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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.

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. 

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. 

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Tue • August 4, 2015

 

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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

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

Art of the Gift: Recent Acquisitions

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

Art of the Gift celebrates some of the recent and promised gifts made to the museums and archives. Objects on view range from centuries-old Buddhist sculptures from Japan, Southeast Asia, and Tibet to lacquer ware and contemporary photography from Iran.

Categories: Arts, 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.

Brilliant Minds, Great Thinkers: Steven Gimbel on Albert Einstein

Washington DCJCC

2015 is the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein’s Theory of Relativity.

Einstein was the first scientific superstar, and his international fame allowed him financial security at a time of economic collapse in Germany, instant credibility on topics both scientific and non-scientific. He was sharp, edgy and unafraid to rock any boat, considered dangerous by Nazis and American conservatives alike.

Steven Gimbel, author of Einstein: His Space and Times, explains Einstein’s science in terms anyone can understand, and shows how Einstein’s powerful ideas emerged from the particular world he occupied and continue to shape the world we inhabit today.

Steven Gimbel is the Edwin T. and Cynthia Shearer Johnson Chair for Distinguished Teaching in the Humanities at Gettysburg College where he is the chair of the philosophy department. His writing focuses on the history and philosophy of science, especially the influences and reception of the theory of relativity in various intellectual communities and in the larger world. 

“Gimbel gives special emphasis to Einstein’s connections to Judaism…A fine, informative life of the renowned scientist.”—Kirkus Reviews

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

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

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.     

 

http://www.asia.si.edu/exhibitions/default.asp

Categories: Arts, Arts

CSM Twilight Performance Series: "Sneetches"

College of Southern Maryland, Leonardtown Campus

6:45 p.m., Aug. 4. College of Southern Maryland, Leonardtown Campus, Auditorium, Building A, 22950 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown. The College of Southern Maryland’s Children’s Theatre will perform “Sneetches,” an adaptation of the Dr. Seuss story of the same name. The performance will be presented as part of CSM’s Twilight Performance Series. Each week the series features a different performance on each campus. 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

Great Falls Studios presents Forestville Elementary School Art at Great Falls Starbucks through October

Starbucks Great Falls, VA

Great Falls Studios presents Forestville ES (VA) Art at Great Falls Starbucks through October.

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

Leigh Merrill: Cloud Seeding

Torpedo Factory Art Center

Acclaimed Dallas-based artist Leigh Merrill creates fictional realities assembling different images in the this video and photography exhibition. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Live! Performances on Woodrow Wilson Plaza

Woodrow Wilson Plaza

From salsa to strings, and blues to swing, Live! Performances on Woodrow Wilson Plaza features hot entertainment in a cool, open-air atmosphere.

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

Persons of Interest: an exhibit by sculptor Claire Courpron and oil painter Marcia Klioze

Arts in the Village Gallery

In August, Arts in the Village Gallery presents Persons of Interest, a Featured Artist Exhibit showcasing the feminine sculptures of Claire Courpron and the oil paintings of Marcia Klioze.

Categories: Arts, Free, Exhibits

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

Summer Art Camp - Fold, Roll, Stitch: Exploring Bookmaking

Freer and Sackler Galleries

Summer Art Camps at the Freer and Sackler Galleries provide creative opportunities for children ages eight to fourteen.

Categories: Arts, Family Oriented

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

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