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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.

World War I: American Artists View the Great War

  • Through Saturday, May 6, 2017

An exhibition showing how American artists galvanized public interest in World War I.

Jake Berthot: From the Collection and Promised Gifts

  • Through Sunday, April 2, 2017

The Phillips now holds 25 paintings, drawings, and prints by Berthot, the largest and most important "unit" of this artist's work.

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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

Blues in the Night

Creative Cauldron at ArtSpace Falls Church

Featuring twenty-six hot and torchy numbers, this Tony-nominated musical, captures the soul of the blues through the songs of Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington, Ida Cox and more.”

Categories: Arts, Theater, Music: Other

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

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

Lovers Art Exhibit Exhibit Dates: February 3-26, 2017

The Del Ray Artisans Gallery

“Lovers” art exhibit at Del Ray Artisans celebrates the spirit of love and warm us up for Valentines Day. Runs through February 26

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Magic of Spying: Tradecraft Trickery

International Spy Museum

In the real-life world of espionage, spies often call upon the art of magic and illusion to distract the enemy, make evidence disappear, and escape unnoticed. Join professional magician, Peter Wood, as he demonstrates the art of misdirection, sleight of hand, and other illusions used by skilled spies.

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

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

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

Specific Gravity

Atlas Performing Arts Center

Exploring experiences of displacement through circus, science, and spoken poetry

Categories: Theater, Arts, Dance

The 2017 Student/Faculty Show

The Art League Gallery

The Art League’s annual Student/Faculty exhibit showcases the diversity of talent in our visual arts school.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

The Big Meow at Atlas Intersections - Jane Franklin Dance

Atlas Performing Arts Center

Specially adapted for young audiences, Jane Franklin Dance offers a family‐friendly performance of The Big Meow. Little Cat is taunted by neighborhood felines because his meow is just too darn loud. The movement‐based theatre performance is adapted from the children's book by Baltimore author Elizabeth Spires and tells the story of an ever‐hopeful orange fluffball who desperately wants to belong to the band of neighborhood cats, but is ostracized for a "loud as a lion's roar" meow.

The Big Meow is a story of hope, disappointment, courage and the need for belonging. These simple themes are part of every neighborhood, but in this wonderful tale told through the experiences of Little Cat, a potential weakness is a unique strength.

How’s your meow? Find out and demonstrate your inner cat!

The Big Meow is the story of an ever-hopeful fluffball who desperately wants to belong to the band of neighborhood cats, but is ostracized for a “loud as a lion’s roar” meow.  The Big Meow is a story of hope, disappointment, courage and the need for belonging.  These simple themes are part of every neighborhood, but in this wonderful tale told through the experiences of  Little Cat, a potential weakness is a unique strength.

Categories: Arts, Dance, Family Oriented

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

The How and the Why

DCJCC, Theater J

An exhilarating and keenly perceptive new play about womanhood, family, and survival of the fittest. From the writer of the hit TV shows The Affair and House of Cards.

Categories: Arts, Theater

The Thirteen Concert in Memory of Conductor, J. Reilly Lewis

St. Columba's Church

"Bach Reflections," a concert by The Thirteen Choir in memory of beloved Choral Conductor, J. Reilly Lewis.

The Washington Sängerbund's Prize Masquerade Ball

Arlington-Fairfax Elks Lodge

Prize Masquerade Ball with German Food, Music, and Dancing, organized by the Washington Sängerund, the oldest German singing society in DC.

Categories: Arts, Dance, Food & Wine

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

Walt Bartman: Journey

Glen Echo Park Popcorn Gallery

The Glen Echo Park Partnership is pleased to present Walt Bartman: Journey.

Categories: 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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