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The President's Neighborhood: Lafayette Park

Photographer Bruce White has spent much time in and around the White House, shooting it for books published by the White House Historical Association. As the author of At Home in the President’s Neighborhood, he’s the perfect guide for a walking tour of the area most closely connected with the residents of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Lafayette Park.

Date of event
Friday, September 20, 2019 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The President's Neighborhood: Lafayette Park

Photographer Bruce White has spent much time in and around the White House, shooting it for books published by the White House Historical Association. As the author of At Home in the President’s Neighborhood, he’s the perfect guide for a walking tour of the area most closely connected with the residents of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Lafayette Park.

Date of event
Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

The President's Neighborhood: Lafayette Park

Photographer Bruce White has spent much time in and around the White House, shooting it for books published by the White House Historical Association. As the author of At Home in the President’s Neighborhood, he’s the perfect guide for a walking tour of the area most closely connected with the residents of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Lafayette Park.

Date of event
Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Autumn in Hyde Park: Famous Families and Fabulous Food

Savor the beautiful lower Hudson Valley—a treasure trove of historic houses and home to the school that produces top chefs—in a 3-day excursion led by Bill Keene, a lecturer in history, urban studies, and architecture. The tour includes visits to the Kykuit Rockefeller estate, the Culinary Institute of Ameirca (for a French lunch), the Springwood family estate where Franklin Delano Roosevelt was born, magnificent Vanderbilt Mansion, and more.

Date of event
Depart: Sunday, September 22, 2019 - 7:00 a.m.
Return: Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 10:00 p.m.

What Does It Mean? Stories and Symbols in Art

Why have stories from Greek and Roman mythology and the Bible engaged, entertained, and even shocked us for centuries? Art historian Lisa Passaglia Bauman offers an analysis of images, allegories, and motifs as she traces the iconography of these enduring tales from their ancient archetypes to contemporary interpretations. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date of event
Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

By the Light of the Silvery Moon: A Century of Lunar Photographs Daytime Tour

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, see otherworldly images at the National Gallery of Art in its By the Light of the Silvery Moon exhibition. This exhibit presents a select survey of lunar photographs dating from the 19th century to the “space age” of the 1960s.

Date of event
Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

2019 Smithsonian Craft2Wear Opening Night Benefit Preview Party Tickets

Enjoy this special Smithsonian Craft2Wear kick-off event open to the public. Ticket price includes drinks, hors d’oeuvres, the fun of shopping in a party setting, and a Craft2Wear show one-day pass for either Friday or Saturday while helping to jump-start the fund-raising that supports Smithsonian grants.

Date of event
Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The Met's Magnificent Cloisters Museum and Gardens

The Metropolitan Museum’s Cloisters houses some of the world’s most stunning medieval objects and architecture. Art historian Ursula Wolfman brings to life the era’s heart and soul as reflected in the masterpieces of this collection. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 7:00 a.m. to 9:45 p.m.

Architecture on the Nation's Front Lawn

Join Bill Keene on a walking tour to discover the Mall’s history, design, and architecture, from its earliest vision to the latest developments. View and compare a wide range of architectural styles from the Gothic-revival Smithsonian Castle to the rich symbolism of the latest addition to the Mall, the new African American Museum. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Friday, October 11, 2019 - 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Architecture on the Nation's Front Lawn

Join Bill Keene on a walking tour to discover the Mall’s history, design, and architecture, from its earliest vision to the latest developments. View and compare a wide range of architectural styles from the Gothic-revival Smithsonian Castle to the rich symbolism of the latest addition to the Mall, the new African American Museum. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Sunday, October 13, 2019 - 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Architecture on the Nation's Front Lawn

Join Bill Keene on a walking tour to discover the Mall’s history, design, and architecture, from its earliest vision to the latest developments. View and compare a wide range of architectural styles from the Gothic-revival Smithsonian Castle to the rich symbolism of the latest addition to the Mall, the new African American Museum. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Rembrandt: Close-up on a Master

Art historian Aneta Georgievska-Shine embarks on a detailed exploration of the large-scale masterworks, intimate character studies, classically-inspired history paintings, and revealing (and sometimes enigmatic) self-portraits that marked Rembrandt as one of Western art’s most significant innovators. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date of event
Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Andrea del Verrocchio: A Renaissance Master and his Legacy

Art historian Aneta Georgevska-Shine explores the distinctive facets of Florentine artist Andrea del Verrocchio's creative approach, and his influence on artists associated with his studio, including Leonardo, Ghirlandaio, and Perugino. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Monday, October 28, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

The Corning Museum of Glass: An Insider's Adventure

New Glass Now, a stunning new global survey that reveals the breadth and depth of contemporary glassmaking, is just one of the highlights of a glass-lover’s dream visit to the Corning Museum of Glass. The four-day trip offers participants a true behind-the-scenes experience and includes many curator-conducted sessions and tours.

Date of event
Depart: Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 7:00 a.m.
Return: Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 8:30 p.m.

Introduction to Western Art: From the Great Pyramids to the Pantheon

In a fascinating overview of ancient material culture, art historian Renee Gondek surveys the paintings, sculptures, and architectural wonders produced in ancient Egypt and the Greco-Roman world that served as inspiration for generations of creators to come. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)

Date of event
Wednesday, October 30 to November 20, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

Scandinavian Art and Architecture: Modern Aesthetic and Traditional Heart

The urban aesthetic of Scandinavia reflects both the cherished past and innovations in architecture and design. Explore the creative contributions of noted artists, architects, and designers reflected in the region’s beautiful capitals with art historian Karin Alexis. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date of event
Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Heroes Enthroned in Tapestry

Heroes of the Bible, of great empires of the past, and of legend are among those that preside today at the Met Cloisters, captured in an exceedingly rare, internationally renowned ensemble of tapestries. A Met Cloisters curator explores the singular historic and artistic importance of the Nine Heroes Tapestries. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Friday, November 8, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

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 of event
Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Edward Hopper and the American Hotel

Check in to Edward Hopper’s hotels, motels, tourist homes, and boarding houses when you visit a special exhibition at Richmond’s Virginia Museum of Fine Arts that explores the role of hotels in the cultural landscape of the early to mid-20th century. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Sunday, November 17, 2019 - 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Prince Albert's Vision of Progress: The Crystal Palace Exhibition of 1851

With its curated displays of objects from all corners of the empire, the Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations regaled the world as a testament to Britain’s industrial leadership and taste. Art historian Morna O'Neill examines how the Crystal Palace paved the way for subsequent international exhibitions, as well as for museums specializing in decorative art and industry. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Sunday, November 17, 2019 - 1:30 p.m.

The Journey of the Mask

Symbols of power, mystery, and disguise, masks play a role in cultures and societies across the globe. Stunning images by National Geographic photographer Chris Rainier highlight his exploration of the reasons why humans have donned masks since the beginning of time.

Date of event
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh at the Walters

Arts journalist Richard Selden leads a tour to Baltimore’s Walters Art Museum, where the exhibition Designing the New: Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Glasgow Style celebrates the 150th anniversary of the birth of the revolutionary Scottish architect who defined a unique vision of art nouveau design. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Saturday, November 23, 2019 - 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Fellini's Italy: Along the Via Emilia

Join food historian Francine Segan on a journey to Rimini and Modena, two wondrous cities along an ancient Roman byway in the Emilia-Romagna region. She reveals why the area inspired both an iconic film director as well as today’s travelers who love chic beaches, fabulous food, ancient ruins, and distinctive art and architecture.

Date of event
Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

Introduction to American Art

Art historian Bonita Billman introduces major artists and movements in American painting from the late 18th century to the present, revealing the connections between historical changes and artistic choices. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)

Date of event
Friday, December 6, 2019 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Radio City Music Hall: Front and Center for the Christmas Spectacular

There’s no more iconic holiday performance in New York than Radio City Music Hall’s famed Christmas Spectacular. And there’s no better way to see the precision dancing of the Rockettes than from prime orchestra seats in the fabulous art deco theater where the show has been a tradition since 1933. A behind-the-scenes tour of the Music Hall adds to the experience.

Date of event
Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 6:45 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

The House of Medici: The Art of Power

As bankers to some of Europe’s most important rulers, the Medici had a substantial influence on the geo-politics of their time, but perhaps their most enduring legacy is that as patrons of the arts. Rocky Ruggiero, a specialist in the Early Renaissance, explores how art and architecture became languages of their power. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

Renaissance Pleasure Palaces: The Art of the Sensual Life

Wealthy Renaissance Italians loved their suburban villas, the private retreats adorned with the most magnificent of art that allowed owners and guests to indulge in a voluptuous and relaxed luxury. Rocky Ruggiero, a specialist in the Early Renaissance, explores the history, design, and art of three of the most beautiful and well-preserved of these villas. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date of event
Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Old Town Alexandria: A Holiday Staycation

Treat yourself to a holiday-season overnight getaway that offers the perfect way to experience the heart of Old Town Alexandria’s heritage and charm: colonial architecture, museums, fine dining, the waterfront, and of course, a little shopping.

Date of event
Starts: Sunday, December 15, 2019 - 11:00 a.m.
Ends: Monday, December 16, 2019 - 4:00 p.m.

Muses and Mews: Artists and Their Cats

Expressive or aloof, affectionate or enigmatic, cats have complicated characters that make them compelling artists' muses. Curator Mary Savig of the Smithsonian Archives of American Art explores and illustrates the quirky and charming relationships that Jasper Johns, Frank Stella, Louise Nevelson, Georgia O'Keeffe, and other creators cultivated with their feline companions.

Date of event
Tuesday, December 17, 2019 - 7:00 p.m.

A Trio of Museum Gems: An Artful Weekend in New York

The Neue Gallery, Morgan Library and Museum, and the Frick Collection offer a rich array of delights for visitors. Enjoy an escape to Manhattan that gives you plenty of time to take in these distinctive and stunning smaller museums—and a night on the town to enjoy as you like. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Depart: Saturday, January 11, 2020 - 8:30 a.m.
Return: Sunday, January 12, 2020 - 10:30 p.m.