Museums

Edward Biberman's portrait of Lena Horne is part of the National Portrait Gallery's
Edward Biberman's portrait of Lena Horne is part of the National Portrait Gallery's "Bravo!" exhibit. The legendary performer, whose career spanned six decades, died May 9 at age 92. (Copyright Edward Biberman/national Portrait Gallery)
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Friday, May 14, 2010

MUSEUMS

Openings

"A CENTURY OF DESIGN: THE U.S. COMMISSION OF FINE ARTS, 1910-2010" An exhibit on the federal agency's role in shaping the identity of Washington's public spaces, Saturday through July 18 at the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Open Sunday 11 to 5, Monday-Saturday 10 to 5. 202-272-2448. http://www.nbm.org.

"AMERICAN MODERNISM: THE SHEIN COLLECTION" An exploration of modernism's rise through avant-garde works by Marcel Duchamp, Georgia O'Keeffe, Man Ray and others, opening Sunday at the National Gallery of Art, East Building, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Open Monday-Saturday 10 to 5 and Sunday 11 to 6. 202-737-4215. http://www.nga.gov. Free.

"GERMAN MASTER DRAWINGS FROM THE WOLFGANG RATJEN COLLECTION, 1580 TO 1900" A collection of 120 works ranging from 17th-century baroque and 18th-century rococo to 19th-century romanticism and realism, opening Sunday 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. http://www.nga.gov. Free.

"ART BY THE YARD: WOMEN DESIGN MID-CENTURY BRITAIN" An examination of the changes in textile design post-World War II, Saturday through Sept. 12 at the Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Open Tuesday-Saturday 10 to 5, Sunday 1 to 5. 202-667-0441. http://www.textilemuseum.org. Suggested donation $5.

Exhibitions

AIR AND SPACE/DOWNTOWN Open indefinitely: "America by Air." "Apollo to the Moon." "Milestones of Flight." "Space Race." "Moving Beyond Earth." An interactive exhibition that explores recent advances made in human spaceflight, including the space shuttle and space station. Open daily 10 to 7:30, through Sept. 7. Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. http://www.nasm.si.edu. Free.

AIR AND SPACE/DULLES Open indefinitely: "Commercial Aviation." "Human Spaceflight." "Rockets and Missiles." "Vertical Flight." "World War II Aviation." Open daily 10 to 5:30. Udvar-Hazy Center, 14390 Air and Space Museum Pkwy., Chantilly. 202-633-1000. http://www.nasm.si.edu/UdvarHazy. Free.

AMERICAN HISTORY "Holidays on Display," through Sept. 30. An examination of parading culture and department store retail displays between the 1920s and 1960s. "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing: How the Apollo Theater Shaped American Entertainment," through Aug. 29. The exhibition draws on graphic images, film, costumes, music scores, playbills, instruments and artist interviews to explore the Apollo Theater's impact on American popular culture and how African American culture shaped the nation. Open indefinitely: "Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life." More than 60 historical treasures associated with Lincoln's life. "First Ladies at the Smithsonian." A look at the country's influential first ladies. Open daily 10 to 5:30. 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. http://americanhistory.si.edu. Free.

AMERICAN UNIVERSITY "Convergence: New Art From Lebanon," through Sunday. "Emilie Brzezinski: Family Trees," through June 5. The artist, wife of Zbigniew Brzezinski, creates a metaphorical portrait of the family using natural wood sculptures. Open Tuesday-Sunday 11 to 4. Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-2787.

AMERICAN VISIONARY ART MUSEUM "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness," through Sept. 5. The definition of freedom outlined in the Declaration of Independence serves as the starting point for this collection of works by the descendants of the Russian czars, Iroquois Indians, French revolutionaries and Guantanamo Bay detainees. Open indefinitely: Changing exhibitions of works by self-taught artists. Open daily, except Mondays, 10 to 6. 800 Key Hwy., Baltimore. 410-244-1900. http://www.avam.org. $12, $8 seniors and students, free for age 6 and younger.

ANACOSTIA COMMUNITY MUSEUM "The African Presence in Mexico: From Yanga to the Present," through July 4. An examination of the history, culture and art of Afro-Mexicans from the colonial era to the present day. Open indefinitely: "Separate and Unequaled: Black Baseball in the District of Columbia." An examination of the popularity of the national pastime when played by African Americans. Open daily 10 to 5. 1901 Fort Pl. SE. 202-633-4820. http://www.anacostia.si.edu. Free.

ANDERSON HOUSE Items related to the American Revolution and collections of American, European and Oriental antiques and artifacts. Open Tuesday-Saturday 1 to 4. 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040. http://www.societyofthecincinnati.org. Free.


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