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Learn about events happening in and around Washington! Local arts and cultural organizations are invited to submit events to this calendar.

Crosscurrents: Modern Art from the Sam Rose and Julie Walters Collection

  • Through Sunday, April 3, 2016

Crosscurrents: Modern Art from the Sam Rose and Julie Walters Collection features stellar paintings and sculpture by major American artists Alexander Calder, David Hockney, Roy Lichtenstein, Georgia O’Keeffe, Wayne Thiebaud and others alongside European giants such as Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró.

Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty

  • Through Sunday, March 20, 2016

Irving Penn (1917–2009), known for his iconic fashion, portrait, and still life images which appeared in Vogue, ranks as one of the foremost photographers of the twentieth century. "Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty," celebrates his legacy as a modern master and demonstrates the photographer’s continued influence on the medium. 

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"Re-Invention" by Winston Harris

Montpelier Arts Center

By combining printmaking techniques, digital manipulation, hand-colored processes, and recycled past artwork, Winston Harris seeks to produce images that provoke and promote self-awareness and spiritual enlightenment.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Other Events

Al-Mutanabi Street Starts Here

Brentwood Arts Exchange

Opening Reception: Saturday, January 23, 5-8pm

Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here is a book arts and cultural festival planned for January through March, 2016, throughout the Washington, DC area, organized Under the auspices of George Mason University, a charter committee of non-profit organizations including Mclean Project for the Arts, Brentwood Arts Exchange, Cultural DC, Split This Rock, Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, Martin Luther King Public Library, Arab America, and Busboys and Poets. This exhibition at the Brentwood Arts Exchange features artists’ books, broadsides, and letterpress work created for related Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here festivals in San Francisco and Boston. The art, related exhibits, programs, and events were inspired to commemorate the 2007 suicide bombing of Baghdad’s historic bookselling street by celebrating the free exchange of ideas and knowledge and standing in solidarity with people everywhere that free expression is threatened.

Categories: Arts

Arts in the Village Gallery’s February All-Artist show and Trunk Show

Arts in the Village Gallery

In February, Arts in the Village Gallery presents the all-artists exhibit, Connections, highlighting the concept of relationship or being united in cause.  The concept is also a popular one with the celebration of Valentines Day this month, and the Gallery will present a gift and jewelry Trunk Show on the weekend of February 6-7. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Body of Devotion: The Cosmic Buddha in 3D

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

A sixth-century sculpture meets new technology in this interactive installation.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Community Coffeehouse

Clay Pots... A Place to Grow

Come hang out at your community gathering spot!

Categories: Family Oriented, Free

Crosscurrents: Modern Art from the Sam Rose and Julie Walters Collection

Smithsonian American Art Museum

An extensive collection featuring paintings and sculpture by major American and European artists. Free, no ticket required.

Categories: Arts, Free, Exhibits

E Mau Ke Ea: The Sovereign Hawaiian Nation

National Museum of the American Indian

E Mau Ke Ea: The Sovereign Hawaiian Nation takes visitors through the history of the Hawaiian Nation, from the consolidation of the islands by King Kamehameha I in 1810 and the establishment of a society based on law, literacy, and diplomacy; through the undermining of Hawai`i's independence and its annexation by the United States; to the rise of the Hawaiian rights movement in the late 1960s and the resurgence of Hawaiian nationalism today.

Categories: Exhibits, History, Free

Foon Sham: Culture House

Workhouse Arts Center

Reception: Saturday, February 13, 2016 from 6-9pm.  As part of the Workhouse 2nd Saturday Art walk.

Within the Fairfax and Falls Church area, 34% of people speak a language other than English at home (2007-2012 ACS PUMS).  Data from the Fairfax County Public School shows that nearly half the students enrolled in elementary school speak a language other than English at home including 170 languages.  Within the past 25 years, the non-white/minority off Fairfax County, including Black, Asian/Pacific Islander and Hispanic, has gone from 25% to well over 50% of the population (U.S. Census Bureau, 1990, 2014 American Community Survey).   Data clearly indicates that Fairfax County, Virginia’s most populous county and 5th richest county in America (Forms, America’s Richest Counties 2014) is growing in diversity and leading the region.

House and Home

National Building Museum

House & Home, a long-term exhibition presented by the National Building Museum, takes visitors on a tour of houses both familiar and surprising, through past and present, challenging our ideas about what it means to live at home in America. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Celebrating Irving Penn's legacy with a retrospective of his work, from street scenes to fashion photography. No ticket required.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Jacqui Naylor - East Coast Tour

Blues Alley

Jazz vocalist and songwriter Jacqui Naylor is embarking on an east coast tour to feature songs from her highly anticipated 10th studio album TEN

Categories: Music: Other, Arts

Jacqui Naylor - East Coast Tour

Blues Alley

Jazz vocalist and songwriter Jacqui Naylor is embarking on an east coast tour to feature songs from her highly anticipated 10th studio album TEN

Categories: Music: Other, Arts

Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist

Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian

Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist is the first major retrospective of the artistic career of Kay WalkingStick (b. 1935), a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and one of the world’s most celebrated artists of Native American ancestry. Featuring more than 65 of her most notable paintings, drawings, small sculptures, notebooks, and the diptychs for which she is best known, the exhibition traces her career over more than four decades and culminates with her recent paintings of monumental landscapes and Native places.

Categories: Arts, Free

Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist

Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian

Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist is the first major retrospective of the artistic career of Kay WalkingStick (b. 1935), a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and one of the world’s most celebrated artists of Native American ancestry. Featuring more than 65 of her most notable paintings, drawings, small sculptures, notebooks, and the diptychs for which she is best known, the exhibition traces her career over more than four decades and culminates with her recent paintings of monumental landscapes and Native places.

Categories: Arts, Free

Narratives in Black Identity: Antonio McAfee, Tiffany Jones, and Stephen Towns

Montpelier Arts Center

Montpelier Arts Center is proud to honor Black History Month through this exhibition that examines African American heritage and identity through the works of Antonio McAfee, Tiffany Jones, and Stephen Towns.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Other Events

National Museum of the American Indian Exhibit “Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations”

National Museum of the American Indian

Nation to Nation presents the story of the treaties that lie at the heart of the relationship between Indian Nations and the United States. The story includes the history and legacy of the U.S. and American Indian diplomacy from the colonial period through the present. 

Categories: Exhibits, Free

Peacock Room REMIX: Darren Waterston’s Filthy Lucre

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

Peacock Room REMIX centers on Filthy Lucre, an immersive interior by painter Darren Waterston. 

Categories: Arts

Perspectives: Lara Baladi

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

Egyptian-Lebanese artist Lara Baladi (born 1969) experiments with the photographic medium, investigating its history and its role in shaping perceptions of the Middle East—particularly Egypt, where she is based. This installation centers on Oum el Dounia (The Mother of the World), a large-scale tapestry based on a photographic collage.

Categories: Arts, Free

Postwar Germanic Expressions: Gifts from Michael Werner

The Phillips Collection

The Phillips presents recently acquired gifts of German and Danish art to the museum’s permanent collection, generously given by art collector and gallerist Michael Werner.

Postwar Germanic Expressions: Gifts from Michael Werner

The Phillips Collection

Selections from an extraordinary gift of painting, sculpture, and works on paper from gallerist Michael Werner showcases the museum’s commitment to building a carefully crafted collection.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Tours

The Lost Symphony: Whistler and the Perfection of Art

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

This exhibition reconstructs how Whistler’s unrealized quest for “the perfection of art” intersected with less-rarified concerns about patronage, payment, and professional reputation.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Trending: Contemporary Art Now

Target Gallery

Target Gallery partners with the Women’s Caucus of Art to present Trending: Contemporary Art Now! The exhibition is part of WCA’s 2016 national conference in Washington, D.C.

Categories: Free, Arts, Exhibits

Submit an Event

WETA invites local arts and cultural organizations to submit events to this community calendar. The calendar is offered as a free community service. Event listings are limited to those occurring in the Washington metropolitan area, and priority is given to performance and cultural events.

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