Museums Openings

AFRICAN ART -- "In and Out of Focus: Images From Central Africa, 1885-1960," from Friday through March 16. Ongoing: "Recent Acquisitions and Promised Gifts," through Jan. 5. Open indefinitely: "The Ancient West African City of Benin, 1300-1897"; "The Art of the Personal Object"; "Images of Power and Identity." Open daily 10 to 5:30. 950 Independence Ave. SW. 202-357-2700 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

FREER GALLERY -- "The Floating World Revealed" and "Tea in the Floating World," from Sunday through May 26. "The Religious Art of Japan," from Dec. 12 through Dec. 2004. Ongoing: "Whistler's Nudes," through Jan. 25; "Palaces and Pavilions: Grand Architecture in Chinese Painting," through March 30. Open indefinitely: "Whistler Paintings at the Freer," "South Asian Sculpture"; "Winged Figures"; "Arts of the Islamic World"; "Art for Art's Sake"; "Charles Lang Freer and Egypt"; "Shades of Blue and Green: Chinese Celadon Ceramics"; "Seto and Mino Ceramics"; "Ancient Chinese Pottery and Bronze." Changing exhibits from the permanent collections of Asian and American art. Open daily 10 to 5:30. Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. 202-357-2700 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

Exhibitions AIR AND SPACE -- Open indefinitely: "Explore the Universe"; "Earth Today: A Digital View of Our Dynamic Planet"; "Aerobatic Champions"; "GPS: A New Constellation"; "How Things Fly," interactive gallery about the principles of flight; "Modern Carrier Aviation: Seapower in a Changing World"; Pershing II and SS-20 missiles; "Commuting in the Amphibian Manner: The Grumman Goose"; "Carrier War in the Pacific"; "Beyond the Limits: Flight Enters the Computer Age"; "Voyager: Around the World Without a Pit Stop"; "Looking at Earth," on aerial photography; "The Golden Age of Flight." Large-format films in the IMAX theater; "Infinity Express" in the Albert Einstein planetarium. Open daily 10 to 5:30. Seventh and Independence SW. 202-357-2700 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

AMERICAN HISTORY -- "Through My Father's Eyes: Photographs by Ricardo Alvarado"; "West Point in the Making of America: 1802-1918," through Jan. 4. "Ensuring the Safety of Millions: A Century of Regulating Biological Products," indefinitely; "September 11, 2001: Bearing Witness to History," through Jan. 11; "Bon Apetit! Julia Child's Kitchen at the Smithsonian," through Feb. 2004; "Invention at Play," through Dec. 15; "Slates, Slide Rules and Software: Teaching Math in America," indefinitely; "Within These Walls," indefinitely; "Fast Attacks and Boomers: Submarines in the Cold War," through April 2003; "An Odyssey in Print: Adventures in the Smithsonian Libraries," through December 2003. Open indefinitely: "The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden"; "Lighting a Revolution II"; "On Time"; "Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song"; "Communities in a Changing Nation: The Promise of 19th Century America"; "A More Perfect Union: Japanese-Americans and the U.S. Constitution"; "World War II GI: The American Soldier's Experience"; "Science in American Life"; "First Ladies: Political Role and Public Image"; "American Encounters," about cultures of New Mexico; "From Parlor to Politics: Women and Reform in America, 1890-1925"; "Information Age: People, Information and Technology"; "Field to Factory: African-American Migration 1915-1940"; "A Material World," household objects; "Engines of Change: The American Industrial Revolution, 1790-1860"; "Hands-on Science Room" (open 12:30 to 5 Tuesday-Friday and 10 to 5 Saturday-Sunday; closed federal holidays); "Hands-on History Center" (open noon to 3 Tuesday-Sunday; closed federal holidays). Museum open daily 10 to 5:30. 14th and Constitution NW. 202-357-2700 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

AMERICAN VISIONARY ART MUSEUM -- "High on Life: Transcending Addiction," through Sept. 1; "Gems of the Permanent Collection," through May 4. Changing exhibitions of works by self-taught artists. Open Tuesday-Sunday 10 to 6. $6; seniors, students and children $4. 800 Key Hwy., Baltimore. 410-244-1900.

ANACOSTIA MUSEUM -- "In the Arms of Elders," photographs, through Dec. 30; "The Color Yellow: Beauford Delaney," through Dec. 30. Open daily 10 to 5. 1901 Fort Place SE. 202-357-2700 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

ART MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAS -- Permanent collection of 20th-century Latin American art. Open Tuesday-Sunday 10 to 5. 201 18th St. NW. 202-458-6016.

ARTS AND INDUSTRIES -- "Latin Jazz: La Combinacion Perfecta," through Jan. 18; "Chicano Now: American Expresssions," through Jan. 5; "Photo du Jour: David Hume Kennerly's Picture-a-Day Journey Through the First Year of the New Millennium," through Dec. 29. Open daily 10 to 5:30. 900 Jefferson Dr. SW. 202-357-2700 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

BALTIMORE MUSEUM OF ART -- "Painted Prints: The Revelation of Color," through Jan. 5; "A Century of Progress: 1930s Modernism in America," through Jan. 13; "Tom Miller: Changing Spaces," through Feb. 16; "Parallel Tracks: The History of Photography in Two Brief Installments," and "Common/Places: Contemporary Photography from Germany and Northern Europe," through May 25. Permanent exhibitions include the Cone Collection of post-impressionist and early-modern art, Old Masters galleries, the American Wing of American decorative arts, the Garrett and Lucas collections of prints and drawings, and the Saidie A. May collection of art since 1900. Open Friday and Wednesday-Thursday 11 to 5, Saturday-Sunday 11 to 6 (open to 8 on the first Thursday of each month). $7; seniors and students $5; under age 19 free. Free to all on the first Thursday monthly. North Charles Street and Art Museum Drive, Baltimore. 410-396-7100.

BALTIMORE PUBLIC WORKS MUSEUM -- "Recycled Metalworks by Jim Pollack," through March 16. "Treasures Underfoot: Quilts Inspired by Japanese Manhole Covers," through Jan. 5. Open Friday-Sunday and Tuesday-Thursday 10 to 4. $2.50, $2 seniors and students, children 5 and younger free. 751 Eastern Ave. (Inner Harbor Pier 7), Baltimore. 410-396-5565.

BUREAU OF ENGRAVING AND Printing -- Public tours are available weekdays except holidays from 9 to 2; Visitors Center open 8:30 to 3. 14th and C SW. 202-874-2330 or 866-874-2330.

CORCORAN -- "Fashioning Art: Handbags by Judith Lieber" and "Picturing the Corcoran's Sculpture: Photographs by David Finn," through Dec. 30; "Emmet Gowin: Changing the Earth" and "The Shape of Color: Joan Miro's Painted Sculpture," through Jan. 6. Permanent collection includes the Salon Dore{acute} French gilt room, 16th-century Italian earthenware, 17th- to 20th-century European paintings, and 18th- to 20th-century American paintings. Open Friday-Monday and Wednesday 10 to 5, Thursday 10 to 9; closed Tuesday. $5, seniors and member guests $3, students $1, family $8, children under 12 free. 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1700.

DAR -- "Forgotten Patriots: African American and American Indian Service in the Revolutionary War, 1775-1783," through Aug. 2. Permanent collection includes ceramics, glass and silver, period rooms and children's section. Open Monday-Friday 9:30 to 4, Saturday 9 to 5 (closed Sundays). 1776 D St. NW. 202-879-3254.

DUMBARTON OAKS -- Permanent collection of pre-Columbian, Byzantine and classical works. Open Tuesday-Sunday 2 to 5; $1 donation. Ten acres of formal gardens open 2 to 5 daily; free admission through March 14.. 1703 32nd St. NW. 202-339-6401.

FOLGER SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY -- "Thys Boke Is Myne," through March 1. Open Monday-Saturday 10 to 4. 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-4600.

FREDERICK DOUGLASS HOME -- Visitors center offers orientation at the last residence of 19th-century abolitionist. Open daily 9 to 5. 1411 W Street SE. 202-426-5961.

HILLWOOD -- The former home of Marjorie Merriweather Post houses a permanent collection of Russian and French decorative art. Open daily noon to 5. Admission $10, seniors $8, students and children under 18 $5. 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. For information, 202-686-8500; for reservations, 202-686-5807.

HIRSHHORN -- "Zero to Infinity: Arte Povera, 1962-1972," through Jan. 20; "Directions -- Cecily Brown," through Feb. 23. Open indefinitely: "Minimal Art and Its Legacy: Selections From the Collection" and "The Museum Collection at 25: Celebrating Modern and Contemporary Art." Permanent collection of 19th- and 20th-century paintings and sculpture, and an outdoor sculpture garden. Open daily 10 to 5:30. Seventh and Independence SW. 202-357-2700 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

INTERIOR DEPARTMENT MUSEUM -- Permanent exhibits pertaining to American historical events and locales. Open weekdays except federal holidays 8:30 to 4:30, and from 1 to 4 on the third Saturday monthly. 18th and C NW. 202-208-4743.

INTERNATIONAL SPY MUSEUM -- Displays of wristwatch cameras, poison gas guns, a World War II Enigma cipher machine and other coding machines, disguises, etc. Open daily 10 to 6. Admission $11, seniors $9, grades K through 12 $8, under five free. 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798.

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS -- "When They Were Young: A Photographic Retrospective of Childhood," through March 22; "American Treasures of the Library of Congress," rotating permanent exhibition ("American Treasures" information: 202-707-3834). Open indefinitely: "World Treasures: In the Beginning," "Bob Hope and American Variety"; "Here to Stay: The Legacy of George and Ira Gershwin." Open Monday-Saturday 10 to 5. First and Independence SE. 202-707-4604.

MOUNT VERNON -- The 30-acre estate, home and burial place of George Washington, is open daily 9 to 4. Adults $9, seniors $8.50, ages 6 through 11 $4.50, under 6 free. At the south end of the George Washington Parkway, eight miles south of Alexandria. 703-780-2000.

NATIONAL BUILDING MUSEUM -- "Me, Myself and Infrastructure: Private Lives and Public Works in America," through Feb. 16; "Do It Yourself: Home Improvement in 20th Century America," through Aug. 10; "Tools As Art," indefinitely. Building tours weekdays at 12:30, weekends at 12:30 and 1:30. Museum open Monday-Saturday 10 to 5, Sunday 11 to 5. Fourth and F NW. 202-272-2448.

NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART, EAST -- "Willem de Kooning: Tracing the Figure," through Jan. 5; "Deceptions and Illusions: Five Centuries of Trompe L'Oeil Painting in Europe and America," through March 2; "Small French Paintings," indefinitely. Permanent collection of 20th-century art. Open Friday-Saturday and Monday-Thursday 10 to 5, Sunday 11 to 6. Fourth and Constitution NW. 202-737-4215 (TDD: 202-842-6176).

NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART, WEST -- "An Artist's Artists: Jacob Kainen's Collection from Rembrandt to David Smith," through Feb. 9; "Drawing on America's Past: Folk Art, Modernism and the Index of American Design," through March 2. Permanent collections of European and American paintings, sculpture and decorative arts from the 13th through the 19th centuries, and an outdoor sculpture garden. Open Monday-Saturday 10 to 5, Sunday 11 to 6. Sixth and Constitution NW. 202-737-4215 (TDD: 202-842-6176).

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC -- "Wild at Heart: Man and Beast in Southern Africa," through Jan. 5."Jungles: Photographs of Frans Lanting," through Feb. 9; "Biodiversity 911: Saving Life on Earth," through March 15. Open Monday-Saturday 9 to 5, Sunday 10 to 5. 17th and M NW. 202-857-7588.

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WOMEN in the Arts -- "Judy Chicago," through Jan. 5 (special admission $8, students and seniors $6, 18 and younger free); "Book As Art XIV: Temptations," through Jan. 5; selections from the permanent collection, indefinitely; selections from the silver collection, indefinitely. Museum admission $5, students and seniors $3, 18 and younger free; free on first Wednesday and Sunday of each month. Open Monday-Saturday 10 to 5, Sunday noon to 5. 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-5000.

NATIONAL POSTAL MUSEUM -- "Hovercraft," through Jan. 13; "The 1847 Issue: America's First Stamp," through May 19. Permanent galleries: "What's in the Mail For You!"; "Moving the Mail"; "Binding the Nation"; "Customers and Communities"; "Artistic License: The Duck Stamp Story"; "The Art of Cards and Letters"; "Stamps and Stories." Open daily 10 to 5:30. 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE. 202-357-2700 (TDD: 202-633-9849).

NATURAL HISTORY -- "From Monastery to Marketplace: Tradition Inspires Modern Ethiopian Painting," through Jan. 2; "Global Links: El Nino's Powerful Reach," through spring 2003. Open indefinitely: "African Voices"; "T-Rex"; "Tigers!"; "Life in the Ancient Seas"; "Frozen in Time: The Iceman"; "Native Alaskan Cultures"; "Janet Annenberg Hooker Hall of Geology, Gems and Minerals"; Orkin Insect Zoo. Open daily 10 to 5:30. 10th and Constitution NW. 202-357-2700 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

PHILLIPS COLLECTION -- "Willem de Looper: A Birthday Celebration," through Jan. 19; "Pierre Bonnard: Early and Late," through Jan. 19 (timed-entry tickets required; $10, seniors and students $8, 18 and under free). Permanent collection of 19th- and 20th-century European and American paintings. Permanent collection admission $7.50, seniors and students $4 (voluntary on weekdays), 18 and under free. "Artful Evenings," Thursdays 5 to 8:30, $5 (includes musical performance). Open Friday-Saturday and Tuesday-Wednesday 10 to 5, Sunday noon to 7, Thursday 10 to 8:30; closed Monday. 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151.

RENWICK -- "George Catlin and His Indian Gallery," through Jan. 19. Permanent collection of American crafts. Open daily 10 to 5:30. 17th and Pennsylvania NW. 202-357-2700 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

ARTHUR M. SACKLER GALLERY -- "Sacred Sites: Silk Road Photographs by Kenru Izu," through Jan. 5; "Masterful Illusions: Japanese Prints From the Anne van Biema Collection," through Jan. 19; "The Sensuous and the Sacred: Chola Bronzes from South India," through March 9. Open indefinitely: "Fountains of Light: Islamic Metalwork From the Nuhad Es-Said Collection"; "Luxury Arts of Silk Route Empires"; "Metalwork and Ceramics From Ancient Iran"; "Sculpture of South and Southeast Asia"; "Arts of China." Open daily 10 to 5:30. 1050 Independence Ave. SW. 202-357-2700 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

TEXTILE MUSEUM -- "From Silkworm to Sarong, the Secrets of Silk Revealed," through Jan. 5; "The Classical Tradition in Anatolian Carpets," through Feb. 16. Permanent exhibitions of textiles and carpets from around the world. Open Monday-Saturday 10 to 5; Sunday 1 to 5. Suggested contribution $5. 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441.

U.S. BOTANIC GARDEN -- "Sweet Treats," through Jan. 5. Permanent exhibitions of more than 4,000 plants and a tropical rain forest. Open daily 10 to 5. Admission is free. 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.

U.S. HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL Museum -- Exhibits, photographs and artifacts. Open daily 10 to 5:30. Admission to permanent exhibit by timed-entry ticket available at the museum or through Protix (703-218-6500 or 800-400-9373; service charge added). 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place (15th Street) SW. 202-488-0400.

WALTERS -- "The Book of Kings: Art, War and the Morgan Library's Medieval Picture Bible," through Dec. 29; "Ringside: The Boxing Paintings and Sculptures of Joseph Sheppard," through March 9. "Art of the Ancient Americas," indefinitely; "A Magnificent Age: The Walters' 19th-Century Collection," indefinitely. Permanent collection of Egyptian, Greek and Roman antiquities, Byzantine silver, medieval armor, Faberge eggs, and 16th- through 19th-century paintings and sculpture. At Hackerman House: Chinese and Japanese porcelains, Japanese decorative arts, early Buddhist sculpture from China, and Southeast Asian art. Open Friday-Sunday and Tuesday-Thursday 10 to 5. Adults $8, seniors $6, students and ages 18 to 25 $5, under 17 free. Free to all on Saturdays from 11 to 1. 600 N. Charles St., Baltimore. 410-547-9000.

Art Spaces

* -- Opening show

* AAAS -- Paintings, potographs and etchings by Juan Bernal, through Feb. 28. American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1200 New York Ave. NW. 202-326-6400.

* ALEXANDRIA BLACK HISTORY Resource Center -- "The Artistry of African Currency," from Thursday through Jan. 26. 638 N. Alfred St., Alexandria. 703-838-4356.

* ARTS CLUB OF WASHINGTON -- Photographs by Mark Charette and Jenny Freestone, through Dec. 21. 2017 I St. NW. 202-331-7282.

* EMBASSY OF LITHUANIA -- Paintings by Gary Close and Michelle Powell, through Dec. 30. 2622 16th St. NW. 202-234-5860.

EMBASSY OF SWEDEN -- Photography by Annee Olofsson, through Dec. 13. 1501 M St. NW. 202-467-2600.

* EMBASSY OF URUGUAY -- Paintings by Rita Fischer, Gustavo Vazquez and Martin Verges, through Jan. 3. 1913 I St. NW. 202-331-1313, Ext. 18.

* GEORGETOWN U. -- Religious drawings by John Watson Davis, through Jan. 26. Fairchild Gallery (fifth floor), Lauinger Library, 3700 O St. NW. 202-687-1469.

GREENBELT ARTS CENTER -- "Contemporary Korean American Art," through Dec. 15. 123 Centerway, Greenbelt. 301-441-8770.

GREENBELT COMMUNITY CENTER -- "Contemporary Korean American Art," through Dec. 15. 15 Crescent Rd., Greenbelt. 301-397-2208.

* KOREAN CULTURAL SERVICE -- Works in clay by Shin-Yeon Jeon, Myong-Sook Kim, Yong-Sil Kim, Seang-Youl Park and Angela Yi, from Thursday through Dec. 27. 2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-797-6346.

* LITTLE FALLS CHRUCH -- Juried art show, through Jan. 5. 6025 Little Falls Rd., Arlington. 703-538-5230.

MARYLAND HALL for the Creative Arts -- Painting and sculpture by Mike Patton and fiber art by three artists, through Dec. 19. 801 Chase St., Annapolis. 410-263-5544.

MARYLAND INSTITUTE College of Art -- "MICA Remembers 9/11," through Dec. 15. 1300 Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore. 410-225-2300.

MARYMOUNT U. -- "Contemporary Bulgarian Art," through Dec. 14. Barry Gallery, Reinsch Library, 2807 North Glebe Rd., Arlington. 703-522-5600.

MONTGOMERY COLLEGE-ROCKVILLE -- Faculty exhibition, through Dec. 17. 51 Mannakee St., Rockville. 301-279-5115.

NOVA/ALEXANDRIA -- Watercolor paintings by Pauline Davis Lorfano, through Dec. 19. Fisher Gallery, Schlesinger Arts Center, Northern Virginia Community College, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. 703-845-6229.

* RUSSIAN CULTURAL CENTER -- Works by Maya and Sergei Gusarin, from Tuesday through Dec. 20. 1825 Phelps Place NW. 202-265-3840.

SANDY SPRING MUSEUM -- Exhibition by members of Silk Painters International, through Dec. 16. Sandy Spring Museum, 17901 Bentley Rd., Sandy Spring. 301-774-0022.

STRATHMORE HALL ARTS CENTER -- "69th international Fine Art Miniatures Exhibition" by the Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers Society of Washington, thorugh Dec. 31. 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. 301-530-0540.

* TAKOMA PARK MUNICIPAL BUILDING -- Women's Caucus for Art of Greater Washington, members exhibit, through Jan 6. 7500 Maple Ave., Takoma Park. 301-891-3616.

UNION STATION -- "Norway Says," through Dec. 15. 40 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-289-1908.

VIENNA ARTS SOCIETY -- Watercolors by Dolores Santarelli, through Dec. 15. 513 Maple Ave., Vienna. 703-319-3971.

WESLEY THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY -- Paintings by Robert Peppers, through Dec. 18. Dadian Gallery, 4500 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-8674.

Galleries* -- Opening show

The District

* ARTISTS' MUSEUM -- Works by Aniko Makranczy, Martin Paddack, Jorge Vallejos, jodi, Jeneen Piccuirro and David Stanback, through Jan. 11. 406 Seventh St. NW. 202-638-7001.

* ROBERT BROWN -- Works by Jacob El Hanani and Chinese antiquities, from Friday through Jan. 25. 2030 R St. NW. 202-483-4383.

* CREIGHTON-DAVIS -- "Atiketokentuki," works by various artists, from Saturday through Dec. 31. 3300 M St. NW. 202-333-3050.

* KATHLEEN EWING -- Photographs by A. Aubrey Bodine, Christoper Burkett, Rosamond Purcell, John Reef and Martin Schwalbe, from Friday through Jan. 4 1609 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-328-0955.

* FRASER/GEORGETOWN -- Figurative paintings by Priscilla Young, through Dec. 18. 1054 31st St. NW. 202-298-6450.

G FINE ART -- Paintings by Maggie Michael and James Nares, through Dec. 14. 3271 M St. NW. 202-333-0300.

* GALLERY A -- "Recent Experiments" by Rudger Haugwitz, from Friday through Dec. 31. 2106 R St. NW. 202-667-2599.

* GALLERY K -- "Small Is Beautiful," mixed media by various artists, through Dec. 21. 2010 R St. NW. 202-234-0339.

IRVINE -- New works by various artists, indefinitely. The Heritage Lounge, 2400 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-550-9016.

JACKSON -- Open studios on Sunday. Jackson School, 3048 1/2 R St. NW. 202-337-3373 or 301-424-9440.

MARSHA MATEYKA -- New drawings by Nancy Wolf, through Dec. 14. 2012 R St. NW. 202-328-0088.

* PARISH -- Multimedia works by Mansoora Hassan, through Jan. 14. 1054 31st St. NW. 202-944-2310.

TOUCHSTONE ANNEX -- Works by 8 Danish artists, through Dec. 14. 406 Seventh St. NW. 202-347-2787.

Maryland

FRASER/BETHESDA -- Photographs by Maxwell MacKenzie, through Wednesday. 7700 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda. 301-718-9651.

MARIN-PRICE -- Paintings by Gerald and Paul Hennesy, through Dec. 13. 7022 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase. 301-718-0622.

TATIANA -- Paintings by Janet Dowda, Margaret Kennedy and C.E. Ramsburg, indefinitely. 14290 Triadelphia Rd., Glenelg. 410-442-1144 or 301-854-6289.

YELLOW BARN -- Members show, from Sunday through Dec. 29. Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301-371-5593.

Virginia

BROADWAY -- "Small Works 2002" by various arists, from Thursday though Dec. 31. 1219 King St., Alexandria. 703-549-1162.

* CLAREN COURT -- Smal works by 12 artists, from Sunday through Dec. 24. 2420 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 703-358-9449.

* DEGA -- "Of Small Things," by 17 artists, from Saturday through Jan. 25. 8100 Old Dominion Dr., McLean. 703-760-7616.

* PRINCE ROYAL -- Small paintings by over 20 artists, from Saturday through Dec. 31. 204 S. Royal St., Alexandria. 703-548-5151.