Datebook

Jan
11
Fri
Washington Winter Show @ KATZEN ARTS CENTER
Jan 11 – Jan 13 all-day

During the 18th century, the French word toilette came to signify the pampered process of dressing. This exhibit from Hillwood’s collection features elegant period accoutrements for the toilette such as jewelry boxes, brushes, combs, cosmetic pots and perfume bottles. Costumes and prints on loan illustrate these luxurious rituals.

Feb
16
Sat
Zilia Sánchez: Soy Isla 
(I Am an Island) @ THE PHILLIPS COLLECTION
Feb 16 – May 19 all-day

The first museum retrospective of Cuban artist Zilia Sánchez examines her prolific career, spanning nearly 70 years. About 65 paintings, works on paper, shaped canvases, sculptural pieces and ephemera trace Sánchez’s artistic journey from Cuba to Europe, New York and finally to Puerto Rico, where she now lives and works.

Feb
22
Fri
American Craft Show, Baltimore @ BALTIMORE CONVENTION CENTER
Feb 22 – Feb 24 all-day

This juried craft show presents handmade works by more than 650 jewelry, clothing and home-décor artisans from around the country. “Let’s Make” sessions will offer attendees an opportunity to interact with local artists, observe demos and enjoy hands-on learning, while “Hip Pop,” will introduce emerging artists.

Apr
17
Wed
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.

In Peak Bloom  @ Artechouse
Apr 17 @ 2:55 pm – May 27 @ 3:55 pm

The brainchild of a women-led collective of five artists, this digital installation celebrates spring with interactive, visual and environmental experiences revolving around DC’s cherry blossom season.

May
4
Sat
Parade of Homes @ North Virginia Building Industry Association
May 4 @ 3:06 pm – May 5 @ 4:06 pm

Participants on this popular, self-guided tour can visit custom homes and renovations completed by top area builders and developers. Proceeds benefit HomeAid Northern Virginia, which connects regional builders with non-profits to combat homelessness in the region.

May
11
Sat
Bethesda Fine Arts Festival @ Bethesda
May 11 @ 3:16 pm – May 12 @ 4:16 pm

The works of 130 artists from around the country are on display during this annual event, where creations range from glass, furniture and ceramics to paintings, photography and jewelry. Live entertainment and cuisine from Bethesda’s top restaurants are also on offer.

May
16
Thu
Intersections: Ranjani Shettar @ Phillips Collection
May 16 @ 3:23 pm – Aug 25 @ 4:23 pm

Indian artist Ranjani Shettar’s “Earth Songs for a Night Sky” is part of The Phillips Collection’s series on the intersection between old and new in art, materials and techniques. Shettar’s hand-carved wood sculptures and installations respond to Sounds, a book of woodcuts by Wassily Kandinsky, and paintings by Paul Klee from the museum’s collection.

Jun
2
Sun
The Life of Animals in Japanese Art @ National Gallery of Art
Jun 2 @ 3:03 pm – Aug 18 @ 4:03 pm

This is the first exhibit to highlight how animals have been represented in Japanese art over the past 16 centuries. The assemblage of 315 works focuses on a wide variety of media, including sculpture, painting, lacquerwork, ceramics, textiles, woodblocking and metal, by luminaries such as Yayoi Kusama, Issey Miyake and Murakami Takashi.