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April Art Events in DC: Your FOMA Rx

F.O.M.A. (noun): “fear of missing art”; the nagging feeling that cool art events are passing you by.

It’s officially springtime and the FOMA is real. Exhibits and events are popping up like crocuses! Here’s your art guide to April in DC, so you can rest easy knowing you won’t be missing out.

A “Drone Zone” painting by Beverly Ryan

Events @ The Art League

On April 1, The Art League will be closed for Easter Sunday. But the rest of the month will be a whirlwind of artistic activity. Are you ready?

Laure Tixier, Plaid Houses (Maquettes): Blue Japan House, Blue Art Deco House, Red Deconstructivist House, White Hut, Acid Green Dome House, Brown Usha Hut, Pink Tower, Turquoise Blue Colonial House (Barbados), Orange Breton House, 2005–11; Wool, felt, and thread, dimensions variable; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Gift of Les Amis du NMWA, Paris, France; © Laure Tixier

Free day @ NMWA

April 1: The first Sunday of every month is the Free Community Day at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. You’ll be able to see — at no charge — the exhibits Women House (including Laure Tixier’s works above) and Hung Liu in Print.

Sonic Blossom @ NPG

April 5–29: “May I give you the gift of song?”

That’s how the performance Sonic Blossom created by Lee Mingwei begins, with a simple question from a costumed performer. If the answer is yes, the lucky museumgoer (and anyone in earshot) is treated to an intimate rendition of one of Schubert’s Lieder.

These performances will take place at the National Gallery of Art, Thursdays through Sundays, April 5–29, from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm. Performers might snag participants from anywhere, but the song portion takes place in the Great Hall.

Slow Art Day @ worldwide

April 14: On this unassuming Saturday, Slow Art Day returns around the globe. The idea is simple: find a participating venue, register if necessary, look at the assigned artworks for 5–10 minutes each, and then meet to discuss.

In the DC area, the Hirshhorn, National Portrait Gallery, and National Museum of Women in the Arts are all participating.

Jonathan Monaghan

In the Midst of the Inferno @ Arlington Planetarium

April 20–22: Jonathan Monaghan is the artist behind In the Midst of the Inferno, a full-dome projection that will play for three nights only at the David M. Brown Planetarium in Arlington, VA. It’s free, but tickets are required.

Kite Fly Day @ Strathmore

April 22: Bring your own kite to fly, watch indoor and outdoor performances, check out the kite exhibit inside the mansion, and more at Strathmore’s Kite Fly Day. (Art Leaguer Jennifer Allevato also has an exhibit going on at the same time.)

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