The East Building will come alive during National Gallery Nights programs on September 14, October 12, and November 9. National Gallery of Art, Washington

From the National Gallery of Art:

“National Gallery Nights, our popular after-hours program, returns to the East Building from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Thursdays, September 14, October 12, and November 9.

This season, visitors will find their favorite National Gallery Nights activities—music, live performances, artmaking, and pop-up talks—centering the themes of a block party, Halloween, and the exhibition The Land Carries our Ancestors: Contemporary Art by Native Americans. Light fare; gelato; and beverages such as beer, wine, and specialty cocktails will be available for purchase throughout the East Building, in the Terrace Café and Espresso & Gelato Bar, and on the 4th Street Plaza. As with all National Gallery programs, the events are free. Read More


“Paul Cézanne, Mont Sainte-Victoire, 1886-1987, Oil on canvas, 23.5 x 28.5 in. (59.6 x 72.3), Acquired 1925, The Phillips Collection”

From a press release:

“The Phillips Collection has been awarded Bank of America’s 2023 Art Conservation Project Grant for the conservation of two paintings by the influential French artist Paul Cézanne (1839-1906). Seminal to the permanent collection of America’s first museum of modern art, Cézanne’s Mont Sainte-Victoire (1886-1887) and Self-Portrait (1878-1880)—which are in constant demand for exhibitions and loans—are receiving extensive treatment for the first time in forty-five years. Their conservation will transform the appearance of the two compositions, revealing their strength currently obscured by deteriorated varnishes, while also affording scholars the opportunity to examine the artist’s process in the process. Read More


courtesy National Building Museum

From a press release:

“The National Building Museum is thrilled to present its highly anticipated seventh Summer Block Party installation LOOK HERE by artist and architect Suchi Reddy, founder and principal of Reddymade Architecture & Design in New York. The installation will open to the public on Saturday, July 1 and will be on display through Labor Day, Monday, September 4. The Museum is open every Thursday through Monday from 10 am to 4 pm. Read More


From an email:

“On behalf of The REDEYE Night Market I want to share information below on their upcoming event with The Smithsonian National Museum of Asian Art this Saturday May 13th in celebration of the Museum’s Centennial Celebration.

What: The Centennial Open Market, part of the Smithsonian National Museum of Asian Art’s Centennial Celebration, will feature local top chefs and restaurants showcasing the flavors of the Asian diaspora, curated by The REDEYE. Inspired by the traditional night markets of East and Southeast Asia, which served to strengthen communities by boosting local economies through the support of small businesses, THE REDEYE promotes local food vendors, artists, makers, and other AAPI-owned and operated small businesses.

Participating Vendors: Read More


courtesy NGA

From the National Gallery of Art:

“DC’s favorite summer concert series is back! Every Friday, from May 19 through August 4, our Sculpture Garden will come alive with musical performances including jazz, Latin fusion, bluegrass, and more.

This season captures the breadth of the American musical experience with Latin fusion from ¡Tumbao! on May 26, zydeco from Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas on June 23, Indigenous fusion from D’DAT on June 30, and funk and soul from the 8 Ohms Band on July 28. Another highlight is a special Juneteenth celebration concert with the Muneer Nasser Quintet on June 16, one of seven local acts this year.

Due to high demand, we are instituting a free lottery system so that anyone interested in attending Jazz in the Garden has an equal chance to participate. Each concert will have its own lottery, which will open the week prior on Monday at 10:00 a.m. and close that Friday at noon. Read More


1600 21st Street, NW photo by Josh

From Bread Furst’s Mark Furstenberg:

“Although I have never imagined expanding Bread Furst in any way, an overture from the Phillips Collection was more than I could resist.

All of us at the bakery are proud that we are taking over the cafe inside the Phillips Collection. I have been a long time member at The Phillips and a long time resident of Dupont Circle.

We will offer a selection of everything we offer at the bakery on upper Connecticut Avenue including breads, pastries, sandwiches, salads, and coffee. Read More


1250 New York Ave, NW “National Museum of Women in the Arts, exterior, 13th Street and New York Avenue sides; Photo by Thomas H. Field”

From the National Museum of Women in the Arts:

“The National Museum of Women in Arts (NMWA), the world’s first major museum solely dedicated to championing women artists, reopens its extensively renovated building on October 21, 2023. The transformed museum will feature new exhibition spaces, re-envisioned public programming areas, improved amenities and increased accessibility for visitors at its historic home at 1250 New York Avenue, NW, in Washington, D.C. In addition to an expansive reinstallation of the collection, NMWA will present an inaugural exhibition, The Sky’s the Limit, featuring powerful monumental sculpture and immersive installations by a dozen contemporary women artists, in an innovative presentation not possible prior to the renovation. Read More


courtesy U.S. Botanic Garden

From the U.S. Botanic Garden:

“The 27th annual joint orchid exhibit between the United States Botanic Garden (USBG) and Smithsonian Gardens will be “Discover the World of Orchids,” on display in the USBG Conservatory from February 17 through April 30, 2023. The exhibit will share stories of the diversity of orchids and how technology advances their conservation. Read More


Surprise performers delight visitors at National GalleryNights. National Gallery of Art, Washington

From NGA:

“The National Gallery of Art has announced the spring 2023 season for its popular National Gallery Nights after-hours p­rogram. Each event takes place from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on the second Thursday of March, April, and May in the East Building.

Popular activities that define National Gallery Nights–music, live performances, artmaking, and pop-up talks–are centered around a specific theme for each evening. Light fare, gelato, and beverages, including beer, wine, and specialty cocktails, are available for purchase throughout the East Building and in the Terrace Café and Espresso & Gelato Bar. As with all National Gallery programs, the event is free.

Due to the popularity of National Gallery Nights, registration is required and opens one week in advance at Read More


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