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Museums & Galleries: Fall Arts Preview 2014

Fine art installations showing at spaces in DC, Maryland and Virigina

Photo by Todd Franson

Photography by Todd Franson

It’s official: The Fall 2014 museum and galleries season is for the birds. But only literally speaking, of course. At least three area museums devote space to artistic representations or scientific examinations of our avian friends, including two Smithsonian museums, the National Museum of Natural History and the American Art Museum. A third, the Touchstone Gallery, is currently displaying bird-related works by its member artists. Meanwhile, the always-quirky Del Ray Artisans has an avian exhibit in name only: “Put a Bird on It!” celebrates the art of embellishment (and indirectly a certain quirky TV show). Later in the season, in time for Thanksgiving, this Alexandria art gallery will turn its sights to art inspired by food. And food is also the centerpiece of a globally minded exhibition this season at the National Geographic Museum. So, you know, bon appétit.

1708 GALLERY

319 West Broad St.
Richmond, Va.
804-643-1708
1708gallery.org

  • Point of Departure — A group exhibition featuring works by Stephen Benenson, Tatiana Berg, Raphael Fenton-Spaid, Haley Josephs, Sharon Madanes and Maureen St. Vincent (Now-9/27)
  • InLight Richmond 2014 — A one-night, public exhibition of light-based art installations taking place along downtown Richmond’s revitalizing Broad Street corridor, a mix of visual, performance and interactive art, this year, the event’s sixth, curated by Ken Farmer of Nuit Blanche New York (11/21)

AMERICAN VISIONARY ART MUSEUM

800 Key Highway
Baltimore, Md.
410-244-1900
avam.org

  • A Very Visionary Star-Spangled Sidewalk — An installation, intended to be fun and informative, going up right on the public pavement running alongside the museum’s historic Federal Hill location in conjunction with Maryland’s “Star Spangled 200” National Bicentennial (Through September)
  • The Visionary Experience: Saint Francis to Finster — Championing life’s grand “Eureka!” moments, held in common by Earth’s most dynamic and intuitive “evolutionaries,” from inventors, scientists, America’s founding fathers, dreamers and saints (10/4-8/30/15)

ARTISPHERE

1101 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, Va.
703-875-1100
artisphere.com

  • Park(ing) Day 2014 — A worldwide event in which artists, designers and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public spaces (9/19)
  • Gina Matchitt: Being There — A Maori artist from New Zealand using weaving as a tool to further explore her photography (Now-9/21)
  • Artemis Herber: No Man’s Land — Large-scale landscape paintings on found corrugated cardboard (Now-10/5)
  • Think With Your Hands — Illustrated journals come to life through augmented reality (9/19-11/30)
  • Joshua Yospyn: American Sequitur — A selection of images taken on editorial assignments and road trips across the U.S. in the last five years to coincide with FotoWeek DC (Now-11/15)
  • Dustin Carlson: Island/Vista — Baltimore artist creating full-scale sculptures of objects encountered in daily life with overlapping content (10/8-11/23)
  • Art on the Art Bus: Rachel Schmidt: Boat Journeys (Sept.-Jan 2015)
  • Elsabe Dixon: Live/Life — South African-born, Virginia-based artist investigates our relationship with changing systems and networks using organic and repurposed material and focused on the biological life cycle of insects (10/1-2/22/15)

THE ATHENAEUM

201 Prince St.
Alexandria, Va.
703-548-0035
nvfaa.org

  • David Allison: Icons of American Culture — Photographer’s series of portraits of the objects he considers icons, including humorous or personal reflections on his own experience (9/25-11/9)
  • Botanic Illustration/Heirloom Plants — Susan Frei Nathan curates a show of works by members of the Botanic Arts Society of the National Capital Region (11/13-1/4/15)

THE BALTIMORE MUSEUM OF ART

10 Art Museum Drive
Baltimore, Md.
443-573-1700
artbma.org

  • Front Room: Seth Adelsberger — Luminescent and textured paintings from local artist demonstrating his innovative approaches to painting over the past five years (Now-11/2)
  • Black Box: Anri Sala — A film recreating the terror and uncertainty civilians endured during the siege of Sarajevo (9/14-2/22/15)
  • On Paper: Alternate Realities — Narrative prints by American artists playfully exaggerating and reimagining the visual language of popular culture (9/21-4/12/15)
  • Front Room: Dario Robleto — Featuring a body of poetic sculptures, prints and cut-paper works weaving together the histories of recorded light and sound (11/16-3/29/15)
  • Lessons Learned: American Schoolgirl Embroideries — More than 20 samplers and silk embroideries made by girls during the 18th and 19th centuries, heralding the return of the Jean and Allan Berman Textile Gallery to BMA’s renovated American Wing (11/23-5/2015)

CORCORAN GALLERY OF ART

500 17th St. NW
202-639-1700
corcoran.org

  • Now at the Corcoran: Mark Tribe: Plein Air — New media artist explores the aesthetics and representation of aerial views in landscape photography through the virtual lens of computer simulation (Now-9/28)

    Terra Firma

  • Terra Firma: Landscapes from the Photography and Media Arts Collection — Examining the ways in which photographers have portrayed the natural and built environment, everyone from Ansel Adams to Edward Burtynsky to Dorothea Lange (Now-9/28)
  • American Metal: The Art of Albert Paley — A retrospective survey of one of the world’s most distinguished metalsmiths (Now-9/28)
  • Sol LeWitt’s Wall Drawing #65 — Anticipating the gallery’s upcoming collaboration with the National Gallery of Art, a loan from the NGA installed in the Corcoran’s North atrium (Now-3/15/15)

DEL RAY ARTISANS

Nicholas A. Colasanto Center
2704 Mount Vernon Ave.
Alexandria, Va.
703-731-8802
thedelrayartisans.org

  • Put a Bird on It! — A exhibit celebrating the art of embellishment, inspired by a popular phrase from Portlandia (Now-9/28)
  • Metamorphosis — Exploring the concept implying a distinct transformative change from one form to another (10/3-11/2)
  • Nourish & Flourish: The Food Show — A Thanksgiving-related exhibition of art inspired by food, whether realistic or metaphorical (11/7-30)

(E)MERGE ART FAIR

Capitol Skyline Hotel
10 I St. SW
202-588-8750
emergeartfair.com

  • The Adamson Gallery, ConnerSmith, Flashpoint Gallery, Touchstone Gallery and Transformer are just some of the local galleries presenting artists at this fourth annual fair, meant to connect emerging artists from around the globe with collectors, curators and cultural decision-makers in D.C. The fair runs Friday, Oct. 3, through Sunday, Oct. 5, although Thursday night, Oct. 2, offers a preview party followed by a poolside concert featuring Furniteur, Pleasure Curses and DJ Chris Burns.

FOLGER SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY

201 East Capitol St. SE
202-544-7077
folger.edu

  • Symbols of Honor: Heraldry and Family History in Shakespeare’s England — The working papers of the earliest brand consultants and trademark protectors, heralds from Shakespeare’s time, revealing heraldry’s growing importance in matters of status and honor and how it shaped modern genealogy (Now-10/26)
  • Decoding the Renaissance — The advent of printing, development of diplomacy and creation of postal systems created an obsession with encryption that produced some of the period’s most brilliant inventions, most beautiful books and most enduring legacies (11/11-3/1/15)
  • Elizabethan Garden Tour –- Explore Folger’s garden, filled with plants from the time of Shakespeare, inspired by references in the Bard’s works (Through 10/26)

FORD’S THEATRE

511 10th St. NW
202-397-7328
fordstheatre.org

  • Silent Witnesses: Artifacts of the Lincoln Assassination — Commemorating the assassination and death of Abraham Lincoln and featuring artifacts from that time and place, presented in partnership with National Museum of American History (Now-3/25/15)

FREER/SACKLER: SMITHSONIAN’S MUSEUMS OF ASIAN ART

1050 Independence Ave. SW
202-633-1000
asia.si.edu

  • Nasta’liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy — First exhibition of its kind to focus on a script developed in the 14th century in Iran (9/13-3/22/15)
  • Unearthing Arabia: The Archaeological Adventures of Wendell Phillips — Recreating the adventures and misadventures and key finds of one of the largest archaeological expeditions to remote present-day Yemen 65 years ago (10/11-6/7/15)
  • Fine Impressions: Whistler, Freer and Venice — The Freer Gallery is one of the world’s largest and finest repositories of James McNeill Whistler’s works, and this exhibition documents how Charles Lang Freer came to his acquisitions (Opens 10/18)
  • Style in Chinese Landscape Painting: The Yuan Legacy — Dating to the third century, landscape painting is one of the most outstanding achievements of Chinese cultures, and this exhibition presents six important styles (11/22-5/31/15)
  • The Traveler’s Eye: Scenes of Asia (11/22-5/31/15)
  • Zen, Tea and Chinese Art in Medieval Japan — Well-known expressions of Japanese culture have their roots in Chinese arts and ideas (12/13-6/14/15)
  • Oribe Ware: Color and Pattern Come to Japanese Ceramics (12/13-6/14/15)
  • Chinese Ceramics: 13th-14th Century (12/20-12/2015)

GALLERY PLAN B

1530 14th St. NW
202-234-2711
galleryplanb.com

  • Sheep Jones — A Maine-born and trained artist who works in oil and encaustic painting (Now-10/12)
  • ManMade — An exhibition of works in various media with an urban edge both in material and perspective, featuring nine artists including works by Kermit Berg, Michael Sirvet and Chad Andrews (10/15-11/23)
  • Year-End Group Show — More than 30 artists in a variety of styles, sizes and mediums (11/28-12/24)

HILLWOOD MUSEUM & GARDENS

4155 Linnean Ave. NW
202-686-8500
hillwoodmuseum.org

  • Cartier: Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Dazzling Gems — The Hillwood founder was one of Cartier’s most important and enduring clients, who commissioned some of the most exquisite jewelry sets, fashionable accessories and finely crafted frames of any American collector (Now-12/31)

    Marjorie Merriweather's Dazzing Gems

     

  • Splendor and Surprise: Elegant Containers, Antique to Modern — Offered as gifts and received as honored presents, containers have long been important, collectible works of art (Opening Feb. 2015)

HILLYER ART SPACE

9 Hillyer Court NW
202-338-0680
hillyerartspace.org

  • Group Exhibition — Featuring work by members from Hillyer’s Artist Advisory Committee: John Paradiso, Ellington Robinson, Cianne Fragione, Renee Stout, Pattie Firestone and Pat Goslee (Now-9/27)
  • Rachel Schmidt (Now-9/27)
  • Michele Montalbano (Now-9/27)
  • Jeffery Herrity, Lee Gainer, Alex Chiou (10/3-11/1)
  • Christine Pearl (11/7-29)
  • Visible Iceland — Featuring Julian Watkins, Elena Sheehan, Katrin Elvarsdottir, Friogeir Helgason, Svavar Jonatansson, Rax Axelsson and Pall Stefansson (11/7-29)
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HIRSHHORN MUSEUM & SCULPTURE GARDEN

700 Independence Ave. SW
202-633-1000
hirshhorn.si.edu

  • At The Hub of Things: New Views of the Collection — The debut exhibition in the renovated Hirshhorn celebrates the 40-year-old museum’s role in juxtaposing the work of diverse artists and themes (Opening 10/16)
  • Days of Endless Time — Featuring 14 moving-image installations exploring meditative themes of escape, solitude, enchantment and nature (Opening 10/16)
  • Salvatore Scarpitta: Traveler — Late American artist’s work linked the worlds of art and car racing, moving from postwar Rome to the speedways of the rural Mid-Atlantic (Now-1/11/15)
  • Black Box: Oliver Laric (Now-10/5)
  • Barbara Kruger: Belief+Doubt — Installation wraps space in text-printed vinyl, questioning ideology, social norms and consumption (Now-Dec.)

INTERNATIONAL SPY MUSEUM

800 F St. NW
202-EYE-SPYU
spymuseum.org

  • Agent Storm — A chronological glimpse into the life of Morten Storm, a rebellious Danish youth without direction who found an identity in Islam, first as a radical jihadist, then as a CIA undercover agent (Now-March 2015)

    50 Years of Bond Villians at the Spy Museum

  • Exquisitely Evil: 50 Years of Bond Villains — In partnership with EON Productions, the James Bond film producers, showcasing over 100 artifacts and exploring how the evildoers and their plots have changed to reflect their times and how Bond has influenced public perceptions of real espionage (Ongoing)
  • Argo Exposed — A look at the facts behind the movie, including genuine CIA artifacts (Ongoing)
  • Permanent Exhibition — The museum is the largest collection of international espionage artifacts ever on public display, spanning the history of the tradecraft around the globe, and telling stories of individual spies and their missions, tools and techniques, with interactive displays

THE KREEGER MUSEUM

2401 Foxhall Rd
202-337-3050
kreegermuseum.org

  • Emilie Brzezinski: The Lure of the Forest — Monumental wood sculptures expressing artist’s fascination with trees and her love and respect for the environment (9/16-12/27)
  • John L. Dreyfuss: Inventions — Inaugural exhibit around the Kreeger’s reflecting pool includes several large-scale works (Now-April 2017)

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

Thomas Jefferson Building
10 First St. SE
202-707-8000
loc.gov/exhibits

  • American Ballet Theatre: Touring the Globe for 75 Years — A collection of 43 artifacts, including photographs, costume sketches, posters and a short film of clips (Now-1/24/15)
  • The Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Long Struggle for Freedom — Commemorating the 50th anniversary of landmark legislation that helped inspire the civil rights movement and change American society (Just opened)
  • Mapping a New Nation: Abel Buell’s Map of the United States, 1784 — The first map of the newly independent U.S. compiled, printed and published in America by an American (Ongoing)
  • Exploring the Early Americas — Featuring selections from the more than 3,000 rare maps, documents, paintings, prints and artifacts providing insight into indigenous cultures and the conflict with and changes wrought by European explorers and settlers (Ongoing)
  • Herblock Gallery – Every six months the Library presents a selection of 10 cartoons demonstrating the value of the late Washington Post editorial cartoonist’s pointed commentaries on the state of affairs (Ongoing)

LONG VIEW GALLERY

1234 9th St. NW
202-232-4788
longviewgallery.com

  • Jordan Bruns: Light, Color, Chaos! — A DMV artist working in mixed-media to create his paintings (Now-9/21)
  • Takefumi Hori — Inspired by the energy of New York City as well as Japanese decorative art and calligraphy, reflected in painting techniques of layering gold and paint (9/25-10/26)
  • Gian Garofalo — New works by artist whose paintings consist of colors mixed from pigments and mediums and patiently applied layer by layer (10/30-11/30)

MANSION AT STRATHMORE

5301 Tuckerman Lane
North Bethesda
301-581-5100
strathmore.org

  • Grace Hartigan: A Survey 1966-2007 — A contemporary of the groundbreaking artists of the New York School, including Jackson Pollock, Willem and Elaine de Kooning and Frank O’Hara (Now-11/9)
  • Heritage India: Works by Anujan Ezhikode and Shanthi Chandrasekar (Now-11/9)
  • Time After Time — A look at time in art and the art of timepieces (11/22-1/4/15)
  • 81st Annual Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature — Intricately detailed works of art, painstakingly produced in miniature, on popular display (11/22-1/4/15)
  • Pastel Plus: A Mixed Media Approach by the Maryland Pastel Society (11/22-1/4/15)

NATIONAL AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM

Independence Ave at 6th St. SW
202-633-2214
airandspace.si.edu

  • The Wright Brothers & The Invention of the Aerial Age – The 1903 Wright Flyer, the world’s first successful airplane, serves as the centerpiece of this exhibition (Ongoing)

NATIONAL BUILDING MUSEUM

401 F St. NW
202-272-2448
nbm.org

  • The Architectural Image, 1920-1950 — Examining a generation in which architecture changed more profoundly and more rapidly than during any other in history, bookended by neo-classical Beaux Arts to Bauhaus-informed modernism (Opening 11/8)
  • ambiguity — Following the BIG Maze in the Great Hall this summer comes this exhibition about the Maze’s Danish architecture firm, the BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group (Opening Jan. 25, 2015)
  • Investigating Where We Live: D.C. Now & Next — An exhibition of photography, art and writing from local teens (Now-6/7/15)
  • Cool & Collected: Recent Acquisitions (Now-5/25/15)

    Designing for Disaster

  • Designing for Disaster — An exhibit built around the truism that regional, community and individual preparedness is the best antidote to disaster (Now-8/2/15)
  • House & Home — Surveying houses both familiar and surprising, through past and present – including a same-sex couple – challenging ideas about what it means to live at home in America (Ongoing)

NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART

3rd Street and Constitution Avenue NW
202-737-4215
nga.gov

  • From the Library: The Book Illustrations by Romeyn de Hooghe — Unraveling the complexities of the late Dutch Golden Age through this 17th century artist’s varied oeuvre of drawings (9/13-1/25/15)
  • Captain Linnaeus Tripe: Photographer of India and Burma, 1852-1860 — The first major traveling exhibition of a 19th century employee of the East India Company (9/21-1/4/15)
  • A Subtle Beauty: Platinum Photographs from the Collection (10/5-1/4/15)
  • Degas Little Dancer — An exploration of Edgar Degas’s groundbreaking statuette of a young ballerina and his general fascination with ballet, presented in conjunction with the Kennedy Center and its forthcoming world premiere new musical of the same name (10/5-1/11/15)
  • El Greco in the National Gallery of Art and Washington-Area Collections: A 400th Anniversary Celebration (11/2-2/16/15)
  • Modern American Prints and Drawings from the Kainen Collection — More than 2,000 works, primarily prints, drawings and rare illustrated books, donated by Ruth and Jacob Kainen (Now-2/1/15, West Building)
  • From Neoclassicism to Futurism: Italian Prints and Drawings, 1800-1925 (Now-2/1/15)

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MUSEUM

1145 17th St. NW
202-857-7700
ngmuseum.com

    • Mars Up Close — A free virtual trip to the Red Planet through the latest images taken by the Curiosity rover (Now-11/30)
    • Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous — The largest predatoryto ever roam the Earth, even bigger than T. Rex (9/12-4/12/15)

  • Food: Our Global Kitchen — Exploring the complex and intricate farm-to-fork food system, with sections devoted to growing, transporting, cooking, eating, tasting and celebrating, all organized by New York’s American Museum of Natural History (10/16-2/22/15)

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY

1400 Constitution Ave. NW
202-633-1000
americanhistory.si.edu

  • The Early Sixties: American Culture, American Science — Two exhibits of artifacts from the time period when this Smithsonian museum opened 50 years ago (Now-12/14)
  • Rising Up: Hale Woodruff’s Murals at Talladega College — Monumental canvasses commissioned by an Alabama college of this prominent African-American artist and depicting significant events in the journey of African-Americans from slavery to freedom stop at the Smithsonian’s American History museum as part of a multicity tour (11/7-3/1/15)
  • American Stories – An engaging mix of artifacts telling the various stories of the country’s history, from the Pilgrims’ arrival to the historic 2008 election (Ongoing)

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

10th Street & Constitution Avenue NW
202-633-1000
mnh.si.edu

  • Wilderness Forever: 50 Years of Protecting America’s Wild Places — Fifty award-winning large-format images displayed in a just-opened celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, a cornerstone of American environmental conservation (Now to 2015)
  • 2013 Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards — Juried annual competition that reviewed more than 20,000 images of nature and wildlife from photographers around the globe (10/24-4/20/15)
  • The Last American Dinosaurs: Discovering a Lost World — As it develops a new National Fossil Hall, this exhibition is one place for the museum to display its ancient bones collection (Opening This Fall)
  • Once There Were Billions: Vanished Birds of North America — Documenting those species of birds we’ve lost over the past two centuries, including the puffin-like great auck, the Carolina parakeet, the heath hen and, most famously, the passenger pigeon (Now-Oct. 2015)
  • Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape The Nation — Exploring the heritage, daily experiences and diverse contributions of Indians and Indian Americans (Now-8/16/15)
    Portraits of Planet Ocean

    Portraits of Planet Ocean

  • Portraits of Planet Ocean: The Photography of Brian Skerry — Amazing underwater photographs from some of the most beautiful, diverse and threatened environments on the planet (Indefinite)
  • Mud Masons of Mali — Djenne, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Mali, is famous for its spectacular architecture thanks to its centuries-old tradition of masons, whose work is highlighted through archival and contemporary photographs and early engravings (Indefinite)

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN

4th Street and Independence Avenue SW
202-633-1000
nmai.si.edu

  • Indelible: The Platinum Photographs of Larry McNeil and Will Wilson — Two Native photographers whose work purposefully subverts the traditional fuzzy, romanticized look of Native-American imagery created by using platinum paper (Now-1/15/15)
  • Ceramica de los Ancestros: Central America’s Past Revealed – Ceramics made over the past 3,000 years, plus works made from gold, jade, shell and stone, illustrate the region’s richness, complexity and dynamic qualities (Now-2/1/15)
  • Our Lives: Contemporary Life and Identities — Revealing how residents of eight Native communities live in the 21st century, including those in the Pamunkey Tribe in Virginia (Now-7/6/15)

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WOMEN IN THE ARTS

1250 New York Ave. NW
202-783-5000
nmwa.org

  • Soda_Jerk: After the Rainbow — In collaboration with the public art project 5 x 5 by the D.C.’s Commission on the Arts and Humanities, this video installation featuring clips of Judy Garland interweaves the fantasy world of cinema and the complex reality of the gay diva’s life (9/19-11/2)
  • Magdalena Abakanowicz — Third installation of the New York Avenue Sculpture Project honors this pioneering woman artist, featuring monumental bronzes (9/27-9/27/15)
  • Doris Lee: American Painter and Illustrator — Showcasing photographs, sketches and objects of this American painter and illustrator (11/17-5/8/15)
  • Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea (12/5-4/12/15)
  • Total Art: Contemporary Video — Women artists helped pioneer the concept of video art 50 years ago (Now-10/12)
  • The First Woman Graphic Novelist: Helena Bochorakova-Dittrichova (Now-11/14)

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY

8th and F Streets NW
202-633-1000
npg.si.edu

  • Portraiture Now: Staging the Self — The ninth installation in this focus on contemporary artists showcases six American Latinos whose work presents identities theatrically (Now-4/12/15)
  • One Life: Grant and Lee: ‘It is well that war is so terrible’ (Now-5/25/15)
  • Yousuf Karsh: American Portraits — Iconic portraits taken by this late internationally recognized artist of distinguished Americans, from Georgia O’Keeffe to Jonas Salk, Marian Anderson to I.M. Pei (Now-11/2)
    Face Value: Andy Warhol

    Face Value: Andy Warhol

  • Face Value: Portraiture in the Age of Abstraction — Chuck Close, Alice Neel, Elaine de Kooning, Robert Rauschenberg and Andy Warhol are just some of the well-known mid-20th century artists who defied the prevailing style of the day to focus on the face and figure, and in the process reinvented portraiture for the next generation (Now-1/11/15)
  • Mr. Lincoln’s Washington: A Civil War Portfolio — Documenting the Civil War’s impact on the national city through large-format reproductions of original photographs, prints, drawings and maps (Now-5/25/15)
  • Matthew Brady’s Photographs of Union Generals (Now-5/31/15)

NEWSEUM

555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
888-NEWSEUM
newseum.org

  • The Boomer List — Illuminating important movements and changes that shaped the world during the Boomer Generation (Opens 9/16)
  • One Nation with News for All — Immigrants and minorities used the power of the press to fight for their rights and shape the American experience (Now-1/4/15)
  • Make Some Noise: Students and the Civil Rights Movement — Exploring the new generation of student leaders that emerged in the 1960s to fight segregation and fight for civil rights, from John Lewis, now a U.S. representative from Georgia, to Julian Bond, a former chair of the NAACP (Indefinitely)
  • G-Men and Journalists – Given public scrutiny of the FBI and CIA, a somewhat timely exhibit examining the tumultuous relationship between the FBI and news media, through a collection of photographs, newspapers and interactive displays (Now-1/4/15)

THE OLD PRINT GALLERY

1220 31st St. NW
202-965-1818
oldprintgallery.com

  • Ink & Grain — A group exhibition highlighting 20th century printmakers who excelled in woodcuts and wood engravings, one of themost ancient forms of printmaking (9/19-11/15)

THE PHILLIPS COLLECTION

1600 21st St. NW
202-387-2151
phillipscollection.org

  • Neo-Impressionism and The Dream of Realities — More than 70 paintings and works on paper demonstrate how Neo-Impressionists such as Georges Seurat, Paul Signac and Theo van Rysselberghe created landscapes and figures that went far beyond observed nature (9/27-1/11/15)
    O'Keeffe and Friends

    O’Keeffe and Friends

  • O’Keeffe and Friends — The seminal Jack-in-the-Pulpit No. IV and No. VI are featured alongside landscapes by contemporaries including Alvin Langdon Coburn, Marsden Hartley and John Marin (Now-5/31/15)
  • Intersections: Bernardi Roi — Sculptural works installed in unexpected interior and exterior spaces (10/25-2/15/15)
  • The Journals of Duncan Phillips – An exhibition of excerpts from museum founder Duncan Phillips’ journals, including his writings on art, literature, foreign vacations and the dreams he held for the museum that would bear his name (Now-2/27/15)
  • Intersections: Vesna Pavlovic — Using documentary materials from the Phillips’ library and archives to explore its history of exhibition and display (Now-9/28)

SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN ART MUSEUM

8th and F Streets NW
202-633-7970
americanart.si.edu

  • Untitled: The Art of James Castle — A representative selection of the immense oeuvre of this late artist from Idaho (9/26-2/1/15)
  • Richard Estes’ Realism — The most comprehensive exhibition ever organized of paintings from this foremost practitioner of photorealism and focused on American cityscapes (10/10-2/8/15)
  • The Singing and the Silence; Birds in Contemporary Art — A century after the extinction of the passenger pigeon and 50 years after the Wilderness Act, examining humankind’s relationship to birds and the natural world in the works of 12 contemporary American artists, including Rachel Berwick, Barbara Bosworth, James Prosek and Tom Uttech (10/31-2/22/15)
  • Watch This! New Directions in the Art of the Moving Image — Video and time-based artwork in a rotating collection showcasing the complexities of space and time both structurally and conceptually (Now-2/15/15)

TORPEDO FACTORY

105 N. Union St.
Alexandria, Va.
703-838-4565
torpedofactory.org

  • Beauty and the Beasts — Pottery of pets (Now-9/28, Scope Gallery)
  • Saaraliisa Ylitalo: In the Distance-Fewer Yesterdays Fewer Tomorrows (Now-10/1, Fiberworks)
  • The Natural World — Using a wide range of techniques and subject matter to interpret our world (Now-10/31, Printmakers Inc.)
  • Danny Conant and E.E. McCollom — New works (Now-10/12, Multiple Exposures Gallery)
  • Fusion — Artists showcase work reflecting the power and natural flow of the heat needed to fuse enamel to metal (Now-10/5, Enamelists Gallery)
  • Hacking Objects of Desire — From Norway an exhibition of contemporary video, sound, text and sculpture that reflects the indigenous culture and worldview of Sami people (Now-10/19, Target Gallery)
  • Architectural Inspiration — Showcasing how architecture can inspire fiber artists (Now-10/19, Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery)
  • Contemporary Realism — Artists portraying the real and not the ideal (Now-10/6, The Art League)
    Web Bryant

    Web Bryant

  • Web Bryant: From Light to Night — A visual narrative through oil paintings of dawn to dusk in Washington, D.C. (Now-10/6, The Art League)
  • Steampunk — Chronicling a burgeoning subculture taking delight in making things that blend the modern and the anachronistic (10/21-11/16, Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery)
  • Eating Anytime: Component and Courses — Functional pottery for sale in time for Thanksgiving (10/27-11-30, Scope Gallery)
  • Michelle Rogers: Revisiting the Past — Displays of this black-and-white photographer in coinciding with FotoWeekDC (11/6-12/1, The Art League)
  • Holiday Gift Ideas — A wide range of items from fiber artists (11/17-1/6/15, Fiberworks)
  • December All-Media Exhibit (12/3-1/4/15, The Art League)
  • 5×5(x5) (12/6-1/18/15, Target Gallery)
  • Whitney Staiger: Friend Me — Jewelry based on online personas of artist’s Facebook friends (12/4-1/6/15, The Art League)

TOUCHSTONE GALLERY

901 New York Ave. NW
202-347-2787
touchstonegallery.com

  • Pete McCutchen: Out of Service — Beautiful patterns in metal and glass presented in photographs of cars at junkyards in Pennsylvania (Now-9/28)
  • Bill Mould: About Face…et al — Exploring the complex typography of the human face, with the many odd, touching and unwittingly hilarious expressions we make to communicate (Now-9/28)
  • Member Show: Ruffled Feathers — Featuring works in photography, painting, sculpture, ceramics, collage and drawing, all focused on avian motifs as metaphors for human activity (Now-9/28)
  • Georgia Nassikas: Raw & Pure — A painter in the encaustic medium, or work using beeswax and colored pigments, as well as carbon and graphite (10/1-11/2)
  • Gale Wallar: Near Distance — A mixed-media “quiet realism” artist from D.C. (10/1-11/2)
  • David Alfuth — A surrealist collage artist (11/5-30)
  • Charles Dale (12/3-28)
  • Paula Lantz (12/3-28)

TRANSFORMER

1404 P St. NW
202-483-1102
transformerdc.org

  • Tamar Ettun: My Hands Are the Shape of My Height — A multimedia installation by Brooklyn-based Israeli artist from recent series Performing Stillness (9/20-10/25)
  • 12th Annual Solo Show: Jameson Magrogan (12/13-1/25/15)

UNITED STATES BOTANIC GARDEN

100 Maryland Ave. SW
202-225-8333
usbg.gov

  • This Land is Your Land – A celebration of the diversity and beauty of the flora of the United States as captured by the female photographers from the Garden Club of America (Now-10/13)
  • Amber Waves of Grain — An exhibit on wheat and the work of Nobel laureate Dr. Norman Borlaug, expanded to the outside terrace with planted beds and interpretive panels (Now-10/13)

VIRGINIA MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS

200 North Boulevard
Richmond, Va.
804-340-1400
vmfa.state.va.us

  • Forbidden City: Imperial Treasures from the Palace Museum, Beijing — A unique journey through an ornate palace from the Ming and Qing dynasties that was once forbidden to the general public (10/18-1/1/15)
  • 12th Fine Arts & s — A four-day display of floral interpretations of masterpieces from the permanent collection presented by several state garden club associations (11/5-9)
  • Water and Shadow: Kawase Hasui and Japanese Landscape Prints — A visually compelling selection of Japanese woodblock prints as well as paintings and didactic material (11/15-3/29/15)
  • Miwako Nishizawa: Twelve Views of Virginia — A commission to this California-based Japanese artist to complement the Kawase Hasui exhibition (11/15-3/29/15)
  • Esther Mahlangu: An Artistic Residency — VMFA has commissioned this South African artist to paint two mural-scale works serving as a gateway to the museum’s African Art Gallery (Now-10/9)
  • The Great War: Printmakers of World War I (Now-11/11)
  • States of Change in Africa — Two recently acquired works providing insight into far-reaching changes associated with the independence movement that swept Africa a half-century ago (Now-2/15/15)
  • Ryan McGinness: Studio Visit (Now-11/9 )

THE WALTERS ART MUSEUM

600 North Charles St.
Baltimore
410-547-9000
thewalters.org

  • From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story — An installation of the permanent collection of this museum explores the lives, times, tastes and legacy of its father-and-son founders (10/26-4/17/16)
  • From Pen to Press: Experimentation and Innovation in the Age of Print — At a time when we’re moving from printed book to digital publishing, an exhibition about the tensions in the 15th century when printing was a new, experimental medium (11/22-4/12/15)
  • Seeing Music in Medieval Manuscripts — Approximately 20 manuscripts and objects explore music in its relationship with philosophy, religion and the arts during the Middle Ages (Now-10/12)

WASHINGTON PRINTMAKERS GALLERY

Pyramid Atlantic Art Center
8230 Georgia Ave.
Silver Spring
301-273-3660
washingtonprintmakers.com

  • Linda Rose Larochelle — The Painterly Print Exhibition (Now-9/28)

WASHINGTON PROJECT FOR THE ARTS

202-234-7103
wpadc.org

  • Nonuments Park — A temporary park challenging the meaning of the word “monument” and inviting community residents to honor ideas, people and personal struggles that traditional monuments in D.C. fail to capture (Now-10/6, 990 4th St. SW)
  • South Capitol Skyscape: Meta 1 by Julie Wolfe — The latest artist presenting an oversize installation through this rotating series (Now-10/31, South Capitol Street façade of Capitol Skyline Hotel, 10 I St. SW)
  • Saya Woolfalk: Hothouse Video — New York-based artist uses science fiction and fantasy to re-imagine the world in multiple dimensions, often combining live-action footage with elaborately constructed installations, costumes and stop-motion animation (9/20-11/14, Capitol Skyline Hotel Lobby)
  • Experimental Media 2013: Cyber In Securities — An interactive exhibition exploring contemporary data collection and imaging surveillance practices, highlighting artists whose work makes visible experiences of tracking and being tracked in a digital age (Now to 9/27, Pepco Edison Place Gallery, 702 8th St. NW)

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Comedian Chris Laker

Arlington Cinema 'N' Drafthouse, Arlington
Saturday, December 14
  • Comp Train
  • Comps
  • Comedy
  • Under $10

Chris Laker is a New York City-based stand-up who just made his television debut on "Jimmy Kimmel Live". Named a New Face at the Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in 2011, Chris’s sharp and e... Read more

Sharp Satire "Eureka Day" by Mosaic Theater Company

Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington
Saturday, December 14 - Sunday, January 05
  • Theater

Vaccinations shouldn't be a laughing matter, but in "Eureka Day", this very first-world problem takes center stage in a play that the "San Francisco Chronicle" calls "uproarious." Come to the Atlas Pe... Read more

"Singin' in the Rain" Makes a Splash Onstage

Olney Theatre Center - Mainstage, Olney
Saturday, December 14 - Saturday, January 04
  • Theater
  • Goldstar Choice
  • Hot
  • Top Rated

The 1952 MGM song-and-dance classic that immortalized Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds (and umbrellas and lampposts) makes a splash at Olney Theatre Center! "Singin' in the Rain" is the toe-tapping clas... Read more

Corporate Culture Comedy "White Pearl"

Studio Theatre - Milton Theatre, Washington
Saturday, December 14 - Sunday, December 15
  • Theater

The ugliness of the beauty industry in on full display in "White Pearl", a hard-hitting comedy from rising playwright Anchuli Felicia King that was called "bracingly funny" by "The Guardian" during it... Read more

L'Enfance Du Christ

Foundry United Methodist Church, Washington
Saturday, December 14
  • Music

In collaboration with Foundry UMC, Berlioz’s choral masterpiece is uniquely staged as an immersive musical meditation on the search for home. Performed in the stunning Foundry sanctuary, with the co... Read more

Improv: "Seasonal Disorder"

Source, Washington
Saturday, December 14 - Sunday, December 29
  • Holiday
  • Comedy

Jingle bells, Batman smells, Robin laid an egg. Blah, humbug! Seasonal Disorder is the improv antidote to too much tinsel and sugarplum fairy overdose. Come out to celebrate the holidays the WIT way ... Read more

"A Christmas Carol": 10th Anniversary Solo Show

Olney Theatre Center - Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab, Olney
Saturday, December 14 - Sunday, December 29
  • Theater
  • Holiday
  • Family
  • Top Rated

Veteran D.C.-area actor Paul Morella ("The Pelican Brief", "The District", "The Wire") offers a fresh spin on Charles Dickens' beloved holiday tale in his one-man stage adaptation of "A Christmas Caro... Read more

"Black Nativity"

Anacostia Playhouse, Washington
Saturday, December 14 - Sunday, January 05
  • Theater
  • Holiday

"Black Nativity" is the Afro-centric retelling of the birth of Christ through exuberant Gospel music and modern dance.... Read more

"Peter Pan & Wendy": A New Take on the Classic Tale

Sidney Harman Hall, Washington
Saturday, December 14 - Sunday, December 15
  • Theater

You may not know the name Lauren Gunderson, but you probably know her work — "The New Yorker" and "The Guardian" have both profiled her as America's most popular playwright in the past two years. Fo... Read more

DC Brau Comedy Show "BrewHAHAHAHA"

DC Brau, Washington
Saturday, December 14
  • Comedy
  • Under $10

We’re hosting the first Comedy Show of its kind at DC Brau and would love for you to come and laugh with us. We’re featuring the best comedians in the DMV. Jacques Kindle, Dwain Watts, Anthony Oak... Read more

Helicon: "Winter Solstice"

Historic Dumbarton Church, Washington
Saturday, December 14
  • Holiday
  • Music
  • Added This Week

Helicon brings their "Winter Solstice" concert to Dumbarton Concerts' stage, a fusion of seasonal Irish, Scottish, French Canadian, Appalachian and bluegrass music in an enthusiastic, joyful mix. Heli... Read more

Olney Ballet Theatre's "The Nutcracker"

Olney Theatre Center - Historic Stage, Olney
Saturday, December 14 - Tuesday, December 24
  • Holiday
  • Dance
  • Nutcrackers

Starring talented young pre-professional ballerinas, along with professional guest dancers, the Olney Ballet Theatre's "Nutcracker" has been a holiday tradition in the Washington area for decades. You... Read more

"Alice in Wonderland" -- A Traditional British Pantomime

Kensington Town Hall, Kensington
Saturday, December 14 - Saturday, January 04
  • Theater
  • Family

Join Alice and all your favorite Wonderland characters, plus a few entertaining additions, in a trip down the rabbit hole. Put on in true pantomime fashion, this is surely a show you don't want to mis... Read more

Speakeasies & Craft Cocktail Tour of the Capitol

Temperance Fountain, Washington
Saturday, December 14 - Monday, December 30
  • Tours & Cruises
  • Foodie

If there's one thing you'll immediately learn about the hardworking citizens of Washington, D.C., it's that they love a good happy hour! Urban Adventures helps you sip your way through the Capitol's v... Read more

Discover D.C. On a Walking Foodie Tour of H Street

Union Station - Main Lobby, Washington
Saturday, December 14 - Monday, December 30
  • Tours & Cruises
  • Outdoor

Not only does H Street have rich, cultural history, but it's also blossomed into one of the most diverse culinary scenes of the Capitol. Grab a little mix of everything, from Italian to Middle Eastern... Read more

"Holidays on Tap!"

River Road Unitarian, Bethesda
Saturday, December 14
  • Holiday
  • Music
  • Dance
  • Under $10

Unexpected Stage invites you to ring in the holidays with dance legend Baakari Wilder (Broadway’s "Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk"; Unexpected Stage’s "The Few") tapping to the holiday ... Read more

The DC Comedy Showcase

Comedy Club DC, Washington
Saturday, December 14 - Friday, January 31
  • Comedy
  • Nightlife
  • Under $10
  • Make It a Date

Experience the DC Comedy Showcase in Adams Morgan, D.C. at Comedy Club DC. The showroom and tavern will have you feeling fresh and ready to kick back for the best laughs. Laugh Buzz Comedy hosts natio... Read more

"Madeline's Christmas"

Creative Cauldron, Falls Church
Saturday, December 14 - Wednesday, December 18
  • Theater
  • Holiday

She’s back! After sold out runs in 2014 and 2017, Creative Cauldron couldn’t resist one more visit from everyone’s favorite precocious little Parisian. “In an old house in Paris, covered in vi... Read more

"Tiny Tim’s Christmas Carol"

Silver Spring Stage, Silver Spring
Saturday, December 14 - Sunday, December 22
  • Theater
  • Holiday

From the brilliant, hilarious mind of Ken Ludwig ("Lend Me A Tenor," "Moon Over Buffalo") and his son Jack, a clever, joyous retelling of Ebenezer Scrooge as an elaborate prank by Tiny Tim (who is now... Read more

"A Christmas Carol"

Taylor Street Theater, Brentwood
Saturday, December 14 - Sunday, December 22
  • Theater
  • Holiday
  • Under $10

Critics love this modern adaptation of the holiday classic! In this twist on the classic tale, award-winning playwright and director William Leary has taken the challenges of today and woven them seam... Read more

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