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On the Road: Fall Arts Preview 2016

Frida Kahlo

Self-Portrait on the Border Line between Mexico and the United States, 1932, Frida Kahlo

While the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area has plenty to offer arts lovers this fall, here are four destinations beyond the beltway to consider.


2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.
Philadelphia, Pa.

  •  New South Asian Galleries — Reopening of the museum’s galleries of South Asian art following a comprehensive renovation (10/2)
  •  Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism, 1910–1950 — The exhibition tells the story of Mexico’s cultural and political evolution from the start of the Mexican Revolution in 1910 to the aftermath of World War II through the work of artists such as Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Frida Kahlo, Dr. Atl, María Izquierdo, Roberto Montenegro, Carlos Mérida, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, and many others (10/25-1/8) 


200 N. Boulevard
Richmond, Va.

  •  Fabergé and Russian Decorative Arts — The museum’s renowned Fabergé collection returns from an international tour, and is displayed in a new suite of renovated galleries. The installation will feature 280 objects, composed of Fabergé and other Russian decorative arts, in a multi-layered interactive experience. VMFA is the only American art museum with five galleries dedicated to Fabergé and other Russian objects (Opens 10/22)
  •  Jasper Johns and Edvard Munch: Love, Loss, and the Cycle of Life — This ground-breaking exhibition examines how Jasper Johns, one of America’s preeminent artists, mined the work of the Norwegian Expressionist, Edvard Munch, in the late 1970s and early 1980s as he moved away from a decade of abstract painting towards a more open expression of love, sex, loss and death (11/12-2/20) 


Multiple venues
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

  • The annual Miami and Fort Lauderdale LGBT film festival ranks as one of the best in the country. This year’s festival presents more than 40 feature films and shorts. In addition to the spectacular lineup of films the festival includes a number of special events and parties. The opening night film is Strike a Pose, a documentary about the seven young male dancers on Madonna “Blonde Ambition” tour and seen in the documentary 1991 documentary, Truth or Dare (10/7-16)


4545 Park Blvd. #101
San Diego, Cali.

  • Lizard Boy: The Musical  — Broadway World said, “This is just one of those can’t miss shows.” San Diego will be the show’s second production after receiving rave reviews during its premiere in Seattle (9/29-10/30)
  • The Mystery of Love and Sex — An unconventional love story (11/25-12/24)

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