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A Smithsonian Associates gift certificate gives the recipient access to a variety of outstanding programs and invites them to select something that’s the perfect fit for their interest.

A Gift That Goes Far To Bring You Closer For so many of us scattered across the country, it’s been challenging to find ways to connect with friends and family. But no matter where you live, here’s how to share a wonderful experience with people you care about. Give a Smithsonian Associates Streaming gift certificate, and who knows… you may end up attending a program or two with your best friend next door—or your far-off cousin!

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Dear Friends and Members,

Think about your own Smithsonian memories: Do you remember discovering the museums on the National Mall on a school field trip? Is there a particular Smithsonian museum, gallery, or garden that draws you back often? Or a special object or a collection that you hold dear? These stories matter because they make the Smithsonian yours. That’s exactly what Smithsonian Associates does for you: We curate the best of the Smithsonian for you, guided by your own interests, curiosity, and passions—and we help you create new chapters for your own Smithsonian story. To kick-off the celebrations, peruse the special feature on page 20. It’s an inside look at the creation of the Smithsonian “175 list” of people, objects, and memories that tell the story of this singular Institution from some very personal points of view. The final selections were curated from thousands of responses to a survey sent to the entire Smithsonian community of staff, volunteers, and alumni. But what defines the Smithsonian can’t be measured only by the past. James Smithson’s gift focused on the future and we are delighted that you are joining Smithsonian Associates as your partner in exploring that very special legacy.

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The vision of the Smithsonian is grounded in Englishman James Smithson’s gift to America to create an Institution for “the increase and diffusion of knowledge.” Born of his deep personal connection to the promise of a country he’d never seen, Smithson’s bequest 175 years ago continues to resonate. Today, Americans—and people from all over the world—still experience and connect to the Smithsonian in extraordinarily personal ways.

Fireworks on the National Mall, August 10, 1996, celebrated the Smithsonian's 150th anniversary.

What’s a celebration without beautiful flowers? Thanks to the hard work of Smithsonian Gardens’ lead horticulturist, Justin Kondrat, we are proud to introduce the new golden yellow orchid x Brassolaeliocattleya Smithsonian Sunburst 175th.

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A TOP SOMMELIER'S GUIDE TO WINE

Grapes, Geography, and Global Wine Tastings Spend three fascinating Friday evenings expanding your knowledge of the world of wine as you sip along with sommelier Erik Segelbaum in a series of delectable adventures. Each immersive program includes a curated personal tasting kit to enhance the experience.

AUG 13 Unlocking Portugal’s Wine Secrets Portugal is a fascinating country with an even more amazing wine culture that represent every style imaginable. The wide range of options and flavor profiles, along with a plethora of indigenous native grapes, put Portuguese wine at the forefront of every wine pro’s mind.

SEPT 17 Discovering South America South America boasts some of the world’s best vineyard locations. Explore wines made on both sides of the Andes and how this massive mountain range is repsonsible for a diverse stylistic influence on the coastal west in Chile and the inland east in Argentina. You might even discover a new favorite among vintages produced in wine regions you never knew existed, such as Uruguay and Bolivia.

OCT 15 Loving the Loire The Loire Valley is the heart of France, famous for its natural beauty, magnificent châteaux and exceptional wine. The region is rich in history and culture: Renaissance writer Rabelais was born here and Joan of Arc led French troops to victory in the Hundred Years War in the Loire. As a testament to all the region contributes to French and global culture, the Loire Valley was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2000. 3 sessions; Fri., Aug. 13, Sept. 17, and Oct. 15, 6–8 p.m.; CODE 3WINE2021; Members $175; Nonmembers $200

Individual programs: Fri., Aug. 13; CODE 1L0-420; Fri., Sept. 17, CODE 1L0-421; Fri., Oct. 15; 6–8 p.m.; CODE 1L0-422; Members $65 Nonmembers $75 Wine-tasting kit information: The cost includes a curated personal tasting kit with enough wine for one person to sample the full lineup of wines. Additional participants must register individually to receive their own tasting kit. Kits are available during two scheduled pick-up times the day before the program and the day of the program, 12–4 p.m. at The Eastern wine bar in the Capitol Hill neighborhood (360 7th Street SE; Metro: Eastern Market, Orange, Silver, Blue lines). Pick-ups are contactless, with all appropriate health, safety, and social distancing precautions. Due to state and federal laws, wine kits may not be shipped.

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Plat du jour, French for dish of the day, is announced on chalkboards in front of France’s restaurants and bistros. Based on regional specialties, it is prepared with only the freshest local ingredients. Cooking teacher, author and journalist Susan Herrmann Loomis highlights this iconic part of la formule (set menu). Focusing on making classics approachable without sacrificing authenticity, she shares what’s needed to make a delicious plat du jour. Susan Herrmann Loomis Virtually enter her Parisian kitchen as Loomis prepares a simple dish or two using recipes from her book Plat du Jour: French Dinners Made Easy. You’ll be inspired to prepare your own—delighting all who share your table. Plat du Jour (Countryman Press) is available for purchase. Tues., Sept. 28, 6:30 p.m.; CODE 1M2-158; Members $20; Nonmembers $25

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Plat du Jour: French Classics for Today’s Home Chef

FOR MEMBERS ONLY Fridays at Noon, a monthly web podcast series led by veteran arts educator and creator Roberta Gasbarre, features some of the most intriguing people from all across the Smithsonian and Washington’s worlds of culture, science, and education.

Fridays at Noon with Christopher Wilson Christopher Wilson, director of experience design at the National Museum of American History, is a writer, playwright, and cultural historian who also directs the museum’s African American history program. His focus is creating civic dialogs about important American themes Christopher Wilson using interactive performances and portrayals, such as one in the museum that commemorates the 1960 student sit-ins at a Greensboro, North Carolina, lunch counter. He discusses how history-based experiences can help bridge the gaps in an increasingly fractured society. Fri., Aug. 13, 12–12:30 p.m.; CODE 1G0-009; free to members; registration required

Support what we do at Smithsonian Associates For more than half a century, education has been at the very heart of what we do at Smithsonian Associates. We open the doors of the Smithsonian’s vast knowledge resources to people of all ages. Please help us continue to carry out our educational mission by making a charitable contribution today. Your help is essential because, unlike the museums, Smithsonian Associates is not federally funded and relies entirely on donations and membership support to bridge the gap between program expenses and ticket revenue.

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Programs that share fresh insights into American culture past and present through the lens of food.

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Stir-Frying to the Sky’s Edge Chinese Americans and the Power of Stir-Frying

A Groundbreaking Story of Innovation and Resilience Dee Lavigne

Lena Richard, a Black chef and entrepreneur in New Orleans, built a dynamic culinary career in the segregated South, defying harmful stereotypes of Black women that hindered their participation in the creation and development of American food culture and its economy. She owned and operated catering businesses, eateries, a fine-dining restaurant, a cooking school, and an international frozen-food business. Her 1940 New Orleans Cook Book is the first Creole cookbook written by a Black author in a time when racial stereotypes permeated the food industry. Guest chef and New Orleanian Dee Lavigne prepares a classic Creole dish and recounts Richard’s story, which is currently featured in the case “The Only One in the Room: Women Achievers in Business and the Cost of Success,” in the American History Museum’s exhibition American Enterprise. This program is hosted in collaboration with the Southern Food and Beverage Museum where Lavigne is the director of culinary programming.

In Stir-Frying to the Sky’s Edge, culinary historian and awardwinning cookbook author Grace Young writes of how their woks and the ancient technique of stir-frying played an important role in the culinary lives of Chinese migrants. In America, many families survived Grace Young by opening chop suey parlors, where that bland, made-up dish gained popularity. Young—known as “the stir-fry guru” and “wok therapist”— demonstrates her stir-fry expertise and shares tips on wok mastery for home cooks as she prepares a savory stir-fry of garlicky cabbage and bacon—a dish improvised in the 1940s by immigrant Lin Ong who used two common American ingredients to feed her nine children. She recounts her own San Francisco family’s unlikely wok story and her work to document COVID’s impact on Manhattan’s Chinatown and to support the AAPI community nationwide. Thurs., Sept. 30, 6:45 p.m.; CODE 1L0-414; all tickets $20

Thurs., Aug. 5, 6:45 p.m.: CODE 1L0-415; all tickets $20

A Gift That Goes Far To Bring You Closer For so many of us scattered across the country, it’s been challenging to find ways to connect with friends and family. But no matter where you live, here’s how to share a wonderful experience with people you care about. Give a Smithsonian Associates Streaming gift certificate, and who knows … you may end up attending a program or two with your best friend next door—or your far-off cousin!

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Life In and Out of the Kitchen Award-winning actor and food obsessive Stanley Tucci grew up in an Italian American family that spent every night around the kitchen table. He shared the magic of those meals in The Tucci Cookbook and The Tucci Table Tucci’s new book Taste: My Life Through Food includes anecdotes about growing up in Westchester, New York; shooting the foodie films Big Night and Julie & Julia; falling in love over dinner; and creating meals for his children. He also discusses his CNN series, “Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy” and what he looks forward to in the future of food. Taste (Gallery Books) is available for purchase. Thurs., Oct. 7, 8 p.m.; CODE 1L0-424; Members $40; Nonmembers $45 (ticket price includes copy of Taste) Presented in collaboration with Scripps Presents, the public programming series at Scripps College

Dr. Fauci and the New Normal From day one of the Covid pandemic, Anthony Fauci has been front and center in the fight to destroy the virus. Now, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases helps us understand—from a scientific Anthony Fauci viewpoint—where we have been and what the post-pandemic new normal will look like. After more than a year, vaccinations have allowed us to stop wearing masks in most situations, restaurants and theaters are opening, and family gatherings are possible without Zoom. But, we are not the same as we were in 2020. Fauci constantly reminded us that we are in this together. In a wide-ranging interview, he reminds us that it’s time we try and figure out what comes next. Wed., Oct. 13, 6 p.m.; CODE 1H0-639; Members $20; Nonmembers $25

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Baking With Dorie Sweet, Salty, and Simple Dorie Greenspan’s name is synonymous with baking. The awardwinning cookbook author unveils a new collection in Baking with Dorie: Sweet, Salty & Simple. Every recipe is easy and accessible and even beginners can ace the techniques in the book. Sweet temptations include berry biscuits; foot-long cheese sticks made with cream puff dough, gouda, and cumin; and a fast s’mores ice cream cake with velvety chocolate sauce, salty peanuts, and toasted marshmallows. In conversation with Zoë François, baker, cookbook author, and host of “Zoë Bakes” on the new Magnolia Network, Greenspan shares baking tips and discusses her favorite recipes from her new book. Copies of Baking with Dorie (Houghton Mifflin) are available for purchase. Wed., Oct. 20, 6:45 p.m.; CODE 1L0-426; Members $20; Nonmembers $25 Dorie Greenspan

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The Espionage Act of 1917

The Valois Dynasty In public imagination, the Valois dynasty is largely overshadowed by their English rivals, the Tudors. Yet, the two centuries of the Valois reign were crucial in the establishment of France as a major European power. Historian Alexander Mikaberidze explores the dynasty’s rise—and fall. When the first Valois came to power in 1328, much of France was under English rule. By the early 16th century, a powerful King Francis I allied with Ottoman sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, feuded with the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, negotiated with England’s Henry VIII— while cultivating French arts and sciences. The dynasty ended with internal intrigues, the chaos of the Reformation, the Wars of Religion, and the death of the heirless King Henry III, in 1589.

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Tues., Aug. 3, 6:30 p.m.; CODE 1M2-146; Members $30; Nonmembers $35

The Perils of Protecting the Nation’s Secrets More than a century after it was enacted in 1917, the Espionage Act plays an increasingly significant role in modern American politics. Prosecutions carried out under the act, once rare, have become regular events as figures like Chelsea Manning, Julian Assange, and Edward Snowden face imprisonment for violating the law. How did a law enacted during the Wilson administration become the primary mechanism for securing the vast national security state today? Political historian Sam Lebovic traces the law’s development through the World Wars, the Cold War, and the War on Terror; how it reveals American democracy’s past struggles to balance security and liberty; and suggests the threats to democracy that national security secrecy poses today. Tues., Aug. 3, 6:30 p.m.; CODE 1H0-614; Members $20; Nonmembers $25

Keepers of the Flame Smithsonian Olympic Collections Past, Present, and Future Smithsonian curators started collecting Olympic artifacts in earnest in the 1970s and ’80s, originally with an eye to the most famous and uncontroversial medal winners. But over the last 20 years, collecting has evolved to document the diversity of athletes and their compelling Olympic appearances. From the Miracle on Ice and Dominique Dawes to recent acquisitions from Tommie Smith, fencer Ibtihaj Mohammad, and the Paralympics and Special Olympics, the collection tells a broad range of stories. Join Kenneth Cohen, Edward and Helen Hintz secretarial scholar and curator at the American History Museum, for a tour of the Smithsonian’s Olympic collections and a look at how Smithsonian curators will approach the Tokyo Games this year and beyond. Tues., Aug. 3, 6:45 p.m.; CODE 1L0-416; Members $20; Nonmembers $25 Bill Baker’s 1980 hockey jersey

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Even though they lived nearly 500 years ago, the Tudors continue to fascinate us. From the king with six wives to the first two crowned queens of England, the Tudors redefined the monarchy and what it meant to be royal. The family oversaw several changes in religion, instituted a tradition of a professional council, started the Royal Navy and the Royal Postal Service, and ushered England from the Middle Ages into the Renaissance. In just three generations, the Tudors reshaped the monarchy in their image and changed England, Europe, and the world. Tudor scholar Carol Ann Lloyd-Stanger takes participants behind Tudor England’s carefully contrived image of power and magnificence for a revealing glimpse of the royals, their friends and family, and the social climbers and power-brokers who filled the Tudor court and created the Tudor world.

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9:30 a.m. The Unlikely Beginning at Bosworth Field 11 a.m. Henry VIII: An Heir at any Cost 12:15 p.m. Break 1:15 p.m. Religion and Power in Tudor England Portrait of Henry VIII, 1536–1537, by the workshop of Hans Holbein the Younger

2:45 p.m. The Final Tudor and the Tudor Legacy Sat., Aug. 7, 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m.: CODE 1M2-144; Members $80; Nonmembers $90

Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I, by Nicholas Hilliard

Shakespeare’s London: A Living Stage When young Will Shakespeare showed up in London some time before 1592, he found himself in a completely unfamiliar scene. London was becoming the largest and most important city in Europe. It was full of travelers from all over the world—a polyglot of different cultures and languages, its inhabitants crammed together in narrow streets and taverns. The work of writing and performing plays was changing for playwrights and actors with the establishment of permanent playhouses and acting companies. Shakespeare was primed to make his mark. Tudor and Renaissance scholar Carol Ann Lloyd-Stanger explores how London served as a backdrop and inspiration for his plays—and how the humanity he observed was reflected in the unforgettable worlds of his plays. Thurs., Aug. 12, 6:30 p.m.; CODE 1M2-147; Members $30; Nonmembers $35 Sir John Falstaff arrested, at the suit of Mrs. Quickly! [Henry IV, pt. 2], engraving by George Cruikshank

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Mark FRIDAYS AT NOON on your calendar to savor the liveliest and most interesting conversation you’ll hear all week. Designed exclusively for Smithsonian Associates members, this monthly web podcast series invites you to go behind the scenes into the working lives of some of the most intriguing people from all across the Smithsonian and Washington’s worlds of culture, science, and education. Learn more at SmithsonianAssociates.org

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The Maya: Ancient Splendors, Modern Legacies The Maya, Aztec, and Inka are the best-known of ancient American civilizations. The Aztec and the Inka flourished late in the pre-Columbian era on the eve of Spanish contact, but the Maya arose as a distinct civilization more than 2,000 years ago. They are still very much with us today, living in their southern Mexican and Central American homelands, as well as in the United States and elsewhere in diaspora. During the Classic period, from about 300 to 900 A.D., the Maya had a fully developed writing system, partly hieroglyphic and partly phonetic. The famous breaking of the Mayan code in the late 20th century revolutionized the study of these peoples and of ancient America generally. Humanities scholar George Scheper examines how interdisciplinary study of the Maya extends beyond traditional archaeological studies to comprise political and social history, art, comparative religion, and ecology. 9:30 a.m. Romancing the Maya 11 a.m. The Dawn of the Maya 12:15 p.m. Break 1:15 p.m. Splendors of the Classic Maya 2:45 The Maya in Modern History and Today Sat., Aug. 14, 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m.; CODE 1M2-120; Members $80; Nonmembers $90

Painted bas relief in Palenque El Castillo, a Mayan pyramid at Chichen Itza, Mexico

The Valley Forge Winter: Remembering the Man Who Made a Difference During the harsh winter of 1777, when the Continental Army was camped at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, Gen. George Washington turned to Baron Friedrich von Steuben for help in turning a ragtag collection of ill-supplied, untrained enlistees into a professional fighting force. Baron Friedrich Wilhelm It was a turning point in the war von Steuben by Charles and historian Richard Bell tells the Willson Peale story through the perspective of von Steuben, a Prussian immigrant who had to overcome antiGerman bigotry and rumors about his sexuality in order to do his job and transform Washington’s army. The life von Steuben chose to live took grit, which he had in abundance: He is remembered as the gay man who saved the American Revolution. Mon., Aug. 16, 6:30 p.m.; CODE 1M2-149; Members $25; Nonmembers $30

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Los Angeles: Creating the Vision From the last years of the 19th century throughout much of the following one, alluring images of endless sunshine, pristine beaches, and snow-capped mountains filled magazine stories and tourist pamphlets promoting Los Angeles and Southern California. But LA’s civic boosters wanted to be seen as much more. Discover how Los Angeles evolved from a winter vacation destination to become a dynamic center of industry, and the leading port of the western United States—despite the lack of a natural harbor. In a richly illustrated lecture, Bill Keene covers the period from the city’s founding in 1781 to 1930 as he draws on booster literature, magazine articles, and scholarly and informal histories to examine how LA’s vision of itself became a reality. Thurs., Aug. 26; 7:30 p.m.; CODE 1NV079; Members $25; Nonmembers $30

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The House of Bourbon remains one of the most historically important European royal houses. The Bourbons came to prominence in the 16th century when they first became the rulers of Navarre, in Spain, and later of France proper. Historian Alexander Mikaberidze explores their rise to power, starting with the life and career of Henry Portrait of Louis XIV by Hyacinthe Rigaud IV, the first Bourbon king of France and one of the most important French sovereigns. The Bourbon rulers who followed—Louis XIII and the famed Louis XIV, the “Sun King”— turned France into Europe’s leading power. Then, in the 18th century, the Bourbon kings confronted severe political and financial strains. Mikaberidze examines the root causes for revolution that ended the French monarchy in 1792.

When Tom Paine died in June 1809 only a dozen people came to his funeral. The burial service was held in Westchester County near the 250-acre farm gifted to Paine by the people of the state of New York in gratitude for his role in stirring the American Thomas Paine by Laurent Dabos, 1791 Revolution. The site of Paine’s funeral wasn’t hard to find or difficult to travel to, yet not a single political leader attended. Historian Richard Bell examines Paine’s meteoric rise to celebrity status during the American Revolution with the publication of Common Sense (1776), and his equally dramatic fall from grace years later, deemed as too radical and uncompromising for the cautious new country he had helped call into being.

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Feeding Baltimore: Public Markets, Arabbers, and Urban Farms

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Food markets and food halls are a hot culinary trend right now, but Baltimore is home to the nation’s oldest continuously operating public market system. These markets brought fresh food from farms and the Chesapeake Bay into the city, and the horse-drawn carts of traditional vendors called arabbers brought produce into its neighborhoods. Christine Rai, who specializes in food studies, culture, and folklore, explores each of Baltimore’s markets, delving into their history, architecture, and evolution. She also covers the story of Baltimore’s iconic arabbers and their profession today and examines the new growth of urban farming designed to support food justice around the city.

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Arabbers selling produce from horse-drawn carts, Union Square, Baltimore, 2011

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Fighting Slavery in the Civil War Era The Civil War was the largest slave revolt in world history—and a war for freedom that derailed American history. It would end with the destruction of American slavery and the passage of the 13th Amendment. But it was the result of years of struggle and sacrifice by men and women who devoted their lives to advancing the freedom struggle, from author Harriet Beecher Stowe and Underground Railroad conductor Harriet Tubman to abolitionist, activist, and firebrand John Brown and the thousands of Black men—from the free North, the border states, and the slave-owning South—who fought against slavery while wearing Union blue. Historian Richard Bell explores the antislavery fight, focusing on the people whose courage and personal struggle led to the final victory. 10 a.m. Two Harriets 11:15 a.m. The Black Heart of John Brown Woodcut image of a male slave on the broadside publication of John Greenleaf Whittier’s antislavery poem, “Our Countrymen in Chains,” 1837

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Sat., Sept. 11, 10 a.m.–3:30 p.m.; CODE 1M2-152; Members $80; Nonmembers $90

The Regency World of Jane Austen: From Parlor to Politics In 1811, when King George III descended into madness and was deemed unfit to rule, his son George, the Prince of Wales, was appointed to act as regent in his place. Thus began the Regency, a time that has been characterized as a mix of high fashion and low morals. Jane Austen’s novels give us a window into life in Regency England, creating a world of country retreats, London townhouses, fashionable finery, and romantic (if sometimes-rocky) courtships. Tudor and Renaissance scholar Carol Ann LloydStanger looks at Regency England as seen through the eyes of Austen and her novels, providing added insight into the lives of the characters during one of England’s most fascinating eras. Mon., Sept. 13, 6:30 p.m.; CODE 1M2-153; Members $30; Nonmembers $35 The Prince Regent, an illustration by George Cruikshank, 1816

American Schism: Healing a Divided Nation The bitter political divisiveness, anger, and irrational thinking that inhibit logical debate today led Enlightenment scholar Seth David Radwell to search American history for root causes of this split. He discovered a startling truth: Two disparate Americas have always coexisted, originating in two distinct Enlightenments that have been fiercely competing since the founding of our country. He discusses the nature of this divided vision and the core issues at the heart of the current national brawl. He also proposes a new dialogue between all thoughtful Americans to begin the process of repair and reconciliation. His new book, American Schism: How the Two Enlightenments Hold the Secret to Healing Our Nation (Greenleaf Book Group), is available for purchase. Mon., Sept. 13, 6:45 p.m.; CODE 1L0-417; Members $20; Nonmembers $25

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The Battle of the Little Bighorn Custer, Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse, Bloody Nose, Reno: The Battle of the Little Bighorn, fought June 25–26, 1876, is the single most iconic event in what have been called the Plains Indian Wars. “Custer’s Last Stand” is one of the central episodes of the frontier era of American history. It’s one of the handful of stories that are endlessly fascinating—and never give up all their mysteries. Humanities scholar Clay Jenkinson, who has spent his life in Sitting Bull and Custer country and who has walked the Custer Battlefield a dozen times, brings his perspectives on the conflict. His discussion draws on his new book, The Language of Cottonwoods: Essays on the Future of North Dakota. Tues., Sept. 14, 7 p.m.; CODE: 1K0-133; Members $20; Nonmembers $25

Situated on top of an isolated rock plateau, Masada, an ancient fortress overlooking the Dead Sea, is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Israel. It is believed that Masada is where the final confrontation of the First Jewish– Roman War (66–73 A.D.) took place. After breaching the fortress, Roman troops discovered that the 960 Jewish Zealots gathered in this last stronghold, had killed themselves, preferring “death to slavery.” This version of what happened at Masada has become one of the most significant and enduring sources of pride among Israelis. But what really happened at Masada? Drawing on findings from recent archaeological digs, historian Ralph Nurnberger explores the myths and realities of this ancient fortress. Tues., Sept. 14, 6:30 p.m.; CODE 1H0-621; Members $20; Nonmembers $25

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The Custer Fight by Charles Marion Russell, 1903

Gettysburg: Crossroads of the Civil War The epic battle fought in the farm fields and hills of southern Pennsylvania in early July 1863 remains a pivotal moment—both in the Civil War as well as the broad sweep of American history. After three days of fighting at Gettysburg, more than 7,000 Americans Cemetery Ridge at the Bloody Angle lay dead, and another 43,000 were wounded or missing. Drawing on original documents from that fateful summer, historian Christopher Hamner explores the most destructive battle ever fought in North America, from the beginning of Lee’s invasion in early June through the climactic fighting in central Pennsylvania to the Confederate retreat in July—and the effects of the Union victory on the two bloody years that followed. Mon., Sept. 20, 6:30 p.m.; CODE 1H0-619; Members $20; Nonmembers $25

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The Korean War: A Forgotten “Forever” War

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The Korean Peninsula is arguably one of the most perplexing and paradoxical places on the planet: dynamic, modern South Korea vs. desperately poor, unstable North Korea. The two countries Korean Demilitarized Zone have been locked in a military standoff that began with a devastating war in June 1950 and ended, after claiming 5 million casualties, with a temporary armistice in 1953. The military conflict has been frozen in place since; a remnant of the Cold War and largely forgotten in the annals of U.S. history. Academic and policy analyst Balbina Y. Hwang explores Korea’s unique culture and long history, and the global role this tiny corner of Asia will likely play in the 21st century.

Lady Bird Johnson’s complex and captivating role—as a political partner to her husband, and as a critical advisor and strategist—is revealed in Julia Sweig’s new biography. The story, told in Lady Bird’s own words through the largely unknown audio diaries that she kept as first lady, reveals a formidable storyteller and historian, and a conscious creator of legacy. In conversation with Katrina Vanden Heuvel, publisher of The Nation magazine, Sweig discusses revelations she uncovered about the role Lady Bird played in the LBJ White House. She also shares Lady Bird’s crucial role in environmental policy-making, which went far beyond flowers planted along highways. Lady Bird Johnson: Hiding in Plain Sight (Random House) is available for purchase.

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Volcanic UNESCO World Heritage Sites There are 1,121 UNESCO World Heritage sites throughout the world. Each of them offers a fascinating glimpse into the evolution of complex civilizations, empires, and religions. Join Justin M. Jacobs, associate professor of history at American University, for in-depth looks at four UNESCO World Heritage sites that have been profoundly affected by nearby volcanoes. Drawing on the material remains of Herculaneum and Pompeii, Jacobs paints a lively portrait of daily urban life in the ancient Roman world. Iceland’s Thingvellir National Park is the historical backdrop for an exploration of the Viking migrations and their strategies for survival on an impoverished and volatile island. A focus on Mount Fuji considers the human influences on this dormant volcano and its role in Japanese history. Virunga National Park, known for a chain of eight volcanoes—two active, six dormant, along the border of Uganda, Rwanda, and Congo—is home to the endangered mountain gorilla and hundreds of other unique plant and animal species. SEPT 23 Herculaneum and Pompeii SEPT 30 Thingvellir National Park OCT 7 Mount Fuji OCT 14 Virunga National Park 4 sessions; Thurs., Sept. 23–Oct. 14, 6:45 p.m.; CODE 1J0-113; Members $80; Nonmembers $90 Individual sessions: Thurs., Sept 23 (CODE 1J0-113A); Thurs., Sept. 30 (CODE 1J0-113B); Thurs., Oct. 7 (CODE 1J0-113C); Thurs., Oct. 14 (CODE 1J0-113D)l 6:45 p.m.; all tickets $25

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The Philosophical Thought of Thomas Aquinas

Travel Writer Colin Thubron on the Amur River

The thought of Thomas Aquinas (1225–1274) presents one of the most comprehensive philosophical systems in the history of Western civilization. Although a theologian by profession, Aquinas dedicated much of his vast writings to discerning what the human mind can learn independently of faith. Although Aquinas saw philosophy as the handmaiden of theology, he was careful to acknowledge its significance as a system of thought distinct from theology. Aquinas scholar Gregory T. Doolan explores the historical significance of Aquinas’s philosophical thought from his own time to today. He also examines Aquinas’s accounts of causality, of the immortality of the human soul, and of the existence of God as ultimate source of being.

The Amur River is the tenth longest river in the world—yet it is almost unknown. It rises in the Mongolian mountains, flows through Siberia to the Pacific, and for 1,100 miles forms the tense border between Russia and China. Acclaimed travel writer Colin Thubron recounts an eye-opening, often-perilous journey from the Amur’s secret headwaters to where it ends, covering almost 3,000 miles. Thubron travels on Mongolian horse, poachers’ sloops, and the Trans-Siberian Express, meeting everyone from Chinese traders to indigenous people. By the time he reaches the river’s desolate end— Colin Thubron where Russia’s 19th-century imperial dream evaporated—a pivotal world has come alive. His book The Amur River: Between Russia and China (HarperCollins) is available for purchase.

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Wine and the White House: A Presidential Toast Early presidents recognized the important function wine played in entertaining at the White House. While some appreciated wine, others considered it merely a ceremonial necessity. Still others banned it from the Executive Mansion; their successors celebrated its return. More recently, all presidents, regardless of whether they enjoyed wine themselves, have used the White House to showcase the fine wines produced in the United States. Fred Ryan Jr., author of Wine and the White House: A History, is joined by Smithsonian Distinguished Scholar Richard Kurin for an informative and entertaining evening perfect for devotees of presidential history, lovers of wine, or both. Wine and the White House: A History (White House Historical Association) is available for sale.

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When Hernando Cortés and his company of conquistadores landed near present-day Veracruz, Mexico, in April of 1519, he kept hearing of “Motecuhzoma.” This was Motecuhzoma Xocoyotzin, The coronation of Motecuzuma I, king of the Mexica and Tovar Codex emperor of the powerful Aztec empire, which dominated most of central Mexico. Archaeologist Frances F. Berdan examines some of the Aztec civilization’s most interesting aspects, including how they built an empire without the wheel, beasts of burden, and iron tools; and how human sacrifice was used. She also discusses their greatest achievements, including the splendid capital city of Tenochtitlan; the stunning luxury crafts in feathers, precious stones, and gold that astounded Europeans; and the elegant poetry that grappled with personal emotions and great philosophical questions. Tues., Oct. 5, 6:45 p.m.; CODE 1J0-118; Members $20; Nonmembers $25

The Barbarians The ancient Greek and Roman civilizations were incubators of Western culture. However, they did Early Iron Age tools from the not develop in isolation. The area of modern-day Poland lands to the north of the Greek and Roman peninsulas were inhabited by non-literate communities known through archeological finds of settlements, monuments, and burials. The remnants painted a portrait as compelling as that of contemporaneous literate civilizations. Archaeologist Peter Bogucki surveys the development of these groups’ cultures from the Stone Age through the collapse of the Roman Empire in the west, highlighting their increasingly complex societal structures, technological accomplishments, and distinct cultural practices. He provides compelling glimpses into the silent Europeans who lived during the final millennium B.C. Bogucki’s book The Barbarians: Lost Civilizations (Reaktion Books) is available for purchase. Tues., Nov. 16, 6:45 p.m.; CODE 1J0-120; Members $20; Nonmembers $25

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The Sumerians Living in southern Iraq (ancient Sumer), the Sumerians created the world’s earliest civilization between about 3500 and 2000 B.C. They became known 150 years ago, as archaeologists uncovered evidence of their existence. Excavations at sites such as Uruk, Ur, and Nippur established an image of the Sumerians as the inventors of city life, writing, and the wheel. They have even been credited with experiments in democracy. As such, this civilization can easily be understood as the root of our own urban, literate world. Paul Collins, a curator at Oxford University’s Ashmolean Museum, tells the story of how the Sumerians were “discovered” and how things are not always as they seem. His book The Sumerians (Reaktion Books) is available for purchase.

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The Indus For centuries no one had been aware of the ancient Indus civilization. Then in 1921, its ruins began to be excavated, revealing a civilization as ancient and extensive as those of Egypt and Mesopotamia. It featured drainage and town planning comparable with those of modern times; a sophisticated naval export trade to Mesopotamia; an absence of weapons and warfare; carnelian jewelry drilled with precision techniques; and a still-undeciphered writing system inscribed mainly on stone seals. It may also have been the origin of the Hindu religion. Historian and science writer Andrew Robinson introduces this “lost” civilization that uniquely combined artistic excellence, technological sophistication, and economic vigor with social egalitarianism, political freedom, and religious moderation. Tues., Dec. 7, 12–1:15 p.m.; CODE 1J0-121; Members $20; Nonmembers $25

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“We’re Not Going To Take It!”

A Century of Marches, Protests, and Rallies in the Nation’s Capital From the Woman Suffrage Procession along Pennsylvania Avenue in 1913 to the massive Million Man March in 1995, Washington, D.C., was the setting for many of the 20th-century’s most historic social and political protests. Walk with lecturer Dave Price—director of the D.C.-based Talking ’Bout My Generation: The Baby Boom Experience project—for insights into such national protests as the civil rights struggle and the Vietnam War. He also discusses lesserknown events such as the 1928 Ku Klux Klan rally, the 1943 March of the Rabbis Against Nazi Genocide, and the 1978 Long Walk for the American Indian Movement encampment on the National Mall.

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Historic Chestertown With a Cruise on the Schooner Sultana

Get back on the road again with a full-day exploration of the Chesapeake Bay and its environs. The Sultana was a Bostonbuilt merchant vessel that served for four years as the smallest schooner ever in the British Royal Navy, patroling the coastline of colonial North America from 1768 to 1772 enforcing the hated Townsend Acts or “tea taxes.” In 2001 the Sultana Educational Foundation in Chestertown, Maryland, launched a reproduction of the schooner as a key tool in its work to bring the maritime history of the Chesapeake region to life, as well as in its environmental science programs. A 2 ½-hour cruise on the Sultana is part of regional historian Hayden Mathews’s full-day exploration of the rich heritage of Chestertown, located on Kent County, the oldest on the Eastern Schooner Sultana on the Chester River, Chestertown, Maryland Shore. On board the schooner, enjoy a vivid picture of working life on the water. There is also an opportunity to learn about the ecology of the area and the importance of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. On land, Chris Cerino, Chestertown’s mayor and vice president of the Sultana Education Foundation, leads a walking tour of the town’s National Register Historic District. Sun., Oct. 3, 7:45 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.; by bus from the Holiday Inn Capitol at 550 C Street, SW (corner of 6th and C Sts.), with a pickup stop at the New Carrollton Metro Route 50/south-side Kiss and Ride kiosk at about 8:10 a.m.; lunch at a local restaurant; see website for more details; CODE 1ND-001; Members $180; Nonmembers $230; Masks are optional for vaccinated participants, and recommended for others

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The Queen’s Residences Royal Recollections The official residences of Queen Elizabeth II are scattered through the United Kingdom. Beyond iconic landmarks, they are also magnificent living palaces, estates, and castles that serve the daily needs of the monarchy and to entertain guests in state banquets to small receptions. Andrew Lannerd, co-founder of Transcendent Travel, which specializes in distinctive tours of the United Kingdom, explores each of these famed residences, from garden parties at Buckingham Palace, a royal wedding at Windsor Castle, to a private 80th birthday party for the queen. He also uncovers royal letters from a private collection, notable objects, and anecdotes from a lifetime researching the British monarchy. Lannerd is the author of Royal Recollections: Stories of Travel, Royalty and Collecting. Wed., Oct. 6, 12–1:15 p.m.; CODE 1J0-117; Members $20; Nonmembers $25

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The Potomac River is one of the most storied in North America, with a rich natural and cultural history reflected throughout its nearly 400 miles of waterways that extend from the Appalachian highlands of West Virginia to the Chesapeake Bay. The Potomac River in Great Falls National Park Environmental historian Hayden Mathews brings that heritage to life in a series that focuses on how the Potomac has shaped the lives of the those who settled along its banks throughout history. The Potomac flows through rocks that hold Looking northwest toward Rosslyn, Virginia more than a billion years of Earth’s history and encompasses many different ecological areas and diverse species. Mathews’ first program examines the natural, ecological, and geological forces that defined the character of the land we see today, covering continental collisions, glaciations, and species lost and gained. He shifts to cultural history in subsequent programs that highlight some of the most notable aspects of the 15,000 years that humans have inhabited this area. Mathews moves from the lifeways of the Paleoindians and First Nations peoples to the stories of slaves seeking freedom, inventors, smugglers, fishermen, floods, and first ladies, painting a colorful portrait of Mid-Atlantic history.

The Bonaparte Family: What’s in a Name? Napoleon Bonaparte. The name conjures up images of the imperially elegant man with his hand tucked in his waistcoat, or on the battlefield in a greatcoat and tri-corner hat. Much has been written about the French emperor, but less attention has been devoted to the family that surrounded him—and still toil in the shadow of their illustrious scion. Napeoleonic-era scholar and historian Alexander Mikaberidze explores this remarkable family that produced two emperors and three kings, not to mention princes, neurotics, poets, French Resistance heroes, and the founder of the FBI. He traces the family from their obscure origins in Corsica through their imperial apotheosis and beyond, putting their importance in European history in context. Wed., Oct. 13, 6:30 p.m.; CODE 1M2-161; Members $30; Nonmembers $35

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Jerôme Bonaparte, Napoleon's youngest brother (1784-1860)

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Drawing the Outlines of the Middle East It is impossible to comprehend the conflicts in the Middle East without understanding the machinations of British diplomacy during World War I. To enhance their cause, British leaders made a series of conflicting promises to Arab leaders, French diplomats, and Zionist representatives. They pledged to help establish an Arab empire, then offered to divide the same land with the French—while also declaring that their government favored the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people. Historian Ralph Nurnberger discusses the secret negotiations that ultimately resulted in more than a century of regional conflicts and the establishment of the modern states of Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq.

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A History Rooted in Bad Faith

The Camel Corps at Beersheba

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The years from 1863 to 1873 were tumultuous for Washington, D.C., as it evolved from the anxious capital of a divided nation to a booming postwar town. It was also a pivotal time for poet Walt Whitman who came to Washington as a “hospital missionary,” and became a nurse to the war’s sick and wounded. During those years, Whitman also met the love of his life, began work as a federal clerk, and built a community through his literary circle, eventually becoming one of the nation’s best-loved poets. Historian Garrett Peck, author of Walt Whitman in Washington, D.C.: The Civil War and America’s Great Walt Whitman, New York, 1887, by Poet, examines Whitman’s George C. Cox personal and creative transformation during his decade in the nation’s capital.

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A critical component of Ulysses S. Grant’s rise from failed civilian businessman and alcoholic to leader of the victorious Union forces in the Civil War was his ability to communicate with subordinates. Historian Christopher Hamner discusses Grant’s often disregarded 1864 Overland Campaign to show how Grant made use of this Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th talent in battle. President of the United States During the campaign, Grant provided his lieutenants—who were posted from the Wilderness to Spotsylvania—with plans outlining precise goals for their operations. He also gave them the latitude to exploit opportunities as they arose. Grant’s effective communications proved crucial in driving the Union toward its overall victory the following year. Grant’s orders are still used as models of clarity in American military education.

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Ulysses S. Grant’s Overland Campaign: A Portrait in Command

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A Royal Scandal in Context Millions of viewers tuned in for Oprah Winfrey’s interview with Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. The revelations of racism, depression, sister-in-law rivalry, and the tabloids’ power over the royals, Meghan and Harry, Christmas riveted a public desperate for Day, 2017 distraction from the ongoing pandemic. Historian Julie Taddeo explores their withdrawal from the royal family—Megxit—and its fallout within a larger historical context, linking it to past scandals from the Georgian era through the late 20th century. She discusses what family dramas can reveal about the relationship between the media and royalty; how gender, class, and race have shaped these narratives; and how the impending end of the second “Elizabethan age” may impact post-Brexit Britain. Mon, Oct. 25, 6:30 p.m.; CODE 1H0-629; Members $20; Nonmembers $25

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Ireland’s Fight for Freedom To wage their bitter war with the powerful British Empire from 1919 to 1921, Irish nationalists turned to novel tactics both military and political. No match for Britain’s military power directly, the Irish Republican Army mounted a strategy of assassinations, hit-and-run raids, and—a new concept—urban guerrilla warfare. Other Irish leaders developed the idea of the counter-state, a collection of self-governing institutions that rejected the British claim as Ireland’s legitimate government. Historian Kevin Matthews shows how this war set the standard for other 20th-century independence struggles. He examines how the Irish gained their freedom, but at a price: the partition of their country, leaving six northeastern counties under British rule, which remains a source of conflict to this day. Thurs., Oct. 28, 6:30 p.m.; CODE 1H0-642; Members $20; Nonmembers $25 General Michael Collins inspects a soldier, 1922

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The Stuart Dynasty A Bible, a Great Fire, a New Nation Although less famous than their Tudor cousins, the Scottish Stuarts ruled over a period of growth and chaos that changed England and Scotland forever. Tudor and Renaissance scholar Carol Ann Lloyd-Stanger looks at the eventful hundred years of the Stuart reign, which included the infamous Gunpowder Plot, the publication of the King James Bible, the Great Fire of London, the public execution of a king, the restoration of the monarchy, an invited invasion, and the creation of Great Britain by the final Stuart monarch, Anne, the new nation’s first queen. She died without an heir, bringing the Stuart reign to an end. 9:30 a.m. The Scottish Kings, the Gunpowder Plot, a new Bible, and the Civil War Queen Anne with the Crown Jewels at her side

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11 a.m. Cromwell and the Restoration of the Monarchy, the Merry Monarch, and a Scandalous Pregnancy 12:15 p.m. Break 2:45 p.m. Queen Anne, Her Favorites, and the Creation of Great Britain Sat., Oct. 30, 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m.; CODE 1M2-163; Members $80; Nonmembers $90

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Eleanor of Aquitaine: The Legend and the Reality Eleanor of Aquitaine is the stuff of legend—the first queen to go on a Crusade, and a royal prisoner who regally appeared at Christmas courts. Tudor and Renaissance scholar Carol Ann Lloyd-Stanger considers the legends that exist about this extraordinary woman. As a young woman, she was one of Europe’s most soughtafter brides. She married King Louis VII of France and, as legend goes, joined him on that famous Crusade (dressed as an Amazon). Her next marriage to Henry II, heir to the English throne, found her being shuttled from prison to prison at his command. But after Henry’s death, she managed to shape the Queen Eleanor by Frederick Sandys, 1858 reigns of two of England’s rulers, Richard the Lionheart and King John.

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What was it like to be a Jewish citizen in Venice, beginning with their settlement there in the 16th century to the end of World War II? The rules that governed Jewish life in the ghetto—a Venetian word—contrasted greatly with those outside the quarter. Levantine Synagogue in the Campo delle Scole ghetto of Venice Historian Monica Chojnacka highlights the Venetian Jews’ history, placing it in the context of greater European history. She describes how their lives were affected by the economic and political agendas of the city government as well as the Catholic Church. Chojnacka also explores the impact on Jewish life of fascism and the Nazi occupation of Venice. Though greatly reduced in number, Venice’s Jews are still a vibrant part of the city today.

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A List of Our Favorite Things Lonnie G. Bunch III, 14th secretary of the Smithsonian

To mark the Smithsonian’s 175th anniversary this month, our colleagues came together to

historical moments that reflect how the Smithsonian has been building on that long-ago gift to America.

plan a befitting celebration. The world’s largest museum complex traces its start with a gift to the United States from Englishman and scientist James Smithson for “the increase and diffusion of knowledge.” An act of Congress on August 10, 1846 turned the idea into a reality. Today the Smithsonian is embracing its 175th anniversary as an opportunity to take another look at the past—and to find fresh inspiration for the future.

In an interview on NPR earlier this year, Lonnie Bunch III, the Smithsonian’s 14th secretary, described the early debates about what the Smithsonian should be and how it has come into its own “as a place of research, a place of education, a place of museums.” As a gift to this country, “[it] has always been something that has helped America understand itself, its environment, and its universe.” Among many ways we’ll be celebrating on August 10— Smithsonian founding day—is with the public release of “the 175 list.” It’s a roll call of people, objects, and

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Michelle Delaney, the National Museum of the American Indian’s assistant director for history and culture, co-chaired a volunteer committee that emailed 15,000 individual list surveys to Smithsonian people far and wide. A total of 2,700 responses came back, and the list curation process began.

“I knew the Hope Diamond, the panda, and the Ruby Slippers would be mentioned, as well as the [two new museum openings],” Delaney said. But not all the responses were as predictable. She expected James Smithson and past secretaries and museum directors to be among those named in the “people” category. “But respondents also chose unsung people such as a head of collections or even entire museum curatorial units” like anthropology and political history. “[We] asked for one object, but some selected instead a whole collection or less well-known items like Harriet Tubman’s shawl in the African American History and Culture Museum, or the Scurlock Studio photography


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Native American peoples gathered and paraded on the National Mall as part of the opening celebration of the National Museum of the American Indian on September 21, 2004

collection in the American History Museum.” Delaney was also surprised to find museum buildings, the Castle, and Patent Office Building (now the National Portrait Gallery and the American Art Museum) identified as objects in collections. She was certain that the most-cited memory would be the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. “So many mentioned that moment in September 2016 as a highlight of all time for them—a coming together of the Smithsonian community, and the museum’s importance and significance to the nation and the world. It just resonated. And so did the opening of the National Museum of the

American Indian in 2004,” which was honored by a memorable processional along the Mall of hundreds of indigenous peoples in ceremonial dress. The 175 list, Delaney said, draws from the best of Smithsonian art, history, culture, and science, and its content will inform important new Smithsonian programs and a related website. But the huge collaborative effort had another welcome outcome: It revealed the deep sense of connection and pride in the Smithsonian among the people who are attached to the Institution. “We’ll remember this as a moment in time when Smithsonian staff, volunteers, and others came together to think about our collective history.” Now that is something to celebrate!

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Something To Laugh About: TV Comedy, From Milton Berle to David Letterman From television’s earliest days, making people laugh was TV programmers’ central goal. In the late 1940s, radio’s situation comedy and variety show formats were re-created for TV, joined a few years later by late-night comedy talk shows. They dominated the airwaves for seven decades, led by brilliant comedians such as Sid Caesar, Jackie Gleason, Johnny Carson, Carol Burnett, Gilda Radner, and Jerry Seinfeld. Media and communications expert Brian Rose examines the evolution of TV comedy, from the vaudeville shtick of Milton Berle and the slapstick artistry of Lucille Ball to relevant sitcoms like “All in the Family” and “M*A*S*H”, the social satire of “Saturday Night Live,” and the self-reflexive absurdities of David Letterman. Tues., Aug. 3, 12–1:15 p.m.; CODE 1J0-106; Members $20; Nonmembers $25

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A Change Is Gonna Come How Black Music Powered the Civil Rights Movement NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ADMINISTRATION/ROWLAND SCHERMAN

From 1940 to 1970, gospel, jazz, blues, and soul music underscored the Civil Rights Movement. Artists, activists, and radio DJs came together to write, perform, and promote music that reflected the ongoing fight for freedom. Legendary artists lent their voices and talents to the movement: Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, Billie Holiday, James Brown, Marvin Gaye, and Charles Mingus, among others. Radio personalities including Frankie Crocker of WBLS New York, Tall Paul White of Birmingham’s WENN, and Chicago’s Al Benson at WVON showcased their music. Civil rights and Black music historian Leon Burnette explores how the music that grew out of a seminal era became part of America’s social and cultural heritage. Thurs., Aug. 5, 12–1:15 p.m.; CODE 1J0-107; Members $20; Nonmembers $25

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Elizabeth Barrett Browning: A Reinvented Life “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” With these words, Elizabeth Barrett Browning has come down to us as a romantic recluse controlled by a domineering father and overshadowed by husband Robert Browning. But she defied cultural constraints—a modern figure whose life is a study in self-invention. Born in 1806 when women were denied property, a university education, or the vote, Barrett Browning seized control of her private income, eloped with Browning, and became a feminist icon, political activist, and Britain’s leading female poet. Writer and poet Fiona Sampson explores Barrett Browning’s life. Sampson’s book Two-Way Mirror: The Life of Elizabeth Barrett Browning (W. W. Norton & Company) is available for sale. Tues., Aug. 17, 6 p.m.; CODE 1K0-121; Members $20; Nonmembers $25

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Mastering Crossword Puzzles

Food Fight

Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, you’ll be solving puzzles faster and more accurately after this intensive and fun seminar led by Stanley Newman. He’s the crossword editor for Newsday, winner of the U.S. Open Crossword Championship, and holder of the world record for the fastest completion of the New York Times crossword. A set of Stan’s Monday-to-Saturday crosswords of increasing difficulty is available now for downloading. Please complete them prior to the seminar and have them handy on August 21. Peeking at the answers is encouraged if needed.

America’s Changing Diet and Its Consequences

12:15 p.m. Break 1:15 p.m. Tackling the Toughies 2:45 p.m. How Crosswords Are Made Sat., Aug. 21, 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m.; CODE 1K0-141; Members $80; Nonmembers $90

Stan Newman

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Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks: Grandmasters of American Comedy For more than seven decades, Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks made America laugh—either through their remarkable solo careers or their legendary partnership. They were giants of American comedy who conquered every medium they took on: television, films, Broadway, recordings. Media and communications expert Brian Rose takes a look (and gives a listen to) their extraordinary achievements, beginning with their work together on comedian Sid Caesar’s Your Show of Shows and their creation of the 2000 Year Old Man, to their accomplishments as writers, directors, and performers. And no one will ever pull off sporting a cocked, broad-brimmed hat and flowing cape like Brooks, even if they live to be 2000.

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11 a.m. Secrets of the Champions

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9:30 a.m. Behind the Scenes

Since the end of WWII, the American diet has changed from one based on a relatively wholesome and nourishing food system to one laden with fats, sugar, and ultra-processed unhealthy foods. Historian Allen Pietrobon highlights the changes in American eating since 1945. He explores events that radically affected American diets, from fast-food outlets proliferating in inner-city neighborhoods following the 1960s race riots to an alliance among the U.S. government, ad agencies, and major food corporations that helped create a nation of overweight people. Pietrobon also discusses the politicization of food today, from the labeling of “healthy” foods as elitist and liberal, to a new generation of healthy-eating advocates pushing back against an ultra-industrialized food system.

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Thurs., Sept. 2, 12–1:15 p.m.; CODE 1J0-112; Members $20; Nonmembers $25

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A Trip to Britain with the Great Composers

Rachel Franklin

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Frank Sinatra was many things: father, husband patriot, Rat Pack member, controversial celebrity, and acclaimed movie actor. But it is his Frank Sinatra genius as a singer and interpreter of American popular song that has secured his place in history. Possessed of unerring taste and a deeply personal singing style, he came to be known as “The Voice” and remains the standard for generations of singers. Music historian John Edward Hasse draws on film and video clips, rare photographs, and original recordings to provide insight into Sinatra’s career. He also tells anecdotes about Sinatra and items included in the American History Museum’s collection, including bow ties that a young Sinatra threw to screaming bobby-soxers, published sheet music, movie posters, and recordings. Thurs., Sept. 30, 6:30 p.m.; CODE 1M2-156; Members $30; Nonmembers $35

“I’m Ready for My Close-up” Favorite Movies and Their Times Some moments in movies never leave us: the piercing eyes of a private eye, a raft hurtling down the rapids, that little black dress, the close-up of a fading movie star. In a film discussion series featuring film clips and stills, documentary filmmaker and writer Sara Lukinson revisits some of our favorite movies and characters, setting them against the backdrop of their times, the people who dreamed them up, and the America they reflected—or asked us to imagine. SEPT 13 Portraits of a Woman: Katharine Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor SEPT 27 A Different Kind of Hero: Humphrey Bogart and Paul Newman OCT 4 Simply Irresistible: Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Charade OCT 25 Wicked and Wonderful: Billy Wilder NOV 8 Drama in the Courtroom: Anatomy of a Murder and 12 Angry Men 5 sessions; Mon., Sept. 13, 27, Oct. 4, 25, and Nov. 8, 12–1:15 p.m.; CODE 1K0-134; Members $75; Nonmembers $85 Individual sessions: Mon., Sept. 13 (CODE 1K0-135); Sept. 27 (CODE 1K0136); Oct. 4 (CODE 1K0-137); Oct. 25 (CODE 1K0-138); Nov. 8 (CODE 1K0139); 12–1:15 p.m.; Members $20; Nonmembers $25

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Frank Sinatra: He Set the Standard

Live Performance of Works by Haydn and Chopin “It is fearful! It is mad! I am mixed up and confused. London is the most grandiose monster on the face of the earth! …” Those are the words composer Felix Mendelssohn wrote to his family after arriving in London in 1829. He found the capital filled with a star-struck public flocking to hear concerts by the likes of Haydn, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Liszt, and Chopin. Popular speaker and concert pianist Rachel Franklin serves as tour guide to the England these masters discovered. Haydn often performed in She follows our favorite London’s Hanover Square composers as they Rooms hobnob with royalty, dazzle the critics, complain about the weather, and admire the ladies.

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Explorations in Music Theory SAFIYA GALLAGHAN

With Conductor Ernest Johnson

Introduction to Music Theory

Further Explorations in Music Theory

If you’ve always wanted to learn the language and elements of musical notation and composition or are a This advanced course with Ernest Johnson singer or instrumentalist who has never mastered reading builds on Introduction to Music Theory and music, this interactive course led by music educator and is intended for individuals who read music conductor Ernest Johnson offers the perfect opportunity. Conductor Ernest Johnson and can visually and aurally identify the basic In a course geared to participants 55 and older, elements of pitch, rhythm, and form. Content Johnson guides exercises and assignments includes an analysis of melody and designed for developing the foundation harmony in greater depth and detail every musician needs: the aural and visual and includes weekly assignments in understanding of pitch, rhythm, harmony ear-training, sight-reading, singing and form. Topic areas include: overview of with solfege, and composition, as well the elements of music and music termias instructor-led musical dictation. nology; notation of pitch and rhythm; ear Topic areas focus on identifying training: developing the ability to hear, aurally and constructing scales identify and notate pitches, intervals, (major and minor); intervals; melodies and chords; sight-singing: and diatonic triads, 7th chords and their learning to read music using solfege. A inversions; harmonization of a variety of audio and music score clips melody; common chord progressions; support lesson material. Communitytime signatures in simple and building around their shared musical compound meter; phrase structure; cadences; and compositional forms. experience also plays an important role for participants. Since music is an aural art form, ear-training exercises enable A variety of online and print resources are available to students to better comprehend, analyze, and compose music. Computer support and enhance musical learning, including a subscripsoftware is introduced to notate compositional assignments. Access to a tion to the Sight Reading Factory website. Students use an digital or acoustic piano is required. Piano experience is optional, but online music software program to notate and hear musical participants should have basic understanding of the keyboard in order elements presented in each session. to compose one or more short compositions Wed., Sept. 15–Nov. 10, 6:30 p.m.; 9 sessions; limited to 15 participants; CODE BPS8; Members $200; Nonmembers $225

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Literary Baltimore: Poe, Stein, Mencken, and Fitzgerald Something about Baltimore clearly nurtures the literary impulse, but what is it, exactly? The allure of the famed harbor? Its heritage of Southern ways? The city’s journalistic traditions? Arts journalist and Charm City resident Richard Selden takes a look at the sites and works closely connected with the most famous writers who lived—and, in two cases, died—in Baltimore: Edgar Allan Poe, Gertrude Stein, H. L. Mencken, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Along the way he shares historic and contemporary images and reads passages from each author’s work. Sat., Sept. 25; 10 a.m.–12 p.m.; CODE 1NV-083; Members $25; Nonmembers $30

The Story of Grimms’ Fairy Tales In 1812 in Germany, brothers and literary scholars Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm published a collection of 86 folktales, Kinder und Hausmärchen— Grimms’ Fairy Tales in English. A major source of the brothers’ inspiration was the Romantic nationalism sweeping over a still-ununified Germany. They believed a country’s folk tales were a valuable reflection of its culture—and therefore helpful in nation building. Folklorists Sara Cleto and Brittany Warman share the Grimms collection’s history: its connection to the early field of folkloristics; its literary impact on authors such as Charles Dickens, George Eliot, and Neil Gaiman; and its use in support of dangerous political ideologies. Insights into how these “simple children’s stories” have profoundly shaped Western culture may stay with you ever after.

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Aristotle on Ethics, Happiness, and the Good Life The Nicomachean Ethics is one of the most influential works on human happiness ever written. Its author, Aristotle (384–322 B.C.), gives an account of what happiness is and how human actions fit together to make up a happy life. Michael Gorman, professor of philosophy at The Catholic University of America, examines this seminal treatise on practical wisdom and its lasting influence on Western thinking about living one’s best life ethically. 9:30 a.m. Happiness and Action 11 a.m. Virtues and Vices I 12:15 Break 1:15 p.m. Virtues and Vices II Bust of Aristotle by Lysippos 330 B.C.

2:45 p.m. Happiness, Contemplation, Friendship, and Politics Sat., Oct. 2, 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m.; CODE 1K0-131; Members $80; Nonmembers $90 A 1566 edition of Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics in Greek and Latin

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Sherlock Holmes Under the Magnifying Glass

In Their Own Words: Memoirs of Lives Recalled

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There’s no more exciting or fearsome plot than the course of an unexpected life. These firstperson stories draw us into lives played out against the backdrop of history. Documentary filmmaker and writer Sara Lukinson looks at three remarkable memoirs, as different in approach and style, as the lives they led. A Black comedian (Trevor Noah) recounts his childhood in apartheid South Africa, a famous writer (Ernest Hemingway) conjures a fabled youth in Paris of the 1920s, and a beloved travel writer (Jan Morris) gives a spellbinding account of her riskiest journey, becoming another physical version of herself. Each session includes readings from the featured work and archival film clips and stills.

There’s no mystery why the fame of Sherlock Holmes now stretches into a third century or why Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is one of the most popular writers of all time. The era of gaslights and hansom cabs is long past, but Holmes and Watson in a Sidney Paget illustration the redoubtable detective’s popularity is unwavering: “I hear of Sherlock everywhere,” as Holmes’ brother Mycroft once remarked. Writer Daniel Stashower, author of Teller of Tales The Life of Arthur Conan Doyle, turns a magnifying glass on the legendary sleuth and his creator. He is joined by actor Scott Sedar who reads from some of Conan Doyle’s classic works. As Holmes himself remarked, “Come at once if convenient—if inconvenient, come all the same!” Wed., Oct. 6, 6:30 p.m.; CODE 1H0-625; Members $20; Nonmembers $25

OCT 6 Born a Crime by Trevor Noah OCT 20 A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway NOV 3 Conundrum by Jan Morris 3 sessions; Wed., Oct. 6, 20, and Nov. 3, 12–1:15 p.m.; CODE 1K0163; Members $45; Nonmembers $55 Individual sessions: Wed., Oct. 6 (CODE 1K0-164); Wed., Oct. 20 (CODE 1K0-165); Wed., Nov. 3 (CODE 1K0-166); 12–1:15 p.m.; Members $20; Nonmembers $25

How Food and Drink Shaped European Culture Plato’s Symposium is a timeless philosophical text that also describes a drinking party. Salome performed her dance at a banquet where the head of John the Baptist was presented on a platter. Food and dining are central to ancient mosaics, Dutch still lifes, and Venetian depictions of the Last Supper. Scholar Leonard Barkan believes that eating and drinking can be seen as aesthetic experiences as well as sensory ones. Drawing on his new book The Hungry Eye, he explores the central role of food and drink in literature, art, philosophy, religion, and statecraft from antiquity to the Renaissance. The Hungry Eye: Eating, Drinking, and European Culture from Rome to the Renaissance (Princeton University Press) is available for purchase. Tues., Oct. 5, 6:45 p.m.; CODE 1L0-428; Members $20; Nonmembers $25

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Autumn’s Harvest: A Reflective Writing Workshop THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART

Discover the power of reflective writing guided by the founding instructor of the National Gallery of Art’s popular Writing Salon, Mary Hall Surface. Inspired by works of art by Hudson River landscape painter Jasper Francis Cropsey, and poetry by Mary Oliver, explore the lessons that the season of autumn offers us when we slow down, look closely, and reflect. Designed for writers of all levels, the workshop invites you to look outward at paintings and poetry and to look inward through writing. These reflections can become creative fertile ground for memoir, poetry, and more. Surface is a teaching artist, playwright, and theatre director and producer. The workshop has a limited enrollment to maximize interaction among the instructor and students.

Autumn–On the Hudson River by Jasper Francis Cropsey, 1860

Thurs., Oct. 7, 10 a.m.; CODE 1K0-143; Members $40; Nonmembers $45

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Masterworks of the Choral Tradition

OCT 12 Into the Modern Era

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Choral music is a glorious musical genre in which the sound of a multitude of voices reach out to embrace an audience. Opera and classical music expert Saul Lilienstein leads an in-depth consideration of the great choral works and the composers who wrote them from the Renaissance through the 20th century. Emphasis is placed on the most enduring and beloved masterpieces, with special attention given to chain of influence, compositional technique, polyphonic nature, and the relationship in specific works between the secular and the sacred. Lectures are highlighted by visual and CD recordings Saul Lilienstein

OCT 19 The Oratorios of George Frederic Handel OCT 26 The Choral Works of J.S. Bach NOV 2 The Classical Period NOV 9 The Romantic Century: Berlioz, Brahms and Verdi NOV 16 The 20th Century

The Washington Chorus performs at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2015

6 sessions; Tues., Oct. 12–Nov. 16, 12–1:30 p.m.; CODE 1M2-159; Members $95; Nonmembers $105

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Magnificent Movie Music The Heartbeat of Film Film music can inspire and romance us. It can make emotional statements that a script simply can’t, subvert a plot with a completely different subtext, and inject irony, fear, or humor when there is none on screen. Music can salvage a bad movie and make a good one great. Film scores by composers such as Bernard Herrmann, Max Steiner, Ennio Morricone, and John Williams have etched iconic scenes into our collective memory with their extraordinary music, even if the rest of the movie might have faded. Popular speaker and concert pianist Rachel Franklin explores the stories behind some of the greatest film music ever composed. View film clips and discuss the role of the score in each, comparing responses and delving into the history and craft behind the composer’s work. Look at the role of the movie director, enjoy some Oscar-winning sounds, and share great movie trivia. Fasten your seatbelts…it’s going to be a fabulous ride!

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OCT 17 Getting Under Our Skin (Jaws, Laura, The Third Man) OCT 24 Humor, Romance, History: It’s All in the Mind (The Madness of King George, Chicken Run, Dr. Zhivago) NOV 7 Westerns: “A Steppe Is a Steppe!” (The Red Pony, High Noon, and The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly) NOV 14 Five Great Masterpieces (To Kill a Mockingbird, Psycho, Planet of the Apes) 4 sessions; Sun., Oct. 17, 24, and Nov. 7, 14, 3–4:30 p.m.; CODE 1K0-153; Members $80; Nonmembers $90 Individual sessions: Sun., Oct. 17 (CODE 1K0-154); Sun., Oct. 24 (CODE 1K0-155); Sun., Nov. 7 (CODE 1K0-156); Sun., Nov. 14 (CODE 1K0-157); 3–4:30 p.m.; Members $25; Nonmembers $30

The Incomparable Ella

Perhaps nothing epitomizes the cultural bond of France and the United States better than the joyous reception of jazz in Paris during and following the First World War. Paris—long the cradle of the avant-garde and where racial discriminaPhoto illustration by Paul Glenshaw tion was illegal—provided LOUIS ARMSTRONG-1934; COURTESY OF THE LOUIS ARMSTRONG HOUSE MUSEUM a haven for the great American and French musicians who lived there, including Josephine Baker, Sidney Bechet, Ada “Bricktop” Smith, Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli, and Miles Davis. Duke Ellington played in France more than any other foreign country during his long career. The city inspired American pianist John Lewis to record albums like the mythic Afternoon in Paris there. Educators and documentary filmmakers Darroch Greer and Paul Glenshaw share great moments, characters, and incredible music from this ongoing love affair.

Ella. Like a select few in music—Hoagy, Duke, Elvis, Wynton, Dolly—you recognize her by her first name alone. Ira Gershwin said he never knew how good his songs were until he heard Ella Fitzgerald sing them. John Edward Hasse, co-curator of the Smithsonian exhibition Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song, draws on film and video clips, rare photographs, and original recordings to provide insight into Fitzgerald’s extraordinary journey from shy orphan to beloved international celebrity. Hear classic renditions of ballads such as “Embraceable You” and “The Man I Love” and thrilling performances including “Mack the Knife” and “How High the Moon.” Hasse also shares how the Smithsonian’s Ella Fitzgerald Collection came about—and even how he combed her house for memorabilia.

Tues., Sept. 21, 6:45 p.m.; CODE 1K0-142; Members $20; Nonmembers $25

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Jazz in Paris

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Music City, DC: Season 2 Washington, D.C., has given much to the musical world beyond its best-known exports, Duke Ellington and the punk and go-go scenes. In a new series of programs, musician, broadcaster, and historian Ken Avis uses film and anecdotes to explore more of the area’s lesser-known, remarkable, and fascinating musical avenues and why they could only have developed here. This time around, Avis shines the spotlight on acoustic folk and blues traditions; soul, funk and go-go; and takes a look at the changing nature of music and the local scene today. The story is interwoven with observations of how social change, technology, and business innovations shaped the sounds that emerged from D.C.—a political town with a serious music habit.

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NOV 1 Acoustic DC: Folk, Blues, Protest, and Traditional NOV 15 Sweet Soul Music: DC in the ’60s and Beyond NOV 29 DC Now: 21st Century Popular Music in the Nation’s Capital

John Fahey performing in Paris, 1984

3 sessions; Mon., Nov. 1, 15, and 29, 6:45 p.m.; CODE 1K0-158; Members $60; Nonmembers $70 D.C. Jazz and go-go fusion ensemble, The JoGo Project

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From Ragtime to Stride

“Make ‘Em Laugh”: From Charlie Chaplin to Mel Brooks

American Piano Music from Joplin to Gershwin

A History of Movie Comedy PUBLIC DOMAIN/WIKIPEDIA

Since the very beginning, making audiences laugh has been one of the film industry’s chief box office attractions. Skilled acrobatic comedians like Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, and Charlie Chaplin were major silent screen stars, as were their more verbally dexterous talking picture successors the Marx Brothers and W.C. Fields. Once movies could talk, comedy exploded. Studios cranked out everything from Publicity photo from Charlie screwball to romance to social satire Chaplin's 1921 movie The Kid to musicals. More recently, new variations such as over-the-top dark comedy and gross-out teen comedy are targeting the youth audience. Media expert Brian Rose looks at comedy highlights over the last 125 years, drawing on more than 40 examples from Hollywood’s funniest films. Prepare to LOL.

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In the 1890s, ragtime, the first great American musical craze swept the nation. Rooted in African rhythms and marches, the lively, syncopated music was popularized by musicians like Jelly Roll Morton, playing compositions by Scott Joplin in mostly red-light district clubs. Composer Scott Joplin Composer and pianist Orrin Grossman traces the ragtime style from its beginnings to the faster, more complex piano styles of stride and “novelty” piano, as demonstrated in the music of Zez Confrey and George Gershwin. Grossman illustrates his talk by performing several of Joplin’s wonderful rags, Confrey’s spectacular piece “Kitten on the Keys,” and a few of his own arrangements of favorite Gershwin songs. Mon., Oct 8, 6:30 p.m.; CODE 1H0-637; Members $20; Nonmembers $25


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Augustine of Hippo: Christianity at the Crossroads

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The Emperor Constantine’s conversion to Christianity in 312 A.D. made the young religion a powerful force in the late Roman Empire. Born just four decades later in a remote province of the empire, Augustine of Hippo (354–430) achieved for Christian thought an intellectual standing every bit as dominant and enduring as the social and political influence conferred on Christianity by the first Christian emperor. Augustine found in Christianity a collection of authoritative texts, creeds, and doctrines passed down by the church and accepted by faith; he fashioned it into a formidable, systematically articulated, deeply intelligible account of the fundamental nature of reality and humanity’s place in it. With brilliant intelligence, passionate curiosity, and remarkable rhetorical skill he turned the philosophical heritage of the ancient world to the task of expressing a new Christian philosophy, one that could stand on its own in late antiquity’s vibrant marketplace of ideas, and that would eventually conquer the world. For nearly two millennia, Augustine’s ideas, insights, and arguments have profoundly shaped the Western intellectual tradition. Augustine scholar Scott The Saint Augustine Taken to School by Saint Monica, by Niccolò di Pietro MacDonald explores some of those enduring ideas.

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The Triumph of Saint Augustine by Claudio Coello

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A Geologic Tour of Copper Canyon, Mexico

Digitized online artwork offers the only way most people can enjoy and research art while museums and galleries are closed because of the pandemic. Advanced imaging can also reveal new informaX-ray fluorescence imaging of Nativity oil painting at tion about art objects. Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource Digital technologies draw on a variety of light and energy levels to provide insights into paintings, prints, sketches, and other art works, offering new perspectives on their elements, creation, and history. Michael B. Toth, president of R. B. Toth Associates, discusses some of his work with high-resolution cameras and advanced lighting to Xray synchrotrons to reveal previously hidden aspects of artworks dating from the Renaissance to today. He also shares surprises he encountered while investigating a Rubens painting.

A series of spectacular gorges in northern Mexico, collectively called Copper Canyon, rival Arizona’s Grand Canyon in depth, width, and scenic beauty, and are home to the indigenous Tarahumara, or Rarámuri, people known in Copper Canyon part for their endurance running. Tourism has long been centered around the Ferrocarril Chihuahua al Pacifico, an iconic train ride that passes along the rim of Copper Canyon before a circuitous and scenic descent to the Pacific coast. Volcanologist Kirt Kempter focuses on the geologic origins of Copper Canyon and the Sierra Madre Occidental: massive supervolcano eruptions around 30 million years ago that left behind dozens of giant volcanic craters. He also explores other fascinating geologic topics related to the Copper Canyon region.

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In Search of the Hummingbird Hummingbirds have captured our imaginations with their unsurpassed jewel-like plumage, acrobatic flight, and ethereal presence. Their fascinating history has frequently intersected with ours through references in ancient religion, folklore, art, literature, and Native people’s oral traditions, serving as messengers between the living and the spirit world. Drawing on his book The Glitter in the Green, nature writer Jon Dunn recalls following them from Alaska to the tip of South America. He marooned on a Chilean island to see the rare Juan Fernandez Firecrown, trekked the Andes searching for a long-unseen hummingbird, and learned of dark superstitions about the species in Mexico City. Join Dunn for a colorful, fascinating discussion about hummingbirds and become one of the many they have already enchanted. Dunn’s book The Glitter in the Green (Basic Books) is available for purchase. Wed., Sept. 1, 12–1:30 p.m.; CODE 1NV-086; Members $25, Nonmembers $30 Jon Dunn

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A Geologic Tour of the Northern Rockies Join geologist Kirt Kempter for an exploration of the splendid scenery and geology of the northern Rocky Mountains that straddle the border between the United States and Canada. The geologic processes that formed these mountains represent a plate tectonic collision more than 30 million years in the making and spelled the retreat and demise of the great Western Interior Seaway. Kempter compares and contrasts the rock units at three national parks (Glacier, Banff, and Jasper), and discusses how the Ice Age transformed these mountains into the topography we see today. From the emerald Lake Louise near Banff to the majestic views along Going-to-the-Sun Road at Glacier, a deep geologic history created these spectacular landscapes, now World Heritage Sites. Valley of the Ten Peaks and Moraine Lake, Banff National Park, Canada

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NASA's Next Great Observatory Opening the Infrared Treasure Chest The launch of the long-awaited Hubble Space Telescope successor is planned for late 2021. The orbiting infrared observatory will complement and extend the discoveries of the Hubble. Its longer wavelength coverage and greater sensitivity will NASA test deploys the primary mirror on the new space allow it to look much closer to the telescope for the last time on beginning of time, to hunt for the Earth unobserved formation of the first galaxies and to look inside dust clouds where stars and planetary systems are developing today. NASA Goddard Space Flight Center senior astrophysicist John Mather reviews the new observatory’s capabilities and planned observing program. Afterward, astronomer Peter Plavchan brings the skies into your living room with remote control of the GMU Observatory, weather permitting. INSIDE SCIENCE Wed., Sept. 22, 6:45 p.m.; CODE 1J0-124; Members $20; Nonmembers $25

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Finding Earth 2.0 The Search for Habitable Worlds For thousands of years people have wondered if there are planets like Earth, if they’re common, and if any have signs of life. Today astronomers are poised to answer these ancient questions, having recently found thousands of planets that orbit nearby sun-like stars, called exoplanets. The successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, scheduled to launch later this year, has a chance to provide evidence of Sara Seager the biosignature gases that indicate life. Sara Seager, a leading expert on the search for Earth-like planets, shares the latest advances in this revolutionary field. Afterward, astronomer Peter Plavchan brings the skies into your living room with remote control of the GMU Observatory, weather permitting INSIDE SCIENCE Wed., Nov. 17, 6:45 p.m.; CODE 1J0-126; Members $20; Nonmembers $25

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Understanding Ourselves Through Human Imaging Human imaging studies allow radiologists a completely different way of looking at people. By removing our superficial distinctions they provide a way to study people from a unique perspective. Radiologist Cullen Ruff explores the history of medical imaging, from the Abdominal CT scan discovery of X-rays that revolutionized medicine, to nuclear medicine, computed tomography, ultrasound, and magnetic resonance imaging. He shows examples of how various imaging studies reveal not only information about patients’ health, but also their lives through the stories their pictures tell. Insights gained through the lens of human imaging reflect a recognition of humanity’s intricacy, complexity, adaptive resilience, and ultimate fragility. His book Looking Within: Understanding Ourselves through Human Imaging (Torchflame Books) is available for purchase. Mon., Sept. 27, 6:30 p.m.; CODE 1M2-155; Members $20; Nonmembers $25

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Hawk Mountain Sanctuary A Virtual Visit Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, located along the Appalachian flyway in eastern Pennsylvania, was founded in 1934 as the world’s first sanctuary for raptors. With 2,500 acres of land dedicated to Cooper's Hawk conservation, the sanctuary is connected to an important migratory pathway that thousands of birds pass through daily in peak fall migration. Here, data was collected and utilized to help ban the use of DDT in the 1970s and helped save our eagle species. Research continues to this day on several different species of raptors and other important animals that call the mountain their home. Join a Hawk Mountain raptor-care specialist and educator who covers the history of the sanctuary—and offers a chance to view a raptor up close. Thurs., Sept. 23, 12–1:30 p.m.; CODE 1NV-082; Members $25; Nonmembers $30

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The Untold Story of Mammal Origins In most accounts, the story of mammal evolution starts after the asteroid impact that killed the non-bird dinosaurs, but the recent discovery of new fossils have drastically rewritten this story. Paleontologist Elsa Panciroli goes back 300 million years earlier, when the Synapsida—humans’ extraordinary lineage—made the world theirs long before the rise of dinosaurs. New fossil discoveries are introducing new and astonishing creatures, ancient mammals that shrank in size alongside the Elsa Panciroli dinosaurs. This evolutionary innovation unlocked the biological traits that define mammals as we know them today. Panciroli describes the discoveries providing a new understanding of mammal evolution. Beasts Before Us (Bloomsbury Sigma) is available for purchase.

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Fire and Ice: Volcanoes of the Solar System The volcano is among the most familiar and perhaps most terrifying Natalie Starkey of all geological phenomena. Earth isn’t the only planet to harbor them: Our own moon, now a dormant piece of rock, had lava flowing across its surface billions of years ago. In fact, volcanic activity has occurred in almost every corner of the solar system, in the most unexpected of locations. Volcanoes help scientists trying to picture the inner workings of a planet or moon. The ways in which they erupt and the products they generate can even help scientists ponder the possibility of life elsewhere in the solar system. Geologist and cosmochemist Natalie Starkey explores the tallest, coldest, hottest, and most unusual volcanoes. INSIDE SCIENCE Tues., Sept. 28, 12–1:15 p.m.; CODE 1J0-116; Members $20; Nonmembers $25


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Lago Pehoe, Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

Autumn in Washington: Arboreal Splendors Springtime in Washington is legendary, but what about that other fabulous season, fall? Join author and tree expert Melanie Choukas-Bradley on a virtual tour through autumn in the capital and see why its arboreal splendors should be as celebrated as spring’s cherry blossoms. Washington’s beautiful fall lasts for several months, with a steady procession of seasonal colors starting in September and continuing beyond Thanksgiving and into December. Get primed for the coming season with a preview of botanical highlights in store, learn about the trees, flowers, and fruits in the city’s storied landscapes, and you’ll be more than ready to get out and fully enjoy this fall. Fri., Oct. 1, 7–8:15 p.m.: CODE 1NV089; Members $25; Nonmembers $30

Las Torres, Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

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The Patagonia region of South America has long attracted naturalists and explorers to unravel the mysteries of this dramatic landscape. Join geologist Kirt Kempter on a geologic tour of the region, including highlights such as Torres del Paine National Park, Tierra del Fuego, and several picturesque volcanoes of the southern Andes. The modern Patagonia landscape is closely tied to ongoing plate tectonic processes and dramatic sculpting by Ice Age glaciers. Kempter’s presentation includes helpful maps, field photos, and Google Earth flyovers to enhance the viewer experience and to enforce geologic concepts and interpretations.

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Rock Creek Park Nature and History Walk

Spend a fall morning exploring the verdant wooded trails of Rock Creek Park with naturalist Melanie ChoukasBradley. Learn about the botanically diverse native trees of Rock Creek Park’s floodplain forest and upland woods and the history of D.C.’s woodland gem, the oldest urban national park in the Peirce Mill in Pierce Park, Washington, D.C. country and twice the size of Central Park. See the rock outcrops where an exuberant President Theodore Roosevelt led his famous rock scrambles and get acquainted with the well-maintained trail network that now provides recreation for millions of D.C. residents and visitors annually. The walk begins at Peirce Mill, the historic and recently restored grist mill. See the adjacent fish ladder that opened the spawning route for migrating shad and herring, dubbed the “herring highway.” THREE OPTIONS: Tues., Oct. 19 (CODE 1NS-A07); Wed., Oct. 20 (CODE 1NS-B07); Thurs., Oct. 21 (CODE 1NS-C07); all tours are 8:30–11:30 a.m.; Members $55; Nonmembers $75; limited to 20 participants; meeting next to the parking lot across from Peirce Mill, 2401 Tilden St., NW; see details and information on website; Masks are optional for vaccinated participants, and recommended for others

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Wild, Wonderful Wetlands Whether it be fish nurseries, migratory bird pit stops, or natural water filterers, wetlands provide near limitless value to humans and wildlife around the world. Since the Revolutionary War, more than 100 million acres of wetlands have been drained for human use. Liana Vitali is a naturalist and educator at Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, which is known for open water, tidal freshwater marshes, forested wetlands, and multiJug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary tudes of welcoming habitats for a true diversity of wildlife. Vitali offers an audio-visual immersion into the marshes, ponds, swamps, and peat bogs of North America to discover just how important these ecosystems are to life on Earth. INSIDE SCIENCE Wed., Oct. 27, 6:45 p.m.; CODE 1K0-167; Members $20; Nonmembers $25

Extraterrestrial Ecosystems Is there any science behind our understanding of what extraterrestrial life might be like? Or is it no more than guesswork? According to zoologist Arik Kershenbaum life on other planets must be shaped by some of the same forces on Earth: evolution by natural selection and the concept of an ecosystem. The laws of physics dictate some constraints: flying requires wings; running, legs. Less obvious generalizations include predation and sex— whatever that might be like on an alien world. Although we don’t know whether extraterrestrials will be green, Kershenbaum shares his insights into how familiar they might be, using lessons from the behaviors that we see in animals on our own planet. INSIDE SCIENCE Wed., Oct. 27, 12–1:15 p.m.; CODE 1J0-129; Members $20; Nonmember $25

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We live surrounded by drowned worlds according to geologist Patrick Nunn. For most of the time modern humans have wandered the Earth, the ocean The Baie de Douarnenez, in Britany, where the submerged mythical city of Ys may lie surface has been around 200 under the surface feet lower than it is today. For Nunn, who has a fascination with myths and legends, much Ancient totem poles preserve of human history lies beneath native cultural the ocean. heritage memory Join him live from Australia at Haida Gwaii as he recounts the histories of (Queen Charlotte Islands), Canada some of these submerged shadow lands, drawing on research informed by science as well as human memories retained in oral traditions and eyewitness observations that became encoded in myth. His new book, Worlds in Shadow: Submerged Lands in Science, Memory and Myth (Bloomsbury Sigma) is available for purchase. INSIDE SCIENCE Thurs., Oct. 21, 7 p.m.; CODE 1J0-128; Members $20; Nonmembers $25

Art and Science: Intertwined Visions The Renaissance heralded changes in Western art and science that reflected a shift in how nature was observed and recorded. Artists portrayed plants and animals with increased fidelity to nature, and natural philosophers began to replace myths with scientific explanations of the natural world. Each process relied on direct and careful observation and often the artist became a naturalist, or a naturalist, an artist. Assisted by images of animals and plants, classification helped to order the Illustrated page from the Natural natural world in minds of scholars. History for all Social Ranks, 1833 Biologist Kay Etheridge traces these revolutionary changes in the ways animals and plants were portrayed and how that led to a transformation in our understanding of nature and the beginnings of ecological studies. INSIDE SCIENCE Tues., Oct. 19, 12–1:15 p.m.; CODE 1J0127; Members $20; Nonmember: $25

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AUG 2 The Hermès Carré: The History of Fashion’s Most Iconic Accessory

Art is all around us. It excites us, enriches our lives, and enlivens our imaginations. To truly appreciate any work of art, we need to understand the context and culture in which it was created. That’s why Smithsonian Associates offers an Certificate Program in World Art History.

AUG 16 The “Showstopper” Hats of Mae’s Millinery Shop Individual sessions: Mon., Aug. 2 (CODE 1K0-129); Mon., Aug. 16 (CODE 1K0-130); 12–1 p.m.; Members $20; Nonmembers $25 Silk scarves by Hermès

The wide-ranging offerings are designed to provide a global perspective on art and architecture and draw on the Smithsonian’s world-class collections and the rich resources of other Washington institutions. They are selected from among Smithsonian Associates courses, seminars, study tours, and Studio Arts classes.

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From colossal Olmec heads to the paintings of Frida Kahlo, Aztec temples to Mexican murals, this survey of Latin American art sweeps through the centuries and locations including ancient Mesoamerica, coastal Peru, and the top of the Andes. Michelle Greet, associate professor and director of the art history program at George Mason University, traces the significant creators, works, influences, and trends that defined and shaped the arts of Latin America from their earliest expressions through the 19th and 20th centuries. AUG 9 The Arts of Ancient Mesoamerica

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Look for “World Art History Certificate” throughout the program guide to see current listings. Get started today and complete the certificate requirements at your own pace. Registration is ongoing and year round. Credits are counted from day of registration and are not given retroactively.

Donna Limerick wears a replica of her mother Mae Reeves' hat designs SAMANTHA VIKSNINS

Join curator Elizabeth Lay, a regular lecturer on the topics of fashion, textiles, and American furniture, for two delightful lunchtime conversations. No other fashion accessory says style like the Hermès Carré, the luxurious square silk scarf. Art historian and collector Samantha Viksnins explores the history of the square and what sets it apart from other luxury scarves. Mae’s Millinery Shop, an exhibit in the African American History and Culture Museum, was once Philadelphia’s shop for stunning “showstopper” hats— and a community gathering place. Mae Reeves’ daughter, Donna Limerick, shares memories of her mother and of working in the shop.

Central Railway of Brazil, 1924, by Tarsila Do Amaral

AUG 10 The Arts of the Andes AUG 11 The Arts of Viceregal Latin America AUG 12 Modern Art in Latin America 4 sessions; Mon., Aug. 9–Thurs., Aug. 12, 12–1:30 p.m.; CODE 1H0-616; Members $80; Nonmembers $90 Olmec head, Xalapa Museum, Mexico

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If you haven’t experienced Paul Glenshaw’s daytime series Art + History, in which he examines great works of art in their historical context, now’s your chance. He reprises three of his most popular lectures through August. In each, he explores the present the artist inhabited and what shaped their vision and creations, bringing the art and their creators to vivid life. Shaw Memorial by Augustus Saint-Gaudens The African American soldiers of the Massachusetts 54th in Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ Shaw Memorial stride confidently toward battle, ready to die for freedom. Almost half The Railway, 1873 by Edouard Manet the members died, including their white leader, Col. Robert Gould Shaw. What brought them together—and how were they remembered when the memorial was unveiled in 1897? When The Railway was first seen, Edouard Manet had once again presented high-minded Parisians with a truly modern scene of an everyday passing moment. What did this scene represent, only three years after the disastrous Franco-Prussian War of 1870? August Rodin’s The Burghers of Calais, is a monument completed in 1889 to French town leaders, who offered themselves in sacrifice to the English King Edward III almost 550 years before? Why did Auguste Rodin’s The Burghers of Calais, they give themselves over to die, and how did Rodin produce such a departure from conventional Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden memorials? HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN: “150 WORKS OF ART” (1996) BY VALERIE FLETCHER.

AUG 10 The Shaw Memorial by Augustus Saint-Gaudens AUG 24 The Railway by Edouard Manet AUG 31 The Burghers of Calais by Auguste Rodin

Individual sessions: Tues., Aug. 10 (CODE 1K0-124); Tues., Aug. 24 (CODE 1K0-125); Tues., Aug. 31 (CODE 1K0-126); Members $20; Nonmembers $25

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Cultures of the Mekong Civilizations have risen and fallen for centuries on the banks of the Mekong River. Long before there was Phnom Penh or Hanoi, there were the settlements at Ban Chiang, Angkor, and Champa in the areas now known as Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand. Thailand’s Khorat Plateau—whose early contributions to later civilizations are often overlooked—was home to some of the nation’s earliest civilizations, including the Ban Chiang culture and the state of Dvaravati. Cambodia’s ancient Angkorian culture is represented in depictions of ancient Khmer god-kings in the art and architecture of that period. Although now part of Vietnam, Champa, a rich delta region on the southern edge of Southeast Asia, was home to the ancient Funan civilization and later, the Cham people. Today, the waters are populated by colorful floating markets and the cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh are the legacy of these early civilizations. Robert DeCaroli, associate professor in the department of history and art history at George Mason University, explores these cultures that emerged along this massive 2,700-mile river. 10 a.m. Thailand 11:30 p.m. Cambodia 12:45 p.m. Break 1:15 p.m. Vietnam and Champa Sat., Oct. 30, 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m.; CODE 1H0-632; Members $70; Nonmembers $80 Face of the Bayon in Angkor Wat, Cambodia

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Michelangelo and the Medici Popes After finishing the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling, Michelangelo began working for two of his childhood friends from the Medici household who had gone on to become Popes Leo X and Clement VII, respectively. Both would eventually employ Michelangelo on various projects in Florence. Rocky Ruggiero, a specialist in the Early Renaissance, examines one of the most productive, yet frustrating periods of Michelangelo’s artistic career—fulfilling his commissions from the Medici popes. Michelangelo’s first commissioned work The Laurentian Library for the Medici popes —and his first attempt at architecture—was the façade of the Medici church of San Lorenzo in Florence, suspended after two years of hard work so he could start work on the New Sacristy funerary chapel. That work was interrupted when Pope Clement VII commissioned him to design and build a new library at the church of San Lorenzo, the Laurentian Library—one of the most radical examples of Renaissance architecture, celebrated as the harbinger of the mannerist style. 10 a.m. A Star is Born: Young Michelangelo and Lorenzo il Magnifico de’ Medici 11:15 a.m. Michelangelo, Leo X, and the Façade of San Lorenzo 12:15 p.m. Break Michelangelo project drawing for the façade of Sagrestia Nuova (New Sacristy)

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The Wyeth Dynasty The Worlds of N.C., Andrew, and Jamie Wyeth For a relatively young nation, America has produced a surprising number of artistic dynasties: the Peale family, the Calders, and spanning the 20th century, Illustration by N.C. Wyeth for the the Wyeths of Chadd’s Ford, 1911 edition of Robert Louis Pennsylvania. The patriarch painter, Stevenson's Treasure Island N.C. (Newell Convers) Wyeth, a founder of the Brandywine School, was the famed illustrator of popular editions of novels including Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and The Black Arrow. N.C.’s youngest son, Andrew, chose to paint the local residents and the rural landscapes around Chadd’s Ford and his summer home in Cushing, Maine. His paintings—including one of the best-known works of American art, Christina’s World—have a melancholic, mysterious, even surreal quality. Andrew’s son Jamie Wyeth, continues the family tradition into the 21st century, forging his own distinctive artistic style. Art historian Bonita Billman highlights the extraordinary body of work the Wyeths have created.

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Michelangelo and The Last Judgement More than two decades after completing the Sistine Chapel ceiling, a 61-year-old Michelangelo returned to fresco its altar wall with his gigantic work The Last Judgement. Covering nearly 1,600 The Last Judgement by Michelansquare feet of wall surface gelo, Sistine Chapel altar wall (detail) and containing more than 300 figures, the revolutionary painting took five years to complete and scandalized Rome, as many of its saints and angels were originally depicted in the nude. Rocky Ruggiero, a specialist in the Early Renaissance, examines the style, iconography, and history of The Last Judgement and the influence that it had on later artists. Fri., Aug. 27, 6:30 p.m.; CODE 1J0-109; Members $30; Nonmembers $35

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Art-full Fridays | Live from Italy, with Elaine Ruffolo World Art History Certificate electives: Earn ½ credit

Venice: 1000 Years of History Venice, the jewel of the Adriatic, started out as little more than a mudbank settled by refugees fleeing enemies of the Roman Empire. But by the 15th century, it was one of Europe’s wealthiest cities. Public patronage of the arts flourished as the Venetian school of painting grew in power and influence. The success of Venice’s artists depended on their ability to evoke and blend with the glorious past. The golden period of the Serenissima Republic is reflected in the art generated for its churches, confraternities, and palaces, including works by Bellini, Tintoretto, and Tiepolo. Art historian Elaine Ruffolo traces the history of this fabled city and the art and architecture created there. Fri., Aug. 6, 12–1:15 p.m.; CODE 1H0-617; Members $20; Nonmembers $25

Florentine Splendor: The Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens Florence’s imposing Pitti Palace was chosen by Cosimo I de’ Medici and his wife Eleanor of Toledo as the grand ducal residence in 1549 and it soon became the new symbol of the Medicis’ power over Tuscany, as well as a repository for great art. Today the palace is divided into several sections including the Palatine Gallery, Treasury of the Grand Dukes, and the beloved Boboli Gardens. Join art historian Elaine Ruffolo for a virtual visit to the Pitti Palace, where she highlights a selection of painting masterpieces, discusses the extraordinary objets d’art, and leads a stroll through the Boboli Gardens. Fri., Sept. 10, 12–1:15 p.m.; CODE 1H0-627; Members $20; Nonmembers $25

Courts of Renaissance Italy: Urbino The great cultural revival that was the Renaissance arose both from the rediscovery of classical antiquity and from the emergence of an entirely new vision of humanity. Powerful Italian courts competed to become centers of literary and artistic patronage, scholarly research, and learning. In Umbria, Federico da Montefeltro was nicknamed “The Light of Italy” for his contributions to the era’s culture. Frederico’s court of Urbino came to reflect the virtues of the Renaissance in art, intellect, justice, governance, and public welfare. Artists including della Francesco, Raphael, and Titian—flourished under patronages in this illustrious court. Art historian Elaine Ruffolo brings to life a Renaissance court in all its glory. Fri., Sept. 24, 12–1:15 p.m.; CODE 1H0-620; Members $20; Nonmembers $25

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Jacob Lawrence and the Avant-Garde

An Overlooked Gem in Naples

American artist Jacob Lawrence’s career spanned more than 50 years. Lawrence’s depictions of Black life memorialized some of the most significant events and figures of African Bar and Grill by Jacob Lawrence, 1941 American history, including the lives of revolutionary heroes Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman, the Great Migration of the 1930s, and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. However, the critical emphasis on narrative in his work has come at the expense of a consideration of the artist’s deep engagement with form. Art historian Jordana Moore Saggese examines Lawrence’s formal innovations, repositioning this work within the avant-garde. She highlights the ways Lawrence pushed against a history of modernism that depends on the centrality of whiteness. Wed., Sept. 8, 6:30 p.m.; CODE 1H0-628; Members $20; Nonmembers $25

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The National Archaeology Museum The National Archaeology Museum Live from Rome in Naples is a spectacular showcase of antiquities too often overlooked by tourists who view the city as a launching pad to the Amalfi coast and beyond. This labyrinthine museum houses precious artifacts dating back to pre-historic times, exquisitely carved marbles, playful mosaics, colorful frescoes, and cryptic papyrus scrolls illustrating life in Pompeii and Herculaneum before the Mount Vesuvius eruption in 79 A.D. It also reflects the legacy of the aristocratic Farnese family, which includes famous Farnese Hercules at the marbles from Rome, such as the sculptures from the Baths of Caracalla. National Archaeological Museum, Naples Art historian and tour guide Laura R. Weinstein highlights the museum’s fascinating collections. Thurs., Sept. 9, 12–1:15 p.m.; CODE 1J0-114; Members $20; Nonmember $25

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Contradictory Urban Visions

In 1932 Frank Lloyd Wright published The Disappearing City, a polemic about the evils of urban centers filled with congestion, noise, and crime. He envisioned a better future centered on the automobile, telephone and radio, Broadacre City project drawing by and mass production. The Frank Lloyd Wright city would disperse into the countryside, spread out, and essentially disappear. In 1935 he created a traveling exhibition featuring a large model of such a city of the future, christened Broadacre City, and continued to develop concepts based on the city as architectural canvas. Many remained only ideas on paper. Others were built, including the Guggenheim Museum and the Marin Government Center. Bill Keene examines the apparent contradictions between Wright’s essentially anti-city views and his work to enhance urban life. Tues., Sept. 7, 7 p.m.; CODE 1NV-080; Members $25; Nonmembers $30

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To assist with online Studio Arts and lecture programs Smithsonian Associates seeks volunteers to work remotely, providing background support for live streamed art courses and lectures. Primary duties: managing the Q&A box, posting chat-box announcements, and deploying introductory slides on Zoom. Hours are flexible. Preference is for Studio Arts volunteering. Requirements: • Familiarity with how Zoom works • Up-to-date computer • Ability to text message For more information visit: smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/volunteer/ or contact Jenna Jones at: volunteer@smithsonianassociates.org.

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Notre Dame: Reconstructing an Icon The devastating fire that engulfed Notre Dame Cathedral in April 2019 destroyed that iconic structure’s timber roof framework and crossing spire. But other crucial elements—notably the 13th-century stone vaults and flying- buttress support system—survived miraculously intact. Restoration is proving to be a long, complicated, and delicate process as all involved, from French officials to architectural historians decide how to rebuild. What accounts for the unique role of Notre Dame in the historical and cultural legacy of Paris and all France? How has the cathedral survived threats to its survival in the past? And what makes all 13th-century Gothic architecture so resilient yet so vulnerable? Art historian Judy Scott Feldman highlights the cathedral’s history and historic restoration.

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Artists in Depth at the Barnes Foundation: Renoir

The Barnes is often considered the greatest post-impressionist and early modern art collection in the world. The Barnes museum in Philadelphia houses dazzling collections of French modern and Postimpressionist paintings that can now be The Barnes Foundation enjoyed virtually. Participants are guided by Barnes Foundation educator Penny Hansen as she presents masterpieces by Renoir, Cezanne, Matisse, Picasso, Seurat, Rousseau, and more. Using high-definition Deep Zoom technology developed by the Barnes, Hansen offers closeup looks at the canvases that reveal their surfaces and details, bringing the art to vivid life. The tour provides an ideal foundation for a fall series of programs in which Hansen explores individual artists or themes represented in the Barnes collection in depth.

Barnes Foundation educator Penny Hansen guides the first of a series of live virtual tours that examine in depth the paintings of five artists who helped shape a truly revolutionary period in the history of art. A Q&A session follows each program. Albert Barnes amassed 181 works by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, a founding member of the impressionist movement in the early 1870s. Hansen uses high-definition Deep Mussel-Fishers at Berneval by Zoom technology as she Pierre-Auguste Renoir 1879 examines, up close, Renoir’s stylistic changes over the years.

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House Frank Lloyd Wright designed the Prairie-style Martin House for Buffalo businessman Darwin D. Martin and his family between 1903 and 1905. It is considered one of the architect’s most significant early commissions. The six historic structures on the 1.5-acre estate have been completely restored after work that began in 1997. Mary Roberts, executive director of the Martin House, leads a live virtual tour through the first floor of the main house, the open-air pergola, and conservatory as she shares the fascinating history of the site. Curator Susana Tejada joins the program for the Q&A session. It’s the perfect introduction to this architectural gem—and might spark your own visit. Tues., Sept. 28; 12–1:15 p.m.; CODE 1NV-084; Members $25; Nonmembers $30

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Four Giants of Spanish Painting

Mary Beard: Twelve Caesars

SEPT 20 The Mystical Canvases of El Greco

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What does the face of power look like? Who gets commemorated in art and why? Drawing on her book Twelve Caesars: Images of Power from the Ancient World to the Modern, classicist Mary Beard offers a tour through 2,000 years of art and cultural history in which portraits of Bust of Augustus, greatthe rich and powerful have been nephew of Julius Caesar shaped by the image of Roman emperors, especially the “Twelve Caesars.” It is an unexpected tale of changing identities, misidentifications, fakes, and ambivalent representations of authority. In conversation with historian Maya Jasanoff, Beard offers a gripping story of some of the most challenging and disturbing portraits of power ever created. Twelve Caesars (Princeton University Press) is available for purchase. BIBI SAINT-POL/WIKIPEDIA

From the 16th century to the late 20th century, Spaniards have made extraordinary contributions to the history of Western art. In a lavishly illustrated seminar, art historian Nancy G. Heller focuses on a quartet of Spain’s most significant painters. She unearths their principal works, discusses their critical reception, and demonstrates their influence on later generations of visual artists, both within and beyond the borders of Spain. She also considers the stylistic and Las Meninas by Diego Velazquez, 1656 philosophical “Spanishness” that may, or may not, link these four very different men.

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El Greco, Velázquez, Goya, and Miró

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SEPT 21 Diego Velázquez: Court Painter of Spain’s Golden Age SEPT 22 Francisco Goya: Romantic Realist

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SEPT 23 Joan Miró: Humor and Horror in Modernist Works

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The Intersection of Art and Literature Where Words and Images Fuse The notion that a picture is worth a thousand words is meant to convey the power of imagery. But what of the power of words—if they are Van Gogh’s personal letters, or Michelangelo’s thoughts on his life and Self-Portrait, by Vincent art expressed in his poetry, or Van Gogh, 1889, Musée Hemingway’s musings on a work of d'Orsay art? Vincent Van Gogh’s own words offer some of the deepest insights into his paintings. Letters written across almost two decades refer not only to specific paintings but also his views on art, life, Michelangelo's Moses, religion, nature, and his aspirations as church of San Pietro in an artist. Vincoli Michelangelo, the painter, sculptor, and architect, was also a poet. Many of Michelangelo’s poems refer to the challenges related to some of his most important creations, others are deeply personal and reveal his thoughts on love, religion, neoplatonism, fame, and devotion and hard work. Ernest Hemingway’s most beloved possession was the painting by the Spanish artist Joan Miró titled The Farm. The painting— its subject and larger political and cultural significance—signified a lifelong personal touchstone for them. Its role in their lives reveals a host of artistic insights into the relationship between word and image, Explore the alchemy that occurs at the intersection of art and literature in this fascinating Sunday afternoon series with David Gariff, senior lecturer at the National Gallery of Art. OCT 3 Van Gogh: Artist and Writer NOV 7 The Poetry of Michelangelo DEC 5 Ernest Hemingway, Joan Miró, and The Farm (1921-22) 3 sessions: Sun., Oct. 3, Nov. 7, Dec. 5, 3-4:15 p.m.; CODE 1H0-622; Members $55; Nonmembers $70 Individual sessions: Sun., Oct. 3 (CODE 1H0-622A); Nov. 7 (CODE 1H0-622B); Dec. 5 (CODE 1H0-622C); 3-4:15 p.m.; Members $20; Nonmembers $25 Each session earns ½ credit toward the World Art History Certificate Recommended reading: The Letters of Vincent van Gogh (Mark Roskill, editor), Atheneum; Complete Poems and Selected Letters of Michelangelo, Princeton University Press; Ernest Hemingway, Death in the Afternoon, Scribner

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Lunchtime with a Curator Decorative Arts Design Series Join curator Elizabeth Lay, a regular lecturer on the topics of fashion, textiles, and American furniture, for an image-rich lunchtime lecture series focusing on decorative arts and design topics. When Lorenzo de Medici FENDI's Roman Molds collection by died in 1492, he had Kueng Caputo assembled a vast collection of paintings, books, textiles, precious metals, and hardstone: an example of Renaissance material culture and evidence of what wealth and power looked like then. Womb Chair by Eero Today, with ever more access Saarinen 1948 to information and to competition, we are challenged to reconsider what drives the pursuit of collecting and what our collections tell us about our time and values—and ourselves. Decorative design expert Elizabeth Rochette and Lay examine this complex and fascinating topic. The appeal of mid-century modern design is on the rise as buyers embrace designs by Mies van der Rohe, Charles and Ray Eames, and Eero Saarinen, among others. You can browse online and find knock-offs of every mid-century modern furniture classic for a tenth of the price of the real thing. Furniture scholar Oscar P. Fitzgerald joins Lay to examine a selection of Knoll, Herman Miller, and Scandinavian modern furniture classics and demonstrates how to evaluate the authenticity of such examples. After delving into the culture of collecting and how to identify authentic modern designs from copies, get ready put your new knowledge into action with a look at auctions. Lay welcomes Richard Wright, CEO of one of the most innovative auction houses specializing in modern and contemporary art and design, as he shares some true insider’s advice. He discusses how the shift in the archetype of collecting has changed the marketplace for objects, and the impact of digital auctions on a global audience. He also considers the role of the auction house from both the buyer’s and seller’s perspectives. DESIGNBOOM

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The Court of Milan: Mecca of the Renaissance World Ambitious, extravagant, progressive, and oftentimes sexually notorious, the Sforza family took over the ducal throne of Milan from the Visconti in 1450, ushering in a period of unprecedented peace and prosperity. Under Francesco Sforza, and later his son Ludovico il Moro, Milan became one of the centers of art and culture in the Renaissance. The Milanese court attracted poets, musicians, architects, mathematicians, and artists including Leonardo da Vinci who spent 16 years working under the patronage of Ludovico Sforza, duke of Milan. Art historian Elaine Ruffolo reveals how Milan and its rulers exemplified the political, cultural, religious, and economic aspirations of Renaissance Italy. Fri., Oct. 8, 12–1:15 p.m.; CODE 1H0-630; Members $20; Nonmembers $25

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Titian: Prince of Painters By the opening of the 16th century, Venice was enjoying a period of wealth and prosperity, benefitting public patronage of the arts. Concurrently, the Venetian school of painting led by Titian (Tiziano Vecelli) was reaching the height of its power and influence. Titian was the greatest painter of the Venetian Renaissance, and the first painter whose clientele was largely international. During his long career, he experimented with many different styles of painting, and was the first to show the potential of oil as an entirely new, expressive medium. Art historian Elaine Ruffolo shares how the golden age of the Serenissima Republic is reflected in the art Titian generated for its churches, confraternities, and palaces. Fri., Oct 22, 12–1:15 p.m.; CODE 1H0-641; Members $20; Nonmembers $25

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Charity and Grace Brunelleschi’s Hospital of the Innocents Many iconic churches and palaces in Florence reflect great wealth and power. But the earliest, and arguably the most elegant example of Renaissance architecture was built on behalf of the powerless and voiceless: foundling children. Funded by merchant Francesco Datini, and designed by the great architect Filippo Brunelleschi, the Ospedale degli Innocenti (Hospital of the Innocents) was the first such institution to be dedicated entirely to the well-being of children. It has been welcoming and caring for orphans since the first foundling was left on its doorstep in 1445. Renaissance art historian Elaine Ruffolo explores the architecture and magnificent history of the Hospital of the Innocents.

Ospedale degli Innocenti by Filippo Brunelleschi

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Art Meets Music A Duet Between Visual Artists and Composers Music and the visual arts have always walked hand-in-hand. For millennia, artists have obsessed about how to represent music’s invisible beauty, just as composers have sought to render art’s vibrant colors in pure sound. From Marc Chagall’s unique murals, sets, and costumes for opera houses and theaters worldwide to an 18th-century family portrait’s musical message to a discussion of artists who were also passionate musicians, popular speaker and concert pianist Rachel Franklin presents a fascinating exploration into the intimate relationship between the visible and invisible arts, and how music can literally bind the arts together. OCT 7 Chagall at the Opera: A Listener’s Guide

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OCT 14 Symbols and Allegories: Art’s Hidden Musical Codes OCT 21 The Sharps: Family Harmony OCT 28 The Artist as Musician, the Composer as Model 4 sessions; Thurs., Oct. 7, 14, 21, and 28, 12–1:30 p.m.; CODE 1K0-148; Members $80; Nonmembers $90

Allegory of Music by Filippino Fiorentino

Individual sessions: Thurs., Oct. 7 (CODE 1K0-149); Thurs., Oct. 14 (CODE 1K0-150); Thurs., Oct 21 (CODE 1K0-151); Thurs., Oct. 28 (CODE 1K0-152); 12–1:30 p.m.; Members $25; Nonmembers $30

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OCT 13 New Art for a New Century: Matisse, Derain, Zorach OCT 20 Empathy and Shock: Kirchner, Kollwitz, Barlach OCT 27 Beyond Realism and Narrative: Picasso, Braque, Mondrian NOV 3 Exploring the Subconscious: Duchamp, Dali, Kahlo NOV 10 The Triumph of American Painting: Pollock, de Kooning, Krasner 5 sessions; Wed., Oct. 13–Nov. 10, 12–1:30 p.m.; CODE 1M2-160; Members $85; Nonmembers $95

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Understanding Modern Art The radical innovations made by European and American painters and sculptors between 1900 and 1960 forever altered the way we think about visual art. Before World War I, fauvist and expressionist painters challenged the traditional Western concept of beauty, while Picasso and Malevich took on thousands of years of art history by exploring the controversial realm of abstraction. Between the wars, artists as different as Salvador Dalí and Frida Kahlo made images based on their own dreams and hallucinations. Later, American art finally achieved international recognition through the enormous, dramatic canvases of Jackson Pollock, paving the way for several decades of cultural prominence that began in the 1960s. In this richly illustrated course, art historian Nancy G. Heller discusses major works by the period’s seminal painters and sculptors, emphasizing their broader socio-political and aesthetic contexts.


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Visions of The Divine Comedy “In the middle of our life’s journey, I found myself in a dark wood.” So begins one of the most famous and complex poems in the Western tradition, Dante’s Divine Comedy, an epic on the soul’s journey through the afterlife. Begun in 1308 and completed in 1320, a year before Dante’s death, this narrative poem has continued to provide inspiration for countless artists—from manuscript illuminators to painters and sculptors from a variety of cultures and time periods. Art historian Aneta Georgievska Shine explores some of the greatest of those works by such artists as Botticelli, Blake, Redon, and Rodin. Dante’s demise was seven hundred years ago, but by looking at the art he inspired we gain a finer understanding of the ways in which this poem has been received and interpreted, and has remained relevant. 10 a.m. Dante in the Gothic and the Renaissance eras 11:15 a.m. Dante and the Romantic Imagination Antaeus Setting Down Dante and Virgil in the Last Circle of Hell by William Blake

12:15 p.m. Break 12:45 p.m. Nineteenth-Century Transformations 1:45 p.m. Dante and the Moderns Sat., Oct. 16, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.; CODE 1H0-631; Members $70; Nonmembers $80

World Art History Certificate elective: Earn ½ credit

The Ashcan School of Painting

Art + History: David and Napoleon

French impressionist artists popularized the painting of everyday urban life in the late 19th century. Composed of pleasing bits of pure color, their modern city visions were subjective and quite beautiful. The Ashcan School of American artists, working primarily in New York in the late-19th and early-20th centuries, followed the impressionists’ lead, but instead realistically depicted what they saw. Their paintings captured the city with its gritty underbelly exposed. Art historian Bonita Billman explores the unvarnished truths revealed about modern life in works by George Bellows, William Glackens, Robert Henri, George Luks, Everett Shinn, and John Sloan. She considers their influence on future generations of artists who chose the city and its people as their subjects.

Great art is timeless, and speaks to us across time, culture, and space. Yet great works come from real people living real lives. Popular Smithsonian Associates speaker Paul Glenshaw looks at great works of art in their historical context and what shaped their creators’ vision. Join Glenshaw as he delves into the life and times of French artist and fervent anti-royalist Jacques-Louis David. To learn why David became court painter to Napoleon, the first emperor of France, he explores their paths to prominence during the revolution, and how David established Napoleon’s image in Napoleon Crossing the Napoleon Crossing the Alps by JacquesAlps, The Coronation of Louis David Napoleon, and The Emperor Napoleon in His Study at the Tuileries.

Wed., Nov. 17, 6:30 p.m.; CODE 1M2-165; Members $30; Nonmembers $35

The Lone Tenement by George Bellows, 1909

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Tues., Oct. 19, 6:45 p.m.; CODE 1K0-162; Members $20; Nonmembers $25

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Do you really know the difference between graffiti, street art, and public art? Art historian Janetta Rebold Benton explores the variety of images, messages, materials, and locations of public art. She discusses the large-scale outdoor sculptures of such artists as Calder, Nevelson, and Oldenburg and van Bruggen. She shows how public art has modified the environment itself, citing the temporary textile installations of Christo and wife and partner Jeanne-Claude.

Christo's "The Gates" exhibit in Central Park, New York City, 2005

Benton also considers public art’s social value: The monumental The Great Wall of Los Angeles was created as a collaboration of young people from diverse economic and social backgrounds. Wherever the installation, public art, says Benton, speaks to the many, not just to the few. Mon., Nov 1, 6:30 p.m.; CODE 1H0-638; Members $20; Nonmembers $25

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Write Into Art Creative Writing Inspired by Visual Art Discover how visual art can inspire creative writing and how writing can offer a powerful way to experience art. Join Mary Hall Surface, the founding instructor of the National Gallery of Art’s popular Writing Salon, for three online workshops that explore essential elements of writing and styles through close looking, word-sketching, and imaginative response to prompts. The sessions spotlight a diverse range of visual art— Mary Hall Surface in front of Edward Hopper’s 1939 19th-century artist painting Cape Cod Evening, National Gallery of Art Suzanne Valadon’s Self-portrait; photographer Berenice Abbott’s Pennsylvania Station; Edward Hopper’s People in the Sun—chosen to inspire writers of all experience levels to deepen their process and practice. Each workshop has a limited enrollment to maximizeinteraction among the instructor and students. NOV 2 Character: Discover Dimensions NOV 9 Setting: Explore Place and Time NOV 16 Story: Imagine Possibilities 3-session series; Tues., Nov. 2, 9, and 16, 10–11:30 a.m.; CODE 1K0-144; Members $105; Nonmembers $115 Individual sessions: Tues., Nov. 2 (CODE 1K0-145); Tues., Nov. 9 (CODE 1K0-146); Tues., Nov. 16 (CODE 1K0-147); 10–11:30 a.m.; Members $40; Nonmembers $45

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The Cave Temples of India The rock-cut architecture at world-famous sites like Ajanta, Ellora, Elephanta, and Badami have captured the imaginations of visitors and devotees for centuries. The sites are notable not just for their antiquity and religious significance, but also for the ingenious and sophisticated techniques used to create them: These monasteries and temples were excavated from the sides of mountains. Because of their enduring nature, these Ajivika, Jain, Buddhist, and Hindu sites provide rare opportunities for understanding India’s past. Art historian Robert DeCaroli explores the origins of the rock-cut architectural form, examines what we know about these sites’ histories, and how they are being protected from threats today. Mon., Nov. 15, 6:45 p.m.; CODE 1J0-131; Members $20; Nonmembers $25 Buddhist monks praying in front of the Dagoba of Chaitya Cave 26

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All programs are presented on the Zoom platform; all listed times are Eastern Time. Online registration is required.

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World Art History Certificate elective: Earn 1/2 credit Composition is one of the most important of elements of any artwork. This workshop Examine fundamental concepts of composition and their practical application in studio-art practice, offering participants Moroccan Café by Matisse, 1913 tools to enrich their own work as well to analyze and appreciate visual art in general. Create several collages based on art works and themes discussed in class.

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Explore the basics of color theory including temperature, value, and harmony-creating color schemes. In three hands-on projects, learn to use a color wheel with tinting and toning, color charts, and color harmony studies. In-class demonstrations highlight color matching techniques. .

TWO OPTIONS: Fri., Sept 3–24 (CODE 1V0-0WE); Thurs., Oct. 14– Nov. 4 (CODE 1V0-0UF); 10:30 a.m.; Shahin Talishkhan; details and supply list on website; Members $155; Nonmembers $175 Example by Theresa Ottenson

Are you in a rut? Has the excitement gone out of your artistic life? Would you like to think more creatively? This fun class will get your creative juices flowing. Students By Lori VanKirk Schue complete artwork with the aid of guided imagery, music, and poetry as they apply exciting techniques using basic materials. Learn how various famous artists kickstarted their own creativity. Tues., Oct. 19, 10:30 a.m.; Lori VanKirk Schue; details and supply list on website; CODE 1V0-0UH; Members $45; Nonmembers $55

Thurs., Oct. 14–Nov. 4, 6:30 p.m.; Theresa Ottenson; details and supply list on website; CODE: 1V0-0UG; Members $135; Nonmembers $155

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Beginning Drawing This valuable introduction for beginners focuses on the basic skills needed as a strong foundation for drawing. Working in charcoal and graphite, students explore the rendering of geometric forms, volume, and perspective, with an emphasis on personal gesture marks. Sun., Oct. 17–Dec. 12 (no class Nov. 28), 10:15 a.m. (CODE 1V00UC); Josh Highter; details and supply list on website; Members $235; Nonmembers $265;

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Drawing Washington, DC, Landmarks

Sat., Oct. 9–30, 1 p.m.; Paul Glenshaw; details and supply list on website; CODE 1V0-0UE; Members $160; Nonmembers $180

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Introduction to Pastels Cezanne-Inspired Landscapes At the U.S. National Arboretum Working outdoors in the U.S. National Arboretum, use vibrant pastels to capture the colors of nature, and light and shadows. The workshop includes demonstrations, color theory, color By Sandra Gobar mixing, optical mixing, and composition. View works by Cezanne for inspiration and creative ideas. Sat., Oct. 9–Oct. 30, 11 a.m.; Sandra Gobar; details and supply list on website; CODE 1V00UP; Members $210 Nonmembers $230

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Introduction to Scientific Illustration

Current CDC and Smithsonian Covid-19 guidelines will be followed for in-person classes, which could include masking and self-health checks.

The nation’s capital is a perfect place to draw outdoors. Bring your sketchpad and explore the city’s sites from museums By Paul Glenshaw to monuments and more. Tackle atmospheric and linear perspective, landscapes, and figures, drawing with pencil, charcoal, oil pastel, and dry pastel.

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Learn to see like a scientist as you use watercolor and ink to illustrate specimens from nature. Develop your skills applying techniques such as composition, working with color, and recording fine detail in nature journaling, watercolor painting, drawing, and creating stand-alone biological Illustrations. Previous experience with watercolor and drawing required.

Tues., Oct. 12–Nov. 2, 6:30 p.m.; Natalia Wilkins-Tyler; details and supply list on website: CODE 1V0-0TX; details and supply list on website; Members $145; Nonmembers $165

Drawing Heads, Hands, and Feet Students sharpen their figure drawing skills by focusing on the most challenging and expressive details of the human figure. Working from photographs, employ both wet and dry media to experiment with line, modeling, foreshortening, structure, expression, and varied rates of drawing.

Drawings by Max-Karl Winkler

Wed., Oct. 13–Dec. 8, 6 p.m. (no class Nov. 24); Max-Karl Winkler; details and supply list on website; CODE 1V0-0UA; Members $235; Nonmembers $265

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Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Build your drawing ability and improve your understanding of visual relationships. Work with exercises that improve how you see and record objects on paper, understand edges and space, relationships between objects, and light and shadow. Tues., Oct. 12–Dec. 7, 10:30 a.m.; (no class Nov. 23) Shahin Talishkhan; details and supply list on website; CODE 1V00TY; Members $235; Nonmembers $265

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Oil Pastels Cray-Pas, the first oil pastel, was introduced in the 1920s. Two decades later, when Picasso asked Henri Sennelier to create professional oil pastels, the By Chester Kasnowski world had a truly new art medium. Become familiar with the basics of using brightly colored, long-lasting oil pastels through group technique demonstrations and one-on-one instruction. Wed., Oct. 13–Nov. 17, 1:30 p.m.; Chester Kasnowski; details and supply list on website; CODE 1V0-0TZ; Members $185; Nonmembers $215


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For centuries, religious and secular Islamic manuscripts have contained beautiful geometric decorations. Explore the history and construction of these By Sughra Hussainy traditional designs and create designs with graph paper and a compass. Sun., Oct. 17–Nov. 21, 1 p.m.; Sughra Hussainy; details and supply list on website; CODE 1V0-0UB; Members $195; Nonmembers $225

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Sculpting with Color and Light The sun-dappled marble sculptures by Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and others lining a walkway outside Florence’s Uffizi Gallery are inspiration for this workshop. Add a sense of dimension to watercolor portraits as you learn how to capture sunlight and layered shadows. By Cindy Briggs

Thurs., Aug. 5 and 12, 6:30 p.m.; Cindy Briggs; details and supply list on website; CODE 1V0-0RW; Members $95; Nonmembers $115

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Anatomical Drawing Learn the fundamentals of drawing the human body. Explore the skeleton and planes of motion, review gesture drawing and musculature; and focus on body segments and key anatomical features. Discover how to convey motion using virtual anatomy software, a digital figure drawing site, and a variety of props Wed., Nov. 3–Dec. 15, 6:30 p.m. (no class Nov. 24); Trisha Gupta; details and supply list on website; CODE 1V00WC; Members $195; Nonmembers $225

The Sun-Drenched Landscape in Soft Pastel Soft pastel’s jewel-like pigment is perfect for capturing the glow of sunlight as it illuminates the landscape. Create pastel artworks while learning the medium’s techniques and nuances. Students learn how to block in forms from a reference photo; how to render light and shadow; and how to use soft-pastel techniques. Sat., Nov. 6–20, 1 p.m.; Christine Debrosky; details and supply list on website; CODE 1V00UD; Members $165; Nonmembers $185

Western Landscapes Under the Milky Way The American West has some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world—especially breathtaking beneath those expansive dark skies. Using watercolor, learn how to mix the colors that capture the night sky’s subtle tints; work with masking fluid to create highlights and stars; and re-create the texture of the region’s red rock landscapes. Wed., Sept. 22–29, 6:30 p.m.; Natalia Wilkins-Tyler; details and supply list on website; CODE 1V0-0TV; Members $85; Nonmembers $105

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Easy Art Journaling in Watercolor and Ink Create a memorable way to record your travels, explorations, or daily adventures. Learn how to create illustrated art journals on paper with easy-going techniques that cover writing, drawing, and watercoloring. Basic design and lettering styles are covered to add richness to hand-drawn words.

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Tues., Oct. 12–Dec. 7, 10 a.m. (no class Nov. 23); Lubna Zahid; details and supply list on website; CODE 1V0-0UJ; Members $265; Nonmembers $295

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Lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on experimentation introduce the medium of oils. Working from museum masterpieces, still-life arrangements, or your own favorite photos, explore basic painting techniques, including By Shahin Talishkhan color-mixing, scumbling, and glazing. Gain the technical background and experience you need to get started as a painter. Guidelines for handling toxic chemicals are stressed.

Students learn how to paint expressive portraits as they improve their observational skills and ability to see angles and shapes, and their understanding of color and value. The class emphasizes how to define a subject’s unique features by determining shapes of light and shadow. Students may work from a bust, statue, or painting or photographic source.

Tues., Oct. 12–Dec. 7, 6:30 p.m. (no class Nov. 23); Shahin Talishkhan; details and supply list on website; CODE 1V0-0UL; Members $265; Nonmembers $295

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Learn to create patterns of light and shadow in watercolor through demonstrations and hands-on exercises. Gain confidence creating these contrasting elements, which add dramatic elements to your work. Learn how to create a strong focal point, unity, and balance By Lubna Zahid within a painting. Tues., Oct. 12–Dec. 7, 5 p.m. (no class Nov. 23); Lubna Zahid; details and supply list on website; CODE 1V0-0UK; Members $265; Nonmembers $295

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Mon., Oct. 18–Dec. 6, 7 p.m.; Eric Westbrook; details and supply list on website; CODE 1V0-0UN; Members $245; Nonmembers $275

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Build a Tiny House It takes a village! In this workshop, students construct their own tiny houses, which they personalize working in papermache, acrylics, and mixed media. Explore a range of materials in fabricating your own house. Finish the house’s interior and exterior in acrylic, photo transfers, and a variety of techniques to make it your own. Fri., Sept. 10–Sept. 24, 1:30 p.m.; Marcie Wolf-Hubbard; details and supply list on website; CODE 1V0-0SY; Members $165; Nonmembers $185 By Marcie Wolf-Hubbard

Introduction to Watercolor Beginning students as well as experienced painters learn about new materials and techniques in watercolor painting. By Josh Highter Working on still-lifes and landscapes from direct observation or photographs, they explore basic watercolor techniques and learn new approaches to painting through demonstration, discussion, and experimentation. Mon., Oct. 18–Dec. 6, 6:30 p.m.; Josh Highter; details and supply list on website; CODE 1V0-0UM; Members$245; Nonmembers $275

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By Sue Fierston

Delightful and detailed prints on paper can be made by applying water-based printing inks to a whole fish and pressing it to paper. Create several 12-by-18-inch gyotaku. Learn how to paint realistic fish eyes and cut masks to create realistic compositions.

Sat., Sept. 11, 10 a.m.; Sue Fierston; details and supply list on website; CODE 1V0-0SZ; Members $75; Nonmembers $85


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Paper Frenzy Try new techniques as you have fun creating papers for collage and other art projects. Create a glorious collection of one-of-akind papers accented by acrylic, inks, stamps, and other printmaking materials. Students use a variety of papers including art tissue and watercolor to create a supply of materials of various weights, textures, and patterns. Wed., Oct. 13–27, 6:30 p.m.; Sharon Robinson; details and supply list on website; CODE 1V0-0UZ; Members $125; Nonmembers $145

Mon., Sept. 13–Sept. 27, 12 p.m.; Sushmita Mazumdar; details and supply list on website; CODE 1V0-0TA; Members $125; Nonmembers $145 By Sharon Robinson

Where’s My Muse? Collage and Mixed-Media

Flexing Your Creative Muscle Plumb the depths of creative inspiration, drawing on class discussion, visual aids, and exercises to engage the senses in the act of design. Students use writing, drawing, painting, collage, and other techniques to make pieces of art that are personal creative expressions.

By Sharon Robinson

Mon., Sept. 13–27, 6:30 p.m.; Sharon Robinson; details and supply list on website; CODE 1V00TN; Members $100; Nonmembers $120

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With an emphasis on imagery from the natural world, learn to sketch animals and objects found in nature, then combine your drawings with painting and additional elements and textures to create whimsical or serious mixed-media art.

Wed., Oct. 13–Dec. 8, 6:30 p.m. (no class Nov. 24); Marcie Wolf Hubbard; details and supply list on website; CODE 1V0-0UR; Members $245; Nonmembers $275

Collage is a highly versatile and accessible art technique that results in the playful combination of different and sometimes unlikely materials. Get an introduction to the materials, tools, and technologies used in By Marcie Wolf-Hubbard collage and assemblage. Find inspiration in artists who worked in collage including Joseph Cornell, Romare Bearden, and Gertrude Green. Then, develop your own collage, mixed-media, or assemblage projects.

8-SESSION COURSE: Wed., Oct. 13–Dec. 8, 1:30 p.m. (no class Nov. 24); Marcie Wolf-Hubbard; details and supply list on website; CODE 1V0-0UQ; Members $245; Nonmembers $275 INTENSIVE COURSE: Fri., Oct. 22–Nov. 5, 1:30 p.m.; Marcie Wolf-Hubbard; details and supply list on website; CODE 1V0-0UV; Members $165; Nonmembers $185

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Exploring Abstraction In this process-oriented class, explore the basis of abstraction by studying color, line, and shape as they relate to composition. Learn to create works of art using a series of drawing, painting, and collage exercises designed to examine nontraditional ways of handling traditional materials and subject matter. The class emphasizes finding a more intuitive way of working. Thurs., Oct. 14–Dec. 16 (no class Nov. 11, 25), 12 p.m.; Delna Datsur; details and supply list on website; CODE 1V0-0US; Members $255; Nonmembers $285

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Relief Printing Linocut and Woodblock The most sculptural of all printmaking techniques, woodblock printing and linocut printing are ideal for creating bold, textured images. This class introduces relief printing techniques including design and transfer through cutting and printing the block. Students design and produce their own editions, By Max-Karl Winkler using nontoxic materials and employing both one and two-color techniques. Mon., Oct. 18–Dec. 6, 10:30 a.m.; Max-Karl Winkler; details and supply list on website; CODE 1V0-0UT; Members $185; Nonmembers $215

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Kitchen Table Collage Explore methods for creating mixed media using a minimum of purchased art supplies, while still allowing for a wide range of creative applications. Learn how to use food- and plant-based items, recycled materials, and household tools and implements to fashion colors, make stencils for patterns, and create textures in artwork. Sat., Oct. 16 and Sat., Oct. 23, 1 p.m.; Sharon Robinson; details and supply list on website; CODE 1V0-0WD; Members $95; Nonmembers $105

Coptic Binding and History The nearly 2,000-year-old art of Coptic stich binding is still used in contemporary book binding. Artists favor the technique, which results in an exposed spine and pages that lay flat when the books are open, allowing for easier drawing or writing. Create a Coptic-bound journal and learn about Coptic language, literature, and book culture.. Sun., Oct. 24, 1 p.m.; Elizabeth Platte and Katie Platte; details and supply list on website; CODE: 1V0-0UW; Members $55; Nonmembers $65

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Artful Mind: Tranquil Mind Centering practices artists use to prepare to make art can also help in everyday life! Through guided instruction designed to enhance your own art-making, explore markmaking with lines, swirls and puddles; and use paper to experiment with folding and tearing. Mon., Oct. 18–Nov. 22, 12 p.m.; Sushmita Mazumdar; details and supply list on website; CODE 1V00UU; Members $85; Nonmembers $115

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Some book forms also make whimsical toys! Construct a Halloween Jacob’s Ladder (with box), smash books that become stars or caterpillars, miniature button books, and more. Explore surface-design techniques using gel printing with alcohol ink, and learn about various kinds of By Ali Hansen and Carol Myers paper including synthetic Yupo and fiber-based handmade papers. By Sushmita Mazumdar

Sat., Oct 30 and Sun., Oct. 31, 12 p.m.; Ali Hansen and Carol Myers; details and supply list on website; CODE 1V0-0UX; Members $95; Nonmembers $115


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Palestinian Embroidery 101 The Tatreez Sampler

Holiday Card Workshop

Learn about Palestinian embroidery’s fascinating history and how its heritage has been preserved by generations of women. Then, learn the basic Palestinian cross-stitch to create a tatreez sampler, using a standard-size sheet of Aida cloth.

Timeless Tidings This year, send friends and family bespoke holiday cards. From the decorated envelope to the personalized sentiment, each handmade card will become a keepsake that lasts long after the season ends. The instructor shares tips and demonstrates techniques for creating simply elegant, unique cards. Topics include card construction, sentiments, foreground, background, and statement embellishments.

By Karen Cadogan

Sat., Nov. 6, 10 a.m.; Karen Cadogan; details and supply list on website; CODE 1V0-0UY; Members $70; Nonmembers $80

TWO OPTIONS: Fri., Aug. 20, 2 p.m. (CODE 1V0-0TH); Fri., Sept. 17, 2 p.m. (CODE 1V0-0TJ); Wafa Ghnaim; details and supply list on website; Members $55; Nonmembers $65

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Natural Dye Workshop: A Beginners Studio Explore the wide range of colors that nature can yield. In this three-part class, learn how to by An-Phuong Ly establish a dye studio at home, dive into various dyestuffs and colors, and walk through the process of dyeing fiber with natural materials. A few surface design techniques, such as tying, clamping, and resist, are also discussed.

Vines, leaves, and vegetables provide the basis for creating wonderful, evocative prints on fabric. Using colorful Akua waterbased printmaking ink, celebrate summer by spending a day experimenting with hand-printing on fabrics using seasonal natural materials. Participants first practice their printmaking Student’s work techniques on muslin, and later use a cotton or cotton-blend solid light-colored shirt. Sat., Aug. 28, 10 a.m.; CODE 1V0-0RQ; Sue Fierston; supply list on website; Members $75; Nonmembers $85

Sun. Aug. 1–Aug. 15, 12:30 p.m.; An-Phuong Ly; details and supply list on website; CODE 1V0-0TF; Members $95; Nonmembers $115

Mindful Stitching Center yourself though the calm flow of the rhythmic motion of hand stitching. Create a therapeutic textile panel using a hand needle and materials you have at home, which can include vintage family textiles such as table napkins to invoke warm personal memories. Sessions provide basic instruction and emphasize improvisation and following the inspiration of the moment. Lauren Kingsland; Sat., Aug. 7–Aug. 28, 11:30 a.m.; details and supply list on website; CODE 1V0-0SD; Members $105; Nonmembers $125 By Lauren Kingsland

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Introduction to Bobbin Lace Handmade bobbin lace has been around since the 16th century. Though it might look complicated, all bobbin lace is made with two moves, with four bobbins at a time. Learn the basics of bobbin lacemaking, from winding the bobbins to making four small lace projects, in this introductory class. TWO OPTIONS: Wed., Aug. 11–Sept. 1, 10:30 a.m. (CODE 1V0-0SE); Mon., Oct.18–Nov. 8, 12 p.m. (CODE 1V00VB); Karen Thompson; details and supply list on website; Members $185; Nonmembers $205 By Karen Thompson

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Freestyle Embroidery Basics In this workshop, beginners are introduced to surface freestyle hand embroidery. In this style, the stitches are applied By Heather Kerley freely, disregarding the weave or structure of the ground cloth. Students learn how to select and prepare fabric using a simple design, ready their hoop, and begin stitching. TWO OPTIONS: Sat., Sept. 11, 12:30 p.m. (CODE 1V00TK); Sat., Oct. 23, 12:30 p.m. (CODE 1V0-0VC); Heather Kerley; details and supply list on website; Members $55; Nonmembers $65

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Local Color: Foraging for Natural Dyestuff

Beyond the Basics Once you have mastered the two movements of bobbin lace in “Introduction to Bobbin Lace,” there are many new techniques to explore. In this intermediate level class, students create four small projects that allow them to practice, and build upon, new skills.

By Karen Thompson

Mon., Nov. 15–Dec. 6, 12 p.m.; Karen Thompson; details and supply list on website; CODE 1V0-0VF; Members $185; Nonmembers $205

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Natural dyes are all around us: fields of wildflowers; tree-and flower-lined city streets; our own kitchen composts. Discover sources of natural by An-Phuong Ly in-season dyestuff in the Mid-Atlantic area, how to extract dye from them, and how to effectively prepare fabric and dye samples. Sun., Sept. 12, 12:30 p.m.; An-Phuong Ly; details and supply list on website; CODE 1V0-0TM; Members $50; Nonmembers $60

Edge Finishing Techniques in Quilt making A quilt’s finished edge often make a difference in the piece’s overall impact. Learn how to use self-binding or applied bindings, facings, and overstitching to apply the edge. This can be done working by hand, with a machine, or using both techniques.

Avoiding and Fixing Knitting Mistakes Nothing can be more frustrating than realizing there’s something wrong with your knitting, and not knowing how to fix it. Learn how to avoid errors, from dropped stitches to difficult pattern instructions to twisted stitches and more, and what to do when you’re stuck on a knitting project. Fri., Aug. 27, 1:30 p.m.; Ann Richards; details and supply list on website; CODE 1V0-0TE; Members $45; Nonmembers $55

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Flash Quilt Stories Inspired by the 6-Word Memoir project, learn to capture quick images of personal stories in quilted wall-hangings. Fusing allows students to appliqué shapes quickly, while embroidered By Lauren Kingsland details emphasize essential ideas. Found objects like jewelry or trinkets may also be included.

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Tapestry Weaving Learn basic tapestry weaving techniques and design. Then, create a miniature woven tapestry on a small frame loom. Techniques covered include warping the loom; color mixing and hatching; creating stripes and irregular shapes; and shading and contour. Mon., Oct. 25–Nov. 29, 6:30 p.m.; Tea Okropiridze; loom required; details and supply list on website; CODE 1V0-0VD; Members $185; Nonmembers $215

Sat., Sept. 11, 1:30 p.m.; Lauren Kingsland; details and supply list on website; CODE 1V0-0TB; Members $45; Nonmembers $55

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Circular Weaving Circular weaving is a fun technique for new weavers as well as experienced fiber artists. Learn how to warp and weave on several sizes of circle looms as you explore plain weave as well as twinning, soumak, ray knots, and loops. Create wall hangings, coasters, mats, By Tea Okropiridze cushions, embellishments for accessories, or home décor using a variety of yarn and roving techniques. Fri., Sept. 17 and 24, 12 p.m.; Tea Okropiridze; details and supply list on website; CODE 1V0-0TR; Members $85; Nonmembers $105

Freestyle Embroidery on Kimono Silk Explore a liberating style of abstract embroidery using improvisational stitches on found fabric, specifically scraps of vintage kimono silk. Take the entire project from beginning to end and learn how to finish the embroidery in the hoop for easy hanging. Wed. Oct. 27–Nov. 17, 10:30 a.m.; Heather Kerley; details and supply list on website; CODE 1V0-0VE; Members $95; Nonmembers $105 By Heather Kerley

Explore color and value contrast using the simple pieced block as a framework for spontaneous piecing. Familiarity with basic quilt making and the sewing machine is helpful. Instruction includes finishing ten blocks into a table runner. Wed., Oct. 13–Oct. 27, 10:30 a.m.; Lauren Kingsland; details and supply list on website; CODE 1V0-0VA; Members $110; Nonmembers $130

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Introduction to Pointed-Pen Calligraphy Learn how to use the elegant copperplate script and take your personal correspondence to a whole new level. Sessions focus on basic tools and mechanics; working with color; and using this hand in different sizes and in various applications. No prior calligraphy experience is needed. Sat., Oct. 16–Dec. 11 (no class Nov. 27), 2 p.m.; Sharmila Karamchandani; details and supply list on website; CODE 1V00VG; Members $235; Nonmembers $265

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Introduction to Afghan Manuscript Illumination

By Sughra Hussainy

The beautiful decorations of religious and secular manuscripts are centuries-old Islamic traditions. Learn elements of gold-leaf manuscript illumination in the Afghan tradition. Create geometric, vegetable, and floralmotifs and naturebased designs, and apply illuminations using gold leaf and gum Arabic.

Sun., Oct. 17–Dec. 12, 9 a.m. (no class Nov. 28); Sughra Hussainy; details and supply list on website; CODE 1V0-0VH; Members $245; Nonmembers $275

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Bead Weaving: On and Off the Loom Bead weaving offers an endless possibility of stitches, designs, and color combinations. Learn two bead weaving methods—with and without a loom—as well as two different stitch patterns with a myriad of design possibilities. The class focuses on how to start and finish wearable pieces, create patterns, and choose bead colors and finishes. Sun., Sept. 12–26, 12 p.m.; Mïa Vollkommer; details and supply list on website; CODE 1K0-0TL; Members $195; Nonmembers $215 By Mïa Vollkommer

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Growing Show Orchids

Washington’s Marvelous Mosaics

Your orchids are thriving and blooming. If you’re wondering what’s next in your orchid adventure, this more advanced orchid class is for you. Learn about the conditions necessary to raise vigorous, healthy orchids for shows and competitions and get tips on transporting and preparing your competition-ready orchids.

Like the myriad of small pieces of colored stone, tile, and glass that make up a mosaic, the Washington, D.C., area contains a surprising number of works that together provide a picture of the styles and techniques that mark an art form that’s been practiced since ancient times. Take a virtual tour of a wide variety of local mosaic treasures at notable public sites, contemporary spaces, and federal and private buildings. Tues., Aug 24., 7 p.m.; Bonnie Fitzgerald; details on website; CODE 1V0-0SM; Members $20; Nonmembers $30

Statue of Liberty (detail) depicted in a mosaic at the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Orchids Gone Native In their native environments, most common orchids grow above the soil attached to trees or rocks. Discover the unique attributes of orchids that allow them to grow this way. The afternoon concludes with a step-by-step guide to free your orchid from the confines of its pot and mount it on a piece of bark. Sat., Aug. 28, 2 p.m.; Barb Schmidt; details and supply list on website; CODE 1V0-0SN; Members $30; Nonmembers $40

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Sun., Sept. 12, 2 p.m.; Barb Schmidt; details on website; CODE 1V0-0TT; Members $30; Nonmembers $40

Mosaic Flowers Create a beautiful flower inspired by nature in any mosaic material you wish. Make a pattern and select materials using a detailed resource list. Sessions combine lectures, hands-on work, and student discussion, Topics include the principles of color, tone, perspective, classical and contemporary cutting techniques, and styles. Tues., Oct. 12–Nov. 16, 6:30 p.m.; Bonnie Fitzgerald; details and supply list on website; CODE: 1V0-0VJ; Members $235; Nonmembers $265

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The Art of Floral Design Gain a full understanding of what floral design entails in this class that covers many practical areas including sourcing (with a focus on sustainability), making the most of seasonal flowers, creating centerpieces, wiring techniques, bouquet-making, and photographing your work. Wed., Oct. 13–Nov. 17, 12 p.m.; Arrin Sutliff; details and supply list on website; CODE 1V0-0VK; Members $135; Nonmembers $165

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Apertures, Shutter Speeds, and Exposure Modes Take command of your photographic vision as you learn the basics of your camera’s exposure functions. Learn to control the properties of your images through the understanding of apertures, shutter speeds, depth of field, shutter motion effects, equivalent exposures, and exposure modes. Mon., Sept. 20, 6:30 p.m.; Joe Yablonsky; details on website; CODE 1V0-0TU; Members $45; Nonmembers $55

Abstract Art with Alcohol Inks Alcohol inks can be used on a variety of surfaces, including glossy paper, plastic, metal, and glass. Beginning painting students develop their artistic voice in classes that focus on materials and techniques. Students complete several note cards and a frameable print as they experiment with alcohol inks on a variety of surfaces.

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Mon., Oct. 18–Nov. 1, 4 p.m.; Sarinda Jones; kit ($50 + shipping) is available for purchase from the instructor; details and supply list on website; CODE 1V0-0VL; Members $135; Nonmembers $155

Creative Instagram Content for Artists and Entrepreneurs Find out how to optimize your Instagram profile and create fun and engaging posts. The canva platform and Lifelapse (stop motion) apps are used in this class. Download them on your smartphone or tablet prior to the first class (each comes with a 30-day free trial). Fri., Nov. 5–Dec. 10, 12 p.m. (no By Sandra Cerna class Nov. 26); Sandra Cerna; details and supply list on website; CODE 1V0-0WB; Members $80; Nonmembers $110

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Night Photography and Tripods You don’t necessarily need great light to make a great photo. Understand the essentials of night photography and tripods as you learn to manage longer exposure times, exposure modes, and compensation; choose the right tripod; work with remote shutter-release triggers; use the self-timer; and more. Mon., Sept. 13, 6:30 p.m.; Joe Yablonsky; details on website; CODE 1V0-0TP; Members $45; Nonmembers $55

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Black & White Analog Photography–Film Developing and Printing Dust off your film cameras, developing tanks, and that old enlarger— for some old-school photography. This class features 35mm and “toy” film cameras; film developing theory and chemicals; evaluating negatives; negative storage and scanning basics; condenser vs. diffuser enlargers; color head usage; printing paper and darkroom options; print storage and scanning basics; and plenty more. Tues., Sept. 14–28, 6:30 p.m.; Joe Yablonsky; details on website; CODE 1V0-0TQ; Members $125; Nonmembers $145

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Introduction to iPhone Photography Put away your point-and-shoot camera and pull out your iPhone to create great images. Learn to make the most of your phone’s camera, starting with photography basics such as essential compositional skills and exposure, then moving on to an exploration of some of the best apps, camera accessories, and low-cost tools for editing and image management. TWO OPTIONS: Sat., Sept. 25 and Sun., Sept. 26, 10 a.m. (CODE 1V0-0TW); Sat., Oct. 16 and Sun., Oct. 17 (CODE 1V00VS); Peggy Feerick; details and supply list on website; Members $75; Nonmembers $95 By Peggy Feerick

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Call for Volunteers To assist remotely with online Studio Arts and lecture programs Primary duties: managing the Q&A box, posting chat-box announcements, and deploying introductory slides on Zoom. Hours are flexible. Preference is for studio arts volunteering. Requirements: • Familiarity with how Zoom works • Up-to-date computer • Ability to text message For more information visit: smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/volunteer/ or contact Jenna Jones at: volunteer@smithsonianassociates.org

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Understanding Your Digital Mirrorless or SLR Camera Photographers seeking better picture quality should consider learning about digital SLR ormirrorless cameras. Topics discussed include ISO, shutter, and aperture controls; depth of field; raw andjpeg files; and By Eliot Cohen white balance. Shutter and aperture priority shooting modes are demonstrated and students guided in their use. Several photos can be uploaded before the second session, which features suggestions for possible improvement. Wed., Oct. 13–27, 10 a.m.; Eliot Cohen; details on website; class size is limited to 7; CODE 1V0-0VQ; Members $255; Nonmembers $275

In this class for beginners who want to learn how to use their digital or mirrorless camera as a creative tool, students gain skill in technical aspects of photography so that they can concentrate on composing beautiful images. Topics include aperture, shutter speed, ISO, the exposure triangle, focal length, metering, white balance, and composition. Weekly assignments are critiqued by the instructor in class.

TWO OPTIONS: Tues. Oct. 12–Dec. 7, 10:30 a.m. (no class Nov. 23); CODE 1V0-0VM; Wed., Oct 13–Dec. 8, 6:30 p.m. (no class Nov. 23); CODE 1V0-0VP; Andargé Asfaw; details on website; Members $225; Nonmembers $255

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Introduction to Photography Whether you want to work in digital or film, this class offers a solid foundation for new photographers ready to learn the basics. Topics include camera functions, exposure, metering, working with natural and artificial light, and composition. Critiques of assignments enhance your technical skills.

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The Flash Class Understanding how to use the camera’s flash is key for photographers who want to advance to the nextlevel. This class, designed for digital photographers familiar with aperture, shutter speed, By Marty Kaplan ISO andmetering in manual mode, offers to do just that. Learn how to take the battery-operated flash off the camera to create a threedimensional look to your photographs. TWO OPTIONS: Tues., Aug. 3–Aug. 24, 6:30 p.m. (CODE 1V00SV); Tues., Oct. 26–Nov. 16, 6:30 p.m. (CODE 1V0-0VX); Marty Kaplan; details on website; Members $165; Nonmembers $185


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Exposures and Histograms Beginning photographers learn how to use histograms, a graphic display of the brightness levels of pixels in an image—and an essential guide to achieving the correct exposure. Topics covered include in-camera exposure meters, exposure compensation, and ISO/film speed. Wed., Oct. 13, 6:30 p.m.; Joe Yablonsky; details on website; CODE 1V0-0VR; Members $45; Nonmembers $55

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Surrealism and Photograms: Hands-on Photography History Art historian and photographer Patricia Howard introduces the world of the photo surrealists and explores how they pushed the boundaries of photographic imagery in the 1920s to 1940s. Create your very own surrealist collage as part of the experience. Sat., Oct. 23 and 30, 12 p.m.; Patricia Howard; details and supply list on website; CODE 1V0-0VY Members $75; Nonmembers $95

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Lightroom Tune-up In this interactive class, students who have had a structured introduction to Lightroom and are familiar with the Library and Develop modules learn to leverage all of the Library functions to improve organization, sorting, and retrieval of files; ensure editing practice has a logical workflow; more fully understand the possibilities for various sliders and tools; and to achieve finer effects with brushes and gradients. Mon., Aug. 2–16, 7 p.m.; Eliot Cohen; details on website; class size limited to 7; CODE 1V0-0SU; Members $275; Nonmembers $295

Architecture and Public Art Photography Learn how to take great photographs of architecture and public art. Class discussions include techniques and camera settings for cityscapes, individual buildings, architectural details, contemporary public art, monuments and memorials, and cemetery statuary. Explore favorite locations to fulfill homework assignments. The final class features reviews of students’ work. Wed., Aug. 11–Aug. 25, 6:30 p.m.; Joe Yablonsky; details on website; CODE 1V0-0SW; Members $125; Nonmembers $145

Introduction to Lightroom Adobe lightroom is the best program for organizing and editing photographs and is usable for both RAW and JPEG image files. This workshop offers users an overview of the program, with a focus on working with the essential Library and Develop modules for organizing and editing your files.

By Eliot Cohen

Sat., Nov. 6 and Sun., Nov. 7, 9:30 a.m.; Eliot Cohen; details on website; CODE 1V0-0WA; class size limited to 6; Members $275; Nonmembers $295

Build Your Photographic Portfolio Go beyond taking random photographs and develop a cohesive body of work that is uniquely yours. Evaluate your best photos and identify the attributes that define your own photographic vision. Targeted homework assignments help you increase your collection of portfolio-quality work. Portfolio books, print sizes, order of presentation, photography websites, and presentation methods are also discussed. Thurs., Aug. 12–26, 6:30 p.m.; Joe Yablonsky; details on website; CODE 1V0-0SX; Members $125; Nonmembers $145

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The Photo Essay A photo essay is a set or series of photographs that are intended to tell a story or evoke a series of emotions. Discover how the essay can help develop a more cohesive body of work. Homework assignments are designed to encourage students to explore their own personal interests. The last class features a review of images. Wed., Sept. 1 and Sept. 22, 6:30 p.m.; Joe Yablonsky; details on website; CODE 1V0-0TC; Members $90; Nonmembers $110

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Photographic Creativity, Design, and Composition Achieving a balance of visual tension in an image is fundamental in photography. Gain a better understanding of compositional elements and their applications through lectures and By Joe Yablonsky assignments focusing on extended shutter speeds, light graffiti, bokeh templates, and macro photography. Wed. Oct. 20–Nov. 17, 6:30 p.m.; Joe Yablonsky; details on website; CODE 1V0-0VV; Members $185; Nonmembers $215

Mastering Exposure Develop a greater understanding of the complex relationship among aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. Topics include exposure modes, exposure compensation, filter exposure factors, bracketing, metering modes, histograms, the zone system, dynamic range, eliminating camera shake, tripods, and flash concepts. Skills are honed through assignments and in-class review. Thurs. Oct. 14-Nov. 18, 6:30 p.m.; Joe Yablonsky; details on website; CODE 1V00VW; Members $185; Nonmembers $215 By Joe Yablonsky

Introduction to Photography II Whether you work digitally or in film, this course is useful if you are interested in expanding your understanding of photography fundamentals. Sessions cover lighting, composition, shooting By Andargé Asfaw techniques, gear, and photoediting software. A camera with manual controls and a tripod are required. Tues., Oct. 12–Dec. 7, 6:30 p.m. (no class Nov. 23); Andargé Asfaw; details on website; CODE 1V0-0VN; Members $225; Nonmembers $255

By Eliot Cohen

Vision, Craft, Expression: A Photographic Seminar Photographers, move beyond the technical and focus on cultivating and strengthening your artistic vision. Explore ways to pinpoint the idea, concept, or feeling you want to communicate; and how composition, viewpoint, and light reinforce your vision. Mon., Nov. 1–22, 7 p.m.; Eliot Cohen; details on website; limited to 8 participants; CODE 1V0-0VZ; Members $300; Nonmembers $320

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Courses and Lectures—Multi-Session Mon., Aug. 2; Aug. 16 Lunchtime with a Curator ...........................................................37

Sun., Oct. 3; Nov. 7; and Dec. 5; The Intersection of Art and Literature.....................................14

Tues., Aug. 10; Aug. 24; Aug. 31 Art + History: Evening Encores.......................................................38

Tues., Oct. 5–Nov. 30 Further Explorations in Music Theory .....................................25

Mon., Aug. 9–Thurs., Aug. 12 Exploring the Arts of Latin America..............................................37

Wed., Oct. 6, 20, and Nov. 3 In Their Own Words: Memoirs of Lives Recalled...................27

Fri., Aug. 13; Sept. 17; and Oct. 15 Grapes, Geography, and Global Wine Tastings........................2

Thurs., Oct. 7, Oct. 14; Oct 21; and Oct. 28 Art Meets Music ............................................................................46

Mon., Sept. 13; Sept. 27; Oct. 4; Oct. 25; and Nov. 8 “I’m Ready for My Close-up” ...........................................................24

Tues., Oct. 12–Nov. 16 Masterworks of the Choral Tradition .......................................28

Wed., Sept. 15–Nov. 10 Introduction to Music Theory ....................................................25

Wed., Oct. 13–Nov. 10 Understanding Modern Art.........................................................46

Mon., Sept. 20–Thurs., Sept. 23 Four Giants of Spanish Painting ....................................................43

Sun., Oct. 17; Oct. 24; Nov. 7; Nov. 14 Magnificent Movie Music ............................................................29

Thurs., Sept 23; Sept. 30; Oct. 7; and Oct. 14 Volcanic UNESCO World Heritage Sites ..................................12

Tues., Oct. 19; Wed., Oct. 20; and Thurs., Oct. 21 Rock Creek Park Nature and History Walk ...........................35

Mon., Sept. 27; Oct. 4; and Oct., 18 Lunchtime with a Curator ...........................................................44

Mon., Nov. 1; Nov. 15; and Nov. 29 Music City, DC: Season 2 ............................................................30 Tues., Nov. 2, Nov. 9; and Nov. 16 Write Into Art..................................................................................48

Lectures and Seminars—Single Session Tues., Aug. 3

The Espionage Act of 1917 .........................................6

Wed., Aug. 25

Digitization Technology .............................................32

The Valois Dynasty .......................................................6

Thurs., Aug. 26

Los Angeles: Creating the Vision..............................8

Keepers of the Flame...................................................6

Fri., Aug. 27

Michelangelo and The Last Judgement ...............39

A History of TV Comedy ...........................................22

Sat., Aug. 28

Michelangelo and the Medici Popes......................39

Thurs., Aug. 5

Cooking Up History: Lena Richard............................4

Sun, Aug. 29

A Geologic Tour of Copper Canyon, Mexico ........32

Black Music and the Civil Rights Movement.......22

Wed., Sept. 1

Food Fight.....................................................................23

Fri., Aug. 6

Venice: 1000 Years of History .................................40

Sat., Aug. 7

A Day with the Tudors..................................................7

Thurs., Sept. 2

Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks .....................................23

Wed., Aug. 11

The Wyeth Dynasty ....................................................39

Tues., Sept. 7

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Urban Visions ......................41

Thurs., Aug. 12

Shakespeare’s London..................................................7

Wed., Sept. 8

Fri., Aug. 13

Sommelier's Guide to Wine: Unlocking Portugal’s Wine Secrets...........................2

In Search of the Hummingbird ...................................32

The House of Bourbon.................................................9 A Trip to Britain with the Great Composers ...........24 Jacob Lawrence ...........................................................41

Members Only Fridays at Noon with Christopher Wilson..................3

Thurs., Sept. 9

Sat., Aug. 14

The Maya .........................................................................8

Fri., Sept. 10

Mon., Aug. 16

The Valley Forge Winter ..............................................8

Tues., Aug. 17

Elizabeth Barrett Browning ......................................22

Sat., Sept. 11

Sat., Aug. 21

Mastering Crossword Puzzles .................................23

Mon., Sept. 13

Thomas Paine.................................................................9 An Overlooked Gem in Naples .................................41 Feeding Baltimore.........................................................9 Florentine Splendor....................................................40 Fighting Slavery in the Civil War Era .....................10 Jane Austen’s Regency World..................................10 American Schism: Healing a Divided Nation ..........10

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HELPFUL INFORMATION All programs are presented on the Zoom platform; all listed times are Eastern Time. Online registration is required.

Program Planner Tues., Sept. 14

(New listings in red)

The Battle of the Little Bighorn ...................................11

Fri., Oct. 8

Masada.................................................................................11

Ragtime .........................................................................30

Notre Dame .......................................................................42 Fri., Sept. 17

Sommelier's Guide to Wine: Discovering South America ........................................2

The Court of Milan......................................................45 Tues., Oct. 12

A Geologic Tour of Patagonia ..................................35

Wed., Oct. 13

Dr. Fauci and the New Normal...................................5

The Barnes Foundation Philadelphia ...................42 Mon., Sept. 20 Tues., Sept. 21 Wed., Sept. 22

The Potomac.................................................................16

The Bonaparte Family ................................................16

Gettysburg .....................................................................11

Thurs., Oct. 14

The Barnes Foundation: Renoir...............................42

A Geologic Tour of the Northern Rockies................33

Fri., Oct. 15

Sommelier's Guide to Wine: Loving the Loire........2

The Korean War............................................................12

Sat., Oct. 16

Visions of The Divine Comedy.................................47

Jazz in Paris ......................................................................29

Sun., Oct. 17

“We’re Not Going To Take It!”....................................15

Lady Bird Johnson.......................................................12

Mon., Oct. 18

Drawing the Outlines of the Middle East ..............17

NASA's Next Great Observatory.............................33

Tues., Oct. 19

Art and Science: Intertwined Visions....................36

Thurs., Sept. 23 Thomas Aquinas ..........................................................13

Mary Beard: Twelve Caesars....................................43

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary ...........................................34

Art + History: David and Napoleon .........................47

Fri., Sept. 24

The Beasts Before Us ....................................................34

Wed., Oct. 20

Urbino ............................................................................40 Sat., Sept. 25

Literary Baltimore.......................................................26

Mon., Sept. 27

Looking Within .............................................................34

Tues., Sept. 28

Wed., Sept. 29

Thurs., Oct. 21

Walt Whitman in Washington ...................................17 Drowned Worlds ..........................................................36

Plat du Jour ....................................................................3

Fri., Oct. 22

Titian: Prince of Painters..........................................45

Fire and Ice........................................................................34

Mon., Oct. 25

Mad George to Megxit................................................18

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House ...........................43

Tues., Oct. 26

Lost Civilizations: The Sumerians...........................14

Amur River ....................................................................13

Wed., Oct. 27

Extraterrestrial Ecosystems ....................................36

Wine and the White House .......................................13 The Story of Grimms’ Fairy Tales...........................26

Wild, Wonderful Wetlands ........................................36 Thurs., Oct. 28

Thurs., Sept. 30 Cooking Up History: Stir-Frying................................4 Frank Sinatra................................................................24 Fri., Oct. 1

Baking With Dorie .........................................................5 Ulysses S. Grant...........................................................17

Ireland’s Fight for Freedom ......................................18 The Incomparable Ella...............................................29

Sat., Oct. 30

“We’re Not Going To Take It!”....................................15

The Stuart Dynasty.....................................................19 Cultures of the Mekong ............................................38

Autumn in Washington..............................................35

Mon., Nov. 1

Sat., Oct. 2

Aristotle.........................................................................26

Tues., Nov. 2

“Make ‘Em Laugh”.......................................................30

Sun., Oct. 3

Historic Chestertown .................................................15

Fri., Nov. 5

Charity and Grace.......................................................45

Lost Civilizations: The Aztecs ..................................14

Tues., Nov. 9

Tues., Oct. 5

“We’re Not Going To Take It!”....................................15 How Food and Drink Shaped European Culture ...................................................27 Wed., Oct. 6 Thurs., Oct. 7

Public Art in America.................................................48

Eleanor of Aquitaine ...................................................19 The Jews of Venice .....................................................19

Sat., Nov. 13

Augustine of Hippo .....................................................31

Mon., Nov. 15

The Cave Temples of India.......................................48

The Queen’s Residences............................................16

Tues., Nov. 16

Lost Civilizations: The Barbarians ..........................14

Sherlock Holmes ..............................................................27

Wed., Nov. 17

Finding Earth 2.0 ........................................................33

Tues., Dec. 7

Lost Civilizations: The Indus.....................................14

Stanley Tucci ..................................................................5 Autumn’s Harvest........................................................28

The Ashcan School of Painting ..............................47

Studio Arts Painting, Drawing, Mixed Media, Fiber Arts, Sculpture, Calligraphy, Other Media, Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49-62

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