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Across Asia: Arts of Asia and the Islamic World

THE WALTERS ART MUSEUM

April 23, ongoing Featuring some 500 objects from The Walters’ permanent collection, this landmark exhibition illuminates both Asian and Islamic art traditions dating back thousands of years. The historical examples of architecture, calligraphy, lacquerware, painting and sculpture on display represent diverse cultures and regions, from West to South Asia.

From the Deep: In the Wake of Drexciya with Ayana V. Jackson

National Museum of African Art

In the 1990s, Drexciya, a Detroit-based techno duo, imagined an underwater kingdom populated by the offspring of pregnant women who were either pushed or jumped overboard during voyages of the transatlantic slave trade. Since then, many artists—including Ayana V. Jackson—have conjured their own interpretations of this mythical world. In her first solo museum exhibition, Jackson […]

Robert Houle: Red Is Beautiful

National Museum of the American Indian Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20560

This retrospective celebrates the 50-year career of Robert Houle (Saulteaux Anishinaabe, Sandy Bay First Nation). Embracing Western and Indigenous artistic traditions, Houle pays homage to the earth, the sacred and the creative moment in his paintings via color, light and gesture.

Brick City

NATIONAL BUILDING MUSEUM

Lego lovers of all ages will delight in an around-the-world tour featuring reproductions of 37 iconic structures and places made entirely of Lego bricks. Edinburgh-based artist Warren Elsmore constructed the intricate models depicting attractions on every continent, from San Francisco’s Painted Ladies to the Shalamar Gardens of Pakistan. Pictured: A model of the Lincoln Memorial, […]

Jessica Diamond: Wheel of Life

Hirshhorn Museum

A text-and-image-based installation by New York conceptual artist Jessica Diamond offers a commentary on American culture and commercialism. Thirteen new wall drawings play off two of Diamond’s preexisting works.

Composing Color: Paintings by Alma Thomas

SMITHSONIAN MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART

The museum reflects on the career and work of late African American artist Alma Thomas, who was born in the Jim Crow South but spent most of her life in Washington, DC. The show reveals how Thomas’ materials and techniques continued to evolve until her death in 1978.

Park Chan-kyong: Gathering

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF ASIAN ART

Inaugurating its new modern and contemporary galleries, the museum spotlights the photographic work of Park Chan-kyong—the Korean artist’s first solo exhibit at a major U.S. institution. Visually powerful still and moving images examine South Korea’s complex history, from the impact of rapid socioeconomic development to effects of the Cold War on politics and society.

Forces of Nature: Voices that Shaped Environmentalism

National Portrait Gallery

The gallery shines a light on scientists, politicians, activists, writers and artists who played a pivotal role in the conservation movement from the late 19th century until today. Showcasing more than 25 portraits of thought leaders ranging from Henry David Thoreau to Maya Lin, the exhibit also addresses issues of environmental justice, biodiversity and climate.

Hung Liu: Making History

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WOMEN IN THE ARTS

Hung Liu (1948–2021) lived through Mao Zedong’s totalitarian regime before immigrating to the U.S. The museum reveals “weeping” paintings and prints by the artist featuring signature paint drips and layers of color. Inspired by vintage photographs discovered on a trip to China in the 1990s, the works convey the dignity and resilience of her subjects—predominantly […]

Impressive: Antoinette Bouzonnet-Stella

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WOMEN IN THE ARTS

French artist Antoinette Bouzonnet-Stella (1641–1676) is best known for a work entitled The Entrance of the Emperor Sigismond into Mantua. This series of 25 prints is on display as part of an exhibit focusing on her life and career in Paris, where she lived and studied in the Louvre with her uncle, artist Jacques Stella. […]

Singular Views: 25 Artists

RUBELL MUSEUM DC

The museum highlights work by 25 influential contemporary artists from the U.S. and around the world. More than 120 selections in an array of media include paintings by DC-based Rozeal and a self-portrait by Baltimore’s John Waters.

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