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ONGOING AMERICAN ART MUSEUM “Gene Davis: Hot Beat,” through May 16. An exhibition featuring 15 stripe paintings from the 1960s by Washington native Gene Davis. “Isamu Noguchi: Archaic/Modern,” through May 9. An exploration of how Noguchi was inspired by the ancient world in his forward-looking sculptures, featuring more than 70 works from the Noguchi Museum in New York that span more than 60 years. “Harlem Heroes: Photographs by Carl Van Vechten,” through July 19. An exhibition of 39 images — including those of James Baldwin, Ossie Davis, W.E.B. Du Bois, Ella Fitzgerald, Althea Gibson, Langston Hughes, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson and Bessie Smith — by photographer, author and social commentator Van Vechten, who made portraits of central figures in the Harlem Renaissance. Eighth and F streets NW. americanart.si.edu. ARTHUR M. SACKLER GALLERY “Perspectives: Michael Joo,” through July 9. Inspired by Korean red-crowned crane migration patterns, the Brooklyn artist used multiple techniques and media to create an installation specifically for the Sackler. “Peacock Room Remix: Darren Waterson’s Fithy 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. “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. “Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan,” through Oct. 29. Artisans from the Murad Khani district of Old Kabul demonstrate their work and share their experiences. “Body of Devotion: The Cosmic Buddha in 3D,” through July 9. An interactive model of the Cosmic Buddha, a statue of the Buddha covered in narrative scenes that create a symbolic map of the Buddhist world. 1050 Independence Ave. SW. asia.si.edu. ART MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAS “José Gómez Sicre’s Eye,” through Dec. 6. The museum celebrates the centennial of Sicre’s birth. “Santiago Montoya: The Great Swindle,” through March 26. This exhibition is of works by the Colombian artist who used bank notes as his canvases, imbuing layers of meaning including political propaganda and historic events in the works. 201 18th St. NW. museum.oas.org. FOLGER SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY “500 Years of Treasure 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 “Your Next President . . . ! The Campaign Art of Mark and Rosalind Shenkman,” through Aug. 10. This exhibition of rare campaign flags and patriotic textiles illustrates how presidential campaigning developed. 701 21st St. NW. museum.gwu.edu/collectorsvision . GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY'S CORCORAN SCHOOL OF THE ARTS AND DESIGN “Decolonizing Alaska,” through March 18. A multimedia exhibition of works by a collaboration of 30 native and nonnative Alaskan artists centering on endangered traditions and contemporary identity. 500 17th St. NW. corcoran.gwu.edu. HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN “Suspended Animation,” through March 12. Artists Ed Atkins, Antoine Catala, Ian Cheng, Josh Kline, Helen Marten and Agnieszka Polska challenge perceptions of reality. “Linn Meyers: Our View From Here,” through May 14. A site-specific wall drawing stretching the circumference of the innercircle galleries on the museum’s second level. “Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors,” through May 14. An exhibition of 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. 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.” 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 MUSEUMTimber City: Innovations in Wood,” through May 21. To demonstrate recent technological innovations within the timber industry, this installation features samples of engineered wood, architectural models and wooden walls. “House and Home,” through May 1. An ongoing exhibition that explores what it means to live at home. 401 F St. NW. nbm.org. NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART “In the Library: Process and Participation in the Work of Christo and Jeanne-Claude,” through April 14. An exhibition of photographs of artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude, their works of art during the 1960s and 1970s and documentation of two major installations, taken by Shunk-Kender, a partnership of photographers, Germany’s Harr Shunk and Hungary’s Janos Kender who photographed major artists and their studios from 19581973. Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. nga.gov. NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART, EAST BUILDING “Photography Reinvented: The Collection of Robert E. Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker,” through March 5. In celebration of the reopening of the East Building galleries,
works from the collection including those by Thomas Demand, Thomas Struth, Hiroshi Sugimoto and Jeff Wall will be on view. 440 Constitution Ave NW. nga.gov. NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART, WEST
BUILDING “Stuart Davis: In Full Swing,” through March 5. American modernist Davis blurred distinctions between text and image, high and low art, abstraction and figuration. This exhibition is of nearly 100 of his jazzinspired compositions. “Della Robbia: Sculpting With Color in Renaissance Florence,” through June 4. An exhibition of about 40 works by the Della Robbia family, as well as that of 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 1 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. 4. 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 April 9. 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 March 26. 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. “Emeka Ogboh’s Market Symphony,” through March 26. A sound installation by the Nigerian artist commissioned by the museum that emulates the ambient sounds of Balogun, an open-air market in Lagos, Nigeria, Africa’s mostpopulous city. 950 Independence Ave. SW. africa.si.edu . NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY “Artifact Walls — Art Pottery and Glass in America, 1880s-1920s,” through Aug. 24. A display highlighting the craftsmanship of American potters and glassmakers who created decorative wares. “Righting a Wrong: Japanese Americans and World War II,” through Dec. 1. An exhibition that commemorates the 75th anniversary of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s signing of Executive Order 9066, the document that challenged the constitutional rights and lead to the imprisonment of Japanese Americans during WWII. Curators are actively seeking to collect artifacts from the public for this exhibit. See the website for more information. 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 1. Photographs by Feodor Pitcairn and poetry by Ari Trausti Guomundsson focus on the natural beauty of Iceland. 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,” through Dec. 12. An exhibition exploring the relationship between Native American nations and the United States. “Our Universes: Traditional Knowledge Shapes Our World,” through April 1. 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 Dec. 11. 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. “For a Love of His People: The Photography of Horace Poolaw,” through June 4. Born six years after the end of the reservation period, the photographer documented fellow Indians, relatives and friends during everyday and important life events, creating a visual history of multi-tribal native life in the mid1920s and continuing for the next 50 years. “Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces,” through Jan. 1. An exhibition of photographs of Native Americans who served in the United States military. Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. nmai.si.edu. NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WOMEN IN THE ARTS “Wanderer/Wonderer: Pop-Ups by Colette Fu,” through Feb. 26. This exhibition of pop-up books is from Fu’s series “Haunted Philadelphia,” in which she re-creates spooky landmarks around her home town, and “We Are Tiger Dragon People,” inspired by the culture of Yunnan province, China, where her ancestors lived. “Bold Broadsides and Bitsy Books,” through March 17. The Dead Feminists’ broadside series presents profiles of international feminist heroes. “From the Desk of Simone de Beauvoir,” through June 2. An installation of the feminist’s works in the areas of literature, philosophy and popular culture. “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 subject of the Southwest. “Border Crossing: Jami Porter Lara,” through May 14. An exhibition of pottery by the Albuquerque artist who makes pottery that looks like the common plastic bottle. 1250 New York Ave. NW. nmwa.org. NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY “Double Take: Daguerreian Portrait Pairs,” through June 4. This exhibition showcases 14 daguerreotypes, two portraits each of seven subjects including Frederick Douglass, Jefferson Davis and John Quincy Adams. “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. 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. 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE. postalmuseum.si.edu. NEWSEUM “Inside Today’s FBI,” through Dec. 31. A new version of the FBI exhibit “Fighting Crime in the Age of Terror” features evidence and artifacts from some of the FBI’s biggest cases. “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. ““Refugee,” through March 12. Photographs created solely for the exhibition by five internationally acclaimed photographers — Lynsey Addario, Omar Victor Diop, Graciela Iturbide, Martin Schoeller and Tom Stoddart — aim to illuminate the plight of the displaced throughout the world. “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. “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. 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. “Jake Berthot: From the Collection and Promised Gifts,” through April 2. An exhibition of works received in 2015 from the artist’s estate. “Jacob Lawrence’s The Life of Toussaint L’Ouverture,” through April 23. 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 Toulouse-Lautrec, known for his images of cabaret, cafes and Parisian nightlife. 1600 21st St. NW. phillipscollection.org. U.S. HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM . “I Want Justice!,” through Oct. 1. An exhibition that explores the history of efforts to hold perpetrators of genocide and mass atrocities accountable through court proceedings, with a special focus on the ongoing trials in Cambodia of surviving Khmer Rouge leaders. 100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl. SW. ushmm.org.