The National Museum of Women in the Arts (1250 New York Ave., N.W.) is showing “Equal Exposure: Anita Steckel’s Fight Against Censorship” from Nov. 4-May 9. Steckel, who died last year, was a feminist artist who caused a scandal in the ‘70s by refusing to censor her exhibition featuring male and female erotic figures. The exhibit features personal papers, photographs and art that represent her career and her activism.
“American People, Black Light: Faith Ringgold’s Paintings of the 1960s” is currently on display. It showcases the work of Faith Ringgold, who painted art in direct response to the Civil Rights and feminist movements. The art represents people of all backgrounds — black and white, male and female, rich and poor — and shows tension that arose from interracial contact at the time.
Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors, and free for museum members and those under 18. For more information, visit nmwa.org.
“A Night at the Opera,” a 50-item exhibit of artifacts related to composers Verdi and Wagner, is on display now at the Library of Congress in the Performing Arts Reading Room. It’s up through Jan. 25. Visit loc.gov for details.
“Portraits of Life: LGBT Stories of Being” features prominent LGBT people in photographs at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery (701 9th Street, N.W.) in an exhibit presented with Montgomery College. Visit pepco.com for details. It runs through Dec. 17.
The Latino GLBT History Project has a photo exhibit on display at the Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library (3160 16th Street, N.W.) starting Sunday and running through Oct. 15. “Immigrant Roots Paving the Way for Today” is the theme for the group’s eighth annual Hispanic LGBTQ Heritage Celebration, which culminates with its Heritage Awards on Sept. 27. The exhibit features about 40 LGBT Latino/a leaders in black-and-white photos by Kevin Kenner. The group is online at latinoglbthistory.org.
Waverly Street Gallery (4600 East-West Highway, Bethesda, Md.) is showcasing “Text/Message” by Kanika Sircar, a partner with the Gallery. The collection includes ceramic vessels and wall pieces focusing on the visual impact of writing. The imagery is based on texts, graffiti and calligraphy layered together to reference images such as manuscript pages and envelopes. The exhibit is open now through Oct. 5 with a reception tonight (Friday) from 6-9 p.m. For more information, visit waverlystreetgallery.com.
Artisphere (1101 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Va.) is showcasing “Andy Warhol: Silver Clouds” for the first time in the D.C. region, an exhibit on loan from The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. It is on display now through Oct. 12. Admission is free. The exhibition will feature a series of complementary programs, including the “Night of 1,000 Andys Dance Party” on Oct. 12 at 8 p.m. Admission to the dance party is $15 in advance or $18 on the same day. For more information, visit artisphere.com.
Corcoran Gallery of Art (500 17th St., N.W.) is also featuring work by Andy Warhol as part of the “Modern and Contemporary Art Since 1945” collection. The collection is a new permanent exhibit and features art by Warhol, Jessica Stockholder and many other contemporary artists. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students, and free for children under 12. Members enjoy free admission year-round. For more information, visit corcoran.org.
The National Building Museum (401 F St., N.W.) will host the Smithsonian Craft2Wear show from Oct. 25-27. The weekend-long show will feature wearable crafts for men and women in all price ranges. Items sold include jewelry, shoes, scarves, clothing and handbags. Admission is $5. The Advance Chance Party is on Oct. 25 from 6-9 p.m. and requires advanced reservation. Tickets for the party are $50 and include wine and hors d’oeuvres, music and more.
Some LGBT vendors include outerwear designer Jeffrey Weiss (jeffreyweissdesigns.com), scarf and clothing designers Randy Darwall and Brian Murphy (randalldarwall.com) and hat designers Ignatius Creegan & Rod Givens (ignatiushats.com).
For more information, visit craft2wear.smithsonian.org.
HEMPHILL (1515 14th St., N.W.) is celebrating its 20th anniversary with “Represent,” a gallery that includes three outstanding works from each one of the 30 gallery artists. Because 90 pieces are too many to fit into the space, the content will rotate in regular intervals, providing a new experience for returning visitors. The public opening reception is on Sept. 21 from 6-8 p.m. From then, the exhibit will be open through Nov. 27. For more information, visit HemphillFineArts.com.
The Phillips Collection (1600 21st St., N.W.) is currently featuring “History in the Making: 100 Years After the Armory Show,” a celebration of New York’s controversial 1913 Armory Show. The show originally included work by Manet, Monet, Picasso, van Gogh and Goya. The celebration features acquisitions made by Phillips Collection founder Duncan Phillips in the decades following the show at the Armory. The exhibit is running now through Dec. 1.
The Phillips Collection is also showcasing “Ellsworth Kelly: Panel Paintings 2004-2009” now through Sept. 22. The exhibition falls during Kelly’s 90th birth year and features seven works consisting of canvases of solid color. Kelly developed his focus on color and shape while immersing himself in the art and architecture of Paris in the late 1940s.
Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, and free for members and visitors 18 and under. For more information, visit PhillipsCollection.org.
Touchstone Gallery (901 New York Ave., N.W.) is showing “Garden Variety” by Linda Bankerd. The exhibit is a series of abstract landscapes of scenes from across the country, from the cheery trees in Washington to the snowy woods of the Arizona mountains and back to the artist’s home of Alexandria.
Touchstone is also showing “ReBirth” by Janathel Shaw. The show tells a narrative of a personal journey. Themes in the collection of sculptures include the struggle of a young black man facing racism and the rise of a phoenix.
Both collections are on display until Sept. 29. For more information, visit TouchstoneGalleries.com.
Studio Gallery (2108 R St., N.W.) is showcasing “Barbarella,” by Brian Williams, an Arlington-based painter. In the exhibition, the 1968 film was “brought to life again via Netflix curating.” The paintings capture the otherworldly landscapes of the film. The exhibition runs through Sept. 28.
Studio Gallery will also present “WildFlowers” by Micheline Klagsbrun. The collection is inspired by a tale in Greek mythology. Orchis had a lustful appetite which ended with him being torn to pieces and scattered, where he grew into the first orchids. The exhibition will run from Oct. 2-26. The run will include a First Friday Reception on Oct. 4 from 6-8 p.m. and an Artists’ Reception on Oct. 12 from 4-6 p.m. For more information, visit StudioGalleryDC.com.
Zenith Gallery (1495 F St., N.W.) is showcasing “Great Streets: The Urban Life of D.C.” through Nov. 8. The exhibition features art capturing the essence of Washington from a variety of artists. It celebrates the District’s creative economy, which is third in the nation, behind New York City and Los Angeles. For more information, visit ZenithGallery.com.