What does absence look like? How can loss—of objects, of memory, of yourself—become a tool for artistic expression? In the face of today’s increasingly noisy consumer culture, What Absence Is Made Of answers these questions and more as it mines the Hirshhorn’s extensive collection in search of the mind-bending ways that artists surmount the limits of the material world.
"Portraits of the World: Switzerland" is the inaugural exhibition of a series that will highlight the global context of American portraiture. Each year, the National Portrait Gallery will showcase a portrait created by an international artist affiliated with the lending country. The featured work for 2017-18 is Femme en Extase, a portrait of the Italian dancer Giulia Leonardi by the great Swiss painter Ferdinand Hodler, on loan from the Museum of Art and History in Geneva. Hodler's experimentation with the abstract elements of color, line and expression created a vibrant new mode of Swiss art at the dawn of the twentieth century. December 15th - November 12, 2018.
A special installation in the Gallery’s East Building features Mural (1943) by Jackson Pollock, on loan from the University of Iowa Museum of Art. Originally commissioned by Peggy Guggenheim for her New York City townhouse, the early painting is Pollock’s largest work at nearly 20 feet long, and represents a major turning point in the seminal artist’s career and style. On display until October 28, 2018.
American Indian images, names, and stories infuse American history and contemporary life. The images are everywhere, from the Land O’Lakes butter maiden to the Cleveland Indians’ mascot, and from classic Westerns and cartoons to episodes of Seinfeld and South Park. American Indian names are everywhere too, from state, city, and street names to the Tomahawk missile. And the familiar historical events of Pocahontas’s life, the Trail of Tears, and the Battle of Little Bighorn remain popular reference points in everyday conversations. Americans highlights the ways in which American Indians have been part of the nation’s identity since before the country began. It will surround visitors with images, delve into the three stories, and invite them to begin a conversation about why this phenomenon exists. Pervasive, powerful, at times demeaning, the images, names, and stories reveal the deep connection between Americans and American Indians as well as how Indians have been embedded in unexpected ways in the history, pop culture, and identity of the United States.
Undoubtedly the greatest Renaissance artist from Estonia, Michel Sittow (c. 1469–1525) was born in Reval (now Tallinn in present-day Estonia), likely studied in Bruges with Hans Memling, and worked at the courts of renowned European royals such as King Ferdinand of Aragon and Queen Isabella of Castile. Through some 20 works representing most of Sittow's small oeuvre, the exhibition will offer an opportunity to examine his art in a broader context, including a possible collaboration with Juan de Flandes and Sittow's relationship to his Netherlandish contemporaries. The exhibition will be presented by both museums to mark the occasion of the centennial of the Estonian Republic in 2018. January 28-May 13,2018.
Come immerse yourself in our annual orchid show, presented in collaboration with Smithsonian Gardens. Found on every continent except Antarctica, orchids showcase a wide spectrum of diversity in color, shape, size, habitat, scent, and many other aspects. Visit the USBG Conservatory to explore thousands of amazing orchid blooms arranged in captivating displays, and appreciate many unique, rarely seen orchids from the USBG's and Smithsonian Gardens' extensive plant collections. January 31st - October 15th, 2018.
It's the 80s as you've never seen it before. Explore the iconic decade when artwork became a commodity and the artist, a brand. Razor-sharp, witty, satirical and deeply subversive, these nearly 150 works examine the origins and rise of a new generation of artists in 1980s New York who blurred the lines between art, entertainment and commerce, a shift that continues to define contemporary art today. February 14th - May 13, 2018.
Some like it hot, some like it cold-and we have an exciting event for all. Join us for our inaugural Fire & Ice Festival, and warm yourself at the blazing bonfires while you admire the glistening ice sculptures on the piers. Live performances will include fire spinning and ice sculpting, as well as live music. While you're here, treat yourself to an amazing meal at our world-class restaurants and enjoy hot or cool drinks at our bars and taverns.
Architecture and Design Film Festival (ADFF) is the nation's largest film festival devoted to the creative spirit that drives architecture in design. Over the course of four days, the Festival screens films that explore the life and work of architects such as Rem Koolhaas and Bjarke Ingels, and journalist, author, and activist Jane Jacobs, and timely topics such as design for positive social change and generative healthcare design. February 22nd - February 25th, 2018.
Join Teach For America as we celebrate and honor the spirit of partnership that brings our communities closer to One Day. The annual Teach For America - DC Region gala is an exceptional evening where passionate leaders, educators, and supporters join together to strengthen our community while educating and inspiring our family to become champions for educational equity. Over the past seven years, we have raised more than $8 million to support Teach For America's transformational mission to provide life-changing educational experiences for students in DC and Prince George's County. This funding enables our corps members and alumni to impact more 50,000 students in our region's low-income communities every day. We are on the path to eliminating education inequity and hope you will join us this year.
Author Adam Nicolson's newly released and critically acclaimed book, The Seabird's Cry, focuses on the plight of 10 species of seabirds, and their challenges to survive. Join him as he shares his insights on these creatures in an evening blurring the lines between science and poetry
Witness a presidential tribute featuring honored guests and a wreathlaying at the Washington's Tomb. Listen to George Washington and esteemed speakers during the Official Observance Ceremony of George Washington's Birthday on the east lawn. Watch Continental soldiers conduct a marching drill, fire their guns, and charge at their enemy in an exciting military demonstration on the bowling green. After the smoke clears, listen to the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps play patriotic music. Throughout the day, #PoseLikeThePrez in the Education Center Lobby and enjoy character performances around the estate. Admission is FREE! Visit the Washington Library for the rare opportunity to tour the reading room and examine replica documents. Learn about the Library's collections and programming from its staff.
Washington, DC celebrates the Chinese New Year with a parade in Chinatown featuring traditional Chinese Dragon Dance, Kung Fu demonstrations and live musical entertainment. Each year a parade is held in Chinatown in Washington, D.C. to celebrate the Chinese New Year. The event features the traditional Chinese Dragon Dance, Kung Fu demonstrations and live musical entertainment.
All ages are welcome to this fun-filled day of activities and entertainment! Family Day is part of the Kennedy Center's annual Lunar New Year festivities, this year celebrating the Year of the Dog with three days of special events showcasing the arts and culture of China's Chengdu Plain. The region is home to most of the world's giant pandas-including D.C.'s very own Bao Bao!
Join The Dumbarton House for Dumbarton at Dusk held the third Thursday of every month. Tour the museum after hours and experience our grounds in a different light. Each Dumbarton at Dusk will include a cash bar, food, music, and pop-up history activities to enhance Dumbarton House's collections.Advanced purchase of tickets to this event is strongly encouraged. Members are always admitted free of charge.
The ballet Romeo & Juliet was created by choreographer John Cranko for the Stuttgart Ballet and had its world premiere in 1962. It garnered immediate praise from both critics and audiences and was first seen in the U.S. in 1969. The intricate and timeless tale of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers is told through vivid characterizations, clear dramatic structure, and masterful dancing, all set to Sergei Prokofiev's exuberant score. Share it with your beloved! February 14th -February 18th, 2018.
Who needs New Orleans? We're celebrating Fat Tuesday with a Wharf-wide extravaganza featuring a spirited parade along the waterfront, followed by a dance party on District Pier, and a fireworks finale. The parade will be set to the sounds of classic NOLA brass band music and feature custom-designed floats from our Wharf friends, restaurants, and retailers, along with high-flying balloons and, of course, bead tossing. Plus, festive food and drink will be available throughout the neighborhood at all your favorite hangouts in honor of Mardi Gras. So brush up on your bead catching skills and get ready to party the night away!
Immerse in a psychedelic, eye-of-the-storm experience of whirling fractals and light beams as ARTECHOUSE presents Parallel Universe by Ouchhh! Visually and aurally mesmerizing, Parallel Universe is the first solo retrospective exhibit for an internationally acclaimed Turkish art studio Ouchhh. Comprised of four installations, three world travelled and one created in collaboration with ARTECHOUSE specially for this show, it is a hypnotic and immersive multi-sensory experience unlike anything.
This exhibition features a series of new paintings by American artist Erik Thor Sandberg within the context of selected earlier works. Sandberg is known internationally for pushing the skillful illusionism of master oil painting to the current edge of Magic Realism on three-dimensional wood panels of his own design. Grounded in humanism, Sandberg's paintings present a compelling contemporary expression of how people connect with each other, nature and basic elements of life.
Formed in 2010 with a spirit of adventure that saw Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks shelve their equally successful solo careers, Tedeschi Trucks Band, a 12-piece tour-de-force, has quickly become the vanguard of modern roots music. Driven by Trucks, #16 of the top 100 Guitarists of All Time (Rolling Stone), and Tedeschi, blessed with a voice that passionately delivers a range of powerful R&B belters to gentle ballads, the group enlists dual drummers, two vocalists, a three-piece horn section, bass, and a multi-instrumentalist keyboard player for what is a greater-than-the-sum-of-its-parts collective. "A deeply skilled groove machine," (Los Angeles Times) that displays "a peerless brand of musical alchemy as easily cool and consoling as white hot and ascendant." (Relix) Tedeschi Trucks Band debuted big with its Grammy Award-winning Revelator, 2012's dynamic live follow up, Everybody's Talkin', and 2013's critically-acclaimed Made Up Mindbolstering the Jacksonville-based group's growing reputation as the preeminent blues-rock leader. With guitarist Derek Trucks' departure from The Allman Brothers Band, the band has fully dedicated itself to expanding its legendary live performances and released their third studio album, Let Me Get By, in January, 2016.
Now more than ever, the world needs the power of dance to bring people together and connect us all by our common humanity. For its 2017 engagement, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater delivered on this promise--exploring everything from apartheid and race relations to celebrating influential musicians like Dizzy Gillespie and Ella Fitzgerald. For its annual Kennedy Center engagement in 2018, the beloved company will continue to push the art form into fascinating new territory, with multiple programs as unique and phenomenal as the Ailey dancers themselves. One thing's for sure: their future couldn't be brighter. "We must continue to grow and speak to the human spirit," says Artistic Director Robert Battle. "The notion that one is only limited by one's own imagination--that anything is possible--is what we represent. The tension between our past, present, and future is what I want to build on." To that end, the company keeps expanding its repertory, with its most recent Kennedy Center performances featuring new works from choreographers as diverse as Mauro Bigonzetti, Hope Boykin, and Kyle Abraham. Signature classics also keep bringing audiences back, including Alvin Ailey's masterpiece of hope and redemption, Revelations. February 6th - February 11th, 2018.
In the wake of his father's abrupt death, Hamlet returns home from university to find his personal and political world changed as he never imagined it could-his mother remarried, his uncle on the throne and a world seemingly gone insane. When his father's ghost appears and demands vengeance, the increasingly desperate Danish prince must decide: submit or resist. Accept or avenge. Live or die. Michael Urie (Buyer & Cellar, Ugly Betty) stars as Hamlet under the illustrious direction of Michael Kahn. Together, they'll give life to the greatest character of Western literature as he confronts the line between madness and inspiration. January 16th - March 4th, 2018.
A comedy of manner-with no manners at all. Mae is an altruistic woman with just a little baggage-a $600 million inheritance. When her philandering boyfriend, Henry, seduces her aunt, both women become the object of scandal. Henry has a plan to win the heiress back. In the lush and opulent land of the Hamptons, where money and status determine everything, can love conquer all? Freely adapted from Congreve's classic play, The Way of the World is a sparklingly witty physical comedy illuminating the foibles of the upper-class. January 9th - February 11th, 2018.
Did you know that the District of Columbia's flag was inspired by George Washington's coat of arms? Come celebrate all things DC with local artists, entrepreneurs, and musicians! Hear local artists talk about other DC artists featured in the permanent collection and enjoy a performance by DC composer and singer Lulu Fall. Enjoy a beer tasting with 3 Stars Brewing Company, specialty cocktails from Republic Restoratives, and small bites from Dorjee Momo and Tortilladora. In partnership with Shop Made in DC, enjoy discussions with Shop Made in DC co-founder Stacey Price, as well as spotlight talks with local makers Cherie Lester and Eva Calonder. Featured DC makers include: Tanya Maynigo-Loucks, Craft Kombucha; Pia Carusone and Rachel Gardner Republic Restoratives; Alissa Werres, Off on a Tangent; and Mariko Iwata, Miks Letterpress Plus.
Practice frugality our founding father would approve of: Pay just $1 per person for any regular tour in February, the month of George Washington's birth. We are D.C.'s only historic house museum with family ties to Martha and George Washington. Highlights of the Washington Collection will be on display as part of all house tours. See it all for one "Washington dollar!" Tours offered every day but Monday; last tour of the day starts at 3 pm.
Five-time Grammy®-winning opera star Kathleen Battle returns to D.C. with a powerful program of songs inspired by the secret network that helped transport 19th-century slaves to freedom. She brings “remarkable freshness and beauty” (The New York Times) to classic spirituals and traditional pieces, including “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” and “Wade in the Water,” performed with the Howard University Choir led by Dr. Eric Poole. Pianist Joel A. Martin also joins the program.
José Andrés, Joan Nathan & Alice Waters proudly present Sips & Suppers, two extraordinary evenings featuring the country’s finest chefs in support of DC Central Kitchen and Martha’s Table, organizations that serve the neediest individuals in the nation’s capital. January 27-28th, 2018
During The Polar Bear Plunge, thousands of participants of all ages are daring enough to take a dip in the wintry water of the Chesapeake Bay to benefit the 7,549 athletes of the Special Olympics Maryland. The event includes contests and live music. January 25-27th, 2018.