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Editor’s Picks, Shutdown Edition: Furlough-Free October Art Openings and Events

Museums on the Mall might be closed, but there’s plenty more to choose from this month.

The (still-open) Phillips Collection hosts "Van Gogh Repetitions," which looks at different versions of the same subject. Photograph of "Madame Roulin Rocking the Cradle" courtesy of Helen Birch Bartlett Memorial Collection/Art Institute of Chicago; "Lullaby: Madame Augustine Roulin Rocking a Cradle" courtesy of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

First, a note: All Smithsonian museums and the National Gallery of Art are currently
closed because of the government shutdown. We’re listing shows at those museums at
the end of the Museum Exhibitions section in the hope that things might return to
normal next week, and we’ll update this post if and when they do.


National Museum of Women in the Arts (OPEN)

“Wanderer: Travel Prints by Ellen Day Hale” presents a number of etchings by the American painter and printmaker, inspired by
her travels around the world. October 4 through January 5; $12. Mention the ArtForAll
promotion to get 20 percent off admission through October 6.

National Geographic Museum (OPEN)

“Women of Vision: National Geographic Photographers on Assignment” runs October 10 through March 9, and reveals work by 11 of National Geographic’s
intrepid female photographers. $11. The museum is offering free admission for federal
employees through the government shutdown.

Phillips Collection (OPEN)

“Van Gogh Repetitions”—opening October 12—aims to explore the methodical way the impossibly famous artist
made his paintings, and the ways in which he returned to the same subjects over and
over again. Through January 26; $12. The Phillips is offering buy one, get one free
on tickets for federal employees through the government shutdown (plus 50 percent
off coffee).

Kreeger Museum (OPEN)

“Mindy Weisel: Not Neutral” showcases three collections by the German-born artist, who splits her time between
Jerusalem and Washington. Included are “Paintings of the Holocaust” and “Survival
of Beauty,” which explore Weisel’s heritage as a descendant of people who died in
the Holocaust, and “After Tohuku,” based on Weisel’s humanitarian work following the
2011 tsunami in Japan. Through December 28; $10.

Corcoran Gallery of Art (OPEN)

“American Journeys: Visions of Place,” which opened last month and runs through next September, reveals a new installation
of the museum’s pre-1945 American paintings and sculpture. The museum is offering
buy on, get one free on admission through the duration of the shutdown. $10.

National Gallery of Art (CLOSED)

“Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris” looks at the French photographer, born Charles François Bossu, who photographed cities,
architecture, and urban environments in Europe in the 19th century. The exhibit heads
to the Metropolitan Museum of Art next year. Through January 5.

“Yes, No, Maybe: Artists Working at Crown Point Press” also runs through January 5, displaying some 125 prints and proofs made at the San
Francisco printmaking gallery.

“Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium From Greek Collections” is on display through March 2.

National Air and Space Museum (CLOSED)

In a coup for the Smithsonian, Leonardo da Vinci’s
“Codex on the Flight of Birds” comes to Air and Space. The collection of documents and folios—housed at the Biblioteca
Reale in Turin, Italy—explores the subject of flight via drawings, notes, and other
observations. Through October 22.

Renwick Gallery (CLOSED)

“Infinite Place: The Ceramic Art of Wayne Higby” reveals a broad cross-section of the innovative artist’s output from the 1970s to
the present. Some 60 ceramic pieces and drawings illustrate Higby’s fascination with
natural landscapes. October 4 through December 8.

National Portrait Gallery (CLOSED)

“Dancing the Dream,” the Smithsonian explores more than a century of notable dance figures in this multi-platform
show, looking at artists from Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers to Savion Glover and
Lady Gaga and hosting performances by the local Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company.
October 4 through July 13.

Sackler Gallery (CLOSED)

“Yoga: The Art of Transformation,” scheduled to run October 19 through January 26, examines the spiritual roots of yoga
in Buddhism, Hinduism, and Sufism through more than 120 artifacts and artworks from
the 3rd to the early 20th century.

Hirshhorn Museum (CLOSED)

“Damage Control: Art and Destruction Since 1950,” the Hirshhorn explores the idea of destruction in art and culture, from fears of
nuclear obliteration after World War II to the present day. The show features work
in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, film, and performance art. October
24 through February 9.

Smithsonian American Art Museum (CLOSED)

“Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art,” on display October 25 through March 2, 90 works from the museum’s permanent collection
by artists such as Carlos Almaraz, Christina Fernandez, and Freddy Rodriguez look
at how the work of modern and contemporary Latino artists has helped shape the movements
of their time.


Carroll Square Gallery through November 22 is
“The White House News Photographers Association: National Eyes of History, 2013.”

Zenith Gallery presents
“Uncommon Objects,” an exhibition of “encaustic assemblage” and sculpture by Katie Dell Kaufman. Through
November 2.

Through November 2,
ConnerSmith presents
“Zoe Charlton: Festoon” and
“Wilmer Wilson IV: Faust in the City.”

October 4 through 27,
Touchstone Gallery presents
“Falling for Art,” an exhibition of mixed-media work by its 45 resident artists. Also on display are

“Privileged Series: Pests” by Anthony Dortch and
“Blessings of This Life” by Mary Trent Scott.

October 16 through November 24,
Gallery Plan B presents mixed-media work by
Chad Andrews and paintings by
Joey P. Mánlapaz.


It requires a 90-minute drive, but
[email protected] is in
Charles Town, West Virginia, each weekend in October.

(e)merge art fair is back at the
Capitol Skyline Hotel for a third year this weekend, with exhibitions, performance art, events, panel discussions,
and much more. October 3 through 6.

FotoWeekDC hosts
FotoBazaar October 4 through 6 at 51 N St., NE.

Washington Post art critic
Paul Richard discusses his 40 years in the field at
Hemphill October 5.

October 11 through 13,
hosts a big
Warhol birthday weekend, with a live music and art dance party and a DJ set by Ian Svenonius
October 12.

Arlington Arts Center hosts a
Harvest Festival with gourd-inspired art October 12.

Art Enables presents its eighth annual
“Outsider Art Inside the Beltway” October 12.

Washington Performing Arts Society holds its second annual
Fall Arts Fair at
THEARC October 13.

October 19 and 20,
Mid City Artists presents
open studios in Dupont Circle, U Street, and Shaw.

Art League hosts its
Art on the Rocks event October 23.