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The clock is ticking on these exhibits and events unique to DC. Make sure to get in on the fun before they close up shop.

Museum Exhibits

William Merritt Chase, At the Seaside

William Merritt Chase: A Modern Master – Closes Sept. 11
One of America’s finest artists during the late 1800s and early 1900s, William Merritt Chase’s work has received its first comprehensive exhibit in more than three decades at the Phillips Collection, America’s first museum of modern art. Through over 70 works, experience Chase’s artistic versatility, from landscape paintings to still lifes to domestic interiors. Encounter the artist’s distinct style and philosophy and find out how he was able to consistently dazzle art lovers across a four-decade career before the exhibit closes up shop on September 11.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. |  Admission
The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20009


 Celebrity Covers - National Portrait Gallery

'Hollywood and Time: Celebrity Covers' – Closes Sept. 11
32 of Hollywood’s greatest stars color this exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery. Using original cover art from Time magazine, the exhibit explores the mesmerizing talents of icons such as Meryl Streep, Dustin Hoffman, Paul Newman, Steven Spielberg and Marlon Brando through their powerful photographic portraits.
11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. | Free Admission
National Portrait Gallery, 8th Street NW & F Street NW, Washington, DC 20001


‘Artifact Walls – Science Under Glass’ – Closes Sept. 11
Roughly 200 years of glassware are displayed along the National Museum of American History’s Artifact Walls, which consist of 275 linear feet of cases lining the museum’s first and second floors. These pieces depict the advances in glassware from the 1770s to the 1970s, and how the material came to be the basis of a very successful industry and the evolution of laboratory science in the United States.
Hours |  Free Admission
National Museum of American History, 14th Street & Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20013


‘Reporting Vietnam’ – Closes Sept. 12
Look back on an international conflict that still has resounding effects on the U.S. today. The exhibit opened last year in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. Inside, you’ll learn the media’s role in covering the controversial war, which was brought into family living rooms and divided the nation. The exhibit features documentary films, a stirring era-appropriate soundtrack, news footage, extraordinary photography and cultural artifacts that are vital to understanding this game-changing conflict.
Hours & Admission
Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001


The Desert Dancers, Karel Appel (1954)

'Karel Appel: A Gesture of Color' – Closes Sept. 18
Karel Appel was a Dutch artist that rose to prominence in the latter half of the 20th century, and the Phillips Collection takes stock of his influence with this 22-piece retrospective. The exhibit stretches back more than 60 years, showcasing Appel’s wide range of paintings and sculptures. The artist had a distinct take on children’s art, portraits and landscapes, inserting his own style and creating unconventional works that enthrall observers to this day.
Hours & Admission
The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20009


Winslow Homer, On the Stile, 1878, Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon

'In Celebration of Paul Mellon' – Closes Sept. 18
Paul Mellon is one of America’s greatest art collectors, and has been one of the National Gallery of Art’s greatest benefactors. As the museum celebrates 75 years, view the more than 80 works from Mellon’s personal collection, including pieces by Winslow Homer, Vincent van Gogh and Pablo Picasso. The exhibit also elaborates on Mellon and his approach to collecting, but only through September 18.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Free Admission
National Gallery of Art, 6th and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20565


‘Symbolic Cities: The Work of Ahmed Mater’ – Closes Sept. 18
Ahmed Mater presents the societal and cultural facets of Saudi Arabia like no other artist can, and the Sackler Gallery proudly displays the first U.S. exhibit solely dedicated to his work. Trained as a doctor, Mater eventually turned his attention to art, depicting modern Saudi Arabia through photography and video. You’ll gaze at desert cities, the evolution of Mecca, Mater’s new work on Riyadh and much more.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free Admission
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20013


‘Jelly’s Last Jam’ – Aug. 2 – Sept. 11
Jelly Roll Morton is one of the most important figures in the history of jazz, as he’s responsible for the first published jazz composition and helping to usher the genre into widespread popularity. Signature Theatre’s production tells Jelly Roll’s enthralling story, from Morton’s humble beginnings in New Orleans to his incredible showmanship in Chicago dance halls and on New York stages. Fantastic songs and choreography make up this historical production sure to dazzle audiences until its run ends September 11.
Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, VA 22206

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