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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.

House and Home

  • Through Monday, May 1, 2017

Take a tour of houses both familiar and surprising, through past and present, which challenge our ideas about what it means to live at home in America. 

Peacock Room REMIX: Darren Waterston’s Filthy Lucre

  • Through Monday, January 2, 2017

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

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"Under a Summer Sun" exhibit

Vola Lawson Animal Shelter

Del Ray Artisans and the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria present “Under a Summer Sun” exhibit at the animal shelter.  May 31-September 27, 2015.  Tours and artist talk during reception: Friday, June 19, 7-9pm.  www.TheDelRayArtisans.org/GWW

Categories: Arts, Free, Exhibits

"Call for Artists" For Public Art Mural Project

Capital Crescent Retaining Wall

The Bethesda Urban Partnership and Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District announce “Paint the Town,” an initiative to promote more public art murals in downtown Bethesda.  The first public art mural project organized by the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District is the Capital Crescent Trail Retaining Wall located on Arlington Road, by Bradley Boulevard and across from the Safeway grocery store.

Categories: Arts

34th Annual Invitational Sculpture Exhibition

Montpelier Arts Center Main Gallery

This annual exhibition will take place in the Main Gallery at Montpelier Arts Center. Check back in the spring for related programming! 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Abbas Kiarostami: Five Dedicated to Ozu

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

Presented as a single-screen projection, Five Dedicated to Ozu (2003, 74 minutes) by celebrated director Abbas Kiarostami pays tribute to Yasujirō Ozu, the renowned Japanese filmmaker whose work has deeply influenced Kiarostami’s films. Through a characteristic attention to the power of simple mise-en-scène and sound, the inherent drama and subtle humor of nature unfurls before the viewer in five long shots taken near the sea.

Categories: Arts, Free

Andrei Trach

Montpelier Arts Center

Through the tactile nature of thick, action-filled paint strokes, Andrei Trach expresses moods and ideas through color, texture, and movement. Each work is a distinct orientation, enabling the viewer to see an optical mix of colors and textures. Three-dimensional aspects accent the dramatic and the bold in his paintings, which are a visceral response to and expression of his world. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Bold and Beautiful: Rinpa in Japanese Art

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

This exhibition features 37 works by Rinpa artists and those inspired by Rinpa design, and is complemented by a gallery of tea ceramics influenced by Sōtatsu’s collaborator Hon’ami Koetsu.

Categories: Arts, Free

Book of the Month: Digger Dozer Dumper by Hope Vestergaard

The National Building Museum

At 10:30 and 11:30 am on the first Tuesday of each month. Each month the Museum will introduce a new book during a read-aloud in the Building Zone’s Book Nook. The books explore themes such as patterns, city planning, construction, and celebration of other cultures. Families will then be invited to participate in corresponding hands-on play activities in the Building Zone. The Book of the Month program is free with admission to the Building Zone and recommended for ages 3 to 5.

Borders & Boundaries

Torpedo Factory Art Center

This all-media exhibition examines work inspired by the outsider’s perspective. Artists comment on geographic, personal, societal, and other boundaries. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Brown is the New Black: an exhibit by wood-turner Harriet Maloney and photographer J Riley Stewart

Arts in the Village Gallery

In July, Arts in the Village Gallery presents Brown is the New Black, a Featured Artist Exhibit showcasing the richly hued and textured vessels of wood-turner Harriet Maloney, and the dramatic monochromatic and color fine art photography of J Riley Stewart.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Building Zone

National Building Museum

Building Zone long-term Monday through Saturday: 10:00am - 4:00 pm; Sunday: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm Ages 2-6 with adult supervision The Building Zone introduces children to the building arts through play in an interactive gallery of hands-on activities for the Museum's youngest visitors. The National Building Museum gratefully acknowledges The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation for its support of the Building Zone. Project Playhouse is sponsored by HomeAid and built by Pardee Homes. Event begins at Presented by: National Building Museum

Categories: Family Oriented

Chinese Ceramics: 13th–14th Century

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

A selection of Chinese ceramics from the Freer collection shows highlights of Yuan ceramic styles and complements the exhibition Style in Chinese Landscape Painting: The Yuan Legacy. 

Categories: Arts, Free

Chinese Ceramics: 13th–14th Century

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

Chinese Ceramics: 13th–14th Century

December 20, 2014—December 2015

Freer

Ceramic production during the Yuan dynasty (1279–1368) reflects the strength of the international market demand for Chinese wares. Notably, celadon-glazed vessels from Longquan competed with porcelain objects from Jingdezhen, painted with innovative decoration in cobalt pigment. A dozen Chinese ceramics from the Freer collection show highlights of Yuan ceramic styles and complement the exhibition Style in Chinese Landscape Painting: The Yuan Legacy.     

 

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Categories: Arts, Arts

Chinese Ceramics: 13th–14th Century

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

Ceramic production during the Yuan dynasty (1279–1368) reflects the strength of the international market demand for Chinese wares. Notably, celadon-glazed vessels from Longquan competed with porcelain objects from Jingdezhen, painted with innovative decoration in cobalt pigment. A dozen Chinese ceramics from the Freer collection show highlights of Yuan ceramic styles and complement the exhibition Style in Chinese Landscape Painting: The Yuan Legacy.   

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, History

Common Ground on the Hill Traditions Week II

McDaniel College

Workshops in instrumental & vocal music, traditional arts, dance, film, and more with world-renowned instructors! Earn college credit! Evening concerts, jams and dances. 

Categories: Fairs & Festivals

CSM Twilight Performance Series: Chautauquan Wilma Rudolph

College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus

6:45 p.m., July 7. College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Fine Arts Lawn, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. Considered the fastest woman in the world in the 1960s, Wilma Rudolph became the first American woman to win three gold medals in track and field at the Olympics. Rudolph is one of the historical figures featured as part of the Maryland Humanities Council’s annual Chautauqua program. The performance will be presented as part of CSM’s Twilight Performance Series. Each week the series features a different performance on each campus. Bring a picnic and a lawn chair or blanket (no alcoholic beverages permitted). Free. For a complete schedule of performances, visit http://www.csmd.edu/Arts/TwilightSeries/index.html or contact 301-934-7828.

Categories: Arts, Theater, History

CSM Twilight Performance Series: Jennifer Cooper and GrooveSpan

College of Southern Maryland, Leonardtown Campus

6:45 p.m., July 7, College of Southern Maryland, Leonardtown Campus, Great Lawn, 22950 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown. GrooveSpan is the ensemble gathered by Southern Maryland native Jennifer Cooper to satiate her desire to sing classic tunes from a wide variety of genres, decades, styles and grooves of popular music. The performance will be presented as part of CSM’s Twilight Performance Series. Each week the series features a different performance on each campus. Bring a picnic and a lawn chair or blanket (no alcoholic beverages permitted). Food vendors will be on-site. Free. For a complete schedule of performances, visit http://www.csmd.edu/Arts/TwilightSeries/index.html or contact 301-934-7828.

DAR Museum exhibition “Eye on Elegance: Early Quilts of Maryland and Virginia”

DAR Museum

DAR Museum Exhibition Has Its Eye on Elegant Historic Virginia and Maryland Quilts

Categories: Exhibits, Arts, Free

Enigmas: The Art of Bada Shanren (1626–1705)

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

As a painter and a calligrapher, Bada Shanren (1626–1705) developed a unique visual vocabulary full of intriguing symbolism and artistic gestures. This exhibition showcases an impressive selection of his painting and calligraphy, including some of his most daring and idiosyncratic works from the 1660s through the early 1700s.

Categories: Arts, Free

Eye Of The Beholder

The Meeting House Gallery

"Eye Of The Beholder" - The artists are Ira Dwoskin, Greg Holmes, Rebecca Rothey, Diana Ulman, and Lorenzo Wilkins.  Their work includes abstract photography, ceramics, collage, acrylic paint and photography.  The gallery is open daily and is free.

Categories: Arts

Fine Impressions: Whistler, Freer, and Venice

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

Fine Impressions shows how Freer’s acquisition of the Second Venice Set came to shape his legacy as a connoisseur and collector. 

Categories: Arts, Free

Fine Impressions: Whistler, Freer, and Venice

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

Fine Impressions shows how Freer’s acquisition of the Second Venice Set came to shape his legacy as a connoisseur and collector. 

Categories: Arts, Free

Fine Impressions: Whistler, Freer, and Venice

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

Fine Impressions shows how Freer’s acquisition of the Second Venice Set came to shape his legacy as a connoisseur and collector. 

Categories: Arts, Free

Freer and Whistler: Points of Contact

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

A new rotation of Points of Contact features fourteen of the Freer Gallery’s most iconic paintings by the American expatriate James McNeill Whistler.

Categories: Arts, Free

Grown-Ups Art Camp (GUAC) at Del Ray Artisans

The Del Ray Artisans Gallery

Grown-Ups Art Camp - 37 awesome workshops & events at Del Ray Artisans from June 29 - July 17, 2015!  Sign up for as few or as many as you want! Details at: www.TheDelRayArtisans.org/GUAC

Categories: Arts

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

Intersections @ 5: Contemporary Art Projects at the Phillips

The Phillips Collection

The Phillips Collection celebrates the fifth anniversary of Intersections. This exhibition presents works by Intersections artists that have been acquired to date, both pieces that were featured in past installations and new works that are reminiscent or emblematic of the projects.

Categories: Exhibits

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

Play-In for Climate Action

U.S. Capitol, Upper Senate Park

Moms Clean Air Force will hold our second annual "Play-In for Climate Action” on Tuesday, July 7th, 2015, from 9:30 am to 12:00 noon, on the grounds of the US Capitol in Washington DC. This family-friendly rally and press conference will demonstrate strong support from moms and dads for bold actions to tackle climate change.

Seasonal Landscapes in Japanese Screens

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

Cherry trees bloom in this selection of folding screen paintings from the Freer Gallery. These landscapes from the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries combine ink-painting techniques assimilated from China with the vibrant color and gold of traditional Japanese painting in a new style and grand scale.

Categories: Arts, Free

The 30th Creative Crafts Council Biennial Exhibition

Mansion at Strathmore

The Creative Crafts Council presents some of the finest craft in the Mid-Atlantic region at their 30th Biennial Exhibition. The juried exhibition is located at the Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, MD 20852 and will be on display from June 6 to July 26, 2015. The public is cordially invited to meet the artists and jurors in person at the Opening Reception on June 11, 2015 from 7:00-9:00pm. Awards and prizes will be presented at the Opening Reception festivities.

Categories: Exhibits, Arts

The Journals of Duncan Phillips

The Phillips Collection

A selection of the museum founder’s extensive journals spanning three decades illuminate his dreams for the museum, passion for art, and relationships with emerging and established artists.

Categories: 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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