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.
The National Portrait Gallery showcases 20 portraits by Civil War photographer Mathew Brady depicting famous figures from President Lincoln’s time. Subjects ranging from P. T. Barnum to inventor Samuel Morse and clergyman Henry Ward Beecher reflect the diversity of American cultural and intellectual life during the era.
The Renwick Gallery reopened last fall after an extensive renovation; now, an installation of artworks taken from the museum’s permanent collection will explore the value of craft in the modern world. More than 80 objects on view will include such new acquisitions as stained glass by Judith Schaechter, wood sculpture by Wendell Castle and cast glass by Karen Lamonte.
This ongoing exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts showcases its renowned collection of 280 objects made by Russian decorative artists—including five imperial Easter eggs by Fabergé. A jeweler for the court of Tsar Nicholas, this master craftsman fled Russia after the 1918 revolution; what remains of his work offers a glimpse into a vanished era.
The iconic fashion designer’s achievements are the focus of this exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, which showcases 100 examples of his haute couture and ready-to-wear garments, some never before shown publicly. The trajectory of Saint Laurent’s style is recounted through accessories, photographs, drawings, films and video.
The growth of the suburbs after World War II left many American cities in decline—and the resulting landscape of urban neglect is the subject of this exhibit spotlighting 10 postwar photographers at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Works by Manuel Acevedo, Oscar Castillo, Frank Espada and others powerfully capture street life and people who personalize these images for the viewer.