Datebook

Apr
16
Mon
Do Ho Suh: Almost Home @ SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN ART MUSEUM
Apr 16 – Aug 5 all-day

In his first exhibition on the East Coast, Korean-born 
Do Ho Suh invites viewers into his personal world with “Almost Home.” Known 
internationally for his architectural installations, Suh explores ideas of migration, displacement and the importance of home by rendering his former living spaces as hand-sewn fabric sculptures.

To Dye For: Ikats from Central Asia @ FREER | SACKLER
Apr 16 – Jul 29 all-day

Coming from the Malaysian word for “to tie,” ikats are made 
by meticulously tying and coloring threads before they are woven into vibrant 
textiles. This show delves into the historical uses of ikats and explores their enduring appeal in contemporary design. More than two dozen historical ikat coats and decorative pieces from Central Asia will be on display, along with seven couture creations by the late Oscar de la Renta, whose initial use of 
ikats in 2005 sparked a surge in their popularity.

Apr
20
Fri
2018 Baltimore Symphony Associates Designer Show House @ GREENSPRING VALLEY
Apr 20 – Jun 10 all-day

Built in 1927, a remodeled Oakland estate in Baltimore County’s Greenspring Valley will open to the public for the 41st Baltimore Symphony Associates’ Designer Show House. Formerly owned by Edgar Allen Poe III, an ancestor of the author, the residence offers more than 20 rooms that will showcase the talents of local design teams.

Apr
26
Thu
Smithsonian Craft Show @ NATIONAL BUILDING MUSEUM
Apr 26 – Apr 29 all-day

Now in its 36th year, this 
juried event will feature 120 exhibitors from 33 states. Visitors can peruse works in a wide range of media, from furniture and ceramics to jewelry, basketry and wearable art.

Apr
28
Sat
20th Annual Parade of Homes @ NORTHERN VIRGINIA
Apr 28 – Apr 29 all-day

Participants on this self-guided tour can visit unique custom homes and renovations completed by area builders and developers. Proceeds benefit HomeAid Northern Virginia, which builds homeless shelters in the region.

May
3
Thu
Secret Cities @ NATIONAL BUILDING MUSEUM
May 3 2018 – Mar 3 2019 all-day

This show explores the modern architectural roots of 
the three unmapped cities built from scratch to support the creation, development and execution of the Manhattan Project. “Secret Cities” examines the architecture and construction of Hanford, Washington; Oak Ridge, Tennessee; and Los Alamos, New Mexico, and also focuses on the daily life of their inhabitants, exploring social hierarchical norms and segregation.

May
5
Sat
Kinetic Sculpture Race @ AMERICAN VISIONARY ART MUSEUM
May 5 all-day

Participants operate and race custom, man-powered works of art 
at this annual event. The 15-mile course takes racers through the streets of 
Baltimore, over muddy and sandy terrain and even into the Chesapeake Bay. 
This year’s theme is “Mysteries & Tall Tales.”

May
9
Wed
World on the Horizon: Swahili 
Arts Across the Indian Ocean @ NATIONAL MUSEUM OF 
AFRICAN ART
May 9 2018 – Dec 31 2019 all-day

This exhibit details the collision of myriad cultures on the Swahili coast in East Africa—a historic crossroads for peoples not only from Africa but also from the Arabian Peninsula, Asia and Europe. Objects on view from a variety 
of places and time periods allow viewers to trace the influences of trade and cross-cultural pollination on artistic forms and motifs.

May
12
Sat
Georgetown Garden Tour @ Georgetown
May 12 all-day

The 90th annual Georgetown Garden Tour invites visitors to immerse themselves in eight lush gardens. The self-guided tour includes the grounds of a historic 1788 residence designed by William Thornton, architect of the U.S. Capitol, as well as the gardens of the home John and Jackie Kennedy shared before his inauguration in 1961.

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.