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‘1968: Civil Rights at 50’
‘1968: Civil Rights at 50’ @ Newseum
Feb 1 all-day
‘1968: Civil Rights at 50’ @ Newseum | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
As part of its Civil Rights at 50 series, Newseum will highlight the pivotal year of 1968. Explore the essential and tragic events of this year through stunning photography and interactive elements. You will learn more about the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, the important Black Power protest at the Olympics and much, much[...]
‘4,380 Nights’
‘4,380 Nights’ @ Signature Theatre
Feb 1 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[...]
‘Hamlet’
‘Hamlet’
Feb 1 all-day
‘Hamlet’
The Shakespeare Theatre Company takes on quite possibly the greatest tragedy of Western literature this January. Hamlet comes home from college after his father’s sudden death to find his mother remarried, his uncle in power and, in turn, his entire world turned upside down. After being visited by the ghost of his father, Hamlet must decide whether[...]
‘Hung Liu In Print’
‘Hung Liu In Print’ @ National Museum of Women in the Arts
Feb 1 all-day
‘Hung Liu In Print’ @ National Museum of Women in the Arts | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Chinese artist Hung Liu is the focus of this exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Liu is most commonly known as a painter, but her printmaking is also of note, as she uses an array of techniques, surfaces and colors to showcase her unique brand of realism. Her works deal with issues[...]
‘In the Tower: Anne Truitt’
‘In the Tower: Anne Truitt’ @ National Gallery of Art East Building
Feb 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[...]
‘Jefferson’s Garden’
‘Jefferson’s Garden’ @ Ford’s Theatre
Feb 1 all-day
‘Jefferson’s Garden’ @ Ford’s Theatre | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
The contrast of America’s founding fathers’ ideals and the truth of freedom in this country are explored in this new production set to be staged at Ford’s Theatre as part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival. A Quaker pacifist decides to fight in the American Revolution. An enslaved woman leans towards fighting for the British due to[...]
‘Michel Sittow: Estonian Painter at the Courts of Renaissance Europe’
‘Michel Sittow: Estonian Painter at the Courts of Renaissance Europe’ @ National Gallery of Art
Feb 1 all-day
‘Michel Sittow: Estonian Painter at the Courts of Renaissance Europe’ @ National Gallery of Art | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
In honor of the centennial of the Estonian Republic, the Art Museum of Estonia and the National Gallery of Art have collaborated on this exhibit dedicated to Estonia’s greatest Renaissance art, Michel Sittow. Roughly 20 of Sittow’s works will be on display, with an examination of his art in a broader context, including his relationship to his[...]
‘Outliers and American Vanguard Art’
‘Outliers and American Vanguard Art’ @ National Gallery of Art
Feb 1 all-day
‘Outliers and American Vanguard Art’ @ National Gallery of Art | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Challenging popular assumptions about creativity and artistic process, this National Gallery of Art exhibit comprises 300 works by self-taught American artists such as Horace Pippen and Janet Sobel. Observing three separate time periods when popular and underground art merged, the exhibit will also examine recently made, radical work that has shifted the concept of mainstream art altogether.[...]
‘Parallel Universe’
‘Parallel Universe’ @ ARTECHOUSE
Feb 1 all-day
‘Parallel Universe’ @ ARTECHOUSE | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Ouchhh, a Turkish art studio, built this jaw-dropping exhibit currently on display at ARTECHOUSE. Parallel Universe is composed of four installations, each featuring 3D motion mapped projections influenced by mathematics, science and astrology. The immersive, audiovisual experience explores nature, space and the effect of new digital media. Prepare to be wowed. Tickets
‘Sovereignty’
‘Sovereignty’ @ Arena Stage
Feb 1 all-day
‘Sovereignty’ @ Arena Stage | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival, this Arena Stagedrama concerns a young Cherokee lawyer who learns, while fighting for her nation’s independence, why some wounds never heal. During her battle, Sarah Ridge Polson must face the tragedies of the Cherokee Nation, encountering historical figures like Andrew Jackson, as well as the ghosts of her own[...]
‘The Lathe of Heaven’
‘The Lathe of Heaven’ @ Davis Performing Arts Center at Georgetown University
Feb 1 all-day
‘The Lathe of Heaven’ @ Davis Performing Arts Center at Georgetown University | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
This Women’s Voices Theater Festival production will begin at Georgetown University (Jan. 25-27), then move to Spooky Action Theater for a four-weekend run. In The Lathe of Heaven, George Orr can alter reality with his dreams, and of course, there’s a doctor who wants to exploit his incredible skill. After the doctor messes with reality, dire[...]
‘The Marines and Tet’
‘The Marines and Tet’ @ Newseum
Feb 1 all-day
‘The Marines and Tet’ @ Newseum | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
The infamous Tet Offensive is given in-depth treatment with this exhibit at the Newseum. The unexpected strike from the North Vietnamese forces on the Tet holiday altered the course of the Vietnam War. One of the more than 100 cities and villages struck was Huêˊ, where photographer John Olson captured the violence and its aftermath. His[...]
‘The Way of the World’
‘The Way of the World’ @ Folger Theatre
Feb 1 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[...]
‘The Wolves’
‘The Wolves’ @ Studio Theatre
Feb 1 all-day
‘The Wolves’ @ Studio Theatre | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Dive into the spellbinding world of winter indoor soccer in this new play from Studio Theatre. Meet the Wolves, a team of 16-year old girls who are undefeated on the field but deal with plenty of life’s pressures and conflicts off it. The struggles of adolescence, the importance of friendship and the fears of transitioning[...]
‘Unnecessary Farce’
‘Unnecessary Farce’ @ The Keegan Theatre
Feb 1 all-day
‘Unnecessary Farce’ @ The Keegan Theatre | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Hilarious confusion reigns in this crime caper/comedy at The Keegan Theatre. Two cops have set up a sting operation on a crooked mayor, observing a cheap motel room where his female accountant awaits his arrival. However, a mix-up ensues, as no one is sure who’s in which room, who’s on videotape, where the money is,[...]
American Ballet Theatre: ‘Whipped Cream’ / Works by Ratmansky, Millepied & Wheeldon
American Ballet Theatre: ‘Whipped Cream’ / Works by Ratmansky, Millepied & Wheeldon @ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Feb 1 all-day
American Ballet Theatre: ‘Whipped Cream’ / Works by Ratmansky, Millepied & Wheeldon @ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
The American Ballet Theatre takes on a slew of noteworthy and inspired compositions in this series of performances, including several by Alexei Ratmansky, the Kennedy Center’s current Artist in Residence. His full-length story ballet, Whipped Cream, will be performed from Feb. 1-4, while Jan. 30-31 will see the company dance to works by Jerome Robbins, Benjamin Millepied[...]
Date Nights DC
Date Nights DC
Feb 1 all-day
Date Nights DC
Do date night right with Date Nights DC this February. Enjoy deals and discounts from attractions, hotels and restaurants, peruse more than 100 date ideas and read up on DC’s most romantic spots. Make sure to share your date night on social media using #MyDCcool and follow @visitwashingtondc on Instagram for a chance to win weekly prizes.
Jackson Pollock’s ‘Mural’
Jackson Pollock’s ‘Mural’ @ National Gallery of Art
Feb 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[...]
Washington Auto Show
Washington Auto Show @ Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Feb 1 all-day
Washington Auto Show @ Walter E. Washington Convention Center | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
One of the nation’s largest auto shows calls DC home, and the 2018 edition will be quite the spectacle. Car lovers will be dazzled by over 600 new makes and models from more than 35 manufacturers. Local sports stars and mascots will be on hand, to go along with a fascinating ART-of-Motion exhibition, VIP tours led by leading[...]
Washington Dollar Days: Tour for a Buck
Washington Dollar Days: Tour for a Buck @ Tudor Place
Feb 1 all-day
Washington Dollar Days: Tour for a Buck @ Tudor Place | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Don’t miss your chance to practice the frugality our founding father approved of: George Washington was born in February, and we’re celebrating him all month through artifacts, furnishings, and stories, all for just one “Washington dollar!” Open every day but Monday, with tours beginning hourly. (The day’s final tour begins at 3 p.m.) Tudor Place[...]
Women’s Voices Theater Festival
Women’s Voices Theater Festival
Feb 1 all-day
Women’s Voices Theater Festival
Following the success of the inaugural festival in 2015, DC’s theater community comes together again to mount a citywide festival in celebration of female playwrights. This month-long festival will celebrate the incredible impact that women have on theater, from behind-the-scenes roles to starring on stage. More than 20 theaters in the metro area will stage a new play[...]
Score a Free Cakepop & Date Idea Near Select Metro Stations 7:00 am
Score a Free Cakepop & Date Idea Near Select Metro Stations @ Washington Metro Stations including Farragut North and Farragut West at Farragut Square, Gallery Place, L'Enfant Plaza, McPherson Square, Metro Center and Union Station
Feb 1 @ 7:00 am – 9:00 am
Score a Free Cakepop & Date Idea Near Select Metro Stations @ Washington Metro Stations including Farragut North and Farragut West at Farragut Square, Gallery Place, L'Enfant Plaza, McPherson Square, Metro Center and Union Station
Every day romantic gestures go a long way, and we’ve got one that takes the cake. Follow these three steps: 1. Pick up a romantic, DC-themed cakepop, courtesy of Baked By Yael, when you Metro into work on Thursday morning; 2. Give it to your sweetheart; 3. Prosper. Bonus: Each cakepop comes with a can’t-miss date idea, prepping[...]
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
Feb 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[...]
‘Beautiful Blooms: Flowering Plants on Stamps’ 10:00 am
‘Beautiful Blooms: Flowering Plants on Stamps’ @ National Postal Museum
Feb 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[...]
‘Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia’ 10:00 am
‘Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia’ @ Freer | Sackler Galleries
Feb 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
Feb 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[...]
‘Making Room: Housing for a Changing America’ 10:00 am
‘Making Room: Housing for a Changing America’ @ National Building Museum
Feb 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
Feb 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
Feb 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
Feb 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
Feb 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
Feb 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
Feb 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[...]
Secrets of the Lacquer Buddha 10:00 am
Secrets of the Lacquer Buddha @ Sackler Galleries
Feb 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
Feb 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.
What Absence Is Made Of 10:00 am
What Absence Is Made Of @ Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
Feb 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
Feb 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
Feb 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 Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers’ 11:30 am
‘The Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers’ @ National Portrait Gallery
Feb 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
Feb 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[...]
Recent Acquisitions at the National Portrait Gallery 11:30 am
Recent Acquisitions at the National Portrait Gallery @ National Portrait Gallery
Feb 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.
National Symphony Orchestra: Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto / Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Tempest’ 7:00 pm
National Symphony Orchestra: Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto / Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Tempest’ @ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Feb 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
National Symphony Orchestra: Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto / Tchaikovsky's ‘The Tempest’ @ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
The National Symphony Orchestra presents this all-Russian program at the Kennedy Center. Pianist Kirill Gerstein will take on Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concert No. 2. Conductor Hannu Lintu will pay tribute to the legendary Tchaikovsky with a rendition of The Tempest, which will be paired with a performance of Stravinsky’s The Fairy’s Kiss, which was written in Tchaikovsky’s memory. Tickets
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‘1968: Civil Rights at 50’
‘1968: Civil Rights at 50’ @ Newseum
Feb 2 all-day
‘1968: Civil Rights at 50’ @ Newseum | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
As part of its Civil Rights at 50 series, Newseum will highlight the pivotal year of 1968. Explore the essential and tragic events of this year through stunning photography and interactive elements. You will learn more about the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, the important Black Power protest at the Olympics and much, much[...]
‘4,380 Nights’
‘4,380 Nights’ @ Signature Theatre
Feb 2 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[...]
‘Hamlet’
‘Hamlet’
Feb 2 all-day
‘Hamlet’
The Shakespeare Theatre Company takes on quite possibly the greatest tragedy of Western literature this January. Hamlet comes home from college after his father’s sudden death to find his mother remarried, his uncle in power and, in turn, his entire world turned upside down. After being visited by the ghost of his father, Hamlet must decide whether[...]
‘Hung Liu In Print’
‘Hung Liu In Print’ @ National Museum of Women in the Arts
Feb 2 all-day
‘Hung Liu In Print’ @ National Museum of Women in the Arts | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Chinese artist Hung Liu is the focus of this exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Liu is most commonly known as a painter, but her printmaking is also of note, as she uses an array of techniques, surfaces and colors to showcase her unique brand of realism. Her works deal with issues[...]
‘In the Tower: Anne Truitt’
‘In the Tower: Anne Truitt’ @ National Gallery of Art East Building
Feb 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[...]
‘Jefferson’s Garden’
‘Jefferson’s Garden’ @ Ford’s Theatre
Feb 2 all-day
‘Jefferson’s Garden’ @ Ford’s Theatre | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
The contrast of America’s founding fathers’ ideals and the truth of freedom in this country are explored in this new production set to be staged at Ford’s Theatre as part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival. A Quaker pacifist decides to fight in the American Revolution. An enslaved woman leans towards fighting for the British due to[...]
‘Michel Sittow: Estonian Painter at the Courts of Renaissance Europe’
‘Michel Sittow: Estonian Painter at the Courts of Renaissance Europe’ @ National Gallery of Art
Feb 2 all-day
‘Michel Sittow: Estonian Painter at the Courts of Renaissance Europe’ @ National Gallery of Art | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
In honor of the centennial of the Estonian Republic, the Art Museum of Estonia and the National Gallery of Art have collaborated on this exhibit dedicated to Estonia’s greatest Renaissance art, Michel Sittow. Roughly 20 of Sittow’s works will be on display, with an examination of his art in a broader context, including his relationship to his[...]
‘Outliers and American Vanguard Art’
‘Outliers and American Vanguard Art’ @ National Gallery of Art
Feb 2 all-day
‘Outliers and American Vanguard Art’ @ National Gallery of Art | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Challenging popular assumptions about creativity and artistic process, this National Gallery of Art exhibit comprises 300 works by self-taught American artists such as Horace Pippen and Janet Sobel. Observing three separate time periods when popular and underground art merged, the exhibit will also examine recently made, radical work that has shifted the concept of mainstream art altogether.[...]
‘Parallel Universe’
‘Parallel Universe’ @ ARTECHOUSE
Feb 2 all-day
‘Parallel Universe’ @ ARTECHOUSE | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Ouchhh, a Turkish art studio, built this jaw-dropping exhibit currently on display at ARTECHOUSE. Parallel Universe is composed of four installations, each featuring 3D motion mapped projections influenced by mathematics, science and astrology. The immersive, audiovisual experience explores nature, space and the effect of new digital media. Prepare to be wowed. Tickets
‘Sovereignty’
‘Sovereignty’ @ Arena Stage
Feb 2 all-day
‘Sovereignty’ @ Arena Stage | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival, this Arena Stagedrama concerns a young Cherokee lawyer who learns, while fighting for her nation’s independence, why some wounds never heal. During her battle, Sarah Ridge Polson must face the tragedies of the Cherokee Nation, encountering historical figures like Andrew Jackson, as well as the ghosts of her own[...]
‘The Great Society’
‘The Great Society’ @ Arena Stage
Feb 2 all-day
‘The Great Society’ @ Arena Stage | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
The sequel to Robert Schenkkan’s Tony Award-winning All the Way, this Arena Stageproduction concludes the thrilling story of Lyndon B. Johnson’s time in the White House. In The Great Society, America is at war with itself, as civil rights and Vietnam War protests divide the country. All the while, LBJ strives to maintain a relationship with Martin Luther[...]
‘The Lathe of Heaven’
‘The Lathe of Heaven’ @ Davis Performing Arts Center at Georgetown University
Feb 2 all-day
‘The Lathe of Heaven’ @ Davis Performing Arts Center at Georgetown University | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
This Women’s Voices Theater Festival production will begin at Georgetown University (Jan. 25-27), then move to Spooky Action Theater for a four-weekend run. In The Lathe of Heaven, George Orr can alter reality with his dreams, and of course, there’s a doctor who wants to exploit his incredible skill. After the doctor messes with reality, dire[...]
‘The Marines and Tet’
‘The Marines and Tet’ @ Newseum
Feb 2 all-day
‘The Marines and Tet’ @ Newseum | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
The infamous Tet Offensive is given in-depth treatment with this exhibit at the Newseum. The unexpected strike from the North Vietnamese forces on the Tet holiday altered the course of the Vietnam War. One of the more than 100 cities and villages struck was Huêˊ, where photographer John Olson captured the violence and its aftermath. His[...]
‘The Way of the World’
‘The Way of the World’ @ Folger Theatre
Feb 2 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[...]
‘The Wolves’
‘The Wolves’ @ Studio Theatre
Feb 2 all-day
‘The Wolves’ @ Studio Theatre | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Dive into the spellbinding world of winter indoor soccer in this new play from Studio Theatre. Meet the Wolves, a team of 16-year old girls who are undefeated on the field but deal with plenty of life’s pressures and conflicts off it. The struggles of adolescence, the importance of friendship and the fears of transitioning[...]
‘Unnecessary Farce’
‘Unnecessary Farce’ @ The Keegan Theatre
Feb 2 all-day
‘Unnecessary Farce’ @ The Keegan Theatre | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Hilarious confusion reigns in this crime caper/comedy at The Keegan Theatre. Two cops have set up a sting operation on a crooked mayor, observing a cheap motel room where his female accountant awaits his arrival. However, a mix-up ensues, as no one is sure who’s in which room, who’s on videotape, where the money is,[...]
American Ballet Theatre: ‘Whipped Cream’ / Works by Ratmansky, Millepied & Wheeldon
American Ballet Theatre: ‘Whipped Cream’ / Works by Ratmansky, Millepied & Wheeldon @ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Feb 2 all-day
American Ballet Theatre: ‘Whipped Cream’ / Works by Ratmansky, Millepied & Wheeldon @ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
The American Ballet Theatre takes on a slew of noteworthy and inspired compositions in this series of performances, including several by Alexei Ratmansky, the Kennedy Center’s current Artist in Residence. His full-length story ballet, Whipped Cream, will be performed from Feb. 1-4, while Jan. 30-31 will see the company dance to works by Jerome Robbins, Benjamin Millepied[...]
Date Nights DC
Date Nights DC
Feb 2 all-day
Date Nights DC
Do date night right with Date Nights DC this February. Enjoy deals and discounts from attractions, hotels and restaurants, peruse more than 100 date ideas and read up on DC’s most romantic spots. Make sure to share your date night on social media using #MyDCcool and follow @visitwashingtondc on Instagram for a chance to win weekly prizes.
Jackson Pollock’s ‘Mural’
Jackson Pollock’s ‘Mural’ @ National Gallery of Art
Feb 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[...]
Riverdance
Riverdance @ Warner Theatre
Feb 2 all-day
Riverdance @ Warner Theatre | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Riverdance has been an international dance sensation for 20 years, and now, the Irish production is embarking on a world tour to celebrate the occasion. One of its stops will be the Warner Theatre in DC, where the audience will be treated to new costumes, lighting and projections, as well as a new composition featuring the female[...]
Washington Auto Show
Washington Auto Show @ Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Feb 2 all-day
Washington Auto Show @ Walter E. Washington Convention Center | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
One of the nation’s largest auto shows calls DC home, and the 2018 edition will be quite the spectacle. Car lovers will be dazzled by over 600 new makes and models from more than 35 manufacturers. Local sports stars and mascots will be on hand, to go along with a fascinating ART-of-Motion exhibition, VIP tours led by leading[...]
Washington Dollar Days: Tour for a Buck
Washington Dollar Days: Tour for a Buck @ Tudor Place
Feb 2 all-day
Washington Dollar Days: Tour for a Buck @ Tudor Place | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Don’t miss your chance to practice the frugality our founding father approved of: George Washington was born in February, and we’re celebrating him all month through artifacts, furnishings, and stories, all for just one “Washington dollar!” Open every day but Monday, with tours beginning hourly. (The day’s final tour begins at 3 p.m.) Tudor Place[...]
Women’s Voices Theater Festival
Women’s Voices Theater Festival
Feb 2 all-day
Women’s Voices Theater Festival
Following the success of the inaugural festival in 2015, DC’s theater community comes together again to mount a citywide festival in celebration of female playwrights. This month-long festival will celebrate the incredible impact that women have on theater, from behind-the-scenes roles to starring on stage. More than 20 theaters in the metro area will stage a new play[...]
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
Feb 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[...]
‘Beautiful Blooms: Flowering Plants on Stamps’ 10:00 am
‘Beautiful Blooms: Flowering Plants on Stamps’ @ National Postal Museum
Feb 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[...]
‘Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia’ 10:00 am
‘Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia’ @ Freer | Sackler Galleries
Feb 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
Feb 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 Her Words: Women’s Duty and Service in World War I’ 10:00 am
‘In Her Words: Women’s Duty and Service in World War I’ @ National Postal Museum
Feb 2 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
‘In Her Words: Women’s Duty and Service in World War I’ @ National Postal Museum | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
The National Postal Museum explores the role of women during World War I in this new exhibit. The letters and artifacts of four women inform In Her Words, illuminating how important the war was for women’s rights and labor in the U.S., as thousands served in and alongside the military during the struggle.
‘Making Room: Housing for a Changing America’ 10:00 am
‘Making Room: Housing for a Changing America’ @ National Building Museum
Feb 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
Feb 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
Feb 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
Feb 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
Feb 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
Feb 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
Feb 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[...]
Secrets of the Lacquer Buddha 10:00 am
Secrets of the Lacquer Buddha @ Sackler Galleries
Feb 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
Feb 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.
What Absence Is Made Of 10:00 am
What Absence Is Made Of @ Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
Feb 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
Feb 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
Feb 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 Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers’ 11:30 am
‘The Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers’ @ National Portrait Gallery
Feb 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
Feb 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[...]
Recent Acquisitions at the National Portrait Gallery 11:30 am
Recent Acquisitions at the National Portrait Gallery @ National Portrait Gallery
Feb 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.
National Symphony Orchestra: Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto / Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Tempest’ 7:00 pm
National Symphony Orchestra: Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto / Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Tempest’ @ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Feb 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
National Symphony Orchestra: Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto / Tchaikovsky's ‘The Tempest’ @ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
The National Symphony Orchestra presents this all-Russian program at the Kennedy Center. Pianist Kirill Gerstein will take on Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concert No. 2. Conductor Hannu Lintu will pay tribute to the legendary Tchaikovsky with a rendition of The Tempest, which will be paired with a performance of Stravinsky’s The Fairy’s Kiss, which was written in Tchaikovsky’s memory. Tickets
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‘1968: Civil Rights at 50’
‘1968: Civil Rights at 50’ @ Newseum
Feb 3 all-day
‘1968: Civil Rights at 50’ @ Newseum | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
As part of its Civil Rights at 50 series, Newseum will highlight the pivotal year of 1968. Explore the essential and tragic events of this year through stunning photography and interactive elements. You will learn more about the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, the important Black Power protest at the Olympics and much, much[...]
‘4,380 Nights’
‘4,380 Nights’ @ Signature Theatre
Feb 3 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[...]
‘Digging Up Dessa’
‘Digging Up Dessa’ @ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Feb 3 all-day
‘Digging Up Dessa’ @ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
The tale of Dessa is part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival, a story filled with history, treasure and mysteries to be solved, enjoyable for the whole family. During a museum trip, Dessa runs into Mary Anning, who just happens to be a 19th-century paleontologist whose vast contributions have been buried due to her gender and[...]
‘Hamlet’
‘Hamlet’
Feb 3 all-day
‘Hamlet’
The Shakespeare Theatre Company takes on quite possibly the greatest tragedy of Western literature this January. Hamlet comes home from college after his father’s sudden death to find his mother remarried, his uncle in power and, in turn, his entire world turned upside down. After being visited by the ghost of his father, Hamlet must decide whether[...]
‘Hung Liu In Print’
‘Hung Liu In Print’ @ National Museum of Women in the Arts
Feb 3 all-day
‘Hung Liu In Print’ @ National Museum of Women in the Arts | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Chinese artist Hung Liu is the focus of this exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Liu is most commonly known as a painter, but her printmaking is also of note, as she uses an array of techniques, surfaces and colors to showcase her unique brand of realism. Her works deal with issues[...]
‘In the Tower: Anne Truitt’
‘In the Tower: Anne Truitt’ @ National Gallery of Art East Building
Feb 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[...]
‘Jefferson’s Garden’
‘Jefferson’s Garden’ @ Ford’s Theatre
Feb 3 all-day
‘Jefferson’s Garden’ @ Ford’s Theatre | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
The contrast of America’s founding fathers’ ideals and the truth of freedom in this country are explored in this new production set to be staged at Ford’s Theatre as part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival. A Quaker pacifist decides to fight in the American Revolution. An enslaved woman leans towards fighting for the British due to[...]
‘Michel Sittow: Estonian Painter at the Courts of Renaissance Europe’
‘Michel Sittow: Estonian Painter at the Courts of Renaissance Europe’ @ National Gallery of Art
Feb 3 all-day
‘Michel Sittow: Estonian Painter at the Courts of Renaissance Europe’ @ National Gallery of Art | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
In honor of the centennial of the Estonian Republic, the Art Museum of Estonia and the National Gallery of Art have collaborated on this exhibit dedicated to Estonia’s greatest Renaissance art, Michel Sittow. Roughly 20 of Sittow’s works will be on display, with an examination of his art in a broader context, including his relationship to his[...]
‘Outliers and American Vanguard Art’
‘Outliers and American Vanguard Art’ @ National Gallery of Art
Feb 3 all-day
‘Outliers and American Vanguard Art’ @ National Gallery of Art | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Challenging popular assumptions about creativity and artistic process, this National Gallery of Art exhibit comprises 300 works by self-taught American artists such as Horace Pippen and Janet Sobel. Observing three separate time periods when popular and underground art merged, the exhibit will also examine recently made, radical work that has shifted the concept of mainstream art altogether.[...]
‘Parallel Universe’
‘Parallel Universe’ @ ARTECHOUSE
Feb 3 all-day
‘Parallel Universe’ @ ARTECHOUSE | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Ouchhh, a Turkish art studio, built this jaw-dropping exhibit currently on display at ARTECHOUSE. Parallel Universe is composed of four installations, each featuring 3D motion mapped projections influenced by mathematics, science and astrology. The immersive, audiovisual experience explores nature, space and the effect of new digital media. Prepare to be wowed. Tickets
‘Sovereignty’
‘Sovereignty’ @ Arena Stage
Feb 3 all-day
‘Sovereignty’ @ Arena Stage | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival, this Arena Stagedrama concerns a young Cherokee lawyer who learns, while fighting for her nation’s independence, why some wounds never heal. During her battle, Sarah Ridge Polson must face the tragedies of the Cherokee Nation, encountering historical figures like Andrew Jackson, as well as the ghosts of her own[...]
‘Ten Americans’
‘Ten Americans’ @ The Phillips Collection
Feb 3 all-day
‘Ten Americans’ @ The Phillips Collection | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Swiss artist Paul Klee had an immense influence on Abstract Expressionist and Color Field painting in America in the mid-20th century, and this new exhibit at The Phillips Collection will fully explore this effect. Across more than 60 paintings, prints and drawings, visitors will see how Klee’s art and philosophy was interpreted by seminal American artists such[...]
‘The Great Society’
‘The Great Society’ @ Arena Stage
Feb 3 all-day
‘The Great Society’ @ Arena Stage | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
The sequel to Robert Schenkkan’s Tony Award-winning All the Way, this Arena Stageproduction concludes the thrilling story of Lyndon B. Johnson’s time in the White House. In The Great Society, America is at war with itself, as civil rights and Vietnam War protests divide the country. All the while, LBJ strives to maintain a relationship with Martin Luther[...]
‘The Lathe of Heaven’
‘The Lathe of Heaven’ @ Davis Performing Arts Center at Georgetown University
Feb 3 all-day
‘The Lathe of Heaven’ @ Davis Performing Arts Center at Georgetown University | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
This Women’s Voices Theater Festival production will begin at Georgetown University (Jan. 25-27), then move to Spooky Action Theater for a four-weekend run. In The Lathe of Heaven, George Orr can alter reality with his dreams, and of course, there’s a doctor who wants to exploit his incredible skill. After the doctor messes with reality, dire[...]
‘The Marines and Tet’
‘The Marines and Tet’ @ Newseum
Feb 3 all-day
‘The Marines and Tet’ @ Newseum | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
The infamous Tet Offensive is given in-depth treatment with this exhibit at the Newseum. The unexpected strike from the North Vietnamese forces on the Tet holiday altered the course of the Vietnam War. One of the more than 100 cities and villages struck was Huêˊ, where photographer John Olson captured the violence and its aftermath. His[...]
‘The Way of the World’
‘The Way of the World’ @ Folger Theatre
Feb 3 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[...]
‘The Wolves’
‘The Wolves’ @ Studio Theatre
Feb 3 all-day
‘The Wolves’ @ Studio Theatre | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Dive into the spellbinding world of winter indoor soccer in this new play from Studio Theatre. Meet the Wolves, a team of 16-year old girls who are undefeated on the field but deal with plenty of life’s pressures and conflicts off it. The struggles of adolescence, the importance of friendship and the fears of transitioning[...]
‘Unnecessary Farce’
‘Unnecessary Farce’ @ The Keegan Theatre
Feb 3 all-day
‘Unnecessary Farce’ @ The Keegan Theatre | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Hilarious confusion reigns in this crime caper/comedy at The Keegan Theatre. Two cops have set up a sting operation on a crooked mayor, observing a cheap motel room where his female accountant awaits his arrival. However, a mix-up ensues, as no one is sure who’s in which room, who’s on videotape, where the money is,[...]
American Ballet Theatre: ‘Whipped Cream’ / Works by Ratmansky, Millepied & Wheeldon
American Ballet Theatre: ‘Whipped Cream’ / Works by Ratmansky, Millepied & Wheeldon @ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Feb 3 all-day
American Ballet Theatre: ‘Whipped Cream’ / Works by Ratmansky, Millepied & Wheeldon @ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
The American Ballet Theatre takes on a slew of noteworthy and inspired compositions in this series of performances, including several by Alexei Ratmansky, the Kennedy Center’s current Artist in Residence. His full-length story ballet, Whipped Cream, will be performed from Feb. 1-4, while Jan. 30-31 will see the company dance to works by Jerome Robbins, Benjamin Millepied[...]
Date Nights DC
Date Nights DC
Feb 3 all-day
Date Nights DC
Do date night right with Date Nights DC this February. Enjoy deals and discounts from attractions, hotels and restaurants, peruse more than 100 date ideas and read up on DC’s most romantic spots. Make sure to share your date night on social media using #MyDCcool and follow @visitwashingtondc on Instagram for a chance to win weekly prizes.
Jackson Pollock’s ‘Mural’
Jackson Pollock’s ‘Mural’ @ National Gallery of Art
Feb 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[...]
Riverdance
Riverdance @ Warner Theatre
Feb 3 all-day
Riverdance @ Warner Theatre | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Riverdance has been an international dance sensation for 20 years, and now, the Irish production is embarking on a world tour to celebrate the occasion. One of its stops will be the Warner Theatre in DC, where the audience will be treated to new costumes, lighting and projections, as well as a new composition featuring the female[...]
Washington Auto Show
Washington Auto Show @ Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Feb 3 all-day
Washington Auto Show @ Walter E. Washington Convention Center | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
One of the nation’s largest auto shows calls DC home, and the 2018 edition will be quite the spectacle. Car lovers will be dazzled by over 600 new makes and models from more than 35 manufacturers. Local sports stars and mascots will be on hand, to go along with a fascinating ART-of-Motion exhibition, VIP tours led by leading[...]
Washington Dollar Days: Tour for a Buck
Washington Dollar Days: Tour for a Buck @ Tudor Place
Feb 3 all-day
Washington Dollar Days: Tour for a Buck @ Tudor Place | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Don’t miss your chance to practice the frugality our founding father approved of: George Washington was born in February, and we’re celebrating him all month through artifacts, furnishings, and stories, all for just one “Washington dollar!” Open every day but Monday, with tours beginning hourly. (The day’s final tour begins at 3 p.m.) Tudor Place[...]
Women’s Voices Theater Festival
Women’s Voices Theater Festival
Feb 3 all-day
Women’s Voices Theater Festival
Following the success of the inaugural festival in 2015, DC’s theater community comes together again to mount a citywide festival in celebration of female playwrights. This month-long festival will celebrate the incredible impact that women have on theater, from behind-the-scenes roles to starring on stage. More than 20 theaters in the metro area will stage a new play[...]
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
Feb 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[...]
‘Beautiful Blooms: Flowering Plants on Stamps’ 10:00 am
‘Beautiful Blooms: Flowering Plants on Stamps’ @ National Postal Museum
Feb 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[...]
‘Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia’ 10:00 am
‘Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia’ @ Freer | Sackler Galleries
Feb 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
Feb 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 Her Words: Women’s Duty and Service in World War I’ 10:00 am
‘In Her Words: Women’s Duty and Service in World War I’ @ National Postal Museum
Feb 3 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
‘In Her Words: Women’s Duty and Service in World War I’ @ National Postal Museum | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
The National Postal Museum explores the role of women during World War I in this new exhibit. The letters and artifacts of four women inform In Her Words, illuminating how important the war was for women’s rights and labor in the U.S., as thousands served in and alongside the military during the struggle.
‘Making Room: Housing for a Changing America’ 10:00 am
‘Making Room: Housing for a Changing America’ @ National Building Museum
Feb 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
Feb 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
Feb 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
Feb 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
Feb 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
Feb 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
Feb 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[...]
Secrets of the Lacquer Buddha 10:00 am
Secrets of the Lacquer Buddha @ Sackler Galleries
Feb 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
Feb 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.
What Absence Is Made Of 10:00 am
What Absence Is Made Of @ Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
Feb 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
Feb 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
Feb 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 Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers’ 11:30 am
‘The Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers’ @ National Portrait Gallery
Feb 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
Feb 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[...]
Recent Acquisitions at the National Portrait Gallery 11:30 am
Recent Acquisitions at the National Portrait Gallery @ National Portrait Gallery
Feb 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.
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‘1968: Civil Rights at 50’
‘1968: Civil Rights at 50’ @ Newseum
Feb 4 all-day
‘1968: Civil Rights at 50’ @ Newseum | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
As part of its Civil Rights at 50 series, Newseum will highlight the pivotal year of 1968. Explore the essential and tragic events of this year through stunning photography and interactive elements. You will learn more about the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, the important Black Power protest at the Olympics and much, much[...]
‘4,380 Nights’
‘4,380 Nights’ @ Signature Theatre
Feb 4 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[...]
‘Digging Up Dessa’
‘Digging Up Dessa’ @ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Feb 4 all-day
‘Digging Up Dessa’ @ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
The tale of Dessa is part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival, a story filled with history, treasure and mysteries to be solved, enjoyable for the whole family. During a museum trip, Dessa runs into Mary Anning, who just happens to be a 19th-century paleontologist whose vast contributions have been buried due to her gender and[...]
‘Hamlet’
‘Hamlet’
Feb 4 all-day
‘Hamlet’
The Shakespeare Theatre Company takes on quite possibly the greatest tragedy of Western literature this January. Hamlet comes home from college after his father’s sudden death to find his mother remarried, his uncle in power and, in turn, his entire world turned upside down. After being visited by the ghost of his father, Hamlet must decide whether[...]
‘Hung Liu In Print’
‘Hung Liu In Print’ @ National Museum of Women in the Arts
Feb 4 all-day
‘Hung Liu In Print’ @ National Museum of Women in the Arts | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Chinese artist Hung Liu is the focus of this exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Liu is most commonly known as a painter, but her printmaking is also of note, as she uses an array of techniques, surfaces and colors to showcase her unique brand of realism. Her works deal with issues[...]
‘In the Tower: Anne Truitt’
‘In the Tower: Anne Truitt’ @ National Gallery of Art East Building
Feb 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[...]
‘Jefferson’s Garden’
‘Jefferson’s Garden’ @ Ford’s Theatre
Feb 4 all-day
‘Jefferson’s Garden’ @ Ford’s Theatre | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
The contrast of America’s founding fathers’ ideals and the truth of freedom in this country are explored in this new production set to be staged at Ford’s Theatre as part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival. A Quaker pacifist decides to fight in the American Revolution. An enslaved woman leans towards fighting for the British due to[...]
‘Michel Sittow: Estonian Painter at the Courts of Renaissance Europe’
‘Michel Sittow: Estonian Painter at the Courts of Renaissance Europe’ @ National Gallery of Art
Feb 4 all-day
‘Michel Sittow: Estonian Painter at the Courts of Renaissance Europe’ @ National Gallery of Art | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
In honor of the centennial of the Estonian Republic, the Art Museum of Estonia and the National Gallery of Art have collaborated on this exhibit dedicated to Estonia’s greatest Renaissance art, Michel Sittow. Roughly 20 of Sittow’s works will be on display, with an examination of his art in a broader context, including his relationship to his[...]
‘Outliers and American Vanguard Art’
‘Outliers and American Vanguard Art’ @ National Gallery of Art
Feb 4 all-day
‘Outliers and American Vanguard Art’ @ National Gallery of Art | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Challenging popular assumptions about creativity and artistic process, this National Gallery of Art exhibit comprises 300 works by self-taught American artists such as Horace Pippen and Janet Sobel. Observing three separate time periods when popular and underground art merged, the exhibit will also examine recently made, radical work that has shifted the concept of mainstream art altogether.[...]
‘Parallel Universe’
‘Parallel Universe’ @ ARTECHOUSE
Feb 4 all-day
‘Parallel Universe’ @ ARTECHOUSE | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Ouchhh, a Turkish art studio, built this jaw-dropping exhibit currently on display at ARTECHOUSE. Parallel Universe is composed of four installations, each featuring 3D motion mapped projections influenced by mathematics, science and astrology. The immersive, audiovisual experience explores nature, space and the effect of new digital media. Prepare to be wowed. Tickets
‘Sovereignty’
‘Sovereignty’ @ Arena Stage
Feb 4 all-day
‘Sovereignty’ @ Arena Stage | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival, this Arena Stagedrama concerns a young Cherokee lawyer who learns, while fighting for her nation’s independence, why some wounds never heal. During her battle, Sarah Ridge Polson must face the tragedies of the Cherokee Nation, encountering historical figures like Andrew Jackson, as well as the ghosts of her own[...]
‘Ten Americans’
‘Ten Americans’ @ The Phillips Collection
Feb 4 all-day
‘Ten Americans’ @ The Phillips Collection | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Swiss artist Paul Klee had an immense influence on Abstract Expressionist and Color Field painting in America in the mid-20th century, and this new exhibit at The Phillips Collection will fully explore this effect. Across more than 60 paintings, prints and drawings, visitors will see how Klee’s art and philosophy was interpreted by seminal American artists such[...]
‘The Great Society’
‘The Great Society’ @ Arena Stage
Feb 4 all-day
‘The Great Society’ @ Arena Stage | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
The sequel to Robert Schenkkan’s Tony Award-winning All the Way, this Arena Stageproduction concludes the thrilling story of Lyndon B. Johnson’s time in the White House. In The Great Society, America is at war with itself, as civil rights and Vietnam War protests divide the country. All the while, LBJ strives to maintain a relationship with Martin Luther[...]
‘The Lathe of Heaven’
‘The Lathe of Heaven’ @ Davis Performing Arts Center at Georgetown University
Feb 4 all-day
‘The Lathe of Heaven’ @ Davis Performing Arts Center at Georgetown University | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
This Women’s Voices Theater Festival production will begin at Georgetown University (Jan. 25-27), then move to Spooky Action Theater for a four-weekend run. In The Lathe of Heaven, George Orr can alter reality with his dreams, and of course, there’s a doctor who wants to exploit his incredible skill. After the doctor messes with reality, dire[...]
‘The Marines and Tet’
‘The Marines and Tet’ @ Newseum
Feb 4 all-day
‘The Marines and Tet’ @ Newseum | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
The infamous Tet Offensive is given in-depth treatment with this exhibit at the Newseum. The unexpected strike from the North Vietnamese forces on the Tet holiday altered the course of the Vietnam War. One of the more than 100 cities and villages struck was Huêˊ, where photographer John Olson captured the violence and its aftermath. His[...]
‘The Way of the World’
‘The Way of the World’ @ Folger Theatre
Feb 4 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[...]
‘The Wolves’
‘The Wolves’ @ Studio Theatre
Feb 4 all-day
‘The Wolves’ @ Studio Theatre | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Dive into the spellbinding world of winter indoor soccer in this new play from Studio Theatre. Meet the Wolves, a team of 16-year old girls who are undefeated on the field but deal with plenty of life’s pressures and conflicts off it. The struggles of adolescence, the importance of friendship and the fears of transitioning[...]
‘Unnecessary Farce’
‘Unnecessary Farce’ @ The Keegan Theatre
Feb 4 all-day
‘Unnecessary Farce’ @ The Keegan Theatre | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Hilarious confusion reigns in this crime caper/comedy at The Keegan Theatre. Two cops have set up a sting operation on a crooked mayor, observing a cheap motel room where his female accountant awaits his arrival. However, a mix-up ensues, as no one is sure who’s in which room, who’s on videotape, where the money is,[...]
American Ballet Theatre: ‘Whipped Cream’ / Works by Ratmansky, Millepied & Wheeldon
American Ballet Theatre: ‘Whipped Cream’ / Works by Ratmansky, Millepied & Wheeldon @ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Feb 4 all-day
American Ballet Theatre: ‘Whipped Cream’ / Works by Ratmansky, Millepied & Wheeldon @ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
The American Ballet Theatre takes on a slew of noteworthy and inspired compositions in this series of performances, including several by Alexei Ratmansky, the Kennedy Center’s current Artist in Residence. His full-length story ballet, Whipped Cream, will be performed from Feb. 1-4, while Jan. 30-31 will see the company dance to works by Jerome Robbins, Benjamin Millepied[...]
Date Nights DC
Date Nights DC
Feb 4 all-day
Date Nights DC
Do date night right with Date Nights DC this February. Enjoy deals and discounts from attractions, hotels and restaurants, peruse more than 100 date ideas and read up on DC’s most romantic spots. Make sure to share your date night on social media using #MyDCcool and follow @visitwashingtondc on Instagram for a chance to win weekly prizes.
Jackson Pollock’s ‘Mural’
Jackson Pollock’s ‘Mural’ @ National Gallery of Art
Feb 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[...]
Riverdance
Riverdance @ Warner Theatre
Feb 4 all-day
Riverdance @ Warner Theatre | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Riverdance has been an international dance sensation for 20 years, and now, the Irish production is embarking on a world tour to celebrate the occasion. One of its stops will be the Warner Theatre in DC, where the audience will be treated to new costumes, lighting and projections, as well as a new composition featuring the female[...]
Washington Auto Show
Washington Auto Show @ Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Feb 4 all-day
Washington Auto Show @ Walter E. Washington Convention Center | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
One of the nation’s largest auto shows calls DC home, and the 2018 edition will be quite the spectacle. Car lovers will be dazzled by over 600 new makes and models from more than 35 manufacturers. Local sports stars and mascots will be on hand, to go along with a fascinating ART-of-Motion exhibition, VIP tours led by leading[...]
Washington Dollar Days: Tour for a Buck
Washington Dollar Days: Tour for a Buck @ Tudor Place
Feb 4 all-day
Washington Dollar Days: Tour for a Buck @ Tudor Place | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Don’t miss your chance to practice the frugality our founding father approved of: George Washington was born in February, and we’re celebrating him all month through artifacts, furnishings, and stories, all for just one “Washington dollar!” Open every day but Monday, with tours beginning hourly. (The day’s final tour begins at 3 p.m.) Tudor Place[...]
Women’s Voices Theater Festival
Women’s Voices Theater Festival
Feb 4 all-day
Women’s Voices Theater Festival
Following the success of the inaugural festival in 2015, DC’s theater community comes together again to mount a citywide festival in celebration of female playwrights. This month-long festival will celebrate the incredible impact that women have on theater, from behind-the-scenes roles to starring on stage. More than 20 theaters in the metro area will stage a new play[...]
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
Feb 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[...]
‘Beautiful Blooms: Flowering Plants on Stamps’ 10:00 am
‘Beautiful Blooms: Flowering Plants on Stamps’ @ National Postal Museum
Feb 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[...]
‘Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia’ 10:00 am
‘Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia’ @ Freer | Sackler Galleries
Feb 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
Feb 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 Her Words: Women’s Duty and Service in World War I’ 10:00 am
‘In Her Words: Women’s Duty and Service in World War I’ @ National Postal Museum
Feb 4 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
‘In Her Words: Women’s Duty and Service in World War I’ @ National Postal Museum | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
The National Postal Museum explores the role of women during World War I in this new exhibit. The letters and artifacts of four women inform In Her Words, illuminating how important the war was for women’s rights and labor in the U.S., as thousands served in and alongside the military during the struggle.
‘Making Room: Housing for a Changing America’ 10:00 am
‘Making Room: Housing for a Changing America’ @ National Building Museum
Feb 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
Feb 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
Feb 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
Feb 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
Feb 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
Feb 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
Feb 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[...]
Secrets of the Lacquer Buddha 10:00 am
Secrets of the Lacquer Buddha @ Sackler Galleries
Feb 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
Feb 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.
What Absence Is Made Of 10:00 am
What Absence Is Made Of @ Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
Feb 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
Feb 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
Feb 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 Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers’ 11:30 am
‘The Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers’ @ National Portrait Gallery
Feb 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
Feb 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[...]
Recent Acquisitions at the National Portrait Gallery 11:30 am
Recent Acquisitions at the National Portrait Gallery @ National Portrait Gallery
Feb 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.
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‘1968: Civil Rights at 50’
‘1968: Civil Rights at 50’ @ Newseum
Feb 5 all-day
‘1968: Civil Rights at 50’ @ Newseum | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
As part of its Civil Rights at 50 series, Newseum will highlight the pivotal year of 1968. Explore the essential and tragic events of this year through stunning photography and interactive elements. You will learn more about the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, the important Black Power protest at the Olympics and much, much[...]
‘4,380 Nights’
‘4,380 Nights’ @ Signature Theatre
Feb 5 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[...]
‘Digging Up Dessa’
‘Digging Up Dessa’ @ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Feb 5 all-day
‘Digging Up Dessa’ @ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
The tale of Dessa is part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival, a story filled with history, treasure and mysteries to be solved, enjoyable for the whole family. During a museum trip, Dessa runs into Mary Anning, who just happens to be a 19th-century paleontologist whose vast contributions have been buried due to her gender and[...]
‘Familiar’
‘Familiar’ @ Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
Feb 5 all-day
‘Familiar’ @ Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Cultural and religious conventions bring about a familial clash in this Women’s Voices Theater Festival production from the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. An immigrant Zimbabwean family prepares for their daughter’s wedding, but when she states that she wants to observe a bride-price ceremony, a divide over tradition and assimilation emerges. The Tony-nominated Danai Gurira penned this[...]
‘Hamlet’
‘Hamlet’
Feb 5 all-day
‘Hamlet’
The Shakespeare Theatre Company takes on quite possibly the greatest tragedy of Western literature this January. Hamlet comes home from college after his father’s sudden death to find his mother remarried, his uncle in power and, in turn, his entire world turned upside down. After being visited by the ghost of his father, Hamlet must decide whether[...]
‘Hung Liu In Print’
‘Hung Liu In Print’ @ National Museum of Women in the Arts
Feb 5 all-day
‘Hung Liu In Print’ @ National Museum of Women in the Arts | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Chinese artist Hung Liu is the focus of this exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Liu is most commonly known as a painter, but her printmaking is also of note, as she uses an array of techniques, surfaces and colors to showcase her unique brand of realism. Her works deal with issues[...]
‘In the Tower: Anne Truitt’
‘In the Tower: Anne Truitt’ @ National Gallery of Art East Building
Feb 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[...]
‘Jefferson’s Garden’
‘Jefferson’s Garden’ @ Ford’s Theatre
Feb 5 all-day
‘Jefferson’s Garden’ @ Ford’s Theatre | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
The contrast of America’s founding fathers’ ideals and the truth of freedom in this country are explored in this new production set to be staged at Ford’s Theatre as part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival. A Quaker pacifist decides to fight in the American Revolution. An enslaved woman leans towards fighting for the British due to[...]
‘Michel Sittow: Estonian Painter at the Courts of Renaissance Europe’
‘Michel Sittow: Estonian Painter at the Courts of Renaissance Europe’ @ National Gallery of Art
Feb 5 all-day
‘Michel Sittow: Estonian Painter at the Courts of Renaissance Europe’ @ National Gallery of Art | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
In honor of the centennial of the Estonian Republic, the Art Museum of Estonia and the National Gallery of Art have collaborated on this exhibit dedicated to Estonia’s greatest Renaissance art, Michel Sittow. Roughly 20 of Sittow’s works will be on display, with an examination of his art in a broader context, including his relationship to his[...]
‘Outliers and American Vanguard Art’
‘Outliers and American Vanguard Art’ @ National Gallery of Art
Feb 5 all-day
‘Outliers and American Vanguard Art’ @ National Gallery of Art | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Challenging popular assumptions about creativity and artistic process, this National Gallery of Art exhibit comprises 300 works by self-taught American artists such as Horace Pippen and Janet Sobel. Observing three separate time periods when popular and underground art merged, the exhibit will also examine recently made, radical work that has shifted the concept of mainstream art altogether.[...]
‘Parallel Universe’
‘Parallel Universe’ @ ARTECHOUSE
Feb 5 all-day
‘Parallel Universe’ @ ARTECHOUSE | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Ouchhh, a Turkish art studio, built this jaw-dropping exhibit currently on display at ARTECHOUSE. Parallel Universe is composed of four installations, each featuring 3D motion mapped projections influenced by mathematics, science and astrology. The immersive, audiovisual experience explores nature, space and the effect of new digital media. Prepare to be wowed. Tickets
‘Sovereignty’
‘Sovereignty’ @ Arena Stage
Feb 5 all-day
‘Sovereignty’ @ Arena Stage | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival, this Arena Stagedrama concerns a young Cherokee lawyer who learns, while fighting for her nation’s independence, why some wounds never heal. During her battle, Sarah Ridge Polson must face the tragedies of the Cherokee Nation, encountering historical figures like Andrew Jackson, as well as the ghosts of her own[...]
‘Ten Americans’
‘Ten Americans’ @ The Phillips Collection
Feb 5 all-day
‘Ten Americans’ @ The Phillips Collection | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Swiss artist Paul Klee had an immense influence on Abstract Expressionist and Color Field painting in America in the mid-20th century, and this new exhibit at The Phillips Collection will fully explore this effect. Across more than 60 paintings, prints and drawings, visitors will see how Klee’s art and philosophy was interpreted by seminal American artists such[...]
‘The Great Society’
‘The Great Society’ @ Arena Stage
Feb 5 all-day
‘The Great Society’ @ Arena Stage | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
The sequel to Robert Schenkkan’s Tony Award-winning All the Way, this Arena Stageproduction concludes the thrilling story of Lyndon B. Johnson’s time in the White House. In The Great Society, America is at war with itself, as civil rights and Vietnam War protests divide the country. All the while, LBJ strives to maintain a relationship with Martin Luther[...]
‘The Lathe of Heaven’
‘The Lathe of Heaven’ @ Davis Performing Arts Center at Georgetown University
Feb 5 all-day
‘The Lathe of Heaven’ @ Davis Performing Arts Center at Georgetown University | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
This Women’s Voices Theater Festival production will begin at Georgetown University (Jan. 25-27), then move to Spooky Action Theater for a four-weekend run. In The Lathe of Heaven, George Orr can alter reality with his dreams, and of course, there’s a doctor who wants to exploit his incredible skill. After the doctor messes with reality, dire[...]
‘The Marines and Tet’
‘The Marines and Tet’ @ Newseum
Feb 5 all-day
‘The Marines and Tet’ @ Newseum | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
The infamous Tet Offensive is given in-depth treatment with this exhibit at the Newseum. The unexpected strike from the North Vietnamese forces on the Tet holiday altered the course of the Vietnam War. One of the more than 100 cities and villages struck was Huêˊ, where photographer John Olson captured the violence and its aftermath. His[...]
‘The Way of the World’
‘The Way of the World’ @ Folger Theatre
Feb 5 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[...]
‘The Wolves’
‘The Wolves’ @ Studio Theatre
Feb 5 all-day
‘The Wolves’ @ Studio Theatre | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Dive into the spellbinding world of winter indoor soccer in this new play from Studio Theatre. Meet the Wolves, a team of 16-year old girls who are undefeated on the field but deal with plenty of life’s pressures and conflicts off it. The struggles of adolescence, the importance of friendship and the fears of transitioning[...]
‘Unnecessary Farce’
‘Unnecessary Farce’ @ The Keegan Theatre
Feb 5 all-day
‘Unnecessary Farce’ @ The Keegan Theatre | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Hilarious confusion reigns in this crime caper/comedy at The Keegan Theatre. Two cops have set up a sting operation on a crooked mayor, observing a cheap motel room where his female accountant awaits his arrival. However, a mix-up ensues, as no one is sure who’s in which room, who’s on videotape, where the money is,[...]
Date Nights DC
Date Nights DC
Feb 5 all-day
Date Nights DC
Do date night right with Date Nights DC this February. Enjoy deals and discounts from attractions, hotels and restaurants, peruse more than 100 date ideas and read up on DC’s most romantic spots. Make sure to share your date night on social media using #MyDCcool and follow @visitwashingtondc on Instagram for a chance to win weekly prizes.
Jackson Pollock’s ‘Mural’
Jackson Pollock’s ‘Mural’ @ National Gallery of Art
Feb 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[...]
Washington Dollar Days: Tour for a Buck
Washington Dollar Days: Tour for a Buck @ Tudor Place
Feb 5 all-day
Washington Dollar Days: Tour for a Buck @ Tudor Place | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Don’t miss your chance to practice the frugality our founding father approved of: George Washington was born in February, and we’re celebrating him all month through artifacts, furnishings, and stories, all for just one “Washington dollar!” Open every day but Monday, with tours beginning hourly. (The day’s final tour begins at 3 p.m.) Tudor Place[...]
Women’s Voices Theater Festival
Women’s Voices Theater Festival
Feb 5 all-day
Women’s Voices Theater Festival
Following the success of the inaugural festival in 2015, DC’s theater community comes together again to mount a citywide festival in celebration of female playwrights. This month-long festival will celebrate the incredible impact that women have on theater, from behind-the-scenes roles to starring on stage. More than 20 theaters in the metro area will stage a new play[...]
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
Feb 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[...]
‘Beautiful Blooms: Flowering Plants on Stamps’ 10:00 am
‘Beautiful Blooms: Flowering Plants on Stamps’ @ National Postal Museum
Feb 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[...]
‘Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia’ 10:00 am
‘Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia’ @ Freer | Sackler Galleries
Feb 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
Feb 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 Her Words: Women’s Duty and Service in World War I’ 10:00 am
‘In Her Words: Women’s Duty and Service in World War I’ @ National Postal Museum
Feb 5 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
‘In Her Words: Women’s Duty and Service in World War I’ @ National Postal Museum | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
The National Postal Museum explores the role of women during World War I in this new exhibit. The letters and artifacts of four women inform In Her Words, illuminating how important the war was for women’s rights and labor in the U.S., as thousands served in and alongside the military during the struggle.
‘Making Room: Housing for a Changing America’ 10:00 am
‘Making Room: Housing for a Changing America’ @ National Building Museum
Feb 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
Feb 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
Feb 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
Feb 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
Feb 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
Feb 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
Feb 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[...]
Secrets of the Lacquer Buddha 10:00 am
Secrets of the Lacquer Buddha @ Sackler Galleries
Feb 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
Feb 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.
What Absence Is Made Of 10:00 am
What Absence Is Made Of @ Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
Feb 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
Feb 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
Feb 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 Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers’ 11:30 am
‘The Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers’ @ National Portrait Gallery
Feb 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
Feb 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[...]
Recent Acquisitions at the National Portrait Gallery 11:30 am
Recent Acquisitions at the National Portrait Gallery @ National Portrait Gallery
Feb 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.
SZA 8:00 pm
SZA @ The Fillmore Silver Spring
Feb 5 @ 8:00 pm
SZA @ The Fillmore Silver Spring | Silver Spring | Maryland | United States
The Fillmore Silver Spring has already run out of tickets for this show, but you will want to have a look at the secondary market to catch a performance from SZA. Her 2017 debut album, Ctrl, was on numerous best-of lists, marking the arrival of a striking new voice and sound in R&B. Equally influenced by John Coltrane and Wu-Tang Clan,[...]
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‘1968: Civil Rights at 50’
‘1968: Civil Rights at 50’ @ Newseum
Feb 6 all-day
‘1968: Civil Rights at 50’ @ Newseum | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
As part of its Civil Rights at 50 series, Newseum will highlight the pivotal year of 1968. Explore the essential and tragic events of this year through stunning photography and interactive elements. You will learn more about the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, the important Black Power protest at the Olympics and much, much[...]
‘4,380 Nights’
‘4,380 Nights’ @ Signature Theatre
Feb 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[...]
‘Digging Up Dessa’
‘Digging Up Dessa’ @ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Feb 6 all-day
‘Digging Up Dessa’ @ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
The tale of Dessa is part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival, a story filled with history, treasure and mysteries to be solved, enjoyable for the whole family. During a museum trip, Dessa runs into Mary Anning, who just happens to be a 19th-century paleontologist whose vast contributions have been buried due to her gender and[...]
‘Familiar’
‘Familiar’ @ Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
Feb 6 all-day
‘Familiar’ @ Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Cultural and religious conventions bring about a familial clash in this Women’s Voices Theater Festival production from the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. An immigrant Zimbabwean family prepares for their daughter’s wedding, but when she states that she wants to observe a bride-price ceremony, a divide over tradition and assimilation emerges. The Tony-nominated Danai Gurira penned this[...]
‘Hamlet’
‘Hamlet’
Feb 6 all-day
‘Hamlet’
The Shakespeare Theatre Company takes on quite possibly the greatest tragedy of Western literature this January. Hamlet comes home from college after his father’s sudden death to find his mother remarried, his uncle in power and, in turn, his entire world turned upside down. After being visited by the ghost of his father, Hamlet must decide whether[...]
‘Hung Liu In Print’
‘Hung Liu In Print’ @ National Museum of Women in the Arts
Feb 6 all-day
‘Hung Liu In Print’ @ National Museum of Women in the Arts | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Chinese artist Hung Liu is the focus of this exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Liu is most commonly known as a painter, but her printmaking is also of note, as she uses an array of techniques, surfaces and colors to showcase her unique brand of realism. Her works deal with issues[...]
‘In the Tower: Anne Truitt’
‘In the Tower: Anne Truitt’ @ National Gallery of Art East Building
Feb 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[...]
‘Jefferson’s Garden’
‘Jefferson’s Garden’ @ Ford’s Theatre
Feb 6 all-day
‘Jefferson’s Garden’ @ Ford’s Theatre | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
The contrast of America’s founding fathers’ ideals and the truth of freedom in this country are explored in this new production set to be staged at Ford’s Theatre as part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival. A Quaker pacifist decides to fight in the American Revolution. An enslaved woman leans towards fighting for the British due to[...]
‘Light Years’
‘Light Years’ @ Signature Theatre Company
Feb 6 all-day
‘Light Years’ @ Signature Theatre Company | Arlington | Virginia | United States
Robbie Schaefer of the folk band Eddie from Ohio headlines this new production at Signature Theatre in Arlington, Va. Robbie will tell tales about growing up in India, pursuing a musical career, his relationship with his father and his father’s own dark past. Expect riveting folk-rock songs throughout, as Robbie tells an unforgettable story of immigration, music[...]
‘Michel Sittow: Estonian Painter at the Courts of Renaissance Europe’
‘Michel Sittow: Estonian Painter at the Courts of Renaissance Europe’ @ National Gallery of Art
Feb 6 all-day
‘Michel Sittow: Estonian Painter at the Courts of Renaissance Europe’ @ National Gallery of Art | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
In honor of the centennial of the Estonian Republic, the Art Museum of Estonia and the National Gallery of Art have collaborated on this exhibit dedicated to Estonia’s greatest Renaissance art, Michel Sittow. Roughly 20 of Sittow’s works will be on display, with an examination of his art in a broader context, including his relationship to his[...]
‘Noura’
‘Noura’ @ Lansburgh Theatre
Feb 6 all-day
‘Noura’ @ Lansburgh Theatre | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
This Women’s Voice Theater Festival production will be can’t-miss fare from the Shakespeare Theatre Company. As an Iraqi couple prepares to celebrate their first Christmas as American citizens, Noura looks forward to welcoming a guest—a young Iraqi refugee. But Maryam’s arrival upends the family, forcing them to confront who they have become. Tickets
‘Outliers and American Vanguard Art’
‘Outliers and American Vanguard Art’ @ National Gallery of Art
Feb 6 all-day
‘Outliers and American Vanguard Art’ @ National Gallery of Art | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Challenging popular assumptions about creativity and artistic process, this National Gallery of Art exhibit comprises 300 works by self-taught American artists such as Horace Pippen and Janet Sobel. Observing three separate time periods when popular and underground art merged, the exhibit will also examine recently made, radical work that has shifted the concept of mainstream art altogether.[...]
‘Parallel Universe’
‘Parallel Universe’ @ ARTECHOUSE
Feb 6 all-day
‘Parallel Universe’ @ ARTECHOUSE | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Ouchhh, a Turkish art studio, built this jaw-dropping exhibit currently on display at ARTECHOUSE. Parallel Universe is composed of four installations, each featuring 3D motion mapped projections influenced by mathematics, science and astrology. The immersive, audiovisual experience explores nature, space and the effect of new digital media. Prepare to be wowed. Tickets
‘Something Rotten!’
‘Something Rotten!’ @ The National Theatre
Feb 6 all-day
‘Something Rotten!’ @ The National Theatre | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Two brothers set out to write the first musical in this play that has garnered 10 Tony nominations, including Best Play. Set in the 1590s, Something Rotten! follows Nick and Nigel Bottom, who are desperate to write a smash hit, but unfortunately, some dude named Shakespeare keeps getting all the attention. After a soothsayer informs the brothers[...]
‘Sovereignty’
‘Sovereignty’ @ Arena Stage
Feb 6 all-day
‘Sovereignty’ @ Arena Stage | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival, this Arena Stagedrama concerns a young Cherokee lawyer who learns, while fighting for her nation’s independence, why some wounds never heal. During her battle, Sarah Ridge Polson must face the tragedies of the Cherokee Nation, encountering historical figures like Andrew Jackson, as well as the ghosts of her own[...]
‘Ten Americans’
‘Ten Americans’ @ The Phillips Collection
Feb 6 all-day
‘Ten Americans’ @ The Phillips Collection | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Swiss artist Paul Klee had an immense influence on Abstract Expressionist and Color Field painting in America in the mid-20th century, and this new exhibit at The Phillips Collection will fully explore this effect. Across more than 60 paintings, prints and drawings, visitors will see how Klee’s art and philosophy was interpreted by seminal American artists such[...]
‘The Great Society’
‘The Great Society’ @ Arena Stage
Feb 6 all-day
‘The Great Society’ @ Arena Stage | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
The sequel to Robert Schenkkan’s Tony Award-winning All the Way, this Arena Stageproduction concludes the thrilling story of Lyndon B. Johnson’s time in the White House. In The Great Society, America is at war with itself, as civil rights and Vietnam War protests divide the country. All the while, LBJ strives to maintain a relationship with Martin Luther[...]
‘The Lathe of Heaven’
‘The Lathe of Heaven’ @ Davis Performing Arts Center at Georgetown University
Feb 6 all-day
‘The Lathe of Heaven’ @ Davis Performing Arts Center at Georgetown University | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
This Women’s Voices Theater Festival production will begin at Georgetown University (Jan. 25-27), then move to Spooky Action Theater for a four-weekend run. In The Lathe of Heaven, George Orr can alter reality with his dreams, and of course, there’s a doctor who wants to exploit his incredible skill. After the doctor messes with reality, dire[...]
‘The Marines and Tet’
‘The Marines and Tet’ @ Newseum
Feb 6 all-day
‘The Marines and Tet’ @ Newseum | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
The infamous Tet Offensive is given in-depth treatment with this exhibit at the Newseum. The unexpected strike from the North Vietnamese forces on the Tet holiday altered the course of the Vietnam War. One of the more than 100 cities and villages struck was Huêˊ, where photographer John Olson captured the violence and its aftermath. His[...]
‘The Way of the World’
‘The Way of the World’ @ Folger Theatre
Feb 6 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[...]
‘The Wolves’
‘The Wolves’ @ Studio Theatre
Feb 6 all-day
‘The Wolves’ @ Studio Theatre | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Dive into the spellbinding world of winter indoor soccer in this new play from Studio Theatre. Meet the Wolves, a team of 16-year old girls who are undefeated on the field but deal with plenty of life’s pressures and conflicts off it. The struggles of adolescence, the importance of friendship and the fears of transitioning[...]
‘Unnecessary Farce’
‘Unnecessary Farce’ @ The Keegan Theatre
Feb 6 all-day
‘Unnecessary Farce’ @ The Keegan Theatre | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Hilarious confusion reigns in this crime caper/comedy at The Keegan Theatre. Two cops have set up a sting operation on a crooked mayor, observing a cheap motel room where his female accountant awaits his arrival. However, a mix-up ensues, as no one is sure who’s in which room, who’s on videotape, where the money is,[...]
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater @ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Feb 6 all-day
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater @ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
The preeminent modern dance company returns to the Kennedy Center with a program that addresses race relations and the enduring influence of Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie and other important musicians. The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater production also includes new works by artistic director Robert Battle. Get ready to be united by the power of dance this[...]
Date Nights DC
Date Nights DC
Feb 6 all-day
Date Nights DC
Do date night right with Date Nights DC this February. Enjoy deals and discounts from attractions, hotels and restaurants, peruse more than 100 date ideas and read up on DC’s most romantic spots. Make sure to share your date night on social media using #MyDCcool and follow @visitwashingtondc on Instagram for a chance to win weekly prizes.
Jackson Pollock’s ‘Mural’
Jackson Pollock’s ‘Mural’ @ National Gallery of Art
Feb 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[...]
Washington Dollar Days: Tour for a Buck
Washington Dollar Days: Tour for a Buck @ Tudor Place
Feb 6 all-day
Washington Dollar Days: Tour for a Buck @ Tudor Place | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Don’t miss your chance to practice the frugality our founding father approved of: George Washington was born in February, and we’re celebrating him all month through artifacts, furnishings, and stories, all for just one “Washington dollar!” Open every day but Monday, with tours beginning hourly. (The day’s final tour begins at 3 p.m.) Tudor Place[...]
Women’s Voices Theater Festival
Women’s Voices Theater Festival
Feb 6 all-day
Women’s Voices Theater Festival
Following the success of the inaugural festival in 2015, DC’s theater community comes together again to mount a citywide festival in celebration of female playwrights. This month-long festival will celebrate the incredible impact that women have on theater, from behind-the-scenes roles to starring on stage. More than 20 theaters in the metro area will stage a new play[...]
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
Feb 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[...]
‘Beautiful Blooms: Flowering Plants on Stamps’ 10:00 am
‘Beautiful Blooms: Flowering Plants on Stamps’ @ National Postal Museum
Feb 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[...]
‘Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia’ 10:00 am
‘Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia’ @ Freer | Sackler Galleries
Feb 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
Feb 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[...]
‘In Her Words: Women’s Duty and Service in World War I’ 10:00 am
‘In Her Words: Women’s Duty and Service in World War I’ @ National Postal Museum
Feb 6 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
‘In Her Words: Women’s Duty and Service in World War I’ @ National Postal Museum | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
The National Postal Museum explores the role of women during World War I in this new exhibit. The letters and artifacts of four women inform In Her Words, illuminating how important the war was for women’s rights and labor in the U.S., as thousands served in and alongside the military during the struggle.
‘Making Room: Housing for a Changing America’ 10:00 am
‘Making Room: Housing for a Changing America’ @ National Building Museum
Feb 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
Feb 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
Feb 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
Feb 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
Feb 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
Feb 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
Feb 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[...]
Secrets of the Lacquer Buddha 10:00 am
Secrets of the Lacquer Buddha @ Sackler Galleries
Feb 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
Feb 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.
What Absence Is Made Of 10:00 am
What Absence Is Made Of @ Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
Feb 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
Feb 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
Feb 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 Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers’ 11:30 am
‘The Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers’ @ National Portrait Gallery
Feb 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
Feb 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[...]
Recent Acquisitions at the National Portrait Gallery 11:30 am
Recent Acquisitions at the National Portrait Gallery @ National Portrait Gallery
Feb 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.
Vice President Joe Biden: American Promise Tour 8:00 pm
Vice President Joe Biden: American Promise Tour @ The Anthem
Feb 6 @ 8:00 pm
Vice President Joe Biden: American Promise Tour @ The Anthem | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
The Anthem hosts Joe Biden for an evening of stories, conversations and enlightenment. Biden will discuss important political moments in his career and life-changing decisions and challenges he faced along the way, including the tragic loss of his son, Beau. A special perk: our ticket purchase will include a copy of Biden’s new memoir. Tickets
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‘1968: Civil Rights at 50’
‘1968: Civil Rights at 50’ @ Newseum
Feb 7 all-day
‘1968: Civil Rights at 50’ @ Newseum | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
As part of its Civil Rights at 50 series, Newseum will highlight the pivotal year of 1968. Explore the essential and tragic events of this year through stunning photography and interactive elements. You will learn more about the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, the important Black Power protest at the Olympics and much, much[...]
‘4,380 Nights’
‘4,380 Nights’ @ Signature Theatre
Feb 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[...]
‘Digging Up Dessa’
‘Digging Up Dessa’ @ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Feb 7 all-day
‘Digging Up Dessa’ @ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
The tale of Dessa is part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival, a story filled with history, treasure and mysteries to be solved, enjoyable for the whole family. During a museum trip, Dessa runs into Mary Anning, who just happens to be a 19th-century paleontologist whose vast contributions have been buried due to her gender and[...]
‘Familiar’
‘Familiar’ @ Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
Feb 7 all-day
‘Familiar’ @ Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Cultural and religious conventions bring about a familial clash in this Women’s Voices Theater Festival production from the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. An immigrant Zimbabwean family prepares for their daughter’s wedding, but when she states that she wants to observe a bride-price ceremony, a divide over tradition and assimilation emerges. The Tony-nominated Danai Gurira penned this[...]
‘Hamlet’
‘Hamlet’
Feb 7 all-day
‘Hamlet’
The Shakespeare Theatre Company takes on quite possibly the greatest tragedy of Western literature this January. Hamlet comes home from college after his father’s sudden death to find his mother remarried, his uncle in power and, in turn, his entire world turned upside down. After being visited by the ghost of his father, Hamlet must decide whether[...]
‘Hung Liu In Print’
‘Hung Liu In Print’ @ National Museum of Women in the Arts
Feb 7 all-day
‘Hung Liu In Print’ @ National Museum of Women in the Arts | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Chinese artist Hung Liu is the focus of this exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Liu is most commonly known as a painter, but her printmaking is also of note, as she uses an array of techniques, surfaces and colors to showcase her unique brand of realism. Her works deal with issues[...]
‘In the Tower: Anne Truitt’
‘In the Tower: Anne Truitt’ @ National Gallery of Art East Building
Feb 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[...]
‘Jefferson’s Garden’
‘Jefferson’s Garden’ @ Ford’s Theatre
Feb 7 all-day
‘Jefferson’s Garden’ @ Ford’s Theatre | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
The contrast of America’s founding fathers’ ideals and the truth of freedom in this country are explored in this new production set to be staged at Ford’s Theatre as part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival. A Quaker pacifist decides to fight in the American Revolution. An enslaved woman leans towards fighting for the British due to[...]
‘Light Years’
‘Light Years’ @ Signature Theatre Company
Feb 7 all-day
‘Light Years’ @ Signature Theatre Company | Arlington | Virginia | United States
Robbie Schaefer of the folk band Eddie from Ohio headlines this new production at Signature Theatre in Arlington, Va. Robbie will tell tales about growing up in India, pursuing a musical career, his relationship with his father and his father’s own dark past. Expect riveting folk-rock songs throughout, as Robbie tells an unforgettable story of immigration, music[...]
‘Michel Sittow: Estonian Painter at the Courts of Renaissance Europe’
‘Michel Sittow: Estonian Painter at the Courts of Renaissance Europe’ @ National Gallery of Art
Feb 7 all-day
‘Michel Sittow: Estonian Painter at the Courts of Renaissance Europe’ @ National Gallery of Art | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
In honor of the centennial of the Estonian Republic, the Art Museum of Estonia and the National Gallery of Art have collaborated on this exhibit dedicated to Estonia’s greatest Renaissance art, Michel Sittow. Roughly 20 of Sittow’s works will be on display, with an examination of his art in a broader context, including his relationship to his[...]
‘Noura’
‘Noura’ @ Lansburgh Theatre
Feb 7 all-day
‘Noura’ @ Lansburgh Theatre | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
This Women’s Voice Theater Festival production will be can’t-miss fare from the Shakespeare Theatre Company. As an Iraqi couple prepares to celebrate their first Christmas as American citizens, Noura looks forward to welcoming a guest—a young Iraqi refugee. But Maryam’s arrival upends the family, forcing them to confront who they have become. Tickets
‘Outliers and American Vanguard Art’
‘Outliers and American Vanguard Art’ @ National Gallery of Art
Feb 7 all-day
‘Outliers and American Vanguard Art’ @ National Gallery of Art | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Challenging popular assumptions about creativity and artistic process, this National Gallery of Art exhibit comprises 300 works by self-taught American artists such as Horace Pippen and Janet Sobel. Observing three separate time periods when popular and underground art merged, the exhibit will also examine recently made, radical work that has shifted the concept of mainstream art altogether.[...]
‘Parallel Universe’
‘Parallel Universe’ @ ARTECHOUSE
Feb 7 all-day
‘Parallel Universe’ @ ARTECHOUSE | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Ouchhh, a Turkish art studio, built this jaw-dropping exhibit currently on display at ARTECHOUSE. Parallel Universe is composed of four installations, each featuring 3D motion mapped projections influenced by mathematics, science and astrology. The immersive, audiovisual experience explores nature, space and the effect of new digital media. Prepare to be wowed. Tickets
‘Something Rotten!’
‘Something Rotten!’ @ The National Theatre
Feb 7 all-day
‘Something Rotten!’ @ The National Theatre | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Two brothers set out to write the first musical in this play that has garnered 10 Tony nominations, including Best Play. Set in the 1590s, Something Rotten! follows Nick and Nigel Bottom, who are desperate to write a smash hit, but unfortunately, some dude named Shakespeare keeps getting all the attention. After a soothsayer informs the brothers[...]
‘Sovereignty’
‘Sovereignty’ @ Arena Stage
Feb 7 all-day
‘Sovereignty’ @ Arena Stage | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival, this Arena Stagedrama concerns a young Cherokee lawyer who learns, while fighting for her nation’s independence, why some wounds never heal. During her battle, Sarah Ridge Polson must face the tragedies of the Cherokee Nation, encountering historical figures like Andrew Jackson, as well as the ghosts of her own[...]
‘Ten Americans’
‘Ten Americans’ @ The Phillips Collection
Feb 7 all-day
‘Ten Americans’ @ The Phillips Collection | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Swiss artist Paul Klee had an immense influence on Abstract Expressionist and Color Field painting in America in the mid-20th century, and this new exhibit at The Phillips Collection will fully explore this effect. Across more than 60 paintings, prints and drawings, visitors will see how Klee’s art and philosophy was interpreted by seminal American artists such[...]
‘The Great Society’
‘The Great Society’ @ Arena Stage
Feb 7 all-day
‘The Great Society’ @ Arena Stage | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
The sequel to Robert Schenkkan’s Tony Award-winning All the Way, this Arena Stageproduction concludes the thrilling story of Lyndon B. Johnson’s time in the White House. In The Great Society, America is at war with itself, as civil rights and Vietnam War protests divide the country. All the while, LBJ strives to maintain a relationship with Martin Luther[...]
‘The Lathe of Heaven’
‘The Lathe of Heaven’ @ Davis Performing Arts Center at Georgetown University
Feb 7 all-day
‘The Lathe of Heaven’ @ Davis Performing Arts Center at Georgetown University | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
This Women’s Voices Theater Festival production will begin at Georgetown University (Jan. 25-27), then move to Spooky Action Theater for a four-weekend run. In The Lathe of Heaven, George Orr can alter reality with his dreams, and of course, there’s a doctor who wants to exploit his incredible skill. After the doctor messes with reality, dire[...]
‘The Marines and Tet’
‘The Marines and Tet’ @ Newseum
Feb 7 all-day
‘The Marines and Tet’ @ Newseum | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
The infamous Tet Offensive is given in-depth treatment with this exhibit at the Newseum. The unexpected strike from the North Vietnamese forces on the Tet holiday altered the course of the Vietnam War. One of the more than 100 cities and villages struck was Huêˊ, where photographer John Olson captured the violence and its aftermath. His[...]
‘The Way of the World’
‘The Way of the World’ @ Folger Theatre
Feb 7 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[...]
‘The Wolves’
‘The Wolves’ @ Studio Theatre
Feb 7 all-day
‘The Wolves’ @ Studio Theatre | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Dive into the spellbinding world of winter indoor soccer in this new play from Studio Theatre. Meet the Wolves, a team of 16-year old girls who are undefeated on the field but deal with plenty of life’s pressures and conflicts off it. The struggles of adolescence, the importance of friendship and the fears of transitioning[...]
‘Unnecessary Farce’
‘Unnecessary Farce’ @ The Keegan Theatre
Feb 7 all-day
‘Unnecessary Farce’ @ The Keegan Theatre | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Hilarious confusion reigns in this crime caper/comedy at The Keegan Theatre. Two cops have set up a sting operation on a crooked mayor, observing a cheap motel room where his female accountant awaits his arrival. However, a mix-up ensues, as no one is sure who’s in which room, who’s on videotape, where the money is,[...]
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater @ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Feb 7 all-day
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater @ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
The preeminent modern dance company returns to the Kennedy Center with a program that addresses race relations and the enduring influence of Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie and other important musicians. The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater production also includes new works by artistic director Robert Battle. Get ready to be united by the power of dance this[...]
Date Nights DC
Date Nights DC
Feb 7 all-day
Date Nights DC
Do date night right with Date Nights DC this February. Enjoy deals and discounts from attractions, hotels and restaurants, peruse more than 100 date ideas and read up on DC’s most romantic spots. Make sure to share your date night on social media using #MyDCcool and follow @visitwashingtondc on Instagram for a chance to win weekly prizes.
Jackson Pollock’s ‘Mural’
Jackson Pollock’s ‘Mural’ @ National Gallery of Art
Feb 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[...]
Washington Dollar Days: Tour for a Buck
Washington Dollar Days: Tour for a Buck @ Tudor Place
Feb 7 all-day
Washington Dollar Days: Tour for a Buck @ Tudor Place | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Don’t miss your chance to practice the frugality our founding father approved of: George Washington was born in February, and we’re celebrating him all month through artifacts, furnishings, and stories, all for just one “Washington dollar!” Open every day but Monday, with tours beginning hourly. (The day’s final tour begins at 3 p.m.) Tudor Place[...]
Women’s Voices Theater Festival
Women’s Voices Theater Festival
Feb 7 all-day
Women’s Voices Theater Festival
Following the success of the inaugural festival in 2015, DC’s theater community comes together again to mount a citywide festival in celebration of female playwrights. This month-long festival will celebrate the incredible impact that women have on theater, from behind-the-scenes roles to starring on stage. More than 20 theaters in the metro area will stage a new play[...]
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
Feb 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
Feb 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[...]
‘Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia’ 10:00 am
‘Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia’ @ Freer | Sackler Galleries
Feb 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
Feb 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[...]
‘In Her Words: Women’s Duty and Service in World War I’ 10:00 am
‘In Her Words: Women’s Duty and Service in World War I’ @ National Postal Museum
Feb 7 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
‘In Her Words: Women’s Duty and Service in World War I’ @ National Postal Museum | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
The National Postal Museum explores the role of women during World War I in this new exhibit. The letters and artifacts of four women inform In Her Words, illuminating how important the war was for women’s rights and labor in the U.S., as thousands served in and alongside the military during the struggle.
‘Making Room: Housing for a Changing America’ 10:00 am
‘Making Room: Housing for a Changing America’ @ National Building Museum
Feb 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
Feb 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
Feb 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
Feb 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
Feb 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
Feb 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
Feb 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[...]
Secrets of the Lacquer Buddha 10:00 am
Secrets of the Lacquer Buddha @ Sackler Galleries
Feb 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
Feb 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.
What Absence Is Made Of 10:00 am
What Absence Is Made Of @ Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
Feb 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
Feb 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
Feb 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 Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers’ 11:30 am
‘The Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers’ @ National Portrait Gallery
Feb 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
Feb 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[...]
Recent Acquisitions at the National Portrait Gallery 11:30 am
Recent Acquisitions at the National Portrait Gallery @ National Portrait Gallery
Feb 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.
Girlpool 7:30 pm
Girlpool @ The Black Cat
Feb 7 @ 7:30 pm
Girlpool @ The Black Cat | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad form Girlpool, one of indie rock’s torch bearers as the 2020s approach. Their 2017 album, Powerplant, added drummer Miles Wintner to the mix, creating a fuller sound and an unforgettable record that received widespread acclaim. Cleo and Harmony make beautiful music together, with songs that cut straight to the point, whether[...]
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‘1968: Civil Rights at 50’
‘1968: Civil Rights at 50’ @ Newseum
Feb 8 all-day
‘1968: Civil Rights at 50’ @ Newseum | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
As part of its Civil Rights at 50 series, Newseum will highlight the pivotal year of 1968. Explore the essential and tragic events of this year through stunning photography and interactive elements. You will learn more about the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, the important Black Power protest at the Olympics and much, much[...]
‘4,380 Nights’
‘4,380 Nights’ @ Signature Theatre
Feb 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[...]
‘Digging Up Dessa’
‘Digging Up Dessa’ @ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Feb 8 all-day
‘Digging Up Dessa’ @ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
The tale of Dessa is part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival, a story filled with history, treasure and mysteries to be solved, enjoyable for the whole family. During a museum trip, Dessa runs into Mary Anning, who just happens to be a 19th-century paleontologist whose vast contributions have been buried due to her gender and[...]
‘Familiar’
‘Familiar’ @ Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
Feb 8 all-day
‘Familiar’ @ Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Cultural and religious conventions bring about a familial clash in this Women’s Voices Theater Festival production from the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. An immigrant Zimbabwean family prepares for their daughter’s wedding, but when she states that she wants to observe a bride-price ceremony, a divide over tradition and assimilation emerges. The Tony-nominated Danai Gurira penned this[...]
‘Hamlet’
‘Hamlet’
Feb 8 all-day
‘Hamlet’
The Shakespeare Theatre Company takes on quite possibly the greatest tragedy of Western literature this January. Hamlet comes home from college after his father’s sudden death to find his mother remarried, his uncle in power and, in turn, his entire world turned upside down. After being visited by the ghost of his father, Hamlet must decide whether[...]
‘Hung Liu In Print’
‘Hung Liu In Print’ @ National Museum of Women in the Arts
Feb 8 all-day
‘Hung Liu In Print’ @ National Museum of Women in the Arts | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Chinese artist Hung Liu is the focus of this exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Liu is most commonly known as a painter, but her printmaking is also of note, as she uses an array of techniques, surfaces and colors to showcase her unique brand of realism. Her works deal with issues[...]
‘In the Tower: Anne Truitt’
‘In the Tower: Anne Truitt’ @ National Gallery of Art East Building
Feb 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[...]
‘Jefferson’s Garden’
‘Jefferson’s Garden’ @ Ford’s Theatre
Feb 8 all-day
‘Jefferson’s Garden’ @ Ford’s Theatre | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
The contrast of America’s founding fathers’ ideals and the truth of freedom in this country are explored in this new production set to be staged at Ford’s Theatre as part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival. A Quaker pacifist decides to fight in the American Revolution. An enslaved woman leans towards fighting for the British due to[...]
‘Light Years’
‘Light Years’ @ Signature Theatre Company
Feb 8 all-day
‘Light Years’ @ Signature Theatre Company | Arlington | Virginia | United States
Robbie Schaefer of the folk band Eddie from Ohio headlines this new production at Signature Theatre in Arlington, Va. Robbie will tell tales about growing up in India, pursuing a musical career, his relationship with his father and his father’s own dark past. Expect riveting folk-rock songs throughout, as Robbie tells an unforgettable story of immigration, music[...]
‘Michel Sittow: Estonian Painter at the Courts of Renaissance Europe’
‘Michel Sittow: Estonian Painter at the Courts of Renaissance Europe’ @ National Gallery of Art
Feb 8 all-day
‘Michel Sittow: Estonian Painter at the Courts of Renaissance Europe’ @ National Gallery of Art | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
In honor of the centennial of the Estonian Republic, the Art Museum of Estonia and the National Gallery of Art have collaborated on this exhibit dedicated to Estonia’s greatest Renaissance art, Michel Sittow. Roughly 20 of Sittow’s works will be on display, with an examination of his art in a broader context, including his relationship to his[...]
‘Noura’
‘Noura’ @ Lansburgh Theatre
Feb 8 all-day
‘Noura’ @ Lansburgh Theatre | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
This Women’s Voice Theater Festival production will be can’t-miss fare from the Shakespeare Theatre Company. As an Iraqi couple prepares to celebrate their first Christmas as American citizens, Noura looks forward to welcoming a guest—a young Iraqi refugee. But Maryam’s arrival upends the family, forcing them to confront who they have become. Tickets
‘Outliers and American Vanguard Art’
‘Outliers and American Vanguard Art’ @ National Gallery of Art
Feb 8 all-day
‘Outliers and American Vanguard Art’ @ National Gallery of Art | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Challenging popular assumptions about creativity and artistic process, this National Gallery of Art exhibit comprises 300 works by self-taught American artists such as Horace Pippen and Janet Sobel. Observing three separate time periods when popular and underground art merged, the exhibit will also examine recently made, radical work that has shifted the concept of mainstream art altogether.[...]
‘Parallel Universe’
‘Parallel Universe’ @ ARTECHOUSE
Feb 8 all-day
‘Parallel Universe’ @ ARTECHOUSE | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Ouchhh, a Turkish art studio, built this jaw-dropping exhibit currently on display at ARTECHOUSE. Parallel Universe is composed of four installations, each featuring 3D motion mapped projections influenced by mathematics, science and astrology. The immersive, audiovisual experience explores nature, space and the effect of new digital media. Prepare to be wowed. Tickets
‘Something Rotten!’
‘Something Rotten!’ @ The National Theatre
Feb 8 all-day
‘Something Rotten!’ @ The National Theatre | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Two brothers set out to write the first musical in this play that has garnered 10 Tony nominations, including Best Play. Set in the 1590s, Something Rotten! follows Nick and Nigel Bottom, who are desperate to write a smash hit, but unfortunately, some dude named Shakespeare keeps getting all the attention. After a soothsayer informs the brothers[...]
‘Sovereignty’
‘Sovereignty’ @ Arena Stage
Feb 8 all-day
‘Sovereignty’ @ Arena Stage | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival, this Arena Stagedrama concerns a young Cherokee lawyer who learns, while fighting for her nation’s independence, why some wounds never heal. During her battle, Sarah Ridge Polson must face the tragedies of the Cherokee Nation, encountering historical figures like Andrew Jackson, as well as the ghosts of her own[...]
‘Ten Americans’
‘Ten Americans’ @ The Phillips Collection
Feb 8 all-day
‘Ten Americans’ @ The Phillips Collection | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Swiss artist Paul Klee had an immense influence on Abstract Expressionist and Color Field painting in America in the mid-20th century, and this new exhibit at The Phillips Collection will fully explore this effect. Across more than 60 paintings, prints and drawings, visitors will see how Klee’s art and philosophy was interpreted by seminal American artists such[...]
‘The Great Society’
‘The Great Society’ @ Arena Stage
Feb 8 all-day
‘The Great Society’ @ Arena Stage | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
The sequel to Robert Schenkkan’s Tony Award-winning All the Way, this Arena Stageproduction concludes the thrilling story of Lyndon B. Johnson’s time in the White House. In The Great Society, America is at war with itself, as civil rights and Vietnam War protests divide the country. All the while, LBJ strives to maintain a relationship with Martin Luther[...]
‘The Lathe of Heaven’
‘The Lathe of Heaven’ @ Davis Performing Arts Center at Georgetown University
Feb 8 all-day
‘The Lathe of Heaven’ @ Davis Performing Arts Center at Georgetown University | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
This Women’s Voices Theater Festival production will begin at Georgetown University (Jan. 25-27), then move to Spooky Action Theater for a four-weekend run. In The Lathe of Heaven, George Orr can alter reality with his dreams, and of course, there’s a doctor who wants to exploit his incredible skill. After the doctor messes with reality, dire[...]
‘The Marines and Tet’
‘The Marines and Tet’ @ Newseum
Feb 8 all-day
‘The Marines and Tet’ @ Newseum | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
The infamous Tet Offensive is given in-depth treatment with this exhibit at the Newseum. The unexpected strike from the North Vietnamese forces on the Tet holiday altered the course of the Vietnam War. One of the more than 100 cities and villages struck was Huêˊ, where photographer John Olson captured the violence and its aftermath. His[...]
‘The Way of the World’
‘The Way of the World’ @ Folger Theatre
Feb 8 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[...]
‘The Wolves’
‘The Wolves’ @ Studio Theatre
Feb 8 all-day
‘The Wolves’ @ Studio Theatre | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Dive into the spellbinding world of winter indoor soccer in this new play from Studio Theatre. Meet the Wolves, a team of 16-year old girls who are undefeated on the field but deal with plenty of life’s pressures and conflicts off it. The struggles of adolescence, the importance of friendship and the fears of transitioning[...]
‘Unnecessary Farce’
‘Unnecessary Farce’ @ The Keegan Theatre
Feb 8 all-day
‘Unnecessary Farce’ @ The Keegan Theatre | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Hilarious confusion reigns in this crime caper/comedy at The Keegan Theatre. Two cops have set up a sting operation on a crooked mayor, observing a cheap motel room where his female accountant awaits his arrival. However, a mix-up ensues, as no one is sure who’s in which room, who’s on videotape, where the money is,[...]
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater @ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Feb 8 all-day
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater @ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
The preeminent modern dance company returns to the Kennedy Center with a program that addresses race relations and the enduring influence of Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie and other important musicians. The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater production also includes new works by artistic director Robert Battle. Get ready to be united by the power of dance this[...]
Date Nights DC
Date Nights DC
Feb 8 all-day
Date Nights DC
Do date night right with Date Nights DC this February. Enjoy deals and discounts from attractions, hotels and restaurants, peruse more than 100 date ideas and read up on DC’s most romantic spots. Make sure to share your date night on social media using #MyDCcool and follow @visitwashingtondc on Instagram for a chance to win weekly prizes.
Jackson Pollock’s ‘Mural’
Jackson Pollock’s ‘Mural’ @ National Gallery of Art
Feb 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[...]
Washington Dollar Days: Tour for a Buck
Washington Dollar Days: Tour for a Buck @ Tudor Place
Feb 8 all-day
Washington Dollar Days: Tour for a Buck @ Tudor Place | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Don’t miss your chance to practice the frugality our founding father approved of: George Washington was born in February, and we’re celebrating him all month through artifacts, furnishings, and stories, all for just one “Washington dollar!” Open every day but Monday, with tours beginning hourly. (The day’s final tour begins at 3 p.m.) Tudor Place[...]
Women’s Voices Theater Festival
Women’s Voices Theater Festival
Feb 8 all-day
Women’s Voices Theater Festival
Following the success of the inaugural festival in 2015, DC’s theater community comes together again to mount a citywide festival in celebration of female playwrights. This month-long festival will celebrate the incredible impact that women have on theater, from behind-the-scenes roles to starring on stage. More than 20 theaters in the metro area will stage a new play[...]
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
Feb 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
Feb 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[...]
‘Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia’ 10:00 am
‘Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia’ @ Freer | Sackler Galleries
Feb 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
Feb 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[...]
‘In Her Words: Women’s Duty and Service in World War I’ 10:00 am
‘In Her Words: Women’s Duty and Service in World War I’ @ National Postal Museum
Feb 8 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
‘In Her Words: Women’s Duty and Service in World War I’ @ National Postal Museum | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
The National Postal Museum explores the role of women during World War I in this new exhibit. The letters and artifacts of four women inform In Her Words, illuminating how important the war was for women’s rights and labor in the U.S., as thousands served in and alongside the military during the struggle.
‘Making Room: Housing for a Changing America’ 10:00 am
‘Making Room: Housing for a Changing America’ @ National Building Museum
Feb 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
Feb 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
Feb 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
Feb 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
Feb 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
Feb 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
Feb 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[...]
Secrets of the Lacquer Buddha 10:00 am
Secrets of the Lacquer Buddha @ Sackler Galleries
Feb 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
Feb 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.
What Absence Is Made Of 10:00 am
What Absence Is Made Of @ Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
Feb 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
Feb 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
Feb 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 Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers’ 11:30 am
‘The Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers’ @ National Portrait Gallery
Feb 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
Feb 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
Feb 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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‘1968: Civil Rights at 50’
‘1968: Civil Rights at 50’ @ Newseum
Feb 9 all-day
‘1968: Civil Rights at 50’ @ Newseum | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
As part of its Civil Rights at 50 series, Newseum will highlight the pivotal year of 1968. Explore the essential and tragic events of this year through stunning photography and interactive elements. You will learn more about the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, the important Black Power protest at the Olympics and much, much[...]
‘4,380 Nights’
‘4,380 Nights’ @ Signature Theatre
Feb 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[...]
‘Digging Up Dessa’
‘Digging Up Dessa’ @ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Feb 9 all-day