DC Artswatch: NBM, Mosaic, Ken Cen, Studio Conservatory, Hirshhorn

December 10, 2020

Building Museum Celebrates 40 Years

The National Building Museum, housed in the mammoth 1887 Pension Building at 401 F St. NW, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this week with a number of free online programs. On Friday, Dec. 11, at …

Visual Arts Preview: Social Distancing Edition

September 17, 2020

This will be a limited and bittersweet season for the arts, but after six months of pure bitterness, this writer will happily take what he can get. The fall arts season has long felt like a kind of a carnival …

The Power of Art, Right Now

May 20, 2020

I have been dreading this column. I have been scared and slightly nauseated by the prospect of trying to write about art right now.

I’ll forgo the tediously crafted litany of our global despair, as I have to assume that …

Hirshhorn Premieres Marcel Duchamp Documentary

December 27, 2019

A new documentary about revolutionary 20th-century painter, sculptor and conceptual artist Marcel Duchamp (1887–1968), “Marcel Duchamp: The Art of the Possible,” was premiered at the Hirshhorn Museum on Nov. 23. You can view the trailer for the documentary here:

To …

Holiday Macabre: ‘The Woman in Black’

December 18, 2019

The holidays may seem an unlikely time to enjoy a Gothic ghost story. Why relish in horror during the season of light?

But there’s something about a bit of the macabre to make us appreciate the coziness of Christmas all …

Holiday Arts Preview: Visual Arts

November 20, 2019

Chiura Obata: American Modern
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Opens Nov. 27

Born in Okayama, Japan, Chiura Obata (1885–1975) immigrated to San Francisco in 1903. In 1942, when World War II fears and Executive Order 9066 forced Obata and more than …

Kennedy Center Opens the Reach With Parade, Festival (photos)

September 9, 2019

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is celebrating the first physical expansion in its 48-year history — a campus of dramatic pavilions dubbed the Reach — with 16 days of “creativity in action.” Over 500 free events …

Summer Arts Preview: Visual Arts

May 16, 2019

RIRKRIT TIRAVANIJA: (who’s afraid of red, yellow, and green)


May 17 to July 24

This exhibition will transform the Hirshhorn’s galleries into a communal dining space in which visitors will be served curry and invited to share a

LAST CHANCE: Cultural Breakfast This Thursday

February 14, 2019

Please note: This Cultural Leadership Breakfast will NOT take place at the George Town Club. The location is 1310 Kitchen in the Georgetown Inn, 1310 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Parking in the Georgetown Inn is complimentary for breakfast attendees.

On Thursday, …

Von Heyl and Scully at the Hirshhorn

December 7, 2018

Throughout Washington and the rest of the world, mainstream exhibitions of contemporary art are evolving toward evermore diverse forms and displays, from interactive digital exhibitions to fully immersive environments. It has become suddenly less common to see a contemporary show