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Attend a beautiful gala at the Smithsonian Craft Show Preview Night at the National Building Museum. Meet the artists and shop for beautiful handcrafted pieces in a fun, intimate setting with a cocktail buffet. Be the first to see and buy featured fine crafts!

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Save money and avoid the lines by ordering your Smithsonian Craft Show ticket in advance. This one-day pass applies to any of the four Craft Show dates and doesn't include any add-on evening options.

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Thursday, April 25, 2019, 10:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Friday, April 26, 2019, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 27, 2019, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 28, 2019, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Visionary Artist Joyce J. Scott engages in lively conversation with Stephanie Stebich, the Margaret and Terry Stent Director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, followed by a Q&A. Ticket includes entry to the Craft Show on Thursday, April 25 and one complimentary drink.

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Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

See Philadelphia in a new light as museum education consultant Sheila Pinsker opens doors to unsuspected opportunities to view glass in a wide variety of places and forms. She guides participants to three special sites: a museum, a spectacular 19th-century Masonic landmark, and a glass artist’s studio.

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Friday, April 26, 2019 - 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Visit two of the most interesting museums that reflect the tastes of their founders—both present and past—when you spend the day exploring the newly expanded Glenstone in suburban Potomac and the venerable Phillips Collection with art historian Ursula Wolfman. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit­)

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Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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.

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Depart: Sunday, April 28, 2019 - 7:00 a.m.
Return: Monday, April 29, 2019 - 9:30 p.m.

Rocky Ruggiero, a specialist in the Early Renaissance, investigates the question that architectural historians are still trying to answer: How was Brunelleschi able to build his great cathedral dome when 14th-century technology should not have permitted its realization? He examines the epic story of the design and construction of one of the greatest engineering marvels in history and the innovations that made it possible. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

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Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

The creativity of its artists and the pride and religious devotion of its citizens combined to make the civic landscape of Siena a true reflection of the city’s values. Early Renaissance specialist Rocky Ruggiero examines how art and architecture were also deployed as potent weapons in its rivalry with neighboring Florence as each city jostled for dominance in Tuscany. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

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Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

From Roman temples to gothic cathedrals to modernist office buildings, architecture has constantly shaped and conditioned our experience of the world. George Mason University associate professor Lisa Passaglia Bauman examines how architectural styles developed and interacted with culture, religion, and history over the centuries. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)

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Tuesday, May 7 to 28, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

Join art historian Bonita Billman for a day at the Philadelphia Museum of Art featuring a special exhibition The Impressionist’s Eye, featuring paintings, sculpture, and works on paper by Monet, Cassatt, Van Gogh, and other leaders of the tightly knit group of creators who revolutionized art in the early 1900s. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

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Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Beyond the Greeks, the Aegean world nurtured other civilizations notable for their architecture, material culture, and artistic creations. Archaeologist Robert R. Stieglitz, a specialist in maritime interconnections, explores the splendid legacies of the Minoan Cretes and the Cycladic-era islanders of Santorini. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

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Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

The turn of the 20th century found Europe’s greatest cities entering defining eras in their historical and cultural development. In a richly illustrated full-day program, lecturer George Scheper explores how the alignment of creative forces shaped three highly distinctive urban milieus—each nourished by the energy and excitement of new ideas and each witnessing the birth of modernism in the new century. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

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Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The flowering of the visual arts in the Northern Renaissance was groundbreaking, with creators such as a van Eyck, Bosch, Bruegel, and Dürer producing work distinctly different from that of Italian masters of the period. Art historian Angelo Ho surveys the tremendous artistic and cultural innovations of northern Europe in the late 14th to 16th centuries. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)

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Friday, May 31, 2019 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Visit two of the most interesting museums that reflect the tastes of their founders—both present and past—when you spend the day exploring the newly expanded Glenstone in suburban Potomac and the venerable Phillips Collection with art historian Ursula Wolfman. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit­)

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Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Two stunning new contemporary landmarks, the Vessel in Manhattan and Connecticut’s Grace Farms—as well as a private architectural yacht tour of New York harbor—join Philip Johnson’s Glass House, the High Line, and Yale University on the itinerary for a 3-day exploration of the creative synergy between architecture and design. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

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Depart: Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 8:00 a.m.
Return: Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 10:30 p.m.

Art historian Janetta Rebold Benton surveys some of the most beautiful estates and lushest gardens of the Ile-de-France region—a favorite location for those aristocratic getaways—and the 19th-century artists who later found their own inspiration in its forests and towns. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

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Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

From the 17th through 19th centuries, Prussia and its capital Berlin came to dominate the political, intellectual, and cultural life of what eventually became the unified German state. Cultural historian Ursula Rehn Wolfman traces this fascinating historical evolution through the expression of Prussian influence in Berlin’s architecture and extraordinary museum collections, as well as in its role as a center for learning. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

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Monday, June 24, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

Washington, D.C., was the first municipality to be recognized a leading sustainable city by the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Cities initiative. Spend a day with Bill Keene, a lecturer in history, urban studies, and architecture, for a close-up look at several sites—from the Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant to an elementary-school garden—that play a role in creating a greener nation’s capital.

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Friday, June 28, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.

The radical innovations made by European and American painters and sculptors between 1900 and 1965 forever altered the way we think about visual art. Art historian Nancy G. Heller presents a 2-session overview of the major creators, movements, and works of this seminal period, offering a focus on their broader socio-political and aesthetic contexts. (World Art History certificate core course, 1 credit)

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Friday, June 28, 2019 - 6:30 p.m. & Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Arts journalist Richard Selden leads a visit to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts to experience Awaken, a unique exhibition that gathers spectacular objects of Buddhist art from across the centuries into a series of immersive spaces that trace a journey to spiritual enlightenment. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Event date
Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Staten Island is a destination often overlooked by visitors—and fellow New Yorkers. On a 2-day excursion, arts journalist Richard Selden uncovers an array of cultural, historical, and architectural attractions that prove that this island the size of Bermuda deserves to shake off its underdog reputation.

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Depart: Sunday, July 21, 2019 - 8:00 a.m.
Return: Monday, July 22, 2019 - 9:00 p.m.

The art of impressionist-era creators is in the spotlight during a 2-day visit to several of Philadelphia’s outstanding collections led by art historian Ursula Rhen Wolfman. A special exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and visits to the Barnes and the Rodin Museum are part of this perfect getaway for art lovers. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

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Depart: Sunday, August 11, 2019 - 9:00 a.m.
Return: Monday, August 12, 2019 - 9:00 p.m.

Family Program: (Ages 10 to 14) Go on an interactive exploration of the National Portrait Gallery. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

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August 23 - 24, 2019, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.