Visit Washington, DC! http://thedistrict.com Hotel and travel tips for visiting Washington, DC Thu, 19 Apr 2018 21:08:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 Events and Programs at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery http://thedistrict.com/exhibits-and-programs-at-the-smithsonian-national-portrait-gallery/ http://thedistrict.com/exhibits-and-programs-at-the-smithsonian-national-portrait-gallery/#respond Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:24:38 +0000 http://thedistrict.com/?p=7516 Events and Programs at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC

Take a Tour

Highlights of the National Portrait Gallery
Thursday & Friday, noon
Saturday & Sunday, 11:45 a.m. & 3:15 p.m.

Docent’s Choice
Thursday & Friday, 2:30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday, 1:30 & 4:30 p.m.

Featured Programs

Portrait InSight
Thursday, April 19 & Saturday, April 21, 2018
2 p.m.
G St. Lobby
Experience the National Portrait Gallery’s collections through vivid verbal descriptions and tactile objects. Geared for visitors who are blind or partially sighted, these 60-minute gallery talks are offered one Thursday and one Saturday every month. Registration required for Saturday’s session at NPGAccess@si.edu.

IDENTIFY: Sonic Blossom by Lee Mingwei
April 5–29, 2018
Thursdays through Sundays
Noon–4 p.m.
Great Hall
Presented in honor of the Portrait Gallery’s 50th Anniversary, Sonic Blossom—part of the series IDENTIFY: Performance Art as Portraiture—offers the transformative gift of song.

Conversation Circles
Friday, April 20, 2018
10 a.m.–Noon
G St. Lobby
Practice English in small groups while learning more about American history through portraiture.

Open Studio Fridays: Landscape with Palette Knives
Friday, April 20, 2018
1–5 p.m.
Education Center
Experiment with a different art material each week or explore the museum with a Portrait Discovery Kit.

Creative Writing Workshop
Friday, April 20 & Saturday, April 21, 2018
10:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
UnSeen: Our Past in a New Light
Ready to unleash your inner storyteller? Join us this Friday or Saturday with local writer Willona Sloan as you draft your own creative writing inspired by the exhibition UnSeen: Our Past in a New Light. Registration required at npg.eventbrite.com.

Portrait Story Days: Rachel Carson
Saturday, April 21 & Sunday, April 22, 2018
1–4 p.m.
Education Center
Listen to a story about marine biologist and author Rachel Carson and create art inspired by her life.

Explore! Rhythm and Dance
Saturday, April 21, 2018
1 p.m.
Explore!
Fourth and fifth graders learn about the connection between portrait poses and dance in a program inspired by the exhibition Portraits of the World: Switzerland. Registration required at npg.evenbrite.com.

Portrait Discovery Kits
Saturday, April 21 & Sunday, April 22, 2018
1–4 p.m.
Education Center
Pick up an activity kit that guides you through the museum with games and puzzles, and learn more about the people who have made American history.

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For more information on this museum, visit our National Portrait Gallery page.

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Washington DC Metro Track Work Information for April 21-22, 2018 http://thedistrict.com/metro-weekend-track-work-information/ http://thedistrict.com/metro-weekend-track-work-information/#comments Tue, 17 Apr 2018 16:06:36 +0000 http://thedistrict.com/?p=4257 Metro Train

Washington, DC Metro track work information is available to help visitors and riders plan ahead for weekend travel changes. Metro is investing in the reconstruction of its Metrorail system, and track work is expected on most weekends. Weekly updates are provided to inform travelers which lines are affected. This is a weekly press release provided by Metro. Service changes continue through closing on Sunday night.

Weekend service changes, according to Metro:

“Highlights

  • Orange, Silver and Blue line trains operate regular weekend intervals
  • No Yellow Line train service
  • Red Line trains operate every 28 minutes
  • Green Line trains operate every 15 minutes

Weeknight service adjustments

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Red Line
Trains every 28 minutes

Single tracking between Farragut North and Union Station to allow for communication cable installation.

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Orange Line 
Regular service

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Silver Line 
Regular weekend intervals, Wiehle-Reston East to New Carrollton

Silver Line trains will operate at regular weekend intervals between Wiehle-Reston East and New Carrollton.Customers traveling to/from Benning Rd, Capitol Heights, Addison Rd, Morgan Blvd and Largo Town Center should use Blue Line trains.

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Blue Line 
Regular weekend intervals

Single tracking between Addison Road and Morgan Boulevard to allow for rail fastener, stud and grout pad renewal.

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Yellow Line 
No Yellow Line train service

Free shuttle buses will operate between Huntington, Eisenhower Avenue and King Street. Please allow 15 minutes of travel time for each station stop

Train service at stations north of King Street provided by Blue and Green line trains.

Work performed:
Yellow Line bridge inspection, exhaust fan inspection, switch fastener and stud renewal.

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Green Line 
Trains every 15 minutes

Single tracking between Southern Avenue and Naylor Road to allow for rail, fastener and stud renewal.

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For more information:

For schedules, real-time train arrivals and station information, visit wmata.com. Metro riders can access Metro’s mobile website by entering wmata.com into their smartphone browser. For assistance by phone, call Metro customer information at (202) 637-7000 [TTY 202-638-3780].”

For more information on traveling by Metrobus or Metrorail, visit wmata.com. 

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* Photo Credit: WMATA Photograph by Larry Levine

To see this full press release click here.

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George Washington’s Mount Vernon to Host Chef Patrick O’Connell for a Spring Garden Party, May 10, 2018 http://thedistrict.com/george-washingtons-mount-vernon-host-chef-patrick-oconnell-spring-garden-party-may-10-2018/ http://thedistrict.com/george-washingtons-mount-vernon-host-chef-patrick-oconnell-spring-garden-party-may-10-2018/#respond Tue, 10 Apr 2018 20:57:49 +0000 http://thedistrict.com/?p=8163 mount vernon estate and gardens

George Washington’s Mount Vernon will host an unforgettable evening featuring an exclusive culinary conversation and garden party with Michelin two-star chef Patrick O’Connell, founder of the Inn at Little Washington. O’Connell’s celebrated institution is the world’s longest tenured Five Star and Five-Diamond restaurant. On May 10, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., O’Connell will share inspiring stories about his journey to culinary acclaim as his signature restaurant, The Inn at Little Washington, celebrates its 40th anniversary.

Enjoy signature cocktails and light fare inspired by O’Connell’s recipes while listening to the acclaimed chef discus history and culinary adventures with Robert Fasce, the Inn at Little Washington’s director of business and brand development and O’Connell’s former sous chef and protégé. This one-night-only event takes place in Mount Vernon’s beautiful 18th-century upper garden. O’Connell will be signing his latest publication, A Magnificent Obsession, following the talk.

Tickets to this exclusive evening program are $150 for Mount Vernon members and $175 for non-members. For more information and to purchase a ticket, please visit mountvernon.org/gardenparty.

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For more information on Mount Vernon, visit our Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens page.

To purchase general admission tickets to Mount Vernon online, click here.

To view hotels near Mount Vernon, click here.

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National Museum of African American History and Culture Offers Walk-Up Wednesdays in April 2018 http://thedistrict.com/national-museum-african-american-history-culture-offers-walk-wednesdays-april-2018/ http://thedistrict.com/national-museum-african-american-history-culture-offers-walk-wednesdays-april-2018/#respond Fri, 06 Apr 2018 22:18:40 +0000 http://thedistrict.com/?p=8156 National Museum of African American History and Culture

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture has announced Walk-Up Wednesdays for the entire month of April 2018. Individuals who walk up without timed-entry passes may enter the museum on a first-come, first-served basis Wednesdays, April 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2018. Walk-up entry is subject to building capacity. The museum already has issued advance timed passes for the entire month of April. Individuals who already have advance timed passes will receive priority entry. The museum is launching Walk-Up Wednesdays in April as a pilot to test no-pass entry.

“Walk-Up Wednesdays in April will help us to determine how to manage visitor demand,” said Lonnie G. Bunch III, the museum’s founding director. “We are honored and humbled to have struck such a chord with our visitors. They stay an average of four-and-a-half hours on weekdays. We don’t want to disappoint our visitors by reaching capacity and having them wait in long lines for space to become available inside the galleries. The goal of this pilot program is to provide greater access for the public while maintaining the safety and security of our visitors.”

Pass Holders

  • Individuals with advance timed-entry passes for Wednesdays in April may enter according to the time stated on their passes.

Group Visits

  • The museum will continue to require advance timed passes for groups of 10 or more.
  • All groups are required to present passes to gain entry to the museum.

Same-Day Online

  • Same-day online passes will not be issued on Wednesdays in April.

For more information on timed passes and Walk-Up Wednesdays, visit https://nmaahc.si.edu/walk-wednesdays-april.

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For more information on this museum, visit our National Museum of African American History and Culture page.

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Exhibits and Programs at the National Gallery of Art http://thedistrict.com/exhibits-and-programs-at-the-national-gallery-of-art/ http://thedistrict.com/exhibits-and-programs-at-the-national-gallery-of-art/#respond Fri, 06 Apr 2018 16:32:05 +0000 http://thedistrict.com/?p=7709 Exhibits and Programs at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC

National Gallery of Art in Washington DC

Opening Exhibitions

Sharing Images: Renaissance Prints into Maiolica and Bronze
April 1–August 5
West Building, Ground Floor
Exploring the influence of Renaissance prints and illustrated books on ceramics and bronze plaquettes, this exhibition is the first of its kind in the United States. Some 90 works from the 15th and 16th centuries show how printed images were transmitted, transformed, and translated across artistic media and geographical boundaries.
More information…

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Now on View

Outliers and American Vanguard Art
Through May 13, 2018
East Building Concourse
More than 250 works explore three distinct periods when mainstream and outlier artists intersected in the United States. This exhibition probes assumptions about creativity, artistic practice, and the role of the artist.
More information…

Michel Sittow: Estonian Painter at the Courts of Renaissance Europe
Through May 13, 2018
West Building, Main Floor
In celebration of the centennial of the Republic of Estonia, the first monographic exhibition devoted to Estonia’s greatest Renaissance artist showcases some 20 works and brings together most of his known paintings.
More information…

Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings
Through May 28, 2018
West Building, Ground Floor
Some 115 photographs, many of which have not been exhibited or published previously, offer a sweeping overview of Mann’s artistic achievement and explore the South’s influence on her work. On March 4, exhibition curator Sarah Greenough gives an introductory lecture, followed by a book signing of the exhibition catalog.
More information…

Cézanne Portraits
Through July 1, 2018
West Building, Main Floor
This revelatory exhibition is the first devoted to Cézanne’s portrait practice across his career, exploring the characteristics of his works, the chronological development of his style and method, and the range and influence of his sitters. On March 25, exhibition curator Mary Morton gives an introductory lecture, followed by a book signing of the exhibition catalog.
More information…

Jackson Pollock’s “Mural”
Through October 28, 2018
East Building, Upper Level
This installation features Pollock’s Mural, on view for the first time in Washington, DC, juxtaposed with a selection of his paintings and works on paper from the Gallery’s collection. Originally commissioned by Peggy Guggenheim for her New York City town house, Mural is Pollock’s largest work at nearly 20 feet long and represents a major turning point in his career and style.
More information…

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Programs

FILM SERIES
Avant-Garde to Underground: Outliers and Film, Part 2
April 7–May 13
East Building Auditorium
Offered in conjunction with Outliers and American Vanguard Art, this series features screenings and in-person discussions with a range of self-styled underground filmmakers, including Craig Baldwin, Marco Williams, Vanessa Renwick, and James Benning. With special thanks to all the artists, Artists Television Access, Harvard Film Archive, and the Austrian Film Museum.
More information…

THE 67TH A. W. MELLON LECTURES IN THE FINE ARTS
Positive Barbarism: Brutal Aesthetics in the Postwar Period
Sundays, April 8–May 13, 2:00
Screening on following Wednesdays, noon
East Building Auditorium
How did artists begin again after the mass deaths of World War II, the Holocaust, and the Bomb? This six-part lecture series, given by Hal Foster, a professor of art and archaeology at Princeton University, focuses on the early work of Jean Dubuffet, Asger Jorn, Eduardo Paolozzi, and Claes Oldenburg, among others.
More information…

CONCERT
Heinavanker Ensemble
April 8, 3:30
West Building, West Garden Court
Presented in conjunction with Michel Sittow: Estonian Painter at the Courts of Renaissance Europe, this vocal ensemble delves into ancient Estonian runic songs and folk hymns.
More information…

PUBLIC SYMPOSIUM
History, Photography, and Race in the South: From the Civil War to Now
April 13, 3:30–5:00; April 14, 10:30–1:00
East Building Auditorium
Organized in conjunction with Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings, this program features illustrated presentations by noted scholars on April 14, following the April 13 keynote address by Grace Elizabeth Hale, Commonwealth Chair of American Studies and History at the University of Virginia. Made possible by the James D. and Kathryn K. Steele Fund for Photography.
More information…

PANEL DISCUSSION
Why Is Art Necessary?
April 15, 5:00
East Building Auditorium
This distinguished panel, including Mark Bradford, artist; Agnes Gund, philanthropist and collector; David Rubenstein, trustee, National Gallery of Art, and coexecutive chairman, the Carlyle Group; and Frank Stella, artist, will discuss the necessity of art in today’s fast-paced world. Moderating this discussion is Darren Walker, president, Ford Foundation, and vice president, Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies (FAPE), which coordinated this program.
More information…

LECTURE AND BOOK SIGNING
Differing, Drawn
April 22, noon
East Building Auditorium
Darby English, Carl Darling Buck Professor of Art History and the College at the University of Chicago and consulting curator in the department of painting and sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, follows his lecture with a book signing of 1971: A Year in the Life of Color. Presented in conjunction with Outliers and American Vanguard Art.
More information…

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NEW ONLINE
Carrie Mae Weems: Kitchen Table Series
On February 6, 2018, in conjunction with the installation of Kitchen Table Series at the Gallery, Weems discussed this seminal body of work in the context of her career, including images from Grace Notes: Reflections for Now, performed on October 20, 2017, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Made possible by the James D. and Kathryn K. Steele Fund for Photography.
View online…

SHOPS
Sharing Images: Renaissance Prints into Maiolica and Bronze
Exhibition Shop and Catalog 
Focusing on designs by major artists such as Mantegna, Pollaiuolo, Raphael, Michelangelo, Parmigianino, and Dürer, an illustrated 156-page catalog delves into the various influences of Renaissance prints on maiolica and bronze. Additional specialty items such as gift books, home wares, and textiles inspired by the exhibition are also available online and in the Gallery Shops.
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For more information on this museum, visit our National Gallery of Art page.

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Garden Party at the National Postal Museum, April 7 & 8, 2018 http://thedistrict.com/garden-party-national-postal-museum-april-7-8-2018/ http://thedistrict.com/garden-party-national-postal-museum-april-7-8-2018/#respond Thu, 05 Apr 2018 22:14:07 +0000 http://thedistrict.com/?p=8153

Celebrate the arrival of spring at the National Postal Museum’s Garden Party! Activity stations spread throughout the museum are designed to encourage awareness of and appreciation for the natural beauty all around you. Learn the traditional language of flowers, design your own stamp and start a topical stamp collection, plant a mini garden to take home, and enjoy light refreshments in a tranquil garden setting at the National Postal Museum! All ages welcome!

What:
Garden Party

When:
Saturday, April 7, 2018, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday, April 8, 2018, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Where:
National Postal Museum
2 Massachusetts Ave., NE
Washington, DC 20002

Admission:
Free; no registration required

For more information, visit: postalmuseum.si.edu/visit/garden-party.html

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For more about this museum visit our National Postal Museum page.

Photo credit: Smithsonian Institution

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Events and Programs at the Smithsonian American Art Museum http://thedistrict.com/programs-at-the-smithsonian-american-art-museum/ http://thedistrict.com/programs-at-the-smithsonian-american-art-museum/#respond Tue, 27 Mar 2018 16:34:05 +0000 http://thedistrict.com/?p=6494 Events and Programs at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington DC

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Programs are free and open to the public unless ticket information is noted.

Art Talks and Activities

Charles C. Eldredge Prize Lecture
Thursday, March 29, 4 – 5 p.m.
Join Jennifer L. Roberts, the Elizabeth Cary Agassiz Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University, for a talk entitled “The Moiré Effect: Print and Interference” on a topic related to her prize-winning book, Transporting Visions: The Movement of Images in Early America. Roberts was awarded the 2017 Charles C. Eldredge Prize for her work.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium
Tickets: Free
Event link

No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man Opening Party
Thursday, March 29, 7:30 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Be one of the first to experience the Renwick Gallery’s highly anticipated exhibition No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man with an unforgettable evening! Immerse yourself in awe-inspiring, room-sized installations while enjoying live entertainment, festive food, and enticing cocktails. Rub elbows with Burning Man artists, and enjoy a walking tour of the outdoor extension No Spectators: Beyond the Renwick in the surrounding neighborhood. Ticket price includes a preview of the exhibition, savory treats, an open bar, valet parking, and tours of No Spectators: Beyond the Renwick. Guests are encourage to wear Burning Man festive attire.
Location: Renwick Gallery
Tickets: $120; purchase online beforehand. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.
Event link 

Walking Tour of No Spectators: Beyond the Renwick
Friday, March 30, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Discover the large-scale outdoor sculptures of No Spectators: Beyond the Renwick in the Golden Triangle neighborhood during this walking tour with Nora Atkinson, the Lloyd Herman Curator of Craft. No Spectators: Beyond the Renwick is an installation of outdoor sculptures and related programming in the neighborhood in collaboration with the Renwick Gallery’s exhibition No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man.
Location: Renwick Gallery, Meet outside front door (weather permitting)
Tickets: Free
Event link

No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man Open House
Friday, March 30, 12 – 2 p.m.
Meet the artists whose work is featured in the Renwick Gallery’s exhibition No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man and learn about their process. Hear the artists talk about their work and gain a deeper understanding of the ethos of Burning Man. The following artists and collectives will be in attendance: Michael Garlington, Natalia Bertotti, Marco Cochrane, Julia Whitelaw, Christopher Schardt, Five Ton Crane, Android Jones, Aaron Taylor Kuffner, Richard Wilks, HYBYCOZO, Scott Froschauer, Roy Two Thousand, Flaming Lotus Girls, Zachary Coffin, Mr. & Mrs. Ferguson, and Duane Flatmo.
Location: Renwick Gallery, Meet in the first floor lobby
Tickets: Free
Event link 

Contemporary Artists in Conversation with History: 1968
Wednesday, April 4, 6:30 p.m.
How do issues of racial equality and civil rights reverberate through the practice of artists today? On the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., artists Lava Thomas, Alfredo Jaar, and Sam Gilliam discuss the echoes of history within contemporary culture in the context of social justice. This panel is moderated by SAAM’s deputy chief curator E. Carmen Ramos.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium
Tickets: Free
Event link

A box of ten photographs: The Odyssey of Diane Arbus
Friday, April 6, 4 – 7 p.m.
Be one of the first to experience SAAM’s newest exhibition Diane Arbus: A box of ten photographs and gain exclusive insight from curator John Jacob, experts, and Diane Arbus herself! This two-part program begins with A Slideshow and Talk by Diane Arbus, a rare showing of an illustrated audio recording from 1970 in which Arbus speaks about photography using her own work as well as other photographs from her collection (40 minutes). The slide show is followed by a panel discussion about Arbus, the magazine era, and A box of ten photographs comprised of photographers who knew Arbus and other experts who have devoted decades to the study of her work.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium
Tickets: Free, online registration is required.
Event Link

Jazz Family Day
Saturday, April 7, 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Jam at SAAM during Jazz Appreciation Month, and celebrate the influence that jazz has had on artists with a variety of activities and performances. Improvise with your own jazz-themed crafts, complete a swinging scavenger hunt, and bop to jazz performances throughout the day.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kogod Courtyard
Tickets: Free
Event Link

Handi-hour
Wednesday, April 11, 5:30 – 8 p.m.
Get creative inside the Burning Man Temple, part of the Renwick Gallery’s newest exhibition No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man, at DC’s original crafting happy hour. Become inspired by the 10 principles of Burning Man, including radical self-expression, participation, and leaving no trace, by transforming old T-shirts of your own (or choose one of ours) into something fabulous. Make a necklace, brooch, headband, or your own creation. Enjoy brews from Denizens Brewing Co. while jamming out to live music from a local band.
Location: Renwick Gallery
Tickets: Tickets available ($25) March 26. Price includes two beers, snacks, live music, and all-you-can-craft supplies. Must be 21 or older to attend and present valid ID at the door for admittance.
Event link

Yoga in Luce
Wednesday, April 11, 6 p.m.
Bring your mat and relax with this Vinyasa yoga and art appreciation series. Participants are invited to reflect on an artwork of their choosing before a credentialed instructor from Flow Yoga Center leads a one-hour, all-levels class surrounded by the beautiful artworks in the Luce Foundation Center.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, third floor
Tickets: $10, participants must register online beginning 3/28. We do not accept cash at the door.
Event Link

Conversation Pieces
Wednesday, April 11, 6 p.m.
Want to deepen your understanding and appreciation of contemporary art? Join Joanna Marsh, senior curator of contemporary interpretation, for this ongoing series of gallery talks. Marsh uses a single artwork from the museum’s collection to spark conversation and close looking.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Meet in G Street Lobby
Tickets: Free
Event link

SAAM and BYT’s Cherry BlossOM Yoga in the Temple
Saturday, April 14, 9 – 10 a.m.
Join SAAM, Brightest Young Things, and the National Cherry Blossom Festival for yoga in the Burning Man temple! Yogis of all levels are invited to practice in artist David Best’s room-sized installation, part of the exhibition No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man. Participants must bring their own mats.
Location: Renwick Gallery, 2nd Floor, Rubenstein Grand Salon
Tickets: Limited space; attendees must register in advance
Event link

Do Ho Suh Gallery Talk
Wednesday, April 18, 5:30 p.m.
Join Sarah Newman, the James Dicke Curator of Contemporary Art, as she guides visitors through the immersive artworks featured in SAAM’s exhibition Do Ho Suh: Almost Home. Newman discusses the artist’s representations of past homes in the context of ideas about identity and cultural memory.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Meet in G Street lobby
Tickets: Free
Event link

Beyond the Studio: Vina Sananikone
Sunday, April 22, 1 – 3 p.m.
Hear from professionals who work in the arts, then try it yourself with a hands-on activity related to the speaker’s expertise. Get the inside scoop about food styling from local photographer Vina Sananikone, and learn how she transforms food into works of art.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center
Tickets: $5.00; Registration required. Tickets available March 22 at noon.
Event link

No Spectators Gallery Talk
Wednesday, April 25, noon
Nora Atkinson, the Lloyd Herman Curator of Craft, leads a gallery tour through No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man. Sharing highlights of this immersive exhibition, she discusses the artists and the impact of the Burning Man gathering on the art world.
Location: Renwick Gallery, 1st floor, meet in lobby
Tickets: Free
Event link

Conservation Gallery Talk: Folk and Self-Taught Art
Thursday, April 26, 4 p.m.
Join paper conservator Catherine Maynor as she explores the folk and self-taught art galleries, discussing the challenges of the preservation and conservation of these artworks that are often comprised of ephemeral and light-sensitive materials.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, meet in G Street lobby
Tickets: Free
Event link

Art Bites Gallery Talk
Friday, April 27, 12:15 p.m.
Take a lunch break and join SAAM’s research fellows on the fourth Friday of each month as they share their discoveries about artworks from the collection. Learn the stories behind these works of art and find out what they can tell us about America’s ever-changing culture. This month, Jeffrey Richmond-Moll discusses Henry Ossawa Tanner’s artwork Abraham’s Oak.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, meet in G Street lobby
Tickets: Free
Event link

James Renwick Alliance Distinguished Educators Symposium
Saturday, April 28, 10 a.m. – noon
The James Renwick Alliance presents their distinguished educators symposium at SAAM, featuring a panel of renowned advocates for contemporary craft who engage in a lively discussion about the state of craft in America. Hear from the JRA’s five Distinguished Educators Sonya Clark, Helen Drutt English, Andrea and John Gill and Albert LeCoffwho share their work and discuss topics in craft education with moderator Stephanie Moore, Executive Director of the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design. Visit the JRA website for more information on each speaker.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium
Tickets: Free
Event link

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Music/Film

Steinway Series: Baritone Thomas Meglioranza & Pianist Reiko Uchida Duo
Sunday, April 8, 3 p.m.
Thomas Meglioranza and Reiko Uchida pay tribute to the prolific Austrian composer Franz Schubert. Schubert combined folk music with the sublime in his immensely moving song cycle, Die schöne Müllerin. Considered one of Schubert’s most important works, the duo performs Die schöne Müllerin in its entirety and without intermission. This concert is for music lovers ages 6 and up.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium
Tickets: Free, tickets available in the G Street Lobby at 2:30 p.m.
Event link

Lisa Hilton Quartet Jazz Performance
Thursday, April 12, 6 p.m.
Join award-winning composer/pianist Lisa K. Hilton along with Rudy Royson (drums), Luques Curtis (bass), and JD Allen (tenor sax) as they debut new compositions from Hilton’s 20th release, ESCAPISM. The Quartet swings through her compositions, inspired by great American composers such as Miles Davis, Count Basie and Horace Silver, that explore the soundscape of jazz and blues alongside classical and modernist ideas. ESCAPISM follows Hilton’s musical explorations to savor uplifting moments and abundant beauty in refreshing ways.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium
Tickets: Free
Event link

Take 5! Charles Funn Big Band
Thursday, April 19, 5 – 7 p.m.
Relax and Take 5! with free, live jazz in the Kogod Courtyard every third Thursday. This month, trombonist Charles Funn leads his big band in a performance of material from the Duke Pearson Big Band, which made two studio recordings for Blue Note records. Duke Pearson, pianist, composer, and arranger, is best known for his work as both a leader and a sideman at Blue Note. Funn’s big band highlights the originality and agility of Pearson’s recordings by reinterpreting the unconventional pieces. Stop by the Courtyard Café for refreshments, and borrow a board game to play during the concert.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kogod Courtyard
Tickets: Free
Event link

21st Century Consort: Memory Lane
Saturday, April 21, 4 p.m.
Inspired by the immersive, dreamlike works of SAAM’s exhibition Do Ho Suh: Almost Home, the Consort explores themes of home, personal space, and shared experience. The concert features a selection from Sarah Kirkland Snider’s thirteen-part song cycle, “Unremembered.” Join them for a pre-concert discussion at 4 p.m. The concert is for music lovers ages 6 and up.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium
Tickets: Free
Event link

Luce Unplugged: Bat Fangs
Thursday, April 26, 5:30 p.m.
Explore some of the Luce Center’s three thousand artworks while you listen to local bands at Luce Unplugged. This month, Luce Unplugged hosts the local band Bat Fangs, whose music recalls the rock icons of the 80’s with their catchy lyrics and raucous guitar riffs. Libations and snacks available for purchase from an on-site bar. Presented with D.C. Music Download.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, third floor
Tickets: Free
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Ongoing Programs

Sketching: Draw and Discover!
Tuesdays, 2:30 – 4:30pm
Draw inspiration from artists’ sketches as well as the thousands of objects on display in the Luce Foundation Center of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, then spend time sketching in our workshop. Some materials provided; please bring a small sketchbook and pencils. Repeats weekly.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center Information Desk, Third-floor Mezzanine
Tickets: Free
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Lunder Conservation Center Tour
Wednesdays, 3 p.m.
Learn how museum conservators preserve SAAM’s artworks in the Lunder Conservation Center. The center has five state-of-the-art laboratories and studios equipped to treat paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, sculptures, folk art objects, contemporary crafts, decorative arts and frames. Group size is limited.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Lunder Conservation Center, third floor
Tickets: Free
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Art Signs: Gallery Talk in American Sign Language (ASL)
Thursday, April 12, 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 22, 1 p.m.
Join us for a lively 30 minute gallery conversation about selected artworks. This program is presented in American Sign Language by deaf gallery guides with voice interpretation for hearing visitors. For more information, email wilsoncl@si.edu.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, meet in the F Street Lobby
Tickets: Free
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America InSight: Verbal Description Tours
Sunday, April 8, 1:30 p.m. and Thursday, April 19, 3:30 p.m.
Join a docent-led tour designed for visitors who are blind or have low vision. Discover highlights of the collection through rich verbal description and sensory experience.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, meet in F Street lobby
Tickets: Free
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For more information on this museum, visit our Smithsonian American Art Museum page.

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George Washington’s Historic Estate Springs into Action! http://thedistrict.com/george-washingtons-historic-estate-springs-into-action/ http://thedistrict.com/george-washingtons-historic-estate-springs-into-action/#respond Tue, 20 Mar 2018 19:32:24 +0000 http://thedistrict.com/?p=7799 mount vernon estate and gardens

Special Activities and Tours, New Baby Animals, Distillery & Gristmill Re-Opening

George Washington’s Mount Vernon kicks off the spring season with specialty tours, Distillery & Gristmill re-opening, special events, and new livestock babies for our visitors to view! Stroll through Mount Vernon’s gardens, which will begin to bloom soon. To plan your springtime visit to Mount Vernon, please visit mountvernon.org/spring for more details.

Special Events:

Horse and Carriage Re-enactment – Col. Washington Returns with his New Bride
Saturday, April 7 – 12pm
Experience the first-ever reenactment of Colonel and Martha Washington’s 1759 arrival to the estate in a horse-drawn carriage. During this reenactment of the newlyweds’ arrival, witness the family travel from the West Gate to the Mansion in a horse-drawn carriage, crossing the 12-acre field where Martha glimpses her new home for the first time. When they arrival the Mansion’s front steps, Colonel Washington introduces his bride to guests on site. Included in admission. More details: mountvernon.org/arrival.

Revolutionary War Weekend
Saturday & Sunday, May 5-6, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Step back in time during one of the largest Revolutionary War re-enactments in the region! Watch hundreds of Continentals, Redcoats, Hessians, cannon, and cavalry in action on the estate. Throughout the weekend, learn more about life in the 18th century, discuss military techniques, and watch battle re-enactments. Wander through the encampment and meet the soldiers. This family-friendly event features a youth muster on the bowling green and even meeting General Washington! Included in admission. More details: mountvernon.org/revwar.

Spring Wine Festival & Sunset Tour
Friday – Sunday, May 18-20, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Sample wines from Virginia’s finest wineries while enjoying spectacular views at the estate. Celebrate the history of wine in Virginia with exclusive evening tours of the Mansion and cellar, appearances by George and Martha Washington, and a live music. Bring a blanket, relax on the east lawn overlooking the scenic Potomac River, and sample wines made in Virginia. Tickets: $38-$48. More details: mountvernon.org/springwine.

Special Tours with Additional Fee:

Potomac River sightseeing cruises offer a refreshing opportunity to explore Mount Vernon from a different view with a 45-minute narrated excursion aboard the Spirit of Mount Vernon or Miss Christin. Tickets for sightseeing cruises are $11 for adults and $7 for children (6-11) in addition to admission. Children ages 5 and under are free. More details: mountvernon.org/boatcruise.

The Enslaved People of Mount Vernon Tour explores the lives and contributions of the enslaved community who built and operated Mount Vernon. In 1799, more than 300 slaves lived and worked on the five farms that made up Washington’s plantation. Listen to their stories and learn more about their daily life. Visit the slave quarters and view reproduction clothing, tools, furniture, cookware, ceramics, toys, and personal accessories that represent their experiences. Daily from April – October at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tickets: $4 in addition to admission. More details: mountvernon.org/tours.

Mount Vernon’s popular National Treasure Tour returns! The tour is dedicated to the behind-the-scenes filming of the blockbuster movie “National Treasure 2: Book of
Secrets” at Mount Vernon.  The National Treasure Tour combines Hollywood and history, giving visitors stories about the filming and also information on how the locations were used during George Washington’s time.  Offered daily April – December. Times vary. Tickets: $7 in addition to admission. More details: mountvernon.org/tours.

The Gardens & Groves Tour examines Washington’s brilliant design for the grounds at Mount Vernon. Visit the gardens he envisioned, see some of the original trees that are still standing, and learn how he merged areas for work and leisure to create a master plan for his beloved home. Offered daily April – October at 11 a.m.Tickets: $4 in addition to admission. More details: mountvernon.org/tours.

Through My Eyes Character Tour uses actors portraying characters such as Washington’s granddaughter, personal secretary, or farm manager will guide you across the estate as they go about their daily activities, making several stops along the way. Offered on Saturdays and Sunday, March – December at 1:30 p.m. Tickets: $7 in addition to admission. More details: mountvernon.org/tours.

During Mount Vernon’s special tour, All the President’s Pups Walking Tour, bring your dog along for this 1.25-mile walking tour and explore canine life at Mount Vernon, from the first president’s dogs to the dogs that live at the Estate today. The tour stops at five historic locations, including the historic west gate. Along the way, learn about George Washington’s love for dogs, his dogs’ unusual names, and his efforts to improve the quality of his hunting dogs through breeding. Saturdays at 10 a.m. May and October. Tickets: $7 in addition to admission.  More details: mountvernon.org/dogtour.

Other Seasonal Activities – Included in Admission:

The A-Dressing the Nation program features Tobias Lear, George Washington’s personal secretary, sharing details about 18th-century fashion and manners during this lighthearted 45-minute presentation. Offered Friday – Sunday, 11am. March 23-July 1. More details: mountvernon.org/dress.

Spring welcomes more than 10 new adorable lambs on display at Mount Vernon’s paddock and stable area. The lambs are Hog Island sheep – a rare heritage breed that dates back to the 1600s. Mount Vernon has one of the largest flocks of these sheep. In addition, Mount Vernon will welcome new Ossabaw piglets this spring for visitors to view. More details: mountvernon.org/animals.

George Washington’s Distillery & Gristmill reopens March 31. Demonstrations by costumed distillers take visitors through the historic process of whiskey-making in this reconstruction of Washington’s 18th-century distillery. George Washington’s Distillery is adjacent to his reconstructed Gristmill, a water-powered mill where Colonial millers grind corn into meal and wheat into flour just as it was done more than 200 years ago. George Washington’s Distillery & Gristmill are located three miles from Mount Vernon. More details: mountvernon.org/distillery.

At the George Washington: Pioneer Farmer site, visitors can tour the re-created 16-sided barn George Washington designed.  This four-acre site also features rare-breed farm animals (oxen, mules, roosters, sheep, and chickens) similar to the varieties Washington had at his farms. The cultivated area includes eight fields, and illustrates Washington’s advanced farming practices and crop rotation scheme. More details: mountvernon.org/farm.

During Mount Vernon’s Tribute at the Tomb, visitors recite Washington’s “Prayer for his Country” and the Pledge of Allegiance as part of this daily program offered at the tomb of George and Martha Washington at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., April – October.  More details: mountvernon.org/tomb.

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For more information on Mount Vernon, visit our Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens page.

To purchase general admission tickets to Mount Vernon online, click here.

To view hotels near Mount Vernon, click here.

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Programs and Events at President Lincoln’s Cottage http://thedistrict.com/programs-events-president-lincolns-cottage/ http://thedistrict.com/programs-events-president-lincolns-cottage/#respond Tue, 27 Feb 2018 00:20:04 +0000 http://thedistrict.com/?p=8092 2018 Winter and Spring Programs at President Lincoln’s Cottage in Washington DC

President Lincoln's Cottage

February 19, 2018 marks ten years that President Lincoln’s Cottage has been open to the public. To celebrate a decade of ground-breaking programs that shed new light on the past and provide opportunities to take action today, President Lincoln’s Cottage will roll out a series of special opportunities for visitors tied to themes of empathy, equality, justice, and freedom.

From February to November 2018, President Lincoln’s Cottage will exhibit a series of artifacts rarely displayed from its own collection as well as items on loan from public and private collections.

In addition, for ten months starting in February, President Lincoln’s Cottage will feature $10 discounted admission on ten separate days, starting with the Cottage’s exact 10-year anniversary: Monday, February 19th, President’s Day. For more information on all 10-year anniversary programming, deals, and exhibits, click  here.

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Special Exhibit
February 1st-July 1st, 2018

Starting February 1st, the “Freedom Documents“-miniature copies of both the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation and the final Emancipation Proclamation, a broadside of the Proclamation, and an etching of the Thirteeneth Amendment-will be on loan for six months.

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Cottage Conversation: Stanton: Lincoln’s War Secretary
Thursday, March 15, 2018

Join us as Walter Stahr, along with Jared Peatman, founder and president of Four Score Consulting, LLC, discuss Stahr’s most recent book Stanton: Lincoln’s War Secretary, which tells the story of Abraham Lincoln’s indispensable Secretary of War, Edwin Stanton, the man the president entrusted with raising the army that preserved the Union.

Reception: 6:00 pm
Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center
(Entrance at 140 Rock Creek Church Road NW)

Lecture: 6:30 pm
President Lincoln’s Cottage

Admission: $10 for the lecture and $10 for the reception.
To purchase tickets and RSVP click here.

Free for Cottage members at the $250 level or above. To reserve your seat as a Cottage member $250 or above, email Joan Cummins at JCummins@lincolncottage.org  or call (202) 688-3735.

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Fourth Annual Lincoln Ideas Forum: We Cannot Escape History
Friday, April 13, 2018
10am – 12pm
Towards the end of the Second Annual Message to Congress in 1862, Abraham Lincoln implored his countrymen to remember that future generations would be looking back at the Civil War era: “Fellow-citizens, we can not escape history,” he wrote. “We of this Congress and this Administration will be remembered in spite of ourselves.” this year, those stirring words serve as our theme for our fourth annual Lincoln Ideas Forum. Join us as we bring together experts, scholars, and the public in an exploration of the historic contexts of emancipation, sexual assault, hate groups, and immigration alongside the modern consquences.

While this program is FREE and open to the public, we do ask you reserve a spot. Reserve your tickets here. For more information on the program and the speakers, click here.

President Lincoln's Cottage 10 Year Anniversary

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President Lincoln’s Cottage Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Ten Months of Special Exhibits, Deals for Visitors http://thedistrict.com/president-lincolns-cottage-celebrates-10th-anniversary-ten-months-special-exhibits-deals-visitors/ http://thedistrict.com/president-lincolns-cottage-celebrates-10th-anniversary-ten-months-special-exhibits-deals-visitors/#respond Wed, 14 Feb 2018 23:47:28 +0000 http://thedistrict.com/?p=8083 President Lincoln's Cottage

This February 19th marks ten years that President Lincoln’s Cottage, an award-winning historic site, has been open to the public. To celebrate a decade of ground-breaking programs that shed new light on the past and provide opportunities to take action today, President Lincoln’s Cottage will roll out a series of special opportunities for visitors tied to themes of empathy, equality, justice, and freedom.

When President Lincoln’s Cottage opened to the public in 2008, it immediately established a reputation as a unique and innovative model for historic sites. In just a decade, President Lincoln’s Cottage has served approximately 275,000 visitors from across the nation and around the world. Through innovative guided tours, award-winning exhibits and programs, we use Lincoln’s example to inspire visitors to take their own path to greatness, and preserve this place as an authentic, tangible connection to the past and a beacon of hope for all who take up Lincoln’s unfinished work.

From February to November 2018, President Lincoln’s Cottage will exhibit a series of artifacts rarely displayed from its own collection as well as items on loan from public and private collections. February’s “Freedom Documents” -miniature copies of both the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation and the final Emancipation Proclamation, a broadside of the Proclamation, and an etching of the Thirteenth Amendment- will be on loan for six months. Starting in March, a same-edition collection of books Lincoln had in his library will be on display for one month. In April 2018, President Lincoln’s Cottage will display a sherry glass President Lincoln purportedly used during his last visit to the Soldiers’ Home in 1865. Future month’s exhibits will be announced at a later date.

In addition, for ten months starting in February, President Lincoln’s Cottage will feature $10 discounted admission on ten separate days, starting with the Cottage’s exact 10-year anniversary: Monday, February 19th, President’s Day. Additional special offers will be announced monthly throughout the year.

Over the past ten years, President Lincoln’s Cottage has transformed from an unknown relic of history shrouded from the public, to a vibrant gem at the forefront of great cultural institutions in Washington, D.C. It has received numerous awards and honors for its preservation, interpretation, and education programming nearly every year since opening, including a Presidential Award for Extraordinary Efforts to Combat Trafficking in Programming for Students Opposing Slavery (October 2016), various American Association for State and Local History Leadership in History Awards, the American Alliance of Museum’s EdCom Award for Excellence in Programming (2016), Washingtonian Magazine’s  50 “Great Places to Work” list (2017) and “Best Museum Off the Mall”by the City Paper’s Best of DC 2017 Readers’ Poll (2017).

The Cottage and 2.3 surrounding acres were declared a National Monument by President Clinton in 2000, and after an eight-year restoration by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, President Lincoln’s Cottage opened to the public in 2008. In January 2016 President Lincoln’s Cottage became an independent 501(c)3. President Lincoln’s Cottage is a National Monument, National Historic Landmark, and site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, but receives no federal operating support.

For up-to-date details regarding special 10-year anniversary programming and events, visit www.lincolncottage.org/10-year-anniversary or follow along on social media: @LincolnsCottage with #10yearsofPLC and #Celebrating10Years.

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