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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 […]

$15

Aquatint: From Its Origins to Goya

National Gallery of Art 4th St & Constitution Ave, NW, Washington

Featuring 100 works, this is the first U.S. exhibit to examine the development of the 18th-century printmaking technique, aquatint, a style that took European artists by storm. On display at the National Gallery of Art, this recently acquired exhibit features an array of impressions including erupting volcanoes, lovers, and moonlit vistas, exploring the rise of art […]

Free

Illustrating Spain in the US

Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain 2801 16th St. NW, Washington

A creative dialogue that highlights Spain's history in the U.S., from the independence war to today. What started as a series of comics by Spanish artists has turned into a full exhibition at the Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain. Curated by Ana Merino and featuring the work of Rayco Pulido, Ana Penyas, Seisdedos, […]

Free

Virtual Conversation With Preston Singletary

National Museum of the American Indian 4th street & Independence Ave, SW, Washington

Glass artist Preston Singletary (Tlingit American) will discuss his award-winning glasswork, his love for the medium, what inspires him, and more. The talk will be available online through the end of January; his exhibition Preston Singletary: Raven and the Box of Daylight opens Jan. 28 at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington. […]

Free

Lasting Impressions: People, Power, Piety

Dumbarton Oaks 1703 32nd St. NW, Washington

Curated by Jonathan Shea, this Dumbarton Oaks exhibit looks at seals from the Byzantine Empire, which were personalized by their owners to present information about their status, position, piety, and family. As of Dec. 7, timed ticket entry is required, but tickets are free.

Free

Between the Sky and the Earth: Contemporary Art from the UAE

MEI Art Gallery 1763 N St. NW, Washington

The Middle East Institute Arts and Culture Center partners with The NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery for a new art exhibition at D.C.'s MEI Art Gallery. Between the Sky and the Earth commemorates the United Arab Emirates’ 50th anniversary by uniting 12 unique artists for the UAE to spotlight the region's contemporary art scene.

WOW!

Ch/Art 5500 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase

Chevy Chase's community arts organization presents Windows on Wisconsin. On display through March 9, the exhibit features the work by Ch/Art members, including Nancy Arbuthnot, Sara Bardin, Ruth Becker, Judith […]

Flight

Studio Theatre 1501 14th St. NW

This immersive theater installation, created by Scottish innovators Vox Motus, puts audience members in personal booths, adorned with headphones, to follow two orphaned children traveling across Europe in search of […]

$20 – $52

New Ideas

Gallery Underground 2120 Crystal Dr., Arlington

Catch new 2D and 3D art at Arlington's Focus Gallery's new all-member show. To ring in a new year, artists pushed aside their creative comfort zones to produce all new works using various media including oil, acrylic, pastel, sculpture, glass, ceramics, wood, and metalwork.  

Free

There, There

A virtual exhibit exploring what it means to be present in a period filled with absence. Featuring new work by Julia Kwon, Lisa Park, Nara Park, and Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries.

Free – $8

Anna U Davis: Reality Check

Hillyer Art Space 9 Hillyer Ct. NW, Washington

Known for bold and bright mixed-media work, Anna U Davis' new show investigates the concept of "diffusion of responsibility"—i.e. when a person decides others are responsible for taking necessary action—in […]

Free

Nine Night

Round House Theatre 4545 East-West Hwy., Bethesda, Bethesda

Director Timothy Douglas brings Natasha Gordon’s play about the traditional Jamaican Nine Night—the days-long celebration of mourners after a family loses its matriarch. (Originally scheduled to open on Jan. 5, the play has been postponed to Jan. 13 due to COVID.)

$55 – $78

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 […]

Free

Compulsion or The House Behind

Theater J 1529 16th St. NW, Washington

Written by Rinne B. Groff and directed by Johanna Gruenhut, this play follows Sid Silver—a man fascinated to the point of obsession with Anne Frank and her diary. In his […]

$30 – $60

The REACH Winter Lanterns

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts 2700 F St. NW, Washington

The Kennedy Center is glowing up. To celebrate the Lunar New Year, and the commencement of Year of the Water Tiger, the Center's outdoor space, the REACH, is getting decked […]

Free
Ongoing

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 […]

Free

Marcel Duchamp: The Barbara and Aaron Levine Collection

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

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, […]

Free

Hung Liu: Portraits of Promised Lands

National Portrait Gallery 8th and G Streets NW, Washington

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 […]

Free

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 […]

Free

Nicolas Party: Draw the Curtain

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

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, […]

Free

Laurie Anderson: The Weather

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

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 […]

Free

Clouds, Ice, and Bounty

National Gallery of Art 4th St & Constitution Ave, NW, Washington

A collection of 27 17th-century Dutch and Flemish paintings from the Lee and Juliet Folger Fund Collection featuring works by Jacob van Ruisdael, Salomon van Ruysdael, Jan van Goyen, and […]

Free.

The New Woman Behind the Camera

National Gallery of Art 4th St & Constitution Ave, NW, Washington

Featuring work from more than 120 photographers across the globe, this exhibition offers insight into the impact women have had on photography as we know it once women began embracing […]

Free.

Mark Bradford: Pickett’s Charge

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

Inspired by the 19th-century cyclorama of Paul Philippoteaux, the L.A.-based artist’s exhibit weaves together past and present that invites viewers to reconsider American history and its narratives.

Free

Toyin Ojih Odutola: A Countervailing Theory

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

Taking over the Hirshhorn's second floor circular inner galleries, you'll find 40 large-scale monochromatic drawings depicting a fictional story of Odutola's making. The New York-based artist uses pastel, charcoal, and chalk to communicate her elaborate myths.

Free

Lasting Impressions

Dumbarton Oaks 1703 32nd St. NW, Washington

Byzantine seals make up this exhibit, providing a window into the social dynamics and family histories of the empire.

Free

Intimate Iconography

DC Arts Center 2438 18th St. NW

Intuition drives the small, delicate pen drawings of Lisa K. Rosenstein, which are just as meditative to look at as they were to create.

Free

Beethoven Symphonies Abstracted

Kennedy Center 2700 F St. NW

You've always been able to head to the Kennedy Center to hear Beethoven. Now, you have the chance to see Beethoven. This exhibit features large abstract paintings by Mo Willems, […]

Free

Before and Still

Brentwood Arts Exchange 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood, MD

Nekisha Durrett's installation meditates on the passage of time, focusing on a small swath of D.C. land.

Free

Bella Maniera

DC Arts Center 2438 18th St. NW

Sculptor Trisha Kyner and painter Osvaldo Mesa are at the center of this exhibit, an ode to maniera, or mannerism, style art.

Free

Willem De Looper

Hemphill Fine Arts 434 K St. NW

Layering and blending bold colors, Willem De Looper creates gorgeous abstract acrylic paintings that almost look like they're made out of liquid. Make an appointment to visit the gallery and […]

Free

Falcons: The Art of the Hunt

Freer Gallery of Art Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW

From Egypt to Syria to China, falcons have long been adored for their loyalty and grace. This exhibit showcases ancient art that celebrates the elegant birds.

Free

Unravel

VisArts 155 Gibbs St., Rockville

Based in Baltimore and D.C., Edgar Reyes draws from his Mexican heritage and family history to create multimedia works that explore cultural identity, grief, and memory.

Free

The Mountaintop

Making her Ford directorial debut, Nicole A. Watson takes another look at the night before Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination.

Winter’s Thaw

Photoworks 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo

Winter thaws, and makes way for spring. This faculty exhibit at Photoworks features a range of images that represent the changing of the seasons.

Free

Change Agent

Arena Stage 1101 6th St. SW, Washington

American painter Mary Pinchot Meyer and her relationship with President John F. Kennedy are the inspiration for this play, which weaves through some of the most game-changing moments in American […]

$82

Things Imagined

VisArts 155 Gibbs St., Rockville

In Things Imagined, Baltimore artist Safiyah Cheatam uses the halo as a motif through which she illuminates and reflects the experiences of Black and Muslim people.

Free

Les Éternels

von ammon co 3330 Cady’s Alley NW

Glowing orbs make up this Dragon Ball-inspired exhibit by Monsieur Zohore, an Ivorian-American artist based in New York and Baltimore.

Free

What a Relief

Phillips Collection 1600 21st St. NW, Washington

Relief sculptures—works in which sculpted elements emerge from a flat background—have been made for ages. This exhibit showcases contemporary additions to the tradition, featuring 37 works by local artists, ranging […]

$10 – $16

Best Coast

9:30 Club 815 V St. NW, Washington
$30

Lucky Chops

Union Stage 740 Water St. SW, Washington
$15 – $30