Datebook

Apr
17
Wed
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.

May
18
Sat
Whistler in Watercolor @ Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
May 18 @ 3:18 pm – Oct 6 @ 4:18 pm

Museum founder Charles Lang Freer amassed the world’s largest collection of watercolors by James McNeill Whistler, most of which have never left the confines of the Freer. More than 50 are now on display, including figures, landscapes, nocturnes and interiors.

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.

Sep
14
Sat
Edward Hopper and the American Hotel @ Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Sep 14 – Nov 8 all-day

Edward Hopper often conveyed a sense of loneliness and isolation by painting subjects in hotels, motels and boarding houses. This Richmond exhibit highlights 65 paintings and works on paper by the artist depicting such settings, plus 35 pieces by John Singer Sargent, David Hockney and others who explored similar themes. vmfa.museum

Nov
22
Fri
55th Annual Craft + Design Show @ Main Street Station
Nov 22 – Nov 24 all-day

More than 150 contemporary artists from across the country will gather in Main Street Station’s renovated train shed in downtown Richmond to showcase their ceramic, wood, metal, glass, mixed-media and wearable crafts.

Dec
7
Sat
Native Art Market @ Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
Dec 7 – Dec 8 all-day

The museum hosts its 14th annual market, displaying crafts by more than 30 Native American artists. Visitors can purchase silver and semi-precious jewelry, ceramics, apparel, woven baskets, traditional beadwork, dolls, paintings, prints and sculpture, made by hand in traditional and contemporary styles.