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Off the Beaten Path in Classical Greece
Timeless tales of goddesses, kings, warriors, and heroes are embedded in the landscape of Greece. Art historian Renee Gondek highlights the art and archaeology of the classical era as she examines lesser-known ancient sites that offer attractions for modern visitors. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)
Tuesday, August 9, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Treasures from Turquoise Mountain
Spend a fascinating evening immersed in the Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan exhibition, including its spectacular contemporary carpets, jewelry, and calligraphy. Try your hand at the art forms in the exhibit, and mingle in a light reception provided by Tortoise and Hare.
Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 6:30 PM
All Things Italian
All-Day Tour
Celebrate the heritage and cultural influence of Italy as reflected in sites throughout Washington. A private tour of the Embassy of Italy is part of a delightful day filled with great paintings, sculpture, architecture, gardens, food, and song.
Friday, August 12, 2016 - 9:00 AM
All Things Italian
All-Day Tour
Celebrate the heritage and cultural influence of Italy as reflected in sites throughout Washington. A private tour of the Embassy of Italy is part of a delightful day filled with great paintings, sculpture, architecture, gardens, food, and song.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 9:00 AM
Inside the Homes and Studios of Glass Artists
All-Day Members-Only Tour
Members-Only Tour: The Washington area boasts a wide variety of glass artists working in an equally wide range of styles and techniques. Spend a fascinating day visiting five noted artists in studio and home settings to see them at work and explore their creations. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)
Saturday, August 20, 2016 - 8:45 AM
Inside the Homes and Studios of Glass Artists
All-Day Members-Only Tour
Members-Only Tour: The Washington area boasts a wide variety of glass artists working in an equally wide range of styles and techniques. Spend a fascinating day visiting five noted artists in studio and home settings to see them at work and explore their creations. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)
Sunday, August 21, 2016 - 8:45 AM
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
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
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