National Museum of African Art Exhibit Bridges Distance and History

By Southwester Staff  Currently on view at the Smithsonian ​​National Museum of African Art, the exhibit “Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture, and Exchange across Medieval Saharan Africa” is filled with delightful surprises for lovers of art and archeology.  Covering 800 years of trade over three continents, the exhibit connects objects and other […]

Hirshhorn Hosts New Exhibitions Inside and Out

By Southwester Staff Art is everywhere —indoors and outdoors —at the Hirshhorn Museum.  The exterior of the cylindrical building is now the site of Swiss artist Nicolas Party’s “Draw the Curtain” (2021). The artwork wraps around the building a full 360 degrees, spanning a circumference of 829 feet.  The original pastel painting, digitally collaged and […]

Young Readers: How YouTube Can Put a Book in Your Child’s Hands

By Kitty Felde Remember when parents complained about the amount of TV their kids watched? Now, it’s YouTube. I hear from parents over and over again that their kids aren’t reading, not because they’re distracted by video games or binge-watching Netflix, but because their eyeballs are glued to YouTube videos. Yet, YouTube can also be a valuable […]

Spy Museum Opens Doors to Expand Access

By Southwester Staff  The International Spy Museum, located at L’Enfant Plaza, is hosting a series of enhanced accessibility events, including a sensory-friendly program for community members with autism or sensory processing differences.  “We want everyone to be able to enjoy the museum and engage with our content, so it’s important for us that we can […]

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 […]

Inspiring Reluctant Readers with a SImple Challenge

By Kitty Felde It’s the question that frustrates parents and teachers alike: how do you get a reluctant reader to pick up a book? How does a book compete with video games and Snapchat? This month, we begin a new column in The Southwester: Young Readers.  I’m Kitty Felde, host and executive producer of 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 […]