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Visual Literacy: The Art of Seeing

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, 1 credit)

Date
Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The Best of Brooklyn
Overnight Tour

Brooklyn offers plenty of delights for lovers of art, music, nature, and of course, food. On this two-day visit, arts journalist and former Brooklynite Richard Selden introduces you to several of the borough’s top attractions.

Date
Depart: Sunday, April 2, 2017, 7:00 a.m.
Return: Monday, April 3, 2017, 9:30 p.m.
Brutalism: The Architecture We Love To Hate

The muscular, aggressive buildings associated with iconic Swiss architect Le Corbusier and his modernist colleagues came to be known as “brutalist,” a play on beton brut, or “raw concrete.” Susan Piedmont-Palladino, curator at the National Building Museum, examines the influence of brutalism on Washington’s architecture and what’s in store for the future of this style here. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Traveling on the Danube: River of History

Over its storied history, the Danube River has played a critical role as the long-standing frontier of the Roman Empire, a highway for goods, the route of emperors and kings, and a vital source of water for 20 million people. Art historian Ursula Rehn Wolfmann travels through time to explore some of the most historic and beautiful places along its shores. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date
Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Introduction to Western Art: From Caves to Constantine
6-Session Daytime Course

Art historian Renee Gondek leads a survey of the paintings, sculptures, and architecture of the Paleolithic period, Mesopotamia, ancient Egypt, and the Greek and Roman worlds, and investigates how these ancient material cultures are still reflected in our own. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)

Date
Wednesday, April 19 to May 24, 2017 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The Iconography of Easter: Visions of Renaissance Masters

Giotto, Duccio, Piero della Francesca, da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Tintoretto each found inspiration in the biblical narratives that are central to Easter. Rocky Ruggiero, a Florence-based specialist in the Early Renaissance, follows the journey of Holy Week as depicted in two centuries of art. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
The Arts and Crafts Movement: Simplicity, Humanity, Beauty

From William Morris’s richly pattered designs drawn from nature to the bold beauty of Greene and Greene’s California domestic architecture, the arts and crafts movement has left a wide and enduring legacy. Art historian Bonita Billman explores the artists and ideas that led to its international flowering. (World Art History Certificate elective: Earn 1 credit)

Date
Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sears Houses of Arlington
All-Day Tour

From 1908 to 1940, Sears Roebuck & Co. sold more than 70,000 of its prefabricated Modern Homes kits, affordable dwellings assembled on site that offered Americans of moderate means the chance to own an up-to-date house. Arlington County, which saw a boom in its growth during the 1920s, boasts a significant collection of these kit houses.

Date
Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 12:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
2017 Smithsonian Craft Show Honorary Chair Reception and Preview Night Benefit

Join Honorary Chair Lloyd Herman, Founding Director, Renwick Gallery of Art, for a reception in his honor. Then attend the Award Ceremony recognizing Visionary Artist Faith Ringgold, renowned for her narrative quilts. After that, enjoy the Preview Night party with shopping, drinks and a dinner buffet.

Date
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
2017 Smithsonian Craft Show Preview Night Benefit

Benefit tickets include the Exhibitor and Award Ceremony from 6:00-6:30, recognizing Visionary Artist Faith Ringgold, renowned for her narrative quilts. Then, enjoy the Preview Night party - with first-choice shopping, drinks and a dinner buffet. This ticket DOES NOT include the Honorary Chair Reception.

Date
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
2017 Smithsonian Craft Show Daily Admission

Save money and avoid the lines by ordering your ticket in advance (includes access to the day’s special events). Two-day passes also available.

Date
Thurs., April 27, 2017, 10:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Fri., April 28, 2017, 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Sat., April 29, 2016, 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Sun., April 30, 2016, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friends Night Out at the Smithsonian Craft Show

A special shopping experience for you and your friends. Meet Craft Show artists, sample signature drinks, and enjoy light hors d’oeuvres . Ticket includes April 27 show admission, a cocktail and a range of snacks.

Date
Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Wheaton Arts: 300 Years of American Glassmaking
All-Day Tour

The Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center in Millville, New Jersey, honors the region’s connection to the glassmaking industry. It’s the perfect destination for a day focused on historic glass and contemporary makers, including a behind-the-scenes visit to the Museum of American Glass.

Date
Friday, April 28, 2017 - 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The Splendors of Newport
4-Day Tour

Gilded Age society elevated summering by the sea to a whole new level when they transformed Newport into the fashionable location for an 8-week season that was both formal and flamboyant. Arts journalist Richard Selden leads a 4-day tour that lets you step into the elegant world of Henry James and Edith Wharton.

Date
Depart: Friday, May 5, 2017, 8:00 a.m.
Return: Monday, May 8 2017, 9:30 p.m.
A Day at London’s National Gallery and Tate Britain

There is a reason that London’s National Gallery and the Tate Britain are must-sees for art lovers. In them, one can explore more than five centuries of Western painting. Spend a day with art historian Bonita Billman as she examines the rich holdings of these two world-class museums. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date
Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
A Question of Provenance: Holocaust-era Art, Research, and Restitution

Five international art historians who headed the research task force for a trove of potentially looted art discovered in 2012 unfold fascinating stories of the lives of Jewish collectors, German art dealers, and the art-world web that connected them. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
The Art of Visual Perception: How To Learn To Really See

Art is rich in visual information and calls for viewers to spend time looking and then processing what they think they see. Visual perception specialist Amy Herman offers a practical guide to fine-tuning your powers of observation. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Art-Treasure Island: Malta’s Storied History

For the Mediterranean island of Malta, there was no escaping the turbulent influences of ancient cultures. Joseph Paul Cassar, an art historian and native of Malta, offers a highlighted look at its fascinating history. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date
Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Home Is Where the Art Is: Connecting Creativity and Place

Did the houses, gardens, and locations where Da Vinci, Van Gogh, Monet, and other leading artists lived directly influence their work? Art historian Janetta Benton surveys the private residences—and private lives—of painters, sculptors, and architects from Fra Angelico to Philip Johnson to explore this artistic connection. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date
Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The National Gallery of Art’s Renovated East Building

Last fall, the National Gallery of Art’s I.M. Pei-designed East Building galleries, which house the modern art collection, reopened after 3 years. From sky-lit interior tower galleries to an inviting rooftop terrace, learn about the exciting new space to view some of the best modern art anywhere. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Monday, May 22, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
The Treasures of Dresden’s Green Vault

Once, Saxon ruler Augustus the Strong had the dazzling silver and ivory artifacts and jewels housed in Dresden Castle’s Green Vault all to himself. Art historian Stefanie Walker provides a guide to this glittering collection, now displayed in a real gem of a renovated setting. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
An Introduction to Islamic Art and Architecture
4-Session Evening Course

Art historian Lawrence Butler highlights examples of Islamic art and architecture from the 7th century to today that embody its defining spiritual, luxury, and princely themes. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)

Date
Wednesday, May 31 to June 21, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Roman Holiday: A Cinematic Introduction to the City’s Architecture

In an offbeat and entertaining overview of the Eternal City, follow the cinematic adventures of Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck in clips from the 1953 romantic comedy Roman Holiday. A scholar provides the architectural commentary on the locations. Hepburn and Peck provide the dazzle. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date
Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.