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Symbols of Honor: Heraldry and Family History in Shakespeare's England
Folger Shakespeare Library
Thru Sun, October 26
This show features pedigrees and family trees, books explaining heraldry’s complex rules, manuscripts illustrating actual coats of arms, and documents written by professional heralds seeking to regulate heraldic practice in a fast-changing society. Exceptional treasures include the original drafts of William Shakespeare’s own coat of arms.
Andrew Wyeth: Looking Out, Looking In
National Gallery of Art
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 with 60 watercolors, drawings, and tempera paintings on view, many for the first time.
Mars Up Close
National Geographic
Thru Sun, November 30
Explore full-scale models of the family of rovers that have gone to Mars, Curiosity, as well as Spirit/Opportunity and the 1997 Sojourner, and learn about the ongoing scientific experiments and continuing plans to seek signs of life and to execute humankind’s remarkable journey to Mars.
Captain Linnaeus Tripe: Photographer of India and Burma, 1852–1860
National Gallery of Art
Thru Sunday, January 4, 2015
This is the first major exhibition of photographs by Tripe, who occupies a special place in the history of 19th-century photography for the outstanding body of work he produced in India and Burma (now Myanmar).
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.
From Neoclassicism to Futurism: Italian Prints and Drawings, 1800–1925
National Gallery of Art
Thru Sunday, February 1, 2015
This exhibition covers one of Italy's most diverse and vital periods of art. Some 70 prints, drawings, and illustrated books are on view, ranging from homages to the culture's glorious past, to magnificent set designs, poetic landscapes, and striking approaches to non-representation art.
Modern American Prints and Drawings from the Kainen Collection
National Gallery of Art
Thru Sunday, February 1, 2015
The 37 works on view reveal a trend toward abstraction—from the light-dappled impressionism of Childe Hassam, through the jazz-inflected rhythms of Stuart Davis, to the vigorous brushy forms of David Smith.
Food: Our Global Kitchen
National Geographic
Thru Sunday, February 22, 2015
In sections devoted to growing, transporting, cooking, eating, tasting, and celebrating, the exhibition illuminates the myriad ways that food is produced and moved throughout the world.
Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous
National Geographic
Thru Sunday, April 12, 2015
In this exhibition, you can explore a full-sized skeletal model as well as genuine dinosaur fossils and learn about the latest technologies modern paleontologists use. Travel with National Geographic explorers and scientists to the remote edges of the Sahara to discover the origins of this rare African dinosaur and the mysterious journey that led to its rediscovery.
Highlights
Homefront 1812: Friends, Family & Foe
Thru Sun, November 2
Dumbarton House
Five Generations of Nourse Family Artists
Thru Sun, November 2
Dumbarton House
Soda_Jerk: After the Rainbow
Thru Sun, November 2
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Emilie Brzezinski: The Lure of the Forest
Thru Sat, December 27
Kreeger Museum
Sharing Our Stories: Treasures from the Museum's Collection
Thru Wed, December 31
Prince George's African American Museum and Cultural Center
New York Avenue Sculpture Project: Magdalena Abakanowicz
Thru Sunday, September 27, 2015
National Museum of Women in the Arts