Upcoming Museum Exhibits

Now that we are well into winter it’s a great time to visit your local museums. There is such a variety of choices and topics that you are bound to find something that will suit almost anyone’s interests. Here we are focusing on some of the current exhibits in the Washington, DC area.

For those who enjoy both history and art, the Artists Respond: American Art and the Vietnam War, 1965–1975 exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum comprises over 50 different artists and their visual arts reaction to the war, politics, and conflicts of that time.

Carlos Irizarry, Moratorium, 1969, screenprint, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment, 2013.24.1A-B. © 1969, Carlos Irizarry


Not into history? Then check out the Smithsonian Design Museum exhibition “Nature—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial”, that highlights the work that designers are doing in collaboration with with scientists, engineers, farmers, environmentalists and nature for a healthier and more sustainable future for our planet.

Photo by Smithsonian Institution

Speaking of design, find out how design can affect our everyday lives at “The Value of Good Design” February 10–May 27, 2019 at The Museum of Modern Art. This is an exhibit we love, of course!

Photo credit: Clockwise, from top left: Dante Giacosa. 500f city car. Designed 1957 (this example 1968). Steel with fabric top, 52 × 52 × 116 7/8″ (132.1 × 132.1 × 296.9 cm). Manufacturer: Fiat S.p.A., Turin, Italy. Gift of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Heritage; Lina Bo Bardi. Poltrona Bowl chair. 1951. Steel and fabric, 21 5/8 × 33 1/16 × 33 1/16″ (55 × 84 × 84 cm). Committee on Architecture and Design Funds; Irwin Gershen, Gershen-Newark. Shrimp Cleaner. 1954. Plastic and metal, 8 1/2 x 3 1/4 x 3/4″ (21.6 x 8.3 x 1.9 cm). Manufacturer: Plastic Dispensers Inc., Newark, NJ. Department purchase; Peter Schlumbohm. Chemex Coffee Maker. 1941. Pyrex glass, wood, and leather, 9 1/2 x 6 1/8″ (24.2 x 15.5 cm). Manufacturer: Chemex Corp., New York, NY. Gift of Lewis & Conger

A unique exhibit at the International Arts and Artists (IA&A At Hillyer) is “Modern Twist: Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art”.  This exhibit illustrates the difficult and meticulous art form of creating sculptural art with the extremely challenging medium that is bamboo.

Photo credit: Mimura Chikuhō, detail of Hope, 2004, bamboo (madake), rattan, lacquer


Photo credit: Futinuma Noboru, Gentle Heart, 2006, bamboo (madake), rattan


For space exploration enthusiasts, the National Gallery of Art, Washington is presenting “By the Light of the Silvery Moon: A Century of Lunar Photographs from the 1850s to Apollo 11”  April 28 – October 14, 2019.  this exhibition features a variety of glass stereographs and photos taken over the years and showcases the importance of photography in the study and progress of space exploration.

Photo credit: Loewy et Puiseux, Photographie Lunaire Rayonnement de Tycho – Phase Croissante, 1899 photogravure, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Mary and Dan Solomon and Patrons’ Permanent Fund


And, if you just want to think about warmer weather and the beautiful flowers that go with it, you must see “Orchids: Amazing Adaptations” February 2 – April 28 2019 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Photo credit: Courtesy Smithsonian Gardens.

Whatever interests you, take some time to explore the variety that local museums have to offer!

And Stay Inspired,

The Margery Wedderburn Interiors Team

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