Museums

Friday, May 29, 2009

MUSEUMS

Openings

"CREATIVE CRAFTS COUNCIL 27TH BIENNIAL JURIED EXHIBITION" Fine crafts created by members of area craft guilds, including the Fiber Arts Study Group, National Capital Art Glass Guild, the Metropolitan Stained Glass Association, Washington Guild of Goldsmiths and the Ceramic Guild, Saturday through July 11 at the Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10 to 4; Wednesday 10 to 9; and Saturday 10 to 3. 301-581-5100 or http://www.strathmore.org. Free.

"FARMERS, WARRIORS, BUILDERS: THE HIDDEN LIFE OF ANTS" An exhibition that looks at the surprising world of one of Earth's most social creatures, Saturday through Oct. 10 at the National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000 or http://www.mnh.si.edu. Free.

"STANLEY WILLIAM HAYTER: FROM SURREALISM TO ABSTRACTION," A gathering of more than 50 of the artist's works, including black-and-white surrealist engravings, plaster casts, copper plates and abstractions inspired by motion and mathematics, Sunday through Aug. 30 at the National Gallery of Art, West Building, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Open Monday-Saturday 10 to 5 and Sunday 11 to 6. 202-737-4215 or http://www.nga.gov. Free.

Exhibitions

AIR AND SPACE/DOWNTOWN "Universal Dimensions: The Space Art of Wang Ming," through Oct. 9. A collection of 35 works by the Chinese artist and former air traffic controller that emphasize the universality of flight across nationalities and cultures. Open indefinitely: "The Wright Brothers and the Invention of the Aerial Age"; "Explore the Universe"; "Space: A Journey to Our Future"; "Jet Aviation." Open daily 10 to 7:30, through Sept. 7. Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000 or http://www.nasm.si.edu. Free.

AIR AND SPACE/DULLES Open indefinitely: "Commercial Aviation"; "Modern Military Aviation"; "Space Science"; "Sport Aviation." Open daily 10 to 5:30. Udvar-Hazy Center, 14390 Air and Space Museum Pkwy., Chantilly. 202-633-1000 or http://www.nasm.si.edu/UdvarHazy. Free.

ALEXANDRIA BLACK HISTORY MUSEUM "1968 in America," through Saturday. A reflection on the tumultuous events of 1968, with a focus on themes of idealism, music, violence and the media. Open Tuesday-Saturday 10 to 4. 902 Wythe St., Alexandria. 703-838-4356 or http://www.alexblackhistory.org. Free.

AMERICAN HISTORY "First Ladies at the Smithsonian," through Dec. 31. A look at the country's influential first ladies. "The Scurlock Studio and Black Washington: Picturing the Promise," through Nov. 15. An exhibit tracing the history of black Washington through pictures taken by the photographic studio founded by Addison Scurlock. Open indefinitely: "Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life." More than 60 historical treasures associated with Lincoln's life. Open daily 10 to 6:30. 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000, (TDD: 202-633-5285) or http://www.americanhistory.si.edu. Free.

ANACOSTIA COMMUNITY MUSEUM "Jubilee: African American Celebration," through Sept. 20. Open indefinitely: "Separate and Unequaled: Black Baseball in the District of Columbia." An examination of the popularity and community draw of the national pastime when played by African Americans. Open daily 10 to 5. 1901 Fort Pl. SE. 202-633-1000 or http://www.anacostia.si.edu. Free.

ARTHUR M. SACKLER GALLERY "Moving Perspectives: Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba and Fiona Tan," through June 7. "The Tale of Shuten Doji," through Sept. 20. Illustrated scenes from dramatic folk tales include two sets of handscrolls, a pair of screens, sketches for a set of fan paintings and book illustrations. Open daily 10 to 5:30. 1050 Independence Ave. SW. 202-633-4880 or http://www.asia.si.edu. Free.

CAPITOL VISITOR CENTER "E Pluribus Unum -- Out of Many, One." Artifacts, video and architectural models illustrate the history of Congress and of the Capitol building. Open Monday-Saturday 8:30 to 4:30. First and East Capitol streets NE. 202-226-8000 or http://www.visitthecapitol.gov. Free.

CONTEMPORARY MUSEUM "The Reverse Ark: In the Wake," through Aug. 1. Part art installation, part community project and part learning platform, the new project by San Francisco's Futurefarmers was developed around the concept of an "ark" as a site for preserving, exploring and learning. Open Tuesday-Saturday 11 to 5. 100 W. Centre St., Baltimore. 410-783-5720 or http://www.contemporary.org. Free.


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