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The following special exhibitions are on view at area museums. For a complete list of all permanent, indefinite and long-term exhibitions, please consult individual museum websites. Museums marked with an * are free. Note: The National Air and Space Museum and National Museum of Women in the Arts are temporarily closed for renovations.
*DUMBARTON OAKS “Lasting Impressions: People, Power, Piety,” through November. An exploration of Byzantine life told through lead seals, which were custom-designed with intricate inscriptions that reflect information about status, piety, personal interests and family histories. 1703 32nd St. NW. doaks.org
*GLENSTONE “Doris Salcedo.” A selection of sculptures by the Bogotá-based artist, whose work is based on interviews with survivors of political and domestic violence, featuring a recent work, “Disremembered X,” which was shaped by conversations Salcedo had with American mothers of children lost to gun violence. 12100 Glen Rd., Potomac.
HILLWOOD ESTATE, MUSEUM AND GARDEN “Grace of Monaco: Princess in Dior,” through Jan. 8. Fashion items and mementos on view in North America for the first time will explore the relationship between Grace Kelly, an American actress who became the princess of Monaco through marriage, and Christian Dior designer Marc Bohan. 4155 Linnaean Ave NW.
*HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN “Put It This Way: (Re)visions of the Hirshhorn Collection,” through Fall 2023. Named after pop artist Rosalyn Drexler’s provocative 1963 painting of a man slapping a woman, the full-floor, mixed-media exhibition brings together pieces by 49 women and nonbinary artists from the museum’s collections, including work by art history mainstays such as Louise Nevelson and Anni Albers and living artists such as Zanele Muholi and Sondra Perry.
“Sam Gilliam: Full Circle,” through Sept. 11. The D.C. native and abstract artist has filled the museum’s second-floor inner gallery with new circular paintings known as “tondos” that, in Gilliam’s words, “encapsulate many of the ideas that I have been developing throughout my career,” alongside “Rail,” a pivotal, largescale work that was made in 1977.
“One With Eternity: Yayoi Kusama in the Hirshhorn Collection,” through Nov. 27. Yayoi Kusama’s visions of eternity return to the Hirshhorn with an exhibition of five Kusama works from the museum’s collection, including two of Kusama’s popular “Infinity Mirror” rooms. (Free same-day timed passes will be distributed at 9:30 a.m. daily on the museum plaza.) Seventh Street and Independence Avenue SW. hirshhorn.si.edu
INTERNATIONAL SPY MUSEUM “Operación Jaque,” through Dec. 31. A close look at a covert operation that was planned and executed by Colombian forces who safely rescued 15 hostages being held by the country’s largest rebel group. 700 L’enfant Plaza SW. spymuseum.org.
*AMERICAN UNIVERSITY MUSEUM AT KATZEN ARTS CENTER “The Bridge That Carried Us Over,” through Aug. 7. A close look at the Black River Road community, a Black neighborhood that was located just two miles from American University, through archival images and research that trace the community’s history from its formation after emancipation through it’s 20th-century erasure following violent displacement. “Mokha Laget: Perceptualism,” through Aug. 7. A survey including 40 paintings, sculptures, drawings and lithographs by Mokha Laget, who makes brightly colored shaped canvases that gesture to the architecture and landscapes of places she’s lived — North Africa, D.C., and Santa Fe, N.M. — and create playful illusions. 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. american.edu/cas/ museum
*KREEGER MUSEUM “Unexpected Occurrences,” through Aug. 27. New works in video, mixed media, sculpture, photography and other media by current fellows at Hamiltonian Artists will be installed throughout the galleries and curated to contrast and complement the museum’s collection, and to create a conversation between old and new. 2401 Foxhall Rd NW.
*LIBRARY OF CONGRESS “Not an Ostrich: And Other Images From America’s Library,” through fall 2024. Four hundred images from 1839 to the present day, selected from the library’s collection of 14 million photographs, trace the medium’s evolution from daguerreotypes to digital images with an emphasis on the range of subjects in the collection and moments in history described as glorious, gut-wrenching and more. Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. loc.gov
MUSEUM OF THE BIBLE “Basilica Sancti Petri: The Transformation of Saint Peter’s Basilica,” through Sept. 25. Inspired by the Vatican Library’s 2014 history of the basilica, a look at the architecture of one of the world’s most famous churches and how it has evolved. 400 Fourth St. SW. museumofthebible.org
NATIONAL BUILDING MUSEUM “NotreDame de Paris: The Augmented Exhibition,” through Sept. 26. Made in collaboration with the public institution in charge of conserving and restoring Notre Dame and marking the third anniversary of the fire that ravaged the Paris landmark, an augmented reality experience explores the restoration of the cathedral.
“The Wall/el Muro: What Is a Border Wall?” through Nov. 6. An immersive exhibition of photography, video and artifacts that examines the U.s.-mexico border wall from a built environment perspective and addresses the role of design in national security and geopolitics. 401 F St. NW. nbm.org.
*NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART “The Double: Identity and Difference in Art Since 1900,” through Oct. 31. Highlighting artworks with double images, the first major exhibition to consider how and why modern and contemporary artists — such Henri Matisse and Kerry James Marshall — have long made use of mirroring to examine visual perception, psychology and identity.
“The Woman in White: Joanna Hiffernan and James Mcneill Whistler,” through Oct. 10. A show centered around the story of Joanna Hiffernan, a redhead known as the “Woman in White,” who makes several appearances in the work of American 19th-century painter James Mcneill Whistler.
“American Silence: The Photographs of Robert Adams,” through Oct. 2. Adams shows the quiet harmony of the American West’s landscape and the insidious devastation of our response to it through dozens of photographs of sprawling suburbs and strip malls and expansive skies and horizon lines. Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. nga.gov
*NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE “Represent: Hip-hop Photography,” through Sept. 25. Honoring the publication of “The Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-hop and Rap,” the exhibition pairs historic images with the museum’s hip-hop photography collection to highlight the relationships between the music genre and social movements, important figures and key moments in history.
“Make Good the Promises: Reconstruction and Its Legacies,” through Aug. 21. After the Civil War, the Reconstruction era saw both constitutional amendments outlawing slavery and giving Black men voting rights, as well as anti-black violence in the form of unlawful incarcerations and lynchings. An examination of what historians regard as one of the least understood periods in American history through a major exhibition of 175 objects, 300 images and 14 media programs. 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. nmaahc.si.edu
*NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN ART
“Iké Udé: Nollywood Portraits,” through February. Known for his vibrant compositions, multimedia artist Iké Udé portrays the people behind Nigeria’s
$3 billion film industry, Nollywood, in elegant, bold portraits. 950 Independence Ave. SW.
*NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY “Presente! A Latino History of the United States.” The Molina Family Latino Gallery is the first gallery space of the new National Museum of the American Latino and tells U.S. history from the perspective of members of the diverse Latino community and covers themes such as immigration, identity and legacy. Constitution Avenue NW, between 12th and 14th Streets.
*NATIONAL MUSEUM OF ASIAN ART “Living in Two Times: Photography by Bahman Jalali and Rana Javadi,” open Aug. 6 through Jan. 8. Featuring photographs of Tehran during the 1979 Iranian Revolution and images captured on the Iraq-iran war front, an exhibition of work by the influential Iranian photographers, who are partners in work and life and known for their documentary images and photo montages.
“Revealing Krishna: Journey to Cambodia’s Sacred Mountain,” through Sept. 18. The 1,500-year history of a monumental sculpture of the Hindu god Krishna lifting Mount Govardhan to save his people from a violent storm is explored through art, immersive video and interactive design. “Underdogs and Antiheroes: Japanese Prints From the Moskowitz Collection,” through Jan. 29. An exhibition of Japanese prints focusing on the stories of bandits, firemen, Kabuki theater members and other eccentric individuals, many of whom lived on the fringes of society in early modern Japan. 1050 Independence Ave. SW.
*NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN “Preston Singletary: Raven and the Box of Daylight,” through Jan. 29. Tlingit artist Preston Singletary tells the story of Raven, the Tlingit creator of the world, through an immersive exhibition of glass artwork and projected images paired with original music and Pacific Northwest soundscapes.
“Our Universes: Traditional Knowledge Shapes Our World,” through September. The exhibition focuses on Indigenous cosmologies and philosophies about the creation and order of the universe and the spiritual relationship between humankind and the natural world. Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW.
*NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY “I Dream a World: Selections From Brian Lanker’s Portraits of Remarkable Black Women,” through Jan. 29. Maya Angelou, Rosa Parks, Alice Walker and other prominent Black women make an appearance in an exhibition of 25 portraits by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Brian Lanker.
“The Outwin 2022: American Portraiture Today,” through Feb. 26. Work by finalists in the sixth triennial Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, who have been selected for democratizing portraiture and highlighting the genre’s ability to tell once-unknown stories, will be presented “Watergate: Portraiture and Intrigue,” through Sept. 5. Fifty years after the Watergate break-in, the Portrait Gallery presents photographs, paintings, sculptures and works on paper from the collection that introduce visitors to the scandal’s cast of characters. Eighth and F streets NW.
NATIONAL POSTAL MUSEUM “Baseball: America’s Home Run,” through Jan. 5, 2025. A postal perspective on the national pastime that looks at the unlikely ways the mail service and baseball are intertwined. 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE.
PHILLIPS COLLECTION “Lou Stovall: The Museum Workshop,” through Oct. 9. A fresh look at the legacy of the Dupont Center, an art-making and exhibition space founded by artist Lou Stovall and curator Walter Hops, through the artists, such as Sam Gilliam and Paul Reed, who exhibited there and the creations — political posters, prints, photographs — made there. 1600 21st St. NW. phillipscollection.org.
*RENWICK GALLERY “This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World,” through April 2. A showcase of American craft in honor of the gallery’s 50th anniversary that includes 135 recent acquisitions that will be displayed at the Renwick for the first time in an effort to highlight overlooked histories, and contributions from women, people of color and other marginalized groups. Pennsylvania Avenue and 17th Street NW.
*SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN ART MUSEUM
“We Are Made of Stories: Self-taught Artists in the Robson Family Collection,” through March 26. Tracing the rise of self-taught artists in the 20th century, an exhibit showcases 43 artists who persevered beyond socioeconomic obstacles and whose creative visions pushed the boundaries of the mainstream art world.
“Artist to Artist,” through Sept. 3, 2023. A small exhibit that pairs works representing two influential art figures whose careers intersected at vital moments, such as Yayoi Kusama and Joseph Cornell as well as Thomas Hart Benton and Jackson Pollock. G and Eighth Streets NW. americanart.si.edu
*SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY “Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World,” through October. An exhibition that follows epidemiologists, veterinarians, public health workers and citizens as they respond to infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, the Ebola virus, influenza and the Zika virus 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. naturalhistory.si.edu