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.

Apr
14
Sun
Oliver Lee Jackson: Recent Paintings @ National Gallery of Art
Apr 14 @ 3:00 pm – Sep 15 @ 4:00 pm

This exhibit spotlights 25 paintings done by American artist Oliver Lee Jackson during the last 15 years. The large-scale pieces—some of which have never been shown publicly—depict black figures against bright, abstract compositions. Jackson’s influences range from the Renaissance to modernism and are inspired by his study of African cultures and American jazz.

Apr
17
Wed
HOOPS @ National Building Museum
Apr 17 2019 @ 2:15 pm – Jan 5 2020 @ 3:15 pm

An enduring slice of Americana, the basketball hoop is the subject of 75 large-format prints on display by photographer Bill Bamberger. His images capture hoops of every kind across the globe, from urban, graffiti-covered courts to the playgrounds of South Africa.

Roberto Lugo at 1 West @ The Walters Art Museum
Apr 17 @ 2:49 pm – Jul 15 @ 3:49 pm

The activist and ceramicist Roberto Lugo has masterminded the first installation in the Walters’ nearby annex, 1 West Mount Vernon Place in Baltimore. Lugo, who aims to illustrate his experience as an artist of color, adorns traditional forms with contemporary likenesses, including those of Frederick Douglass and Freddie Gray.

Front Room: The Mary and Paul Roberts Collection @ Baltimore Museum of Art
Apr 17 @ 2:52 pm – Jun 30 @ 3:52 pm

A gift from dedicated contemporary-art collectors Mary and Paul Roberts, 35 post-War works on paper are on view by such significant American artists as Ellsworth Kelly, Richard Diebenkorn, Jasper Johns, Sol LeWitt, Louise Lawler and Gerhard Richter. Drawings, photographs and prints explore politics and personal identity.