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Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 6:45 PM

Blunt or beautiful? Washington has a complicated relationship with modernism, one that surfaces in current conversations about the historic preservation of mid-20th century buildings. Martin Moeller, a curator at the National Building Museum, provides a context for the movement and its influence on the city’s vibrant architectural mix. (World Art History Certificate elective)

Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 9:30 AM

Vermeer’s art draws us into a world where the everyday is transformed into the timeless. Art historian Aneta Georgievska-Shine delves into the artistry behind that power. (World Art History Certificate elective)

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 6:45 PM

It took only about 5 years for the spray-painted art that exploded onto city walls in the late 1960s to move into galleries. Director Roger Gastman explores graffiti’s cultural invasion of the mainstream—and the art world—in a new documentary narrated by John Waters.

Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 9:30 AM

The Louvre defines Paris and the history of art—and as a museum and a landmark is constantly re-defining itself. Art historian Nancy G. Heller opens its treasures in an essential day for art lovers that also includes a French-themed lunch. (World Art History Certificate elective)

Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 12:00 PM

The years between 1400 and 1600 saw the remarkable rise of an entirely new language of Western art. Art and architectural historian Karin Alexis surveys of some of the era’s most enduring works and the masters behind them. (World Art History Certificate program core course)

Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 9:30 AM

Masaccio, Velazquez, Manet, and Picasso each changed the way art was made and appreciated. Artist and art historian Joseph Cassar leads an exploration of their careers and their bold and revolutionary works. (World Art History Certificate elective)

Friday, March 11, 2016 at 9:30 AM

With the theme Explore America, the 2016 Philadelphia Flower Show celebrates the centennial of the National Park Service and our country’s majestic landscapes. Horticulturist and Smithsonian Gardens staff member Cindy Brown leads a tour to this lavish floral tribute to the natural beauty found from coast to coast.

Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 9:30 AM

What is the reason for Venice’s endless fascination for artists of all kinds? Eric Denker of the National Gallery of Art surveys the city’s defining urban elements—from bridges and canals to squares and churches—to discover the source of Venice’s spell over the creative imagination. (World Art History Certificate elective)

Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 6:45 PM

Beginning in the early 19th century through the 1930s, the Army Corps of Engineers was an essential force in shaping the urban landscape of Washington. Architectural historian Pamela Scott surveys the often-overlooked but significant work of these military engineers, whose projects—including the Washington Monument, Library of Congress, and Arlington Memorial Bridge—are part of the fabric of the city we know today.

Friday, March 18, 2016 at 8:30 AM

From the Capitol dome to the Smithsonian’s Arts and Industries Building, the work of architect and builder Montgomery Meigs is still part of our region’s landscape—and our daily lives. Spend a day focused on Washington history and architecture as you discover the many facets and achievements of the former Civil War officer who helped define and develop an enduring vision of the capital city.

Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 9:30 AM

The up-to-the minute energy of the Jazz Age found its perfect embodiment in Art Deco. Art historian Bonita Billman surveys the eclectic influences and wide range of creators whose work shaped the style that reflected modern living in machine age. (World Art History Certificate elective)

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 6:45 PM

With an aesthetic that found its reflection both in buildings of stripped-down beauty and bold idiosyncrasy, Philip Johnson made an indelible mark on the architecture of the 20th century. In a richly illustrated lecture, historian Bill Keene traces Johnson’s life and his legacy. (World Art History Certificate elective)

Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Say an official goodbye to winter with a visit to two of Richmond’s prime attractions for garden lovers, led by Cindy Brown of Smithsonian Gardens.

Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 9:30 AM

Like any language, art has its own vocabulary—one in which you discover more meaning and gratification as your fluency increases. Spend a day with art historian Lisa Passaglia Bauman expanding your understanding of how art communicates, how to analyze and interpret it, and how to see in a cultural context. (World Art History Certificate elective)

Monday, April 4, 2016 at 6:45 PM

Art historian Aneta Georgievska-Shine opens the doors of some of the most remarkable house museums in Paris, including Musée Jacquemart-André and the houses of Gustave Moreau and Auguste Rodin. (World Art History Certificate elective)

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 6:45 PM

Paleoanthropologist Ian Tattersall presents a look inside the deep limestone caves of southern France and northern Spain, locations where practitioners of a creative tradition that endured an astonishing 30,000 years produced some of the most powerful art ever made.

Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 8:45 AM

Join arts journalist Richard Selden for a day filled with visual riches. The Walters Museum of Art and several beautiful and significant city churches are on itinerary, as well as a private organ concert. (World Art History Certificate elective)

Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 6:45 PM

Join director Marcee F. Craighill for an artistic overview of the recreated period rooms that are among Washington’s most stunning spaces. A separate tour provides a chance to examine them close-up.

Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 9:30 AM

Art historian Aneta Georgievska-Shine examines the works of four masters whose distinctive styles and artistic visions created a treasury of works whose power and beauty still endures. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 7:45 AM

The beautiful Brandywine region is the ideal destination for lovers of art, grand houses and gardens, American history—and used books. Join Hayden Mathews, an environmental and cultural history interpreter, on an overnight tour and discover why.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 6:45 PM

Art historian Robert DeCaroli examines the cultural and artistic traditions of ancient Southeast Asia from the earliest archaeological evidence to the onset of colonialism, with a focus on the royal arts of the great civilizations that arose in the region. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)

Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 7:00 AM

Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob are prime examples of Frank Lloyd Wright’s career-long focus on integrating domestic architecture and nature. See them both when you travel to the scenic Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania for a day with architecture specialist Bill Keene.

Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 9:30 AM

Explore four of England’s most beloved cities, from York’s bustling medieval streets and Oxford’s beautiful colleges to the splendid vistas of Cambridge and the Georgian elegance of Bath, and discover the treasures and the history that have long made these cities unforgettable.

Sunday, May 29, 2016 at 7:00 AM

Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob are prime examples of Frank Lloyd Wright’s career-long focus on integrating domestic architecture and nature. See them both when you travel to the scenic Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania for a day with architecture specialist Bill Keene.