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Museums in Metro DC including Art Museums, Historic Homes and More

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Spring Arts Preview Metro DC 2014
Finally. Spring has arrived. Find a preview to theatre, dance, music, museum and gallery events in this CultureCapital.com Spring Arts Preview.
Workt by Hand: Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Thru Sun, April 27
Over time, quilts have been revered as nostalgic emblems of the past, dismissed as women's work and hailed as examples of American ingenuity. This exhibition breaks new ground by examining quilts through the lens of contemporary feminist theory.
Jean Meisel: 50-65 Horizon Line
The Phillips Collection
Thru Sun, May 4
50-65 Horizon Line brings together more than 50 of Jean Meisel's small watercolors of horizon lines displayed in an intimate alcove of the Phillips house. Created from her imagination, the subtle landscapes and seascapes demonstrate the DC-based artist's mastery of form, color, and light.
A New Age of Exploration
National Geographic
Thru Sun, June 8
Travel back in time to encounter some of National Geographic's most iconic moments, and peer in to the future of exploration with modern explorers and photographers through interactive maps, video, and multimedia experiences.
Garry Winogrand
National Gallery of Art
Thru Sun, June 8
Taken in New York City and around the country, Garry Winogrand's photographs powerfully combine the hope and exhilaration as well as the anxiety of the postwar era, capturing the beauty and brutality of America during these vital years.
Shakespeare's the Thing
Folger Shakespeare Library
Thru Sun, June 15
Marking the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, this exhibition presents a miscellany of treasures in the Folger collection from Shakespeare’s 1623 First Folio to modern fine art prints.
Rineke Dijkstra: The Krazyhouse
Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design
Thru Sun, June 15
The Krazyhouse is a four channel video installation created by artist Rineke Dijkstra at a popular dance club in Liverpool. It presents in sequence a group of five young people dancing and singing along to tunes they selected themselves.
Abraham Lincoln and the Technology of War
Ford's Theatre
Thru Sun, July 6
This exhibition explores how cutting-edge Civil War technological innovations captured the fascination of President Abraham Lincoln and impacted the conduct of the war.
K@20 Kreeger Museum 20th Anniversary Exhibition
Kreeger Museum
Thru Thu, July 31
From installations, paintings, sculptures and works on paper to video, the selection offers a fresh perspective,not only on individual practices, but also on the collective strength of Washington’s art community - and honors Carmen and David Lloyd Kreeger’s legacy and the Museum’s future.
Made In The USA: American Masters From The Phillips Collection, 1850-1970
The Phillips Collection
Thru Sun, August 31
The exhibition tells the story of American art from the late 19th-century to the mid-20th century when American art became a significant global force after World War II.
Meret Oppenheim: Tender Friendships
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Sat, April 26 thru Sun, September 14
Surrealist artist Meret Oppenheim is best-known for her fur-lined tea cup and saucer made in 1936, but she made many other provocative works during her long career, often exploring the themes of sensuality and the body.
Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
Thru Sun, September 21
Featured in this exhibition is ''Ndwango'' (en-dwang-go means ''cloth''), a new form of bead art developed by a community of women living and working together in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
National Gallery of Art
Sun, May 11 thru Sun, October 5
Focusing on the critical period from the late 1870s through the mid-1880s when they were most closely allied, this exhibition brings together some 70 works in a variety of media to illustrate the artistic dialogue that developed between Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt.
Andew Wyeth: Looking Out, Looking In
National Gallery of Art
Sun, May 4 thru Sun, November 30
One of Wyeth’s most important paintings, Wind from the Sea (1947), a recent gift to the Gallery, is celebrated in an exhibition that focuses upon his frequent use of the window as a subject.
Sharing Our Stories: Treasures from the Museum's Collection
Prince George's African American Museum and Cultural Center
Thru Wed, December 31
This new exhibition features a variety of donated arts and artifacts since the Museum began its Collections Program in 2011.
Making Their Mark: Stories Through Signatures
National Archives
Thru Monday, January 5, 2015
Making Their Mark: Stories Through Signatures features original signatures from our nationwide holdings. From developing a signature style to signing groundbreaking policy into law, they illustrate the many ways people have “made their mark” on history.
George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens
Fairfax County, Virginia
The Ansel Adams Wilderness
Wed, April 16
National Geographic
Architecture and Meat: Building, Working In, and Living With the 18th Century Smokehouse: A Landmark Society Program
Wed, April 23
Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Music at Mount Vernon
Fri, April 25
George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens
Black Women and AIDS: A Growing Concern
Wed, May 7
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
Farmhouse Ale: The Taste of Saison
Thu, May 8
National Geographic
Before & After: Poets Respond to The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Fri, May 9
Folger Theatre
St. Lawrence String Quartet
Fri, May 9
Kreeger Museum
Mother's Day Weekend
Sat, May 10 thru Sun, May 11
George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens
Been Rich All My Life (2006, 80 min)
Sun, May 11
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
Culture Heroes: Saving the Past
Wed, May 14
National Geographic
The Human Scale: Bringing Cities to Life (2012; 83mins)
Wed, May 14
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
Taking Tea: Teatime Across the Centuries
Thu, May 15
Dumbarton House
History on Foot: Detective James McDevitt
Thru Wed, May 28
Ford's Theatre