1. CNN Politics Campaign 2016: Like, Share, Elect ($22.95)
(Newseum) – Sixth Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Capturing the rapidly changing landscape of contemporary political journalism is “CNN Politics Campaign 2016: Like, Share, Elect,” a partnership venture between the Newseum and CNN open until early 2017. The exhibit, incorporating interactive elements like a candidate “matchmaker” and a real-time prediction index, takes a broad look at the way the election season of 2016 has run its course through the variegated channels of social media that have recently flooded the news cycle.
2. Through the African American Lens: Selections from the Permanent Collection (Free)
(National Museum of American History) – 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW
Designed as an introduction to the archives of the soon-to-be-opened National Museum of African American History and Culture, “Through the African American Lens” showcases artifacts and narratives from black figures throughout history.
Dating from the Revolutionary era to the present, the exhibition includes photographs and video and displays certain personal effects from Harriet Tubman and James Brown, among others. It remains on display until fall 2016, coinciding with the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
3. Hollywood and Time: Celebrity Covers (FREE)
(National Portrait Gallery) – Eighth and F Streets NW
Before the advent of Instagram- and Snapchat-led personal branding by celebrities, magazines like Time received first pick of who was in and out of the Hollywood A-list. “Hollywood and Time,” on display until October, features original portraits published on the cover of Time magazine through the years.
The exhibit displays vintage portraits of Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon Brando and Paul Newman, as well as directors like Steven Spielberg and Woody Allen. Encompassing 32 icons of film history, the exhibit examines the subtlety of the magazine’s photographs that were as much advertising as they were art.
4. A New Moon Rises (FREE)
(National Air and Space Museum) – Independence Avenue at Seventh Street SW
Open through December, “A New Moon Rises” aggregates photographs taken over the span of six years by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. The exhibit displays everything from the Apollo landing sites to the mountain ranges along the lunar poles in 61 large prints.
The exhibit, sponsored by NASA, will also feature new photographs, updated daily from the Orbiter, which continues to orbit the moon.
5. WONDER (FREE)
(The Renwick Gallery) – 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Rounding out most of D.C.’s current arts coverage, and most peoples’ Instagram feeds, is “WONDER,” an installation-centric exhibition of structural artists in the recently renovated Renwick Gallery.
The installations, which were built from materials ranging from preserved insects to miles of woven thread to thousands of glass marbles, demonstrate each artist’s use of space in conjunction with material, a key factor that the exhibit’s curators used to narrow its list of artists down to the nine who are featured in the show. The exhibit is open through July 10.
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