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Falcons: The Art of the Hunt

Freer Gallery of Art Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW

Select paintings and artifacts spanning from ancient Egypt to China to celebrate the iconic falcon—associated with Egypt’s god of the heavens, trained hunters for royalty, and still revered, especially in the Arab world, today.

Free

Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time

National Museum of African Art 950 Independence Ave. SW

Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture, and Exchange Across Medieval Saharan Africa is an exhibition that showcases West Africa’s impact on the world while also asking how museums can represent the past with only fragments. The museum asks: “What role does imagination play in resurrecting the past?”    

Free

Barbara Kruger: Belief + Doubt

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden 7th Street and Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC

For its long-awaited reopening, Barbara Kruger's installation, filled with open-ended questions to introduce doubt, will fill The Hirshhorn's entire lower-level lobby and museum bookstore—escalator sides and all. Curated by Melissa Ho.

Free

Marcel Duchamp: The Barbara and Aaron Levine Collection

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden 7th Street and Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC

A rare view of Duchamp’s career arc, featuring some of the artist's most famous work as well as unique drawings and prints. The exhibition will also include portraits of Duchamp, and pieces by his contemporaries and artists he influenced. The exhibit features over 50 pieces promised to the museum by local collectors Barbara and Aaron […]

Free

Hung Liu: Portraits of Promised Lands

National Portrait Gallery 8th and G Streets NW, Washington, DC

A solo exhibition honoring and examining the art of  Hung Liu, featuring her early work from 1970s to her recent large-scale paintings, which offer a multifaceted picture of her Asian Pacific American experience.  

Free

Moomin Animations: Thrills and Cuddles

National Children’s Museum 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC

The National Children’s Museum hosts a special, traveling exhibit on the beloved fairytale creatures from the mind of Finnish author Tove Jansson. The exhibit comes, on loan, from Tampere, Finland's Moomin Museum and offers an in-depth look into the Moomin animation's history.

Free – $15.95

Crane Dancers

View Julia Chon’s, a.k.a. Kimchi Juice, massive, site-specific mural installation in the Avant Garden, where she combines traditional Korean symbols with pop art to explore and consider and convey the nuances of the Korean diaspora.

Free

Aïllment (Isolation)

DC Arts Center 2438 18th St. NW

The pandemic triggered feelings of isolation and claustrophobia for artist Elizabeth Ashe who channeled her energy into art, depicting mountains, and empty sky.

Free

Nicolas Party: Draw the Curtain

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden 7th Street and Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC

That scaffolding currently encasing the Hirshorn? Expect it to become Nicolas Party’s newest exhibit! The internationally renowned Swiss artist’s Draw the Curtain will wrap the entirety of the temporary structure, spanning 829 feet, becoming the artist’s largest work to date.

Free

Laurie Anderson: The Weather

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden 7th Street and Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC

An immersive audiovisual experience, which happens to be Laurie Anderson’s largest U.S. exhibition with 10 new pieces and acclaimed previous works. From January through July 2022, Anderson will make several live performances as well. The Hishhorn is currently open Wednesday through Sunday.

Free

The Eudora Welty Lecture: Ann Patchett

This annual, and virtual, lecture with best-selling author Ann Patchett of Bel Canto and The Dutch House will be available online from Oct. 14 through June 30, 2022, via the Folger Shakespeare Library’s O.B. Hardison Poetry Series.

$15

Into the Light

American University Museum 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW

Using geometric designs and spiritual ideas, artist Anil Revri attempts to bridge East and West—where he’s from and where he lives. Curated by Eleanor Heartney, whose essay on Revri’s work will be available at the exhibit.

Free