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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.

Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan

  • Through Sunday, January 29, 2017

Dedicated to teaching young artisans traditional crafts, Turquoise Mountain is reviving Afghanistan’s proud cultural legacy. This exhibition transforms the International Gallery into a visit to Old Kabul.

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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"Less is More" by Judith Kornett

Montpelier Arts Center

The title of this exhibition, Less is More, is reflective of Judith Kornett’s intention to create sculptures that are fewer in number but deeper in content.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Other Events

Art Walk in the Park

Glen Echo Park

Every First Friday, May through September from 6pm to 8pm, the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture hosts open studios and artist demonstrations in Glen Echo Park's many visual arts studios and galleries. Each month features different activities.

Categories: Arts, Free, Family Oriented

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

Cianne Fragione and Seth Adelsberger

Montpelier Arts Center

Cianne Fragione and Seth Adelsberger push the limits of their respective media to reveal the immediacy and spontaneity involved in the creative process.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Other Events

Containment/Release

Glen Echo Park

Containment/Release is by Judith Pratt and Fabiola Yurciscin. Yurcisin’s woven structures, cages, and installations present objects that question our concept of beauty and waste, as well as challenge our view of cultural norms. Pratt’s wall installations, fragments, and totems combine utilitarian materials that produce an unconventional sense of gesture and movement.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Conversation Circles

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

Adults practice speaking English while learning about American history and culture through portraiture. The program begins with a gallery talk led by a Portrait Gallery educator. Participants then form small conversation circles for discussions around the day’s theme. Conversation Circles are organized by the National Portrait Gallery and the DC Public Library.

Categories: Arts, Discussion, Exhibits

CSM’s Connections Literary Series: Connections Magazine Publication Reading.

College of Southern Maryland

Contributors to the Spring 2016 issue of Connections will read from and discuss their works.

Categories: Arts

Dominie Nash

Montpelier Arts Center

Working in a collage-like manner, Dominie Nash builds up layers of fabric to create a sense of mystery and depth. Using both abstract and representational forms, Nash invites the viewer to return and see different things at each viewing.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Other Events

Free Live Music

St. Elmo's Coffee Pub

If you're looking for a fun, but inexpsensive night out check out some live music at St. Elmo's Coffee Pub. We feature local and national (and sometimes even international!) musicians Wednesday through Saturday, every week. For the past 16 years the Not So Modern Jazz Quartet + has been playing every Thursday at St. Elmo's. These seasoned regulars play Dixieland/New Orleans-style jazz and kick off their set around 7:30 p.m. All other days (Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday) music begins at 8 p.m. and goes to about 10 p.m. With a range in musical styles, there's surely something on our calendar for anyone who enjoys music. Besides jazz, we also feature folk, rock, blues, pop, experimental, country, bluegrass, and more! As always, the live music we offer is free (but tips are encouraged for the artists). "Come on out to St. Elmo's and enjoy a relaxing evening with coffee, great food, music, and friends. A night out at St. Elmo's gives you the opportunity to support local business and local/national musicians, and it is a less expensive alternative to a night at the bar." - Charity Meals from the Arlington Coffee Shop Examiner.

Event begins at 8:00PM

Categories: Music: Other, Free, Arts

Heart of an Empire: Herzfeld's Discovery of Pasargadae

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Archival materials show one man’s encounter with a notable ancient site.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

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

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

Nancy McIntyre: Rhythms of Time

The Art League Gallery

Silkscreens and paintings that “treasure the local, the small-scale, the eccentric, the ordinary.”

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Osman Hamdi Bey: Hero or Villain?

S. Dillon Ripley Center

Osman Hamdi Bey (1842–1910) is remembered for his contribution to Ottoman archaeology and museology, particularly as the director of the Imperial Museum. Recently, however, he has been subject to controversial debates over practically every aspect of his life and career. Edhem Eldem, a professor of history at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, revisits this fascinating character.

Categories: Arts, Lecture

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

Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Arts in the Village Gallery

Arts in the Village Gallery announces the May Featured Artists exhibit, Sea & Sky, reminiscent of days unfolding under cloudless skies, sunrise walks, and wind swept dunes.  The exhibit features the sculptural copper designs of Anne Jordan, and the richly textured mixed media paintings of Karen Watson, in this illustration of our long-standing and enthralling relationship with the Sea & Sky.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Seeing Nature: Landscape Masterworks from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection

The Phillips Collection

Featuring 39 masterpieces spanning five centuries, this exhibition draws from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection to explore the evolution of European and American landscape art. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Six Impossible Things

Gunston Theatre Two

An athletic, thrilling, and family-friendly dance performance.

Categories: Dance, Arts, Family Oriented

Small Gems and exhibit of Great Falls Studios member art

Great Falls School of Art & Gallery

Great Falls Studios presents "Small Gems" at the Arts of Great Falls School and Gallery. 30 artists - sparkling jewelry, bronze sculpture, fiber arts, painting, print and mixed media

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Symbolic Cities: The Work of Ahmed Mater

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

From abandoned desert cities to the extraordinary transformation of Mecca, Symbolic Cities presents Ahmed Mater’s observations on economic and urban change in Saudi Arabia.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

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

The Target Gallery Presents Lisa Kellner: Always into Now

Target Gallery

Lisa Kellner’s site-responsive Paintings in Space use the room as a canvas. She creates organic, ethereal forms from silk. Viewers experience the intimacy of being absorbed with a room-sized painting. This is the first exhibition as part of the Target Gallery’s New Media Invitational and is funded, in part, by March150 participants.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Dedicated to teaching young artisans traditional crafts, Turquoise Mountain is reviving Afghanistan’s proud cultural legacy. This exhibition transforms the International Gallery into a visit to Old Kabul.

Categories: Exhibits, Arts

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