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Canadian Artist Ponders ‘Diversity and Identity’ in Visual Diary of Vietnam

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By Kate Oczypok

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Films - September 2018

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Turkish


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Swedish

 

 

English

Bel Canto

Directed by Paul Weitz

(U.S., 2018, 102 min.)

A world-renowned opera singer becomes trapped in a hostage situation when she's invited to perform for a wealthy industrialist in South America.

Angelika Pop-Up

Opens Fri., Sept. 21

 

Blindspotting

Directed by Carlos López Estrada

(U.S., 2018, 95 min.)

Lifelong friends Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal co-wrote and star in this timely and wildly entertaining story about the intersection of race and class, set against the backdrop of a rapidly gentrifying Oakland.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

The Bookshop

Directed by Isabel Coixet

(U.K./Spain/Germany, 2018, 113 min.)

In 1959 England, free-spirited widow Florence Green (Emily Mortimer) risks everything to open a bookshop in a conservative East Anglian coastal town. While bringing about a surprising cultural awakening, she earns the polite but ruthless opposition of a local grand dame (Patricia Clarkson) and the support and affection of a reclusive book loving widower (Bill Nighy).

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

 

Colette

Directed by Wash Westmoreland

(U.K./Hungary/U.S., 2019, 111 min.)

After marrying a successful Parisian writer Willy, Colette (Keira Knightley) is transplanted from her childhood home in rural France to the intellectual and artistic splendor of Paris. Soon after, Willy convinces Colette to ghostwrite for him. She pens a semi-autobiographical novel about a witty and brazen country girl named Claudine, sparking a bestseller and a cultural sensation. Colette's fight over creative ownership and gender roles drives her to overcome societal constraints, revolutionizing literature, fashion and sexual expression.

Angelika Mosaic

Opens Fri., Sept. 28

 

Crazy Rich Asians

Directed by Jon M. Chu

(U.S., 2018, 120 min.)

New Yorker Rachel accompanies her longtime boyfriend Nick to his best friend's wedding in Singapore. Excited about visiting Asia for the first time but nervous about meeting Nick's family, Rachel is unprepared to learn that Nick has neglected to mention a few key details about his life. It turns out that he is not only the scion of one of the country's wealthiest families but also one of its most sought-after bachelors (English, Mandarin and Cantonese).

Angelika Mosaic

Angelika Pop-Up

Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

 

Eighth Grade

Directed by Bo Burnham

(U.S., 2018, 93 min.)

A rare film that perfectly captures the awkwardness of adolescence, this poignant comedy focuses on 13-year-old Kayla as she endures the tidal wave of contemporary suburban adolescence and makes her way through the last week of middle school — the end of her thus far disastrous eighth grade year.

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Full Metal Jacket

Directed by Stanley Kubrick

(U.S., 1987, 116 min.)

After the harrowing experience of boot camp, Matthew Modine and company exchange one hell for another when they see action in Vietnam.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Sept. 9, 9 p.m.,

Mon., Sept. 10, 9:30 p.m.

 

John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection

Directed by Julien Faraut

(France, 2018, 95 min.)

"In the Realm of Perfection" revisits the rich bounty of 16-mm-shot footage of the left-handed tennis star John McEnroe, at the time the world's top-ranked player, as he competes in the French Open at Paris's Roland Garros Stadium in 1984.

West End Cinema

 

Juliet, Naked

Directed by Jesse Peretz

(U.S., 2018, 105 min.)

"Juliet, Naked" is the story of Annie (the long-suffering girlfriend of Duncan) and her unlikely transatlantic romance with once revered, now faded, singer-songwriter Tucker Crowe, who also happens to be the subject of Duncan's musical obsession.

AFI Silver Theatre

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

The Little Stranger

Directed by Lenny Abrahamson

(Ireland/U.K./France, 2018, 111 min.)

During the long hot summer of 1948, Dr. Faraday is called to a patient at Hundreds Hall, where his mother once worked. The Hall has been home to the Ayres family for more than two centuries, but it is now in decline and its inhabitants are haunted by something more ominous than a dying way of life. When he takes on his new patient, Faraday has no idea how closely, and how disturbingly, the family's story is about to become entwined with his own.

Angelika Mosaic

 

Love, Gilda

Directed by Lisa Dapolito

(Canada/U.S., 2018, 88 min.)

In her own words, comedian Gilda Radner reflects on her childhood, her comedy career, her relationships and, ultimately, her struggle with cancer.

Landmark's Theatres

Opens Fri., Sept. 21

 

Lizzie

Directed by Craig William Macneill

(U.S., 2018, 105 min.)

This psychological thriller is based on the infamous 1892 murders of the Borden family.

Angelika Mosaic

Opens Fri., Sept. 21

 

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

Directed by Desiree Akhavan

(U.S., 2018, 91 min.)

In 1993, a teenage girl is forced into a gay conversion therapy center by her conservative guardians.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Nico, 1988

Directed by Susanna Nicciarelli

(Italy/Belgium, 2018, 93 min.)

Approaching 50, Nico leads a solitary, low-key existence in Manchester, far from her 1960s glam days as a Warhol superstar and celebrated vocalist for cult band The Velvet Underground. Her career seems over, but her new manager gives Nico some needed drive to hit the road again to tour Europe, although she continues to struggle with addiction and personal demons.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Operation Finale

Directed by Chris Weitz

(U.S., 2018, 123 min.)

The thrilling true story "Operation Finale" follows the 1960 covert mission of legendary Mossad agent Peter Malkin as he infiltrates Argentina and captures Adolf Eichmann, the Nazi officer who masterminded the transportation logistics that brought millions of innocent Jews to their deaths in concentration camps (English and Spanish).

AFI Silver Theatre

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

 

Papillon

Directed by Michael Noer

(Czech Republic/Spain/U.S., 2018, 133 min.)

Based on the international bestselling autobiographic books, this film follows the epic story of Henri "Papillon" Charrière, a safecracker from the Parisian underworld who is framed for murder and condemned to life in the notorious penal colony on Devil's Island.

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Pick of the Litter

Directed by Don Hardy Jr. and Dana Nachman

(U.S., 2018, 81 min.)

Meet Patriot, Potomac, Primrose, Poppet and Phil — five spirited, adorable Labrador retriever puppies who, from the moment they're born, begin an incredible journey to become guide dogs for the blind. It's a rigorous two-year process that will take the pups from the care of selfless foster volunteers to specialized trainers and finally, if they make the cut, to a lifelong human companion.

Landmark's Theatres

Opens Fri., Sept. 14

 

RBG

Directed by Julie Cohen and Betsy West

(U.S., 2018, 97 min.)

At the age of 84, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But without a definitive Ginsburg biography, the unique personal journey of this diminutive, quiet warrior's rise to the nation's highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans—until now.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

 

Three Identical Strangers

Directed by Tim Wardle

(U.K., 2018, 96 min.)

New York, 1980: Three complete strangers accidentally discover that they are identical triplets, separated at birth. The 19-year-olds' joyous reunion catapults them to international fame, but it also unlocks an extraordinary and disturbing secret that goes beyond their own lives - and could transform our understanding of human nature forever.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

West End Cinema

 

Unarmed Verses

Directed by Charles Officer

(Canada, 2017, 86 min.)

"Unarmed Verses" follows the precociously talented Francine, a 12-year-old girl who is, along with her family and community, facing eviction from their low-income housing block in Toronto. Armed with a luminous, undaunted creative spirit and a restless, generous intelligence, Francine turns to artistic expression as she and her friends prepare to record music and poetry together.

AFI Silver Theatre

Mon., Sept. 3, 7:30 p.m.

 

We the Animals

Directed by Jeremiah Zagar

(U.S., 2018, 94 min.)

While brothers Manny and Joel grow into versions of their loving and unpredictable Paps, young Jonah is sheltered by his mother in the cocoon of their home. More sensitive and conscious than his older siblings, trying to navigate his way around his macho father and brothers while discovering his artistic and sexual leanings, Jonah increasingly embraces an imagined world all his own.

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

The Wife

Directed by Björn Runge

(Sweden/U.S./U.K., 2018, 100 min.)

After nearly 40 years of marriage, Joan and Joe Castleman (Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce) are complements. Where Joe is vain, Joan is self-effacing. And where Joe enjoys his very public role as Great American Novelist, Joan pours her considerable intellect, grace, charm and diplomacy into the private role of Great Man's Wife. As Joe is about to be awarded the Nobel Prize, this film interweaves the story of the couple's youthful passion and ambition with a portrait of a marriage, 30-plus years later, filled with shared compromises, secrets, betrayals and mutual love.

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Won't You Be My Neighbor?

Directed by Morgan Neville

(U.S., 2018, 94 min.)

For over 30 years, Fred Rogers, an unassuming minister, puppeteer, writer and producer, was beamed daily into homes across America. In his beloved television program, "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," Fred and his cast of puppets and friends spoke directly to young children about some of life's weightiest issues, in a simple, direct fashion.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

West End Cinema

 

Japanese

An Autumn Afternoon

Directed by Yasujiro Ozu

(Japan, 1962, 113 min.)

The last film by Yasujiro Ozu was also his final masterpiece, a gently heartbreaking story about a man's dignified resignation to life's shifting currents and society's modernization. Though the widower Shuhei has been living comfortably for years with his grown daughter, a series of events leads him to accept and encourage her marriage and departure from their home.

Freer Gallery of Art

Wed., Sept. 5, 2 p.m.

 

The Third Murder
(Sandome no satsujin)

Directed by Hirokazu Koreeda

(Japan, 2018, 124 min.)

Leading attorney Shigemori takes on the defense of murder-robbery suspect Misumi, who served jail time for another murder 30 years ago. Shigemori's chances of winning the case seem low—his client freely admits his guilt, despite facing the death penalty if he is convicted. But as he digs deeper into the case, the once-confident Shigemori begins to doubt whether his client is the murderer after all.

West End Cinema

 

Mandarin

The Great Buddha+

Directed by Huang Hsin-yao

(Taiwan, 2017, 104 min.)

Mixing class-consciousness with dirty jokes, this film tells the story of Pickle and Belly Button, two amiable working-class stiffs who make a shocking discovery while going through the dash-cam footage of Pickle's wealthy playboy boss (Mandarin, Taiwanese dialect and English).

Freer Gallery of Art

Fri., Sept. 21, 7 p.m.

 

Legend of the Mountain

Directed by King Hu

(Taiwan/Hong Kong, 1979, 184 min.)

A traveling scholar, intent on translating a Buddhist sutra, loses his way in the mountains. Time and space collapse around him as he continues his journey, encountering ghostly visitations amid a haunting fantasia of color, light and landscape.

Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., Sept. 23, 2 p.m.

 

Love Education

Directed by Sylvia Chang

(China/Taiwan, 2017, 120 min.)

Legendary Taiwanese actress and director Sylvia Chang plays a dying woman in her latest film effort. Memories of her father inspire the woman to move his grave from his home village to the family's current city. But his feisty first wife refuses, touching off a family scuffle that becomes a social media sensation.

Freer Gallery of Art

Fri., Sept. 28, 7 p.m.

 

On Happiness Road

Directed by Sung Hsin-yin

(Taiwan, 2017, 111 min.)

The Freer|Sackler teams up with the Global Taiwan Institute for an evening of Taiwanese snacks, the delightful animated feature "On Happiness Road" and director Sung Hsin-yin as a special guest. An "ambitious, affecting mix of history and nostalgia that avoids cheap sentimentality" (Hollywood Reporter), Sung's semi-autobiographical film covers decades of Taiwanese history through the eyes of an expatriate. Her return home following her grandmother's death prompts bittersweet nostalgia and self-reflection.

Freer Gallery of Art

Tue., Sept. 25, 7 p.m.

 

Traces of the Brush: The Heartprint of Fu Shen

Directed by Eros Zhao

(U.S./Taiwan, 2018, 65 min.)

A Taiwanese scholar, collector, artist, and educator, Fu Shen is one of the most distinguished traditional connoisseurs of Chinese painting — and one of the last practitioners of this demanding discipline. Directed by his final pupil, this documentary explores Fu's extraordinary career, including his time as a curator here at the Freer|Sackler from 1979 to 1994.

Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., Sept. 30, 2 p.m.

 

Swedish

After the Rehearsal

Directed by Ingmar Bergman

(Sweden/West Germany, 1984, 70 min.)

Taking place within the confines of a single stage set and merging theater, memory and autobiography, this intimate film focuses on a veteran theater director preparing for his fifth production of August Strindberg's "A Dream Play." When he encounters both his ambitious young lead and the washed-up star of a former production, the encounters and connections between the three characters form a poignant meditation on life, theater and the process of connecting the two.

AFI Silver Theatre

Mon., Sept. 3, 5:45 p.m.

 

Fanny and Alexander Part One and Two

Directed by Ingmar Bergman

(Sweden/France/West Germany, 1983, 175 min./150 min.)

In the tour-de-force opening, brother and sister Fanny and Alexander celebrate a splendorous Christmas in 1907 Sweden. However, their fate takes a turn for the worse when their theater-manager father dies and their mother remarries a stern bishop. Escape from his household leads them, by an indirect path, into the life of an old Jewish antique dealer whose life still has room for the mysticism and magic of an earlier time (Swedish, English, German and Yiddish).

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Sept. 1, 1:05 p.m. (Part One)

Sun., Sept. 2, 1:05 p.m. (Part Two)

 

Saraband

Directed by Ingmar Bergman

(Sweden/Denmark/Norway/Italy/Finland/Germany/Austria, 2003, 107 min.)

Ingmar Bergman's final film is a sequel to 1973's "Scenes from a Marriage," which returns to the characters of Marianne (Liv Ullmann) and Johan (Erland Josephson) as they meet once more after 30 years without contact. The family is still mourning Anna, Henrik's much-loved wife, who died two years earlier, yet who, in many ways, remains present among them. Marianne soon realizes that things are not all as they should be, and she finds herself unwillingly drawn into a complicated and upsetting power struggle (Swedish, English and German).

AFI Silver Theatre

Mon., Sept. 10, 7:15 p.m.

Turkish

Ayla: The Daughter of War

Directed by Sıtkı Can Ulkay

(Turkey/South Korea, 2017, 125 min.)

In 1950, amid the ravages of the Korean War, Sergeant Süleyman stumbles upon a half-frozen little girl with no parents and no help in sight. Frantic and on the verge of death, the girl captures Süleyman's heart. He risks his own life to save her, smuggling her into his army base and out of harm's way (Turkish, Korean and English).

Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., Sept. 16, 6 p.m.

 

Big Big World

Directed by Reha Erdem

(Turkey, 2016, 101 min.)

Teenagers Ali and Zuhal grew up in an orphanage and share a bond as strong as that between brother and sister. When Ali moves out on account of his age, Zuhal is put into the dubious care of a foster family and kept away from Ali. In a desperate attempt to save Zuhal from an arranged marriage, Ali commits a terrible crime, and they find themselves on the run, away from civilization and into the woods.

Freer Gallery of Art

Fri., Sept. 14, 4 p.m.

 

Butterflies

Directed by Tolga Karaçelik

(Turkey, 2018, 112 min.)

Siblings Cemal, Kenan and Suzi have grown apart since leaving the tiny village where they grew up, and going their separate ways. But when their estranged father demands that they return home immediately, Cemal, the eldest, is tasked with convincing his brother and sister to journey back to places they have been striving to forget.

Freer Gallery of Art

Fri., Sept. 14, 7 p.m.

 

Grain

Directed by Semih Kaplanoğlu

(Turkey/Germany/France/Sweden/Qatar, 2017, 128 min.)

Climate change has caused the near-extinction of human life in this spellbinding dystopian sci-fi film. Genetically engineered seeds, which have all but wiped out real grain, are mysteriously failing to work. While the establishment struggles to find answers, scientist Erol searches for a famed geneticist who disappeared some years ago after predicting this doomsday scenario.

Freer Gallery of Art

Fri., Sept. 14, 1 p.m.

 

Sideway

Directed by Tayfun Pirselimoğlu

(Turkey, 2017, 119 min.)

The residents of a small town set between a stormy sea and an ominous forest are going insane. A black ship anchored far away, a shrill sound, strange cases of arson, missing people and the sun suddenly turning black lead the townsfolk to believe that the Antichrist is around. A young, modest guy with a mysterious mark on his back arrives in this bizarre place. Could he be Christ arriving to save the town?

Freer Gallery of Art

Thu., Sept. 13, 7 p.m.

 

The Wild Pear Tree

Directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan

(Turkey/France/Germany/Bulgaria/Macedonia/Bosnia-Herzegovina/Sweden, 2018, 188 min.)

An aspiring writer returns to his hometown to try to further his career, only to be forced into a reckoning with his father's shadowy past in this film suffused with the philosophical, visual, and narrative richness that characterize Nuri Bilge Ceylan's films (director in attendance).

Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., Sept. 16, 1 p.m.

 

Events - September 2018

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ART

Through Sept. 3

World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean

The first major traveling exhibition dedicated to the arts of the Swahili coast reveals the diverse interchanges that break down barriers between Africa and Asia in a space that physically connects the Smithsonian's African and Asian art museums. The Swahili coast, where East Africa meets the Indian Ocean, has long been a significant cultural, diplomatic and commercial intersection for Africa, Asia and Europe for millennia. "World on the Horizon" offers audiences an unprecedented opportunity to view over 160 artworks brought together from public and private collections from four continents.

National Museum of African Art

 

Through Sept. 4

Expanding Spacetime: Works by Chae Eun Rhee and Sky Kim

The vivid and evocative paintings of Chae Eun Rhee and Sky Kim ask viewers to imagine how the human mind and body transcend the constraints of time and space. As female artists who have each lived in Korea and the United States, Rhee and Kim employ fundamentally different visual styles and subjects, but both aspire to integrate a sense of spirituality into their work by crossing traditional boundaries between imagination and reality. By examining what makes us who we are, from the cellular to the unconscious, both ask viewers to visualize their own inner worlds that are deeply personal, rarely seen and startling to behold.

Korean Cultural Center

 

Sept. 4 to Dec. 16

Without Provenance: The Making of Contemporary Antiquity

Artist Jim Sanborn provides a critique of the contemporary art market that sells stolen or forged antiquities. The artist's imagined world, which would make complete sense to an ancient Roman, is one wherein the skilled artist-craftsmen of contemporary Cambodia (who we now call forgers and who muddle the art market) would be understood to be what they are: gifted copyists. Their works would be bought for what they are — copies — and valued for what they offer: powerful evocations of the artistic genius of Khmer art of the distant past.

American University Museum

 

Sept. 5 to 30

Passages and Borders

Artist Rosa Vera travels between two cultures — Latin American and North American — to explore issues of multiculturalism, journeys and family memories.

Touchstone Gallery

 

Sept. 7 to 29

Inner Monologue

This new group exhibition features more than 30 ceramic sculpture works by Korean artists Ahrong Kim, Gunyoung Kim and Kyungmin Park, who explore the world of internal emotion and thought expressed through a visceral, tactile medium. Each artist immigrated to the United States from Korea in their 20s and were shaped creatively by the experience of communicating in a foreign language. This challenge of translating one's inner monologue into external messages led to their artistic interest in the human body and facial expressions as psychological indicators. As keen observers of such non-verbal cues, they found the experience materialized in and affected their work, which emphasizes self-awareness and self-reflection as much as interpretation of others.

Korean Cultural Center

 

Sept. 8 to September 2019

Shaping Clay in Ancient Iran

Potters in ancient Iran were fascinated by the long-beaked waterfowl and rams with curled horns around them. This exhibition of ceramics produced in northwestern Iran highlights animal-shaped vessels as well as jars and bowls decorated with animal figures.

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

 

Through Sept. 9

Marking the Infinite: Contemporary Women Artists from Aboriginal Australia

Approximately 60 works, drawn from the collection of Miami-based collectors and philanthropists Debra and Dennis Scholl, spotlight nine leading Aboriginal Australian women artists. The artists are from remote Aboriginal communities across Australia, and the subjects of their art are broad, yet each work is an attempt to grapple with fundamental questions of existence, asking us to slow down and pay attention to the natural world.

The Phillips Collection

 

Sept. 9 to Dec. 31

Corot: Women

Camille Corot is best known as the great master of landscape painting in the 19th century. His figure paintings constitute a much smaller, less well-known portion of his oeuvre, but arguably are of equal importance to the history of art. Dressed in rustic Italian costume or stretched nude on a grassy plain, Corot's women read, dream, and gaze, conveying a mysterious sense of inner life. His sophisticated use of color and his deft, delicate touch applied to the female form resulted in pictures of quiet majesty.

National Gallery of Art

 

Sept. 12 to Oct. 14

If I Forget

This observant, political-but-personal family drama set in 2000 centers on the dynamics of a modern Jewish family in D.C.'s Tenleytown neighborhood. Brought together by their elderly father's 75th birthday, the adult children of the Fischer family squabble over what to do with their long-held and now lucrative 14th Street property, igniting debates on religion, politics and history. Tickets are $29 to $90.

Studio Theatre

 

Sept. 14 to Jan. 31, 2019

Vested Values

"Vested Values," a selection comprising more than 40 works of various Mexican contemporary artists, explores the representation of nature and its sociocultural environment. Each of the works reveals how particular methods of production, implementation and execution of contemporary art can offer a complex impression of the diverse elements that define a society, which in turn promotes a continuous dialogue on both experience and perception. Each of the works originates through an arrangement with Mexico's Tax Administration Service that allows Mexican artists to pay their taxes with their artworks. Today, artists can pay their income tax using media that ranges from digital art to photography.

Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Through Sept. 16

Baselitz: Six Decades

The first major U.S. retrospective in more than 20 years of Georg Baselitz, one of Germany's greatest living artists, marks the artist's 80th birthday. With more than 100 works, including iconic paintings, works on paper, and wood and bronze sculptures, highlighting every phase of Baselitz's six-decade career from the 1950s to today, this milestone exhibition features work never before seen in the U.S. and cements Baselitz's reputation as one of the most original and inventive figurative artists of his generation.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

 

Through Sept. 16

Heavy Metal – Women to Watch 2018

Over 50 works made from silver, copper, bronze, pewter, aluminum and more highlight contemporary women artists working with a variety of metals and techniques to create pieces such as wall-size installations, exquisite jewelry and reinventions of familiar objects.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

 

Sept. 16 to Jan. 13

Rachel Whiteread

As the first comprehensive survey of the work of British sculptor Rachel Whiteread, this exhibition brings together some 100 objects from the course of the artist's 30-year career, including drawings, photographs, architecture-scaled sculptures, archival materials, documentary materials on public projects and several new works on view for the first time. Throughout her celebrated career, Whiteread has effectively recast the memories of these locations and objects to chart the seismic changes in how we live, from the late 20th century and into the 21st.

National Gallery of Art

 

Through Sept. 27

Floating Islands: Ceramic Ikebana Vessels

Explore how a beloved Japanese tradition is being reinterpreted and inherited in the United States with ceramic ikebana vessels created by some of the most talented potters working within the U.S. today. Several of the artists have lived and studied in pottery towns in Japan such as Bizen, Mashiko and Shigaraki, where they were able to hone their art and bring back methods of making and firing to the United States.

Japan Information & Culture Center

 

Through Sept. 23

Form and Function: The Genius of the Book

Dive deep into one of the world's greatest technologies: the book. Discover a history beyond what's printed on the page, seen in the structure, craftsmanship and beauty of this often-overlooked marvel.

Folger Shakespeare Library

 

Sept. 27 to Nov. 18

Recovered Memories: Spain and the Support for the American Revolution

"Recovered Memories" showcases Spain's support for the American colonies prior to and during the Revolutionary War, and also highlights notable Spanish figures whose lives impacted the emerging new country. The exhibit takes the visitor on a chronological journey of Spanish-American relations beginning with Spain's own Age of Enlightenment during the reign of Charles III, through the times of European and American revolutions, and ending with the technological advancements at the turn of the 20th century.

Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain

 

Sept. 28 to September 2020

New York Avenue Sculpture Project

Mexico City-based sculptor Betsabeé Romero has been selected as the artist for the fourth iteration of the New York Avenue Sculpture Project, the only public art space featuring changing installations of contemporary works by women artists in Washington, D.C. Organized by the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the New York Avenue Sculpture Project is a collaboration among the museum, the DowntownDC Business Improvement District, the DC Office of Planning and other local agencies. For this site-specific installation, Romero has created four sculptures of carved and painted tires that are assembled into totemic structures and speak to the theme of human migration.

New York Avenue, NW

 

Sept. 29 to Jan. 21

Japan Modern: Photography from the Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck Collection

Celebrating the Freer|Sackler's recent acquisition of a major Japanese photography collection, this exhibition features a selection of works by groundbreaking 20th-century photographers. Whether capturing evocative landscapes or the gritty realities of postwar Japan, this presentation focuses on Japanese artists' search for a sense of place in a rapidly changing country. The images highlight destinations both rural and urban, in styles ranging from powerful social documentary to intensely personal.

Freer Gallery of Art

 

Sept. 29 to Jan. 21

Japan Modern: Prints in the Age of Photography

When photography arrived in Japan in the mid-19th century, traditional woodblock printmakers were forced to adapt their craft to keep pace with the new medium. This exhibition explores Japanese artists' reactions to the challenges of modernity, examining the collapse of the traditional woodblock-printmaking industry in the face of the printing press and photography, and then tracing the medium's resurrection as an art form, through which printmakers recorded scenes of their changing country in striking new ways.

Freer Gallery of Art

 

Through Oct. 14

Collection of the Art Museum of the Americas

The OAS AMA | Art Museum of the Americas announces the second in a series of exhibitions accompanying "Collection of the Art Museum of the Americas of the Organization of American States, curated by Adriana Ospina. Initiated five years ago, the project aims to rethink the study of the historical and cultural legacy of the Art Museum of the Americas, beginning with a comprehensive catalogue of the permanent collection. The catalogue highlights key pieces of the AMA art collection, representing fundamental artistic trends that have developed in Latin America, including new figuration, geometric and lyrical abstraction, conceptual art, optical and kinetic art. Over the years, the museum has provided valuable support in the expansion of the academic field of modern and contemporary art of Latin America and the Caribbean in the United States.

OAS Art Museum of the Americas

 

Through Nov. 12

Mark Bradford: Pickett's Charge

For his first solo exhibition in D.C., acclaimed artist Mark Bradford debuts a monumental site-specific commission inspired by Paul Philippoteaux's 1883 cyclorama depicting the Battle of Gettysburg. Covering the curved walls of the Hirshhorn's Third Level Inner Circle, "Pickett's Charge" presents 360 degrees of abstracted historical narrative.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

 

Through Nov. 25

Bound to Amaze: Inside a Book-Collecting Career

Curator Emerita Krystyna Wasserman assembled NMWA's collection of more than 1,000 artists' books over a 30-year period. This focus exhibition celebrates her vision and features 20 notable artists' books from the museum's expansive collection.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

 

Through Nov. 25

Water, Wind, and Waves: Marine Paintings from the Dutch Golden Age

The Dutch rose to greatness from the riches of the sea. During the 17th century, water was central to their economic and naval successes, but was also a source of pleasure and enjoyment. This exhibition explores the deep, multifaceted relationship the Dutch had with the water, including their gratitude for the sea's bounty and their fear of its sometimes destructive power.

National Gallery of Art

 

Through Dec. 25

Visionary: Viewpoints on Africa's Arts

More than 300 works of art from the museum's permanent collection are on view within this exhibition. Working in media as diverse as wood, ceramics, drawing, jewelry, mixed media, sculpture, painting, photography, printmaking, and video, these works of art reflect the visionary ideas and styles developed by men and women from more than half of Africa's 55 nations. The installation is organized around seven viewpoints, each of which serve to frame and affect the manner in which African art is experienced.

National Museum of African Art

 

Through Jan. 6, 2019

Sense of Humor

Humor may be fundamental to human experience, but its expression in painting and sculpture has been limited. Instead, prints, as the most widely distributed medium, and drawings, as the most private, have been the natural vehicles for comic content. Drawn from the National Gallery of Art's collection, this exhibition celebrates this incredibly rich though easily overlooked tradition through works including Renaissance caricatures, biting English satires, and 20th-century comics.

National Gallery of Art

 

Through Jan. 6, 2019

Trevor Paglen: Sites Unseen

Trevor Paglen is an award-winning artist whose work blurs the lines between art, science and investigative journalism to construct unfamiliar and at times unsettling ways to see and interpret the world. This is the first exhibition to present Paglen's early photographic series alongside his recent sculptural objects and new work with artificial intelligence.

Smithsonian American Art Museum

 

Through Jan. 13, 2019

Fabergé Rediscovered

Designed to delight and surprise, the treasures created by the firm of Carl Fabergé have inspired admiration and intrigue for over a century, both for their remarkable craftsmanship and the captivating stories that surround them. The fascination with Fabergé continues to uncover new discoveries about the storied jeweler to the tsars and his remarkable creations. This exhibit unveils recent research and explore how the 2014 discovery of a long-lost imperial Easter egg prompted new findings about Hillwood's own collection.

Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens

 

Through Jan. 21, 2019

No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man

Each year in Nevada's Black Rock Desert, a city of more than 70,000 people rises out of the dust for a single week. During that time, enormous experimental art installations are erected and many are ritually burned to the ground. Cutting-edge artwork created at Burning Man, the annual desert gathering that is one of the most influential events in contemporary art and culture, will be exhibited in the nation's capital for the first time this spring.

Renwick Gallery

 

DANCE

Sept. 26 to 30

TWB Welcomes

The Washington Ballet Artistic Director Julie Kent invites celebrated artists from the dance world to share the stage with TWB. The program, which includes acclaimed highlights from choreographers Alexei Ratmansky and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, as well as iconic masterworks like "Serenade" and "Les Sylphides,"provides a highly curated production that defines ballet as an art form over the last century. Tickets are $25 to $160.

Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater

 

DISCUSSIONS

Sat., Sept. 1, 1:35 p.m.

Jacqueline Woodson at the National Book Festival

Jacqueline Woodson, the 2018-19 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, will read and sign books at this year's National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. She is the winner of Sweden's Astrid ALMA Prize, the largest international children's and young adult literature award in the world. A presentation on the children's purple stage will be followed by a book signing.

Washington Convention Center

 

Wed., Sept. 5, 7 p.m.

Music as a Strategy of Cultural Policy in Nazi Germany

Austrian historian Bernhard Achhorner discusses the role of music as part of the Nazi regime's propaganda strategy to create and articulate national identity. The event is part of the embassy's commemoration series to mark one of the darkest moments in Austria's history, the so-called "Anschluss" of Austria to Nazi-Germany in 1938 and the painful events that followed. To RSVP, visit http://acfdc.org.

Embassy of Austria

 

Thu., Sept. 6, 6:45 p.m.

Blueprints of Empire: Ancient Rome and America

Was Marcus Aurelius right? Do empires come and go, have their moment and then disappear from history's stage? In their 2010 book "Power, Ambition, Glory," Steve Forbes, editor-in-chief of Forbes, and historian and classicist John Prevas examined the rise and fall of ancient empires through an analysis of the political and moral leadership of the rulers who shaped them, with a parallel look at modern CEOs and how they fit into the framework of history. Forbes and Prevas come together to compare these two empires, their similarities and differences, and speculate on what that connection holds for America's future. Tickets are $45; for information, visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.

National Museum of Natural History

 

Thu., Sept. 6, 6:45 p.m.

The Many Cultures of Taiwan

Taiwan and its many smaller offshore islands may not be huge in area, but they contain vast history, traditions, cultures and natural attractions. Get ready to explore many of the treats Taiwan has to offer during a single spectacular evening that includes the sounds of the eight-part harmony of the Bunun tribe, the flying fish festival of the aboriginal Tao people, as well as authentic Taiwanese music, food and drinks. Tickets are $45; for information, visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center

 

Sat., Sept. 15, 5:30 p.m.

Liv Strömquist at the Small Press Expo

In the international bestseller "Fruit of Knowledge," celebrated Swedish cartoonist Liv Strömquist traces how different cultures and traditions have shaped women's health and beyond. In a conversation with Swedish Embassy cultural counselor Linda Zachrison, Strömquist will discuss her work, creative process, activist ethos and more at the Small Press Expo, the premier platform for graphic novelists in the United States.

White Flint Auditorium at Marriott Bethesda North

 

Wed., Sept. 19, 6 p.m.

The US-Philippines Society and Sentro Rizal Washington DC present a discussion on the Mangyan ancient culture and the Philippine oldest system of writing, Mangyan scripts, dating to the 10th century that are still in use today. The event features "Bamboo Whispers," a book of the best 100 Mangyan "ambahan" (poem) in two scripts, with translations. A national treasure and registered with UNESCO, an ambahan chant will also be performed. For information, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Embassy of the Philippines

 

Thu., Sept. 27, 6:45 p.m.

Conversation: NEA National Heritage Fellows: Manuel Cuevas and Ofelia Esparza

Director of the Smithsonian Latino Center Eduardo Diaz holds a discussion with Manuel Cuevas and Ofelia Esparza, the two artists of Mexican heritage who are the 2018 recipients of the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship. Born in 1933, Cuevas gained popularity sewing prom dresses in his hometown of Michoacán at the young age of 14. His talents later took him to Hollywood, where he began working with influential designers and artists ranging from Nathan Turk to Elvis Presley. Esparza is a Mexican-American altarista, or altar maker, whose work pays homage and evokes memory of people, events or places through the use of photos, traditional foods, flowers, handmade and found adornments. To RSVP, visit http://www.instituteofmexicodc.org.

Mexican Cultural Institute

 

GALAS

 Sat., Sept. 15, 7 p.m.

Wolf Trap Ball

This annual black-tie evening of celebration, dinner and dancing on Wolf Trap's magnificent Filene Center stage — one of the largest stages in America — is being hosted this year in partnership with the British Embassy. A prominent cross-section of local and national leaders attends the Wolf Trap Ball, including members of the diplomatic corps, Congress, state and local governments, media and philanthropic leaders, and executives from national and international businesses. Tickets start at $750.

Wolf Trap

 

MUSIC

Thu., Sept. 6, 6:45 p.m.

Recital with Musicologist Ana Alongso-Minutti

While the romance between Chavela Vargas (1919-2012) and Frida Kahlo (1907-54) has been a matter of much speculation, the love and devotion Chavela had for Frida was undeniable. In this presentation, Dr. Ana Alonso-Minutti of the University of New Mexico explores the figure of Frida from the eyes and voice of Chavela Vargas. Defiance, suffering, spirituality, and homoerotic desire inhabit the mythology of Chavela's Frida. To RSVP, visit http://www.instituteofmexicodc.org.

Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Sept. 8 to 19

Viva V.E.R.D.I. – The Promised End

Italian composer Giuseppi Verdi's "dream project" was to compose an opera based on Shakespeare's "King Lear," his favorite play and a work whose unique meditation on themes of living and dying with meaning stayed seared into the composer's consciousness his entire life. He started the project many times, but never completed it. The InSeries opens its season with a wholly original work that seeks to "give Verdi his Lear" by blending the Requiem with a one-woman meditation on "King Lear" that is at once a performance of the play and commentary on it. Tickets are $45.

Source Theatre

 

Tue., Sept. 18, 4 p.m.

Shoes (1916) with Live Film Score by Alexis Cuadrado

The Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and SPAIN arts & culture present the world premiere and live performance of a new original film score composed by Alexis Cuadrado for the 1916 silent film "Shoes." The film follows the story of a young woman who struggles to replace her only pair of shoes, which are falling to pieces, while supporting a family of six with a deadbeat father. For information, visit https://shoescuadrado.eventbrite.com.

Georgetown University Copley Formal Lounge

 

Wed., Sept. 26, 5:45 p.m.

The 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Nelson Mandela

South African cellist Jacques-Pierre Malan returns to the Embassy Series with an outstanding contingent of South African performers in a special program to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's birth. Tickets are $95, including buffet, wine and valet parking; for information, visit www.embassyseries.org.

Embassy of South Africa

 

THEATER

Through Sept. 2

The Bridges of Madison Country

A sweeping romance about the roads we travel, the doors we open and the bridges we dare to cross, this 2014 Tony Award-winner for Best Score and Orchestrations captures the lyrical expanse of America's heartland and the yearning entangled in the eternal question of "what if?" Tickets are $55.

Andrew Keegan Theatre

 

Through Sept. 2

Melancholy Play: A Contemporary Farce

Tilly, a bank teller, is consumed by a melancholy so exquisite that everyone she meets becomes infatuated with her. But when Tilly inexplicably discovers happiness, her joy wreaks havoc on the lives of her paramours. Please call for ticket information.

Constellation Theatre Company at The Source

 

Sept. 3 to 30

Gloria

The squabbling editorial assistants at one of New York's most prestigious magazines are all chasing the same dream: a starry life of letters and a book deal before they turn 30. When an ordinary day at the office suddenly becomes a living nightmare, two survivors transform the experience into career-making stories. Which one of them will get to own the truth? Call for ticket information.

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

 

Sept. 4 to 23

Macbeth

Rampant ambition and minds unhinged: Shakespeare's murderous tragedy is seen anew here, set in London's famous Bedlam asylum for a groundbreaking production integrating period music into a famous variation of the play. Tickets are $27 to $79.

Folger Theatre

 

Sept. 6 to Oct. 7

Like Water for Chocolate

Tita, the youngest of three sisters, falls in love with Pedro, but her mother forbids Tita to marry him. When Pedro marries the oldest sister, Rosaura, the three of them must live in the same house. To avoid temptation, Tita turns to cooking. Soon her delicacies provoke tears, laughter, burning desire and more to those who partake (Spanish with English surtitles). Tickets are $48.

GALA Hispanic Theatre

 

Sept. 6 to Oct. 14

Turn Me Loose

This intimate and no-holds barred drama chronicles Dick Gregory's rise as the first Black comedian to expose audiences to racial comedy. In confronting bigotry head-on with biting humor and charm, Gregory turned his activism into an art form, risking his own safety at each performance. Tickets are $40 to $95.

Arena Stage

 

Sept. 12 to 30

Theater J: The Pianist of Willesden Lane

Set in Vienna in 1938 and London during the Blitzkrieg, "The Pianist of Willesden Lane" tells the true and inspiring story of Lisa Jura, a young Jewish pianist whose dream of making her concert debut at the storied Musikverein concert hall is dashed by the onset of World War II. Despite devastating personal loss, her music enables Jura to endure and pursue her dreams. Performed by Jura's daughter, Grammy-nominated pianist Mona Golabek, "The Pianist of Willesden Lane" combines enthralling story telling with breathtaking live performances of Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninoff and more. Tickets are $44 to $74. A special concert and reading will also be held Thu., Sept. 6, at 7 p.m. at the Embassy of Austria (for information, visit http://acfdc.org).

Kennedy Center Family Theater

 

Sept. 20 to 23

Svanda Theatre: Four Plays from Prague

The prestigious Czech company Svanda Theatre performs "The Good and the True," which weaves together testimonies of two Auschwitz survivors who led similarly extraordinary lives, but never actually met; "Pankrác '45," based on the real-life incarceration of five women in the Pankrác Prison during a time of post-WWII national cleansing in Czechoslovakia; and the one-act plays "Protest" and "The Debt" — as part of the celebrations surrounding the 100th anniversary of Czech independence. For ticket information, visit https://performingarts.georgetown.edu/theater-and-performance-studies-season.

Georgetown University Davis Performing Arts Center

 

Mon., Sept. 17, 6:30 p.m.

Dominio Público (Public Space)

Award-winning Spanish artist Roger Bernat presents the U.S. premiere of "Dominio Público," a unique participatory theater spectacle that aims to map societal structures. For information, visit www.spainculture.us/city/washington-dc/.

Georgetown University Red Square

 

Through Sept. 23

Passion

Set in 1860s Italy, this gorgeous musical ignites a fiery love triangle when a handsome army captain is transferred to a remote military outpost and into the blinding infatuation of Fosca, the ailing cousin of his superior. Fosca's fervent longing draws him in as it threatens to upend his career in an exhilarating tangle of obsession, desire, madness and above all, passion. Please call for ticket information.

Signature Theatre

 

Sept. 25 to Oct. 28

The Comedy of Errors

Two sets of twins, each with the same name — what could go wrong? Everything, apparently. Leave logic behind and delight in the confusion of Shakespeare's beloved comedy, where servants misplace their masters, wives overlook their husbands and sons forget their fathers. Call for ticket information.

Shakespeare Theatre Company

   

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