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
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.

Oct
27
Sat
Transformation: Art of the Americas @ The Walters Museum Baltimore
Oct 27 2018 @ 7:28 pm – Oct 6 2019 @ 8:28 pm

While tattoos and piercings are commonplace today, body modifications in the ancient Americas were invested with spiritual transcendence. This exhibit explores these traditions via works spanning 1200 BCE to 1500 CE, illuminating the artistic metamorphosis of body and spirit.

Dec
30
Sun

Portraits of the World: Korea @ NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY
Dec 30 2018 @ 9:17 pm – Nov 17 2019 @ 10:17 pm

Korean artist Yun Suknam, a pioneering feminist, creates portraits of women past and present. Anchored by a wood assemblage portrait of her mother, this exhibition also features paintings of American artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Louise Nevelson, Kiki Smith and more.

Dec
31
Mon
Ambreen Butt —Mark My Words @ NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WOMEN IN THE ARTS
Dec 31 2018 – Apr 14 2019 all-day

This exhibit focuses on works on paper by Pakistani-American artist Ambreen Butt, who applies traditional Persian miniature painting to contemporary subject matter.

Painting the Classics: Japanese Scrolls and Beyond @ FREER/SACKLER MUSEUM
Dec 31 2018 – May 19 2019 all-day

This exhibit examines the ways in which Japanese artists from the Momoyama and Edo periods (1573-1868) reimagined classical narratives and poetry dating back nearly 1000 years to the Heian period (794-1185). Handscrolls, hanging scrolls and albums are on view.

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Pulse @ HIRSHHORN MUSEUM
Dec 31 2018 – Apr 28 2019 all-day

Mexican-Canadian artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer is known for blurring the lines between art and technology. In his DC debut, he has designed hypnotic audiovisual installations that measure and incorporate visitors’ own biometric data, from heart rates to fingerprints, to examine the notions of anonymity and community.

Feb
16
Sat
Zilia Sánchez: Soy Isla 
(I Am an Island) @ THE PHILLIPS COLLECTION
Feb 16 – May 19 all-day

The first museum retrospective of Cuban artist Zilia Sánchez examines her prolific career, spanning nearly 70 years. About 65 paintings, works on paper, shaped canvases, sculptural pieces and ephemera trace Sánchez’s artistic journey from Cuba to Europe, New York and finally to Puerto Rico, where she now lives and works.