March 1, 2018 at 10:54 am EST | by Mariah Cooper
SPRING ARTS 2018 GALLERIES: Back to the ‘80s
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‘Shrumen Lumen’ by FoldHaus in the ‘No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man’ exhibit at Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. (Courtesy of Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Photo by Rene Smith)

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Independence Ave., and 7th St., N.W.) presents “Brand New: Art and Commodity in the 1980s” on display through May 13. About 150 works explore the origin of how ‘80s artwork used defining moments such as the rise of MTV, gentrification and the AIDS crisis. The exhibit also explores how artists took consumer culture of advertising, logos and products to create a new form of art. Influential artists including Andy Warhol, Ashley Bickerton, Jessica Diamond, Peter Halley, Jeff Koons and many more will be displayed. For more details, visit

Artists & Makers Studios celebrates three years of having two locations with “at 3(three)” on tonight (March 2) from 6-9 p.m. Visitors can tour the three main galleries and open studios at Artists & Makers Studios 1 (11810 Parklawn Dr., Rockville, Md.). There will be food, drink and an open mic. At Artists & Makers Studios 2 (12276 Wilkins Ave., Rockville, Md.), residents’ artwork will be displayed as well as Montgomery County Camera Club with “Abstract Minimalism” by Ron Ames and exhibits in Gallery 209. The band Paradise Bill will perform. Arthur Harrison will also perform on the theremin. There will be wine and light refreshments served at this location. Exhibits will be on display through Wednesday, March 28. For more details, visit

Touchstone Gallery (901 New York Ave., N.W.) showcases three new exhibits from March 2-April 1. “The Long and Short of It,” an exhibit by Touchstone artists focused on shape, will be in Gallery A. “She Runs Wild” by Makda Kibour, an abstract series on canvas based on Kibour’s emotions, will be in Gallery B. Gallery C will have “Marie Antoinette” by Meg Schaap, an examination of France’s legendary queen. There will be an opening reception on tonight (March 2) from 6-8:30 p.m. A Meet the Artist discussion will be held on Sunday, March 25 from 1-3 p.m. For more information, visit

National Museum of Women in the Arts (1250 New York Ave., N.W.) presents “Women House” from March 9-May 28. This exhibit is a sequel to the 1972 exhibit “Womanhouse” by Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro which explored the woman’s place in the home. In the new exhibit, artists challenge the convention of women in the home with photographs, videos, sculptures and room-like installations. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for students and visitors 64 and under. Children under 18 are free. For more details, visit

Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens (4155 Linnean Ave., N.W.) hosts the Fabergé Egg Festival on Saturday, March 24 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Majorie Post’s imperial eggs and other Fabergé creations in Post’s collection will be on display. Samovar Russian Folk Music Ensemble will perform folk music and Kalinka Dance Ensemble will accompany with a performance. The Happenstance Theater will present a family play telling stories from Russian Easter traditions. There will be a traditional Russian egg rolling game and a Fabergé workshop for visitors to decorate their own eggs. Tickets range from $5-18. For more details, visit

Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum (1661 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.) displays “No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man” from March 30- Jan. 21, 2019. The large-scale exhibit will take over the entire museum. The phenomenon of the festival Burning Man will be traced in room-sized installations, costumes, jewelry, photographs and other archival material. There will be an opening party on Thursday, March 29 from 7:30 p.m.-midnight. Tickets are $120 and include entry to the exhibit, food, open bar and more. For more information, visit

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