Things to do the week of Jan. 18-20
We've gathered up some things to do, including in-person activities as well as virtual events going on this week in Washington, DC.
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Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington hosts two annual celebrations of DC’s eclectic dining scene, with the winter edition running from next Monday, Jan. 17 through Sunday, Jan. 23. The promotion offers diners pre-fixe menus for lunch/brunch ($25) and dinner ($40 and $55).
The New Woman Behind the Camera
The National Gallery of Art displays breathtaking photographs from more than 120 women photographers around the world through the end of the month. These "new women" embraced the art form as a mode of personal and professional expression and in the process, rewrote the rules of modern photography. See unflinching and beautiful images from these trailblazers who embodied a creative and confident spirit and whose work showed unique new perspectives from the 1920s to the 1950s. Make sure to read up on even more reasons to check out The New Woman Behind the Camera.
Open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily | Free admission | Safety guidelines
National Gallery of Art, 6th Street & Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC
Smithsonian's historic Arts and Industries Building has opened its groundbreaking new experience. On view through July 6, 2022, FUTURES is the Smithsonian’s first major building-wide exploration of the future and temporarily reopens the Smithsonian’s oldest museum for the first time in nearly two decades. The part-exhibition, part-festival celebrates the Smithsonian’s 175th anniversary with more than 150 awe-inspiring objects, ideas, prototypes and installations that fuse art, technology, design and history to help visitors imagine many possible futures on the horizon. Make sure to read our guide to the exhibit before you go.
Free admission | Hours & protocols
Arts and Industries Building, 900 Jefferson Drive SW, Washington, DC 20560
New Glass Now
The Renwick Gallery showcases the creativity and dexterity of architects, artists and designers who work in one of the world’s most challenging materials: glass. New Glass Now consists of objects, videos, installations and performances from 50 different artists in 23 countries, allowing visitors to marvel at the tremendous skill of contemporary glass-making.
Wednesday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Free admission | Safety guidelines
Renwick Gallery, Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20006
Transient: Impermanent Paintings
This groundbreaking exhibition, originally composed as a live performance, presents a series of audiovisual paintings created by the artist in concert with generative algorithms. The exhibition employs technology as a lens to explore music for the 21st century audience and rethink the traditional techniques in the context of human-machine relationship. Projected on a large scale, hyper-realistic digital brushstrokes unfold like on canvas. Each brushstroke corresponds to a note, creating polyphonic synthetic landscapes. The same algorithms driving the hyper-realistic digital brushstrokes also materialize in the sound of piano via Yamaha Disklavier, experienced through 24-channel L-Acoustics L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound technology.
Monday – Thursday: 12-8 p.m. | Friday – Sunday: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. | Tickets
ARTECHOUSE, 1238 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024
Alif Ba Exhibition
The National Children's Museum presents this interactive experience, which translates to "ABC Exhibition". Hosted in partnership with the Qatar Foundation, the exhibition introduces young audiences to the Arabic alphabet and language. Kids can explore the 28 letters that make up the Arabic alphabet, listen to the sound of each and practice writing or tracing the language. Special programming is also offered.
Hours, protocols & admission
National Children's Museum, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004
Alma W. Thomas: Everything is Beautiful
This Phillips Collection exhibit provides a fresh perspective on artist Alma Thomas’ life and multifaceted career. Everything is Beautiful traces her trek from Georgia to DC and beyond through artworks and archival assets, showcasing the artist’s wide-reaching influence, dynamic artistic practices, intriguing interest in puppetry and much, much more. Note that on Thursday,The Phillips Collection will host a staged reading of a one-act play on Thomas’ life by local playwright Caleen Jennings.
Tuesday – Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Tickets & safety guidelines
The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street NW, Washington, DC
Toyin Ojih Odutola: A Countervailing Theory
The Hirshhorn features this stunning narrative work through next April. Toyin Oljih Odutola's A Countervailing Theory features 40 large-scale monochromatic drawings in low-lit galleries. The series is presented as if each drawing was unearthed at an archaeological site in Nigeria. Panel by panel, these pastels reveal a myth conceived by Odutola, reminding one of a mammoth graphic novel. The installation spans the entirety of the Museum’s circular inner galleries on its second floor.
Wednesday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. | Free admission | Safety guidelines
Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue & 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20560
Make Good The Promises: Reclaiming Reconstruction and its Legacies
Step into the National Museum of African American History and Culture's new 4,300-square-foot exhibition that explores the Reconstruction era through an African American lens. Make Good The Promises features 175 objects, 200 photographs, 15 audio, video and interactive programs, as well as a companion book. The exhibition explores the deep divisions and clashing visions about how to rebuild the United States after slavery and the end of the Civil War. It connects that era to efforts in 2021 to make good on the promises of the Constitution.
Wednesday – Sunday: 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Free timed passes | Safety guidelines
Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, 1400 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20560
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