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The new ex­hi­bi­tion at the Smith­so­nian mu­se­ums of Asian art is “In­vent­ing Uta­maro: A Ja­panese Mas­ter­piece Re­dis­cov­ered.” The dis­tinct fig­ure draw­ings of Kita­gawa Uta­maro—who elon­gated the face, neck, and nose of his sub­jects, while ren­der­ing the eyes and mouth in­cred­i­bly small—ex­erted a pro­found in­flu­ence on de­pic­tions of Ja­panese beauty. This ex­hi­bi­tion brings to­gether the pan­els of an im­por­tant trip­tych that hasn’t been seen as a whole since 1879. April 8 to July 9, 1050 In­de­pen­dence Ave. SW, 202-633-1000;


More than 300 works from the late David and Car­men Kreeger’s per­sonal col­lec­tion of Im­pres­sion­ist and Amer­i­can art con­sti­tute the of­fer­ings at this pri­vate, non­profit mu­seum. To mark its 50th an­niver­sary, the mu­seum is mount­ing the ex­hi­bi­tion “Re-Vi­sion,” which re­flects on ar­chi­tect Philip John­son’s de­sign for the mu­seum’s build­ing. A se­lec­tion of artists have cre­ated new works that re­spond to his achieve­ment. March 10 to July 29, 2401 Fox­hall Road NW, 202-337-3050, ext. 310; kreegermu­


The for­mer estate of Mar­jorie Mer­ri­weather Post fea­tures both a mu­seum and 25 acres of gor­geously land­scaped gar­dens and out­door spaces. The cur­rent ex­hi­bi­tion, “Four Sea­sons,” is the first to fea­ture art in the estate’s cel­e­brated gar­dens. Sculp­tor Philip Haas has used fiber­glass fruits, veg­eta­bles, and plant life to cre­ate four larger-than-life busts that rep­re­sent spring, sum­mer, au­tumn, and win­ter. Through March 31, 4155 Lin­nean Ave. NW, 202-6865807; hill­wood­mu­


The coun­try’s of­fi­cial art mu­seum, made pos­si­ble by a gift from An­drew W. Mel­lon, is home to thou­sands of works of art, pro­duced from the Re­nais­sance to the present day. The gallery has plenty of spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tions to choose from this sea­son, but we are most ex­cited about the pho­tog­ra­phy ex­hibit “Process and Par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Work of Christo and Jeanne-Claude.” It’s a cru­cial doc­u­ment of this pair’s cap­ti­vat­ing, large-scale pub­lic art projects, which, by their very na­ture, are al­ways tem­po­rary. Note: This ex­hi­bi­tion is not open on week­ends. Fe­bru­ary 6 to April 14, Sixth Street and Con­sti­tu­tion Av­enue NW, 202-737-4215;


This in­sti­tu­tion finds ever in­ge­nious ways to spot­light fe­male artists of dif­fer­ent na­tion­al­i­ties and pe­ri­ods. In the ex­hi­bi­tion “Bor­der Cross­ing” (Fe­bru­ary 17 to May 14), Jami Porter Lara’s stun­ning sculp­tures turn hum­ble plas­tic bot­tles—ubiq­ui­tous yet dis­re­garded cul­tural ar­ti­facts—into works of art. The ex­hi­bi­tion “New Ground” brings to­gether the works of pot­ter Maria Mar­tinez (ca. 1887– 1980) and pho­tog­ra­pher Laura Gilpin (1891–1979), who helped shape the aes­thetic of the South­west in the last cen­tury. 1250 New York Ave. NW, 202-783-5000;


This Smith­so­nian gallery is ded­i­cated to por­traits of peo­ple who have made sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions to Amer­i­can his­tory and cul­ture. The mu­seum just opened a spe­cially ded­i­cated space for chil­dren (aged 18 months to 8 years old) to ex­per­i­ment with the idea of por­trai­ture. Eighth Street NW and F Street NW, 202-633-1000;


This in­ter­ac­tive mu­seum of news and jour­nal­ism con­tains 15 gal­leries and 15 the­aters. The ex­hi­bi­tion “Louder Than Words: Rock, Power, and Pol­i­tics” looks at mu­sic as a way of pro­mot­ing pa­tri­o­tism, peace, and protest, with spe­cific ex­am­ples from the civil rights move­ment and the Viet­nam War and from artists such as Bob Dy­lan, U2, and Rage Against the Ma­chine. Through July 31, 555 Penn­syl­va­nia Ave. NW, 202-2926100;


This mod­ern-art mu­seum—housed in the stately Ge­or­gian Re­vival home of the late Dun­can and Mar­jorie Phillips—show­cases works by Renoir, Rothko, van Gogh, and O’Ke­effe in an in­ti­mate set­ting. A new ex­hi­bi­tion cel­e­brates Henri de ToulouseLautrec’s (1864–1901) iconic scenes of Parisian nightlife dur­ing the Belle Époque. With nearly 100 lith­o­graphs and posters, there should be plenty of ex­am­ples of women do­ing the can­can with pet­ti­coats fly­ing. Fe­bru­ary 4 to April 30, 1600 21st St. NW, 202-387-2151; phillip­scol­lec­

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