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Museum Exhibitions, Gallery Shows, Art Events, and Other April Openings in Washington

Abstract portraiture, photography inspired by water, floral sculptures, and more on display this month.

See work by Andy Warhol, Elaine de Kooning, and more in “Face Value” at the National Portrait Gallery starting April 11. Photograph of Warhol print by Shannon Clark.


“Kiyochika: Master of the Night,” at the Sackler Gallery through July 27, features almost 50 prints by 19th-century self-taught artist Kobayashi Kiyochika capturing Tokyo in 1874 during Japan’s industrial revolution.

“Coast to Coast,” at Artisphere April 2 through August 3, features 400 photographs capturing bodies of water, crowdsourced via social media and e-mail by local photography publisher Empty Stretch.

“Visions From the Forests: The Art of Liberia and Sierra Leone,” at the National Museum of African Art April 9 through August 17, focuses on the relatively unknown art traditions of these two African countries, displaying works collected by a former curator at the Brooklyn Museum who lived in Liberia for more than 20 years.

“Face Value: Portraiture in the Age of Abstraction, at the National Portrait Gallery April 18 through January 11, features more than 50 paintings, prints, works on paper, and sculptures made between 1945 and 1975, revealing how artists such as Alice Neel, Robert Rauschenberg, Elaine de Kooning, and Andy Warhol approached portraiture when it was out of vogue.

“Meret Oppenheimer: Tender Friendships,” at the National Museum of Women in the Arts April 26 through September 14, explores the diverse works of the Swiss surrealist, whose 100th birthday would have been last year.


“Louloudi Flower/To Flower,” presented by the Washington Sculptors Group at the Athenaeum through May 4, features a juried exhibit of 24 artists’ work examining flora.

“The Cost of Making Her Run: Fear, Flight, Freedom” is at the DC Arts Center through April 20, displaying drawings and photographic dramatizations exploring the legacy of Harriet Tubman.

Washington Project for the Arts’ Member Exhibition at Cherry Blast, a cherry-blossom-inspired group show, is open free to the public at Blind Whino April 6, 13, and 20.

At Transformer through May 3 is “Atmosphere,” a show featuring paintings, photography, and video made by four artists during a cultural trip to China.

“Oleg Kudryashov: Memories of Moscow” is at Robert Brown Gallery through May 10, with reliefs, contractions, watercolors and more by the Russian artist.

Washington Project for the Arts’ Hothouse Video Series features computer-animated work by Jonathan Monaghan at Capitol Skyline, April 3 through May 5.

“Emily Biondo and Bradford Barr: Touch Me” is at Flashpoint April 4 through May 6, and encompasses visitors within an interactive light environment that changes as they touch another person.

“Andrew Kozlowski: After Party” is at 1708 Gallery April 4 through May 31, featuring drawings, prints, and installations riffing on the detritus left after social gatherings.


This month’s Phillips After 5 is April 3 and has a ’30s theme.

Hillyer’s First Friday event is April 4, with work by Kimberley Parr Roenigk, Michael Havneraas, and Everitt Clark.

Opening day at the DC MeetMarket, a monthly art-inspired community market in Logan Circle, is April 5.

The National Portrait Gallery hosts a family day for the exhibit “American Cool” April 5.

The National Portrait Gallery’s monthly pop quiz is April 10.

Countdown to Yuri’s Night, an event celebrating the first space flight, is at the Anacostia Arts Center April 12.

The annual Smithsonian Craft Show returns April 10 through 13.