January 2020

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Cover Story

Bhutan Raises Its U.S. Profile,
Even Without an Embassy in D.C.

a4.cover.bhutan.silk.road.homeBhutan is one of only a handful of countries without an embassy in Washington, D.C., or even diplomatic relations with the U.S. But what the Maryland-size Buddhist nation does have is an ambitious nonprofit that seeks to strengthen bilateral ties and teach Americans about this isolated yet intriguing Himalayan mountain kingdom. Read More

What Voters Think

Foreign Policy Polls Show Americans
Want Restraint, Not Retreat

a1.polls.trump.simulation.homeIf there's one word that will never be used to describe the Trump presidency, it's "predictable." Yet on foreign policy, Trump has been relatively consistent, embracing a transactional, "America First" approach. And while the prevailing narrative is that most Americans support this global retrenchment, the picture is more nuanced, according to several new polls. Read More


Rakhine Convulses, Again

Arakan Insurgency Against
Myanmar Forces Intensifies

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As the world's attention turns once again to the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar's Rakhine state, another conflict is brewing in the troubled state — this one between government forces and Buddhist guerillas known as the Arakan Army. Read More


Selling Dependability

Envoy Stresses Reliability
Of U.S. Weapons Sales

a3.military.cooper.meridian.homeR. Clarke Cooper, who oversees security assistance as head of political-military affairs at the State Department, acknowledges that doubts have emerged about American reliability he insists that the U.S. remains an indispensable and dependable security partner. Read More


Women under Threat

Instability, Long-Held Stereotypes
Threaten Latin America's Women

a5.oas.latin.honduras.woman.homeAfter decades of colonialism and military coups, Latin America has made tremendous strides in ushering in democracy and economic reforms. But another important area of Latin American life is often overlooked: the progress — or lack thereof — of its women. Read More


   

Polls Show Americans Support Less-Interventionist U.S. Foreign Policy, But with Caveats

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By Anna Gawel

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Overshadowed by Rohingya Crisis, Arakan Insurgency Against Myanmar Forces Intensifies

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By Jonathan Gorvett

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U.S. Envoy Who Heads Military Sales Seeks to Reassure Partners of American Reliability

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By Sarah Alaoui and Anna Gawel

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Himalayan Kingdom Gradually Raises its U.S. Profile, Even Without an Embassy in D.C.

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By Larry Luxner

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Political Instability, Entrenched Stereotypes Imperil Gender Equality Gains in Latin America

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By Sarah Alaoui and Anna Gawel

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The Washington Diplomat Hosts Global Education Conference at French Embassy

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By Anna Gawel

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Marcel Duchamp Bucked Tradition, Blurred Lines with His Conceptual Art, Found Objects

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By Brendan L. Smith

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‘None Swifter Than These’ Reveals Little-Known but Vital Work of Diplomatic Couriers

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By Kate Oczypok and Anna Gawel

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National Gallery Surveys Use of Pastels to Create Soft Yet Stunning Works

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By Mackenzie Weigner

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Lee Ufan’s Stone and Steel Sculptures Offer Quiet Contemplation in Chaotic Capital

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By Brendan L. Smith

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Films - January 2020

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Languages

English

Korean


Farsi

Spanish


French

Japanese

 

English

63 UP

Directed by Michael Apted

(U.K., 2019, 180 min.)

Director Michael Apted returns with the latest installment of his groundbreaking documentary series, unmatched in the history of cinema for its astonishing and revelatory longevity. The original "7 UP" was broadcast in 1964 and featured 14 British children talking about their hopes and dreams for the future. Subsequent visits every seven years over six decades have documented the group as they grew up, became adults and entered middle age, dealing with everything life has thrown at them in between.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Directed by Marielle Heller

(China/U.S., 2019)

Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in this timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of the real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod.

Angelika Mosaic

Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

The Avalon Theatre

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

 

Bombshell

Directed by Jay Roach

(Canada/U.S., 2019, 108 min.)

A group of women decide to take on Fox News head Roger Ailes and the toxic atmosphere he presided over at the network.

AFI Silver Theatre

Angelika Mosaic

Opens Fri., Dec. 20

 

Cunningham

Directed by Alla Kovgan

(Germany/France/U.S., 2019, 93 min.)

The iconic Merce Cunningham and the last generation of his dance company is stunningly profiled in Alla Kovgan's 3D documentary, through recreations of his landmark works and archival footage of Cunningham, John Cage and Robert Rauschenberg.

Landmark's Theatres

Opens Fri., Jan. 3

 

The Curious World of Hieronymous Bosch

Directed by David Bickerstaff

(U.K., 2016, 87 min.)

Who was Hieronymus Bosch? Why do his strange and fantastical paintings resonate with people now more than ever? How does he bridge the medieval and Renaissance worlds? Where did his unconventional and timeless creations come from? Discover the answers to these questions and more with this remarkable film directed by David Bickerstaff.

The Avalon Theatre

Sun., Jan. 12, 10:30 a.m.,

Tue., Jan. 14, 10:30 a.m.

 

Dark Waters

Directed by Todd Haynes

(U.S., 2019, 126 min.)

Inspired by a shocking true story, a tenacious attorney uncovers a dark secret that connects a growing number of unexplained deaths due to one of the world's largest corporations. In the process, he risks everything — his future, his family and his own life — to expose the truth.

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

A Hidden Life

Directed by Terrence Malick

(Germany/U.S., 2019, 173 min.)

Based on real events, Franz Jägerstätter refuses to fight for the Nazis in World War II. When the Austrian peasant farmer is faced with the threat of execution for treason, it is his unwavering faith and his love for his wife and children that keeps his spirit alive (English, German and Italian).

AFI Silver Theatre

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., Dec. 20

 

The Irishman

Directed by Martin Scorsese

(U.S., 2019, 209 min.)

Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci star in Martin Scorsese saga of organized crime in post-war America told through the eyes of World War II veteran Frank Sheeran, a hustler and hitman who worked alongside some of the most notorious figures of the 20th century.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Jojo Rabbit

Directed by Taika Waititi

(Germany/U.S., 2019, 108 min.)

This World War II satire follows a lonely German boy named Jojo whose worldview is turned upside down when he discovers his single mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a young Jewish girl in their attic.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

The Kingmaker

Directed by Lauren Greenfield

(Denmark/U.S., 2019, 101 min.)

Centered on the indomitable character of Imelda Marcos, "The Kingmaker" examines, with intimate access, the Marcos family's improbable return to power in the Philippines. The film explores the disturbing legacy of the Marcos regime and chronicles Imelda's present-day push to help her son, Bongbong, win the vice presidency.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Knives Out

Directed by Rian Johnson

(U.S., 2019, 130 min.)

When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is mysteriously enlisted to investigate (English and Spanish).

Angelika Mosaic

Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

 

The Lighthouse

Directed by Robert Eggers

(U.S./Brazil, 2019, 109 min.)

This is the hypnotic and hallucinatory tale of two lighthouse keepers on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s.

West End Cinema

 

Little Women

Directed by Greta Gerwig

(U.S., 2019, 134 min.)

Four sisters come of age in America in the aftermath of the Civil War.

AFI Silver Theatre

Angelika Mosaic

The Avalon Theatre

Landmark's Theatres

Opens Wed., Dec. 25

 

Richard Jewell

Directed by Clint Eastwood

(U.S., 2019, 129 min.)

American security guard Richard Jewell saves thousands of lives from an exploding bomb at the 1996 Olympics, but is vilified by journalists and the press who falsely report that he was a terrorist.

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

 

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Directed by J.J. Abrams

(U.S., 2019, 142 min.)

The surviving Resistance faces the First Order once more in the final chapter of the Skywalker saga.

Angelika Mosaic

Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

Opens Fri., Dec. 20

 

The Song of Names

Directed by François Girard

(Canada/Hungary, 2019, 113 min.)

Tim Roth and Clive Owen star in an emotional detective story spread over two continents and a half century. Beneath the film's stunning and pulsing musical revelations burn the horror of a war and the lost souls extinguished from history.

Angelika Mosaic

Opens Fri., Jan. 3

 

The Two Popes

Directed by Fernando Meirelles

(U.K./Italy/Argentina/U.S., 2019, 125 min.)

Behind Vatican walls, the conservative Pope Benedict and the liberal future Pope Francis must find common ground to forge a new path for the Catholic Church (English, Latin, Spanish, Italian, French, Portuguese and German).

The Avalon Theatre

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Uncut Gems

Directed by Benny Safdie and Josh Safdie

(U.S., 2019, 135 min.)

A charismatic New York City jeweler, always on the lookout for the next big score, makes a series of high-stakes bets that could lead to the windfall of a lifetime.

The Avalon Theatre

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark's Theatres

Opens Wed., Dec. 25

 

When Lambs Become Lions

Directed by Jon Kasbe

(U.S., 2018, 79 min.)

In the Kenyan bush, a small-time ivory dealer fights to stay on top while forces mobilize to destroy his trade. When he turns to his younger cousin, a conflicted wildlife ranger who hasn't been paid in months, they both see a possible lifeline.

West End Cinema

 

Farsi

Filmfarsi

Directed by Ehsan Khoshbakht

(Iran/U.K., 2019, 84 min.)

Before the 1979 revolution, Iran was home to a thriving popular film industry packed with violence and melodrama, and populated with sexy starlets and macho action stars. Most of these films are now lost, but for a few surviving underground VHS tapes. Taking as its starting point the 1978 arson attack the Cinema Rex movie theater in Abadan, which killed over 400 people, Ehsan Khoshbakht's exhaustively-researched documentary reconstructs this lively era of Iranian cinema history — one which few outside of Iran were aware of until now.

Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., Jan. 19, 1:30 p.m.

 

Gholam

Directed by Mitra Tabrizian

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

Set in London's Iranian exile community during the 2011 Arab Spring, this film features a mesmerizing performance by Shahab Hosseini as a taxi driver with a mysterious past. He is drawn into Iran's political turmoil, no matter how hard he tries to resist (Farsi and English).

Freer Gallery of Art

Fri., Jan. 31, 7 p.m.

 

Old Men Never Die

Directed by Reza Jamali

(Iran, 2019, 85 min.)

This dark comic fable takes place in a rugged mountain village where, for forty-five years, no one has died, but not for lack of trying. Crotchety old men, some over a century old, spend their days smoking, bickering, soaking in the bathhouse, and trying to figure out how to commit suicide without being stopped by the detachment of exasperated soldiers in charge of keeping them alive.

Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., Jan. 19, 3:30 p.m.

 

The Warden

Directed by Nima Javidi

(Iran, 2019, 100 min.)

On the day that a prison is being emptied so it can be demolished to make way for an airport runway, its vain, authoritarian warden discovers a prisoner is missing. With time running down, the warden struggles to find the fugitive before his superiors discover his mistake.

Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., Jan. 12, 2 p.m.

 

When the Moon Was Full

Directed by Narges Abyar

(Iran, 2019, 137 min.)

The winner of four major awards at Iran's Fajr Film Festival, Narges Abyar weaves a spellbinding, harrowing drama based on the true story of a woman who unwittingly married into a family of terrorists (Farsi and Baluchi).

Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., Jan. 5, 2 p.m.

 

French

Les Misérables

(France, 2019, 102 min.)

A cop from the provinces moves Paris to join the Anti-Crime Brigade of Montfermeil, discovering an underworld where the tensions between different groups mark the rhythm.

Angelika Mosaic

Opens Fri., Jan. 17

 

Japanese

The Sword of Doom

Directed by Kihachi Okamoto

(Japan, 1966, 121 min.)

Tatsuya Nakadai and Toshiro Mifune star in the story of a wandering samurai who exists in a maelstrom of violence. A gifted swordsman plying his craft during the turbulent final days of shogunate rule in Japan, Nakadai kills without remorse or mercy — a way of life that ultimately leads to madness.

Freer Gallery of Art

Wed., Jan. 8, 2 p.m.

 

Korean

Parasite

Directed by Joon-ho Bong

(South Korea, 2019, 132 min.)

Meet the Park Family: the picture of aspirational wealth. And the Kim Family, rich in street smarts but not much else. Masterminded by college-aged Ki-woo, the Kim children expediently install themselves as tutor and art therapist to the Parks. Soon, a symbiotic relationship forms between the two families. But when a parasitic interloper threatens the Kims' newfound comfort, a savage, underhanded battle for dominance breaks out.

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Spanish

Pain & Glory

Directed by Pedro Almodóvar

(Spain, 2019, 113 min.)

Antonio Banderas plays Salvador Mallo, a film director in physical decline who reflects on his past as his present comes crashing down around him.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

West End Cinema

   

Events - January 2020

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Art

Theater

Dance

Discussions

Music

ART

 

Through Jan. 3

Recollection: Reinterpreting Tradition and Heritage

In this group exhibition of painting, photography and sculpture works, five Korean artists radically reinterpret a variety of classic forms into the visual language of contemporary art. Through vastly different artistic approaches, materials and subject matter, Jaehyug Choi, Soomin Ham, Hyeon Suk Her, Doo Yeon Jung and Yoohyun Kim each grapple in personal terms with the apparent contradiction of a modern Korean society still deeply rooted in its cultural history. Whether those bonds to the past are merely added weight or a strengthening foundation is up to each artist to decide.

Korean Cultural Center

 

Through Jan. 5

By the Light of the Silvery Moon: A Century of Lunar Photographs

The year 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20, 1969. Photography played a significant role both in preparing for the mission and in shaping the cultural consciousness of the event. An exhibition of some 50 works will include a selection of photographs from the unmanned Ranger, Surveyor, and Lunar Orbiter missions that led up to Apollo 11.

National Gallery of Art

 

Through Jan. 5

Ginny Ruffner: Reforestation of the Imagination

Imagine an apocalyptic landscape. It appears barren, devastated and hopeless. It is not. At the Renwick Gallery, internationally renowned artist Ginny Ruffner creates a seemingly bleak environment that suddenly evolves into a thriving floral oasis by combining traditional sculpture with augmented reality (AR) technology.

Renwick Gallery

 

Through Jan. 5

A Monument to Shakespeare

The Folger Shakespeare Library is throwing back the curtains on its origins and exciting future in an exhibition where visitors are invited to play, lounge, be curious and see more of the Folger Shakespeare Library than ever before. Among the treats: rummage through Henry Folger's desk and read the correspondences that brought the Folger to the nation's capital; explore large scale reproductions of Cret's detailed architectural drawings, newly digitized for this exhibition; and visit the first complete edition of Shakespeare's plays published in 1623.

Folger Shakespeare Library

 

Through Jan. 12

Everything is Palpitating: Rodolfo Abularach

From 1957, when the Art Museum of the Americas' (AMA) founding director José Gómez Sicre acquired several pieces by Guatemalan master Abularach for its collection, the artist has been prominently interwoven within the institution's history, as well as that of Guatemalan and Latin American art in a broader sense. This exhibition is an opportunity to gather one of the larger samplings of Abularach's works representing 60 years of his output. It surveys not only the artist's impact on the direction of art of the hemisphere in the 1950s to the 1970s, but also the role that AMA has played in its development.

Art Museum of the Americas

 

Through Jan. 12

Intersections: Los Carpinteros – Cuba Va!

Los Carpinteros (Marco Castillo and Dagoberto Rodríguez) is an internationally acclaimed Cuban artist collective best known for merging architecture, sculpture, design, and drawing. From the outset in the early 1990s, Los Carpinteros's work has reflected on social transformations in post-revolutionary, socialist Cuba, offering critical commentary of dominant ideologies and power structures with humor and artistry.

The Phillips Collection

 

Through Jan. 12

Mid-Century Master: The Photography of Alfred Eisenstaedt

When he photographed her for the November 5, 1965 issue of Life magazine, Alfred Eisenstaedt cemented Marjorie Merriweather Post's place among the most notable people of the 20th century. Featuring nearly fifty Eisenstaedt photographs and ephemera from his career in photojournalism, focusing on his timeless images of life in the mid-20th-century and the era's most celebrated figures, this special exhibition will explore the relationship between Post and Eisenstaedt and the broader body of Eisenstaedt's work documenting life in the mid-twentieth century.

Hillwood Museum, Estate & Gardens

 

Jan. 17 to April 19

Delita Martin: Calling Down the Spirits

Multimedia artist Delita Martin (b. 1972) makes large-scale prints onto which she draws, sews, collages and paints. Martin's meticulous, multilayered works create a powerful presence for her subjects: black women and men depicted on a monumental scale. Through her imagery, Martin forges a new iconography that is rooted in African tradition, personal recollections and physical materials.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

 

Through Jan. 20

Live Dangerously

"Live Dangerously" reveals the bold and dynamic ways in which female bodies inhabit and activate the natural world. Twelve groundbreaking photographers use humor, drama, ambiguity and innovative storytelling to illuminate the landscape as means of self-empowerment and personal expression. A major section of the exhibition showcases the performative and fantastical works of Janaina Tschäpe. For the first time, NMWA will exhibit all 100 large-scale photographs in the series "100 Little Deaths" (1996-2002), in which the artist stages her own body within sites from her travels around the world.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

 

Jan. 23 to April 26

Dialog: Landscape and Abstraction – Freya Grand and AMA's Permanent Collection

This exhibition pairs important 20th-century abstract works by artists in the OAS Art Museum of the Americas's permanent collection with works by contemporary landscape painter Freya Grand. The pairings of Grand and artists living and working in the Americas (1960-73) convey a common dialogue through their shared forms, textures, symbols, color and composition. Here, Grand's immersive landscapes derived from her experiences in remote regions of Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica and the Galapagos Islands intermingle with those of such stalwarts of the OAS AMA's art collection as Maria Luisa Pacheco (Bolivia), Angel Hurtado (Venezuela) and Anibal Villacis (Ecuador).

Art Museum of the Americas

 

Jan. 25 to March 15

Heroes & Losers: The Edification of Luis Lorenzana

Luis Lorenzana (b. 1979) is a self-taught Filipino artist whose background in politics has infused his work with a cynicism that belies his longing for a kinder, more equitable world. The exhibition thus touches on the themes of a desperate kind of selfless heroism — and the all-too familiar failure of a democratic political system. These are works that will have relevance to the current American landscape; indeed, to anywhere in the world.

American University Museum

 

Jan. 25 to March 15

Landscape in an Eroded Field: Carol Barsha, Heather Theresa Clark, Artemis Herber

Depicting nature and the environment is one of the most ancient and elemental expressions of art. From cave painting to Dutch still lifes to social practice incorporating life forms, artists have always been attentive and responsive to the world around them. This exhibition spans landscape painting that takes no social or political stance to multimedia painting and sculpture but puts climate change at the center of its meaning.

American University Museum

 

Jan. 25 to May 24

Robert Franklin Gates: Paint What You See

"Robert Franklin Gates: Paint What You See" showcases an adventurous artist who greatly influenced the course of Washington art from his arrival from Detroit in 1930, at the age of 24, until his death in 1982 as an AU Professor Emeritus. He was a muralist, painter, printmaker, draftsman, and professor at the Phillips Gallery School and then American University for over 40 years.

American University Museum

 

Jan. 25 to May 24

Volkmar Wentzel

Volkmar Kurt Wentzel (b. Dresden, 1915-2006) arrived in Washington, D.C., in the early 1930s. When the Great Depression led to prohibitive housing costs in D.C., he moved to West Virginia to join a community with Robert Gates and several other artists who had become close friends. In 1937, back in Washington, purchased a new camera and began photographing the series "Washington by Night." First lady Eleanor Roosevelt, out for a stroll one evening, encountered Volkmar and purchased several of his pictures. Volkmar completed his Washington photographs and brought them to National Geographic. The event led to his 48-year photographic career as a National Geographic photographer.

American University Museum

 

Through Jan. 26

Bonnard to Vuillard: The Intimate Poetry of Everyday Life

This exhibition presents over 60 exquisite, rarely seen works by a leading group of European Post-Impressionist artists who ushered in a new form of artistic expression in the 1890s. Assuming the name "Nabis" (from the Hebrew navi, meaning "prophet"), its members shared a belief in art's intimate connection to everyday life.

The Phillips Collection

 

Through Jan. 26

None Swifter Than These: 100 Years of Diplomatic Couriers

Learn more about the U.S. Diplomatic Courier Service, which in wartime and peacetime carries the sensitive materials, equipment and information that make diplomacy possible. Today, the State Department's 100 badged diplomatic couriers travel the globe safeguarding our nation's most sensitive information and materials. They constantly trouble-shoot and innovate to ensure secure logistic supply chains while supervising the delivery of classified equipment and documents, as well as secure construction materials to nearly every nation where U.S. diplomats work.

National Postal Museum

 

Through Jan. 26

The Touch of Color: Pastels at the National Gallery of Art

Featuring approximately 70 exquisite examples drawn entirely from the permanent collection, "The Touch of Color: Pastels at the National Gallery of Art" traces the history of pastel from the Renaissance to the 21st century and examines the many techniques that artists have developed to work with this colorful and versatile medium.

National Gallery of Art

 

Through Jan. 31

Oman – A Vision of Modernity

The Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center hosts a new photography exhibition featuring a collection of breathtaking photographs from Oman showcasing the convergence of tradition and modernity throughout the sultanate.

Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center

 

Through Feb. 7

In Between and Beyond

In this comprehensive suite of works by Jorge Caligiuri, the artist explores dramatic and engaging compositions, detaching the image from the two-dimensional aspect of the wooden panel to create three-dimensional assemblages that draw the viewer into his world. That world is filled with expressive fearlessness, taking mediums to the edge to change our perspectives on subject, line, color and ideas.

Embassy of Argentina Art Gallery

 

Through Feb. 17

Alonso Berruguete: First Sculptor of Renaissance Spain

This is the first major exhibition held outside Spain to celebrate the expressive art of the most important sculptor active on the Iberian Peninsula during the first half of the 16th century, Alonso Berruguete, featuring an impressive range of more than 40 works from across his career, including examples of his earliest paintings from his time in Italy, where he trained.

National Gallery of Art

 

Through March 8

Visual Memory: Home + Place

This mid-career survey of multimedia artists Scherezade García and iliana emilia García explores how each artist reflects upon constructed notions of human geography and history in a creative multidisciplinary approach. Generating a provocative and incisive rethinking about the possibilities of visual memory, they engage with timeless universal concerns about global migration, settlement and the spaces we occupy.

Art Museum of the Americas

 

Through May 1

Women: A Century of Change

As we approach the 100th anniversary of the U.S. constitutional amendment confirming women's right to vote, this powerful new exhibition and book from National Geographic showcases iconic women around the world. The exhibition's stunning photographs, drawn from National Geographic's unparalleled image collection, span nine decades and feature a myriad of countries.

National Geographic Museum

 

Through May 25

Chiura Obata: American Modern

Chiura Obata (1885-1975) ranks among the most significant Japanese American cultural artists and figures of the 20th century. Best known for his majestic views of the American West, Obata brought a distinctive trans-Pacific style to the arts community of California as an artist and teacher. This major traveling retrospective presents the most comprehensive survey to date of his acclaimed and varied body of work, from bold landscape paintings of the Grand Canyon and Yosemite National Park to intimate drawings of his experiences of the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II.

Smithsonian American Art Museum

 

Through July 5

I Am... Contemporary Women Artists of Africa

Taking its name from a 1970's feminist anthem, "I Am... Contemporary Women Artists of Africa" draws upon a selection of artworks by women artists from the National Museum of African Art's permanent collection to reveal a more contemporary feminism that recognizes the contributions of women to the most pressing issues of their times. With experimental and sophisticated use of diverse media, the 27 featured artists offer insightful and visually stunning approaches to matters of community, faith, the environment, politics, colonial encounters, racism, identity and more.

National Museum of African Art

 

Through Sept. 7, 2020

Pat Steir: Color Wheel

The Hirshhorn will host the largest painting installation to date by the acclaimed abstract painter Pat Steir. The exhibition is an expansive new suite of paintings by the artist, spanning the entire perimeter of the Museum's second-floor inner-circle galleries, extending nearly 400 linear feet.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

 

Through Sept. 13, 2020

Lee Ufan: Open Dimension

"Lee Ufan: Open Dimension" is an ambitious site-specific commission by the celebrated Korean artist Lee Ufan. The expansive installation, featuring 10 new sculptures from the artist's signature and continuing Relatum series, marks Lee Ufan's largest single outdoor sculpture project in the US, the first exhibition of his work in the nation's capital, and the first time in the Hirshhorn's 45-year history that its 4.3-acre outdoor plaza has been devoted, almost in its entirety, to the work of a single artist.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

 

Through Oct. 12, 2020

Marcel Duchamp: The Barbara and Aaron Levine Collection

Featuring the recent gift of over 50 major historical works, including more than 35 seminal works by Marcel Duchamp, this exhibition comprises an unparalleled selection of art, thoughtfully acquired over the course of two decades and offering a rarely seen view of the entire arc of Duchamp's career. This is the first stage of a two-part exhibition on the life and legacy of Duchamp. The second stage, opening spring 2020, will examine Duchamp's lasting impact through the lens of the Hirshhorn's permanent collection, including significant works by a diverse roster of modern and contemporary artists.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

 

Through Oct. 12, 2020

Portraits of the World: Denmark

"Portraits of the World: Denmark" will feature the painting "Kunstdommere (Art Judges)" by Michael Ancher (1849-1927), on loan from the Museum of National History in Hillerød, Denmark. The monumental group portrait pays tribute to a tightly knit artists' community in northern Denmark, which served as the incubator for the Modern Breakthrough in Danish painting. A complementary display of American portraits will highlight the proliferation of artists' communities in New York City during the first half of the 20th century, which likewise accelerated the development of modern art in the United States.

National Portrait Museum

 

DANCE

Jan. 30 to Feb. 2

The National Ballet of Canada

Canada's esteemed ballet company returns with two programs: On Jan. 28 and 29, experience two works by William Forsythe: Jiří Kylián's "Petite Mort" and Alexei Ratmansky's "Piano Concerto #1." Then on Jan. 30 to Feb. 2, "The Sleeping Beauty" is the romantic tale of a princess cursed to sleep for 100 years, danced to Tchaikovsky's gorgeous music. Tickets are $29 to $149.

Kennedy Center Opera House

 

DISCUSSIONS

Jan. 6 to Feb. 3

Introduction to Western Art: From the Great Pyramids to the Pantheon

Our modern world echoes with the creative vestiges of the past, from the Arc de Triomphe to Wedgwood pottery, from the paintings of Pablo Picasso to the Washington Monument. The key to understanding the inspiration for these works — and so many more across the centuries—is through an overview of ancient material culture. In this four-session daytime course from 12 to 2 p.m., art historian Renee Gondek leads an insightful survey of the paintings, sculptures and architecture produced in ancient Egypt and the Greek and Roman worlds. Tickets are $140; for information, visit smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center

 

The Jan. 8 to 29

The Making of England: From the Viking Wars to King Cnut

A thousand years ago, Danish king Cnut the Great penned his Letter to the English People following a series of Viking attacks on Britain that began with a small-scale raid in 787 A.D. that extended into two centuries of wars. At the start of these conflicts, Britain was a patchwork of Anglo-Saxon and Celtic kingdoms. By their conclusion, much of Britain was consolidated into a single one, England. In this four-session daytime course from 12 to 2 p.m.,Richard Abels, emeritus professor of history at the U.S. Naval Academy, explores how the Viking wars served as the catalyst for its creation. Tickets are $140; for information, visit smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center

 

Thu., Jan. 9, 6:45 p.m.

Marchel Duchamp: Enfant Terrible and Innovative Genius

Regarded as one of the most important, innovative, and influential, artists of the 20th century, Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968) created paintings, sculptures and objects that go well beyond conventional labels. In a richly illustrated program, art historian Nancy G. Heller traces Duchamp's life and art, focusing on a selection of his key works and explaining why they were — and still remain — important, in terms of their broader aesthetic, philosophical, economic and political contexts. Tickets are $45; for information, visit smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center

 

Wed., Jan. 15, 6:45 p.m.

Crafting the Buddha's Image

The image of Buddha is one of the world's most recognized religious symbols, but its origins are shrouded in mystery. For 500 years after his death in the fifth century B.C., his followers avoided creating any image of their Blessed One. Where did the famous likeness come from, and why did it take so long to be created? Art history professor Rob DeCaroli delves into these questions. Tickets are $45; for information, visit smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center

 

Thu., Jan. 30, 6:45 p.m.

Travels with Darley: Exploring Qatar

Emmy-nominated television host, writer, and producer Darley Newman shares insider's tips on Qatar, which she curated while filming her popular PBS series "Travels with Darley." Tickets are $45; for information, visit smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center

 

MUSIC

Jan. 16 to 19

National Symphony Orchestra: Bronfman Plays Beethovan / Holst's The Planets

From menacing Mars to enigmatic Neptune, a wondrous cosmic dance comes to symphonic life in Holst's "The Planets." Recently appointed principal guest conductor of the Dallas Symphony, New Zealand-born Gemma New makes her NSO debut with this uplifting cornerstone of classical music, taking the audience on a transcendent trip through the solar system. World-renowned pianist Yefim Bronfman joins the program to perform Beethoven's poetic Fourth Piano Concerto. Tickets are $15 to $99.

Kennedy Center Concert Hall

 

Wed., Jan. 29, 8 p.m.,

Thu., Jan. 30, 8 p.m.

International Guitar Night

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of International Guitar Night with its most eclectic lineup yet: Guest host Mike Dawes (England) with his incredible two-hand contemporary style, fretless guitarist Cenk Erdoğan (Turkey), electrifying jazz virtuoso Olli Soikkeli (Finland) and Hawaiian Slack Key master Jim "Kimo" West. Tickets start at $32.

Wolf Trap

 

THEATER

Through Dec. 29

A Christmas Carol

It's the 10th Anniversary of Olney's favorite Christmas tradition, as Paul Morella's captivating solo performance of the Dickens classic keeps audiences coming back season and after season. Tickets are $40 to $84.

Olney Theatre Center

 

Through Dec. 29

Dear Jack, Dear Louise

When two strangers meet by letter during World War II, a love story begins. U.S. Army Captain Jack Ludwig, a military doctor stationed in Oregon, begins writing to Louise Rabiner, an aspiring actress and dancer in New York City, hoping to meet her someday if the war will allow. But as the war continues, it threatens to end their relationship before it even starts. Please call for ticket information.

Arena Stage

 

Through Dec. 29

Disney's Newsies

In the summer of 1899, the newsboys of New York City took on two of the most powerful men in the country — Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst — and won. Inspired by true events, the Broadway smash hit is a testament to the power of standing up and speaking out. Please call for ticket information.

Arena Stage

 

Through Dec. 29

The Second City's Love, Factually

"Love, Actually" — whether you love it, hate it or have never even seen it, you'll definitely love this romantic romp that parodies the film along with many other classic holiday rom-com moments. Back by popular demand following a sold-out run in 2018, this year's "Love, Factually" is packed with even more parody of the classic holiday film. Tickets are $49 to $79.

Kennedy Center Theater Lab

 

Through Dec. 31

An Irish Carol

An original work by Keegan company member Matthew Keenan, "An Irish Carol" is an homage to Dickens' classic — told as only the Irish can. This comic and touching play, set in a modern Dublin pub, follows one evening in the life of David, a wealthy pub owner who has lost touch with his own humanity in the interest of self-protection and material success. But on this Christmas Eve, three voices may change David's life forever. Tickets are $36 to $46.

Keegan Theatre

 

Through Jan. 1

A Christmas Carol

Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption. Originally conceived by Michael Baron, this music-infused production captures the magic and joy of Dickens's Yuletide classic. Tickets are $34 to $124.

Ford's Theatre

 

Jan. 4 to 19

Le Cabaret de Carmen

The IN Series's "Le Cabaret de Carmen" takes a radical new approach to presenting opera as an intimate and immediate experience. Without the distancing pomp and magnitude of traditional Carmen performances, the raw emotions of Bizet's score are laid bare by a cast of six performers in a heart-racing 90 minutes. Spectators sit closely at tables as singers and actors emerge from the audience and weave the narrative around them. A minimal tango orchestra plays on stage, infusing the familiar score with the evocative sensuality of bandoneon and cello. Tickets are $46.

SOURCE Theatre

 

Through Jan. 5

A Chorus Line

Winner of nine Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize, overflowing with sensational ballet, tap and jazz dance numbers, this nonstop showcase with one of the largest casts in Signature history is the one singular sensation for the holiday season. Please call for ticket information.

Signature Theatre

 

Through Jan. 5

She The People

Since 2009, Woolly Mammoth has partnered with The Second City to bring their signature brand of laughter-fueled activism to D.C. audiences. This brand-new play further satirizes the reality of being a woman in the United States, exploding the myths and misrepresentations surrounding body positivity, bachelorettes, Beyoncé, the 2020 ballot, and exploring the impact of the Trump presidency and the #MeToo and Time's Up movements. Tickets start at $38.

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

 

Through Jan. 5

The Snow Queen

Synetic presents a whimsical, family-friendly adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson's beloved fairy tale, The Snow Queen. Join Gerda, a little girl with gumption, a magic mirror, and a quest to save her best friend, as she sets out on a life-changing journey that takes her over mountains and across distant lands to the Snow Kingdom. Tickets are $15 to $30.

Synetic Theater

 

Jan. 9 to Feb. 2

Sheltered

It is 1939, and Hitler's assault on Europe has begun. Though much of the world has turned its back on the Jews of Europe, Evelyn and Leonard Kirsch suspect that the menace is real. This ordinary American couple makes a bold decision that could save the lives of many Jewish children and change the course of history. But first, they must convince their estranged friends to help. What begins as a night of cocktails and conversation becomes a tense negotiation of politics, morality and survival — and the stakes are life and death. Tickets are $25 to $69.

Theater J

 

Through Jan. 12

The Dead

Scena Theatre presents an original musical version of the classic short story by Ireland's greatest writer, James Joyce. The story opens at a Christmas party where the young Gretta swoons while a renowned tenor sings at the piano. Her husband Gabriel feels amorous while he watches her. Later that night, he's devastated to learn she was actually moved by the memory of her first love, who died hopelessly obsessed with her. Realizing his marriage lacks such passion, Gabriel feels like a shadow of a person, flickering in a world where the living and "the dead" converge. Tickets are $15 to $50.

The Atlas

 

Through Jan. 12

Peter Pan and Wendy

Bold, budding scientist Wendy Darling dreams of earning a Nobel Prize. When Peter Pan arrives at her bedroom window, she takes a leap and leaves finishing school behind, chasing adventure among the stars. Facing down fairies, mermaids and the dastardly Captain Hook, Wendy, Peter and their friends discover the power of standing up together for what's right. Please call for ticket information.

Shakespeare Theatre Company

 

Jan. 14 to March 1

The Merry Wives of Windsor

The boisterous Falstaff hatches a dubious plan to woo the wealthy wives of Windsor, pilfer their fortunes and make their husbands green with jealousy. The scheming plot is met with fun-filled retaliation when the ladies devise a plot to teach Falstaff a lesson he won't soon forget. Tickets are $42 to $85.

Folger Theatre

 

Jan. 15 to Feb. 16

Pipeline

Nya is a single mom and dedicated teacher at a high-poverty city school, determined to give her teenaged son Omari opportunities that her students will never have. When an altercation with a teacher at his private school threatens Omari's future, Nya has to fight a system that's against him in any environment. A searing, eloquent, and deeply compassionate look at a broken education system, the moments we are pushed to our limits, and the ferocity of one parent's love. Tickets are $60 to $90.

Studio Theatre

 

Jan. 17 to March 1

A Thousand Splendid Suns

Set in 1992 in war-torn Afghanistan, this gripping story centers around a friendship that develops between two Afghan women following a tragedy. While facing insurmountable odds of a brutal and oppressive way of life, the two form an unlikely bond in a heart-rending fight for survival. Tickets are $41 to $95.

Arena Stage

 

Through Jan. 19

My Fair Lady

Boasting such classic songs as "I Could Have Danced All Night," "My Fair Lady" tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a young Cockney flower seller, and Henry Higgins, a linguistics professor who is determined to transform her into his idea of a "proper lady." But who is really being transformed? Tickets are $39 to $159.

Kennedy Center Opera House

 

Jan. 24 to Feb. 23

Silent Sky

A decade before women gained the right to vote, Henrietta Leavitt and her fellow women "computers" transformed the science of astronomy. In the Harvard Observatory, Leavitt found 2,400 new variable stars and made important discoveries about their fluctuating brightness, enabling fellow scientists to map the Milky Way and beyond. This inspiring drama explores the determination, passion and sacrifice of the women who redefined our understanding of the cosmos. Tickets are $22 to $72.

Ford's Theatre

 

Jan. 28 to Feb. 23

Gun & Powder

Inspired by a true story, make way for the sisters Clarke in a dynamic, moving and inspiring world premiere musical of notorious outlaws who ruled the Wild West. To help their mother settle a sharecropper debt, Mary and Martha Clarke — light-skinned African American twins — pass themselves as White to seize the funds by any means necessary. However, their bond of sisterhood is tested when they fall in love with two very different men, one black, the other white. Please call for ticket information.

Signature Theatre

 

Jan. 30 to Feb. 1

World Stages – Grey Rock

A Palestinian man decides to build a rocket to the moon in a shed. "This show is about people, about relationships between a father and a daughter, a mentor and an apprentice, a woman and her suitors," says writer and director Amir Nizar Zuabi. Tickets are $15 to $35.

Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

   

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