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.

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.

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.

Fabergé and Russian Decorative Arts @ Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Dec 26 2016 – Dec 31 2017 all-day

47_20_287_v1_tf_200911_o4-1This 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.

In the Tower: Theaster Gates @ National Gallery’s East Building
Mar 5 – Sep 4 all-day

Contemporary American artist Theaster Gates will create an installation for the new Tower 3 galleries in the National Gallery’s East Building. Entitled “The Minor Arts,” it will examine how human experience instills everyday objects with new meaning.

Markus Lüpertz @ The Phillips Collection
May 27 – Sep 3 all-day

The Phillips Collection will present the first comprehensive survey in the U.S. of the work of German artist Markus Lüpertz, who began painting in postwar Germany when American Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art dominated the scene. Nearly 50 pieces will focus on the artist’s career—from recent years back to the 1960s.

Nicolas Party: sunrise, sunset @ The Hirshhorn Museum
Jun 7 – Oct 1 all-day

The Hirshhorn Museum’s distinctive circular façade is the perfect showcase for a monumental outdoor mural by New York-based Swiss artist Nicolas Party. Painted directly on the museum’s exterior wall over a period of two weeks, it depicts a panoramic landscape of sunrises and sunsets.

Spectacular Gems and Jewelry from the Merriweather Post Collection @ Hillwood Museum
Jun 10 2017 – Jan 1 2018 all-day

Nearly 60 remarkable jewels from Marjorie Merriweather Post’s extensive collection of historical and 20th-century jewelry will be showcased in an exhibition at the Hillwood Museum. A connoisseur, Post commissioned pieces from Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Harry Winston and more. Among the most significant: an emerald-and-diamond pendant brooch made by Cartier in the 1920s out of 250 carats of carved Indian emeralds; and the renowned Blue Heart Diamond.

Black, White & Abstract: Callahan, Siskind, White @ The Baltimore Museum of Art
Jun 15 – Oct 1 all-day

The Baltimore Museum of Art presents the black-and-white, abstract works of influential 20th-century American photographers Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind and Minor White, who explored conceptual themes through photographic series.

Revival @ National Museum of Women in the Arts
Jun 22 – Sep 10 all-day

This National Museum of Women in the Arts exhibit examines the profound effect art can have on its beholder. Pieces on view by such contemporary sculptors and photo-based artists as Louise Bourgeois, Petah Coyne and Lalla Essaydi elicit strong responses that open the door to contemplation.