The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire @ National Museum of the American Indian
Jun 26 2015 – Jun 1 2018 all-day

247967.000The Inka Road stretches 20,000 miles across South America. Providing a vital link between the administrative and spiritual capitals of the ancient Inka world, it is still in use today and deemed a World Heritage Site by the United Nations. This exhibit at the National Museum of the American Indian explores its engineering history in terms of technology, politics and culture.

Lincoln’s Contemporaries @ National Portrait Gallery
May 13 2016 – Jan 1 2018 all-day

by Mathew Brady Studio

The National Portrait Gallery showcases 20 portraits by Civil War photographer Mathew Brady depicting famous figures from President Lincoln’s time. Subjects ranging from P. T. Barnum to inventor Samuel Morse and clergyman Henry Ward Beecher reflect the diversity of American cultural and intellectual life during the era.

Connections: Contemporary Craft from the Permanent Collection @ Renwick Gallery
Jul 1 2016 – Jul 1 2018 all-day


screen-shot-2016-10-28-at-10-58-43-am-copyThe Renwick Gallery reopened last fall after an extensive renovation; now, an installation of artworks taken from the museum’s permanent collection will explore the value of craft in the modern world. More than 80 objects on view will include such new acquisitions as stained glass by Judith Schaechter, wood sculpture by Wendell Castle and cast glass by Karen Lamonte.

Fabergé and Russian Decorative Arts @ Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Dec 26 2016 – Dec 31 2017 all-day

47_20_287_v1_tf_200911_o4-1This ongoing exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts showcases its renowned collection of 280 objects made by Russian decorative artists—including five imperial Easter eggs by Fabergé. A jeweler for the court of Tsar Nicholas, this master craftsman fled Russia after the 1918 revolution; what remains of his work offers a glimpse into a vanished era.

Timeless Weft: Ancient Tapestries and the Art of Louise B. Wheatley @ Baltimore Museum of Art
Feb 1 – Jul 4 all-day

The Baltimore Museum of Art celebrates Maryland textile artist Louise B. Wheatley with a showing of her work. By displaying Wheatley’s creations alongside some of the centuries-old tapestries that inspired her, the exhibit helps viewers understand the artist’s motifs and techniques.

In the Tower: Theaster Gates @ National Gallery’s East Building
Mar 5 – Sep 4 all-day

Contemporary American artist Theaster Gates will create an installation for the new Tower 3 galleries in the National Gallery’s East Building. Entitled “The Minor Arts,” it will examine how human experience instills everyday objects with new meaning.

June Schwarcz: Invention and Variation @ Renwick Gallery
Mar 5 – Aug 27 all-day

A retrospective at the Renwick Gallery showcases more than 50 objects by enamel artist June Schwarcz. Known for a distinctive style that combines texture and color with a nod to the California Arts & Crafts movement, Schwarcz worked until 2015, when she passed away at the age of 97.

Chromatic Scale: Prints by Polly Apfelbaum @ National Museum of Women in the Arts
Mar 10 – Jul 2 all-day

This exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts showcases powerful prints that Polly Apfelbaum methodically creates using multiple woodblocks—and explores how these prints relate to the American artist’s paintings and sculpture.

George Condo: The Way I Think, 1966–2016 @ The Phillips Collection
Mar 10 – Jul 2 all-day

An exhibit at The Phillips Collection delves into the drawings and sketches of George Condo. Born in 1957, the prolific American artist prefers to rely on “painting memory” rather than photographic material to create his imaginative works steeped in abstraction.

East of the Mississippi: 19th-Century American Landscape @ National Gallery of Art.
Mar 12 – Jul 16 all-day

Daguerreotypes and albumen prints provide a rare glimpse into America’s past in an exhibition in the west wing of the National Gallery of Art. The show documents the splendor of America’s natural wonders, the rise of industrialization and the strife of the Civil War via 175 early photographic images.