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This exhibition examines this form of artistic expression from two complementary perspectives. One is professional artists who were recruited by the U.S. Army, serving in the AEF. They were the first true combat artists. The other is soldiers who created artwork. Their self-expression in the form of stone carvings in underground shelters, hidden away for […]

Trevor Paglen captures landscapes unlike any other artist would, incorporating the infrastructure of surveillance into his ground-breaking and sometimes unsettling photographs. This new exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum serves as a mid-career retrospective on Paglen in which his early photographs, recent sculptures and work with artificial intelligence will be featured. Contemplating Paglen’s visuals will also […]

Mark Bradford’s new work at the Hirshhorn spans roughly 400 linear feet inside the cutting-edge Smithsonian museum. Pickett’s Charge is a series of eight abstract paintings that depict the final charge of the Battle of Gettysburg, commonly noted as the most important battle of the Civil War. The result is a thought-provoking rumination on how […]

Silhouettes—cut paper profiles—were a hugely popular and democratic form of portraiture in the 19th century, offering virtually instantaneous likenesses of everyone from presidents to those who were enslaved. The exhibition “Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now” explores this relatively unstudied art form by examining its rich historical roots and considering its forceful contemporary presence. The […]

The Library of Congress dug into its vaults to present this enlightening and in-depth exhibit on the immense contributions made by North American women to the art forms of illustration and cartooning. Drawn to Purpose stretches all the way back to the late 19th century, showing how women’s roles in the private and public sphere gradually increased, […]

Hitler’s systematic extermination of six million Jews was not a secret. Details of the Nazi death camps were known as early as December 1942. Yet the American media — especially The New York Times — refused to publicize the story. (Showtimes are subject to availability) Running time: 55 minutes Showtimes: Screens at Noon and 4 p.m. […]

National Museum of the U.S. Navy, Bldg.76, Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D.C. The National Museum of the U.S. Navy (NMUSN) to host a baseball-themed exhibition.  Playball:  Navy and the National Pastime will debut on April 2, 2018 ahead of the Washington Nationals season opener and the 2018 Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Nationals Park.  The exhibit […]

Remembering Vietnam addresses 12 important moments in the Vietnam War. The National Archives’ Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery hosts this exhibit that features recently discovered documents that shed light on essential details of the war. Learn of the decisions made to enter the war, the reason for its immense length and the great division that it […]

In this new exhibit at the National Geographic Museum, you can learn about the link between a secret Cold War mission and the 1985 discovery of the sunken Titanic. Through investigative work that was only recently declassified, fascinating details surrounding the ship’s discovery have been unveiled. Be one of the first to hear this untold […]

Why does the U.S. Constitution separate the government into three branches? At the nation’s founding, the Constitution’s framers understood that executive, legislative, and judicial responsibilities differed, and they provided for these distinct functions. They also believed that concentrating authority in one body would result in tyranny. They therefore divided the government into legislative, executive, and […]