#GWtoDo: Your Curated Arts and Events Agenda

Ease into summer with shows and exhibits around Foggy Bottom and Washington, D.C., including Jazz in the Garden, rare textiles at the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum and more.

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May 29, 2018

June 8 at 5 p.m. and Fridays through Aug. 24 Jazz in the Garden

National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden
6th and Constitution Ave., NW
Free

An eclectic lineup of D.C.-area jazz musicians across a range of genres—traditional New Orleans jazz, blues, swing, pan-Caribbean salsa, D.C. go-go and more—serenade picnickers of all ages every Friday evening at this popular summer tradition.

 

 


Coming Up:

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Opening June 2 at 9 a.m. “Stephanie Mercedes: Ring of Freedom”

Gallery 102
801 22nd St., NW
Free

Artist Stephanie Mercedes transforms assault rifles and other weapons into musical installations, subverting lethal materials into peaceful spaces of mourning. This exhibition, scheduled to coincide with the second anniversary of the shooting at Orlando nightclub Pulse, explores the relationships between queer communities, trauma and gun control.

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June 2 at 4 p.m. Children of the Gospel presented by Washington Performing Arts

Lisner Auditorium
702 21st St., NW
$20 to $40

The Children of the Gospel Choir is one of Washington’s most in-demand ensembles, having performed with Sara Bareilles at a White House state dinner, at the inaugural prayer services for President Barack Obama and elsewhere. The young vocalists will close out Lisner’s 2017-18 season.

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June 3 at 12 p.m. Free Community Day at the National Museum of Women in the Arts

1250 New York Ave., NW
Free

Entry to this trailblazing local museum is free on the first Sunday of every month, with access to a permanent collection of more than 4,500 works by women from the 16th century to the present day. This month, visitors can also view “Hung Liu In Print,” featuring reimagined antique depictions of laborers, refugees and prostitutes adapted from historical Chinese photographs. 

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Through July 9 “Binding the Clouds: The Art of Central Asian Ikat”

The George Washington Museum and The Textile Museum
701 21st St., NW
Free

Across Central Asia, oasis towns were once awash with the rainbow colors of ikat fabrics. Through exceptional artworks recently donated to the museum, this exhibition focuses on the sophisticated dyeing process known in this region as abrband, or “binding the clouds.”

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Through July 9 “Vanishing Traditions”

The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum
701 21st St., NW
Free

For centuries, minority cultures in southwest China have donned elaborate handmade textiles, jewelry and accessories for community celebrations. The Textile Museum’s vibrant collection features pieces from those traditions, now endangered by modernization.

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Through September 2018 “No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man”

Renwick Gallery
Pennsylvania Ave. at 17th St., NW
Free

Each year in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, a city of more than 75,000 people rises out of the dust for a single week. The thriving temporary metropolis known as Burning Man is a hotbed of radical self-expression, and this exhibit brings its large-scale, participatory artwork to the nation’s capital for the first time. The exhibition even spills into the streets: Kate Raudenbush’s pyramidal “Future’s Past” sculpture at Pennsylvania Avenue and 21st Street may already have caught the eyes of Foggy Bottom residents.

 


Save the Date:

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June 7 at 12 p.m. Film and discussion: "A Visit to China's Miao Country" with director Eleanor Coppola

The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum
701 21st St., NW
Free, registration required

Hailing from remote mountain villages in southern China, the Miao people have a long history, rich heritage and extraordinary textile traditions. In her documentary, "A Visit to China’s Miao Country," American filmmaker, artist and writer Eleanor Coppola vividly captures the Miao’s vibrant culture and way of life. After the screening, curator Lee Talbot will moderate a brief Q & A about Ms Coppola's experience making the film. The screening is part of the museum's weekly "Textiles at Twelve" series.

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June 13 at 3 p.m. Workshop: “Hibla ng Lahing Filipino,” Pineapple and Silk Cloths from the Tropics

The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum
701 21st St., NW
Free, registration required

Master weavers from the Republic of the Philippines will teach a beginners workshop focused on weaving and embroidery, followed by a lecture about piña-seda, a fabric made from weaving pineapple fibers with silk. In collaboration with the Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines. To register, please email [email protected] by June 8.