Datebook

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.

Nov
2
Fri
Duality: Art + Science @ American Association for the Advancement of Science
Nov 2 2018 – Feb 1 2019 all-day

This exhibit at The American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington presents paintings and drawings inspired by astronomy, biology, physics and spectra. The show largely focuses on the work of artist Jody Rasch, who uses science images to look beyond what we see in the macro world of our daily lives and challenges us to explore the world around us, question our world-view and how we react to information. Artwork by Betsy Stewart is also on display.

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.

Dec
31
Mon
Ambreen Butt —Mark My Words @ NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WOMEN IN THE ARTS
Dec 31 2018 – Apr 14 2019 all-day

This exhibit focuses on works on paper by Pakistani-American artist Ambreen Butt, who applies traditional Persian miniature painting to contemporary subject matter.

Painting the Classics: Japanese Scrolls and Beyond @ FREER/SACKLER MUSEUM
Dec 31 2018 – May 19 2019 all-day

This exhibit examines the ways in which Japanese artists from the Momoyama and Edo periods (1573-1868) reimagined classical narratives and poetry dating back nearly 1000 years to the Heian period (794-1185). Handscrolls, hanging scrolls and albums are on view.

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Pulse @ HIRSHHORN MUSEUM
Dec 31 2018 – Apr 28 2019 all-day

Mexican-Canadian artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer is known for blurring the lines between art and technology. In his DC debut, he has designed hypnotic audiovisual installations that measure and incorporate visitors’ own biometric data, from heart rates to fingerprints, to examine the notions of anonymity and community.

The Chiaroscuro Woodcut in Renaissance Italy @ NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART
Dec 31 2018 – Jan 20 2019 all-day

This exhibit sheds light on the methods behind chiaroscuro printmaking—an art form that flourished in 16th-century Italy. Artists interpreted works by masters of their time, such as Titian and Raphael, creating color prints using a succession of wood blocks.

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.