February 2017

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Cover Story

After Declaring Independence,
Kosovo Struggles for Recognition

a5.kosovo.prizren.religion.homeTiny Kosovo has played a big part in Europe's history, as the scars of the Balkan wars still haunt this enclave of 1.8 million that declared its independence nine years ago. Those wounds also lurk beneath the surface of Pristina's glamorous young envoy, Vlora Çitaku, who grew up as a refugee with a front-row seat to the civil war that shaped her destiny. Read More

SPECIAL REPORT

What the World Wants
From Donald Trump 2017

trump.main.portrait.homeThe world wants many things from Donald Trump, America's newly minted president. It just has no idea what to expect from him. That uncertainty hasn't stopped everyone — from foreign heads of state to media outlets (ours included) — from parsing the billionaire real estate mogul's dizzying array of proclamations, promises and tweets to try to get a read on the 45th president. Read More

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From CEO to Secretary

Specter of ExxonMobil Hangs Over
Trump's Pick for Secretary of State

a1.rex.tillerson.portrait.homeIn a crowded field of controversial Cabinet picks, Donald Trump's choice for secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, stands out for the web of conflicts generated by his leadership of ExxonMobil, the world's largest public energy company, which spent decades cultivating ties with autocratic regimes and denying the devastating effects of climate change. Read More


Islam and Terrorism

Trump's Tough Talk on Muslims
Contrasts with Obama's Cautious Tone

a2.islam.obamas.islam.homePresident Donald Trump's rhetoric, and actions, on Muslims could not be any more different than that of his predecessor's — a reflection of the larger dilemma U.S. officials face as they try to address the scourge of Islamic extremism without alienating the religion's 1.6 billion followers. Read More


The Lone-Wolf Threat

As Islamic State Loses Territory, Focus
Shifts to High-Profile Terrorist Attacks

a3.lone.wolf.berlin.attacks.homeIt's been three years since the Islamic State seized control of vast swathes of Iraq and Syria, which helped the then-emerging terrorist group convince scores of disenfranchised young Muslim men to join in building a "historic" caliphate. Since then, a U.S.-led coalition has hammered the Islamic State with an intense bombardment campaign. Read More


New Boss at Turtle Bay

As United States Welcomes New
Leader, So Does United Nations

a4.guterres.portrait.homeLike the United States, the United Nations started the new year off with a new leader. António Guterres, a former Portuguese prime minister and top refugee official, inherits a world of problems — from economic inequality to mass migration to climate change — on top of a potentially adversarial relationship with a Republican administration. Read More


Book Review

Book Illustrates Importance of
Diplomats and American Disconnect

a6.cables.book.thompson.homeIf President Donald Trump (or his future secretary of state) is interested in learning about diplomacy, he should read "To the Secretary: Leaked Embassy Cables and America's Foreign Policy Disconnect" by Mary Thompson-Jones. Read More


Welcoming Women

WCI Brings Together Women's
Clubs from Around the World

a7.womens.welcome.clubs.homeThe best way to foster world peace is through understanding, cross-cultural interaction and education, says the president of Welcome Clubs International (WCI), an association that aims to bring together international women's clubs worldwide for just this purpose. Read More


Embassy Showcase

Fifth Annual Winternational Draws
Over 3,000 To Ronald Reagan Building

a8.winternational.homeThe Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center has been buzzing with celebrations of culture. On Dec. 7, over 3,000 visitors filled the Atrium at the fifth Winternational Embassy Showcase, drawing a record crowd and participation from 37 embassies. Read More


   

Specter of ExxonMobil Hangs Over Tillerson’s as He Becomes Secretary of State

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By Brendan L. Smith

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Trump’s Tough Talk on Muslims Contrasts with Obama’s Cautious Tone

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By Karin Zeitvogel and Anna Gawel

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As Islamic State Loses Territory, It Shifts Focus to High-Profile Terrorist Attacks

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By Michael Coleman

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As United States Welcomes New Leader, So Does United Nations

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By Justin Salhani and Anna Gawel

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Nine Years After Declaring Independence, Kosovo Still Struggles for Recognition

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By Larry Luxner

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‘To the Secretary’ Illustrates Importance of Diplomats, and American Disconnect

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By John Shaw

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WCI Brings Together Women’s Clubs from Around the World

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By Stephanie Kanowitz

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Fifth Annual Winternational Draws Over 3,000 Visitors to Ronald Reagan Building

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By Cari

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Steep Bills Shock Patients Who Go ‘Out-of-Network’

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By Karen Pallarito

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SPECIAL REPORT: What the World Wants from Donald Trump

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By Larry Luxner

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Adrift in Sea of Moving Portraits, Bill Viola Captures Human Experience

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By Brendan L. Smith

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Mexican Wife and Husband Emphasize Partnership over Partisanship

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By Gail Scott

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Isamu Noguchi Fuses Past and Present in ‘Archaic/Modern’

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By Mackenzie Weinger

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Visual Feast of Art Fills Baltimore’s American Visionary Art Museum

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By Brendan L. Smith

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Canadian Artist Switches Gears from Fashion to Politics in ‘Cross the Party Line’

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By Kate Oczypok

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Shakespeare’s Romp in Forest Mixes Politics, Love and Mistaken Identity

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By Lisa Troshinsky

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To Bring International Inspiration to D.C., Chefs Go Straight to the Source

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By Stephanie Kanowitz

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Films - February 2017

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Languages

Czech

French

Silent


Danish

German

Spanish


English

Japanese

Turkish

Farsi

Kazakh

Czech

Stuck with a Perfect Woman

(Bezva zenska na krku)

Directed by Tomas Hoffman

(Czech Republic, 2016, 97 min.)

Eliska is caught off guard when her husband falls for a younger woman, leaving her to start life anew at 40. With little choice for lodging, she decides to move into a former morgue. Little does she know that a sarcastic gravedigger with a chip on his shoulder already occupies the small house, leading to a series of comical encounters that could bring them together.

The Avalon Theatre

Wed., Feb. 8, 8 p.m.

Danish

Land of Mine

(Under sandet)

Directed by Martin Zandvliet

(Denmark/Germany, 2015, 100 min.)

A young group of German POWs are made the enemy of a nation, where they are now forced to dig up 2 million land-mines with their bare hands (Danish, German and English).

Angelika Mosaic

Opens Fri., Feb. 17

English

Arrival

Directed by Denis Villeneuve

(U.S., 2016, 116 min.)

When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team — led by expert linguist Louise Banks — is brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers — and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity (English, Russian and Mandarin).

AFI Silver Theatre

Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

Daughters of the Dust

Directed by Julie Dash

(U.S., 1991, 112 min.)

At the dawn of the 20th century, a multigenerational family in the Gullah community on the Sea Islands off of South Carolina — former West African slaves who adopted many of their ancestors' Yoruba traditions — struggles to maintain their cultural heritage and folklore while contemplating a migration to the mainland, even further from their roots.

AFI Silver Theatre

Opens Fri., Feb. 17

Gold

Directed by Stephen Gaghan

(U.S., 2017, 121 min.)

Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey stars as a prospector desperate for a lucky break who teams up with a similarly eager geologist and sets off on a journey to find gold in the uncharted jungle of Indonesia.

Angelika Mosaic

Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

Hidden Figures

Directed by Theodore Melfi

(U.S., 2016, 127 min.)

In this untold true story, three brilliant African American women working at NASA serve as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation's confidence.

AFI Silver Theatre

Atlantic Plumbing

I Am Not Your Negro

Directed by Raoul Peck

(France/U.S., 2017, 95 min.)

In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, which was to be a revolutionary, personal account of three assassinated leaders who were also his close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin's death in 1987, he left behind only 30 completed pages of his manuscript. Now, in his incendiary new documentary, master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., Feb. 3

Jackie

Directed by Pablo Larraín

(U.S./Chile/France, 2016, 99 min.)

Following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, first lady Jacqueline Kennedy fights through grief and trauma to regain her faith, console her children and define her husband's historic legacy.

AFI Silver Theatre

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Lion

Directed by Garth Davis

(Australia, 2016, 120 min.)

A 5-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of miles from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia. Not wanting to hurt his adoptive parents' feelings, he suppresses his past, his emotional need for reunification and his hope of ever finding his lost mother and brother for 25 years. But a chance meeting with some fellow Indians reawakens his buried yearning (English, Bengali and Hindi).

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Silence

Directed by Martin Scorsese

(Mexico/Taiwan/U.S., 2017, 161 min.)

Two priests travel to Japan in an attempt to locate their mentor and propagate Catholicism.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

A United Kingdom

Directed by Amma Asante

(U.S./U.K./Czech Republic, 2017, 111 min.)

Prince Seretse Khama of Botswana causes an international stir when he marries a white woman from London in the late 1940s.

Angelika Mosaic

Opens Fri., Feb. 17

Farsi

Close-Up

(Nema-ye nazdik)

Directed by Abbas Kiarostami

(Iran, 1990, 98 min.)

This fiction-documentary hybrid uses a real-life sensational event — a young man arrested on charges that he impersonated filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf — as the basis for a stunning, multilayered investigation into movies, identity, artistic creation and life itself (Farsi and Azerbaijani).

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Feb. 4, 3:15 p.m.

Dingomaro

Directed by Kamran Heidari

(Iran, 2014, 68 min.)

This documentary is a lively and pulsating portrayal of Hamid Said, one of the most successful musicians from the south Iranian province of Hormozgan.

National Museum of African Art

Sat., Feb. 18, 2 p.m.

Drought and Lies

Directed by Pedram Alizadeh

(Iran, 2016, 94 min.)

During a birthday celebration at a Caspian Sea getaway, lawyer Omid receives a call from his ex-wife, inflaming the jealousy of his current wife. The call sets in motion a round-robin of betrayal and soul-searching that sends ripples through their circle of family and friends.

National Gallery of Art

Sun., Feb. 12, 4 p.m.

Lantouri

Directed by Reza Dormishian

(Iran, 2016, 115 min.)

A member of a vicious criminal gang named Lantouri throws acid in the face of a criminal rights activist, who demands justice via the concept in Islamic law known as lex talionis: an eye for an eye.

National Gallery of Art

Sat., Feb. 18, 4:30 p.m.

Life, and Nothing More.

(Zendegi va digar hich)

Directed by Abbas Kiarostami

(Iran, 1992, 95 min.)

In 1990, the Koker region where Abbas Kiarostami filmed a prior movie, was devastated by a massive earthquake. In this meta-fictional investigation of truth and representation, actors playing Kiarostami and his son return to Koker to track down the boys who starred in the previous film.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Feb. 11, 1:15 p.m.

Me (aka I)

Directed by Soheil Beiraghi

(Iran, 2016, 84 min.)

Actress Leila Hatami is a force of nature as the queen of Tehran's underground, where she plays a ruthless and enigmatic fixer, keeping one step ahead of the law as she forges passports, moves illicit booze via a bottled water company and effortlessly emasculates a musical protégé.

National Gallery of Art

Sat., Feb. 11, 4 p.m.

Radio Dreams

Directed by Babak Jalali

(U.S./Iran, 2016, 91 min.)

Mohsen Namjoo, a folk singer known as "Iran's Bob Dylan," delivers a brilliantly deadpan performance in this comedy as a put-upon program director of a Bay Area Persian-language radio station (Farsi and English).

National Gallery of Art

Sat., Feb. 4, 4:30 p.m.

The Salesman

(Forushande)

Directed by Asghar Farhadi

(Iran/France, 2017, 125 min.)

A young couple living in Tehran act together in an amateur production of Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman." When their flat becomes damaged, they are forced to move into a new apartment, where an intruder attacks the wife, prompting her husband to become an amateur detective in an attempt to find the assailant and soothe his wife's addled nerves.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Opens Fri., Feb. 10

National Gallery of Art

Sun., Feb. 5, 4 p.m.

Taste of Cherry

Directed by Abbas Kiarostami

(Iran, 1997, 95 min.)

A middle-aged man drives through a barren landscape, looking for someone to agree to bury him after he commits suicide the following morning. He is eerily calm about his decision to end his life, despite the entreaties of each of the three candidates he tries to persuade. Their conversations become an evolving philosophical argument about the value of life in the face of death in what has been called Abbas Kiarostami's "greatest film."

National Gallery of Art

Sat., Feb. 25, 4:30 p.m.

Ten

(Dah)

Directed by Abbas Kiarostami

(Iran, 2002, 91 min.)

Ten-year-old Amin Maher hops into a car in Tehran and begins an electrifying 10-minute battle with his unseen mother over her divorce and remarriage. Later, his strikingly attractive mother engages in nine other front-seat conversations — with her sister, a female friend, an elderly female pilgrim and an unseen prostitute.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Feb. 19, 2:45 p.m.

Through the Olive Trees

(Zire darakhatan zeytun)

Directed by Abbas Kiarostami

(France/Iran, 1994, 103 min.)

The final film in Abbas Kiarostami's Koker Trilogy is an investigation of the complex relationship between cinema and real life, as a woman who recently spurned a man's marriage proposal is forbidden by family and tradition from speaking to him — except within the fiction of the film.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Feb. 12, 1:15 p.m.

Where is the Friend's Home?

(Khane-ye doust kodjast?)

Directed by Abbas Kiarostami

(Iran, 1987, 83 min.)

The first of Abbas Kiarostami's films to gain significant attention outside of his home country, "Where is the Friend's Home?" follows Ahmed, a young boy on a mission to return a notebook to his classmate after he takes it home by mistake.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Feb. 5, 3:15 p.m.

The Wind Will Carry Us

(Bad ma ra khahad bord)

Directed by Abbas Kiarostami

(Iran/France, 1999, 118 min.)

A journalist posing as an engineer travels to a remote Kurdish village with a secret aim: to record an ancient mourning ritual for a dying century-old woman. When the woman stubbornly refuses to die, the "engineer" is forced to slow down and interact with the town's inhabitants.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Feb. 18, 1:15 p.m.

 

French

Certified Copy

(Copie conformé)

Directed by Abbas Kiarostami

(France/Italy/Belgium/Iran, 2010, 106 min.)

British intellectual James meets French shopkeeper Elle (Juliette Binoche) after he gives a reading in a Tuscan town. Walking and talking their way through the beautiful surroundings, the pair begin to playact as lovers, a charade they carry to surprisingly great lengths (French, English and Italian).

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Feb. 25, 1:15 p.m.,

Mon., Feb. 27, 7:15 p.m.

German

Toni Erdmann

Directed by Maren Ade

(Germany/Austria/Romania, 2016, 162 min.)

A father who is a divorced music teacher and an old-age hippie of sorts — with a passion for bizarre pranks involving fake personas — decides to reconnect with his adult daughter, a high-powered business consultant posted in Bucharest (German, English and Romanian).

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Japanese

Like Someone in Love

Directed by Abbas Kiarostami

(France/Japan, 2012, 109 min.)

Abbas Kiarostami's second feature made outside of Iran takes place in Tokyo, where Akiko, a college student moonlighting as a prostitute, is sent to the apartment of an elderly gentleman who just wants to spend the night talking. The next morning, when he drops her off at her university, Akiko's boyfriend mistakes him for her grandfather, and the old man elects not to correct him.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Feb. 25, 3:30 p.m.,

Tue., Feb. 28, 7:15 p.m.

Kazakh

The Eagle Huntress

Directed by Otto Bell

(U.K./Mongolia/U.S., 2016, 87 min.)

This spellbinding documentary follows Aisholpan, a 13-year-old nomadic Mongolian girl who is fighting to become the first female eagle hunter in twelve generations of her Kazakh family.

West End Cinema

Silent

The Red Turtle

(La tortue rouge)

Directed by Michael Dudok de Wit

(France/Belgium, 2017, 81 min.)

This haunting and magical tale, told wordlessly but eloquently, is a simple fable of a man shipwrecked on a tropical island, and his efforts to survive. The island is populated by birds and crabs and is one day visited by a large sea turtle that seems to have mysterious intentions.

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Spanish

Julieta

Directed by Pedro Almodóvar

(Spain, 2016, 99 min.)

Julieta is a middle-age woman living in Madrid with her boyfriend who has been apart from her daughter for 12 years. After a casual encounter, the brokenhearted woman decides to confront her life and the events that led to her daughter's estrangement.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

 

Turkish

Kedi

Directed by Ceyda Torun

(Turkey/U.S., 2017, 80 min.)

Hundreds of thousands of Turkish cats roam the metropolis of Istanbul freely. For thousands of years they've wandered in and out of people's lives, becoming an essential part of the communities that make the city so rich. Claiming no owners, the cats of Istanbul live between two worlds, neither wild nor tame — and they bring joy and purpose to those people they choose to adopt.

Landmark Theatres

Opens Fri., Feb. 24

   

Events - February 2017

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Theater

Dance

Discussions

Music

ART 

Through Feb. 2

Silent Room

This installation by Dutch artist Simon Heijdens is a space devoid of sound or color. As such, it offers an immersive experience of silence and peace, a rare and unmediated moment of reflection in the sensory overload of the outside environment. Visitors enter the 40-foot-long room alone, excluded from any visual or audible manifestation other than themselves. Eventually, as ears and senses adapt to the silence, the visitor becomes the sound. What does this state of silence do to one's body and mind? Is it indeed peaceful, or rather unbalancing? For registration information, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Royal Netherlands Embassy

 

Feb. 3 to 24

Suspicious Growths: Works by Tai Hwa Goh

Tai Hwa Goh's works start from an interpretation of personal experiences, a desire to capture the fine details and rhythm that make up one's accumulated memories, and the natural flow of energy. Goh's pieces use traditional printing methods on thin Korean Hanji paper, which is piled, folded and bound by hand to create forms that evoke elements of nature such as stems, cells, seeds and organs of the human body. Together these become a living organism that appears to proliferate and divide as viewers experience a totally transformed art space, before being reborn into an installation with architectural elements.

Korean Cultural Center

 

Feb. 3 to March 18

Decolonizing Alaska

This exhibit explores how 31 native and non-native Alaskan artists are grappling with issues related to climate change and responding to socio-political conditions in the state. It will highlight themes related to Alaska's history with the colonization of native lands, how Alaska is sustaining its heritage and how Alaskans are responding to climate change. Among the works are Linda Infante Lyons' "St. Katherine of Karluk," which replaces symbolic elements of a Russian Orthodox icon with those of the native Alutiiq people of Kodiak, Alaska, an area greatly affected by Russian colonization.

The George Washington University's Corcoran School of the Arts and Design

 

Feb. 4 to April 30

500 Years of Treasures from Oxford

Founded 500 years ago in 1517, the library of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, is a repository of extraordinary treasures, few of which have ever been seen by the public. To mark the 500th anniversary, a selection of 50 manuscripts and early printed books, ranging in date from the 10th to the 17th centuries, is being brought to America for the first time.

Folger Shakespeare Library

 

Feb. 4 to April 30

Toulouse-Lautrec Illustrates the Belle Époque

Through his lithographs and posters, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec captured the heart of Parisian nightlife in dynamic cabaret and café-concert scenes inspired by the city's burgeoning entertainment district. This special exhibition presents, for the first time in the United States, one of the foremost collections of the artist's prints and posters. Nearly 100 examples of incomparable quality and color celebrate daily life and the premier performers of the belle époque — Aristide Bruant, Marcelle Lender, Cha-U-Kao and others — cleverly caricatured through Toulouse-Lautrec's perceptive skills of observation and transformation.

The Phillips Collection

 

Feb. 5 to June 4

Della Robbia: Sculpting with Color in Renaissance Florence

Luca della Robbia, a master sculptor in marble and bronze, invented a glazing technique for terracotta sculpture that positioned him as one of the most innovative artists of the 15th century. Today, the sculptures created by Luca and his family workshop retain their brilliant opaque whites, deep cerulean blues, and botanical greens, purples and yellows over modeling that makes them powerful and engaging examples of Italian Renaissance art.

National Gallery of Art

 

Through Feb. 7

No Boundaries: Aboriginal Australian Contemporary Abstract Painting

"No Boundaries" showcases the work of nine Aboriginal artists from remote northwest Australia, revered as community leaders and the custodians of ceremonial knowledge. They took up painting late in their lives, but quickly established themselves at the forefront of Australian contemporary art. The paintings of these nine men cannot be understood outside of the rich cultural traditions that inform them. At the same time, these artists are innovators of the highest order.

Embassy of Australia Art Gallery

 

Through Feb. 12

Notes from the Desert: Photographs by Gauri Gill

Since the late 1990s, Gauri Gill (born 1970) has been photographing marginalized communities in western Rajasthan, India. Featuring 57 of her prints, this exhibition showcases Gill's work in the remote desert region and draws on her extensive archive.

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

 

Through Feb. 17

Different Dimensions – One Artlove

Painting as a medium of freedom and concentration shows itself from its variable and curious side in this exhibition that presents four different takes on painting by artists from D.C., Baltimore, Vienna and Salzburg. From figuration to abstraction, this show proves once again that art transcends its boundaries, connecting beauty, craftsmanship and conceptual ideas.

Embassy of Austria

 

Feb. 17 to May 14

Border Crossing: Jami Porter Lara

While visiting a remote area along the U.S.–Mexico border, Albuquerque-based artist Jami Porter Lara found the remains of ancient pottery as well as plastic bottles discarded by migrants moving through the region. Intrigued by this juxtaposition, she began to reconceptualize the plastic bottle.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

 

Feb. 17 to May 14

New Ground: The Southwest of Maria Martinez and Laura Gilpin

Contemporaries and friends, potter Maria Martinez (ca. 1887–1980) and photographer Laura Gilpin (1891–1979) brought the American Southwest into focus as a culturally rich region that fostered artistic expression. Martinez's bold adaptation of an ancient black-on-black pottery design technique reflected Pueblo artistic traditions and also appealed to the modernist sensibility. Gilpin was one of the first women to capture the landscape and peoples of the American West on film.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

 

Feb. 18 to June 11

Friends and Fashion: An American Diplomat in 1820s Russia

Focusing on 45 portraits from an album assembled by the family of politician and statesman Henry Middleton, this exhibition paints a captivating picture of diplomatic life in early 19th-century St. Petersburg. The intimate portraits, along with selected objects, images and publications, offer an exploration into a number of themes, including Middleton's posting in St. Petersburg and the historical events surrounding his time there, the family's social life in Russia, the artistic traditions of the period, and the elaborate fashions and hairstyles of the day.

Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens

 

Through Feb. 20

The Art of the Qur'an: Treasures from the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts

In recognition of one of the world's extraordinary collections of Qur'ans, the Freer|Sackler is hosting a landmark exhibition, the first of its kind in the United States, featuring some 50 of the most sumptuous manuscripts from Herat to Istanbul. Celebrated for their superb calligraphy and lavish illumination, these manuscripts — which range in date from the early 8th to the 17th century — are critical to the history of the arts of the book. They were once the prized possessions of Ottoman sultans and the ruling elite, who donated their Qur'ans to various institutions to express their personal piety and secure political power.

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

 

Through Feb. 25

Joan Miró, from the Collection of the Kreeger Museum

Joan Miró was the consummate professional artist, a perfectionist who insisted he was a "self-taught amateur" to secure for himself permission to transgress traditional techniques, especially in pursuit of printmaking as a medium for his breathtaking expressions of devotion for Catalan culture. The Kreeger's complete collection of works by Miró, including "The Mallorca Suite," is on view in this intimate exhibition.

The Kreeger Museum

 

Through Feb. 26

Evolving Elections; Comparing the 1916 and 2016 Presidential Campaigns

"Evolving Elections" attempts to make sense of presidential politics then and now, exploring the political campaign season of 100 years ago vs. the current election. The modern day complaints about primary fights, the importance of party unity, a bitterly divided party, the grueling length of campaigns and outsiders seeking nomination would have been familiar to the voter during the contentious election of 1916. More contentious than 2016? You decide.

Woodrow Wilson House

 

Feb. 26 to Aug. 6

The Urban Scene: 1920-1950

American artists of the early 20th century sought to interpret the beauty, power, and anxiety of the modern age in diverse ways. Through depictions of bustling city crowds and breathtaking metropolitan vistas, 25 black-and-white prints in this exhibition explore the spectacle of urban modernity.

National Gallery of Art

 

Through March 5

Gender Equality: We've come a long way - haven't we?

Sweden's achievements in gender equality are hailed as inspiring examples. Focusing on four sub-goals of gender equality set up by the Swedish government — equal division of power and influence; economic equality; equal distribution of unpaid housework and provision of care; and men's violence against women — this exhibition aims to inspire and reflect as well as discuss the changes that have been made and to initiate the changes still needed.

House of Sweden

 

Through March 5

Spirit of the Wild: Through the Eyes of Mattias Klum

All life on earth is interconnected. Cities, societies and nations depend on healthy natural ecosystems to survive and prosper. Mattias Klum, one of the most important natural history photographer of our time, shares the stories of his journeys; from deep in the Artic to wild places like the Borneo rainforest, to the savannahs of Tanzania and the life under the sea.

House of Sweden

 

Through March 5

Sweden's Freedom of the Press Unfolded

The freedom to express oneself in speech and writing is one of the basic human rights according to the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights from 1948. Sweden's Freedom of the Press Act was passed almost 200 years earlier, in 1766. This unique timeline exhibition reveals how Sweden's freedom of the press came about and focuses on some of the advances and setbacks that have shaped it.

House of Sweden

 

Through March 5

Viktigt by Ingegerd Raman

With love of craftsmanship and simplicity at the heart of it all, Viktigt pieces do their job in silence. Ingegerd Råman, the House of Sweden's own designer, explores the craftsmanship behind her IKEA collection of glass, ceramic, bamboo and natural fibers.

House of Sweden

 

Through March 5

Woodland Sweden

Nature is prevalent everywhere in Sweden and there is a long tradition of using nature's raw materials in the country's built environment. Wooden architecture and design, in fact, are becoming a new Swedish export item. This exhibition shows the rapid development of Swedish innovative contemporary architecture and examines different aspects of construction work with wood.

House of Sweden

 

Through March 12

Mehring / Wellspring: The Early Color Field Paintings of Howard Mehring

This survey samples reflects on the work of Howard Mehring, a native Washingtonian who became a leading figure in the loosely defined Washington Color School movement, a form of Abstraction particular to D.C.

American University Museum

 

Through April 23

Jacob Lawrence: The Life of Toussaint L'Ouverture

Featuring a series of 15 rarely seen silkscreen prints created by American artist Jacob Lawrence between 1986 and 1997, this exhibition portrays the life of Toussaint L'Ouverture (1742-1803), the former slave turned leader of Haiti's independence movement.

The Phillips Collection

 

Through May 13

Bordes/Borders

This contemporary video exhibit curated by Othón Castañeda features nine short films with borders as their main concept. The works were among a number of films submitted by international artists to the Bienal de las Fronteras, an artistic initiative that offers a platform to emerging artists of diverse backgrounds. This selection questions the boundaries of the biennial itself, including participating artists that establish an alternative view of the border, this time "from the inside out."

Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Through June 2

From the Desk of Simone de Beauvoir

Consider the influence and intellect of feminist philosopher Simone de Beauvoir in an interpretation of her Paris studio alcove. This installation invites visitors to reflect on Beauvoir's impact, not only in her time and not only as a feminist, but in our own time and in the areas of literature, philosophy and popular culture.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

 

Through March 5

Photography Reinvented: The Collection of Robert E. Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker

The collection of Robert E. Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker brings together works of critically important artists who have changed the course of photography through their experimentation and conceptual scope. Especially rich in holdings of work by photographers of the famed Düsseldorf School, among them Struth, Candida Höfer, Andreas Gursky and Thomas Ruff, the collection also includes examples by photographers exploring the nature of the medium itself, such as Demand, Cindy Sherman and Vik Muniz.

National Gallery of Art

 

Through March 5

Stuart Davis: In Full Swing

As one of the most important American modernists, Stuart Davis (1892–1964) blurred distinctions between text and image, high and low art, and abstraction and figuration, crafting a distinct style that continues to influence art being made today.

National Gallery of Art

 

Through March 26

The Great Swindle: Works by Santiago Montoya

Colombian artist Santiago Montoya uses paper currency as the base for his work, re-contextualizing one of our most basic and intimate relationships: the relationship with money. Comprised of works that Montoya has made over the last 10 years, "The Great Swindle" represents a sustained examination of the complicated, fluid relationships we have with financial systems, as well as a journey through the artist's forays into the materiality of paper bills — raising questions and taking positions on our place within the financial system.

OAS Art Museum of the Americas

 

Through Aug. 6, 2017

José Gómez-Sicre's Eye

A half-century ago, Cuban-born curator José Gómez-Sicre took the reins of the OAS's art program, thrusting himself into the rapidly expanding Latin American art world and bringing young, emerging talent to the OAS's budding exhibition space. Impassioned by the arts, Gómez-Sicre planted the seeds of what is today considered among world's finest collections of modern and contemporary Latin American and Caribbean art. The OAS will be celebrating the centennial of Gómez-Sicre's birth throughout 2016, honoring his contribution to the legacy of the hemisphere's art.

OAS Art Museum of the Americas

 

DANCE

Through Feb. 5

Mariinsky Ballet: Alexei Ratmansky's 'The Little Humpbacked Horse'

For its annual engagement, the legendary Mariinsky brings Alexei Ratmansky's charming contemporary take on the classic Russian fairy tale in a D.C. premiere showcasing plenty of personality, humor and creativity with a score by Rodion Shchedrin. Tickets are $49 to $150.

Kennedy Center Opera House

 

DISCUSSIONS

Fri., Feb. 3, 9 to 10:30 a.m.

The Enduring Significance of Charter 77

The Czech Republic's successful transition from communism to democracy would have been impossible without the committed activists who provided a consistent and courageous voice in favor of political and intellectual freedom and civic engagement. This is why Charter 77, a short manifesto with a few thousand signatories, had such an explosive impact within the Eastern Bloc. Not only did many members and signatories of Charter 77 go on to play important roles in Czech and Slovak national life, the manifesto has also served as an inspiration to democratic dissidents from China to Cuba. This panel will explore the enduring significance of Charter 77 for the partisans of human freedom. Registration is required and can be made at https://charter77.eventbrite.com.

Embassy of the Czech Republic

 

Thu., Feb. 9, 6 p.m.

From Tarzan to Tonto Stereotypes as Obstacles to Progress Toward a More Perfect Union

Tarzan and Jane, Tonto and the Lone Ranger, Uncle Ben and Aunt Jemima—all represent familiar tropes and imagery about Native American, African, and African American people. But from where do these limiting stereotypes spring? Why have they remained so resilient? And what can we do to combat fixed cultural identities and move forward?

National Museum of African Art

 

MUSIC

Wed., Feb. 1, 6:30 p.m.

Swedish Pianist Peter Friis Johansson

Award-winning and highly acclaimed Swedish pianist Peter Friis Johansson performs a solo recital with music by Schubert and Scandinavian composers.

House of Sweden

 

Thu., Feb. 2, 8 p.m.

Danish String Quartet

The members of the Danish Quartet have self-effacingly described themselves as "simply your friendly neighborhood string quartet with above average amounts of beard." But the critical press takes a more elevated view, with the Washington Post dubbing the youthful Danes "one of the best quartets before the public today." Tickets are $47.

UDC Theater of the Arts

 

Sat., Feb. 4, 7 p.m.

Noche de Boleros (Night of Ballads)

Teatro de la Luna presents an evening of romantic music showcasing the magical voices of María del Socorro and Jorge Anaya (El Salvador) and Amira Mendoza (Venezuela), will interpret unforgettable Spanish-language love ballads, accompanied by well-known area musicians Dani Cortaza, Alfonso Rondón and Nelson Alvarez. Tickets are $35.

Rosslyn Spectrum Theater

 

Sat., Feb. 4, 7:30 p.m.

The Trumpet Shall Sound

Taking its name from the aria in Handel's Messiah, this program by PostClassical Ensemble intermingles spirituals with classic religious arias to explore the expression of religious fervor common to both.

Washington National Cathedral

 

Thu., Feb. 9, 7 p.m.

Sound Impact: Paisajes Españoles

Sound Impact is a collective of renowned musicians dedicated to serving communities and igniting positive change in the U.S. and abroad through live performance, educational programs and creative collaboration. As part of the series, this evening of Spanish music features the works of acclaimed Spanish clarinetist/composer Jose Gonzalez Granero, cellist Danielle Cho, violinist Rebecca Jackson, violinist Regino Madrid and violist Tiffany Richardson. For RSVP information, visit www.spainculture.us.

Former Residence of the Spanish Ambassador

 

Thu., Feb. 16, 8 p.m.,

Fri., Feb. 17, 8 p.m.

Solas

Celebrating 20 years, "the finest Celtic ensemble this country has ever produced" (the Boston Globe) lights up the Barns with its melodic beacon of Irish music. Tickets are $25 to $28.

The Barns at Wolf Trap

 

Sat., Feb. 18, 8 p.m.,

Sun., Feb. 19, 4 p.m.

Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical Revue

Journey into the contemporary culture of India through the glitz and glamour of Bollywood with this musical review based on one of its greatest films, "Taj Express." Tickets are $30 to $50.

George Mason University Center for the Arts

 

Sun., Feb. 19, 7 p.m.

Living the Dream ... Singing the Dream

For 25 years, the Washington Performing Arts Gospel Choirs have shared the inspirational gift of gospel music with audiences throughout the D.C. region and beyond. The choirs' annual concert with the Choral Arts Chorus, honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., is a joyful celebration of the power of music and the human spirit. Tickets are $25 to $70.

Kennedy Center Concert Hall

 

Sat., Feb. 25, 6 p.m.

The Root of the Root

Cuban-Spanish composer Pavel Urkiza and the Cuban-inspired Congrí Ensemble present an exploration of the ancestral connections of music with songs that are part of the Latin American popular heritage, learned and transmitted from generation to generation. Tickets are $25.

Atlas Performing Arts Center

 

Mon., Feb. 27, 8 p.m.

St. Petersburg Philharmonic

Former Baltimore Symphony Orchestra music director Yuri Temirkanov returns with his St. Petersburg Philharmonic, which Washington Performing Arts has presented since its pre-Perestroika days as the Leningrad Philharmonic. Tickets are $40 to $110.

Kennedy Center Concert Hall

 

THEATER

Feb. 2 to 26

Yo también hablo de la rosa/I Too Speak of the Rose

In this searing look at poverty and society's response to it, two poor teens who accidentally derail a train while skipping school become the subject of a media frenzy. As they follow the occurrence, diverse people reveal, with biting humor and wit, their socio-political views on the cause of the incident and provide insight into the complexities of Mexican life in the 1960s. Tickets are $40 to $45.

GALA Hispanic Theatre

 

Through Feb. 5

Someone is Going to Come

Scena Theatre continues its 30th anniversary season with Norwegian playwright Jon Fosse's emotionally powerful drama about a strange couple who moves into an isolated, run-down house to be alone, far from the prying eyes of others. Yet, they both grow increasingly anxious that "someone is going to come" in this poetic play about passion, paranoia and jealousy. Tickets are $30 to $35.

Atlas Performing Arts Center

 

Feb. 7 to March 12

King Charles III

The Queen is dead. After a lifetime of waiting, Prince Charles ascends the throne with Camilla by his side. As William, Kate and Harry look on, Charles prepares for the future of power that lies before him — but how to rule? Written primarily in Shakespearean blank verse, this modern history play explores the people underneath the crowns, the unwritten rules of Britain's democracy and the conscience of its most famous family. Please call for ticket information.

Shakespeare Theatre Harman Hall

 

Through Feb. 11

Hamlette

"Hamlette" takes the classic Shakespeare play, throws it in a blender and shakes it up into a side-splitting comedy told in under an hour with only five actors as part of the Keegan Theatre's "Play Rah Ka" series on inspiring young people (recommended for ages 11 and up). For information, visit http://keegantheatre.com/playrahka/.

The Keegan Theatre

 

Feb. 15 to March 19

The Taming of the Shrew

Come to "Paduawood" where Synetic Theater will spoof Hollywood's famous-for-no-reason socialites in this modern-day adaptation of one of the Bard's best-known romantic comedies. See the original battle of the sexes enacted with the dazzling choreography and physical comedy that only Synetic can deliver (no dialogue). Tickets start at $35.

Synetic Theater

 

Feb. 18 to April 2

The Select (The Sun Also Rises)

A stage littered with liquor bottles and café chairs seamlessly transforms itself from the bistros of Paris to the banks of the Irati River. As the story winds its way through France and Spain and lands in Pamplona where bullfighting and the fiesta rage in the streets, Ernest Hemingway's narrator carries the heavy burdens of a war injury and his inability to have the woman he loves. Please call for ticket information.

Shakespeare Lansburgh Theatre

 

Through Feb. 19

The Hard Problem

Master dramatist Tom Stoppard's newest play follows Hilary, a young psychology researcher at the prestigious Krohl Institute for Brain Science. As she and her colleagues grapple with the "hard problem" of defining consciousness, a thorny decision from Hilary's past fuels her controversial stances — and a few suspect choices. Tickets start at $52.

Studio Theatre

 

Through Feb. 19

Roe

The lawyer: a young, brilliant, courageous woman arguing Roe v. Wade before the Supreme Court. The plaintiff: a complex, single woman seeking to end an unwanted pregnancy. The landmark 1973 case legalized abortion, but also began their separate journeys that would come to mirror the polarization in American culture. Tickets are $40 to $90.

Arena Stage

 

Sun., Feb. 19, 3 p.m.

Léonore, ou l'amour conjugal

Revolution is in the air. A political prisoner awaits death in his cell. A woman puts herself in mortal danger to seek justice in Ludwig van Beethoven's classic opera rich with themes that remain relevant today. Tickets are $25 to $130.

GW Lisner Auditorium

Feb. 24 to April 9

Intelligence

Jacqueline E. Lawton's new political thriller explores the cost of deception and the consequences of speaking truth to power. "Intelligence" is a fictionalized account inspired by true events of a covert operative who, tasked with protecting the national security of the United States post-9/11, is racing to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. With her country at war, her cover is blown and the lives of her assets are put in jeopardy. Tickets are $40 to $90.

Arena Stage

 

Through Feb. 26

Baby Screams Miracle

A small house is besieged by an apocalyptic storm. Great trees crack and splinter, garbage shatters windows, a deer impales the car windshield and the wind hurls a trampoline into the living room. While their family home collapses all around them, an estranged daughter and her devout relatives try to pray their way to safety. Tickets start at $20.

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

 

Through March 5

As You Like It

Rosalind is banished from court and flees to the Forest of Arden, where she discovers Orlando and a world of passion and possibility in one of Shakespeare's most cherished romantic comedies. When she disguises herself as a man, enchantment abounds and blossoms into an exploration of the beauty and complexities of young love. Tickets are $35 to $75.

Folger Theatre

   

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