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.

Best Laid: Designs for a Capital City @ George Washington University Museum and the Textile Museum
Jun 15 @ 3:29 pm – Dec 22 @ 4:29 pm

This exhibition showcases designs for DC landmarks that never made it past the planning stages. Discover unbuilt concepts for Memorial Bridge, the Washington Monument and more through historical prints and paintings from the museum’s Albert H.
Small Washingtoniana Collection.

Ginny Ruffner: Reforestation of the Imagination @ Renwick Gallery
Jun 28 2019 @ 2:57 pm – Jan 5 2020 @ 3:57 pm

Sculptor and glass artist Ginny Ruffner combines traditional glasswork with augmented-reality technology to create an interactive experience. Viewers download an app that superimposes digital information over colorless glass tree stumps, then watch the sculptures “grow” mythical flora and fauna through the AR lens.

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.

Recent Acquisitions @ National Portrait Gallery
Sep 15 2019 – May 16 2020 all-day

Through August 30 • This year’s exhibition of recent acquisitions showcases 25 new portraits of individuals who have influenced history and culture in the U.S. Subjects include Morgan Freeman, Audrey Hepburn and composer Philip Glass; depictions of 2019 American Portrait Gala honorees such as Philip Glass (left), Jeff Bezos and Anna Wintour are also on display.

By Their Creative Force: American Women Modernists @ Baltimore Museum of Art
Oct 25 2019 – Jul 5 2020 all-day

This exhibit celebrates women artists whose work reflects major 20th-century movements, from Cubism to Abstract Modernism. Georgia O’Keeffe, Maria Martinez, Grace Turnbull and Grace Hartigan are among those whose paintings, sculptures and decorative arts are showcased.

Designing the New: Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Glasgow Style @ The Walters Art Museum
Oct 25 2019 – Jan 5 2020 all-day

The Art Nouveau movement experienced a boom at the end of the 19th century, popularizing works by Scottish artist, architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh, who was part of an enclave of Glaswegian artists. This collection of 165 furniture pieces, textiles, posters, drawings and ceramics explores the impact of Mackintosh and Glasgow Style.


Moves Like Walter: New Curators Open the Corcoran Legacy Collection @ Katzen Arts Center at American University
Oct 25 – Dec 15 all-day

After the Corcoran Gallery of Art closed its doors in 2014, American University acquired nearly 9,000 works from its collection. Taking cues from the museum’s late, unconventional director Walter Hopps, 18 AU graduate students curated this exhibit of 87 pieces from the Corcoran Legacy Collection, dividing them into five sub-groups and juxtaposing them in provocative and surprising ways.


The Touch of Color: Pastels at the National Gallery of Art @ National Gallery of Art
Oct 25 2019 – Jan 26 2020 all-day

Drawing from the gallery’s permanent collection, this exhibit traces the history of pastels from their Renaissance origins to the present day. Seventy works are on display, some for the first time, by luminaries including Claude Monet, Edgar Degas and James McNeill Whistler.

DMV Color @ National Museum of Women in the Arts
Nov 4 2019 – Mar 4 2020 all-day

The DC/Maryland/Virginia area (DMV) is home to a rich community of women artists of color. This exhibit in the museum’s library showcases their eclectic, contemporary work, including books, graphic novels, photography and zines exploring themes of slavery, immigration and family life.