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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.

Man Ray—Human Equations: A Journey from Mathematics to Shakespeare

  • Through Sunday, May 10, 2015

Man Ray's inquisitive spirit and mastery of transforming three-dimensional objects into two-dimensional imagery is revealed in this exploration of the intersections of art and science.

Building Zone

  • Through Friday, July 31, 2015

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.

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"Paws 'N Claws for Art" exhibit

Vola Lawson Animal Shelter

“Paws ‘N Claws for Art” exhibit at Vola Lawson Animal Shelter (2/21/2015-3/31/2015). Del Ray Artisans and Animal Welfare League of Alexandria show animal-themed art with UpCycle’s Fur-Vor student-created dog art. Reception: February 27, 7-9pm. www.TheDelRayArtisans.org/GWW

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

"Visages/Vignettes" by Wayson R. Jones

Montpelier Arts Center

Wayson R. Jones explores the idea of implicit association between imagery, memory, and emotion through manipulation of texture, shape, and color (or lack thereof). His new work evokes abstracted figures, imaginary landscapes, faces, and objects. They represent the “vignettes”: subjective snapshots of events, persons, or objects in motion, and “visages”: abstract faces combined with objects that symbolize parts of childhood. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

An Evening of Madrigals

Baker Chapel, McDaniel College

This annual concert features The Madrigal Singers, McDaniel’s premier a cappella vocal ensemble, under the direction of Margaret Boudreaux, professor and department chair of the music department. The Madrigal Singers perform a cappella in addition to Renaissance pieces, contemporary jazz vocal music and other selections. Audience participation is encouraged.  

Categories: Music: Other

Artists of the Arc of Prince George's County III

Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex

Artists of the Arc of Prince George's County III Opening Reception: Saturday, April 4, 2015; 5–8 pm

Billy Friebele: Ultrasonic Landscapes

The Heurich Gallery

Boston Properties is pleased to announce the March 24th opening reception and artist talk at The Heurich Gallery for Billy Friebele: Ultrasonic Landscapes, an interactive multimedia exhibition by the Washington-based artist.

Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Tuesday, March 24th, 5:30 – 7 pm

On View: March 24 – June 10, 2015

Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 am to 7 pm; Saturday, 9 am to 4 pm

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

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

Children’s Performance Series – Mr. Skip

Old Town Hall

Mr. Skip, who is all about music and movement, sings original and classic kids songs to the five and under crowd.

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

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

Ellyn Weiss

Montpelier Arts Center Main Gallery

With monoprints, acrylics, encaustic paint, oil bars, and other media, Ellyn Weiss strives to create art that speaks directly to the heart without mediation or explanation. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Eunsook Lee: Dispersed Family

Target Gallery

Korean artist Eunsook Lee explores meaning of family with site-specific black-light installation in Target Gallery at the Torpedo Factory Art Center.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Exhibit: Bits & Pieces

The Art League Gallery

An exhibit featuring art made of or about found objects.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Gateway Arts Center 5th Anniversary Exhibition

Brentwood Arts Exchange

Opening Reception/5 Year Anniversary Party: Saturday March 21, 5-8pm

It seems like art centers grow up so fast these days. One minute they’re an abandoned building, the next minute they’ve worked with hundreds of artists as a hub for a vibrant, dynamic Gateway Arts District Community. The 5th anniversary of the Gateway Arts Center and the Brentwood Arts Exchange and 39th Street Gallery within it is March 19, 2015. To celebrate, the Brentwood Arts Exchange brings together selected artists from its exhibitions over the past 5 years to reflect about where we’ve been and look forward to where we’re going.

Categories: Arts

Great Falls Studios presents Colvin Run Elementary School Art at Great Falls Starbucks through June 2015. Reception Tues., April 14, 5 PM - 6:30 PM

Starbucks Great Falls, VA

Great Falls Studios proudly sponsors the art of local elementary school students at Starbucks Great Falls.  Colvin Run Elementary School is on exhibit through June 2015.  A reception on Tuesday, April 14. 5 PM - 6:30 celebrates the artists and their families.

Hiroshi Sugimoto: Conceptual Forms / Mathematical Models

The Phillips Collection

Photographic works and sculptures by Hiroshi Sugimoto, one of Japan’s most important contemporary artists.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

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

Man Ray—Human Equations: A Journey from Mathematics to Shakespeare

The Phillips Collection

Featuring over 100 pieces, this Man Ray exhibition displays side-by-side for the first time the original mathematical models, his inventive photographs of the objects, and the surrealist-inflected Shakespearean Equations, connecting his approach to geometric forms with his other works that relate inanimate objects with the human body.

Categories: Arts, 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

Oribe Ware: Color and Pattern Come to Japanese Ceramics

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

Oribe Ware: Color and Pattern Come to Japanese Ceramics

December 13, 2014–June 14, 2015

Freer

Invented in Japan in 1605, Oribe ware introduced vivid pattern and color to a ceramics tradition that had previously favored somber, monochrome designs. Oribe ware vessels were used primarily for serving food and drinking tea, and their sprightly patterns with glossy black or brilliant green glazes made them a shimmering addition to 17th-century dining trays and tearooms. A major technological advance in ceramics—the Motoyashiki multi-chamber climbing kiln, which allowed potters to melt glazes to dazzling translucency—made this radically new appearance possible. This exhibition highlights the best selections of Oribe ware in the Freer’s collection, including two new acquisitions on view for the first time.

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

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, History

O’Keeffe and Friends: Dialogues with Nature

The Phillips Collection

Georgia O’Keeffe’s seminal Jack-in-the-Pulpit No. IV and No. VI, on loan from the National Gallery of Art, are featured alongside landscapes in The Phillips Collection by her compatriots, including Alvin Langdon Coburn, Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley, and John Marin.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Paintings of the Potomac Valley Watercolorists

Green Spring Gardens

Green Spring Gardens will host Paintings of the Potomac Valley Watercolorists, on exhibit throughout the Garden’s Horticultural Center and Historic House from April 28-June 28. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Patricia Phillips Bowden

Montpelier Arts Center

Patricia Phillips Bowden, who holds a BFA from the Corcoran College of Art & Design, continues her exploration of art making by utilizing mixed media to create this salon-style exhibition. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Peacock Room Shutters Open

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

Style in Chinese Landscape Painting: The Yuan Legacy

November 22, 2014–May 31, 2015

Freer

A tradition dating to the third century, landscape painting is one of the most outstanding achievements of Chinese culture. Key styles in this genre emerged during the Yuan dynasty (1279–1368) and are still followed today. While surviving works from the Yuan are rare, whenever possible, this exhibition includes the earliest work in the F|S collections together with later examples tracing the characteristics and evolution of six of these styles.

Categories: Exhibits

Perspectives: Chiharu Shiota

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

Japanese performance and installation artist Chiharu Shiota installs a monumental yet intimate work in the Sackler pavilion this summer.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Sticks and Stones: an exhibit by jewelry artist Dana Jansen and abstract painter Kay Layne

Arts in the Village Gallery

In May, Arts in the Village Gallery presents Sticks and Stones, a Featured Artist Exhibit showcasing the wire-wrapped jewelry designs of Dana Jansen, along with the architectural and liner abstract works of painter Kay Layne.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Style in Chinese Landscape Painting: The Yuan Legacy

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

Style in Chinese Landscape Painting: The Yuan Legacy

November 22, 2014–May 31, 2015

Freer

A tradition dating to the third century, landscape painting is one of the most outstanding achievements of Chinese culture. Key styles in this genre emerged during the Yuan dynasty (1279–1368) and are still followed today. While surviving works from the Yuan are rare, whenever possible, this exhibition includes the earliest work in the F|S collections together with later examples tracing the characteristics and evolution of six of these styles.

Categories: Exhibits

Tempo & Pause New Art Exhibition and Reception

Principle Gallery

An exibition highlighting newest the newest cityscape paintings by Greg Gandy and Valerio D'Ospina. 

Categories: Arts, Free, Exhibits

The Blood Quilt

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater

From Katori Hall (The Mountaintop) comes this funny and fierce world-premiere about four disconnected sisters reuniting to create a family quilt honoring their recently deceased mother. But after their mother’s will is read, will their “blood quilt” bind the family together or tear them apart forever?

Categories: Theater

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

The Traveler’s Eye: Scenes of Asia

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

The Traveler’s Eye: Scenes of Asia

November 22, 2014–May 31, 2015

Sackler

#travelerseye

Travel shapes how we perceive the world. Long after a trip has ended, images made to guide, track, and represent travelers and their journeys continue to influence our views of other cultures and our own cultural identities. Featuring more than 100 works created over the past five centuries, The Traveler’s Eye: Scenes of Asia provides glimpses of travels across the Asian continent, from pilgrimages and research trips to expeditions for trade and tourism.

Categories: Exhibits

The Traveler’s Eye: Scenes of Asia

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

The Traveler’s Eye: Scenes of Asia

November 22, 2014–May 31, 2015

Sackler

#travelerseye

Travel shapes how we perceive the world. Long after a trip has ended, images made to guide, track, and represent travelers and their journeys continue to influence our views of other cultures and our own cultural identities. Featuring more than 100 works created over the past five centuries, The Traveler’s Eye: Scenes of Asia provides glimpses of travels across the Asian continent, from pilgrimages and research trips to expeditions for trade and tourism.

Categories: Exhibits

Unearthing Arabia: The Archaeological Adventures of Wendell Phillips

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

Wendell Phillips, a young paleontologist and geologist, headed one of the largest archaeological expeditions to remote South Arabia (present-day Yemen) from 1949 to 1951. Through a selection of unearthed objects as well as film and photography taken by the expedition team, the exhibition highlights Phillips’s key finds, recreates his adventures, and conveys the thrill of discovery on this important archaeological frontier.

Categories: Exhibits, Arts

Zen, Tea, and Chinese Art in Medieval Japan

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

Zen Buddhism, tea, and ink painting—well-known expressions of Japanese culture—have their roots in Chinese arts and ideas brought to medieval Japan from the late 12th to the 16th century. By the end of that period, arts and customs from Song, Yuan, and Ming dynasty China had been assimilated into Japanese culture, emerging as Japanese practices such as chanoyu, the art of tea. In this exhibition, Chinese and Japanese paintings, lacquer ware, and ceramics illuminate this remarkable period of cultural contact and synthesis.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, History

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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