OPENINGS “DRAWING JUSTICE: THE ART OF THE
COURTROOM ILLUSTRATION” This exhibition of courtroom drawings highlights the Library of Congress’s collection, featuring political figures, celebrities and notorious criminals. Opening Thursday. Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. loc.gov. “PUNCTURED LANDSCAPES (CANADA)” An exhibition of ups and downs in Canada’s history, including indigenous issues, to celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial. Opening Thursday. Art Museum of the Americas, 201 18th St. NW. museum.oas.org.
ONGOING ANACOSTIA COMMUNITY MUSEUM “From the Regenia Perry Collection: The Backyard of Derek Webster’s Imagination,” through July 9. Webster created sculptures from scraps of wood, trash and found materials, and adorned them with costume jewelry and brightly colored house paint. This exhibition consists of nine of his pieces created between 1980 and 1996. “Gateways/Portales,” through Jan. 7. Through the gateways of social justice, community access and public festivals, this exhibition explores the experiences of Latino migrants and immigrants in Washington, Baltimore, Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham, N.C. 1901 Fort Pl. SE. anacostia.si.edu. ARTHUR M. SACKLER GALLERY “Perspectives: Michael Joo,” through July 9. An installation using multiple techniques and media by the Brooklyn-based artist specifically for the Sackler, inspired by Korean red-crowned crane migration patterns. “Chinamania,” through June 4. Inspired by his travels in China and by the kilns at Jingdezhen, contemporary artist Walter McConnell created an installation of Kangxi porcelains similar to those originally displayed in the Peacock Room. “Peacock Room Remix: Darren Waterson’s Filthy Lucre,” through June 4. Painter Waterson created this interior as a reinterpretation of James McNeill Whistler’s iconic Peacock Room, only in ruin from its own excess. “Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan,” through Oct. 29. Artisans from the Murad Khani district of Old Kabul demonstrate their work and share their experiences. “Inventing Utamaro: A Japanese Masterpiece Rediscovered,” through July 9. Three large-scale works by the Japanese artist: “Moon at Shinagawa,” “Snow at Fukagawa” from the Okada Museum of Art and “Cherry Blossoms at Yoshiwara” from the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art are displayed. The works haven’t been shown together since 1879. 1050 Independence Ave. SW. asia.si.edu. ART MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAS “José Gómez Sicre’s Eye,” through Aug. 6. The museum celebrates the centennial of Sicre’s birth. 201 18th St. NW. museum.oas.org. FOLGER SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY “500 Years of Treasures From Oxford,” through April 30. An exhibition of 50 manuscripts and printed books, including biblical works in English, Latin, Greek, Hebrew and French, and illuminated and historical scientific texts, marks the 500th anniversary of the library of Corpus Christi College in Oxford. 201 East Capitol St. SE. folger.edu. GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY MUSEUM AND THE TEXTILE MUSEUM “A Collector’s Vision: Creating the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection,” through Nov. 30. In 2011, Small gave George Washington University his collection of 1,000 maps, prints, rare letters, photographs and drawings that document the history of the District. This exhibition presents highlights of the collection, including Small’s first acquisition: a handwritten 1905 scrapbook of a survey of the city’s boundary stones. “Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair,” through July 24. An exhibition of ensembles from the Ebony Fashion Fair created by Eunice W. Johnson, who helped bring global fashion to the African American community. 701 21st St. NW. museum.gwu.edu/ collectors-vision. HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN “Bettina Pousttchi: World Time Clock,” through May 14. The German artist created the “World Time Clock” over the course of eight years, traveling the globe and making a portrait of a public clock in 24 time zones. “Linn Meyers: Our View From Here,” through May 14. A site-specific wall drawing stretching the circumference of the inner-circle galleries on the museum’s second level. “Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors,” through May 14. Six of Kusama’s Infinity Mirror Rooms and paintings from her most recent series, “My Eternal Soul,” make their U.S. debut. Seventh Street and Independence Avenue SW. hirshhorn.si.edu. KREEGER MUSEUM “Re-Vision: Looking Anew at the Art of Philip Johnson and the Design of the Kreeger Museum,” through July 29. An anniversary exhibition of photographs by Cynthia Connolly, Frank Hallam Day, Avi Gupta, Max Hirshfeld, Franz Jantzen and Colin Winterbottom interpreting Philip Johnson’s architectural design of the building. Included is an exhibition of the “Habitable Sculpture,” Johnson’s cubist work inspired by a John Chamberlain sculpture and intended for construction in Soho. 2401 Foxhall Rd. NW. kreegermuseum.org. LIBRARY OF CONGRESS “World War I: American Artists View the Great War,” through Aug. 19. This exhibition showcases posters, political cartoons, illustrations, fine prints, popular prints, documentary photographs and fine-art photographs. “Baseball’s Greatest Hits: The Music of Our National Game,” through July 22. An exhibition of baseball sheet music, videos of baseball songs — including “Did You See Jackie Robinson Hit That Ball?” by Count Basie; “Right Field” by Peter, Paul and Mary; and “All the Way” by Eddie Vedder — and an audio station featuring 20 covers of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” “Echoes of the Great War: American Experiences of World War I,” through Jan. 1. The exhibition depicts the U.S. involvement in and experience of the Great War. 101 Independence Ave. SE. loc.gov. NATIONAL ARCHIVES “Amending America,” through Sept. 4. This exhibition — of 50 original documents that demonstrate how and when the Constitution was amended and how attempts were made to amend it — marks the 225th anniversary of the Bill of Rights. 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. archives.gov. NATIONAL BUILDING MUSEUM “Timber City: Innovations in Wood,” through Sept. 10. To demonstrate recent technological innovations within the timber industry, this installation features samples of engineered wood, architectural models and wooden walls. “Architecture of an Asylum: St. Elizabeths 1852-2017,” through Jan. 15. An exhibition exploring the architecture and landscape architecture of St. Elizabeths as it changed over time, including architectural drawings and plans from the 1850s through the 1980s, medical instruments, patient- created art, photographs, scrapbooks, furnishings and paintings on loan from museums and archives. 401 F St. NW. nbm.org. NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART, EAST BUILDING “In the Tower: Theaster Gates,” through Sept. 4. An exhibition of a new body of work by Gates, “The Minor Arts,” examines how ordinary and discarded objects acquire value through the stories we tell. “East of the Mississippi: NineteenthCentury American Landscape Photography,” through July 16. An exhibition of 175 photographic works that focus on the history of eastern America, including daguerreotypes, salted paper prints, albumen prints, stereo cards and albums, including images of Niagara Falls, the White Mountains, Civil War battlefields and the construction of the Atlantic and Great Western Railway. “Frederic Bazille and the Birth of Impressionism,” through July 9. An exhibition of 75 impressionist works — by Bazille, his contemporaries Monet and Renoir and his predecessors Courbet and Rousseau — explores sources and influences. 440 Constitution Ave. NW. nga.gov. NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART, WEST BUILDING “Della Robbia: Sculpting With Color in Renaissance Florence,” through June 4. An exhibition of about 40 works by Della Robbia, his nephew Andrea and Andrea’s sons as well as the competing Buglioni workshop, including various sculptural types, Madonna and Child reliefs, portraits, architectural decorations, household statuettes and full-scale figures. Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. nga.gov. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MUSEUM “@NATGEO: The Most Popular Instagram Photos,” through April 30. National Geographic has more than 56 million followers on Instagram and more than a billion likes on its 11,000-plus posted images. This exhibition tells the stories of these images and the photographers behind them. “National Geographic Presents: Earth Explorers,” through Sept. 17. A family-friendly exhibition divided into five environmental modules of multimedia experiences with content from National Geographic explorers around the world. 17th and M streets NW. natgeomuseum.org. NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE Ongoing exhibitions, through Jan. 1, focusing on a diversity of historical subjects including the transatlantic slave trade, the civil rights movement, the history of African American music and other cultural expressions, visual arts, theater, sports and military history. 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. nmaahc.si.edu. NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN ART “Senses of Time: Video and Film-Based Works of Africa,” through Sept. 24. Six African artists explore how time is experienced and produced by the body. Bodies stand, climb, dance and dissolve in seven works of video and film, or “timebased” art. “Healing Arts,” through Jan. 1. An exhibition of paintings and sculptures from the permanent collection that attempt to counter physical, social and spiritual problems including global issues such as the HIV/AIDS crisis. 950 Independence Ave. SW. africa.si.edu. NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY “Righting a Wrong: Japanese Americans and World War II,” through Feb. 19. An exhibition that commemorates the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, the document signed by Franklin D. Roosevelt that challenged the constitutional rights and led to the imprisonment of Japanese Americans during World War II. 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. americanhistory.si.edu. NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY “100 Years of America’s National Park Service: Preserve, Enjoy, Inspire,” through Aug. 31. To celebrate its centennial, the National Park Service has teamed with the National Museum of Natural History to present more than 50 images showcasing the national parks. “The Primordial Landscapes: Iceland Revealed,” through April 30. Photographs by Feodor Pitcairn and poetry by Ari Trausti Guomundsson focus on the natural beauty of Iceland. “Nature’s Best Photography: The Best of the Best,” through Sept. 30. An exhibition of photographs of wildlife and landscapes on large-format prints and in HD videos. 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. naturalhistory.si.edu. NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN “Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations.” An exhibition exploring the relationship between Native American nations and the United States. “Our Universes: Traditional Knowledge Shapes Our World,” through April 30. The exhibition focuses on indigenous cosmologies, worldviews and philosophies related to the creation and order of the universe and the spiritual relationship between humankind and the natural world. “The Great Inka
Road: Engineering an Empire,” through June 1. To celebrate the construction of the Inca Road, which linked Cuzco, Peru, with the farthest reaches of the empire, the exhibition digs into its early foundations and the technologies that made building the road possible. Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. nmai.si.edu. NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WOMEN IN THE
ARTS “From the Desk of Simone de Beauvoir,” through June 2. An installation of the feminist’s works in literature, philosophy and popular culture. “Border Crossing: Jami Porter Lara,” through May 14. An exhibition of pottery by the Albuquerque-based artist who makes pottery that looks like the common plastic bottle. “New Ground: The Southwest of Maria Martinez and Laura Gilpin,” through May 14. An exhibition organized by the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa that features 26 works by potter Martinez and 48 platinum, gelatin silver and color print photos by Gilpin. Both artists worked from the 1930s to the 1970s, focusing on the Southwest. “Chromatic Scale: Prints by Polly Apfelbaum,” through July 2. An exhibition of colorful abstract prints made with interchangeable wood blocks and gradient inking that reference minimalist and pop art. 1250 New York Ave. NW. nmwa.org. NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY “One Life: Babe Ruth,” through May 21. This exhibition displays approximately 40 objects including prints and photographs of Ruth, personal paraphernalia and advertising memorabilia endorsed by Ruth. “Bill Viola: The Moving Portrait,” through May 7. The exhibition, the gallery’s first devoted to media art, is a selection of Viola’s works that focus on the face and the body, using metaphors of water, light and spirituality. “The Face of Battle: Americans at War, 9/11 to Now,” through Jan. 28. An exhibition of portraits by six artists — Ashley Gilbertson, Tim Hetherington, Louie Palu, Stacy Pearsall, Emily Prince and Vincent Valdez — of activeduty soldiers and those who have served offering perspectives on war and its consequences. Eighth and F streets NW. npg.si.edu. NATIONAL POSTAL MUSEUM “Trailblazing: 100 Years of Our National Parks,” through March 25. Featuring original postage-stamp art from the Postal Service and artifacts loaned by the National Park Service, the exhibition explores the ways in which mail moves to, through and from our national parks. “My Fellow Soldiers: Letters from World War I,” through Nov. 29. An exhibition of personal correspondence written on the front lines and home front that shows the history of America’s involvement in World War I. 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE. postalmuseum.si.edu. NEWSEUM “1967: Civil Rights at 50,” through Jan. 2. An exhibition examining the events of 1967, exploring the relationship between the First Amendment and the civil rights movement of the 1960s. “1776 — Breaking News: Independence,” through Dec. 31. This exhibition is of the first newspaper printing of the Declaration of Independence as it appeared in the Pennsylvania Evening Post, July 6, 1776.“Louder Than Words: Rock, Power and Politics,” through July 31. The Newseum and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame partnered for this exhibition of rock-and-roll-related media that affected politics and social movements. 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. newseum.org. PHILLIPS COLLECTION “Arlene Shechet: From Here On Now,” through May 7. This exhibition is part of a series that explores the intersections between old and new traditions, modern and contemporary art practices and museum spaces, and artistic interventions. Shechet’s ceramic sculptures, some created specifically for the exhibition, are included. “Jacob Lawrence’s The Life of Toussaint L’Ouverture,” through April 30. An exhibition of 15 silk-screen prints created by Lawrence between 1986 and 1997. The series portrays the life of Toussaint L’Ouverture (1742-1803), the slave-turnedleader of Haiti’s independence movement. “Toulouse-Lautrec Illustrates the Belle Epoque,” through April 30. An exhibition of lithographs and posters by ToulouseLautrec, known for his images of cabarets, cafes and Parisian nightlife. “George Condo: The Way I Think,” through June 25. An exhibition of works — by the American artist known for his pictorial inventions, existential humor and portraits — that demonstrates the painter’s process. 1600 21st St. NW. phillipscollection.org. RENWICK GALLERY “June Schwarcz: Invention and Variation,” through Aug. 27. An exhibition of works including vessels, three-dimensional objects, wall-mounted plaques and panels by the artist. 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. renwick.americanart.si.edu.
The National Building Museum’s “Timber City,” arguing for an alternative to steel and concrete structures, showcases engineered wood, architectural models and wooden walls.