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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.

Toulouse-Lautrec Illustrates the Belle Époque

  • Through Sunday, April 30, 2017

 This special exhibition presents, for the first time in the United States, one of the foremost collections of the Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec's prints and posters.

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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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

Artifact Spotlight: Celebrate Black History Month

National Museum of the United States Navy

Don’t miss this opportunity for an intimate experience with artifacts from the National Museum of the United States Navy.

Categories: Free, History

Conserving Media Art

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Learn how Dan Finn, SAAM’s Media Conservator, cares for the museum's works of time-based media art, where duration, or time, is a defining characteristic of the work. Dan will speak about how he ensures that a diverse array of media including film, analog video, digital video, installation art, video games, and software-based art is preserved and can be exhibited.

Categories: Arts, Lecture, Exhibits

Conserving Media Art

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Learn how Dan Finn, SAAM’s Media Conservator, cares for the museum's works of time-based media art, where duration, or time, is a defining characteristic of the work. Dan will speak about how he ensures that a diverse array of media including film, analog video, digital video, installation art, video games, and software-based art is preserved and can be exhibited.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Discussion

Decorating the Corridors of Power: A Look at Constantino Brumidi

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Italian-born artist Constantino Brumidi decorated the Senate wing of the Capitol using classical designs and American themes to emphasize the dignity and importance of Congress.

Categories: Arts, Tours, History

Decorating the Corridors of Power: A Look at Constantino Brumidi

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Italian-born artist Constantino Brumidi decorated the Senate wing of the Capitol using classical designs and American themes to emphasize the dignity and importance of Congress.

Categories: Arts, Tours, History

Drawing

Brentwood Arts Exchange

Beginning drawing is a great class for anyone who want to try their hand at something new or who want to improve their artwork.

Categories: Other Events

Drawn Out, Drawn Over: Mapping the Territory of Experience

Brentwood Arts Exchange

Drawn Out, Drawn Over: Mapping the Territory of Experience aims to field a visual conversation about drawing approaches by featuring 18 selected artists.

Categories: Exhibits

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

Extraordinary Ordinary People: Freedom Fighters in the Capitol Collection

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

This guided tour introduces you to four ordinary people who took on the role of freedom fighter and changed the course of civil rights history for generations of Americans.

Categories: Tours, History, Free

February Exhibits at the Gallery Underground

Gallery Underground

Monthly Exhibit by Members of the Gallery. Gallery Underground anchors the visual arts component of Crystal City’s Art Underground, and serves as the main gallery space for the 150-member Arlington Artists Alliance. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Film: Mele Murals

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Mele Murals follows the personal stories of two renowned Hawaiian graffiti artists and their joint quest to uphold Hawaiian culture through mural-making.

Categories: Arts, Film

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

FREE Home Buying Workshop

University Towers Party Room

This FREE Homebuying Workshop teaches first time home buyers how to navigate the complex process of buying your first home.

Categories: Free, Discussion, Lecture

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

Ipseity

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

Mobile Art Lab in the New Project Studio

Torpedo Factory Art Center

In February, the Mobile Art Lab sets up in the New Project Studio (Studio 8). See displays of past events and performances and share your ideas for future activities or venues.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

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

New Fiber Arts Instructors

Park View Gallery at Glen Echo Park

Glen Echo Park Partnership is pleased to present Focus on Fiber. This exhibition introduces Glen Echo Park's new fiber arts instructors. From knitting and quilting, to weaving and felting, there are exciting new classes and camps coming this spring/summer session. Visit the exhibition to learn more about these great new programs for children, teens and adults.

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

Notions of Place: Four Alumnae, Four Interpretations

Rice Gallery

This exhibition features works by four McDaniel alumnae, including Caitlin Bennett, a 2013 graduate from Bothell, Wash., Sara Caporaletti, a 2014 graduate from Damascus, Md., Julia “Cheeny” Celebrado-Royer, a 2014 graduate from Baltimore, and chanan delivuk, a 2008 graduate from Baltimore. 

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

Passages DivorceCare

Vienna Presbyterian Church

If you are experiencing the pain of separation or divorce, the caring community at Vienna Presbyterian Church invites you to attend Passages DivorceCare.   

Categories: Discussion

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

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

Toulouse-Lautrec Illustrates the Belle Époque

The Phillips Collection

 This special exhibition presents, for the first time in the United States, one of the foremost collections of the Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec's prints and posters.

Categories: Exhibits, Arts

Vocal Arts DC Presents Soprano Sandrine Piau & Pianist Susan Manoff

University of the District of Columbia, Auditorium

Acclaimed French soprano presents a program to include selections by Schubert, Liszt, Wolf and Debussy.

Categories: Music: Classical

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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