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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 Shakespeare Library’s O.B. Hardison Poetry Series.

$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 Goodman, Ronni Jolles, Trinka Roeckelein, and Xiaowei Song.

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 freedom and safety. Be warned, this is not a "live show," but a solo experience that plunges viewers into a story of hope and survival.

$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

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 regards to pressing global issues. Davis is a native of Sweden and moved to D.C. in the 1990s.

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 the Arab world, today.

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

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

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

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

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 more.

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 a professional and personal connection to the camera from the 1920s to the 1950s.

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

The Mountaintop

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

Caravan Palace

9:30 Club 815 V St. NW, Washington
$45