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Oct
16
Mon
Reinstallation of the Permanent Collection @ The Kreeger Museum
Oct 16 – Dec 24 all-day

The Kreeger Museum reopens to the public on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, with the unveiling of Phase I of the Museum’s reinstalled permanent collection. Guest curated by modern art historian Harry Cooper, the reinstallation introduces works that have not been on view for several years, while offering fresh perspectives on collection favorites by Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh, and other modern and Impressionist masters.

Phase I of the reinstallation comprises the Museum’s main floor galleries and focuses on 19th- and early 20th-century painting and works on paper. Objects on view for the first time in several years include an early portrait by Edvard Munch, two winter landscapes by Impressionist painter Alfred Sisley, a mature pastoral scene by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, and a signature Surrealist landscape by French painter Yves Tanguy.

Tuesdays to Saturdays: 10 am to 4 pm
Closed Sundays and Mondays.

Suggested Donation

Adults: $10
Students/Seniors/Military: $8
Members and a guest: Free

Oct
17
Tue
Africa and Bahia through the Lenses of Pierre Verger @ Museum of the Americas
Oct 17 all-day

AFRICA AND BAHIA THROUGH THE LENSES OF PIERRE VERGER

MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAS

Pierre Verger (1902-1996) was a French photographer, ethnologist, anthropologist and researcher, a true globetrotter who, falling in love with the city of Salvador, Capital of the State of Bahia, Brazil, settled in the city and developed a vast photographic work of seminal importance for the studies of African influence and heritage in Brazil.

The Embassy of Brazil, the Brazilian Mission to the Organization of American States, the Mayor Office of Salvador and the Museum of the Americas are proud to bring to the public in Washington/DC, for the first time, an exhibition showcasing the works of Pierre Verger.

A not to be missed opportunity to delve into one of the most insightful and thought provoking views on the African influence on Brazil.

Pierre Verger @ Museum of the Americas
FREE ENTRY

OPENING RECEPTION
13 September, 6-8PM
RSVP HERE

VIEW
September 13 – October 27
Mon/Fri 10AM-5PM
By appointment only, call 202-370-0151
Museum of the Americas
F Gallery
1889 F Street, NW

Artist Soldiers – Artistic Expression in the First World War @ National Air and Space Museum
Oct 17 all-day

The First World War remade the world geopolitically and transformed how societies engage and relate to military conflict.

Artistic expression during the war contributed to this transformation. Before World War I, war art largely depicted heroic military leaders and romanticized battles, done long after the fact, far from the battlefield. The First World War marked a turning point with the appearance of artwork intended to capture the moment in a realistic way, by first-hand participants.

This exhibition examines this form of artistic expression from two complementary perspectives. One is professional artists who were recruited by the U.S. Army, serving in the AEF. They were the first true combat artists. The other is soldiers who created artwork. Their self-expression in the form of stone carvings in underground shelters, hidden away for a century, has been brought to light for the first time through the stunning photographs of photographer, artist, and explorer, Jeff Gusky. Together, these soldier works of art shed light on World War I in a compelling and very human way.

A collaboration between the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum and National Museum of American History.

Before the 45th Action/Reaction in Chicano and Latino Art @ Mexican Cultural Institute
Oct 17 all-day

Before the 45th | Action/Reaction in Chicano and Latino Art explores how Southern California-based Chicano and Latino artists worked tirelessly in an effort to shed light on the economic, political, and social injustices faced over the past four decades. Concentrating on various themes and ideas, the exhibition highlights the diverse approaches taken by these artists to communicate their individual and community needs.

Comprised of 60 artworks from the AltaMed Art Collection, Before the 45th illustrates how decade after decade – from progression to recession – these themes continue to be relevant in our world today. Beginning in the 1970s, artworks from each decade demonstrate the ongoing dialogue begun by the Chicano vanguard and carried on by its successors, all of whom share a connection and resonance with their Mexican ancestry. The selection of works ends at the year 2016, as the exhibition aims to place a question mark on the types of artworks created and ideas to be conveyed in the foreseeable future.

SEPTEMBER 5 – DECEMBER 29, 2017 AT THE MEXICAN CULTURAL INSTITUTE

Curated by Julian Bermudez and organized by the AltaMed Art Collection, Los Angeles, this exhibition is presented in partnership with the Mexican Cultural Institute of the Embassy of Mexico in Washington, D.C.

Hours
Monday-Friday: 10 am to 6 pm
Saturday: 12 to 4 pm (Saturday hours are only in effect during exhibition runs)
Sunday: Closed

The Mexican Cultural Institute will be CLOSED to observe the following Holidays during 2017:
• September 16: Mexican Independence
• October 7-9: Columbus Day
• November 10-12: Veterans Day Weekend
• November 23-26: Thanksgiving Weekend
• December 23-25: Christmas Observed

Edvard Munch: Color in Context @ NGA, West Building, Ground Floor
Oct 17 all-day

In the second half of the 19th century, advances in physics, electromagnetic radiation theory, and the optical sciences provoked new thought about the physical as well as the spiritual world. Aspects of that thought are revealed in Edvard Munch: Color in Context, an exhibition of 21 prints that considers the choice, combinations, and meaning of color in light of spiritualist principles. Informed by both popular manuals that explained the science of color and theosophical writings on the visual and physical power of color, Edvard Munch (1863–1944) created works that are not just strikingly personal, but charged with specific associations.

September 3, 2017 – January 28, 2018
Gallery Hours
Monday–Saturday: 10:00–5:00
Sunday: 11:00–6:00
West Building, Ground Floor – Gallery 22

First Amendment Highlights Tour @ Newseum, Information Desk
Oct 17 all-day

Have limited time, but lots of interest? Take a 60-minute First Amendment Guided Highlights Tour of the Newseum and explore the very best of our exhibits and collections. Buy your tour tickets at the Newseum admissions desk on the day of your visit at least 10 minutes before the start of the tour.
60-minute guided tours are available on a first-come, first-served basis and must be purchased on the day of visit.
Tour Start Times

10:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m.
1:30 p.m.
3:00 p.m.

No Tours

Jan 20, 2017
June 4, 2017

Note: An American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter will be available for the 1:30 p.m. tour on the first Saturday of every month.

Geniale Dilletanten @ GOETHE-INSTITUT WASHINGTON
Oct 17 all-day

“Geniale Dilletanten” was the deliberately misspelled title of a concert that took place at Berlin’s Tempodrom in 1981. But over the years since then, it has come to represent an artistic scene in West and East Germany during the mid-1980’s, an era of upheaval in which people in all the arts experimented with new ways of expression. Rather than persisting with the cause for world revolution, energies were channeled into achieving alternative ways of life.

The intense cultural activity of this period developed particularly in and around art schools, and was marked by cross-genre experimentation and the use of new electronic equipment; musical craftsmanship was frequently spurned. The emergence of new record labels, magazines, galleries and clubs, as well as the plethora of independently produced records, tapes and concerts, illustrate the growth of self-organization and the do-it-yourself spirit of this period. By adopting German rather than English as the language for song lyrics and band names, the protagonists of this new scene set themselves apart from the mainstream, giving credence to the movement’s claim to be representing a radical new departure. Its vociferous protest and targeted provocation also brought Germany’s alternative artistic scene international acclaim and recognition.

This multimedia exhibition will host a collection of videos, photos, posters, audio samples, texts and objects that provide an overview of the subculture in the 1980’s. Some photographs are from the artists’ private collections, and are being shown in public for the first time. The selection of bands represents the different cities and regions that played an important role in German subculture of the 80’s.

September 8 – October 28, 2017

INSTITUTE HOURS OF OPERATION
Monday–Thursday: 10 am–6:30 pm
Friday: 10 am–3:30 pm

Human Landscapes @ Art Museum of the Americas
Oct 17 all-day

“Human Landscapes”
OPENING RECEPTION Thursday Sept 28 6-8pm RSVP
EXHIBITION ON VIEW September 28 – November 26, Tues-Sun 10am-5pm

LOCATION OAS AMA | Art Museum of the Americas 201 18th Street NW
Human Landscapes presents a multifaceted approach of diverse aspects of the idiosyncrasy and geography of Argentina through the eyes of contemporary visual artists. It is not a homogeneous body of work, but an attempt to highlight various issues and the complex ways a range of aesthetic searches.

in collaboration with the Permanent Mission of Argentina to the OAS and the Embassy of Argentina in the United States, present Human Landscapes, an exhibition of photography and video curated by Andrés Duprat, Director of the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires. The exhibition’s featured artists are Luis Abadi (b. 1975), Florencia Blanco (b. 1971), Eugenia Calvo (b. 1976), Alejandro Chaskielberg (b. 1977), Sebastián Díaz Morales (b. 1975), Laura Glusman (b. 1971), Nicolás Janowski (b. 1980), Gonzalo Maggi (b. 1984), Paola Sferco (b. 1974), and Rosana Shoijett (b. 1969).

AMA | Art Museum of the Americas’ work is based on the principle that the arts are transformative for individuals and communities.

Investigating Where We Live @ National Building Museum
Oct 17 all-day

How do the arts and culture impact Washington, D.C.? Participants in the Investigating Where We Live program this summer are exploring the city, meeting artists and residents, and making connections to their own communities to answer this question. Visit their curated exhibition to learn about local teens’ views of Washington, D.C. through photographs, writing, and artwork.

Investigating Where We Live, awarded the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award in 2013, is a five week summer program at the Museum for teens from the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Participants use digital cameras, creative writing, interviews, and their own observations to explore, document, and interpret the built environment in D.C. neighborhoods. They use their findings to design and install an exhibition in the Museum.

Teens interested in applying or for more information can email teenprograms@nbm.org.

AUGUST 5, 2017–JANUARY 15, 2018
Monday–Saturday: 10 am–5 pm
Sunday: 11 am–5 pm

Loops of Light: Animation for Music Videos & Stage Sets @ Dupont Underground
Oct 17 all-day

Loops of Light: Animation for Music Videos & Stage Sets
By Helene Berg
September 12th -October 31st

Dupont Underground is proud to exhibit the work of Helene Berg — one of Sweden’s most accomplished visual, motion graphic, animation and performance artists. In addition to her career in the fine arts Ms. Berg has also directed animated Television series, and music videos. She is known for her productions of performance art and live visuals for concerts, dance and theatre performances. The style of berg’s work ranges from realistic productions, such as the stop motion film “Qoi-the polar bear” to more lyrical and abstract works like “Bohemia.” This is Berg’s first exhibit in the United States.

Guided History and Gallery Tours: $16 donation per visitor (all ages)
Tuesday-Thursday // By Appointment only
Contact: slerner@dupontunderground.org to book a private tour

National Geographic: Exploration Starts Here @ The National Geographic Museum
Oct 17 all-day

Where and when did exploration get its start at National Geographic?

Find out in “National Geographic: Exploration Starts Here,” a permanent exhibition showcasing the greatest hits from our long and storied history of discovery. Go on expedition alongside our scientists, adventurers, and storytellers to discover where we’ve been and how much further we plan to go. Examine artifacts like the camera Robert Peary used at the North Pole and pots recovered from a shipwreck by Jacques-Yves Cousteau. Watch video from the top of Mount Everest and Jane Goodall’s research camp. And learn the untold stories behind the discoveries of Machu Picchu and the Titanic.

Come see where exploration starts! This exhibit is located in the M St. building lobby.

OPEN DAILY 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Painting Shakespeare @ Folger Shakespeare Library
Oct 17 all-day

Discover the paintings collection at the Folger—its stories, its glories, and Shakespeare’s power to inspire visual artists. From humble oil sketches to international masterpieces, this exhibition presents a sometimes surprising, and always eye-catching, view of the man and his works.

MAY 13, 2017 – FEB 11, 2018
Mon–Sat: 10am–5pm | Sun: noon–5pm

Reinstallation of the Permanent Collection @ The Kreeger Museum
Oct 17 – Dec 25 all-day

The Kreeger Museum reopens to the public on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, with the unveiling of Phase I of the Museum’s reinstalled permanent collection. Guest curated by modern art historian Harry Cooper, the reinstallation introduces works that have not been on view for several years, while offering fresh perspectives on collection favorites by Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh, and other modern and Impressionist masters.

Phase I of the reinstallation comprises the Museum’s main floor galleries and focuses on 19th- and early 20th-century painting and works on paper. Objects on view for the first time in several years include an early portrait by Edvard Munch, two winter landscapes by Impressionist painter Alfred Sisley, a mature pastoral scene by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, and a signature Surrealist landscape by French painter Yves Tanguy.

Tuesdays to Saturdays: 10 am to 4 pm
Closed Sundays and Mondays.

Suggested Donation

Adults: $10
Students/Seniors/Military: $8
Members and a guest: Free

Spectacular Gems and Jewelry @ Hillwood Estate
Oct 17 all-day

Discover exquisite examples of historic gems and the most beautiful jewelry of the twentieth century.

Nestled in the hills of northwest Washington, D.C., Hillwood welcomes visitors from around the world with its gracious hospitality. Escape into an oasis only five miles from downtown D.C., explore the Mansion, dine at the Café, and enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the formal gardens.

Suggested Donation:

$18
Seniors: $15
College students: $10
Children (6-18): $5
Children (under 6): Free
Hillwood members: Free

Unfolding the Universe @ Japan Information & Culture Center (JICC)
Oct 17 all-day

Venture beyond the animals and shapes you know and unfold the secrets of the universe with these fascinating displays of scientific and mathematical origami. For decades, scientists and mathematicians have been discovering new and unusual ways to use origami; from computational origami and development of satellites and biomedical equipment, to simply using the folds of a paper to solve mathematical equations, origami is helping the advancement of math, science, and technology around the world.

Featuring spectacular works from origami masters all over the country, Unfolding the Universe features pieces that have transformed origami into not only an art form but a scientific and mathematical expression. Come explore the folding and unfolding of the universe at this intersection of art and science!

This exhibition is in celebration of World Origami Days. Celebrated every year between October 24 and November 11, World Origami Days brings together people from around the world to spread the joy of paperfolding. You can learn more about World Origami Days on OrigamiUSA’s website.

The exhibition will run from September 5 through October 27 and will be open to the public during regular JICC hours, 9 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday. The JICC will be closed on October 9 in observance of holidays.