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True to Nature: Open-Air Painting in Europe, 1780–1870

National Gallery of Art

Nearly 100 oil sketches created en plein air capture scenes ranging from a simmering Mount Vesuvius to tumultuous seas along the Baltic coast. Notable 18th- and 19th-century luminaries such as Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot and Richard Parkes Bonington (above) are represented. nga.gov

Valerie Maynard: Lost and Found

BALTIMORE MUSEUM OF ART

This exhibit spans the 60-year career of Baltimore-based sculptor and printmaker Valerie Maynard. A highlight is her seminal “No Apartheid” series from the 1980s and 1990s, which combines varied artistic techniques. artbma.org

¡Printing the Revolution! The Rise and Impact of Chicano Graphics, 1965 to Now

Smithsonian American Art Museum

This exhibit chronicles the rise of Chicano graphics amid the 1960s social-justice movement that led to new political and cultural consciousness among people of Mexican descent in the U.S. Also on view, current works trace how Chicanx artists have adapted those methods and messages for today. americanart.si.edu

The Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido Road: 
Japanese Landscape Prints by Hiroshige

VIRGINIA MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS

Built in the eighth century, the Tokaido Road connecting present-day Tokyo to Kyoto had become a well-traveled thoroughfare by the early 1600s. Artist Utagawa Hiroshige’s woodblock prints depicting landmarks along this 320-mile passageway, first published in 1833, later became one of Japan’s most iconic print series. Twelve of these prints are on view, providing viewers […]

She Knew Where She Was Going: Gee’s Bend Quilts 
and Civil Rights

BALTIMORE MUSEUM OF ART

Since the mid-1800s, Black craftswomen in Gee’s Bend, Alabama, have fashioned worn clothing, sacks and other fabric remnants into one-of-a-kind quilts. The Baltimore Museum of Art recently acquired five quilts by Gee’s Bend artists; four of these will be on view in the American Wing’s Berman Textile Gallery. artbma.org

The Porcelain Flowers of Vladimir Kanevsky

HILLWOOD MUSEUM

Ukranian-born artist Vladimir Kanevsky began his career as an architect before moving to the U.S. in 1989. After designing porcelain tableware for a project, he switched gears and wound up pursuing his fascination with botany as a flower sculptor. During winter’s throes, a profusion of the artist’s creations will bloom at Hillwood Museum. Each petal […]

Translations and Transitions / Traducciones y Transiciones: A Celebration of Mexican and Central American Independence 
(1821-2021)

THE WALTERS MUSEUM

This exhibit commemorates Mexican and Central American independence from Spain while exploring cultural exchanges between indigenous and European peoples. Perusing 19 works of art including books, gold adornments and ceramic vessels, viewers can reflect on the vibrant societies that once flourished in what today are Mexico and Central America. thewalters.org

Edward Hopper and the American Hotel

VIRGINIA MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS

Edward Hopper often conveyed a sense of loneliness and isolation by painting subjects in hotels, motels and boarding houses. This Richmond exhibit highlights 65 paintings and works on paper by the artist depicting such settings, plus 35 pieces by John Singer Sargent, David Hockney and others who explored similar themes. vmfa.museum

Tschabalala Self: By My Self

BALTIMORE MUSEUM OF ART

Harlem-born artist Tschabalala Self explores the significance of the Black female form in contemporary culture through her work. Two sculptures and 13 paintings that incorporate stencils, tracings, prints, casts and mechanically stitched lines of thread are on view.

Intersections: Marley Dawson

The Phillips Collection

Modern Australian artist Marley Dawson has created ghosts, a two-part kinetic sculpture installation that riffs on The Phillips Collection’s art and architecture. One installation consists of five chairs in brass, suspended from the gallery’s domed stairway (above), while the other is a wall-mounted work made of hundreds of brass rods, hung to spark a dialog […]

The Long Sixties: Washington Paintings in the Watkins and Corcoran Legacy Collections, 1957-1982

Katzen Arts Center at American University

Museum director Jack Rasmussen curated this exhibit that assembles works by 32 Washington-area artists, including Sam Gilliam, Lisa Montag Brotman and Gene Davis. In an illustrated catalog available online and in print, Rasmussen reflects on the period, when, he writes, Black and women artists were “systematically underrepresented” and examines how memories of this formative period […]

Alexander von Humboldt and the United States: Art, Nature, and Culture

Smithsonian American Art Museum

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 sculptures, maps, artifacts and paintings—including Albert Bierstadt’s 1864 Valley of […]

Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle

The Phillips Collection

From 1954 to 1956, Jacob Lawrence painted a 30-panel series entitled “Struggle…From the History of the American People.” It depicts early decades of the republic through the words and actions of founding fathers as well as enslaved people, women and Native Americans. Assembled for the first time in 50-plus years, the panels—including We crossed the […]

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