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Iké Udé: Nollywood Portraits

Ongoing—New York-based artist Iké Udé paid homage to Nollywood, the $3 billion film industry in his birthplace of Nigeria, by photographing its most famous celebrities. On view with garments and other items used in their creation, these portraits make bold statements about African identity. Pictured: A portrait of actress Genevieve Nnaji.

The Luxury of Clay: Porcelain Past and Present


This comprehensive exhibit traces the complex history of porcelain, from its ninth-century origins in China to the 18th century, when Europeans finally unraveled the mystery of porcelain production and factories sprang up in Saxony, Vienna, Russia and France. Visitors will peruse more than 125 objects from the late heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post’s holdings, from vases […]

Tsherin Sherpa: Spirits


This retrospective spotlights the sculpture and paintings of Tsherin Sherpa, a Tibetan-American artist who was born in Nepal. Works on view trace Sherpa’s career and address issues of struggle and empowerment.

Mind Over Matter: Zen in Medieval Japan


The Freer Gallery of Art has one of the world’s greatest collections of monastic Zen paintings. Numerous Japanese works produced from 1200 to 1600 will be on display. Viewers will discover the profound influence these creations in monochrome ink had on the country’s early modern period as well as its culture and art today.

Majolica Mania

George Washington University Museum and the Textile Museum 701 21st St NW, Washington, DC 20052

The Walters chronicles the once-popular ceramic form that sprang up in Victorian England and the U.S. in the 1850s. An affordable alternative to porcelain that appeared in humble homes as well as royal palaces, majolica abruptly fell out of vogue in the mid-20th century when it was discovered that lead glazes used in its production […]



  While temporarily closed for renovation, the museum will display a series of public commissions on its scaffolded façade. The first is a mural by DC-based MISS CHELOVE, also known as Cita Sadeli. Titled Reseeded: A Forest Floor Flow, the 60-by-40-foot work (shown in a rendering) speaks to the resurgence of the natural world during […]

Joan Mitchell


Chronicling the life and work of American abstract artist Joan Mitchell, this retrospective presents paintings, pastels and works on paper. Viewers will discover the influence poetry and music had on the artist, who died in her adopted home of Paris in 1992.

At the Water’s Edge: DC and the Potomac


Historical maps, prints and documents explore the complex relationship between the city and its adjacent rivers. Above: art from an 1866 publication, National Farm School for Children of Colored Soldiers and Colored Orphans.

One with Eternity: Yayoi Kusama in the Hirshhorn Collection

Hirshhorn Museum

Visitors can experience five installations by Yayoi Kusama, who at 93 is still creating art in her native Tokyo. The show includes sculptures, an early painting, photographs and two of the artist’s ground-breaking Infinity Mirror Rooms. One of these, called Infinity Mirrored Room—My Heart is Dancing into the Universe (pictured), is lined with reflective surfaces […]

Afro-Atlantic Histories

National Gallery of Art

This exhibit assembles more than 130 works including paintings, sculptures and photographs to reflect upon the African Diaspora since the 17th century. Artists from Africa, Europe, the Americas and the Caribbean are represented. Left: Into Bondage, a 1936 oil on canvas by Aaron Douglas.

The Outwin 2022: American Portraiture Today

National Portrait Gallery

This triennial competition recognizes work that challenges traditional definitions of portraiture. Open to artists living and working in the U.S., this year’s contest received entries in a wide range of media, from painting and photography to sculpture and performance art. npg.si.edu

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