Centuries of Japanese Art on Display During Cherry Blossom Season

By Southwester Staff With cherry blossom season in full swing, the museums of the Smithsonian are showcasing Japanese art from the 13th to the 19th centuries.  In early March, the Freer Gallery launched a new exhibition showcasing the full scope of the museum’s medieval Zen collections, one of the broadest in the world, for the […]

Hirshhorn Announces April 1 Opening Date for New Kusama Exhibit

By Southwester Staff  Following 2017’s blockbuster exhibit of “Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors,” which drew 475,000 visitors and wide reach on social media, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden will debut a new retrospective covering nearly 70 years of Kusama’s career.  Opening April 1, the exhibition will showcase work by Kusama from the museum’s permanent collection. […]

Glass and Light Inspire in New Exhibit at National Museum of the American Indian

By Sheila Wickouski Of the thousands of stories of Raven the trickster told by the indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest, international glassmaker Peston Singletary has chosen to tell one version from his Tlingit clan in the exhibition Preston Singletary: Raven and the Box of Daylight now on view at the National Museum of the […]

National Museum of African Art Offers Intimate Portrait of Nollywood Stars

By Southwester Staff  The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art has laid out a red carpet for guests to enter its latest exhibit: Iké Udé: Nollywood Portraits. Udé’s world spans from homeland of Nigeria to his current base New York. In 2014, he returned to Nigeria to create portraits of film stars, directors and producers […]

MuralsDC Honors Pioneering Women in STEM Fields 

By Southwester Staff  One of the newest MuralsDC artworks is located in Southwest, in partnership with JBG Smith, the Department of Public Works, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and the SWBID.  Artist Ally Grimm, aka A.L. Grime, brought a larger-than-life mural to L’Enfant Plaza at the corner of D Street SW, and the […]

Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building To Reopen with Futures Exhibit 

By Southwester Staff When the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building opened in 1881, it was quickly dubbed America’s “Palace of Wonders” and the “Mother of Museums.” Now celebrating its 175th anniversary, it reopens on November 20, not with a look backward, but with an eye on the future. As the Smithsonian’s second-oldest structure, its stained […]

Explore the Universe between Your Ears at Artechouse

By Matthew Koehler As the winter season approaches, colder temperatures drive many people inside. So perhaps it’s fitting that Artechouse’s autumn exhibit, a fusion of art, technology, and a whole lot of neuroscience, takes an inward journey as well. Enter Life of a Neuron, a collaboration between Artechouse and the Society of Neuroscience that “brings […]