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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.

America Reads

  • Through Saturday, January 21, 2017

A new exhibition at the Library of Congress, "America Reads," will celebrate the public’s choice of 65 books by American authors that had a profound effect on American life.

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.


Sat • January 21, 2017


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"Simply Abstract" Art Exhibit (Jan 6-29) at Del Ray Artisans

The Del Ray Artisans Gallery

“Simply Abstract” art exhibit (January 6-29) at Del Ray Artisans is an exploration of abstract compositions using shape, form, color, and line by local area artists. Opening Reception: Friday, January 6, 7-9pm.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

50 Shades of Snow

Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center

Peter Trofimenko and the award-wining American Balalaika Symphony present 50 Shades of Snow, a wintry mix of songs for the Season, featuring Sviridov’s evocative “Snowstorm Suite” and other works by Adamo, Berezin, Khanok and more. 

Categories: Music: Classical, Arts

A Memory, Revisited – Dalya Luttwak

Stone Tower Gallery at Glen Echo Park

The Glen Echo Park Partnership is pleased to present A Memory, Revisited – Dalya Luttwak. This installation is based on Luttwak’s Kousa Dogwood tree, a staple of her garden, which suddenly died last year. The sculpture incorporates the erect tree in an attempt to revisit her personal memories of a favorite plant. Curated by Ramon Osuna, Owner of Osuna Art & Antiques.

Categories: Arts

Arlene Shechet: From Here On Now

The Phillips Collection

New York-based sculptor Arlene Shechet is known for glazed ceramic sculptures that are off-kilter yet hang in a balance between stable and unstable, teetering between the restraint of intellect and the insistence of instinct. Her sculptures encourage circumambulation, often drawing upon Buddhist iconography for inspiration. From Here On Now at the Phillips is both a poetic beckoning and a description of the literal. The exhibition’s title also tweaks the familiar phrase “from here on out” to bring attention to the present and as a reminder that the future is an abstraction. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Artful Attire

Glen Echo Park Popcorn Gallery

The Glen Echo Park Partnership is pleased to present “Artful Attire.” This exhibition celebrates adornment through wearable art and sculptural jewelry. A selection of artists working in the Washington, DC region and beyond display work including textiles, garments, and jewelry in a wide variety of media. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Classical Guitar Duo Concert

Community Lutheran Church

Julian Gray & Serap Bastepe Gray Classical Guitar Duo in Concert

Connecting the Dots: The DMV

Torpedo Factory Art Center

By popular demand, Connecting the Dots: The DMV has been extended. Presented by The HRCHY CIA Merimart, the show features up-and-coming artists from the DC Metro area. Artists are exhibited via WMATA’s rail lines. Work captures the experiences of being a young artist in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia region. Learn more.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free


Theater J

Michael Frayn’s Tony Award-winning play is an intellectually dazzling meditation on morality, ethics, and the creation of the atomic bomb.

Categories: Theater, Arts, Discussion

Exhibition: Chinamania

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

The craze for Chinese blue-and-white ceramics dubbed “Chinamania” swept London in the nineteenth century and still endures in the West. Inspired by his travels to a major center for Chinese ceramics, contemporary artist Walter McConnell interrogates this phenomenon through an installation of Kangxi porcelains and his own monumental works.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

For a Love of His People: The Photography of Horace Poolaw

National Museum of the American Indian

A rare American Indian photographer who documented Indian subjects, Horace Poolaw’s work celebrates his subjects’ place in American life and preserves an insider’s perspective on a world few outsiders are familiar with—the Native America of the Southern Plains during the mid-20th century.

Categories: Exhibits, Arts, Free

Gauri Gill: Notes from the Desert

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Featuring fifty-six of her prints, this exhibition showcases Gill’s work in the remote desert region and draws on her extensive archive.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, International

Gift Card Bingo Night

Spotsylvania High School

Spotsylvania High School Marching Band Presents Gift Card Bingo Night. Please come support them and enjoy a fun family night out. 


The Art League Gallery

Artwork examining patterns, routines, and rituals, juried by Rebecca Chaperon.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Holy City Exhibition by international artist Brian Whelan at Washington National Cathedral

Washington National Cathedral

Holy City is a series of nine paintings representing the three Abrahamic faiths: Christianity, Islam and Judaism. When displayed together, the panels create a work of art 9 x 12 feet. "This is my aspirational vision of what a Holy City looks like."

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


Torpedo Factory Art Center

“Ipseity” is defined as individual identity or selfhood. In this all-media exhibitionTarget Galley explores this concept of individual identity through works that contextualize themes of race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, religion and other labels we might use to identify ourselves. The show includes 17 artists from across the U.S. with work in a variety of media, including photography, mixed-media, sculpture, and video.

Juried by Jessica Kallista, founder of Olly Olly alternative art space in Fairfax, Virginia.

Categories: Arts, Free, Exhibits

Jake Berthot: From the Collection and Promised Gifts

The Phillips Collection

The Phillips Collection has long had a special relationship with Jake Berthot, whose introspective paintings have been described as visual poetry. In 1996, the museum organized an exhibition of his work, and in 2015 received a major bequest from the artist’s estate. Including promised gifts, the Phillips now holds 25 paintings, drawings, and prints by Berthot, the largest and most important ”unit” of this artist’s work.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Member 25

The Art League Gallery

An invitational, retrospective exhibit that celebrates artists who have been part of The Art League for 25 years – or more – as an exhibiting artist member.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

New Post-Graduate Resident: Welcome Jay Hendrick

Torpedo Factory Art Center

Fairfax-based artist Jay Hendrick creates paintings, then analyzes their importance, worth, and merit by exposing his work to different methods, such as digitization, duplication, and performance.

During his residency, Hendrick will emulate the processes of other artists in the DMV in an effort to understand why they do what they do. He will interview each participating artist and document the project on his blog and organize a round-table discussion about painting.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

One-on-One: Enrique Martínez Celaya / Albert Pinkham Ryder

The Phillips Collection

This installation will juxtapose several paintings from the Phillips’s permanent collection by American Romantic painter Albert Pinkham Ryder (1847–1917) with a painting by Cuban-born American artist Enrique Martínez Celaya, The First Kierkegaard.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Perspectives: Michael Joo

S. Dillon Ripley Center

Inspired by the migration patterns of Korean red-crowned cranes, Brooklyn-based artist Michael Joo (b. 1966, Ithaca, NY) has created a monumental installation for the Freer|Sackler. The birds’ movements are visualized as lines in space in this multimedia work. On view in the light-flooded Sackler pavilion, the installation will seem to shift with the seasons, complementing Joo’s interest in the nature of change.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Portrait Discovery Kits

National Portrait Gallery

Portrait Discovery Kits are an interactive and imaginative way for visitors to learn more about people who are in the National Portrait Gallery.

Categories: Arts, Family Oriented, Free

Portrait Story Days: Inauguration Month

National Portrait Gallery

Young visitors and their families may drop by to listen to a story and complete an art project

Categories: Arts, Free, History

Red: Ming Dynasty/Mark Rothko

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Created more than five centuries apart, an imperial Chinese porcelain dish and a painting by Mark Rothko (1903–1970)—unexpectedly juxtaposed—reveal the immensity of the color red.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, International

Site 2: Daniel Taye

Torpedo Factory Art Center

Ethiopian painter Daniel Taye returns to the Torpedo Factory to display the work he's been inspired to create based on his travels in Alexandria. 

You may remember Taye, as he was in the New Project Studio this past summer. He has channeled his uninhibited flow of thought and rare perspective into capturing daily life in our city. 

Find his work in Site 2, located in the hallway by the elevators. Hear him speak about his work during Second Thursday Art Night, January 12, at 8 pm.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

The Art of the Qur’an: Treasures from the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts

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

Almost seventy sumptuous manuscripts are featured in The Art of the Qur’an, the first major presentation of Qur’ans in the United States. Celebrated for their superb calligraphy and lavish illumination, these manuscripts play a significant role in the history of the arts of the book in the Islamic world.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, International

The Chronicle of the Horse in Art

National Sporting Library & Museum

The Chronicle of the Horse in Art and accompanying catalogue will present the rich variety and depth of the classic, iconic, and contemporary American, British, and Continental art featured prominently on the front covers of The Chronicle of the Horse for almost seventy years.

Categories: Arts, Discussion

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

Winter White Gallery Exhibit and Artists Reception

Gaithersburg Arts Barn

Winter White Gallery Exhibit and Artists Reception

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

World War I: American Artists View the Great War

Library of Congress- Thomas Jefferson Building

An exhibition showing how American artists galvanized public interest in World War I will open next month at the Library of Congress.

Categories: Exhibits, History, Arts

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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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