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Editor’s Picks: November Museum Exhibitions, Gallery Openings, and Other Art Events

The return of FotoWeek DC, new shows at the Corcoran and the National Museum of African Art, and much more this month.

See “Alex Prager: Face in the Crowd” at the Corcoran starting November 23. Pictured is “Crowd #3 (Beach)” by Alex Prager.


Phillips Collection
“Shaping a Modern Identity: Photographs From the Joseph and Charlotte Lichtenberg Collection” is on display through January 12, and reveals portraits by Ansel Adams, Chuck Close, and more.

Smithsonian American Art Museum
“Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art” displays 92 works from the permanent collection by artists such as Carlos Almaraz, Christina Fernandez, and Freddy Rodríguez, and looks at how modern and contemporary Latino artists have helped shape the movements of their time. Through March 2.

National Building Museum
“Overdrive: LA Constructs the Future, 1940-1990” comes from Los Angeles’ J. Paul Getty Museum, and focuses on how construction and development helped transform LA into a hotbed of architecture, design, and innovation. Through March 10.

National Portrait Gallery
“Yousuf Karsh: American Portraits” reveals works from a recent gift to the museum of more than 100 works by the Armenian-Canadian photographer, including images of Georgia O’Keeffe, Grace Kelly, I.M. Pei, Eleanor Roosevelt, and more. Through April 27.

Corcoran Gallery of Art
“Mia Feuer: An Unkindness”is the latest installment in the Corcoran’s contemporary NOW series, and features large-scale installations exploring the conflicts between industry and the environment. Read our review of the show. Through February 23.

Also at the Corcoran, “Alex Prager: Face in the Crowd” opens November 23 and presents a new series of work exploring staged crowd scenes and the individuals within them. The show includes a film featuring actress Elizabeth Banks. Through March 9.

National Museum of Women in the Arts
“Equal Exposure: Anita Steckel’s Fight Against Censorship” is a look at the photographs, letters, and artwork of the often controversial feminist artist who challenged censorship in museums. November 4 through May 9.

National Museum of African Art
“Africa Re-Viewed: The Photographic Legacy of Eliot Elisofon” opens November 21 and celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives with a retrospective of postwar images of Africa by the Life photojournalist, as well as African objects he collected. Through August 24.


Through November 17 at the DC Arts Center, “Timothy Makepeace: Hubs + Feeders” displays riffing off industrial structures.

Studio Gallery has a solo show, “Cosmologies,” by abstract scupltural artist Eugene Markowski. Through November 23.

November 1 through 24, Hillyer Art Space celebrates FotoWeek DC with an exhibition of work by three local photographs: Chandi Kelley, D.B. Stovall, and Pamela Viola.

November 9 through December 14, Project 4 Gallery hosts “Supreme Magnetic,” an exhibition of work crafted from worn and found items by Ellington Robinson.

November 9 through January 11, East City Art presents “Emulsion,” a juried exhibition of work by local artists.

November 9 through December 20, Honfleur Gallery stages “Winter Recap,” a look back at some of the 50-plus shows the gallery has produced.

November 14 through December 7, Washington Project for the Arts presents “NoMa Lobby Project,” an installation of work by local artist Gabriel Mellan in the lobby of 1200 First Street, Northeast.

November 21 through February 2, Artisphere has an exhibition of work by 2013 TED fellow Alicia Eggert. “Everything You Are Looking For” explores the boundaries of kinetic and electronic sculptures.


FotoWeek DC returns this month and features an enormous number of photography-related events and exhibitions all across town. November 1 through 10.

The Corcoran hosts a free community day November 2.

This month’s Phillips After 5 is November 7, and has a van Gogh-related “seeing double” theme.

The next Smithsonian at 8 event is November 15 at the S. Dillon Ripley Center, with music, a cash bar, and other entertainment.

November 16, the Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company performs “Homage,” the world premiere of a work created to coincide with the museum’s “Dancing a Dream” exhibition.

The Corcoran hosts an Eye on Design evening November 20, with activities and discussions by interior designers and architects.

November 21, the Phillips hosts a conversation with painter Wade Guyton.

DJ Spooky performs a live-mixed musical performance featuring a string ensemble and video projections at the National Gallery November 24.