Visit Washington, DC! http://thedistrict.com Hotel and travel tips for visiting Washington, DC Tue, 16 Jan 2018 21:51:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.2 Gloria Steinem Post Show Conversation at Arena Stage, January 28, 2018 http://thedistrict.com/gloria-steinem-post-show-conversation-arena-stage-january-28-2018/ http://thedistrict.com/gloria-steinem-post-show-conversation-arena-stage-january-28-2018/#respond Tue, 16 Jan 2018 21:46:50 +0000 http://thedistrict.com/?p=8057 Gloria Steinem

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater will host a special post-show conversation with Gloria Steinem on Sunday, January 28 following the 7:30 p.m. performance during the run of Mary Kathryn Nagle’s world premiere Power Play Sovereignty. This gripping political exploration travels the intersections of personal and political truths, and historic and present struggles, in the fight to save the sovereignty of Cherokee Nation both past and present. Under the direction of Artistic Director Molly Smith, Sovereignty runs January 12-February 18, 2018 in the Kreeger Theater.

The post-show conversation will bring together feminist, journalist and socio-political activist Gloria Steinem with Cherokee playwright and lawyer Mary Kathryn Nagle, moderated by Molly Smith, and will focus on tribal sovereignty as well as the sovereignty of the female body. In September 2016, Nagle co-wrote an opinion article with Steinem, connecting the dots between the Dakota Access Pipeline and violence against women. This conversation will explore how these issues impact Americans daily.

What:
Sovereignty Post-Show Conversation with Gloria Steinem

When:
January 28, 2018
8:00pm

Where:
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater
1101 Sixth Street SW
Washington DC 20024

For more information, click here

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George Washington’s Mansion to be Temporarily Closed for Scheduled Restoration, January 22 through February 4 http://thedistrict.com/george-washingtons-mansion-temporarily-closed-scheduled-restoration-january-22-february-4/ http://thedistrict.com/george-washingtons-mansion-temporarily-closed-scheduled-restoration-january-22-february-4/#respond Tue, 16 Jan 2018 21:25:02 +0000 http://thedistrict.com/?p=8053 mount vernon estate and gardens

Mount Vernon will Remain Open – Tickets are 50% Off January 22-February 4

The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association (MVLA), the private non-profit organization that owns and operates George Washington’s Mount Vernon, will close the Mansion from January 22 through February 4 for scheduled annual preservation work. During the Mansion’s closure, the estate will remain open to guests and offer a 50-percent discount on admission tickets available at the gate or online at www.mountvernon.org/ticketing.

During the Mansion’s closure, the preservation staff will transform the Central Passage’s appearance by applying a fresh coat of paint. The color of this space will change to better reflect its appearance in 1799, as informed by recent microscopic paint analysis.  At the same time, Mount Vernon’s archaeology staff will conduct excavations in the Mansion cellar to learn more about the architectural evolution of the building.  The curatorial and collections teams will perform in-depth cleaning, research, and evaluation of the Mansion’s historic furnishings.

As a private non-profit organization, Mount Vernon relies on ticket sales and donations to operate the 50-acre estate of George Washington. The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association does not accept funding from federal, state, or local government sources.  The Association is the oldest national historic preservation organization in the country. It is directed by a Board of Regents, comprised solely of women, who represent nearly 30 states.

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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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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 Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:24:38 +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

Featured Programs

Portrait InSight
Thursday, Jan. 18 & Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018
noon
G St. Lobby
Visualize art through a vivid, detailed verbal description in a tour that is well-suited to those who are blind or partially sighted, but open to all who enjoy close looking.

Conversation Circles
Friday, Jan. 19, 2018
10 a.m.–noon
G St. Lobby
Practice English in small groups while learning more about American history through portraiture.

Open Studio Friday
Friday, Jan. 19, 2018
1–5 p.m.
Education Center
Experiment with a different art material each week or explore the museum with a Portrait Discovery Kit.

Strike a Prose
Friday, Jan. 19 & Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018
10:30 a.m.
G Street Lobby
Let the special exhibition The Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers to inspire your creativity in an informal writing session. A local author will work with you to craft pieces of fiction or non-fiction exploring the theme of American labor in the 20th century. Registration required.

Portrait Discovery Kits
Saturday, Jan. 20 & Sunday, Jan. 21, 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.

Portrait Story Days: Thomas Edison
Saturday, Jan. 20 & Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018
1–4 p.m.
Education Center
Listen to a story about inventor Thomas Edison and create art inspired by his life.

Upcoming Highlight Program

The Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers
Use works seen in the special exhibition The Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers to inspire creativity in an informal writing session led by a working author. Registration required.

Jan. 26 & 27, 2018
10:30 a.m.
Stories on Their Faces

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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 January 13-15, 2018 http://thedistrict.com/metro-weekend-track-work-information/ http://thedistrict.com/metro-weekend-track-work-information/#comments Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:06:36 +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:

  • Red Line trains every 15-30 minutes
  • Orange and Blue line trains every 24 minutes
  • Silver Line trains run every 24 minutes between Wiehle-Reston East and Ballston
  • Yellow and Green lines run every 15 minutes

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Red Line
Trains every 15-30 minutes

Red Line trains will operate every 30 minutes between Shady Grove and Glenmont throughout the weekend. Trains will run every 15 minutes between Farragut North and Glenmont stations between 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.

Single tracking between Friendship Heights and Grosvenor to allow for the expanded water leak-mitigation project. This work will continue through Thursday, February 15, 2018.

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Orange Line 
Trains every 24 minutes

Single tracking between Foggy Bottom and Clarendon to allow for rail, fastener and cover board renewal.

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Silver Line 
Trains every 24 minutes | Wiehle-Reston East to Ballston only

Silver Line trains will operate between Wiehle-Reston East and Ballston only. Customers traveling to/from other stations should use Orange and/or Blue line trains to complete their trip. At Ballston, transfer between Silver and Orange line trains on the same platform.

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Blue Line 
Trains every 24 minutes

Single tracking between Foggy Bottom and Arlington Cemetery to allow for rail, fastener and cover board renewal.

Saturday 7:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Pentagon Station will be closed due to an emergency response drill. Trains will pass through but not stop at Pentagon station. Metrobuses normally serving the Pentagon Transit Center will be relocated to S Hayes St outside Pentagon City Metrorail station.

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Yellow Line 
Trains every 15 minutes

Yellow Line trains will operate every 15 minutes to coordinate with maintenance work on the Blue and Green lines.

Saturday 7:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Pentagon Station will be closed due to an emergency response drill. Trains will pass through but not stop at Pentagon station. Metrobuses normally serving the Pentagon Transit Center will be relocated to S Hayes St outside Pentagon City Metrorail station.

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Green Line 
Trains every 15 minutes

Single tracking between Southern Avenue and Naylor Road to allow for infrastructure cable 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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Hours:
New Metrorail system hours took effect Sunday, June 25, 2017, along with changes to fares and schedules.

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* Photo Credit: WMATA Photograph by Larry Levine

To see this full press release click here.

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Visit National Parks for Free on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 15, 2018 http://thedistrict.com/visit-national-parks-free-martin-luther-king-jr-day-monday-january-15-2018/ http://thedistrict.com/visit-national-parks-free-martin-luther-king-jr-day-monday-january-15-2018/#respond Mon, 15 Jan 2018 02:00:36 +0000 http://thedistrict.com/?p=8051 The following is from the National Park Service:

“This Monday, January 15, is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday. It’s also a fee-free day in all of America’s more than 400 national parks.

So if you have the day off on Monday, why not spend it in a national park near you? Discover a new adventure at FindYourPark.com. It’s the perfect way to celebrate the beauty, history, and heritage of our nation.

Dr. King believed in the promise of America. He dedicated his life to creating freedom and opportunity for all. You can celebrate his legacy at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta, reflect on the power of his words by visiting the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C., or honor those who progressed the civil rights movement at sites like Selma-to-Montgomery National Historic Trail.

Wherever your plans take you, we hope you can reflect on what freedom and equality mean to you as you experience the national parks.

Your support for the National Park Foundation helps care for all of America’s national parks. They are yours to enjoy and appreciate. So this Monday, bring a friend and bring your curiosity, because the parks are fee-free!”

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Martin Luther King Birthday Celebration Kicks off January Schedule at Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture http://thedistrict.com/martin-luther-king-birthday-celebration-kicks-off-january-schedule-smithsonians-national-museum-african-american-history-culture/ http://thedistrict.com/martin-luther-king-birthday-celebration-kicks-off-january-schedule-smithsonians-national-museum-african-american-history-culture/#respond Mon, 15 Jan 2018 01:15:25 +0000 http://thedistrict.com/?p=8048 National Museum of African American History and Culture

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture will celebrate Martin Luther King Day with live music, a film screening and interactive activities for guests and museum visitors.

Monday, Jan. 15, 2018 the museum will commemorate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a community day: “The People’s Holiday-A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.” Enjoy live music inspired by King’s from The House Band in Heritage Hall, and make a memorial button or flag based on objects in the museum’s collections. There also will be supplies available to make scarfs, which guests can keep or donate to those in need. The museum’s Center for African American Media Arts (CAAMA) will screen the 1970 documentary, “King: A Filmed Record…Montgomery to Memphis” from 2–6 p.m. in the Oprah Winfrey Theater. The film features primary footage including the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott and King’s assassination in 1968. Celebrity narrators Harry Belafonte, Ruby Dee, Ben Gazzara, Charlton Heston, James Earl Jones, Burt Lancaster, Paul Newman, Anthony Quinn, Clarence Williams III, and Joanne Woodward accompany original news footage that captured historic moments of protest. The people’s holiday events are free, but registration is required at www.etix.com.

Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018 from 7–9 p.m., Patrisse Cullors and asha bandele, co-authors of When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir, will discuss their book and the motivating factors that led to the emergence of the Black Lives Matter movement with award-winning journalist Michel Martin of National Public Radio. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. The event will take place in the Oprah Winfrey Theater. Tickets are free, but guests should register in advance through www.etix.com.

The January programs will conclude Friday, Jan. 26, 2018 from 6:45-9:45 p.m. with a social justice conversation and participatory program on race, identity and civil rights policy since the 1950s, “A Seat at the Table with Civil Rights Advocates.” Civil Rights advocates Constance Rice, co-founder and co-director of the Advancement Project in Los Angeles, and Maya Wiley, founder and president of the Center for Social Inclusion, will be joined by moderator Julianne Malveaux, labor economist and noted author, in a conversation exploring issues of contemporary importance linked to systematic racism, social inequity and the black community. The audience is encouraged to join in the discussion. Tickets are available for purchase through www.etix.com.

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National Museum of African American History and Culture Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Crusade in “City of Hope” Exhibition http://thedistrict.com/national-museum-african-american-history-culture-commemorates-50th-anniversary-martin-luther-king-jr-s-final-crusade-city-hope-exhibition/ http://thedistrict.com/national-museum-african-american-history-culture-commemorates-50th-anniversary-martin-luther-king-jr-s-final-crusade-city-hope-exhibition/#respond Wed, 10 Jan 2018 02:49:22 +0000 http://thedistrict.com/?p=8044 Features Never-Before-Seen Images From Photographers Roland Freeman, Jill Freedman, Robert Houston, Laura Jones, Clara Watkins and Ernest Withers

City of HopeThe Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture commemorates the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s final human rights crusade in a new exhibition on the “Poor People’s Campaign,” a multicultural coalition that began in 1968 to end poverty. The exhibition, “City of Hope: Resurrection City & the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign,” features rare archival film and new oral histories with people who helped organize the campaign including Marian Wright Edelman and Andrew Young.

It also features wooden tent panels, lapel buttons, placards and murals created by and used by some of the nearly 8,000 people who occupied the National Mall in Washington, D.C., for nearly six weeks to call the nation’s attention to the crippling effects of poverty for minorities, children and the elderly.

The museum’s exhibition is housed in its gallery at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History as a partner to the exhibition, “American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith,” which explores the history of citizen participation, debate and compromise from the nation’s formation to today.

Launching its celebration of King’s birthday, the museum today, Jan. 9, hosted a media briefing and guided tours of the new exhibition bringing in people who played key roles in building and documenting Resurrection City.

“With new and recently discovered film and audio footage, images and objects, this exhibition provides a rare look inside the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign and commemorates the legacy of Dr. King’s final campaign for economic justice,” said Lonnie G. Bunch III, founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. “This exhibition reminds us that despite the unprecedented economic growth in America over the past five decades, there are still many Americans living below the poverty line. Although the Poor People’s Campaign did not achieve its goal of eradicating poverty, it spawned a multiethnic and multiracial movement for economic fairness whose belief in helping America live up to its ideals still inspires to this day. The stories of those who sacrificed so much are found in ‘City of Hope: Resurrection City & the Poor People’s Campaign.’”

Original sound recordings of musical performances and conversations among campaign participants have been provided by the Smithsonian’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. The recordings, along with never-seen film produced by the Hearst Corp., show how people lived during the six-week occupation at Resurrection City. Among the film highlights is footage of people traveling in a caravan of mule-drawn wagons from Marks, Miss., to Memphis, Tenn., for King’s memorial service and then on to Washington to participate in the Poor People’s Campaign.

For more information, visit www.nmaahc.si.edu/city-hope.

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Mount Vernon Unveils New 4-D Film and Renovated Theater http://thedistrict.com/mount-vernon-unveils-new-4-d-film-renovated-theater/ http://thedistrict.com/mount-vernon-unveils-new-4-d-film-renovated-theater/#respond Wed, 03 Jan 2018 02:32:21 +0000 http://thedistrict.com/?p=8039 mount vernon estate and gardens

New Movie and Technology Provides Guests with a Front Row Seat to the Revolutionary War’s Key Battles

George Washington’s Mount Vernon has reopened its Revolutionary War Theater, marking the completion of the $2 million renovation of the 4-D theater and creation of a new feature film. The theater, which first opened in 2006, is one of the estate’s most popular attractions. The new movie will place guests in the midst of the American Revolution through powerful 4-D special effects and 9.2 channel state-of-the-art surround sound system. Mount Vernon has enhanced the theater’s machinery to provide an immersive experience through falling snow, wind, wafting fog, and seats that rumble.

“Our Revolutionary War 4D Theater has connected with millions of Mount Vernon visitors over the past ten years, but through time and constant use it had grown tired,” said Rob Shenk, senior vice of visitor engagement. “With every new audience we need to rise to the challenge and provide them with an experience that will exceed their ever-growing media expectations.”

The new theater features a brand new wide aspect ratio screen and a 4k resolution projection of the new movie.  Many of the pre-existing 4D features have been enhanced to create an even more gripping experience.  The new 9.2 channel surround sound audio system will make it seem like artillery shells are flying overhead while visitor seats vibrate and rumble with the explosions.

The new 17-minute film focuses on Washington’s leadership and the pivotal campaigns that secured American independence. Produced by Wide Awake Films exclusively for Mount Vernon, the updated movie includes gripping live action sequences and cutting-edge animation designed to appeal to today’s audiences.  The new two-minute pre-show, also improved, will provide more background information on the events leading to the Revolution. Martha Washington and William Lee, George Washington’s enslaved valet, also appear in the new production, offering a more historically accurate presentation of the war.

More than 100 reenactors took part in the filming at locations throughout Virginia, including Fuqua Farms, Richmond; Gadsby’s Tavern, Alexandria; Wellbourne House, Middleburg; Goose Creek Bridge; and George Washington’s Mount Vernon.

The theater’s 105 seat infrastructure underwent major updates to complement the improved visual presentation.

The Revolutionary War Theater is included with general admission to Mount Vernon. For more information about the film, visit mountvernon.org/revolutionarywartheater.

This new presentation is generously sponsored by the Robert H. Smith Family Foundation. Mount Vernon partnered with the New Orleans’ Solomon Group and Kansas City’s Wide Awake Films to create this new 4-D experience.

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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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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 Tue, 02 Jan 2018 17:32:05 +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

Outliers and American Vanguard Art
January 28–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
January 28–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.
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Now on View

Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry
Through January 21, 2018
West Building, Main Floor
Visit this landmark exhibition of some 70 masterpieces by Johannes Vermeer and his contemporaries to learn how Dutch Golden Age painters admired, challenged, and pushed each other to greater artistic achievement. On October 22, exhibition curators Adriaan Waiboer from the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, and Arthur K. Wheelock Jr. from the National Gallery of Art host an introductory lecture and book signing of the exhibition catalog.
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Edvard Munch: Color in Context
Through January 28, 2018
West Building, Ground Floor
Munch’s use of color was extraordinarily expressive and highly personal. It was also conditioned by spiritualist theories, which likely associated colorful auras with states of mind. This exhibition presents 21 prints, including several famous images, and suggests their interpretation based on ideas of the time.
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Posing for the Camera: Gifts from Robert B. Menschel
Through January 28, 2018
West Building, Ground Floor
A selection of some 60 photographs given to the Gallery by Robert B. Menschel or acquired with funding donated by him examines how the act of posing for a portrait changed with the invention of the photographic medium. This exhibition features works from the early 1840s through the 1990s by William Henry Fox Talbot, Lewis Carroll, Man Ray, and Lee Friedlander, in addition to photographs by scientists, commercial practitioners, and amateurs.
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In The Tower: Anne Truitt
Through April 1, 2018
East Building, Tower 3
One of the most important figures in 1960s minimalism, Truitt created pared-down geometric constructions of wood and paint to create abstract art filled with memory and feeling. The first major presentation of Truitt’s work at the Gallery, this exhibition celebrates the acquisition of several major artworks and traces her artistic development from 1961 to 2002. On November 19 at noon, James Meyer, exhibition curator, and Alexandra Truitt, manager of her mother’s estate, discuss Truitt’s career in Washington.
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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.
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Programs

FILM PROGRAM
Affinities, or The Weight of Cinema
January 6–14; see individual films for dates and times
East Building Auditorium
Award-winning filmmaker Kevin Jerome Everson and Greg De Cuir Jr. introduce eight programs of international short films focused on areas of contemporary interest such as collage, minimalism, and abstraction. Presentations—or “interventions”—by visiting artists take place between screenings. Additional programs will screen at the National Museum of African American History and Culture on January 11. With thanks to Kevin Jerome Everson, Greg de Cuir Jr., Jon Goff and Rhea Combs of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Madeleine Molyneaux, and all the artists involved.
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FAMILY PROGRAM
Art Investigators: Joan Mitchell
January 13–15; see website for dates and times
East Building Atrium
During this 60 minute program led by museum educators, children ages 4–7 make careful observations, analyze artists’ choices, ask questions, and use their imagination while exploring works of art and completing a hands-on activity. These free drop-in programs are first-come, first-served; no advance registration.
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PUBLIC SYMPOSIUM
In the Tower: Anne Truitt
January 19, 11:00–3:00
East Building Auditorium
Celebrate one of the most original and important figures associated with 1960s minimalism through illustrated lectures by Miguel de Baca, Terra Foundation Visiting Professor of American Art at the University of Oxford and associate professor at Lake Forest College; Jem Cohen, filmmaker; Rachel Harrison, artist; and Anna Lovatt, Marguerite Hoffman Scholar in Residence at Southern Methodist University. A panel discussion follows, moderated by James Meyer, curator of art, 1945–1974, at the National Gallery of Art.
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DIAMONSTEIN-SPIELVOGEL LECTURE SERIES
Zoe Leonard
January 28, 2:00
East Building Auditorium
In conjunction with Outliers and American Vanguard Art, artist Zoe Leonard discusses her career with Lynne Cooke, exhibition curator and senior curator in the department of special projects in modern art at the National Gallery of Art.
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CONCERT
Sybarite5
January 28, 3:30
West Building, West Garden Court
In conjunction with Outliers and American Vanguard Art, Sybarite5 celebrates works written by the band’s favorite composers along with works of Armenian folk music, Piazzolla, Elgar, and Radiohead.
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Family Programs

FAMILY WORKSHOPS
It’s Surreal
January 13—March 4 
Education Studio
Ages 8-11
Unleash your imagination! Investigate a painting by Joan Miró and experiment with a playful approach to drawing that inspired the artist when he was a young student.
Registration for all workshops begins at noon on Wednesday, January 3.
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ART INVESTIGATORS
Winter 2018: Investigate Modern Art
January 13-15 and February 17-19 2018
Ages 4–7
How do you investigate a work of art? This program helps children make careful observations, analyze artists’ choices, ask questions, and use their imagination while exploring works of art. Led by museum educators, each program includes reading a children’s book, exploring one work of art in the galleries, and completing a simple hands-on activity.
These free drop-in programs are designed for individual families on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no advance registration.
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Extras

SCULPTURE GARDEN
Ice Rink
November 18, 2017–March 11, 2018 (weather permitting)
Sculpture Garden
Skate in the Sculpture Garden surrounded by national museums, monuments, and large-scale sculptures by modern and contemporary artists. Guest Services Inc. offers skating lessons for all ages and abilities directed and taught by Emme Porter, Bruce Porter, and their team of instructors through the US Skating Basic Skills program. Happy Hour and Coffee Club group skating classes for adults are also offered.
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NEW ONLINE
Frederick Douglass and the Visual Arts in Washington, DC
In this lecture held on October 2, 2017, Ka’mal McClarin of the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site Collection traces Douglass’s love of art through his personal collection. Sarah Cash, associate curator in the department of American and British paintings at the National Gallery of Art, discusses Douglass’s interest in the Corcoran Gallery of Art collection.
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SHOPS
Outliers and American Vanguard Art Exhibition Catalog
Published by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, a fully illustrated catalog features Lynne Cooke’s curatorial thesis, together with ground-breaking essays on a range of related topics by scholars Douglas Crimp, Darby English, Suzanne Hudson, Thomas Lax, Jennifer Jane Marshall, Richard Meyer, and Jenni Sorkin.
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For more information on this museum, visit our National Gallery of Art page.

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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 Thu, 28 Dec 2017 17:34:05 +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

The Final Stop Artist Talk
Friday, January 5, 2018, noon
Artist Rick Araluce discusses his site-specific installation The Final Stop that transforms a 2,300 square-foot gallery at the Renwick into an abandoned subway platform, creating the illusion of an eerie subterranean world. He describes the details he incorporates into his large-scale works and explains his intense engagement with the materials.
Location: Renwick Gallery, Rubenstein Grand Salon
Tickets: Free
Event link

Conversation Pieces
Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 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 encourage a closer look.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, meet in the G Street Lobby
Tickets: Free
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Yoga in Luce
Wednesday January 10, 2018, 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 beautiful artworks in the Luce Foundation Center.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, third floor
Tickets: $10, participants must purchase tickets online starting December 27. Cash will no longer be accepted at the door.
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Crime Scene Conservation
Thursday, January 11, 2018, noon
Take an in-depth look at the Nutshell Studies with objects conservator Ariel O’Connor and learn about the fascinating parallels between art conservation and forensic science. Ariel discusses the challenges these incredibly detailed artworks pose for conservation. Discover how the condition of the materials might change your interpretation of the clues.
Location: Renwick Gallery, meet in the first floor lobby
Tickets: Free
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Kara Walker Gallery Talk
Thursday, January 11, 2018, 5:30 p.m.
Explore the exhibition Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated) with Sarah Newman, the James Dicke Curator of Contemporary Art. Newman offers her insight on Walker’s provocative images of the Civil War that reflect existing racial and gender stereotypes, challenging viewers to consider America’s origins of racial inequality.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, meet in the F Street Lobby
Tickets: Free
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Conservation in Focus: Watch This!
Friday, January 12, 2018, 3 p.m.
Learn how SAAM media conservator Dan Finn cares for the time-based media art in the exhibition Watch This! New Directions in the Art of the Moving Image. He describes how he ensures that film, video, video games, and software-based art are preserved and protected for the future.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, meet in the G Street Lobby
Tickets: Free
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Tamayo Family Day
Saturday, January 13, 2018, 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
SAAM celebrates renowned Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo, whose work is featured in the exhibition Tamayo: The New York Years. Bring the entire family for a day of Mexican cultural performances, crafts, and art. Take a trip through Tamayo’s New York with a scavenger hunt, make your own cityscapes with vivid colors, and use your imagination to create animals inspired by Oaxacan woodcarvings.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kogod Courtyard
Tickets: Free
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Nutshell Studies Gallery Talk and Book Signing
Friday, January 19, 2018, noon
Join author and photographer Corinne Botz on a tour of the exhibition Murder is Her Hobby as she discusses what inspired her to document the detailed miniature crime scenes in her book The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death. Stay after the talk to have your copy signed, a limited number of books will also be available to purchase in the museum store.
Location: Renwick Gallery, meet in the first floor lobby
Tickets: Free
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Tamayo Curator Gallery Talk
Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 5:30 p.m.
Walk through SAAM’s exhibition Tamayo: The New York Years with Deputy Chief Curator E. Carmen Ramos as she traces Rufino Tamayo’s artistic development, from his urban-themed paintings to his dream-like canvases, highlighting the crosscurrent of cultural exchange between the American art world and this Mexican modernist.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, meet in the G Street Lobby
Tickets: Free
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Nutshell Studies Lecture with Bruce Goldfarb
Friday, January 26, 2018, noon
Join Bruce Goldfarb from the Maryland Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for a lecture on the miniature world of the Nutshell Studies. Bruce explains how these dioramas played a crucial role in the advancement of forensic science and discusses how they are still being used today to train crime scene investigators.
Location: Renwick Gallery, Rubenstein Grand Salon
Tickets: Free
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Music/Film

Take 5! Mike “Bags” Davis Quintet
Thursday, January 18, 2018, 5-7 p.m.
Mike Davis and his quintet pay tribute to Cal Massey, one of the greatest jazz composers of the twentieth century. Davis (on trumpet) and his quartet interpret Massey’s compelling compositions and celebrate what would have been Massey’s 90th birthday.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kogod Courtyard
Tickets: Free
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Luce Unplugged Community Showcase
Friday, January 19, 2018, 5:30 p.m.
Explore some of the three thousand artworks in the Luce Center while listening to sets by local bands Light Beams and Time Is Fire. This showcase provides something for everyone, with Light Beams presenting a unique take on twentieth-century dance-pop, and Time Is Fire drawing inspiration from both Persian music and DC’s punk scene. Libations and snacks available for purchase. Presented with the Washington City Paper.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, third floor
Tickets: Free
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Movies at SAAM – Through the Repellent Fence: A Land Art Film
Saturday, January 20, 2018, 3 p.m.
SAAM and the National Museum of the American Indian are proud to present the award-winning documentary Through the Repellent Fence. This story follows three Native American artists who “put land art in a tribal context” and set out to construct a two-mile-long installation straddling the border between the US and Mexico. After the film, join director Sam Wainwright Douglas for a discussion. Not rated (74 minutes; 2017).
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium
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. Group size is limited.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Lunder Conservation Center, third floor
Tickets: Free
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America InSight: Verbal Description Tours
Thursday, January 18, 2018, 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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