Datebook

Oct
14
Sat
Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice Across Asia @ Freer | Sackler 
Oct 14 2017 – Oct 1 2020 all-day

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.

Oct
20
Fri
Arts of Asia @ The Walters Art Museum
Oct 20 2017 @ 6:51 pm – Sep 20 2020 @ 7:51 pm

This seminal exhibit highlights the artistic diversity of Asia, showcasing an array of objects from India, Nepal, Tibet Korea, Japan, Myanmar, Thailand and Cambodia.

Oct
26
Thu
Americans @ National Museum of the American Indian
Oct 26 2017 – Sep 1 2027 all-day

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.

May
3
Thu
Secret Cities @ NATIONAL BUILDING MUSEUM
May 3 2018 – Mar 3 2019 all-day

This show explores the modern architectural roots of 
the three unmapped cities built from scratch to support the creation, development and execution of the Manhattan Project. “Secret Cities” examines the architecture and construction of Hanford, Washington; Oak Ridge, Tennessee; and Los Alamos, New Mexico, and also focuses on the daily life of their inhabitants, exploring social hierarchical norms and segregation.

May
9
Wed
World on the Horizon: Swahili 
Arts Across the Indian Ocean @ NATIONAL MUSEUM OF 
AFRICAN ART
May 9 2018 – Dec 31 2019 all-day

This exhibit details the collision of myriad cultures on the Swahili coast in East Africa—a historic crossroads for peoples not only from Africa but also from the Arabian Peninsula, Asia and Europe. Objects on view from a variety 
of places and time periods allow viewers to trace the influences of trade and cross-cultural pollination on artistic forms and motifs.

Sep
13
Thu
Sean Scully: Landline @ HIRSHHORN MUSEUM
Sep 13 2018 @ 6:12 pm – Feb 3 2019 @ 7:12 pm

Thick, gestural brushstrokes and loose bands of color characterize Irish artist Sean Scully ’s acclaimed “Landline” series, now making its U.S. debut. The series spans a variety of media,including watercolor, oil painting and sculpture, and will be on display in the Hirshhorn’s second-level galleries.

Sep
16
Sun
Rachel Whiteread @ NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART
Sep 16 2018 @ 7:19 pm – Jan 13 2019 @ 8:19 pm

Photographs, sculptures, drawings and documentary materials form this extensive survey of the works British sculptor Rachel Whiteread created during her 30-year career. Whiteread’s pieces chart the transition from late 20th- to early 21st-century living through the memorialization of everyday objects and public spaces.

Sep
23
Sun
Mark Bradford: Tomorrow is Another Day @ Baltimore Museum of Art
Sep 23 2018 @ 6:30 pm – Mar 3 2019 @ 7:30 pm

Los Angeles-born artist Mark Bradford mines the universe, Greek mythology and his own personal life in monumental abstract collages made of paper and scavenged materials such as billboards, fliers and graffiti. The exhibit explores the artist’s interpretations of identity and the embodiment of abstraction.

 

Sep
29
Sat
Japan Modern: Prints in the Age of Photography @ FREER/SACKLER MUSEUM
Sep 29 2018 @ 6:58 pm – Jan 21 2019 @ 7:58 pm

The introduction of the printing press and photography in the 19th century challenged traditional Japanese woodblock printmakers to adapt their craft. This exhibit examines the fall and resurrection of this ancient art form as artists became influenced by the challenges of modernity.

Oct
13
Sat
Nordic Impressions: Art from Aland, Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden, 1821-2018 @ THE PHILLIPS COLLECTION
Oct 13 2018 @ 7:03 pm – Jan 13 2019 @ 8:03 pm

This survey of Nordic art displays works by 54 artists—many of them women—in genres ranging from landscape and portraiture to abstract and conceptual. Artists include Edvard Munch and Anders Zorn.