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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.
Van Gogh and the Painters of the Petit Boulevard

Art historian Bonita Billman explores the intersecting lives and careers of van Gogh and the rising post-impressionist artists of 1880s Paris whose depictions of the celebrities and scenes of Montmartre vividly captured the night life and low life of a bohemian world. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date
Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Influence on Mid-Century Modern Design

Join lecturer in architecture and urban studies Bill Keene in Northern Virginia as he explores Frank Lloyd’s Wright’s influence on innovative domestic design through a visit  the Wright-designed Pope-Leighey House and the neighborhoods of Hollin Hills and Holmes Run Acres, both filled with prime examples of mid-century modern homes. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Archaeological Wonders of the Western Mediterranean

The islands of the western Mediterranean are rich in archaeological treasures of the Neolithic, Copper, and Bronze Ages—monoliths, monuments, tombs, and temples that reflect the civilizations that fought over and ruled them. Archaeologist Robert R. Stieglitz explores the cultural legacies of little-known prehistoric islanders through their remarkable architectural and artistic creations. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date
Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 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.
The Art of Burning Man: From the Desert to DC

For the exhibition No Spectators, the Renwick Gallery fills the complete museum—and some of the neighborhood streets—with the explosively fantastic experimental art spawned in the Nevada desert at Burning Man. Join Stephanie Stebich, director of the American Art Museum, for an overview of the exhibition, as well as insights from her own experience at Burning Man 2017. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Tuesday, August 7, 2018 – 6:45 p.m.
The Trojan War: The Epic in Art

With its timeless mythic themes of beauty, heroic courage, and sacrifice, the story of the Trojan War has long been retold and interpreted by writers and artists. Art historian Renee Gondek examines the legend’s power through works it inspired, weaving together ancient literary sources and a variety of visual depictions that span the centuries. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
The Art of Burning Man: From the Desert to DC

Includes Tour: For the exhibition No Spectators, the Renwick Gallery fills the complete museum—and some of the neighborhood streets—with the explosively fantastic experimental art spawned in the Nevada desert at Burning Man. Join Stephanie Stebich, director of the American Art Museum, for an overview of the exhibition, as well as insights from her own experience at Burning Man 2017. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Program: Tuesday, August 7, 2018 – 6:45 p.m.
Tour: Thursday, August 9, 2018 – 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Architecture on the Nation’s Front Lawn

Join Bill Keene on a morning walking tour to discover the Mall’s history, design, and architecture, from its earliest vision to the latest developments. View and compare a wide range of architectural styles from the Gothic-revival Smithsonian Castle to the rich symbolism of the latest addition to the Mall, the new African American Museum. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Friday, August 10, 2018 - 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
The Art of Burning Man: From the Desert to DC

Includes Tour: For the exhibition No Spectators, the Renwick Gallery fills the complete museum—and some of the neighborhood streets—with the explosively fantastic experimental art spawned in the Nevada desert at Burning Man. Join Stephanie Stebich, director of the American Art Museum, for an overview of the exhibition, as well as insights from her own experience at Burning Man 2017. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Program: Tuesday, August 7, 2018 – 6:45 p.m.
Tour: Friday, August 10, 2018 – 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Heavenly Bodies at the Met: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination

A new exhibition at the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art examines fashion's ongoing engagement with the devotional practices and traditions of Catholicism. Inspired by the exhibition, art historian Anne Higonnet surveys an unexpected range of style leaders, from the archangel Gabriel to Pope Francis I, and their influence on recent fashion.

Date
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Richmond’s Museum District

Join decorative arts specialist Erin Kuykendall for a visit to Richmond’s famed Museum District, a day of guided in-depth tours of historical collections and art exhibitions, including stops at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the American Civil War Museum.

Date
Friday, August 17, 2018 - 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Architecture on the Nation’s Front Lawn

Join Bill Keene on a morning walking tour to discover the Mall’s history, design, and architecture, from its earliest vision to the latest developments. View and compare a wide range of architectural styles from the Gothic-revival Smithsonian Castle to the rich symbolism of the latest addition to the Mall, the new African American Museum. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
A Trio of Museum Gems: An Artful Weekend in New York

The Neue Gallery, Morgan Library and Museum, and the Frick Collection offer a rich array of delights for visitors. Enjoy an escape to Manhattan that gives you plenty of time to take in these distinctive and stunning smaller museums—and a night on the town to enjoy as you like. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Depart: Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 8:30 a.m.
Return: Sunday, August 26, 2018 - 10:30 p.m.
Architecture on the Nation’s Front Lawn

Join Bill Keene on a morning walking tour to discover the Mall’s history, design, and architecture, from its earliest vision to the latest developments. View and compare a wide range of architectural styles from the Gothic-revival Smithsonian Castle to the rich symbolism of the latest addition to the Mall, the new African American Museum. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Sunday, August 26, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Inside the Homes and Studios of Glass Artists

The Washington area is home to a wide variety of glass artists working in an equally wide range of styles and techniques. Spend a fascinating day visiting noted artists in their studios and homes to see them at work and explore their creations and private collections.

Date
Saturday, September 1, 2018 - 8:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Inside the Homes and Studios of Glass Artists

The Washington area is home to a wide variety of glass artists working in an equally wide range of styles and techniques. Spend a fascinating day visiting noted artists in their studios and homes to see them at work and explore their creations and private collections.

Date
Sunday, September 2, 2018 - 8:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Introduction to Western Art: From Cartouches to Constantine

Our modern world echoes with the creative vestiges of the past. Art historian Renee Gondek leads an insightful survey of the paintings, sculptures, and architecture produced in ancient Egypt and the Greek and Roman worlds and their enduring influence on the art of the West. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)

Date
Wednesday, September 5 to October 3, 2018 – 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.