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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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Andre Pater: A Matter of Light Exhibition

National Sporting Library & Museum

Works from collections across the country will be represented in the retrospective exhibition, Andre Pater: A Matter of Light. “Go beyond the mere image, and the painting becomes a ‘matter of light.’ ”

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, History

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

Balanchine, Ratmansky, Tharp

Warner Theatre

A program that combines three masters of dance from the 20th century to the present. George Balanchine is regarded as the foremost contemporary choreographer in the world. His works have become iconic in the ballet lexicon.  He believed, “Dance is a continuation. You cannot predict the signs of its evolution.” The two remaining choreographers represented in this program reflect that sentiment as their works provided a new vision for dance and they continue to propel dance into the future. Tharp is considered the high priestess of choreography and Ratmansky is regarded as one of the world’s most sought-after choreographers.

Categories: Dance, Theater, Arts

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

Ephemera

Torpedo Factory Art Center

The newest exhibition in Target Gallery, the contemporary exhibition space for the Torpedo Factory Art Center, presents work that is fleeting and impermanent. Ephemera features the work of 22 national and international artists who contemplate themes of nature, time, memory, and brevity. Painter/sculptor Pam Rogers juried the exhibition.

Categories: Arts, Free, 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

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

George Condo: The Way I Think

The Phillips Collection

The Phillips presents a survey of drawings and paintings by George Condo (b. 1957, Concord, New Hampshire), a prolific painter whose career spans three decades and is best known for his rich pictorial inventions, existential humor, and imaginative portraits that incorporate a hybridization of art-historical influences, such as Goya, Velázquez, Manet, Picasso, and Guston.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Harmonious Art Group Gallery Exhibit and Artists Reception

Activity Center at Bohrer Park

The City of Gaithersburg presents the 22nd Annual Exhibition of Chinese Calligraphy and Brush Painting by the Harmonious Art Group. 

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

Natural Causes – Earth Day Art Exhibit

Fairfax City Hall

he City of Fairfax Environmental Sustainability Committee will host the 2017 Earth Day Art Exhibit “Natural Causes!

Categories: Exhibits, Arts, Free

Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs

Theater J

From the celebrated American writer Neil Simon, a tender and joyful coming of age comedy. Puberty is never easy...but it sure can be hilarious.

Simon’s “funniest, richest and consequently the most affecting of his plays.” 

– New York Daily News

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

Poetry Out Loud National Finals

George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium

On April 25-26, high school students compete in the Poetry Out Loud National Finals, a free, public event. The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation created this poetry recitation competition to help teens learn about classic and contemporary poetry.

Categories: Arts, Theater

Senior Capstone Exhibition II

Rice Gallery

This end-of-the-year exhibition showcases works by graduating art and art history majors at McDaniel working in a range of media from two- and three-dimensional approaches to digital and new media.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Steven Luu: Come & Share My Feelings

Park View Gallery at Glen Echo Park

Glen Echo Park Partnership is pleased to present Steven Luu: Come & Share My Feelings. This exhibition is comprised of approximately 30 pieces in different media, both painting and kiln-formed glass. It will showcase Luu’s life before the military, during the military, and now.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

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

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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