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What Does It Mean? Stories and Symbols in Art

Why have stories from Greek and Roman mythology and the Bible engaged, entertained, and even shocked us for centuries? Art historian Lisa Passaglia Bauman offers an analysis of images, allegories, motifs, and context as she traces the iconography of these enduring tales from their ancient archetypes to contemporary interpretations. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date
Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
George Washington in Alexandria
Weekend Walking Tour

No other city is as closely associated with George Washington as Alexandria, Virginia, which he considered his home town. Join author historian Garrett Peck on a charming walk that takes in Old Town’s alleyways, rustic taverns, 18th-century architecture, and waterfront.

Date
Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Exploring Egypt at the Met
All-Day Tour

Gary Rendsburg, a professor of biblical studies at Rutgers University, guides participants through the Met’s Lila Acheson Wallace Galleries of Egyptian Art, interpreting how the artifacts on display reflect the creativity and significance of art in this civilization, as well how Egyptian art, literature, religion, and culture illuminate many of the best-known stories in the Bible. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
2018 Smithsonian Craft Show Awards Ceremony and Preview Night Benefit

Part of the 2018 Smithsonian Craft Show, enjoy its Exhibitor and Award Ceremony, recognizing Asian Influence-American Design Visionary Artist Foon Sham, renowned for his wood sculptures. Then, enjoy the Preview Night party with first-choice shopping, drinks, and a cocktail buffet. 

Date
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Grant Wood: Beyond American Gothic

A new exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art reveals Grant Wood as a complex, sophisticated artist whose image as a farmer-painter was as mythical as the fables he depicted in his art. Sarah Humphreville, senior curatorial assistant at the museum offers an overview of the exhibition and insights into lesser-known aspects of Wood’s life and career. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
2018 Smithsonian Craft Show Daily Admission

Save money and avoid the lines by ordering your ticket in advance (includes access to the day’s special event presentations).

Date
Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday, April 27, 2018 - 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 29, 2018 - 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friends Night Out at the 2018 Smithsonian Craft Show

A special shopping experience for you and your friends. Meet Craft Show artists, sample signature drinks from celebrity mixologists, and enjoy light hors d’oeuvres. Ticket includes April 26 Craft Show admission, a cocktail, and a range of snacks.

Date
Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
George Washington in Alexandria
Daytime Walking Tour

No other city is as closely associated with George Washington as Alexandria, Virginia, which he considered his home town. Join author historian Garrett Peck on a charming walk that takes in Old Town’s alleyways, rustic taverns, 18th-century architecture, and waterfront.

Date
Friday, April 27, 2018 - 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
A Day at the Delaware Art Museum
All-Day Tour

A guided tour of the Delaware Art Museum’s exhibition Eye on Nature: Andrew Wyeth and John Ruskin is the highlight of a day at the museum. The visit includes a private lunch and time to explore the galleries, sculpture garden, and store. Enjoy a splendid afternoon tea at the historic Hotel Dupont before the bus returns home. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
George Washington in Alexandria
Weekend Walking Tour

No other city is as closely associated with George Washington as Alexandria, Virginia, which he considered his home town. Join author historian Garrett Peck on a charming walk that takes in Old Town’s alleyways, rustic taverns, 18th-century architecture, and waterfront.

Date
Sunday, April 29, 2018 - 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Borromini’s Rome: The Baroque at Its Best

Independent scholar and Rome expert George Sullivan examines the work of one architect, Francesco Borromini, who employed the classical vocabulary of the High Renaissance to create a new Baroque architectural language that was uniquely inventive and incomparably beautiful. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Art in the Hudson River Valley: A Spring Sampler
Overnight Tour

The height of spring is the ideal time to embark on a thoughtfully curated exploration of New York’s Hudson Valley, a region booming as a magnet for art lovers. Highlights include a visit to Storm King Art Center to view stunning outdoor sculptures; a tour of the Edward Hopper house, now a museum devoted to the artist; and a rare chance to visit to private studio of the late photographer Rodney Smith. (World Art History Certificate elective: Earn 1/2 credit)

Date
Depart: Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 7:00 a.m.
Return: Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 10:00 p.m.
Sears Houses of Arlington
Weekend Tour

Join historian Kathryn Holt Springston on a bus tour through historic Virginia neighborhoods to view the distinctive exteriors of Sears homes. Sold as kits during the first half of the 20th century, these affordable prefabricated dwellings allowed many Americans a chance to become homeowners.

Date
Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 12:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Chapels That Defined the Renaissance

The Scrovegni Chapel in Padua, Florence’s Brancacci Chapel, and the Sistine Chapel in Rome: each are home to works by artists who presented a revolutionary visual interpretation of Christian iconography. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date
Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Art of the Medieval World: Cathedrals and Beyond
4-Session Evening Course

Art historian Judy Scott Feldman examines the art and architecture of the thousand-year period between classical antiquity and the Renaissance, and its relationship to a society infused with faith and spirituality. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)

Date
Tuesday, May 8 to 29, 2018 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
The Artists of Renaissance Venice

Prosperous and open to new styles and cultural influences, Venice was one of the most flourishing urban and artistic centers of the 15th and 16th centuries. Join art historian Aneta Georgievska-Shine in a daylong survey of the artists who shaped this city into a unique place of beauty. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date
Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Glassmaking in Brooklyn: Past and Present
All-Day Tour

Visit the Corning Museum of Glass’s GlassBarge, a unique glassmaking demonstration barge docked in Brooklyn—where the company that grew into Corning International was originally located in the mid-19th century. A stop at the studios and galleries of UrbanGlass provides a glimpse of Brooklyn’s contemporary connection to the art and industry of glassmaking.

Date
Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 6:45 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Designing the World of Hamilton

David Korin’s name may not be on the marquee, but his role in Hamilton is a major—and highly visible—one. The production designer for the show that has become a cultural phenomenon discusses the meticulous research, collaboration, and sheer hard work that went into creating and building every detail of the setting against which the musical plays out.

Date
Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Memorials In the 21st Century

In this memorial-laden city, it is easy to think of the various monuments as the only way to properly honor the historic figures to which they are dedicated. Martin Moeller, senior curator at The Building Museum, talks about the meaning of memorials, which often say more about the ethos of the era in which they are built than they do about the event or person being memorialized. 

Date
Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Surrealism: The Canvas of Dreams

Artist and art historian Joseph Cassar leads a fascinating journey through the landscape of the imagination as reflected in the distinctive work of artists including Ernst, Arp, Miro, Magritte, and Dali. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date
Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Italian Renaissance Art
4-Session Evening Course

Art historian Lisa Passaglia Bauman explores some of the great masterworks of art and architecture created from the late-14th to the 16th centuries as she examines the intellectual trends and social context that gave rise to such giants as Giotto, Botticelli, and Michelangelo. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)

Date
Monday, June 4 to 25, 2018 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
The President’s Neighborhood: Lafayette Park
Daytime Walking Tour

Photographer Bruce White has spent much time in and around the White House, shooting it for books published by the White House Historical Association. As the author of At Home in the President’s Neighborhood, he’s the perfect guide for a walking tour of the area most closely connected with the residents of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Lafayette Park.

Date
Friday, June 8, 2018 - 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The President’s Neighborhood: Lafayette Park
Weekend Walking Tour

Photographer Bruce White has spent much time in and around the White House, shooting it for books published by the White House Historical Association. As the author of At Home in the President’s Neighborhood, he’s the perfect guide for a walking tour of the area most closely connected with the residents of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Lafayette Park.

Date
Saturday, June 9, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
The President’s Neighborhood: Lafayette Park
Weekend Walking Tour

Photographer Bruce White has spent much time in and around the White House, shooting it for books published by the White House Historical Association. As the author of At Home in the President’s Neighborhood, he’s the perfect guide for a walking tour of the area most closely connected with the residents of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Lafayette Park.

Date
Saturday, June 9, 2018 - 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Unnatural Selection: Katrina van Grouw’s Evolutionary Illustrations

Katrina van Grouw, natural science illustrator and author, fuses science and art in her beautifully illustrated new book, Unnatural Selection, which illuminates evolutionary patterns in wild and domestic animals.

Date
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Four Giants of Spanish Painting: El Greco, Velazquez, Goya, and Miro

Art historian Nancy G. Heller focuses on a quartet of Spain’s most significant painters—unearthing their sources, analyzing their principal works, discussing the critical receptions of their pictures, and demonstrating their influences on later generations of visual artists, both within and beyond the borders of Spain. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date
Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Istanbul Unveiled

It is a city of mystery, a city of wonders, and a city whose history is unlike any other. Let Serif Yenen, a travel specialist, be your guide as he highlights some iconic places to visit as well as those waiting to be discovered in this storied city.

Date
Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Exploring Anatolia: A Turkish Odyssey

Anatolia’s colorful history has left a windfall of riches—ancient ruins, ornate Byzantine churches, supremely elegant mosques, and splendid Ottoman palaces. Serif Yenen, a Turkish travel specialist and author, examines some of these cultural gems. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date
Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Discovering Modern Architecture: From Art Nouveau to Post-Modernism

Art historian Karin Alexis presents an overview of styles from the late 19th century to the present, focusing on pivotal structures, seminal architects, and the cultural context and influences that inspired the creative spirit of architecture rooted in the Machine Age. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
A Berkshires Summer Sampler
5-Day Tour

The scenic and historic Berkshire hills of western Massachusetts are alive with music, art, and theatre. Journalist Richard Selden leads a 5-day tour that offers a splendid sampling of cultural attractions in the region, from historic writers’ homes to outstanding museums to music and theatre performances.

Date
Depart: Sunday, July 29, 2018 - 6:30 a.m.
Return: Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 9:30 p.m.