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.
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?
- April 2: Spring classes start!
- April 12: The opening reception for our April Exhibits, Robert Gilbert’s “A Study of Manhattan” and the April Open Exhibit juried by Clifford Chieffo.
- April 25: Spring2ACTion! Give on this day to help us reach our goal of $25,000. Your donation will be matched thanks to a generous gift by the Mason Hirst Foundation. Stay tuned for more details on Spring2ACTion!
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.
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.)