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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.

For Whom It Stands

  • Through Saturday, February 28, 2015

More than 100 works of art, artifacts, documents, and photographs reflect the breadth of American experiences. A fragment of the original Star-Spangled Banner serves as a starting point to investigate the broad history and representation of the United States flag as an icon of our nation and its people.

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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"The Color Pink" Art Exhibit

The Del Ray Artisans Gallery

“The Color Pink” art exhibit at Del Ray Artisans gallery (January 2-February 1). Artists explore shades of pink. Opening reception with raffle: Friday, January 2, 7-9pm!  2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria VA. Details: www.TheDelRayArtisans.org

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Arts in the Village Gallery’s January All-Artist show and Silent Auction Event

Arts in the Village Gallery

In January, Arts in the Village Gallery presents an all artist show, The Winter Palette, and a silent auction, Come in from the Cold, to benefit the Humane Society of Loudoun County.

Categories: Arts, Free, Exhibits

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

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

Conversations With Artists: Paul Pfeiffer

The Phillips Collection

Winner of the Whitney Museum’s first Bucksbaum Award in 2000, Paul Pfeiffer creates groundbreaking video, sculpture, and photography that reflect on collective psychological states related to the history of image production. In conversation with Alexander Dumbadze, Associate Professor of Art History at the George Washington University. 

Categories: Arts, Discussion

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

DCPL Presents Art Exhibit: Black Space

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Black Space is an art exhibition by District-based artist Holly Bass. Black Space is a tiny house in the shape of the District, a city that has been a center of Black culture since the early 1900s. The exhibit shows how District residents of all ethnicities and backgrounds occupy black space. Visitors will be invited to share their D.C. memories with the artist and create collaborative responses – photographs, poems, sketches, and oral histories, which will be catalogued and displayed in the house.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

For Whom It Stands

Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture

Named one of the nation's "Top 10 Must-See Exhibits This Summer" by USA Today. More than 100 works of art, artifacts, documents, and photographs reflect the breadth of American experiences. A fragment of the original Star-Spangled Banner serves as a starting point to investigate the broad history and representation of the United States flag as an icon of our nation and its people.

Categories: Arts, History, Exhibits

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

Head Out: Paintings by John Hampshire

Rice Gallery

This solo exhibition includes paintings by New York artist John Hampshire. Called “a virtuoso with a brush” by the New York Times, he is known for his oversized canvases. 

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

In The Flesh V

Target Gallery

In the Flesh V is an all-media exhibiton featuring work by artists who explore the human figure as their subject.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Intersections: Bernardi Roig, NO/Escape

The Phillips Collection

Roig's sculptural works, installed in unexpected interior and exterior spaces, address the existential dualities of entrapment and liberation, blinding and illumination.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Nasta‛liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

This exhibition is the first of its kind to focus on nasta‛liq, a calligraphic script that developed in 14th-century Iran. More than 20 works dating from 1400 to 1600, the height of nasta‛liq’s development, tell the story of its transformation from a simple conveyer of the written word into an artistic form.

Categories: Arts, Free

Opening Reception: Head Out: Paintings by John Hampshire

Rice Gallery

This solo exhibition includes paintings by New York artist John Hampshire. Called “a virtuoso with a brush” by the New York Times, he is known for his oversized canvases. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

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

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

Richard Dana: Reverberation

The Heurich Gallery at Boston Properties

Boston Properties is pleased to announce the December 10th opening reception and artist talk forRichard Dana: Reverberation, an exhibition featuring recent work by the Washington-based artist at The Heurich Gallery. 

Reverberation, Richard Dana’s latest body of work, comprises a new series of large-scale digital pigment prints on view for the first time in this exhibition. These vibrant abstract works are the result of Dana’s distinct process that exploits chance, experimentation, and analog and digital technologies. Dana begins by creating black and white drawings or collages which he then scans into his computer. The digital images are submitted to a series of manipulations – they are bent, stretched, warped, imploded, exploded, massaged, and colored – until any trace of the artist’s hand disappears. Each intervention builds upon the previous one, resulting in a mesmerizing body of images that vibrate with rhythm and color. 

About Richard Dana

Richard L. Dana is a self-taught artist based in Bethesda, MD. Mr. Dana received an undergraduate degree in Russian Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1975 and a Master's degree in International Relations from Johns Hopkin's School of Advanced International Studies in 1977. ln 1984, after years of creating art in his spare time, Dana left his position as an economist and Soviet Affairs expert in order to pursue a career in art. Dana has exhibited extensively in the United States and internationally.

Opening Reception and Artist Talk: December 10th, 5:30 - 7 pm.

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

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

The Journals of Duncan Phillips

The Phillips Collection

A selection of the museum founder’s extensive journals illuminate his dreams for the museum, passion for art, and relationships with emerging and established artists.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

The Oriental Carpet: Foreign Gifts and Foreign Affairs

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

Walter Denny, a leading expert in textiles of the Islamic world, speaks about his new book How to Read Islamic Carpets, which explores the history, design techniques, and craftsmanship of carpets made in the “Rug Belt” of Morocco to northern India. Presented in collaboration with the World Affairs Council—Washington, DC, the George Washington University Museum, and the Textile Museum.

Categories: Arts, Books & Authors, Free

Topaz Thursday Comedy Night

Topaz Hotel

FREE Live standup comedy show in Dupont Circle by local standup comics $25 cash prize joke contest for non-com audience members after the show Every Thursday night 8 to 10 pm FREE SHOW Topaz Hotel Bar 1733 N Street NW Washington, DC 20036-2801 www.TopazHotel.com www.StandupComedyToGo.com Event begins at 8:00PM Presented by: StandupComedyToGo.com

Categories: Free, Theater, Arts

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

“Beyond the Board” Art Exhibit at Prudential PenFed Realty

Prudential PenFed Realty (Old Town Alexandria Office)

Del Ray Artisans presents “Beyond the Board” art exhibit at Prudential PenFed Realty in Old Town Alexandria. Join the artists at a “Night for Military Heroes” fundraiser and exhibit reception on Monday, November 17, 6-8pm. A portion of artists’ sales go to the PenFed Foundation that supports grants and loans to active military personnel, veterans and their families. View the exhibit through February 22, 2015 at 300 N Washington Street, Suite 100, Alexandria VA.

Categories: Arts, Charity Events

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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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