Datebook

May
16
Sat
Peacock Room REMIX: Darren Waterston’s Filthy Lucre @ Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
May 16 2015 – Jan 2 2017 all-day

Filthy LucreAn 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.

May
22
Fri
Eye Pop: The Celebrity Gaze @ National Portrait Gallery
May 22 2015 – Jul 10 2016 all-day

Screen Shot 2015-04-17 at 2.14.19 PMWorks by photographers, painters, printmakers and time-based media artists depict celebrities who transcend fame, recognizing their achievements. The exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery questions the role of the artist, viewer and subject in creating and experiencing the celebrity gaze.

Jun
26
Fri
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.

Oct
10
Sat
Old Patterns, New Order: Socialist Realism in 
Central Asia @ The George Washington University Museum
Oct 10 2015 – May 29 2016 all-day

DT2_Carpet-WeaversOrganized 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.

Oct
25
Sun
Imagining Home @ Baltimore Museum of Art
Oct 25 2015 – Aug 1 2016 all-day

ImaginingHome-renderingThis 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.

Nov
6
Fri
House & Home @ National Building Museum
Nov 6 2015 @ 7:29 pm – Dec 30 2016 @ 8:29 pm

Family Barbecue
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.

Nov
7
Sat
Kay WalkingStick: 
An American Artist @ The National Museum of the American Indian
Nov 7 2015 – Sep 18 2016 all-day

269250.000The National Museum of the American Indian spotlights Native American artist Kay WalkingStick, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation born in 1935. The show reveals more than 65 paintings, drawings, small sculptures and diptychs created over a career spanning four decades.

Nov
13
Fri
Inaugural Exhibit “Wonder” @ Renwick Gallery
Nov 13 2015 – Jul 10 2016 all-day

Jennifer Angus Renwick WonderAfter 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.

Nov
15
Sun
Louise Bourgeois: No Exit @ National Gallery of Art
Nov 15 2015 – May 15 2016 all-day

Louise Bourgeois;M is for MotherFour 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.

Nov
21
Sat
For the Record: The Art of Lily Spandorf @ George Washington University Museum
Nov 21 2015 – Dec 31 2016 all-day

Spandorf-Peoples-Drug-Store-v2During 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.