New Exhibitions at D.C. Museums

Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum

“How the Civil War Changed Washington”
 Feb. 2 – Nov. 15 This exhibition examines the social and ...

Whimsy and Worship: the Eccentric Piero di Cosimo at the National Gallery

The National Gallery’s retrospective makes clear that Piero di Cosimo, despite and maybe even because of his eccentricities, was a masterful painter.

El Greco: Transcending the Renaissance

Not much work of the 16th century survives in the realm of intellectual pop culture, yet El Greco endured centuries of obscurity to achieve a sudden transcendence in the early 20th century, and his legacy seems all but fated for the ages.

'Elvis at 21' Photographer Alfred Wertheimer Dies at 84

Alfred Wertheimer made the scene at Govinda Gallery a few years ago in one of its last, major shows. His photos of Elvis Presley at the beginning of his career went on a national tour -- as fresh as the day they were snapped.

Melissa Chiu: 'The Hirshhorn Wants to Lead the Conversation'

The Hirshhorn's new director, Melissa Chiu, spoke at the Georgetowner's Cultural Leadershio Breakfast Oct. 9 about her vision for the contemporary art museum.

Franklin School to Become Modern Art Center

The Franklin School on K Street is about to get a unique revitalization by Eastbanc and the Institute of Contemporary Expression.

James McNeill Whistler Before He Was Whistler At the Freer Gallery of Art

In the summer of 1858, a young James McNeill Whistler (1834–1903) left Paris and set off on a walking ...

Women's History Museum: Reclaiming Missing Half of the Story

In many ways, even though there is still no such thing as an actual, physical place called the National Women ...

‘Munnings: Out in the Open’ At the National Sporting Library and Museum

Sir Alfred James Munnings was among the true masters of equine art. His paintings of foxhunting, racing and equestrian society are benchmarks of the genre. Animal, nature and man come together on his canvases in tenuous harmony, evincing both the grand theatricality and quiet naturalism of equestrian life.

End of Summer Wrap-up

Freer and Sackler Galleries “Perspectives: Rina Banerjee” Through June 8, 2014 The Sackler Gallery will feature the work of Rina ...

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Cross Mackenzie Gallery is presenting “Pier Three Warehouse 2012” through ...

Spring into the National Children’s Museum

Now that spring is upon the capital city and parents are looking for activities to entertain the little ones, consider ...

Pollock, Ossorio, Dubuffet at the Phillips Collection

Abstract Expressionism is forever the American art movement. Like the myth of the Old West, with its solitary heroes and ...

Visual Arts: Now & Later

After a few sunless months holed away in electrically heated offices, and with the final weeks of winter testing both ...

Art Soiree Hosts 3rd Annual Cartoonist Exhibit at Malmaison

In tune with inaugural events, Art Soiree showed off the works of editorial cartoonists who drew their inspiration from President Obama's first term.

Book Hill Gallery Walk

Thanksgiving came early this year, and the Christmas lights went up faster than you can say “Black Friday.” The season ...

Exquisitely Evil Arrives at Spy Museum

The Spy Museum celebrates the 50th Anniversary of James Bond with the exhibit "Exquisitely Evil: 50 Years of Bond Villains".

Lichtenstein Blockbuster Proclaims Power of Print

In 2012, the work of Roy Lichtenstein has become basically prescient. The relevance of his 50-year-old concept has been widely amplified in recent years by the onslaught of social media and viral networking. Today, everyone shares and manipulates text and image with a personal flourish, from Facebook to Twitter, whose entire structures rely upon a cache of shared, recognizable symbols and icons.

Women's National History Museum Inches Closer to Reality

With a Senate bill, endorsed by Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., longest-serving women in the history of the U.S. Congress, the plan for a women's history museum moves forward.

No ‘Doubt’ about Barbara Kruger at the Hirshhorn

Words civilize us. They separate us fair-haired and dexterous animals of intellect from the world of beasts. A baby’s ...

BELLOWS AND MIRÓ: Painting the Cultural Fabric

Within the stone walls of the National Gallery of Art, the calm, quiet rooms are always cool and astonishingly breezy ...

WAR OF 1812 Gets Its Close-Up at Portrait Gallery

Pop quiz: See if any of these persons, events, battles and none such ring a bell.

Isaac Brock, Tenskewatawa (The ...

Video Games Make It to the Level of Art

We talk a lot these days about the effect of technology--sweeping, growing like mushrooms, constantly changing every nano-second--of our lives ...

Joan Miró's Work Examined in Landmark Exhibition

Joan Miró: The Ladder of Escape, (its final and only venue outside of Europe ) will be on view at the ...

Smithsonian Craft Show Celebrates America's Creative Spirit

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Smithsonian Craft Show Celebrating the Creative Spirit of America which will take ...

Shows of Lights and Darks Elucidate at the Hirshhorn

Museum exhibitions are not always user-friendly. There is an occasional air of intimidation or coldness about them, as if you ...

Tour Like a Local, Live Like a Tourist

If you live here, you’ve probably visited all the major monuments on the mall, and maybe a few of the galleries. It can be easy to take so many great resources for granted, though. Cruise through the National Mall on Duck Boat or Segway, or get up close and personal with hundreds of butterflies and other insects at the National Museum of American History.

The Making of a Museum: The Birth of the Smithsonian

It is ironic that the bastard son of the Duke of Northumberland left the family name on what was to ...

'Elvis at 21' at the National Portrait Gallery

It’s been 54 years since photographer Alfred Wertheimer spent time with a budding, national phenomenon named Elvis Presley, traveling with him to New York, Richmond, Virginia, on a train ride to Memphis and Elvis’ pre-Graceland home. Wertheimer's exhibition captures the most intimate and human photos of the King perhaps ever taken.

Chris Murray on Elvis

Chris Murray, director of the Georgetown's Govinda Gallery and co-curator of the "Elvis at 21" exhibition, now at the National Portrait Gallery, talks about all things Elvis and the Washington art scene.

The Making of a Museum

How the glorious National Gallery of Art got its start when a friend lent Paul Mellon the keys to his apartment.


Pity the National Portrait Gallery and its director Martin Sullivan.

Weeks after mounting the astoundingly comprehensive, direct and illuminating exhibition ...

The Dawn of Photography

The question of art at the dawn of the age of photography was a question that was asked with great passion and answered in infinite ways by several generations of photographers. Two current exhibitions, at the National Gallery of Art and the Phillips Collection, take up the banner of that debate.

'Telling Stories'

Norman Rockwell can't get a break. Every time there’s a big exhibition of his works — as there is now at the Smithsonian American Art Museum — you can bet that someone, somewhere in the art world is going to scream bloody murder. What's behind the animosity?

'Beat Memories'

Consider “Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg,” the new, nostalgic photographic exhibition at the National Gallery of Art.

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