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June Art Exhibits and Events in Washington

New van Gogh at the National Gallery of Art, Cartier at Hillwood, and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

See pieces from the Cartier collection of Marjorie Merriweather Post beginning June 7. Photograph courtesy of Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens.


Beginning June 6 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, see “Total Art: Contemporary Video,” featuring ten installations by women pioneers of the medium in the 1960s and 70s. June 6 through October 12.

Opening June 8 is “Celebrating van Gogh at the National Gallery of Art,” which includes two new acquisitions from the collection of Paul Mellon.

“Speculative Forms” at the Hirshhorn looks at the relationship between the object and the eye and body across a range of art historical categories. Opens June 16.

At the American History Museum, Fancis Scott Key’s original manuscript for “The Star-Spangled Banner” is on loan from the Maryland Historical Society June 14 through July 6. 

In “Indelible: The Platinum Photographs of Larry McNeil and Will Wilson” at the Museum of the American Indian, the artists offer a modern take on the “vanishing race” photographs taken of Native Americans toward the end of the 19th century. June 7 through January 15, 2015. 

“American Metal: The Art of Albert Paley” at the Corcoran presents a retrospective of one of the foremost metalsmiths living in America. June 28 through September 28. 

Opening June 7 at Hillwood Museum & Estate is “Cartier: Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Dazzling Gems,” displaying Post’s extensive selection of pieces commissioned from the Parisian jeweler. Through December 31.


The Art League examines the Neo-Expressionist movement of the 1980s with a special exhibit June 4 through July 7. 

The Fridge presents “Urban Decay 5,” the fifth installment of the exhibit created in 2010 that focuses on the influences of urban and “low-brow” art on today’s modern art. June 7 through 29. 

“Susan O’Neill: Figural Fine Lines” is at the Art League Gallery June 5 through July 7, presenting the artist’s drawings of the human form. 

Washington Printmakers Gallery presents “A Wonder-Filled Life,” a showcase of works by the late local painter/printmaker Neena Birch. Through June 29.

In “Melanie Kehoss: Glow Tableaux,” Kehoss uses light boxes and cut-paper scenes to explore the humor and mystery of everyday American rituals. June 11 through August 23 at Artisphere

“Sonya Lawyer: A Peace (of the Dream)” looks at the themes of family, past, and present through vintage photographs, spoken-word performances, and music. June 27 through August 2 at Flashpoint.

At the Katzen Arts Center June 14 through August 17 is “Continental Drift (Being Here and Being There),” a solo show by Judy Byron examining cultural influences on her identity as an artist.

Beginning June 29 at Arlington Arts Center is “Green Acres,” an interactive multimedia exhibit focused on art and agriculture.


Phillips After 5 happens on Thursday, June 5. The theme, in collaboration with the DC Jazz Fest, is Summer in the City: The American ’50s and features live jazz and food from Shake Shack. $12; 5 PM.

This years Source Festival, June 6 through 29, presents original works that include three full-length plays, 18 ten-minute plays, and three artistic blind dates.” Find more details online

At the Sackler Gallery on Saturday, June 8, is the first Asia After Dark of the year. At “Bollywood and Beyond,” learn Bollywood dances, see an installation by contemporary artist Rina Banerjee, try food from Sundevich and cocktails from Ping Pong Dim Sum, and more. $15 online or $25 at the door; 8 PM.

National Geographic and BYT partner for After Hours, a party featuring deejays, food trucks, and talks from Nat Geo “explorers.” June 13 at 8 PM; $25.

At the Torpedo Factory’s Second Thursday Art Night on June 12, browse open galleries, meet artists, and enjoy free refreshments and music. 

The annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival returns to the Mall June 25 through 29 and July 2 through 6, exploring the traditions and cultures of China and Kenya through exhibitions, music, and food.

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