The National Geographic Museum is exhibiting Women: A Century of Change, thru Spring 2020.The photography exhibition celebrates the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution giving American women the right to vote. The collection from the National Geographic archives highlights women from around the globe and creates a portrait of what it means to be female today. National Geographic photographers, such as Lynsey Addario, David Alan Harvey, Erika Larsen, and Steve McCurry shot the photos, which examine world cultures through photographs ranging from historic suffragette images to the haunting picture of the green-eyed “Afghan girl.” Personal stories and revelatory commentary from female luminaries, including Melinda Gates, Gloria Allred, Jane Goodall, and Christiane Amanpour accompany the photos. The exhibition reflects on where women have been, where they are, and where they are going.
Image below: AMI VITALE, 2012 - - On the steps of the West Virginia State Capitol, a woman gets her head shaved symbolic of mountaintop removal and the many people who are sick or dying as the result.
The National Geographic will exhibit Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall, November 22-Summer 2020.Dr. Goodall, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace, gave the world a view of humankind’s closest living relatives: chimpanzees. The hands-on multimedia exhibition will celebrate her life and work from her early years through iconic images and a multiscreen experience.A 3D exploration of Tanzania’s Gombe Stream National Park will show where she did her behavioral research on chimps. A life-size hologram will show Dr. Goodall entering a replica of her research tent.Viewers can learn about her current role as a leader in community-centered conservation and youth empowerment and can find out what can be done today to make a positive impact in the world. The exhibition was organized by National Geographic in partnership with the Jane Goodall Institute.
The National Archives is exhibiting Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote in the Lawrence F. O'Brien Gallery, thru January 3, 2021.In 1920, American democracy dramatically expanded when the newly ratified 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibited the states from denying the vote on the basis of sex. The landmark voting rights victory was made possible by "decades of suffragists’ persistent political engagement, and yet it is just one critical milestone in women’s battle for the vote. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote highlights the relentless struggle of diverse activists throughout U.S. history to secure voting rights for all American women."
Image below:Women suffragists front of the White House in Washington, DC. in 1918. National Archives, Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs.
The National Building Museum will be closed to the public December 2 thru March 2020. The closure is to safely replace the museum's concrete floor with a modern foundation—with the overall goal of preserving the integrity of the building. Members and visitors can follow the process online to learn more about this unique preservation project. Ongoing exhibitions will close on December 1.
The National Building Museum will open Alan Karchmer: The Architects’ Photographer in March 2020. The exhibition was previously scheduled to open on November 9, 2019.Karchmer has a Master of Architecture degree and “uses his knowledge of the design process, coupled with his own artistic vision, to express the essence of a building.” The exhibition will present “a cross-section of Karchmer’s professional photographs, coupled with personal photos and artifacts that shed light on his work. While the exhibition will feature numerous large-format images of remarkable beauty, it will also include didactic displays examining the technical and creative processes underlying such images. It will also explore how changing technologies—especially the transition from analog to digital cameras—have influenced architectural photography. The exhibition celebrates Karchmer’s recent bequest of his professional archive to the collection of the National Building Museum.”
The National Building Museum Great Hall - Photo by Kevin Allen
The International Spy Museum
The International Spy Museum reopened in its permanent new home at L’Enfant Plaza in Southwest DCon May 12. The 140,000-square-feet landmark building has double the floor space of the museum's previous home at 800 F Street NW. There are new resources for educational programming, a lecture hall/theater, and multifunction event space with sweeping views of DC.
The George Washington University Museum|Textile Museum
The George Washington University Museum|The Textile Museum is exhibiting Fast Fashion/Slow Artat the Luther W. Brady Art Gallery at the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design, thru December 15.The focus of the exhibition is on today’s garment industry as a diverse group of emerging and established contemporary artists and filmmakers who explore issues of waste and consumerism through eleven films and video installations. The exhibition was organized by the Bowdoin College Museum of Art in Maine in cooperation with the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design, and the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum.
The George Washington University Museum|The Textile Museum is exhibiting Woven Interiors: Furnishing Early Medieval Egypt at the Museum thru January 5, 2020. “In the early medieval era, the eastern Mediterranean’s palaces, villas, and sacred spaces were richly decorated with hangings, curtains, and other luxury fabrics. Bringing together rarely displayed artworks from the fourth to the twelfth centuries, this exhibition reveals how textiles infused warmth and beauty into Egypt’s interior spaces." The exhibition was organized with the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collectionand curated by Sumru Belger Krody and Elizabeth Dospěl Williams.
Image below: Hanging with depiction of Virgin and Child, Egypt, 6th century. The Cleveland Museum of Art 1967.144. Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund.
The George Washington University Museum|Textile Museum is exhibiting Best Laid Plans: Designs for a Capital City, thru December 22. Every landmark in Washington, D.C., has a story. Some never made it past the drawing board. This exhibition examines unrealized designs for the Washington Monument, Memorial Bridge, and other structures around the city through historical prints and paintings from the museum’s Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection. The exhibition was organized in cooperation with the Albert H. Small Center for National Capital Area Studies.
The George Washington University Museum is exhibiting Songs of the Civil War thru December 22. During the American Civil War, music had the power to inspire patriotism and service, and to capture loss on the battlefield.
This exhibition showcases historical sheet music that provided the soundtrack to a nation divided by war. The exhibition was organized in cooperation with the Albert H. Small Center for National Capital Area Studies.
The Freedom Forum — the creator and primary funder of the Newseum — announced on January 25 that the building in which the Newseum is located has been sold to Johns Hopkins University for $372.5 million. The mission of the Newseum has been to increase public understanding of the importance of a free press and the First Amendment. The University will use the building as a new consolidated center for its DC-based graduate programs. Jan Neuharth, chair and CEO of the Freedom Forum, commented that the Forum “can begin to explore all options to find a new home in the Washington, DC area.” The Forum plans “to continue much of the Newseum’s important work for decades to come — through digital outreach, traveling exhibits, and web-based programs in schools around the world, as well as hopefully in a new physical home in the area.” “All of the artifacts on display in the museum will remain on exhibit for our visitors to learn from while the details of the agreement are settled.”
The Newseum is exhibiting Seriously Funny: From the Desk of ‘The Daily Show with Jon Stewart’, thru December 31.The exhibit explores the impact the Comedy Centralshow had on American politics and the press through four presidential campaigns, two wars and the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. More than 50 artifacts are on display, from The Daily Show and the satirical news shows it inspired, plus print publications that reported on the show’s influence. The exhibit also features an original Newseum-produced film that goes behind the scenes at The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. The centerpiece of the exhibit is Stewart’s desk from The Daily Show, donated to the Newseum after Stewart’s final appearance on the late-night series after 16 years hosting the popular program.
Image below: Jon Stewart at his desk on the set of "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart." (Courtesy Comedy Central/"The Daily Show with Jon Stewart")
The Newseum is exhibiting Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement, thru January 5, 2020.The exhibit explores the modern gay rights movement in the U.S. and marks the 50th anniversary of a June 1969 police raid of the Stonewall Inn in New York’s Greenwich Village. The protests that followed the raid inspired the modern gay liberation movement and the ongoing fight for LGBTQ civil rights. The exhibit includes a yearlong program series featuring journalists, authors, politicians and other newsmakers who have led the fight for equality. Artifacts, images and historic print publications are displayed in an exploration of key moments of gay rights history.
Image below: The poster for Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement
The National Law Enforcement Museum opened in October at the Motorola Solutions Foundation Building at Judiciary Square in D.C. The Museum’s core mission is to introduce visitors to the proud history and many facets of American law enforcement in a unique experience. A “walk in the shoes” experience lets visitors learn what it’s like to be a law enforcement officer through innovative and engaging exhibits, artifacts and programs. The museum also seeks to strengthen the relationship between law enforcement and the communities they serve with thought-provoking programs that promote dialogue on topics of current interest. Artifacts from a collection of more than 20,000 objects tell the story of American law enforcement – past, present, and future – and engage visitors of all ages in memorable, immersive and experiential exhibits. Visitors are invited to begin the tour by watching a signature film.
NOTE:Entry to the Museum requires a timed-entry ticket.
The National Children’s Museum (NCM), a cultural and educational institution that serves children and their families, will open in a new space in Woodrow Wilson Plaza at the intersection of 13th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. in downtown D.C. in the Fall of 2019. The museum was founded as the Capital Children’s Museum in 1974 and served kids and families in the Washington region for thirty years in Northeast DC.For several years, the Museum operated as a museum without walls by serving the region through traveling exhibitions, partnerships with other nonprofits, as well as community and school outreach programs. In 2012, NCM occupied a small space on the National Harbor, but closed in 2015 to prepare for its move back to the District. The new location will offer a playful learning experience dedicated to teaching science, technology, engineering, arts, and math for local residents and tourists alike.