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Seeing Climate Change

American University Museum 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW

Curated by Mary D. Garrard and Norma Broude, Diane Burko: Seeing Climate Change is a solo show with the artist addressing the ever-more pressing issue. Burko, a painter, photographer, and climate […]

Free

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 […]

Free

Conjuring Presence

Fenwick Gallery 4400 University Dr., Fairfax

Available to view online and in person, this exhibit at George Mason University's Fenwick Gallery asks what it means to be mindful of the presence of others? Curated by faculty […]

Free

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

Layers: Cause and Effect

Brentwood Arts Exchange 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood

A group exhibit featuring artists, Alexandra Arata, Cheryl Edwards, Michelle Sakhai, and Maritza Sosaya—each known for their layer techniques and creations. Curated by Maria Gabriela Mizes Hickey. The opening reception […]

Free

Alma W. Thomas: Everything Is Beautiful

Phillips Collection 1600 21st St. NW, Washington

The Phillips Collection presents a special exhibit, featuring more than 150 pieces of Thomas' art, to capture the groundbreaking artist's career. Deemed a "major retrospective," the gallery's third floor traces Alma Thomas' journey from semi-rural Georgia to D.C. as well as her life as a teacher, gardener, community activist, and talented creator. The exhibit also […]

Free – $16

Mary, Mary: Contemporary Artists & Poets Consider Mary

St. Michael’s Episcopal Church 1132 N. Ivanhoe St., Arlington

An in-person showcases of local artists (and online showcase from artists across the country) that re-envisions the Mother Mary as she might be today. Artists include Manal Deeb, Margaret Adams […]

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

Desire—Animations by Evie Metz & Nick Daly

Rhizome DC 6950 Maple St. NW, Washington

A collection of short stop-frame films by Evie Metz and Nick Daly that ask the viewer to look inward. The collection demands you dig beneath the surface, face discomfort, and […]

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 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

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 […]

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, 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

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

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 […]

Free – $15.95

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, 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

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

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