What’s Happening This Spring

Exhibitions on George Washington’s world and one of the world’s largest textile arts collections, plus visits to Foggy Bottom from Kronos Quartet, author Glennon Doyle and more.

January 14, 2020

Opening Jan. 17 Icons of Contemporary Art: Selections from the Luther W. Brady Collection
Flagg Building, Luther W. Brady Art Gallery
500 17th St., NW
Free

In a lasting gift to the George Washington University, renowned radiation oncologist Luther W. Brady left a number of works from his personal collection to the university, including artwork by American and European artists Richard Diebenkorn, Helen Frankenthaler, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore and Jules Olitski. More than 50 works will be on view.

Feb. 13 to 15 at 7:30 p.m.
And Feb. 16 at 2 p.m.

WELL

Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre

800 21st St., NW

$10 to $20

Well explores the dynamics of health, family and community with the story of a mother’s extraordinary ability to heal a changing neighborhood, despite her inability to heal herself.

Opening Feb. 8 George Washington and His World
The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum
701 21st St., NW
Free

Curated by GW students, this display of letters, prints and artifacts from the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection presents a nuanced look at the United States’ founding president through the places that shaped him, including Washington, D.C., Alexandria, Va., and the president’s estate at Mt. Vernon.

Opening Feb. 22 Delight in Discovery: The Global Collections of Lloyd Cotsen
The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum
701 21st St., NW
Free

A prolific collector, Lloyd Cotsen assembled thousands of textile fragments, garments and other artworks that reflected his admiration for indigenous crafts and vanishing artistic traditions. His ultimate goal, however, was to bring 3,000 years of human creativity before a wider audience. Celebrating a major gift from Margit Sperling Cotsen and the estate of Lloyd Cotsen, this exhibition brings together global treasures gathered over a lifetime.

March 13 at 8 p.m. Washington Performing Arts presents: Kronos Quartet
Lisner Auditorium
730 21st St., NW
$30 to $50

On the heels of its second Grammy Award, San Francisco’s revolutionary Kronos Quartet travels not just beyond standard musical genres, but into outer space itself in the first-ever D.C. performance of “Sun Rings,“ Terry Riley’s 2002 multimedia masterwork commissioned by NASA and others. Combining live performance by the quartet and chorus with pre-recorded "spacescapes" and visual design by Willie Williams, “Sun Rings” is a meditation on humanity’s place in the universe.

March 14 at 7 p.m. Politics and Prose & GW Present Glennon Doyle
Lisner Auditorium
730 21st St., NW
$35

Activist and speaker Glennon Doyle is the bestselling author of “Love Warrior” and “Carry On, Warrior.” In her latest book, “Untamed,” she explores the joy and peace we discover when we stop striving to meet the expectations of the world and start trusting the voice within.

March 25 at 7 p.m. Sargent and Spain: The Development of an Exhibition
Smith Hall of Art, Room 114
800 21st St., NW
Free

National Gallery of Art curator Sarah Cash will present her past and present work on the artist John Singer Sargent, including the evolution of her current exhibition project, “Sargent and Spain.” This lecture is presented by the Visiting Artists and Scholars Committee and the Corcoran Art History Program.

April 2 to 4 at 7:30 p.m. and April 5 at 2 p.m. Heathers: The Musical
Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre
800 21st St., NW
$10 to $20

High school: it’s not for kids anymore. Based on the cult classic 1988 film of the same name, “Heathers” is a darkly comic look at popularity, bullying, self-image and school violence.

April 16 to 18 at 7:30 p.m. Spring Dance Concert
Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre
800 21st St., NW
$10 to $20

Student choreographers from the Program of Theatre and Dance join visiting professional artists onstage in this kinetic annual favorite.

April 23 at 6 p.m. NEXT Opening Night Party
Flagg Building, Atrium Galleries
500 17th St., NW
Free

This dynamic annual exhibition—part party, part exhibition and part performance—showcases work by the graduating students of the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design. Light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served.

April 24 at 8 p.m. Washington Performing Arts presents Zakir Hussain Trio
Lisner Auditorium
730 21st St., NW
$33 to $55

Tabla maestro Zakir Hussain will showcase the spectacular improvisatory art of Indian classical music alongside veena player Jayanthi Kumaresh and violinist Kala Ramnath.

May 6 at 7 p.m. Politics and Prose and GW Present Mikel Jollett
Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre
800 21st St., NW
$35

Long before Mikel Jollett was frontman for indie rock band the Airborne Toxic Event, he was a child born into one of the country’s most infamous cults. His memoir, “Hollywood Park,” chronicles his journey out of a childhood of poverty, addiction and emotional abuse.

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