An 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.
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.
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.
During 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Contemporary 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.