Datebook

May
18
Fri
Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival @ RESTON TOWN CENTER
May 18 – May 20 all-day

Celebrating its 27th year, this annual festival creates an 11-block “art walk” where more than 200 artists display everything from paintings to fiber art, ceramics and works in metal, leather and wood. The juried, three-day event culminates with the Festival Party where 10 artist awards are presented.

Jun
2
Sat
Marking the Infinite: Contemporary Women Artists from Aboriginal Australia @ THE PHILLIPS COLLECTION
Jun 2 – Sep 9 all-day

This exhibit features some 60 works created by nine female Aboriginal artists living in remote communities across Australia. The pieces on view—some specially commissioned for the exhibit—encourage viewers to contemplate humanity’s role in light of the powers of nature. phillipscollection.org

Sep
1
Sat
A Nomad’s Art: Kilims of Anatolia @ THE GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY MUSEUM
Sep 1 @ 7:06 pm – Dec 23 @ 8:06 pm

Originally woven by women in Turkey’s nomadic communities as adornments for tents and caravans, kilims represent intricate examples of abstract art and artistic ingenuity. This exhibit marks the debut of the museum’s collection of Anatolian kilims from the 18th and 19th centuries.

Sep
9
Sun
Corot: Women @ NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART
Sep 9 @ 6:49 pm – Dec 31 @ 7:49 pm

This exhibition examines portraits of women by Camille Corot, a 19th-century French artist best known for his landscape paintings. Corot, who bridged France’s neoclassical era and Impressionist movement, influenced modernist painters such as Cézanne and Picasso with his figurative
paintings. nga.gov

Sep
13
Thu
Sean Scully: Landline @ HIRSHHORN MUSEUM
Sep 13 2018 @ 6:12 pm – Feb 3 2019 @ 7:12 pm

Thick, gestural brushstrokes and loose bands of color characterize Irish artist Sean Scully ’s acclaimed “Landline” series, now making its U.S. debut. The series spans a variety of media,including watercolor, oil painting and sculpture, and will be on display in the Hirshhorn’s second-level galleries.

Sep
16
Sun
Rachel Whiteread @ NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART
Sep 16 2018 @ 7:19 pm – Jan 13 2019 @ 8:19 pm

Photographs, sculptures, drawings and documentary materials form this extensive survey of the works British sculptor Rachel Whiteread created during her 30-year career. Whiteread’s pieces chart the transition from late 20th- to early 21st-century living through the memorialization of everyday objects and public spaces.

Sep
23
Sun
Mark Bradford: Tomorrow is Another Day @ Baltimore Museum of Art
Sep 23 2018 @ 6:30 pm – Mar 3 2019 @ 7:30 pm

Los Angeles-born artist Mark Bradford mines the universe, Greek mythology and his own personal life in monumental abstract collages made of paper and scavenged materials such as billboards, fliers and graffiti. The exhibit explores the artist’s interpretations of identity and the embodiment of abstraction.

 

Sep
29
Sat
Japan Modern: Prints in the Age of Photography @ FREER/SACKLER MUSEUM
Sep 29 2018 @ 6:58 pm – Jan 21 2019 @ 7:58 pm

The introduction of the printing press and photography in the 19th century challenged traditional Japanese woodblock printmakers to adapt their craft. This exhibit examines the fall and resurrection of this ancient art form as artists became influenced by the challenges of modernity.

Sep
30
Sun
Chinese Snuff Bottles @ THE WALTERS ART MUSEUM, Baltimore
Sep 30 @ 7:25 pm – Dec 9 @ 8:25 pm

The Walters will display nearly 250 Chinese snuff bottles delicately crafted from stone, porcelain, lacquer and precious metals during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Reflecting the artistic virtuosity of their designers, these vessels once held a mix of tobacco leaves, spices and herbs.

Oct
4
Thu
Smithsonian Craft2Wear @ NATIONAL BUILDING       MUSEUM
Oct 4 @ 6:44 pm – Oct 6 @ 7:44 pm

A pop-up couture show and sale invites visitors to view and purchase wearable art in a reimagined, fashion-forward presentation of clothing, jewelry and accessories. More than 60 designers and artists from across the country will participate.