Datebook

Jan
1
Thu
Dorothy McIlvain Scott American Wing @ Baltimore Museum of Art
Jan 1 – Dec 31 all-day
Dorothy McIlvain Scott American Wing @ Baltimore Museum of Art

The BALTIMORE MUSEUM OF ART recently unveiled its newly renovated American Wing in conjunction with the museum’s 100th anniversary. More than 800 works explore the international side of American art, as well as Baltimore’s important role in the art world. Highlights include masterpieces by Georgia O’Keeffe and decorative stained glass by Louis Comfort Tiffany.

Mar
13
Fri
Elaine de Kooning: Portraits @ National Portrait Gallery
Mar 13 2015 – Jan 10 2016 all-day

by Elaine de KooningA collection of rarely seen paintings by the late American Abstract Expressionist will be on view at the NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY. The 66 works on display include multiple versions of pieces, intended to illustrate de Kooning’s creative process.

Mar
21
Sat
Scaling Washington: Photographs by Colin Winterbottom @ National Building Museum
Mar 21 2015 – Jan 3 2016 all-day

Workers on Washington Monument scaffolding. Photo by Colin WinterbottomThe first museum show by this DC photographer documents the restoration of the Washington Monument and National Cathedral after they suffered damage during the 2011 earthquake. Large-scale images captured from dizzying heights give viewers at the NATIONAL BUILDING MUSEUM a unique perspective as they examine these historic buildings and their beauty.

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.

Aug
2
Sun
Southern Living Idea House
Aug 2 – Dec 12 all-day

2015 Charlottesville Idea House, kitchen overall

Located at Bundoran Farm in Charlottesville, Virginia, this show house is full of fresh ideas. Renowned designer Bunny Williams decorated the farmhouse-style residence, which was designed by Rosney Co. Architects and built by Summit Custom Homes. It is open for tours Wednesday through Sunday.

Sep
4
Fri
Esther Bubley @ National Museum of Women in the Arts
Sep 4 2015 – Jan 17 2016 all-day

2014.94Sixty vintage prints are on exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts to honor Esther Bubley (1921-1998), an American photojournalist who brilliantly depicted the lives of ordinary Americans through her work. The photographs include subjects in locations varying from beauty pageants to pediatrician’s offices, and examine many social issues prevalent in the mid-20th-century.

The Modern Pueblo Paintings of Awa Tsireh @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
Sep 4 2015 – Jan 31 2016 all-day

tsireh_mountain_lionThe paintings of Awa Tsireh (1898-1955), an innovative and popular Pueblo artist, 
are on display at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Tsireh combined his native Pueblo influences with more Americanized Modernist principles, creating unique artistic expression through a rare mix of cultures.

Sep
18
Fri
Dark Fields of the Republic: Alexander Gardner Photographs 1859-1872 @ The National Portrait Gallery
Sep 18 2015 – Mar 13 2016 all-day

Screen Shot 2015-08-17 at 10.53.11 AMEsteemed photographer Alexander Gardner, whose work captured the shocking brutality of the Civil War along with memorable pictures of Native Americans during post-war American expansion, is featured at The National Portrait Gallery. The exhibit displays Gardner’s most famous work: a seldom-shown “cracked plate” photograph of Lincoln, taken weeks prior to his assassination.