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A Glimpse of Ancient Yemen @ Freer Sackler
Mar 21 all-day

When caravans transported commodities to the Mediterranean world and Indian subcontinent, cities along trade routes like Timna (in today’s Yemen) became known for artistic production. Fine alabaster figures, impressive metal work, and funerary busts became hallmark’s of Yemen’s ancient cultural traditions. Long-distance trade with the Greeks, Romans, and Persians introduced artistic and cultural traditions to ancient Arabia. A Glimpse of Ancient Yemen highlights a selection of objects excavated from the region by the pioneer archaeologist Wendell Phillips and his team in 1950 and 1951. See this exhibit on display at the Freer|Sackler until August 2019.

A Piece of Her Mind: Culture and Technology @ DAR Museum
Mar 21 all-day

Today’s culture makes it easy for American women to engage in the world around them, thanks to advances in both women’s rights and technology. But between 1820 and 1920, many women chose to respond to current events and trends creatively, through one of their prescribed activities: needlework. Quilts allowed women to engage in the world while conforming to their era’s gender roles, which restricted middle-class women to the private, domestic sphere. This exhibition will present quilts that reflect their makers’ interest in their world.

Open Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 4 pm and Saturday 9 am – 5 pm.

Questions? Contact Museum staff at 202.879.3241 or museum@dar.org

Ambreen Butt—Mark My Words @ National Museum of Women in the Arts
Mar 21 all-day

Trained in traditional Indian and Persian miniature painting, Pakistani-American artist Ambreen Butt reimagines the genre to feature contemporary female protagonists and political subject matter. Her content tackles global issues of oppression and the role of art as social commentary. This exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts explores Butt’s art through her range of techniques, including drawing, stitching, staining, etching, and gluing. This exhibit is on display though April 14, 2019.

On view December 7, 2018–April 14, 2019

Purchase your tickets to the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA). Visit NMWA’s exhibitions and collection pages to see what is on view.

Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for visitors 65 and over and students, and free for NMWA members and youth 18 years and younger.

 

Celebrating China @ Madame Tussauds
Mar 21 all-day

In honor of the Chinese New Year, Madame Tussauds DC is displaying the wax figures of two Chinese icons, Carina Lau and Liu Xiang, for a limited time. Lau, who hails from Hong Kong, is an actress with more than 60 starring roles to her name. She has won Best Actress awards at Hong Kong Film Award and Mainland China’s Golden Rooster Awards. Xiang is one of China’s most successful athletes, becoming the only male to have accomplished a “triple crown” in 110-meter hurdles. This figures will be on display though March 31. From vibrant lantern art installations to a fun Dragon photo opportunity, guests will immerse themselves in this festive cultural experience

Celebrating New American Gardens @ US Botanic Garden
Mar 21 all-day

Public gardens across America are engaging, inviting, and dynamic. Gardens are living creations, as they display seasonal changes along with a constant ebb and flow. This exhibit celebrates American gardens created or renovated within the last five years. These gardens showcase new plant collections, create spaces for people to connect with nature, and foster sustainability. Come explore what’s new in public gardens!

Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms @ The George Washington University Museum The Textile Museum
Mar 21 all-day

Norman Rockwell’s masterpieces make their way to Washington as part of a major international traveling exhibition on the Four Freedoms famously outlined by Franklin D. Roosevelt: freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.  In Enduring Ideals, Rockwell’s iconic paintings and works by other artists capture expressions of freedom from World War II to today.

February  13–April  29,  2019

Monday: 11 AM–5 PM
Tuesday: Closed
WednesdayThursday: 11 AM–7 PM
Friday: 11 AM–5 PM
Saturday: 10 AM–5 PM
Sunday: 1–5 PM
First Chefs: Fame and Foodways from Britain to the Americas @ Folger Shakespeare Library
Mar 21 all-day
Jan 19 – Mar 31, 2019
Mon–Sat: 10am–5pm | Sun: noon–5pm

Just like today, getting food from farm to table in the early modern British world was hard work. And just like today, most of that hard work went unrecognized.

First Chefs tells the stories of the named and unnamed heroes of early modern food culture, and juxtaposes the extravagance of an increasingly cosmopolitan and wealthy upper class against the human cost of its pleasures: the millions of enslaved women, children, and men, servants, gardeners, street criers, and laborers who toiled to feed themselves and many others.

First Chefs

This exhibition includes five “First Chefs,” whose stories are told in the center of the hall

Flickering Treasures @ National Building Museum
Mar 21 all-day

Movie theaters are where our culture’s dreams and desires have been projected since the arrival of nickelodeons, providing an enchanting portal into a world where moviegoers could escape their everyday lives. Yet many historic theaters have not escaped the impact of social and technological change, nor the abandonment that has diminished our aging cities. Baltimore, thriving at the dawn of the cinema age, has been home to more than 240 theaters since its first Nickelodeon opened in 1905. Only a handful still function as theaters, but many survive in some form—ghosts on the gritty main streets of Charm City.

NOVEMBER 17, 2018 – OCTOBER 14, 2019

Full Bleed: A Decade of Photobooks and Photo Zines by Women @ National Museum of Women in the Arts
Mar 21 all-day

Although digital images dominate visual culture today, the photobook remains a meaningful and thriving form. A deliberate, ordered, and sometimes narrative arrangement of photographic images bound in a book with little or no text, the photobook is an intimate presentation from photographer to viewer, one on one. This selection of photobooks and photo zines, created by an international group of women artists in the last ten years, embodies essential truths told through eclectic visual vocabularies. The images encompass coldly objective photographs of American locations of mythic importance, digital photos snapped through a car window, and prints resulting from experiments with expired photo paper.

The Library and Research Center is open Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. and 1 p.m.–5 p.m. and is closed on major holidays.

JUL 30 2018–MAR 29 2019

Hoops @ National Building Museum
Mar 21 all-day
March Madness comes to the National Building Museum in the work of photographer Bill Bamberger. The Hoopsphoto exhibit shows outdoor public and private basketball courts and hoops from across the U.S. and around the world. Whether makeshift backyard hoops or playground hubs in the city, Bamberger’s large-format photographs illustrate the worldwide appeal of basketball. Hoops opens on Saturday, March 9 at 10 am and features a tour of the exhibit with the photographer at 11 am. The exhibit continues through January 5, 2020.
Inside Today’s FBI @ Newseum
Mar 21 all-day

Explore headline-making FBI cases and learn how the bureau is fighting terrorism and cybercrime in this special update to one of the Newseum’s most popular exhibits.

From the Boston Marathon bombing to the Internet’s sinister Silk Road, go behind the scenes with the FBI to explore how crime and crime-fighting have evolved in the post-9/11 age. As the nation’s top crime-fighting force embarks on its second century, the exhibit will explore how the FBI detects and disrupts terrorists both at home and abroad, and thwarts powerful cyber criminals who steal data and money.

John Lennon: The Green Album @ The National Postal Museum
Mar 21 all-day

On display September 7, 2018 — July 7, 2019

John Lennon’s boyhood stamp album—including 565 stamps on more than 150 pages is on display at the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum. The exhibition coincides with the U.S. Postal Service’s issuance of the John Lennon Forever stamp, honoring the legendary singer and songwriter. The stamp is part of the USPS’ Music Icons series.

Lennon’s older cousin, Stanley Parkes, inspired the future Beatle’s interest in stamp collecting and gave him the album. Lennon rubbed out Parkes’s name and address on the album’s flyleaf, replacing it with his own signature and the address at Mendips, the home he shared with his aunt Mary (“Mimi”) Smith and her husband George. Already a budding artist, Lennon sketched beards and mustaches in blue ink of the likenesses of Queen Victoria and King George VI on the album’s title page.

Playball @ National Museum of the U.S. Navy
Mar 21 all-day
National Museum of the U.S. Navy, Bldg.76, Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D.C. 

The National Museum of the U.S. Navy (NMUSN) to host a baseball-themed exhibition.  Playball:  Navy and the National Pastime will debut on April 2, 2018 ahead of the Washington Nationals season opener and the 2018 Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Nationals Park.  The exhibit will be on display through April 30, 2019 at the historic Washington Navy Yard at 736 Sicard Street SE, adjacent to the ballpark.  The National Museum of the U.S. Navy is free and open to the general public.

Making its debut on the east coast, Playball explores the relationship between baseball and the U.S. Navy from its earliest years through modern day.  The exhibit highlights the role of fitness in the early Navy leading to the birth of baseball in the Navy, the game during the times of war, and the inclusion of women and minorities.

All visitors must have a valid photo ID to enter the Washington Navy Yard to visit the National Museum of the United States Navy. Visitors without a DoD CAC, Uniformed ID and Privileges Card, USG-issued ID, Federal PIV Credentials, or TWIC or an escort with one of these credentials must report to the Visitor Control Center (VCC) at the primary access gate at 11th and O Streets SE (GPS address is 1022 O Street SE, Washington, DC).

The VCC is open weekdays, 6:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Postmen of the Skies @ Postal Museum
Mar 21 all-day

On display until May 27, 2019

In addition to its permanent exhibition on the nation’s airmail service, the Postal Museum has a temporary exhibition, Postmen of the Skies.


Postmen of the Skies: Celebrating 100 Years of Airmail Service

In 1918 the first regularly scheduled airmail service began operations. Planes carried mail between Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and New York City. The nation greeted the new service with enthusiasm. Crowds surrounded airfields in all three cities, eager to watch history in action. The nation became more enamored with their postal pilots as the service grew. By September 8, 1920 mail was flying between New York and San Francisco.

The Post Office operated the service until 1927, having begun in 1925 to turn over some routes to private airlines. The new airlines built their businesses on the postal routes, infrastructure and pilots. Over the next decade, airmail contracts financed the fledgling airlines, serving to help build the nation’s commercial aviation industry.

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Pulse @ Hirshhorn Museum
Mar 21 all-day

Nov. 1 – April 28, 2019
Innovative Mexican-Canadian artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer will bring the largest interactive technology exhibition to the Hirshhorn in the museum’s history starting Nov. 1. Pulse will take up the entire Second Level, with three major installations using heart-rate sensors to create audiovisual experiences from visitors’ biometric data. Together, the biometric signatures will create spellbinding sequences of soundscapes, lights and animations.

The Culture of Time and Space: Digital Media Artist HyeGyung Kim @ Korean Cultural Center
Mar 21 all-day
The Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. proudly presents The Culture of Time and Space, a new exhibition of digital media art that explores the convergence of Korean traditional beauty and contemporary technology, featuring works by Korean media artist HyeGyung Kim.
 
Kim focuses on the convergence of digital media and Taoism through the medium of East Asian antiques. She experiments with connections between digital media and traditional Oriental art that represents Korean beauty through projection mapping and interactive media. She presents not only projection mapping onto Korean traditional crafts such as porcelain and antique wooden furniture, but also interactive media art that integrates light, sound, and movement. Ultimately, Kim hopes to provide an experience beyond space and time through this artistic dialogue. This exhibition aims to introduce the vibrancy of Korean contemporary media art and the deep connections possible between traditional aesthetic values and Korea’s prominent digital technology of today. 
 
Admission to the exhibition opening reception featuring talks by the artist on Friday, February 22 at 6:00 p.m. is free and open to the public, but registration is required. The Culture of Time and Space will remain on view during regular hours through April 22, 2019.
On View: February 22 – April 22, 2019 (open M-F, 9am-noon & 1:30-5:30pm, no RSVP required)
WHERE: 1st Floor Media Room, Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. (2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW)
To Be a Woman @ Korean Cultural Center
Mar 21 all-day
The Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. proudly presents To Be a Woman, a special group exhibition featuring a diversity of art works by 45 Korean American artists from the Han-Mee Artist Association of Greater Washington, D.C. (HMAA). Spanning richly traditional as well as cutting-edge contemporary art and craft, these 45 artists collectively express their experiences and emotions surrounding the driving inner spirit of women today.
 
Each artist explores current issues and challenges they confront and revisit in their lives, in particular as immigrant women in the United States, through an array of styles including East Asian traditional painting, contemporary visual art, calligraphy, metal craft, and sculpture. This special exhibition also commemorates International Women’s Day on March 8, designated by the United Nations.
 
HMAA is comprised of Korean-American artists who immigrated to the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area at various times over the last half century. In 1975, 15 such artists living in the Capital region founded the organization to support artists of Korean heritage with exhibition opportunities and encouragement to pursue their mutual passion for art. 
 
To Be a Woman will remain on view during regular hours through March 25, 2019.
 
WHAT: Art exhibition, artist talks, & public opening reception
WHO: Han-Mee Artist Association of Greater Washington, D.C. (45 artists)
WHEN:Opening Reception: Thursday, March, 8 at 6:00 p.m.
On View: March, 8 – 25, 2019 (open M-F, 9am-noon & 1:30-5:30pm)
WHERE: Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. (2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW)
Voice Array @ Mexican Cultural Institute
Mar 21 all-day
The Mexican Cultural Institute presents Voice Array by Mexican artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, in conjunction with Pulse, a series featuring three major interactive installations at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Voice Array allows visitors to interact with the piece by speaking into an intercom. The voice is translated into flashes of light that reflect a unique voice pattern which is stored as a loop in the first light of the array. This exhibit is on display through April 28.

NOVEMBER 1 – APRIL 28, 2019 AT THE MEXICAN CULTURAL INSTITUTE

Monday-Friday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

What Absence Is Made Of @ Hirshhorn Museum
Mar 21 all-day
This exhibit mines the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum’s collection to show how artists surmount the limits of the material world. Spanning more than seventy works, the exhibition explores the ways artists express absence. Tracing parallel developments in art from the 1960s to today, the exhibition draws on themes that chart the appeal of immateriality, including “The Dematerialization of the Art Object,” “The Body in Pieces,” “Close to Nothing,” “Memento,” and “The Posthuman Body.” This exhibit is on view through August.
Women Who Work, Care, And Create @ Zenith Gallery
Mar 21 all-day

Women who Work, Care, and Create
Featured Artists: Elizabeth Ashe, Jacqui Crocetta, Michelle Dickson, Elissa Farrow Savos, Susan Freda, Katharine Owens, Lynda Smith-Bugge, Paula Stern, Emily Tucci

At 1111 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC 20004
Show dates: January 14 – April 13, 2019

Meet the Artists Reception: Wednesday January 30, 5pm-8pm

Throughout history, women have been excluded in virtually every field. Even when women are included, their achievements are overlooked and forgotten. Within the male-dominated art historical field, women sculptors are a rarity — normally working in textiles, decorative and fabric art — disregarded as a lower art form. While some women sculptors working in the “high art” form such as Edmonia Lewis, Barbara Hepworth, Beverly Pepper, Properzia de’ Rossi, Ruth Asawa, and Louise Bourgeois, most of these women are not discussed enough with their male counterparts in the history of art. In the current environment we are striving to showcase our local women sculptors, their works, and their importance to the Global arts scene.

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