Cultural Tourism DC Calendar
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- Arlington National Cemetery
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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.
Silhouettes—cut paper profiles—were a hugely popular and democratic form of portraiture in the 19th century, offering virtually instantaneous likenesses of everyone from presidents to those who were enslaved. The exhibition “Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now” explores this relatively unstudied art form by examining its rich historical roots and considering its forceful contemporary presence. The show features works from the Portrait Gallery’s extensive collection of silhouettes, such as those by Auguste Edouart, who captured the likenesses of such notable figures as John Quincy Adams and Lydia Maria Child, and at the same time, the exhibition reveals how contemporary artists are reimagining silhouettes in bold and unforgettable ways.
Cézanne Portraits is the first exhibition devoted to the famed post-impressionist’s portraits from across his career. The exhibition explores the unconventional aspects of his portraiture, the role his portraits play in the development of his radical style and method, and the range and influence of his sitters. Rather than accepting commissions for portraits, Cézanne painted them as part of his ongoing experimentation as he searched for a pictorial language to capture his intense perceptions of the world.
The National Gallery of Art is free to all visitors and is open seven days a week and is located between 3rd Street and 9th Street on Constitution Avenue, NW.
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The Library of Congress dug into its vaults to present this enlightening and in-depth exhibit on the immense contributions made by North American women to the art forms of illustration and cartooning. Drawn to Purpose stretches all the way back to the late 19th century, showing how women’s roles in the private and public sphere gradually increased, allowing for incredible self-expression and creativity.
The exhibition will be free and open to the public Monday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tickets are not needed.
This exhibit runs through October 20.
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
Nov. 22, 2018
Dec. 25, 2018
Note: An American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter will be available for the 1:30 p.m. tour on the first Saturday of every month.
Join Hill Center Galleries for eight solo exhibitions featuring photographers. Learn more here.
Viewfinders: Eight Photographers
Karen Cohen | Surreality
Jane Mann | Layers II
Mike Mitchell | Four Seasons in the C&O Canal National Historical Park
Larry O’Reilly | Contemporary Still Lifes
Monica Servaites | Downside Up
Richard Paul Weiblinger | Unique Visions
Mark Bradford’s new work at the Hirshhorn spans roughly 400 linear feet inside the cutting-edge Smithsonian museum. Pickett’s Charge is a series of eight abstract paintings that depict the final charge of the Battle of Gettysburg, commonly noted as the most important battle of the Civil War. The result is a thought-provoking rumination on how we interpret history and the complexities of war. Bradford’s installation will also suggest issues faced by the American people today.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Free admission
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
Each year in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, a city of more than 75,000 people rises out of the dust for a single week. During that time, enormous experimental art installations are erected and many are ritually burned to the ground. The thriving temporary metropolis known as Burning Man is a hotbed of artistic ingenuity, driving innovation through its principles of radical self-expression, decommodification, communal participation, and reverence for the handmade. Both a cultural movement and an annual event, Burning Man remains one of the most influential phenomenons in contemporary American art and culture.
No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man brings the large-scale, participatory work from this desert gathering to the nation’s capital for the first time. The exhibition takes over the entire Renwick Gallery building and surrounding neighborhood, bringing alive the maker culture and creative spirit of this cultural movement.
This year’s Capitol Hill Art League (CHAL) open call to artists in the metropolitan Washington region garnered entries from artists around the region. Juror Eric Hope had the task of choosing 30 pieces representing a broad spectrum of work. Please read his statement here.
The juried winners are: First Prize: Sarah O’Donoghue “Swamp Thing (sicko)”
Second Prize: Jennifer Barlow “Summer Refreshment”
Third Prize: Megan Walsh “Saudades”
Honorable Mention: Rindy O’Brien (CHAL member) “Color My World
Honorable Mention: Ken Bachman (CHAL member) “Wave Fury”
Monday: 9:30 am – 9:00 pm
Tuesday: 9:30 am – 9:00 pm
Wednesday: 9:30 am – 9:00 pm
Thursday: 9:30 am – 9:00 pm
Friday: 9:30 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Interested in taking a private walking tour? If you’re flexible with your timing and can book a private tour at the time listed, we can offer a discounted rate! These tours are offered at 10am-12pm or 2pm-4pm or 7pm-9pm.
You can choose either our National Mall tour, Lincoln Assassination or Arlington National Cemetery Walking Tour. We also offer a 7pm private option to take one of evening tours – Ghosts of Georgetown, Haunted Georgetown (Adults Only) or White House at Night (Secrets and Scandals – Adults Only)
No adjustments or customizations, please. If you need a customized tour or different time, please contact us at email@example.com. Any of our tours are available for private bookings but our online booking at this discounted rate is only available for our three most popular tours.
Rate: $195 for up to 10 persons. Groups larger than 10 must contact us first.
Tour must be booked at least two days in advance. Last minute tours may be accommodated but must be booked via emailing us to check on availability.
Remembering Vietnam addresses 12 important moments in the Vietnam War. The National Archives’ Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery hosts this exhibit that features recently discovered documents that shed light on essential details of the war. Learn of the decisions made to enter the war, the reason for its immense length and the great division that it brought to the U.S. through artifacts that can only be observed at the National Archives.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Free admission
In the first exhibition of its kind in the U.S., the National Gallery of Art will show how striking images from the Renaissance came to be printed upon ceramics and bronze reliefs. More than 90 of the objects will be on display, showcasing designs from major artists such as Raphael, Michelangelo and Albrecht Dürer. Find out how image replication became a technological phenomenon.
Hours | Free admission
National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20565