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Kyoto: Japan’s Cultural Capital
Kyoto has long been one of Japan’s most innovative centers of arts and culture. Art historian Yui Suzuki of the University of Maryland, College Park, guides a day devoted to Kyoto’s artistic, architectural, and cultural treasures and the timeless creative spirit that gives this tradition-rich city its vibrant character. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)
Saturday, January 28, 2017 - 9:30 AM
African Art Through the Centuries
4-Session Evening Course
Art historian Kevin Tervala examines the political, social, religious, and economic forces that influenced the form and the spirit of African art from Stone Age cave paintings to contemporary expressions. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 6:45 PM
Edvard Munch and Jasper Johns: A Study in Influences at the VMFA
All-Day Tour
When Jasper Johns made a mid-career shift in the style and subject matter of his art, he found inspiration in an unlikely source: Edvard Munch. Trace the results of that influence on a guided visit to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’s exhibition Jasper Johns and Edvard Munch: Love, Loss, and the Cycle of Life.
Friday, February 3, 2017 - 8:30 AM
A Day at Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum
What began in the late Renaissance with the collections of rare and manmade objects assembled by various members of the House of Habsburg evolved into Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum. Art historian Aneta Georgievska-Shine considers the great museum’s evolution and some of the masterworks housed within it. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)
Saturday, February 4, 2017 - 9:30 AM
The Art of Gandhara: Where India Met Greece
4-Session Daytime Course
Spreading among neighboring India, Persia, and the Greco-Roman world, the kingdoms of Gandhara produced artwork that blends influences and ideas from many cultures, reaching its peak in the first through fifth centuries. Art historian Robert DeCaroli examines the origins of the region’s material culture, explores how imperial and religious power were displayed, and traces the role of trade in the exchange of ideas. (World History Art Certificate core course: Earn 1 credit)
Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 12:00 PM
Science as Art: The Beauty of Botanical Illustration
In collaboration with Smithsonian Libraries’ Biological Heritage Library, Alice Tangerini, a scientific illustrator at the Natural History Museum, leads an afternoon focused on the fascinating mix of art and science behind the practice of botanical illustration.
Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 2:00 PM
Reading Portraits: An Introduction to the Genre
The painted face has seduced, intrigued, and engrossed us for centuries. Art historian Aneta Georgievska Shine examines the ways that seminal portraits in the Western tradition reflect the sensibilities of their artists and the social and cultural ideals of the period in which they are created. (World Art History Certificate elective: Earn 1/2 credit)
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 6:45 PM
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.
Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 9:30 AM
Understanding Modern Art: From Picasso to Pop
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:  Earn 1 credit.)
Friday, March 3, 2017 - 6:30 PM
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 Jennifer Van Horn introduces major artists and movements in paining from the mid-19th century to today. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 6:45 PM
Cultural Heritage Under Attack: Ancient Crimes, Modern Targets
From the sacking of the Acropolis in the fifth century BC to the destruction of ancient monuments in the contemporary Middle East, conflicts, greed, and natural forces often put the cultural heritage of nations at risk. 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.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 6:45 PM
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.
Friday, March 17, 2017 - 9:30 AM
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.
Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 9:00 AM
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.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 10:00 AM
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.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 10:00 AM
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: Earn ½ credit)
Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 6:45 PM
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)
Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 9:30 AM
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.
Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 7:00 AM
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.
Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 10:00 AM
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.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 5:00 PM
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.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 6:00 PM
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.
Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 10:30 AM
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.
Friday, April 28, 2017 - 5:00 PM