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New York City in the Gilded Age: A Cultural History

The grand story of late 19th-century New York’s burgeoning wealth and emerging national dominance has its darker parallel in the world of its tenements and sweatshops. From Fifth Avenue’s Millionaire’s Row to the Lower East Side, George Scheper of Johns Hopkins University surveys the panorama of a city as it creates the foundations of its modern identity.

Date
Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Understanding Modern Art: From Picasso to Pop
2-Session Course

The radical innovations made by European and American painters and sculptors between 1900 and 1965 forever altered the way we think about visual art. Art historian Nancy G. Heller presents a 2-session overview of the major creators, movements, and works of this seminal period, offering a focus on their broader socio-political and aesthetic contexts. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)

Date
Friday, March 3, 2017 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 4, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Masters and Masterpieces of American Art: Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism, and Early Modernism
4-Session Evening Course

Our nation’s history—and changing identity—finds its reflection in the panorama of American art. Art historian Karin Alexis introduces major artists and movements in paining from the mid-19th century to today. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)

Date
Tuesday, March 7 to 28, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Cultural Heritage Under Attack: Ancient Crimes, Modern Targets

Archaeologist Frederick Winter moderates a panel that explores how professionals in a variety of fields are working to secure important sites from looters, document unique monuments, and protect buildings from threats such as earthquakes, rising seas, and mass tourism. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
The Philadelphia Flower Show
All-Day Tour

The 2017 edition of the world’s largest indoor flower exhibition—all 10 colorful acres of it—salutes the Netherlands with the theme Holland: Flowering the World. The legendary show is the perfect place for gardeners and flower enthusiasts to spend a day filled with beauty.

Date
Friday, March 17, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Fallingwater in Winter: An In-Depth Exploration
All-Day Tour

Bare trees and mountain snow throw the spectacular design and setting of Fallingwater into high relief. Mark the 150th anniversary of Wright’s birth with a special in-depth tour that offers an opportunity to appreciate this masterwork anew.

Date
Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Behind the Scenes at Smithsonian Exhibits
Morning Tour

Pay a visit to a place where even the most avid museum-goer never gets to set foot: the headquarters of Smithsonian Exhibits in Landover. Meet director Susan Ades and some of the designers, fabricators, model makers, and other specialists whose talents and skills are behind the exhibitions you see on the National Mall.

Date
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Behind the Scenes at Smithsonian Exhibits
Morning Tour

Pay a visit to a place where even the most avid museum-goer never gets to set foot: the headquarters of Smithsonian Exhibits in Landover. Meet director Susan Ades and some of the designers, fabricators, model makers, and other specialists whose talents and skills are behind the exhibitions you see on the National Mall.

Date
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Renoir: The Gift of Joy

Lush, sensual, and filled with vivid life, the paintings of Renior create a world that still beckons us. Art historian Bonita Billman showcases selections from Renoir’s prolific career as she examines why he is one of the most highly regarded artists of his time. (World Art History certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 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
Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The Best of Brooklyn
Overnight Tour

Brooklyn offers plenty of delights for lovers of art, music, nature, and of course, food. On this two-day visit, arts journalist and former Brooklynite Richard Selden introduces you to several of the borough’s top attractions.

Date
Depart: Sunday, April 2, 2017, 7:00 a.m.
Return: Monday, April 3, 2017, 9:30 p.m.
Brutalism: The Architecture We Love To Hate

The muscular, aggressive buildings associated with iconic Swiss architect Le Corbusier and his modernist colleagues came to be known as “brutalist,” a play on beton brut, or “raw concrete.” Susan Piedmont-Palladino, curator at the National Building Museum, examines the influence of brutalism on Washington’s architecture and what’s in store for the future of this style here.

Date
Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Traveling on the Danube: River of History

Over its storied history, the Danube River has played a critical role as the long-standing frontier of the Roman Empire, a highway for goods, the route of emperors and kings, and a vital source of water for 20 million people. Art historian Ursula Rehn Wolfmann travels through time to explore some of the most historic and beautiful places along its shores. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date
Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Introduction to Western Art: From Caves to Constantine
6-Session Daytime Course

Art historian Renee Gondek leads a survey of the paintings, sculptures, and architecture of the Paleolithic period, Mesopotamia, ancient Egypt, and the Greek and Roman worlds, and investigates how these ancient material cultures are still reflected in our own. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)

Date
Wednesday, April 19 to May 24, 2017 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The Iconography of Easter: Visions of Renaissance Masters

Giotto, Duccio, Piero della Francesca, da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Tintoretto each found inspiration in the biblical narratives that are central to Easter. Rocky Ruggiero, a Florence-based specialist in the Early Renaissance, follows the journey of Holy Week as depicted in two centuries of art. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
The Arts and Crafts Movement: Simplicity, Humanity, Beauty

From William Morris’s richly pattered designs drawn from nature to the bold beauty of Greene and Greene’s California domestic architecture, the arts and crafts movement has left a wide and enduring legacy. Art historian Bonita Billman explores the artists and ideas that led to its international flowering. (World Art History Certificate elective: Earn 1 credit)

Date
Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sears Houses of Arlington
All-Day Tour

From 1908 to 1940, Sears Roebuck & Co. sold more than 70,000 of its prefabricated Modern Homes kits, affordable dwellings assembled on site that offered Americans of moderate means the chance to own an up-to-date house. Arlington County, which saw a boom in its growth during the 1920s, boasts a significant collection of these kit houses.

Date
Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 12:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
2017 Smithsonian Craft Show Honorary Chair Reception and Preview Night Benefit

Join Honorary Chair Lloyd Herman, Founding Director, Renwick Gallery of Art, for a reception in his honor. Then attend the Award Ceremony recognizing Visionary Artist Faith Ringgold, renowned for her narrative quilts. After that, enjoy the Preview Night party with shopping, drinks and a dinner buffet.

Date
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
2017 Smithsonian Craft Show Preview Night Benefit

Benefit tickets include the Exhibitor and Award Ceremony from 6:00-6:30, recognizing Visionary Artist Faith Ringgold, renowned for her narrative quilts. Then, enjoy the Preview Night party - with first-choice shopping, drinks and a dinner buffet. This ticket DOES NOT include the Honorary Chair Reception.

Date
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
2017 Smithsonian Craft Show Daily Admission

Save money and avoid the lines by ordering your ticket in advance (includes access to the day’s special events). Two-day passes also available.

Date
Thurs., April 27, 2017, 10:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Fri., April 28, 2017, 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Sat., April 29, 2016, 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Sun., April 30, 2016, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friends Night Out at the Smithsonian Craft Show

A special shopping experience for you and your friends. Meet Craft Show artists, sample signature drinks, and enjoy light hors d’oeuvres . Ticket includes April 27 show admission, a cocktail and a range of snacks.

Date
Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Wheaton Arts: 300 Years of American Glassmaking
All-Day Tour

The Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center in Millville, New Jersey, honors the region’s connection to the glassmaking industry. It’s the perfect destination for a day focused on historic glass and contemporary makers, including a behind-the-scenes visit to the Museum of American Glass.

Date
Friday, April 28, 2017 - 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The Splendors of Newport
4-Day Tour

Gilded Age society elevated summering by the sea to a whole new level when they transformed Newport into the fashionable location for an 8-week season that was both formal and flamboyant. Arts journalist Richard Selden leads a 4-day tour that lets you step into the elegant world of Henry James and Edith Wharton.

Date
Depart: Friday, May 5, 2017, 8:00 a.m.
Return: Monday, May 8 2017, 9:30 p.m.
A Day at London’s National Gallery and Tate Britain

There is a reason that London’s National Gallery and the Tate Britain are must-sees for art lovers. In them, one can explore more than five centuries of Western painting. Spend a day with art historian Bonita Billman as she examines the rich holdings of these two world-class museums. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date
Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.