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.

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.

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
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.

May
13
Fri
Lincoln’s Contemporaries @ National Portrait Gallery
May 13 2016 – Jan 1 2018 all-day

by Mathew Brady Studio

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.

May
21
Sat
Small Stories: At Home in a Dollhouse @ National Building Museum
May 21 2016 – Jan 16 2017 all-day

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Experience the fascinating stories behind 12 dollhouses, some dating back 300 years, at this National Building Museum exhibition. The miniature residences—including a 1760 dollhouse with its original wallpaper and the modern, 21st-century Kaleidoscope House—open doors to the history of the home and changing family roles over the centuries.

Jun
11
Sat
Deco Japan: Shaping Art and Culture, 1920-1945 @ Hillwood Museum
Jun 11 – Dec 31 all-day

Deco Japan
The Art Deco style, which originated in Europe, flourished in the U.S. between the 1920s and the 1940s. An exhibit at Hillwood Museum considers how Japan interpreted the movement through its sculpture, painting, prints, ceramics, lacquerware, jewelry, textiles, furniture and graphic ephemera.

Jun
24
Fri
One Life: Babe Ruth @ National Portrait Gallery
Jun 24 2016 – May 21 2017 all-day

by Nat Fein
From the beginning of his professional baseball career in 1914 until his death in 1948, no cultural figure in America received more consistent media attention than Babe Ruth. The National Portrait Gallery will delve into how portraiture fueled his star power through 40 photographs and prints, personal mementos and advertising memorabilia.

Jul
1
Fri
Connections: Contemporary Craft from the Permanent Collection @ Renwick Gallery
Jul 1 2016 – Jul 1 2018 all-day

 

screen-shot-2016-10-28-at-10-58-43-am-copyThe 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.

Oct
1
Sat
Four Seasons @ Hillwood Museum
Oct 1 2016 – Mar 31 2017 all-day

philip-haas-four-seasons-at-hillwood-15Contemporary American artist Philip Haas was inspired by “The Seasons,” an unusual series of portraits by Italian Renaissance painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo, who depicted faces composed of plants associated with each season. In Haas’s 15-foot high fiberglass sculptures—the first art installation shown in the gardens at Hillwood Museum—
giant fruits, vegetables and flowers form massive faces.