National Museum of Asian Art Connects Environmental Art Across Centuries

By Sheila Wickouski Two exhibits of Indian prints and photographs now on view at the Smithsonian Asian Art Museum go beneath the surface to consider the underlying themes of environment, politics and emotions. What the works from almost three centuries apart share in common is the importance of water as a cultural and economic necessity. […]

ARTECHOUSE Launches Immersive Holiday Exhibit 

By Southwester Staff ARTECHOUSE is hosting a holiday exhibit titled SPECTACULAR FACTORY:The Holiday Multiverse. Open to the public November 19, 2022 – January 8, 2023, the exhibit uses technologies including floor-to-wall panoramic projection and a spatialized audio system to create a metaverse-like immersion where visitors can interact with digital jingle bells, nutcrackers, wreaths, and a […]

U.S. Botanic Garden Hosts Holiday Display

By Southwester Staff This year’s U.S. Botanic Garden (USBG) “Season’s Greenings” holiday display will be on view from Thursday, November 24, 2022, through Monday, January 2, 2023, and closed on December 25. On the lawn in the gated outdoor gardens, model trains will circulate through agricultural displays made from plant parts showcasing farms across the […]

Arena Stage Rings in Holidays with Step Afrika!

By Sheila Wickouski From December 9-18, Arena Stage will host a festive, family friendly production called Step Afrika!’s Magical Musical Holiday Step Show.  Founded in 1994 by C. Brian Williams, Step Afrika! is the first professional company dedicated to the tradition of stepping. Step Afrika! blends percussive dance styles practiced by historically African American fraternities […]

Rubell Museum’s Inaugural Exhibition Showcases Powerful Artwork in Stunning Setting

By Sheila Wickouski The Rubell Museum DC, located on the site of the historic Randall School, opened its doors to the public in late October with an exhibit titled What’s Going On, a reference to the groundbreaking 1971 album by Randall School alumnus Marvin Gaye, who sang in the glee club as a junior high […]

Rubell Museum Opens Doors in Former Randall School Building

Southwest’s Newest Museum Showcases Contemporary Art in Historic Space By Southwester Staff  On October 27, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser cut a red ribbon to open Washington, DC’s newest museum, the Rubell Museum DC at 65 I St. SW, the site of the historic Randall School.  Dedicated exclusively to contemporary art, the Rubell Museum reinvigorates one […]

Anacostia Community Museum Launches Augmented Reality Tour of Southwest

By Southwester Staff A new app-based walking tour from the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum leads users through Southwest DC while telling the story of the neighborhood’s redevelopment.  “Before the Bulldozers: Historic Southwest D.C. Exposed” uses location-based storytelling, augmented reality and immersive audio to examine larger issues of housing inequality through the lens of Southwest. The […]