The National Gallery pays tribute to the Paris Opéra’s 350th anniversary with an exhibit of around 100 works by Edgar Degas, who was known for his compelling depictions of the group’s dancers, singers and musicians both on stage and behind the scenes. Paintings, pastels, drawings, prints and sculpture are all part of the mix.
In 1804, Prussian naturalist and author Alexander von Humboldt spent six weeks in the U.S., exchanging ideas about art, science, politics and nature with luminaries such as Thomas Jefferson and Charles Willson Peale. This exhibit examines von Humboldt’s impact on American cultural development through 100 paintings, sculptures, maps and artifacts by Peale, George Catlin, Frederic Church and more.
This exhibit of modern Japanese painting and calligraphy, from the Mary and Cheney Cowles Collection, showcases works by Japanese painter Tomioka Tessai (1836-1924), who studied the art of ancient Japan and that of China’s Ming and Qing dynasties. He developed an idiosyncratic style emphasizing a shared East Asian cultural fabric that feels relevant today.
Following the blockbuster 2017 exhibition “Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors,” the Hirshhorn Museum will showcase new acquisitions by the visionary Japanese artist with installations already in its permanent collection. Among the additions: “Infinity Mirror Room—Phalli’s Field” (now one of three infinity rooms belonging to the Hirshhorn); a more recent room installation, on view for the first time in DC; and earlier works.
Occupying the whole of The Walters’ annex, 1 West Mount Vernon Place, this exhibit of vibrant majolica ceramics features immersive installations on each floor—including a recreation of a Victorian parlor, reflecting the era in which majolica was first introduced. Three hundred fifty pieces will be displayed around themes of food, fashion, immigration and labor.