Magnetic Fields
Utopian Projects
Uncommon Threads
DC Design HouseParticipating designers in the 2017 DC Design House (left) include Lauren Fisher, Margery Wedderburn, Susan Jamieson, Cindy McClure, Mary Amons, Kelley Proxmire, Lorna Gross, Marika Meyer, Josh Hildreth, Keira St. Claire-Bowery, Caryn Cramer, Erica Burns, Romain Baty, Karen Snyder, Paula Grace Halewski, Dennese Guadeloupe Rojas, J. Allen and Michelle Borden, Camille Saum, Susan Nelson and Todd Martz, Samantha Friedman, Allie Mann, Lisa Tureson and Kimberly Asner.
Luncheon of the Bottom Party
Encountering the Buddha
Uncommon Threads
DC Design HouseParticipating designers in the 2017 DC Design House (left) include Lauren Fisher, Margery Wedderburn, Susan Jamieson, Cindy McClure, Mary Amons, Kelley Proxmire, Lorna Gross, Marika Meyer, Josh Hildreth, Keira St. Claire-Bowery, Caryn Cramer, Erica Burns, Romain Baty, Karen Snyder, Paula Grace Halewski, Dennese Guadeloupe Rojas, J. Allen and Michelle Borden, Camille Saum, Susan Nelson and Todd Martz, Samantha Friedman, Allie Mann, Lisa Tureson and Kimberly Asner.
Luncheon of the Bottom Party
Encountering the Buddha

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National Museum of Women in the Arts

Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, the 1960s to Today

October 13 to January 21, 2018

The museum’s 30th-anniversary celebration includes this first-of-its-kind exhibit, exploring abstract works in a range of media by more than 20 African American women artists, focusing on how abstraction can convey personal iconography and universal themes. Works by Mavis Pusey, Alma Woodsey, and Shinique Smith, among others, will be showcased. nmwa.org

 

National Museum of the American Indian Americans

October 26 to Fall 2027

Featuring nearly 350 objects and images, from a Tomahawk missile to a can of baking powder, this exhibit demonstrates the ways in which Indian words and images have become ingrained in American culture. It also examines how four Indian narratives—Pocahontas, Thanksgiving, the Trail of Tears and the Battle of Little Bighorn—have engendered enduring fascination and conflict. nmai.si.edu

 

Textile Museum at George Washington University

The Box Project: Uncommon Threads

September 30 to January 29, 2018

Former Textile Museum trustee and collector Lloyd Cotsen challenged 36 leading fiber artists from around the world to push the boundaries of classic fiber art. Tasked with creating three-dimensional works sized to fit within a 14-by-23-inch box, the artists produced the innovative, dynamic pieces that will be on display. museum.gwu.edu

 

Hirshhorn Museum

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: Utopian Projects

September 7 to March 4, 2018

Married, Russian-born American artists Ilya and Emilia Kabakov create installations inspired by hardships they endured while living in the Soviet Union. Spanning 1985 to the present, maquettes and whimsical models create mini-environments with the help of lights, motors, text, and music. Monuments, allegorical narratives, architectural structures and commissioned outdoor works are part of the exhibit. hirshhorn.si.edu

 

Potomac, Maryland

2017 DC Design House

September 30 to October 29

Area designers will transform 23 spaces in a sprawling Potomac home, currently on the market for $10.48 million. A preview gala in the ballroom will kick off the event, now in its 10th year. Proceeds benefit Children’s National Health System. 9004 Congressional Court; dcdesignhouse.com

 

National Gallery of Art

Edvard Munch: Color in Context

September 3 to January 28, 2018

During the latter half of the 19th century, advances in physics and the optical sciences inspired fresh ideas about the physical and spiritual worlds. Aspects of these are revealed in 21 graphic prints by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch that consider the meaning of color in light of spiritualist principles. nga.gov

 

Great Falls, Virginia

Great Falls 2017 Studio Tour

October 20 to 22

Fifty members of Great Falls Studios—an artists’ collective—will open their studios for self-guided tours. Artists include painters, potters, photographers, jewelry makers, fiber artists, wood-carvers, sculptors and more; the event is sponsored by the local design/build firm Sun Design, which will hold an open house to showcase a recent kitchen renovation. greatfallsstudios.com

 

Freer | Sackler

Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice Across Asia

October 14 to October 2020

Fresh from a major renovation of its interiors, the Freer|Sackler reopens on October 14 with a weekend celebration of Asian art, food, and culture. Four special exhibitions also kick off—including one that examines Buddhism in Asian art through objects and immersive spaces. asia.si.edu

 

Timonium Fairgrounds

Maryland Home & Garden Show

October 20 to 22

The Fall 2017 event will present more than 300 home-improvement and outdoor-living exhibits by professional landscapers and contractors, as well as a juried crafts show displaying the work of more than 100 artisans. This year, landscapers will draw inspiration from international trends for their garden displays. mdhomeandgarden.com

 

The Phillips Collection

Renoir and Friends: Luncheon of the Boating Party

October 7 to January 7, 2018

French Impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s iconic painting (c.1880) is the focus of this exhibit, which explores the process by which he created the masterpiece and examines the diverse circle of friends and patrons who inspired his efforts. More than 40 paintings, drawings, pastels, watercolors and photographs from collections worldwide will be on view.
phillipscollection.org

 

Academy Art Museum

Academy Craft Show

October 21 & 22

More than 70 artisans will display crafts ranging from basketry, fiber, glass, and jewelry to metal, sculpture, and wood at the Academy Art Museum’s 20th annual craft show in Easton, Maryland. This year’s theme, “Fired Up,” celebrates the art of ceramics with a weekend-long Raku demonstration and an exhibit of works by well-known ceramicist Bennett Bean. academyartmuseum.org

 

Ellicott City, Maryland

31st Annual Decorator Show House

September 24 to October 22

Local interior designers will transform 26 rooms in White Hall, an early-19th-century, a Federal-style mansion in Ellicott City, for this year’s show house. The home, at 4130 Chatham Road, is on the National Register of Historic Places. Proceeds from the event will fund area restoration and revitalization efforts. historicec.com