Weekend Insights – Catch a Textile Art Exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum – The GW Hatchet


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Stop at the Smithsonian American Art Museum to see over 30 works of art based on textiles, domesticity, and feminism.

Before you leave the district for the Thanksgiving vacation, set aside time this weekend to experience DC’s vibrant arts scene and nightlife.

Attend the DowntownDC Holiday Market opening on Friday, see a performance by a world-renowned choreographer at the Kennedy Center on Saturday, and see a textile art exhibit featuring female creators at the Smithsonian American Art Museum on Sunday.


DowntownDC 17th Annual Holiday Market opens
To support local businesses, food vendors and artists while staying in the holiday spirit, head to the 17th Downtown Holiday Market, which opens this Friday. This “one-stop-shop winter wonderland” is located at the intersection of 8th and F NW streets, across from the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery. The market will feature six food vendors selling tasty treats like mini donuts and empanadas through December 23. Browse over 70 exhibitors, including small businesses owned by blacks and minorities, offering specialties of arts, clothing, crafts and jewelry. Be sure to attend the opening kickoff from noon to 2 p.m. and stick around for a live jazz music performance after the event.

F Street NW, 7th to 9th Street NW. 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free. Find more information here.


Akram Khan Company at Kennedy Center
Catch a performance featuring the dance company of critically acclaimed dancer and choreographer Akhram Khan as he wraps up his world tour at the Kennedy Center this weekend. Khan’s work integrates contemporary dance with the classical Indian dance form Kathak to convey the fictional experience of a colonial soldier during WWI. The chaos of war Khan portrayed on his tour, titled XENOS, earned him the 2019 Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement. in Dance, and the show was called a “triumph of energy, empathy and intelligence” by the Daily Telegraph.

Eisenhower Theater, 2700 F St. NW. 8 p.m. Tickets range from $ 25 to $ 99. Find more information here.


Subversive, skillful, sublime: the art of fiber by women
End the weekend with the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s groundbreaking new exhibit, “Subversive, Skilled, Sublime: Fiber Art by Women”. The exhibition features 34 intricate works of art, including sewn quilts, woven tapestries, and fabric, thread and thread sculptures, all created by female artists. The exhibition transforms the perspective on woven and hand-knitted textiles, which have historically been viewed by critics as “subordinate work,” into visual representations of identity. The selected works address complex themes of domesticity, feminism and the transmission of textile craftsmanship between generations. The exhibition presents a wide range of international artists, including Adela Akers, Consuelo Jiménez Underwood and Kay Sekimachi, and offers an alternative way to explore the history of women around the world.

Smithsonian American Art Museum, corner of G and 8th streets NW. Open from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free. Find more information here.


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