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Art’s Brave New World: Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Painting in France
4-Session Evening Course
David Gariff of the National Gallery of Art examines the origins and the legacy of the impressionist revolution, one begun by artists whose color-drenched brush strokes startled Paris and continued in a new generation of painters who paved the way for 20th-century abstraction. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)
Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - 6:45 PM
From Swamp to Swank: A Walk Through Washington’s Gilded Age
Morning Tour
A guided walk through the Dupont Circle neighborhood provides glimpses of Washington’s social and architectural emergence from the post-Civil War years into the  Gilded Age. Pass grand homes and visit other residences of the era including Heurich House and Anderson House.
Friday, September 9, 2016 - 10:00 AM
Extravagant Elegance: The Gilded Age
Art historian Bonita Billman examines the opulent art, architecture, fashion, and interior design of the American upper crust between 1870 and 1910, and also explores the dramatic distance between their lives and those on the other end of the social and economic scales. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)
Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 9:30 AM
From Swamp to Swank: A Walk Through Washington’s Gilded Age
Morning Tour
A guided walk through the Dupont Circle neighborhood provides glimpses of Washington’s social and architectural emergence from the post-Civil War years into the  Gilded Age. Pass grand homes and visit other residences of the era including Heurich House and Anderson House.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 10:00 AM
Behind the Scenes at Cooper Hewitt
All-Day Tour
Get a look at both the public and the behind-the-scenes aspects of the Smithsonian’s national design museum in a fascinating tour. Begin with a rare opportunity to visit the Cooper Hewitt’s conservation, study, and storage facility in Newark. Then in Manhattan, spend an afternoon exploring the historic and contemporary design treasures in the museum, including a guided tour of an exhibition of Tiffany masterworks.
Friday, September 16, 2016 - 7:00 AM
Cultural Heritage Sites of China
From the grand splendor of the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace to the serene beauty of the gardens of Suzhou and the grand tombs of Ming and Qing dynasty rulers, spend a day with art historian Robert DeCaroli as he introduces spectacular places in China that are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)
Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 9:30 AM
A Postal Salute to National Parks: Ethel Kessler on Designing Commemorative Stamps
The centennial year of the National Park Service is being marked by the U.S. Postal Service with the release of a pane of Forever stamps that celebrate 16 national parks, created by award-winning stamp designer Ethel Kessler. She talks about the commemorative collections and how they represent the regional diversity of the National Park System.
Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Murals, Morals, and Krazy Kat: How Gilded-Age Artists Told America’s Story
Art historian Theodore Barrow examines the work of various muralists who played a key role in interpreting and magnifying stories and themes of American history in the Gilded Age. He also discusses artists like Winsor McCay and George Herriman, whose work reflected an entertaining and populist version of America’s story at that time. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)
Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Design and Architecture in Focus: The High Line, Philip Johnson’s Glass House, and Yale
Overnight Tour
Explore the creative synergies between architecture and design as you spend two fascinating days in New York City and Connecticut in a tour led by architecture and urban studies specialist Bill Keene.
Friday, September 23, 2016 - 8:00 AM
From Swamp to Swank: A Walk Through Washington’s Gilded Age
Morning Tour
A guided walk through the Dupont Circle neighborhood provides glimpses of Washington’s social and architectural emergence from the post-Civil War years into the  Gilded Age. Pass grand homes and visit other residences of the era including Heurich House and Anderson House.
Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 9:00 AM
The Imperial Splendor of Ottoman Arts
Art historian Lawrence Butler introduces major figures, styles, and monuments of the Ottoman Empire, which dominated the eastern Mediterranean for 600 years, dazzling and terrifying the nations in its wake, and creating one of the most brilliant traditions of Islamic art under imperial patronage. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)
Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 9:30 AM
Rembrandt: Close-up on a Master
The 17th-century Dutch painter and printmaker Rembrandt van Rijn is one of the great innovators in Western art. Using web-based, high-resolution images that provide a look at Rembrandt’s practice from an uncommonly close point of view, art historian Aneta Georgievska-Shine explores some of the most unique aspects of his artistic language. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 6:45 PM
The Great Cathedrals and Basilicas of Italy
Join Eric Denker, senior lecturer at the National Gallery of Art, as he leads a lavishly illustrated daylong program that focuses on the churches of Venice, Rome, Siena, and Florence that represent some of Italy’s most exceptional repositories of ecclesiastical art. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)
Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 9:30 AM
Architecture on the Nation’s Front Lawn
Morning Tour
Join Bill Keene on a morning walking tour to discover the National Mall’s history, design, and architecture, from its earliest vision to the latest developments, including the Gothic-revival Smithsonian Castle to the neoclassical National Gallery to the sinuous modern curves of the American Indian Museum. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)
Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 10:00 AM
Smithsonian Craft2Wear 10th Anniversary Preview Night
Get the first look at a curated collection of art to buy and wear. Professional modeling throughout the evening. Special drawing to win $100 to spend at the show. Evening includes meeting artists and savoring a delicious light buffet.
Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 5:30 PM
2016 Smithsonian Craft2Wear Show Daily Admission
Save $2 and avoid lines by ordering your Daily Admission tickets in advance online. Tickets are $15 at the door.
Friday, October 7, 2016 - 10:00 AM
Friends Night Out at the Smithsonian Craft2Wear Show
A special shopping experience for you and your friends. Meet the show's artists, sample signature drinks, and find your fabulous. Ticket includes October 7 show admission, one cocktail, light snacks, and more.
Friday, October 7, 2016 - 5:30 PM
Architecture on the Nation’s Front Lawn
Morning Tour
Join Bill Keene on a morning walking tour to discover the National Mall’s history, design, and architecture, from its earliest vision to the latest developments, including the Gothic-revival Smithsonian Castle to the neoclassical National Gallery to the sinuous modern curves of the American Indian Museum. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)
Monday, October 10, 2016 - 10:00 AM
The Bayeux Tapestry and the Norman Conquest of England
Much has been written about the Norman Conquest of 1066, but nothing begins to compare with the telling of the story on the Bayeux Tapestry. Richard Abels discusses the fascinating history of this time and this special tapestry. 
Monday, October 17, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Light and Color in Art
When Isaac Newton’s work with prisms in the 1600s revealed the visible color spectrum, artists began to find ways to use contrasting and complementary colors in their work. Learn how artists over the centuries have manipulated light and color, enlisting their unique properties to create masterpieces. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Architecture on the Nation’s Front Lawn
Morning Tour
Join Bill Keene on a morning walking tour to discover the National Mall’s history, design, and architecture, from its earliest vision to the latest developments, including the Gothic-revival Smithsonian Castle to the neoclassical National Gallery to the sinuous modern curves of the American Indian Museum. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)
Friday, October 21, 2016 - 10:00 AM
A Bold Beauty: Masters and Masterpieces of the Baroque, Rococo, and Neoclassical Periods
2-Session Course
Visual arts and architecture experienced an unprecedented flowering in the 17th and 18th centuries, reflecting a rapidly changing world. Focusing on major masters and pivotal works, art historian Karin Alexis places the period in an historical and cultural context, emphasizing artistic styles, aesthetics, and meaning. (World Art History certificate core course, 1 credit)
Friday, October 21, 2016 - 6:15 PM
Sacred Mosaics in Washington
All-Day Tour
From great cathedrals to monastery grounds, sacred sites throughout Washington, D.C., provide the setting for beautiful religious mosaic works in a wide range of styles. Mosaic artist and educator Bonnie Fitzgerald leads a tour that covers the city and mosaic art representing nearly 125 years of creation. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)
Friday, October 28, 2016 - 8:30 AM
The Postal Museum Salutes New York City
In a special evening at the Postal Museum, take a curator-led look at the New York City: A Portrait Through Stamp Art exhibition, then enjoy light refreshments, as well as a chance to try your own hand at designing, collecting, and sending your own postal creations.
Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 6:30 PM
Seductive Paris: American Painters in the City of Light, 1855–1920
In the late 19th century, Paris beckoned young aspiring American painters like Whistler and Sargent. Art historian Bonita Billman highlights Paris’s ascension as the center of the art world, and the French masters who trained American artists and sent them home brimming with creative new ideas. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)
Saturday, November 5, 2016 - 9:30 AM
Jewelers of the Gilded Age: Tiffany and Cartier
Fine-jewelry designers such as Louis Comfort Tiffany and Louis-Francois Cartier rose to prominence by creating extravagant and elegant baubles for the moneyed denizens of the Gilded Age—and the generations that followed. Art historian Stefanie Walker provides a guide to their glittering legacies. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)
Monday, November 7, 2016 - 6:45 PM