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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.

Intersections @ 5: Contemporary Art Projects at the Phillips

  • Through Sunday, October 25, 2015

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.

Bold and Beautiful: Rinpa in Japanese Art

  • Through Sunday, January 3, 2016

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.

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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

$10 Adult Dance Classes

BalletNova Center for Dance

Join BalletNova Center for Dance for $10 Adult Dance Classes during Walk in Week Aug. 24 to Sept. 5! 

Categories: Arts, Dance

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 between the Lines: A Dialogue on Sustainability and Interdependency

Korean Cultural Center, Embassy of the Republic of Korea

The Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. proudly presents Art between the Lines, a new exhibition featuring works by Eunmee Chung and Judy Stone that explores the notion of sustainable art as both model and mirror for our modern society. 

Categories: Arts, Arts, Arts

Art between the Lines: A Dialogue on Sustainability and Interdependency

Korean Cultural Center, Embassy of the Republic of Korea

The Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. proudly presents Art between the Lines, a new exhibition featuring works by Eunmee Chung and Judy Stone that explores the notion of sustainable art as both model and mirror for our modern society. 

Categories: Arts, Arts, Arts

Art between the Lines: A Dialogue on Sustainability and Interdependency

Korean Cultural Center, Embassy of the Republic of Korea

The Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. proudly presents Art between the Lines, a new exhibition featuring works by Eunmee Chung and Judy Stone that explores the notion of sustainable art as both model and mirror for our modern society. 

Categories: Arts, Arts, Arts

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

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

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.     

 

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

Categories: Arts, Arts

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

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

Exhibit: Taking Shape

The Art League Gallery

The Art League's annual sculpture exhibit, juried by sculptor Jessica Beels.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, 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

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

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

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

Opening Reception for Sue Grace's Art Exhibit "Lay of the Land"

Hillyer Art Space

Solo show of Oil Paintings by Sue Grace Opening Reception Friday, September 4, 2015 from 6:00 - 9:00 PM

Categories: Arts

Opening Reception for Sue Grace's Art Exhibit "Lay of the Land"

Hillyer Art Space

Solo show of Oil Paintings by Sue Grace Opening Reception Friday, September 4, 2015 from 6:00 - 9:00 PM

Categories: Arts

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

Project America’s Next Top Master Artist Winner’s Exhibition

Brentwood Arts Exchange

Closing Reception: Saturday, September 19, 2015 5- 8pm  

2014 may not have marked the year the art world stopped being aloof to reality TV competitions and built on what they have to offer, but it’s the year we did. And, based on public response, you did too. More than 5,000 votes came in to Project America’s Next Top Master Artist, selecting a champion and awarding a solo exhibition to Cheverly, Maryland-based artist Ellen Cornett.  Celebrate with us and share in the results of connecting artists directly with audiences.

Categories: Arts

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 Embassy of Colombia exhibition by Beatriz Echeverri

Residence of the Ambassador of Colombia

Open hours September 4, from 6:00-8:00pm September 13, from 11:00-2:00pm September 26, from 7:00pm-12:00am during Art All Night By appointment Until October 30th, 2015 please email jmoreno@colombiaemb.org to schedule a viewing Residence of the Ambassador of Colombia

Categories: Arts

The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards

Gallery B

The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District and the Bethesda Urban Partnership will showcase the work of The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards eight finalists in a group exhibition. 

Categories: Arts

Vietnam's Ceramics: Depth and Diversity

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

Ceramic traditions within the borders of modern Vietnam are deep and diverse, reflecting the artistic legacies and interactions of this nation's fifty-four ethnic groups. On the twentieth anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between the United States and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, the Freer|Sackler opens its first exhibition since 2005 focused solely on Vietnamese ceramics. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

’Scapes 2015

The Art League Gallery

The Art League's annual juried (land)scape show, ’Scapes is open to interpretations of not just landscapes but cityscapes, seascapes, and skyscapes, real or imagined.

Categories: Arts, Free, Exhibits

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