Datebook

Feb
8
Sat
George Washington and His World @ The George Washington University Museum/Textile Museum
Feb 8 – Jul 26 all-day

GWU undergraduate students curated this exhibit of letters, prints, maps and other artifacts from the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection. Their selection showcases George Washington’s life through the places that shaped him: Mount Vernon, Alexandria and Washington, DC. museum. gwu.edu

Feb
22
Sat
Delight in Discovery: The Global Collections of Lloyd Cotsen @ THE GW UNIVERSITY MUSEUM | THE TEXTILE MUSEUM
Feb 22 – Jul 5 all-day

This extensive exhibit brings together thousands of textile fragments, garments, rugs and other works of art assembled over a lifetime by the prolific collector and philanthropist Lloyd Cotsen, who was fascinated by indigenous cultures and vanishing artistic traditions around the world.

Mar
1
Sun
Degas at the Opéra @ National Gallery of Art
Mar 1 – Jul 5 all-day

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.

Mar
20
Fri
Alexander von Humboldt and the United States: Art, Nature, and Culture @ SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN ART MUSEUM
Mar 20 – Aug 16 all-day

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.

Mar
28
Sat
Meeting Tessai: Modern Japanese Art from the Cowles Collection @ NATIONAL MUSEUM OF ASIAN ART
Mar 28 – Aug 2 all-day

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.

Apr
4
Sat
One With Eternity: Yayoi Kusama in the Hirshhorn Collection @ Hirshhorn Museum
Apr 4 – Sep 20 all-day

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.

Apr
26
Sun
Majolica Mania @ THE WALTERS ART MUSEUM
Apr 26 – Aug 9 all-day

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.