Freer and Sackler Galleries offer an amazing collection of Iranian art in Washington, DC. Both of these exhibitions are unique opportunities to see some beautiful glimpses into the ancient Iran and learn more about Iranian ancient art through the art of pottery and ceramics as well as production of luxury objects in the ancient Iran. You can find these new and ongoing exhibitions in galleries number 29 and 21 respectively. While there, don’t forget to check out the Peacock Room, a one-of-a-kind room that was designed by James Whistler in 1876, taken apart by Mr. Freer, and shipped to the United States in 1904! Mr. Freer then gradually filled the room with ceramics collected from Syria, Iran, Japan, China, and Korea.
Pro tip: Freer and Sackler galleries open the shutter of the Peacock Room on the third Thursday of each month, to show this beautiful room glowing in blue, green, and gold tones in a new light!
2) National Museum of Women in Arts: Rodarte: American Luxury Fashion
The unique but lesser-known National Museum of Women in Arts is holding its first-ever fashion exhibition! Rodarte showcases the designers’ visionary concepts, impeccable craftsmanship, and profound impact on the fashion industry. All you fashion-lovers out there be sure to check this exhibition out as you are in for a treat to see more than 90 fashion pieces from house Rodarte!
3) Artechouse: New Nature
If you are looking for a unique art and technology experience, Artechouse is the place! Their newest exhibition, New Nature, lets you “step into a colorful digital menagerie of nature-inspired creatures and plant life that will react in real-time to your gestures and actions.” You can interact with the multimedia art installations and have an amazing time learning about our organic world!
Pro tip: Plan to spend 1-2 hours at the Artechouse for the full interactive art experience, as there is a lot to explore and have fun with!
The Renwick has always been a leading museum in unique and thematic artworks. This fall, the Renwick is exhibiting the art of Burning Man, the famous annual event in the West Coast, where astonishing wood sculptures are made and then burnt to ground, signifying self-expression and decommodification. Be sure to step on the base of the mushrooms in the upper room to see how they close and open!
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer will have his debut in DC in the Hirshhorn’s largest interactive technology exhibition to date. Be sure not to miss this interactive art, technology, and design exhibition, where you can add your heartbeat to the installation by touching a sensor, and then watching hundreds of lights pulsing with your heartbeat! We think it’s very cool, don’t you?
The exhibition starts on November 1st, 2018.