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Jan
21
Mon
Rodarte @ National Museum of Women in the Arts
Jan 21 all-day

The first fashion exhibition organized by the National Museum of Women in the Arts will focus on Rodarte, a luxury fashion house founded by sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy. Visitors will be able to view more than 90 complete looks as they were presented on the runway. The exhibit will also explore the design principles, themes and material concerns of Rodarte and how they fit into the contemporary fashion landscape.

Rodarte on view November 10, 2018–February 10, 2019

 

Explore DC’s Green Spaces, Parks, and Gardens with Free Online Guide
Jan 21 @ 9:00 am
Explore DC’s Green Spaces, Parks, and Gardens with Free Online Guide

The Landscape Architect’s Guide to Washington, D.C. is a free, mobile-friendly website that helps visitors and locals discover more than 75 historic, modern and contemporary landscapes in Washington, D.C. and Arlington, Va. Expert commentary and more than 800 photos are provided by 20 landscape architects. It was developed by the American Society of Landscape Architects.

The guide is the first of its kind devoted to Washington, D.C. It highlights historic monuments and parks—including the National Mall and Memorial Parks and Capitol Hill—and examples of new sustainable works—including Constitution Square, a cutting-edge green street that is one block long, and Diamond Teague Waterfront Park, which incorporates man-made, water-cleansing wetlands on the Anacostia River.

 

The guide is divided into 16 distinct tours in all four quadrants of the District—as well as a tour of the new D.C. bicycle network. Each tour covers multiple neighborhoods, and includes a printable walking or biking map.

Sean Scully: Landline @ Hirshhorn Museum
Jan 21 @ 9:00 am

A major highlight of the 56th Venice Biennale, Sean Scully’s acclaimed Landline series makes its U.S. debut at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Featuring never-before-seen artworks from the renowned series, Sean Scully: Landline presents a dramatic shift in the work of one of today’s most influential artists. With thick, gestural brushstrokes and loose bands of color, the Landline paintings show Scully’s transition away from his earlier hard-edged minimalism to his current, more expressive style, a style that no doubt elicits the beauty and brilliance of the natural world. 

On view September 13, 2018 through February 3, 2019.

Tradition Transformed: Bojagi @ Korean Cultural Center
Jan 21 @ 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
The Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. proudly presents its opening exhibition of 2019, Tradition Transformed: Bojagi, featuring vibrant fiber works that capture the artistry and originality of the traditional Korean wrapping cloth, bojagi, by artists Kumjoo AhnJulia Kwon, and Wonju Seo. These three Korean American artists strive to convey deep social and emotional commentary through the integration of traditional techniques and innovative contemporary artistry in their work.
On View: January 11 – February 22, 2019 (open M-F, 9am-noon & 1:30-5:30pm)
WHERE: Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. (2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW)
Open House – The L. Ron Hubbard House Museum @ L. Ron Hubbard House
Jan 21 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Open House - The L. Ron Hubbard House Museum @ L. Ron Hubbard House | Washington | District of Columbia | United States

Open House from 10:00 am to 6:30 pm  This Dupont Circle landmark is the original site of the first Founding Church in the world in Washington D.C. Here, the prolific American writer, explorer, and founder, L. Ron Hubbard worked from 1957 through 1960.

The neighborhood townhouse with its historically restored spaces to the late 1950s, now museum, provides informative exhibits with photographs that give glimpses into Hubbard’s early world travels. Visitors can also step into his 1957 office and see his Remington typewriter, Ampex tape recorders, Roneo mimeograph machine, Grundig radio, and personal artifacts.

Short walk from the Dupont Circle Metro Station.

Over Here & Over There: Aviation & Prince George’s County During World War I @ College Park Aviation Museum
Jan 21 @ 10:00 am

When the United States declared war on Germany in April 1917, powered flight was barely a decade old. Explore how we developed from fragile aircraft able to fly only a few hundred feet to the fighting machines of World War I. Discover the many ways the first military pilots, trained at College Park, influenced aviation during and after the War. Learn about the role of Prince George’s County and its residents during the war.

The College Park Aviation Museum is a top aviation destination in the Washington DC area. Only eight miles from downtown DC, the museum is easily accessible by car and public transportation.

The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except for major holidays.

Secret Cities: The Architecture and Planning of the Manhattan Project @ National Building Museum
Jan 21 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Visit this new exhibition that examines the highly classified effort to produce the atomic bomb and the three new “secret cities” that were built to accommodate the thousands of people who worked on the project.

Secret Cities examines the innovative design and construction of Oak Ridge, Hanford, and Los Alamos, tracing their precedents in the Bauhaus and other early modern schools of architectural thought.

MAY 3, 2018 – MARCH 3, 2019

Shane Pickett: Djinong Djina Boodja Look at the Land I Have Travelled @ Embassy of Australia
Jan 21 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Shane Pickett: Djinong Djina Boodja Look at the Land I Have Travelled @ Embassy of Australia | Washington | District of Columbia | United States

Date: October 10, 2018 – March 1, 2019
Location: Gallery @ Embassy of Australia 1601 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC 20036. Photo ID essential for entry.

During his lifetime, Shane Pickett (1957-2010) was one of Western Australia’s most significant contemporary Aboriginal artists. Djinong Djina Boodja (Look at the Land That I Have Travelled) features works from the most radical and significant phase of his career. Pickett’s paintings resonate with a profound but subtle immediacy. Balancing innovation with tradition, modernity with an ancient spirituality, they are complex visual metaphors for the persistence of Nyoongar culture against the colonising tide of modernity. The 29 works in the exhibition present a snapshot of experiments, as Pickett explored the complex connections between the earth, creation, and spirituality that are united in the Aboriginal concept of “Dreaming.”

Djinong Djina Boodja (Look at the Land That I Have Travelled) is a touring exhibition and collaboration between the Embassy of Australia, Washington DC; the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia; and the Mossenson Art Foundation of Perth, Australia.

Embassy gallery hours are Monday through Friday 10 am to 2pm. The exhibit runs until March 1, 2019.  ID required for entry. More here: https://usa.embassy.gov.au/events/shane-pickett-djinong-djina-boodja-look-land-i-have-travelled

Transforming Cities, Transforming Lives: The Aga Khan Historic Cities Programme
Jan 21 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

The District Architecture Center is pleased to host Transforming Cities, Transforming Lives: The Aga Khan Historic Cities Programme, an exhibition of 27 regeneration projects from nine countries that demonstrate how culture can have a positive impact well beyond conservation. These projects promote good governance, growth of civil society, rise in incomes and economic opportunities, greater respect for human rights, and better stewardship of the environment—even in the poorest and most remote areas of the globe. While some projects are completed, those that remain in progress go beyond mere technical restoration to address the questions of social and environmental context, adaptive re-use, institutional sustainability, and training.

The exhibition is presented in collaboration with the Aga Khan Council for the United States.

Gallery Hours

Mon – Wed      10:00am – 7:00pm
Thurs – Fri        10:00am – 5:00pm
Sat – Sun           Closed

Wednesday, January 9 2019 to Friday, March 29 2019

Halls of the Senate @ U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
Jan 21 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am

Monday through Friday – 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Discover the beautifully decorated Senate corridors of the Capitol in this intimate look at the work of Italian-born artist Constantino Brumidi. This 30-minute tour visits an area not included on the Capitol Tour. It does not visit the Senate Chamber.

Tour: Art across Cultures: Freer
Jan 21 @ 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

Discover outstanding works of art from throughout Asia in an hour-long, docent-led tour through the Freer. Explore art from varied time periods, countries, and cultures.

Hirshhorn Museum Highlights Tours
Jan 21 @ 12:30 pm – 1:15 pm

Look for our friendly guides who gives a tour of the highlights of the museum.

12:30 p.m. daily

Note: No tours on federal holidays.

Mid-day Art Break: Free Tour
Jan 21 @ 12:30 pm – 1:15 pm

Look for our friendly guides who gives a tour of the highlights of the museum.

12:30 p.m. daily

Note: No tours on federal holidays.

Freedom Fighters in the Capitol Collection @ U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
Jan 21 @ 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Monday through Friday – 1 p.m.

Meet four ordinary Americans whose extraordinary actions changed the course of our civil rights history. This tour visits an area not included on the Capitol Tour. 45 minutes.  

Halls of the Senate @ U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
Jan 21 @ 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Monday through Friday – 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Discover the beautifully decorated Senate corridors of the Capitol in this intimate look at the work of Italian-born artist Constantino Brumidi. This 30-minute tour visits an area not included on the Capitol Tour. It does not visit the Senate Chamber.

Tour: Explore Buddhist Art
Jan 21 @ 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm

Delve into the art and practice of Buddhism across Asia in an hour-long, docent-led tour. Tours focus on Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia or our permanent collection of art from India, China, and Japan.

Afternoon Highlights: Free Tour
Jan 21 @ 3:30 pm – 4:15 pm

Look for our friendly guides who gives a tour of the highlights of the museum.

3:30 p.m. daily

Note: No tours on federal holidays.

Monday Mingle: Martinis & Magic @ The Mansion on O & O Street Museum
Jan 21 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Mix, mingle and unwind from the day with a martini as you witness magic before your very eyes. Master Magician Rich Bloch will astonish & amaze you with close-up magic – no stage, no curtains – you are the audience and the participant in this one-of-a-kind experience!

— Doors Open: 5:00pm [1st & 3rd Monday every month]
— Includes 1 Martini
— Magic Show at 7:00 pm (close up)
— Explore themed rooms & exhibits
— Search for secret doors
— Find the hidden speakeasy to see 6 famous magic Houdin clocks (that’s right, its behind a secret door)
— Cash Bar

One of the busiest corporate entertainers in the world. Richard Bloch is a frequent headliner on Las Vegas and Atlantic City stages, a motivational speaker (Rich is a two-time recipient of the coveted “Blackstone Award” from the International Platform Association), author and playwright.

Museum Studies II: Honoring the Female Perspective Receptions @ Zenith Gallery
Jan 21 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Museum Studies II: Honoring the Female Perspective

Paintings by Bradley Stevens

Exhibit Dates: December 7, 2018 –  February 2 At 1429 Iris St NW Washington DC 20012
In this new series of paintings, Bradley Stevens honors the artists who have influenced him and the museum-goers––in this case, all women––whom he sees as the vanguard of art, culture, and progress in these times.
By returning to his theme of museum interiors, Stevens relives his student years copying Master paintings at the National Gallery of Art and implements the lessons these artists have taught him. With his mastery of color, composition, and gesture, he lures us into the gallery and creates the intimacy of experiencing art.
Inspired by the resurgence of the women’s movement, he has chosen to feature women as advocates of these hallowed museum spaces.  Their poses and expressions reveal complete captivation with and immersion in the art, such that the physical and psychological act of “looking” is the subject.
Stevens’ introspective museum studies are a meditation on the enduring power of art to educate, inspire, and transcend, and on women’s leadership to protect its place in our society.
Jan
22
Tue
2019 Regional Juried Exhibition @ Hill Center
Jan 22 all-day

The Hill Center Galleries presents its 2019 Regional Juried Exhibition. The work of more than 80 artists was chosen by juror Caitlin Berry, Fine Arts Dealer and Director at Hemphill Fine Arts in Washington, DC. The juried exhibition runs from January 10 to March 3.

HOURS

M–Th: 8am – 8pm
F: 8am – 6pm
Sa: 9am – 5pm
Su: 10am – 5 pm