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Basilica of the National Shrine of the
Immaculate Conception

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is the largest Roman Catholic Church in the United States and North America. It also is one of the 10 largest churches in the world, rivalling the great sanctuaries of Europe. Designated a National Sanctuary of Prayer and Pilgrimage, the Basilica houses more than 80 chapels and oratories that represent the peoples, cultures, and traditions of the Catholic faith. The church also houses the largest collection of contemporary ecclesiastical art on earth. It is open 365 days a year and hosts nearly one million visitors annually. 


Jost Amman and Sixteenth-Century
Woodcut Illustration

Jost Amman became one of northern Europe's most prolific printmakers and book illustrators of the late sixteenth century. His woodcut illustrations were especially popular and they are the focus of this exhibition. The display looks at the simplicity and fanciful imagination of the book woodcuts and presents them alongside those of his predecessors such as Solis, Hans Sebald Beham, and Albrecht Dürer as well as contemporaries like Tobias Stimmer. See this exhibit at the National Gallery of Art on display until January 5.


Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists

The Library of Congress dug into its vaults to present this enlightening and in-depth exhibit on the immense contributions made by North American women to the art forms of illustration and cartooning. Drawn to Purpose stretches all the way back to the late 19th century, showing how women's roles in the private and public sphere gradually increased, allowing for incredible self-expression and creativity. This exhibit runs through October 20.


For the Record: Picturing DC 

Compelling images selected through the Historical Society of Washington, DC's annual juried competition document the city's evolving urban landscape through the eyes of local artists. For the Record: Picturing DC is a juried exhibit of 44 original artworks by 25 local artists who focused on neighborhoods in each of Washington's eight wards. See this exhibit at The George Washington University Museum through March 4.


Friday, December 29

Exhibit - Hill Center Galleries
Hill Center 

Exhibit - Zoolights
Smithsonian National Zoo

Exhibit - Season's Greenings 
U.S. Botanic Garden

Theater - A Christmas Carol
Ford's Theatre

Saturday, December 30

Event - Story Days: John James Audubon
National Portrait Gallery

Theater - The Last Night of Ballyhoo
Theater J

Exhibit - Visionary: Viewpoints on Africa's Arts 
Smithsonian National Museum of African Art

Exhibit - Changing Landscapes: Janelle Lynch and Pedro David 
Art Museum of the Americas (OAS)

Sunday, December 31

Exhibit - Tomb of Christ
National Geographic Museum

Exhibit - Inside the Dinner Party Studio 
National Museum of Women in the Arts

Exhibit - Architecture of an Asylum: St. Elizabeths 1852-2017
National Building Museum

Exhibit - Spectacular Gems and Jewelry
Hillwood Estate

Exhibit - Mark Bradford: Pickett's Charge 
Hirshhorn Museum

Monday, January 1

Exhibit - Black Artists of Today: Reinventing Tomorrow 
Zenith Gallery at 1111 Sculpture Space

Exhibit - In the Tower: Anne Truitt 
National Gallery of Art

Tuesday, January 2

Exhibit - Nativities of the World
Franciscan Monastery

Exhibit - Gateways/Portales
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum 

Exhibit - Brasilia 1957: A 20th Century Saga
Embassy of Brazil

Wednesday, January 3 

Film - Ugetsu

Exhibit - Remembering Vietnam 
National Archives

Exhibit - The Box Project: Uncommon Threads 
The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum

Exhibit - Painting Shakespeare
Folger Shakespeare Library

Exhibit - Sounds from the Sea
Honfleur Gallery

Thursday, January 4

Exhibit - Open House 
L. Ron Hubbard House

Exhibit - Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe 

Tour - Explore Buddhist Art

Event - Chamber Music at Noon

Newsletter for December 29 to January 4, 2018. Find more events on our calendar which presents the latest information on the District's most exciting cultural activities. It's all at your fingertips. To view our full calendar, visit our website

 Bring DC Home This Holiday Season!
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January 5

Dante Pope
Dupont Underground

January 7

Astrid Schween
Dumbarton Oaks

January 12


January 13

Tudor Place: America's Story Lives Here
Tudor Place



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