamayo: The New York Years’ @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
This exhibit will examine the incredible influences between the work of Rufino Tamayo and the American art scene, a first for a major museum. Tamayo was a Mexican artist who lived in New York City off and on for almost three decades, composing Modernist paintings that incorporated Mexican subjects into urban and dreamlike settings, as well[...]
‘The Faces of Battle: Americans at War, 9/11 to Now 11:30 am
‘The Faces of Battle: Americans at War, 9/11 to Now @ National Portrait Gallery
Jan 9 @ 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.
‘The Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers’ 11:30 am
‘The Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers’ @ National Portrait Gallery
Jan 9 @ 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
‘The Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers’ @ National Portrait Gallery
The work of famous artists like Winslow Homer and Dorothea Lange will be on display in this new exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery. The face of the American laborer has undergone radical change over time, and this development will be showcased across several genres of art. Roughly 75 pieces will be on display, depicting slaves,[...]
Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated) 11:30 am
Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated) @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
Jan 9 @ 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated) @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
Kara Walker daringly uses and reimagines 19th century portraits to confront observers with racial inequalities and injustices. In this exhibit, you can experience Walker’s thought-provoking interpretations, in which she overlays stenciled figures on original scenes depicted in Harper’s in an 1866 anthology of the Civil War. Walker’s images will be displayed next to the original prints, showing[...]
Recent Acquisitions at the National Portrait Gallery 11:30 am
Recent Acquisitions at the National Portrait Gallery @ National Portrait Gallery
Jan 9 @ 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
Recent Acquisitions at the National Portrait Gallery @ National Portrait Gallery
Savor some of the National Portrait Gallery’s newest additions in this special exhibit. You can marvel at works featuring Madeleine Albright, Spike Lee, Rita Moreno, Francis Scott Key and many more in this 27-piece display. See the story of America and witness the powerful impact of great portraiture as you journey through the fascinating collection.
Passion Pit 7:00 pm
Passion Pit @ 9:30 Club
Jan 9 @ 7:00 pm
Passion Pit @ 9:30 Club | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Led by founder/songwriter/producer Michael Angelakos, Passion Pit represents the pinnacle of electro-pop. Their intricate songs are just as likely to make you dance as they are to make you cry. Beginning with the critical acclaim of Manners in 2009 (which included radio hits such as “Sleepyhead” and “Little Secrets”), Passion Pit have released a steady stream of[...]
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‘4,380 Nights’
‘4,380 Nights’ @ Signature Theatre
Jan 10 all-day
‘4,380 Nights’ @ Signature Theatre | Arlington | Virginia | United States
Playwright Annalisa Dias examines post-9/11 America in this timely Signature Theatre play that is presented as part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival. The title references the amount of days that Malik Djamal Ahmad Essaid has been held in the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center without charge. Split between Essaid’s interactions with those on the outside and historical[...]
‘Crazy for You’
‘Crazy for You’ @ Signature Theatre
Jan 10 all-day
‘Crazy for You’ @ Signature Theatre
The music of the famous Gershwin brothers guides this Tony Award-winning holiday spectacular. When a banker heads to a small town to foreclose on its theater, his love of music causes him to revive it instead. This decision leads to mistaken identities, a love story and a whole lot of 1930s flair that audiences will[...]
‘In the Tower: Anne Truitt’
‘In the Tower: Anne Truitt’ @ National Gallery of Art East Building
Jan 10 all-day
‘In the Tower: Anne Truitt’ @ National Gallery of Art East Building
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[...]
‘On Your Feet!’
‘On Your Feet!’ @ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Jan 10 all-day
‘On Your Feet!’ @ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
The uplifting story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan will light up the Kennedy Center stage this month. The duo rose from humble beginnings in Cuba to mega stardom on the U.S. pop charts, but not without struggles and tragedy along the way. You will hear classic songs throughout the production, all woven into an inspiring tale of[...]
‘Posing for the Camera – Gifts from Robert B. Menschel’
‘Posing for the Camera – Gifts from Robert B. Menschel’ @ National Gallery of Art
Jan 10 all-day
‘Posing for the Camera – Gifts from Robert B. Menschel’ @ National Gallery of Art
More than 60 photographs from the collection of Robert B. Menschel will be on display at the National Gallery of Art for this exhibition. Inside, visitors will discover how posing for a portrait changed as the medium evolved. Works in the exhibit stretch from the 1840s to the 1990s, and include portraits of famous figures such as[...]
‘The Humans’
‘The Humans’ @ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Jan 10 all-day
‘The Humans’ @ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
The 2016 Tony Award winner for Best Play comes to the Kennedy Center for a limited run this January. The Humansconcerns Erik Blake and his Pennsylvania family, who journey to his daughter’s apartment in Lower Manhattan for the first time to celebrate Thanksgiving. During the family dinner, scary sounds are overheard, eventually bringing family fears and foibles into[...]
‘The Way of the World’
‘The Way of the World’ @ Folger Theatre
Jan 10 all-day
‘The Way of the World’ @ Folger Theatre | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Adapted from a William Congreve play, this Folger Theatreproduction asks if true love can overcome the immense importance of wealth and status in a place like the Hamptons. Mae has inherited $600 million, but her boyfriend Henry’s dalliance with her aunt inspires her to withdraw from the community. However, Henry has a plan to win Mae[...]
Edvard Munch: Color in Context
Edvard Munch: Color in Context @ National Gallery of Art
Jan 10 all-day
Edvard Munch: Color in Context @ National Gallery of Art
Responsible for one of modern art’s most famous paintings, Edvard Munch was a Norwegian painter with strong ties to German Expressionism. The National Gallery of Art opens an exhibit containing 21 of his works on Sunday, Sept. 3, showcasing how Munch used color to invoke psychology and the spiritual world. Hours 
Jackson Pollock’s ‘Mural’
Jackson Pollock’s ‘Mural’ @ National Gallery of Art
Jan 10 all-day
Jackson Pollock’s 'Mural' @ National Gallery of Art
On loan from the University of Iowa Museum of Art, Jackson Pollock’s largest work will reside in the National Gallery of Art’s East Buildingthrough October of next year. Mural is nearly 20 feet long, a work originally commissioned by Peggy Guggenheim for her New York City home. The piece represents a dynamic shift in Pollock’s style, making it[...]
Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists 8:30 am
Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists @ Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building
Jan 10 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists @ Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building
The Library of Congress dug into its vaults to present this enlightening and in-depth exhibit on the immense contributions made by North American women to the art forms of illustration and cartooning. Drawn to Purpose stretches all the way back to the late 19th century, showing how women’s roles in the private and public sphere gradually increased, allowing for[...]
‘Beautiful Blooms: Flowering Plants on Stamps’ 10:00 am
‘Beautiful Blooms: Flowering Plants on Stamps’ @ National Postal Museum
Jan 10 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
‘Beautiful Blooms: Flowering Plants on Stamps’ @ National Postal Museum
The National Postal Museum highlights the role of the flowering plant on U.S. postage stamps over the last 50 years in this new exhibit. See developmental and final artwork that shows how important design artwork is to the completion and production of a postage stamp. Common artistic themes, like the relationship between flowering plants and bees, will[...]
‘Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt’ 10:00 am
‘Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt’ @ Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Jan 10 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
‘Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt’ @ Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Although cats are great for internet memes now, felines were spiritual beings in ancient Egyptian times. The newly redesigned Freer | Sackler Galleries bring you this exclusive exhibit that mines the importance of the cat in society from the Middle Kingdom to the Byzantine Period, including their status in religious and political life. You’ll be able to[...]
‘Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia’ 10:00 am
‘Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia’ @ Freer | Sackler Galleries
Jan 10 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
‘Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia’ @ Freer | Sackler Galleries
More than two hundred pieces of Buddhist art comprise this new exhibit from the Freer | Sackler Galleries. Spread across two millennia, the works show Asia’s powerful Buddhist heritage. You’ll learn how the art is perceived to have sacred power, how Buddhists have engaged with the works, how the religious understanding of the pieces differs from[...]
‘Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: The Utopian Projects’ 10:00 am
‘Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: The Utopian Projects’ @ Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
Jan 10 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
‘Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: The Utopian Projects’ @ Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
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[...]
‘Making Room: Housing for a Changing America’ 10:00 am
‘Making Room: Housing for a Changing America’ @ National Building Museum
Jan 10 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
‘Making Room: Housing for a Changing America’ @ National Building Museum
Housing demands in America have shifted dramatically in the last 50 years. Nuclear families make up just 20% of America’s housing community today, compared to 40% in 1970. Nearly 30% of those looking for homes are single adults, a demand that has not yet been met by supply. The National Building Museum’s exhibit will explore how housing[...]
‘Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend’ 10:00 am
‘Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend’ @ Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Jan 10 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
‘Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend’ @ Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
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[...]
‘Painting Shakespeare’ 10:00 am