Artists & Makers Studios (11810 Parklawn Dr., Rockville, Md.) displays three exhibits through Sept. 30. “Experimental: Devotion to Discovery” with Nancy Weisser will showcase Weisser’s experimental works. Artists & Makers Studios 2 (12276 Wilkins Ave., Rockville, Md.) will exhibit “Ponder … er ing or, I am the Asteroid” with Spencer Dormitzer, a solo exhibition of drawings, “Lavender Fields Forever: Plein Air Painting in Provence” with the Compass Atelier, “Destination: Vacation — The Travel Show” with the Montgomery County Camera Club and resident artists’ open studios will also be on display. Admission is free. For more information, visit artistsandmakersstudios.com.
Gallery 102 (801 22nd St., N.W.) presents “WATER /ماء : Trespassing Liquid Highways” through Oct. 12. Artists use painting, collage, sculpture, video, poetry and performance to chronicle the movements within, inside and under the Caribbean and the Mediterranean seas. There will be a closing reception on Oct. 12 from 6-8 p.m. with curator Ikram Lakhdhar and the artists. Poet Zeina Azzam will recite poetry in both Arabic and English. Light food and refreshments will be served. Admission is free. For more details, visit corcoran.gwu.edu/gallery-102.
District of Columbia Arts Center (2438 18th St., N.W.) presents “Queering(ing) Pleasure” through Oct. 14. The exhibit expels the white, hetero-centric narrative of the erotic and focuses on the radical queer aspects of pleasure. Exhibiting artists Antonius Bui, Monique Muse Dodd, Tsedaye Makonnen, John Paradiso and Jade Yumang will explore the theme of queer pleasure through performance, photography, embroidery, video and sculpture. On Oct. 14 there will be a closing reception and panel discussion. Admission is free. For more details, visit dcartscenter.org.
Touchstone Gallery (901 New York Ave., N.W.) showcases two exhibits through Sept. 30. “Dreams” will be in Gallery A and C and feature work from Touchstone artists representing their fantasies. The art will include photographs, collages, paintings, hand-pulled prints, sculptures and drawings. “Passages and Borders” by Rosa Vera will be in Gallery B. Vera’s work will explore multiculturalism between Latin America and North America. There will be an opening reception on Friday, Sept. 14 from 6-8:30 p.m. with guitar playing by Tom Rohde and appetizers. Free admission. For details, visit touchstonegallery.com.
National Geographic Museum (1145 17th St., N.W.) displays “Titanic: The Untold Story” through Jan.1. Guests can learn about the link between a Cold War mission and the Titanic’s 1985 discovery by oceanographer Robert Ballard. Images and artifacts from the sunken steamship will also be on display including the coat worn by Titanic survivor Marion Wright Woolcott and other memorabilia. General admission tickets are $15. Seniors, student and military tickets are $12. Tickets for children ages 5-12 are $10. For more information, visit nationalgeographic.org.
Zenith Gallery (1429 Iris St., NW.) presents “Express, Impress, Progress” for its 40th anniversary year from Sept. 28-Oct. 27. This exhibit will feature work from Bulsby Duncan, Christopher Malone, Kristine Mays and Khalid Thompson. There will be a Meet the Artists opening reception on Sept. 28 from 5-8 p.m. and Sept. 29 from 2-6 p.m. On Sept. 29, Thompson and Jamal R. Moore will give a live painting and jazz performance and Malone will give a ceramic demonstration. Admission is free. For more information, visit zenithgallery.com.
Hemphill (1515 14th St., N.W.) displays “When 6 is 9: Visions of a Parallel Universe” Sept 29-Dec. 15. Stout’s artwork imagines a parallel universe using imagery from her African-American heritage. Free admission. For more information, visit hemphillfinearts.com.
Baltimore Museum of Art (10 Art Museum Dr., Baltimore) presents “John Waters: Indecent Exposure,” a retrospective on Waters’ visual arts career, Oct. 7-Jan. 6. The exhibit features Waters’ photographic installation on the absurdities of famous films, manipulated images of celebrities including Elizabeth Taylor and Justin Bieber and pictures of muses from his films including Divine. Other highlights include three peep shows featuring rarely seen underground movie footage from his 1960s films and objects from his home and studio that inspired him. Adult tickets are $15, senior tickets are $13 and student tickets are $10. Tickets for attendees under 18 are $5. For more information, visit artbma.org.
Artechouse (1238 Maryland Ave., S.W.) displays “New Nature” by Marpi Oct. 12-Jan. 13. The interactive art exhibit combines computer learning, responsive technology and music to create a virtual world of insects, plants, creatures, landscapes and more. This is digital artist Mateusz “Marpi” Marcinowski’s first large-scale, solo exhibit. Daytime tickets are for reserved times between 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Adult tickets are $15, students, seniors and military are $12 and children under 21 are $8. Evening tickets are for times between 5:30-11 p.m. Tickets are $15. Cocktails will be sold separately. Guests must be 21 or over for evening admission. For more details, visit dc.artechouse.com.
The Phillips Collection (1600 21st St., N.W.) displays “Nordic Impressions” Oct. 12-Jan. 13 with 53 artists from Åland, Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden showcased ranging from 1821–2018. Nordic artwork focus on themes of light and darkness, inner life and exterior space, women’s rights and social liberalism. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors and free for visitors 18 and under. For more information, visit phillipscollection.org.
National Portrait Gallery (8th St., N.W. and F St., N.W.) presents “Eye to I: Self-Portraits from 1900 to Today” Nov. 4-Aug. 18, 2019. The concept of the self portrait will be explored in more than 75 works by artists such as Josef Albers, Patricia Cronin, Imogen Cunningham, Elaine de Kooning, Edward Hopper, Joan Jonas and more, “Eye to I” will conclude the National Portrait Gallery’s 50th anniversary celebrations. For more information, visit npg.si.edu.
National Museum of Women in the Arts (1250 New York Ave., N.W.) showcases“Rodarte,” the museum first fashion exhibition, Nov. 10-Feb. 10. The exhibit showcases the first 13 years of American luxury fashion house Rodarte, founded by sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy. More than 90 looks will be on display presented as they were on the runway. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for students and visitors 64 and under. Children under 18 are free. For more details, visit nnwa.org.