Best Upcoming Art Exhibits in Washington, D.C.

August 4, 2014 8:00 AM

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Art is the spice of life. Here’s an update on some exhibits that you are sure to enjoy.

“Time Covers The 1960s”
National Portrait Gallery
8th and F Streets, N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 633-8300

Dates: Sept. 26, 2014 through Aug. 9, 2015

The 1960s are one of the most turbulent and transformational decades in American history. The exhibit “Time Covers The 1960s” highlights some of Time magazine’s original cover art that chronicled that period. From major events like the Kennedy inauguration and putting a man on the moon, to the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Civil Rights Movement, to hippies and the Beetle — all of the major events, news makers and trends that shaped and defined the “Age of Aquarius” are included in this intriguing exhibit.

“Marian Anderson: Artist & Symbol”
Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
1400 Constitution Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 633-1000

Dates: Through Sept. 7, 2014

Located on the second floor in the east wing of the National Museum of American History, the National Museum of African American History and Culture gallery is currently featuring an exhibit on American contralto Marian Anderson. The exhibit chronicles Anderson’s amazing talent and the story behind her historic public performance on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on an Easter Sunday in 1939. After being denied the right to perform at Constitution Hall by the Daughters of the American Revolution because she was African American, Anderson’s outdoor performance became a symbolic moment in Civil Rights history.

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“Pop Art Prints”
Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th and F Streets, N.W.
2nd Floor South
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 633-7970

Dates: Through Aug. 31, 2014

Pop art is ingrained within American culture and has become one of its most recognizable art forms. It celebrates mass culture, the mundane and even comic books with their stereotypical red-lipped damsels and strong-jawed, muscle-bound heroes. Curated by Joann Moser, the “Pop Art Prints” exhibit offers 37 prints from the 1960s era that were selected from the museum’s permanent collection, and include works by artists like Roy Lichtenstein, Jim Dine, Robert Indiana, Mel Ramos and, of course, Andy Warhol.

“For Whom It Stands”
Reginald F. Lewis Museum
830 E. Pratt St.
Baltimore, MD 21202
(443) 263-1800

Dates: Through Feb. 28, 2015

The American flag is a national symbol of freedom and independence. The exhibit “For Whom It Stands: The Flag and the American People” celebrates the history of the flag and introduces lesser-known individuals who are said to have contributed to its completion. The 3,200-square-foot exhibit also contains a fragment of the original “Star Spangled Banner,” and showcases over 100 other artifacts, works of art, documents and photographs which are all expressive of diverse experiences surrounding this American symbol.

“American Cool”
National Portrait Gallery
8th and F Streets, N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 633-8300

Dates: Through Sept. 7, 2014

You know the “cool” type: confident, self-assured individuals who march to the beat of their own drum. The “American Cool” exhibit celebrates well-known performers and artists who are the epitome of “cool” — a concept coined back in the 40s by American jazz saxophonist Lester Young. The exhibit has identified artists from each generation who are innovators in their field and possess their own unique way of being. They are what the exhibit calls “successful rebels of American culture.” Icons like Billie Holiday, Lauren Bacall, Marlon Brando, Jimi Hendrix, Madonna, Benicio Del Toro and Jean-Michel Basquiat all possess a strong sense of artistic vision, cultural rebellion and legacy. They, among many others, are “American Cool.

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