Monthly Archives: January 2016

This Week in the DMV 1/24/16

Cathedral Sings: Music for Kings and Queens

January 24th.  Join the Cathedral Choral Society for a community sing-along! All abilities welcome, and scores provided. Music Director J. Reilly Lewis leads a reading of music written for royalty: Handel’s “Zadok the Priest” and “The King Shall Rejoice,” and Mozart’s Mass in C Major, “Coronation.”

Bits and Pieces: Tawaraya Sōtatsu and the Genius of Fragmentation

January 26th.  At the beginning of the seventeenth century, Japan was in its first stages of national unification after nearly 150 years of civil war. The importance of ancient literary and visual traditions in this moment of vast social change cannot be underestimated. Tawaraya Sōtatsu, a townsman and artisan, thrived in this realigned world of newly porous hierarchies. His access to previously sequestered court art and Buddhist iconography inspired him to reshuffle fragments of the venerable past into a powerful personal style.

In the galleries of Sōtatsu: Making Waves, James Ulak, senior curator of Japanese art, discusses Sōtatsu’s concept of positive breakdown as a unique and renewing force in Japanese art from the early 1600s through the early twentieth century.

Arietta Wine Dinner

January 27th.  Join us for our very first wine dinner featuring wine specialist and auctioneer Fritz Hatton as he shares his renowned 2012 vintages. Chef Marc Plessis will prepare a four course tasting menu to pair with these lush and full bodied wines.$120 per person (tax and gratuity not included).

Fresh Talk: Change by Design

Wednesday, January 27, 2016, 7–8 p.m. followed by Catalyst, a cocktail hour with a topic and a twist, 8–9 p.m.  $25 for general admission; $15 for members, seniors and students. Includes museum admission and complimentary cocktails. Reservations required.

Gallery Talk: Pathmakers

January 27th.  Try an art snack!  Looking for some artistic and intellectual nourishment during your lunch break? This week, NMWA Director of Education and Digital Engagement Deborah Gaston discusses several works in the special exhibition Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft, and Design, Midcentury and Today.

Author’s Talk: The Road to Yorktown: Jefferson, Lafayette and the British Invasion of Virginia

January 28th.  John R. Maass discusses and signs copies of his book, The Road to Yorktown: Jefferson, Lafayette and the British Invasion of Virginia (Arcadia Publishing, 2015). Dr. Maass is a historian for the U.S. Army Center of Military History. In 1781, Virginia was invaded by formidable British forces that sought to subdue the Old Dominion. Lord Cornwallis led thousands of enemy troops from Norfolk to Charlottesville, burning and pillaging along the way, and Virginia patriots struggled to defend their land. Only by concentrating a small band of troops under energetic French general the Marquis de Lafayette were American forces able to resist British operations. With strained support from Governor Thomas Jefferson’s administration, Lafayette fought a campaign against the veteran soldiers of Lord Cornwallis that eventually led to the famous battle at Yorktown. Dr. Maass traces this often overlooked Revolutionary struggle for Virginia and details each step on the road to Yorktown. Copies of the book will be available for purchase, and a book signing will follow the lecture. Light refreshments will be served.

Chinese New Year Family Festival

January 30th.  Join SAAM as we open our doors to the Chinatown and DC community to celebrate the 2016 Lunar New Year! Help us “awaken the lion” and ring in the year of the monkey with fun craft activities, traditional performances, artists, and demonstrations.  This program is presented in partnership with the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China.  For more information visit here.



This Week in the DMV 1/17/16

“Wonder” Gallery Talk

January 20th.  Greg Huse, the Smithsonian’s Arborist and Tree Collection Manager, will discuss the biology and physiology of trees, and how they relate to John Grade’s Middle Fork installation. He will also discuss forest ecology and the roles that trees play in our daily lives. Free, no ticket or registration required.

West Side Story

January 19th – 20th.  Considered one of the greatest musicals of all time, West Side Story makes its triumphant Signature debut.

Gallery Talk: Pathmakers

January  20th.  This week, NMWA Assistant Educator Ashley W. Harris discusses several works in the special exhibition Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft, and Design, Midcentury and Today.

“Take 5!” Alexander Norris Ensemble

January 21st.  Relax and “Take 5!” with free, live jazz in the Kogod Courtyard. Stop by the Courtyard Café for refreshments and borrow a board game to play during the concert.

Concerts at Clara’s: Jason Mendelson’s MetroSongs

January 22nd.  Bringing together the unlikely combination of music, history, and public transit, Jason Mendelson and a small ensemble of musicians will fill the Missing Soldiers Office with live music in a special performance of “MetroSongs”. Historian Mark Ozer, author of “Washington Metroland”, will accompany the musicians providing historical context about the Metro system.