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OPENINGS SATSUKI BONSAI EXHIBIT
An exhibition of bonsai Satsuki azaleas, a favorite plant for bonsai for centuries. Opening Sunday. U.S. National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. bonsai-nbf.org/events. TITANIC: THE UNTOLD STORY An exhibition about the evolution of deep sea exploration that links the 1985 discovery of the Titanic with a top secret Cold War mission. Opening Wednesday. National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th St. NW. nationalgeographic.org. ONGOING 1611 BENNING ROAD “Carne y Arena (Virtually present, Physically invisible),” through Aug. 31. A virtual reality installation from director Alejandro G. Iñárritu, cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, producer Mary Parent and ILMxLAB that explores the human condition of immigrants and refugees. Based on accounts from Central American and Mexican refugees, the installation allows individuals to live a fragment of a refugee’s experience with state-of-the-art technology. 1611 Benning Rd. NE. carneyarenadc.com. ANACOSTIA COMMUNITY MUSEUM “Block Watch,” an installation by Amanda Burnham, through Saturday. An immersive drawing installation created from a shipping container. “A Right to the City,” through April 20, 2020. An exhibition that explores the history of the changing neighborhoods in Washington, of how ordinary citizens helped change their neighborhoods through improving public education, greening communities, and rallying for more equitable transit and development. 1901 Fort Pl. SE. culturaldc.org/events/. ART MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAS “Art of the Americas,” through Aug. 26. Modern and contemporary Latin American and Caribbean permanent collection highlights. Transformers: Recent Works of Dario Escobar (Guatemala) and Patrick Hamilton (Chile), through July 8. An exhibition of eight sets of sculptural works, installations and wall-based pieces. 201 18th St. NW. FOLGER SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY “Beyond Words: Book Illustration in the Age of Shakespeare,” through June 3. An exhibition of more than 80 illustrated books and prints from the Folger collection from the 15th to 18th centuries, including portraits, maps and illustrations of daily life by artists including Wenceslaus Hollar, Marcantonio Raimondi and Hans Baldung Grien. Two engravings by Martin Droeshout are also on view, including his portrait of Shakespeare in the 1623 First Folio, one of the best-known book illustrations of the early modern age. 201 East Capitol St. SE. folger.edu. GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY MUSEUM AND THE TEXTILE MUSEUM “Binding the Clouds: The Art of the Central Asian Ikat,” through July 9. An exhibition focused on the complex dyeing technique from the region that is now Uzbekistan, known as abrband (binding the clouds). 701 21st St. NW. museum.gwu.edu. HILLWOOD ESTATE, MUSEUM AND GARDENS “The Artistic Table,” through June 10. An exhibition of historic tables designed by Hillwood curators and inspired by 18thand 19th-century French and Russian models, on view in the 44-foot dining room and the adjacent breakfast room. 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. hillwoodmuseum.org. HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN Mark Bradford, through Nov. 12. A site-specific installation of eight abstract paintings, each more than 45-feet long, will encircle the museum’s third level. The African American artist draws directly from artist Paul Philippoteaux’s 19th-century cyclorama depicting the final charge of the Battle of Gettysburg, Pickett’s Charge. Seventh Street and Independence Avenue SW. hirshhorn.si.edu. KREEGER MUSEUM Reinstallation of the permanent collection, through Dec. 31, 2019. Guest curated by modern art historian Harry Cooper, the reinstallation of the collection introduces works that have not been on view for several years. Phase I of the reinstallation focuses on 19th- and early 20th-century painting and works on paper. 2401 Foxhall Rd. NW. kreegermuseum.org. LIBRARY OF CONGRESS “Echoes of the Great War: American Experiences of World War I,” through Jan. 5. An exhibition that commemorates the centennial of the Great War through depictions of the U.S. involvement in and experience of it via correspondence, music, film, recordings, diaries, posters, photographs, scrapbooks, medals, maps and materials from the Veterans History Project. 101 Independence Ave. SE. loc.gov. MUSEUM OF THE BIBLE Includes five floors of exhibits of ancient biblical manuscripts, including an array of texts on papyrus, Jewish texts, including the world’s largest private collection of Torah scrolls, medieval manuscripts, as well as Americana such a Bibles belonging to celebrities. 400 Fourth St. SW. museumofthebible.org. NATIONAL AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM “Artist Soldiers,” through Nov. 11. An exhibition that examines the work of professional artists who were recruited by the U.S. Army and were considered the first true combat artists, along with the artwork of soldiers, including Jeff Gusky’s photos of stone carvings made in underground shelters, that provide a unique perspective on the First World War. Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW. airandspace.si.edu. NATIONAL BUILDING MUSEUM “Secret Cities: The Architecture and Planning of the Manhattan Project,” through March 3. An exhibition that examines the innovative design and construction of cities created for the Manhattan Project: Oak Ridge, Tenn.; Hanford, Wash.; and Los Alamos, N.M.; examining daily life within, and showing that social stratification and segregation were still evident. It also looks at each city’s development since the Manhattan Project and their continuing importance as centers of research and technology. 401 F St. NW. nbm.org/exhibition/making-room. NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART “Sharing Images: Renaissance Prints Into Maiolica and Bronze,” through Aug. 5. An exhibition of about 90 objects that highlight the impact of Renaissance prints on maiolica and bronze plaquettes. Focusing on designs by artists including Andrea Mantegna, Antonio del Pollaiuolo, Raphael, Michelangelo, Parmigianino and Albrecht Dürer, the exhibition demonstrates how printed images were transmitted, transformed and translated onto ceramics and small bronze reliefs. Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. nga.gov. NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART, EAST BUILDING “Jackson Pollock’s ‘Mural,’ ” through Oct. 28. This exhibition of works by Pollock features a special installation of one of his murals on loan from the University of Iowa Museum of Art. Originally commissioned by Peggy Guggenheim for her New York City townhouse, it is Pollock’s largest work at nearly 20 feet long. 440 Constitution Ave. NW. nga.gov. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MUSEUM “Tomb of Christ: The Church of the Holy Sepulchre Experience,” through Dec. 31. An immersive 3-D experience of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Built in the 4th century by the Emperor Constantine, the church sits on the site where many scholars believe the crucifixion of Christ took place. 17th and M streets NW. nationalgeographic.org. NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE Ongoing exhibitions 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 “Visionary Viewpoints on Africa’s Arts,” through Nov. 4, 2020. An ongoing exhibition of some 300 works of art from over 30 artists that offers a broad spectrum of visual expression. “World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean,” through Sept. 3. An exhibition of works from different regions and time periods demonstrate an artistic movement across the Swahili coast, an area of global cultural convergence for more than a thousand years. 950 Independence Ave. SW. africa.si.edu . NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY “City of Hope: Resurrection City & the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign,” through Dec. 28. An ongoing exhibition that marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. with neverbefore-seen photographs and original artifacts from Resurrection City, the small community set up in Washington for the nation’s poor. 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. americanhistory.si.edu/ exhibitions/religion-early-america. NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN “Americans,” through Sept. 30, 2022. An exhibition of 350 objects and images that explores the prevalence of American Indian names and images throughout American culture, including the Tomahawk missile, baking powder cans and the stories of Thanksgiving, Pocahontas, the Trail of Tears and the Battle of Little Bighorn. Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. nmai.si.edu. NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WOMEN IN THE ARTS “Women House,” through Monday. An
exhibition of photographs, videos, sculptures and room-like installations built with materials ranging from felt to rubber bands from more than 30 global artists who envision the idea of home as a place of liberation rather than solely of comfort and nurturing. A sequel to the project Womanhouse, developed in 1972 by Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro. 1250 New York Ave. NW. nmwa.org.
NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY “UnSeen: Our Past in a New Light, Ken Gonzales-Day and Titus Kaphar,” through Jan. 6. An exhibition of works by the contemporary artists who address the under- and misrepresentation of minorities in American history and portraiture. Eighth and F streets NW. npg.si.edu. NATIONAL POSTAL MUSEUM “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 “The Marines and Tet: The Battle That Changed the Vietnam War,” through July 8, 2019. An exhibition of 20 largeformat photographs of John Olson, a photographer with Stars and Stripes who spent three days with the Marines at the 1968 Battle of Hue of the Vietnam War. Hue was one of more than 100 cities and villages that North Vietnamese forces struck with a surprise attack on the holiday known as Tet. 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. newseum.org. RENWICK GALLERY “No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man,” through Jan. 21. An exhibition of artwork created at Burning Man, the annual desert gathering and major art event, that includes immersive, roomsize installations, photographs, jewelry, costumes and archival materials from the Nevada Museum of Art. Burning Man is an annual, week-long event; a city of 75,000 people created in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, where enormous experimental art installations are erected, some of which are then ritually burned. 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. americanart.si.edu/exhibitions/burning-man. SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN ART MUSEUM “Do Ho Suh: Almost Home,” through Aug. 5. A major installation of the artist’s Hub sculptures — representations of thresholds and transitional spaces from places he has lived — along with a group of semitransparent replicas of household objects called Specimens. Eighth and F streets NW. americanart.si.edu. SMITHSONIAN ARTHUR M. SACKLER GALLERY “To Dye For: Ikats from Central Asia,” through July 29. An exhibition of 30 historical ikats, the vividly designed textiles produced in Central Asia notable for their complex technique. Contemporary designers have worked ikat motifs into carpets, sofa covers, bedding, jeans, T-shirts and socks. 1050 Independence Ave. SW. asia.si.edu. SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY “Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World,” through Dec. 31, 2021. An exhibition that examines the human ecology of epidemics to mark the 100th anniversary of the Great Influenza, a pandemic that took the lives of between 50 million and 100 million people, as much as 5 percent of the world’s population at that time. 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. naturalhistory.si.edu. UNITED STATES HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM “The Holocaust,” an ongoing exhibition spanning three floors offers a chronological narrative of the Holocaust through photographs, films and historical artifacts. “Americans and the Holocaust,” through 2021. An exhibition that shows how the Depression, isolationism, xenophobia, racism and anti-Semitism in America shaped responses to Nazism and the Holocaust. 100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl. SW. ushmm.org. U.S. BOTANIC GARDEN “Wall Flowers: Botanical Murals,” through Oct. 15. An exhibition of botanical murals. “Botanical Art Worldwide: America’s Flora,” through Oct. 15. A juried exhibition of 46 original contemporary botanical artworks of plants native to the United States. Similar exhibitions will be held in more than 20 other countries, each highlighting plants native to that country. 100 Maryland Ave. SW. usbg.gov/Exhibits. VIRGINIA MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS “The Horse in Ancient Greek Art,” through July 8. An exhibition of Greek vases, sculpture and coins from the 8th through 4th centuries B.C. that explores the significance of the horse in ancient Greek culture and imagery of the horse in ancient myth, war, sport and competition. 200 N. Boulevard, Richmond. vmfa.museum.