An immersive installation at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery by painter Darren Waterston reimagines James McNeill Whistler’s iconic Peacock Room as a decadent ruin symbolizing creative excess. Viewers will be able to compare Waterston’s interpretation to Whistler’s original, which is a permanent installation at the Freer Gallery of Art next door.
The 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.
Organized in partnership with GW’s Central Asia Program, this exhibit at The George Washington University Museum showcases the socialist realist movement of the Soviet era through 20th-century paintings by artists from Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and other Central Asian locales. Works are paired with the traditional textiles they depict.
This exhibit at the BALTIMORE MUSEUM OF ART explores what the concept of home means across myriad cultural platforms. Gathered from all over the world, more than 30 works from the permanent collection—including decorative art, textiles, paintings and sculpture—will be displayed in the museum’s new Center for People & Art.
An exhibit at the NATIONAL BUILDING MUSEUM takes visitors on a tour of homes in America, past and present. The impact of technology, laws and consumer culture on domestic life is examined. “Please touch” walls scattered throughout introduce visitors to a tactile experience of materials used to build homes since the 19th century.
After a two-year renovation, the Renwick Gallery reopens on November 13 with refreshed interiors and a contemporary craft exhibition sure to astonish and delight all ages. The inaugural exhibition takes an exhilarating leap in showcasing the dimensions of craft. Called “Wonder,” it fills the building with massive installations created from mundane objects: Index cards stacked like stalagmites. Sewing thread strung in floor-to-ceiling veils of color. And insects arrayed as a shimmering wallcovering.
Four sculptures and 17 works on paper by acclaimed French-American artist Louise Bourgeois will be on display at the NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART. Bourgeois identified herself as an existentialist, and the title of the exhibition refers to the existentialist novel by Jean-Paul Sartre. A rare copy of her book, He Disappeared into Complete Silence, will also be on view.
During the middle of the 20th century, Austrian-born watercolorist and journalist Lily Spandorf illustrated periodicals such as The Washington Star, The Washington Post and The Christian Science Monitor. Her work will be displayed at the GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY MUSEUM, along with her celebrated depictions of 19th-century buildings in urban DC as they faced demolition.