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Art & Architecture
Richmond’s Museum District

Join decorative arts specialist Erin Kuykendall for a visit to Richmond’s famed Museum District, a day of guided in-depth tours of historical collections and art exhibitions, including stops at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the American Civil War Museum.

Date
Friday, August 17, 2018 - 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Architecture on the Nation’s Front Lawn

Join Bill Keene on a morning 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
Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.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
Depart: Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 8:30 a.m.
Return: Sunday, August 26, 2018 - 10:30 p.m.
Architecture on the Nation’s Front Lawn

Join Bill Keene on a morning 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
Sunday, August 26, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Inside the Homes and Studios of Glass Artists

The Washington area is home to a wide variety of glass artists working in an equally wide range of styles and techniques. Spend a fascinating day visiting noted artists in their studios and homes to see them at work and explore their creations and private collections.

Date
Saturday, September 1, 2018 - 8:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Inside the Homes and Studios of Glass Artists

The Washington area is home to a wide variety of glass artists working in an equally wide range of styles and techniques. Spend a fascinating day visiting noted artists in their studios and homes to see them at work and explore their creations and private collections.

Date
Sunday, September 2, 2018 - 8:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Introduction to Western Art: From Cartouches to Constantine

Our modern world echoes with the creative vestiges of the past. Art historian Renee Gondek leads an insightful survey of the paintings, sculptures, and architecture produced in ancient Egypt and the Greek and Roman worlds and their enduring influence on the art of the West. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)

Date
Wednesday, September 5 to October 3, 2018 – 6:45 p.m. (no class Sept. 19)
Art Nouveau: New Style for a New Century

Though it flowered only briefly in the early years of the last century, art nouveau has had a long-lasting influence and popularity. Art historian Bonita Billman explores the movement’s organic, sinuous, and seductive styles. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date
Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
The Bauhaus: Creating Designs for Living

The Bauhaus, founded in 1919 in Weimar, Germany, was part modernist school of art and design and part dream factory. Artist and art historian Joseph Paul Cassar explores its importance and enduring influence. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date
Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
2018 Smithsonian Craft2Wear Opening Night Party Tickets

Pop-up couture! Be among the first to shop limited-edition, hand-crafted jewelry, clothing, and accessories by over 60 designers. Enjoy "Art on the Runway"—a professional fashion show. Sample cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and sweets.

Date
Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
2018 Smithsonian Craft2Wear Show Daily Admission Tickets (DAY 1)

Save $2 per ticket by ordering your Craft2Wear Show Daily Admission one day passes in advance! This pass option is for October 5 only.

Date
Friday, October 5, 2018 - 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Fall Splendor at the Cloisters

Take in the blaze of autumn foliage and a stunning exhibition from the Met’s Costume Institute during a visit to the Cloisters, the branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art devoted to medieval art. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Saturday, October 6, 2018 - 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
2018 Smithsonian Craft2Wear Show Daily Admission Tickets (DAY 2)

Save $2 per ticket by ordering your Craft2Wear Show Daily Admission one day passes in advance! This pass option is for October 6 only.

Date
Saturday, October 6, 2018 - 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Autumn in Hyde Park: Famous Families and Fabulous Food

Savor the lower Hudson Valley—a treasure trove of historic houses and home of the Culinary Institute of America (CIA)—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 CIA (for a 4-course Italian dinner), the Springwood family estate where Franklin Delano Roosevelt was born, and the magnificent Vanderbilt Mansion. 

Date
Depart: Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 7:00 a.m.
Return: Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 9:30 p.m.
Understanding Contemporary Art: From Pop to Pluralism

From soup cans to photo-realism, abstraction, super-realism, and more, this richly illustrated seminar explores the roots and later influences of radical American art from the last five decades. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)

Date
Friday, October 12, 2018 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Exploring the Arts of Latin America

From colossal Olmec heads to the paintings of Frida Kahlo, Aztec temples to Mexican murals, this survey of Latin American art sweeps through the centuries. Join art historian Michele Greet, who traces the significant creators and trends that defined and shaped the arts of Latin America from their earliest expressions through the 19th and 20th centuries. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)

Date
Monday, October 15 to November 5, 2018 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
18th-Century Annapolis: Architecture and Decorative Arts

Join decorative arts specialist Erin Kuykendall for a tour of historic Annapolis, Maryland, to discover architectural gems and works of art from the eve of the American Revolution. Through visits to historic Georgian-style homes and an examination of the period’s decorative arts, Kuykendall offers a portrait of a vibrant capital city in which building, politics, art, and international commerce thrived.

Date
Friday, October 19, 2018 - 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The Art of India: From the Indus Valley to Independence

The complex culture of South Asia has given rise to some of the world’s most remarkable artistic creations. Robert DeCaroli of George Mason University highlights the artistic traditions and historical changes within the Indian subcontinent from the earliest archaeological evidence to the onset of colonialism. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)

Date
Thursday, November 1 to 29, 2018 - 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (no class Nov. 22)
Vibrant Colors: Glass in Baltimore

Baltimore offers the perfect destination for aficionados of historic glass. Stunning works by Louis Comfort Tiffany and John La Farge—as well as bottles created for one of the city’s most famous products—are among the highlights of a glass-lover’s tour led by museum education consultant Sheila Pinsker.

Date
Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The Barnes Foundation Philadelphia

Matisses, Modiglianis, and Monets are among the treasures found in the downtown home of the Barnes collection. Join art historian Bonita Billman to view the museum’s stunning post-impressionist and early-modern works. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Nature, History, and Art in Fairfax County

Join Rachel Cooper and Renee Sklarew, authors of 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Washington, D.C., as they lead a fall excursion to the Lorton, Virginia, area to explore a trio of distinctive sites in Fairfax County: Mason Neck State Park, American statesman George Mason’s mansion Gunston Hall, and Lorton Workhouse Art Center.

Date
Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Fortresses and Fantasies: The Châteaux of the Loire Valley

The splendid structures of the Loire Valley reflect lives of opulence and intrigue. Art historian Janetta Rebold Benton showcases these romantic and historic places, and sets them in the context of French history. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date
Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Art Deco: Vibrant, Eclectic, and Dynamic

The up-to-the minute energy of the Jazz Age found its perfect embodiment in Art Deco. Art historian Bonita Billman surveys the eclectic influences and wide range of creators whose work shaped the style that reflected modern living in machine age. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date
Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.