The National Building Museum Great Hall - Photo by Kevin Allen
The National Building Museum
The National Building Museum will display HOOPS, a new exhibition of photographer Bill Bamberger’s work capturing private and community basketball courts around the country and abroad, March 9-January 5, 2020. The photos are devoid of people, but are nonetheless neighborhood and community portraits, “reflecting basketball’s universal appeal and ability to dissolve demographic, ethnic, and regional barriers.”
The exhibition will open just in time for the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments.
The National Building Museum is exhibiting Flickering Treasures: Rediscovering Baltimore's Forgotten Movie Theaters, thru October 14, 2019.Flickering Treasures invites visitors to travel in time through a survey of Baltimore’s movie-going past from 1896 to the present, using photography, oral histories, architectural fragments, and theater ephemera to illuminate themes of memory, loss, and preservation. Photojournalist Amy Davis’s color photographs reflect a nuanced and humanistic approach. She is an award-winning Baltimore Sun staff photographer. Her book Flickering Treasures: Rediscovering Baltimore’s Forgotten Movie Theaters was published in 2017.
The National Building Museum is exhibiting The Architecture and Planning of the Manhattan Project, thru March 3, 2019.Construction of military reservations - “Secret Cities” - by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began in the fall of 1942, less than a year after the U.S. was drawn into World War II. By the end of the war, a total of more than 125,000 people lived in the three cities that had been built from scratch on these sites. Yet these cities appeared on no maps, and the federal government did not acknowledge their existence.
Image below: An aerial view of the reactor at Hanford.
American Institute of Architecture (AIA) District Architecture Center
The American Institute of Architecture's District Architecture Center in DC's Penn Quarter is exhibiting From Architect to Artist: Public Art by Charles Bergen, AIA thru March 29.Bergen focuses on public art projects, many of which were awarded through public commissions. One of his most celebrated projects is the Barnes Dance, also known as a pedestrian scramble, with its whimsical graphic of dragons and Chinese zodiac images at the intersection of 7th and H Streets NW in DC’s Chinatown. The exhibition presents drawings, photographs, and objects from selected projects completed by the artist since 2014.
The George Washington University Museum|Textile Museum
The George Washington Museum|Textile Museum is exhibiting Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms, thru April 29.The display of Norman Rockwell’s masterpieces is part of a major international traveling exhibition on The Four Freedoms famously outlined by Franklin D. Roosevelt: freedom of speech; freedom of worship; freedom from want; and freedom from fear. In the exhibition, Rockwell’s iconic paintings and works by other artists capture expressions of freedom from World War II to today.The exhibition is organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.
The National Geographic will exhibit Queens of Egypt, March 1-September 2. The multisensory exhibition will take observers back in time some 3,500 years, to the 18th and 19th dynasties of ancient Egypt.
Legendary queens such as Nefertari, Nefertiti, Hatshepsut, and Cleopatra VII ruled Egypt. Visitors can see more than 300 prestigious objects, including monumental statues, sparkling jewelry, and impressive sarcophagi from the period. There will also be a 3-D tour of one of the most well-preserved tombs in the Valley of the Queens.
Image at top: The poster for Queens of Egypt
Image below: Mural painting of the queen offering before Osiris and Atum - Tomb of Nefertari - Annex to antechamber - DeA Picture Library/ Art Resource Queens of Egypt - National Geographic
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 will exhibit Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement, March 8-January 5, 2020.The exhibit will explore the modern gay rights movement in the U.S. and mark 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 will include a yearlong program series featuring journalists, authors, politicians and other newsmakers who have led the fight for equality. Artifacts, images and historic print publications will be 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 International Spy Museum is building a new permanent home at L’Enfant Plaza in Southwest DC. The 140,000-square-feet landmark building will be completed in 2019, and the new Museum will have double the floor space of the existing building at 800 F Street NW. There will be new resources for educational programming, a lecture hall/theater, and multifunction event space with sweeping views of DC.
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 March 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.