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Road Closures - Friday, July 19, and Saturday, July 20

There will be numerous road closures on Friday, July 19, and Saturday, July 20, due to the 50th celebration of Apollo 11 moon landing taking place on the National Mall. Travel by metro will not be affected, however, it is anticipated that there will be increased passenger traffic.

World Art History Certificate: Elective Courses

The country houses of England are among the country’s greatest treasures. Art historian Bonita Billman surveys a selection of these grand estates, known for their architectural magnificence, spectacular decorative art and art collections, and glorious gardens. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Event date
Saturday, August 3, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 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)

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

Working in Smithsonian gardens, use chalk or oil pastel to capture vibrant colors in nature and their interaction with light--in the style of impressionist Paul Cezanne. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Event date
Saturday, August 17 and 24, 2019 – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The landscape of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, had a profound personal and artistic influence on noted early-20th-century illustrator N.C. Wyeth. Art historian Bonita Billman leads a tour to Wyeth’s beloved Brandywine County that includes a visit to his home and studio, an exhibition focusing on his wide-ranging career at the Brandywine River Museum of Art, and a visit to a local winery. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Event date
Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 8:15 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Using the Smithsonian gardens as inspiration, learn the secrets of plein air landscape and architectural painting on location. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Event date
Saturday, September 7 to 28, 2019 – 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Long considered one of the Smithsonian’s treasures, James McNeill Whistler’s Peacock Room is an icon of aesthetic design. Kerry Roeder, the Luce curatorial fellow in American art at the Freer|Sackler, and an adjunct faculty member at George Mason University, discusses the scandalous history of the room and the challenges posed by the museum’s attempt to re-create the artist’s original vision of the space. Note: Enjoy this program with an add-on tour to the Peacock Room.

Event date
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

Art historian and photographer Patricia Howard introduces the world of the photo surrealists and explores how they pushed the boundaries of photographic imagery in the 1920s to 1940s. Step into the darkroom to create your own version of one the movement’s distinctive photo forms, the rayogram. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Event date
Friday, September 13, 2019 - 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Forty-six years after his death, Picasso still looms large in our world. Art historian Nancy G. Heller examines an extraordinary career that sparked both scandal and reverence and that came to define the creative spirit of 20th century art. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Event date
Friday, September 13, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

Art historian Nancy G. Heller explores some of the Prado’s most important masterworks, traces its significance as a treasury of traditional Spanish art, and how a new gallery expansion has widened the museum’s scope to embrace contemporary works from Spain and elsewhere. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Event date
Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Art historian Ünver Rüstem examines how mid-18th century Turkish architects adopted European forms to craft a new and politically charged image for the capital city of Istanbul. These surprising structures, a blend of Byzantine and Baroque design, forged a new international image for the Ottoman Empire as it staked its claim to power on the modern world stage. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Event date
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

Art historian Robert DeCaroli examines the sites and structures that made up the urban landscape of the Khmer Empire and traces the historical shifts, royal decisions, religious beliefs, and cultural processes that led to its development. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Event date
Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

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, motifs, and context as she traces the iconography of these enduring tales from their ancient archetypes to contemporary interpretations. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Event date
Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.