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Aquatint: From Its Origins to Goya

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

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 […]

Free

Layers: Cause and Effect

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

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

Skylines as Sculpture

Studio Gallery 2108 R St. NW, Washington, DC

A solo exhibit by local artist Gordon Binder, whose art reworks urban skylines into sculpture.

Free

Virtual Cinema: Prism

Three filmmakers—An van. Dienderen, Rosine Mbakam, and Eléonore Yaméogo—look at the bias and racism behind the photography and motion picture camera technology, which are made to best portray White skin. […]

Free

Alma W. Thomas: Everything Is Beautiful

Phillips Collection 1600 21st St. NW, Washington, DC

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 […]

Free – $16
Recurring

Life of a Neuron

ARTECHOUSE DC 1238 Maryland Ave. SW, Washington, DC

Science and art meet at this fall exhibit that explores the ways in which the brain shapes shared human experience. Thanks to a collaboration with the Society for Neuroscience, Life of a Neuron allows viewers to travel through the birth, life, and death of a neuron. As Emma Sarappo writes in our fall arts guide, […]

$17 – $24
Recurring

ART OPTIMISM

Athenaeum 201 Prince St., Alexandria, VA

This is not a glass-half-empty exhibit. The 41 piece art show, featuring works by local artists, takes an optimistic approach to climate change and human impact on the planet. This includes Noel Kassewitz’s "Room Enough for You and Jack," for all those people who insist Leo could've fit on that board with Kate, and a […]

Free
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an end to sleep

von ammon co 3330 Cady’s Alley NW

This solo show by Detroit-based artist Tony Hope embraces the horror season with a playable six-hole mini golf course inspired by scenes from the Nightmare on Elm Street films, adorned with animatronics, lights, and hyperrealist sculpture as well as canvas art pieces. The exhibit is blacklight sensitive and stays open to the public through midnight […]

Free

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DC Art Now 2021

200 I Street SE 200 I St. SE, Washington, DC

Back in person (with a virtual component too), the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities’ annual exhibit showcases the work finalists for the Art Bank Program grant. Don't miss this chance to view the work of both emerging and established local artists.

Free
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Writing Hour

Join us weekly for a virtual creative writing hour. We’ve set up an online space where writers can create, connect and draw inspiration from the Portrait Gallery’s collection.

Free

Kal Penn: You Can’t Be Serious

Smithsonian Associates hosts actor and writer Kal Penn (Harold and Kumar, House), who served, under Obama, as an associate director in the White House Office of Public Engagement as a […]

$20 – $25