March 3, 2019 at 7:03 am EDT | by Mariah Cooper
SPRING ARTS 2019 GALLERIES: ‘Perfume & Seduction’
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‘Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow and Green?’ by Rirkrit Tiravanija. (Photo courtesy Hirshhorn Museum)

Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens (4155 Linnean Ave., N.W.) displays “Perfume & Seduction” through June 9. Hillwood will display the luxury items used during la toilette, a popular bathing and dressing ritual in the 18th century. Visitors can examine gold boxes, perfume bottles and numerous other items used for washing, makeup and drinking. For more details, visit hillwoodmuseum.org.

Touchstone Gallery (901 New York Ave., N.W.) presents three new exhibits through March 31. Gallery A will include the Touchstone Gallery Member Show. Gallery B will feature “Pattern+Texture II” by Pete McCutche, a photography exhibit of patterns found in rock, ice, sand and mud. Gallery C will showcase “Daylight Reflections: From Sunrise to Sunset” by Harvey Kupferberg, a photography exhibit on how the sun’s rays affect the landscape as it rises and falls. The opening reception is on Friday, March 1 from 6-8:30 p.m. For more details, visit touchstonegallery.com.

Newseum (555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.) debuts its new exhibit “Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement” on Friday, March 8. In honor of the Stonewall Riots’ 50th anniversary, “Rise Up” chronicles the events at the Stonewall Inn and how it became the kick-off point for the LGBT rights movement. The exhibit will continue through Dec. 31 and will feature a program of speakers including journalists, authors, politicians and more. Adult admission (19-64) is $24.95 plus tax; seniors 65 and older are $19.95 plus tax; youth (7-18) are $14.95 plus tax and children 6 and younger are free. For more information, visit newseum.org.

National Museum of Women in the Arts (1250 New York Ave., N.W.) displays “Ursula von Rydingsvard: The Contour of Feeling” from March 22-July 28. Rydingsvard’s cedar sculptures ranging from vertical structures and wall pieces to floor-based works will be exhibited starting from her work in 2000. This is her first solo exhibit in D.C. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for students and visitors 64 and under. Children under 18 are free. The first Sunday of every month is Community Day and admission to all exhibits is free. For more details, visit nmwa.org.

The National Portrait Gallery (8th St., N.W. and F St., N.W.) presents “Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence” March 29-Jan. 5, 2020. The exhibition uses portraiture, biography and material culture to tell the stories of the overlooked women who contributed to women’s suffrage in the United States. There will also be a special section dedicated to the struggles of minority women during the women’s suffrage movement. For more information, visit npg.si.edu.

Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum (1661 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.) displays “Connections: Contemporary Craft at the Renwick Gallery” as part of its permanent collection starting March 29. More than 80 objects using crafted materials will be on display from the 1930s through today. The objects will include iconic pieces that have been featured in the exhibit before and new items. The exhibit explores the interconnectivity of objects and how they tell stories. For more information, visit americanart.si.edu/exhibitions/connections-2019.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Independence Ave., and 7th St., N.W.) presents “Rirkrit Tiravanija: Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow and Green” May 17-July 24. Thai artist Tiravanija will transform Hirshhorn’s galleries into a dining space where attendees will be served curry and invited to share a meal together. In the background of the dining area is a mural that paints a picture of protests against Thailand’s government policies. A series of documentary shorts from Thai Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul will also be screened during the exhibit. For more information, visit visit hirshhorn.si.edu.

The Freer Gallery of Art (1050 Independence Ave., S.W.) kicks off an ongoing display of “The Peacock Room in Blue and White” on May 18. “The Peacock Room” is the mural art masterpiece by James McNeill Whistler that is on an ongoing display at the Freer Gallery of Art. The room’s shelves will now be filled with blue-and-white Chinese porcelains to emulate how the room looked as the dining room of British shipping magnate, Frederick Leyland in 1876. For more details, visit freersackler.si.edu.

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