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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

Urban Forestry

Multiple Exposures Gallery 105 North Union St. #312, Alexandria, VA

This solo show by Sarah Hood Salomon explores the challenges urban trees face. Using traditional printing methods and conceptual photographic sculptures, Salomon says: "Urban Forestry explores the complex coexistence of […]

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 […]

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 […]

Free

She’s Gone

Strongin Collection 1631 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington

Running through Dec. 9, this exhibition is a protest of domestic violence and a remembrance of Israeli women who were murdered by their intimate partners. Created by Remember the Women Institute, in partnership with the Strongin Collection, The Moment Gallery of Moment Magazine, and the Israel Embassy to the United States, She's Gone examines the impact […]

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 […]

Ongoing

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

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

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, […]

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

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, […]

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

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 […]

Free

Alma Woodsey Thomas: Beneath the Surface

Smithsonian American Art Museum's paintings conservator Gwen Manthey talks with the NMWA about research on Alma Woodsey Thomas’s artistic process.

Free