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 […]

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 […]

Unity in Diversity Across New Exhibitions at National Museum of Asian Art

By Sheila Wickouski The Freer Gallery of the Smithsonian National Museum of Asian Art will celebrate its 100th anniversary in May 2023. James McNeill Whistler’s “harmony in blue and gold,” the Peacock Room, had been on display since the gallery opened and is now accessible to the public again after a renovation.  A new exhibit […]

Rubell Museum Announces Inaugural Director Ahead of October Opening 

By Melissa Silverman  This month, the Rubell Museum, a contemporary art museum preparing for opening on I Street SW, announced Caitlin Berry as its inaugural director.  In the role, Berry will oversee engagement with the DC community, public programs, museum operations, and work with the Don and Mera Rubell and Juan Valadez, Director of the […]

Immersive Exhibit Transports Visitors to Southeast Asia

By Southwester Staff An archeological treasure set in a mountain cave above the Cambodian landscape can now be viewed up close and in person at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art’s latest exhibit, Revealing Krishna: Journey to Cambodia’s Sacred Mountain. The exhibition showcases a monumental sculpture of the Hindu god Krishna lifting Mount Govardhan […]

Multimedia Exhibit Merges Music with Digital Brushstrokes at ARTECHOUSE

By Southwester Staff From January 17 to March 6, Southwest’s ARTECHOUSE will host the U.S. debut of Transient: Impermanent Paintings, an exhibit by Italian multimedia artist Quayola.  Originally created as an audiovisual concert for two motorized pianos by Quayola, the piece uses generative algorithms so each brushstroke is sonified with a piano note. As a […]