5 upcoming DC exhibits for art lovers, Instagram addicts

WASHINGTON — Whether you missed the wildly popular and Instagram-worthy “Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors” at the Hirshhorn, or you’re craving for more like it, here are five upcoming art exhibits around D.C.

From a new Hirshhorn installation featuring storied dissident artist Ai Weiwei to a digital world created in the Southwest Waterfront area, these works aim to challenge and captivate.

XYZT: Abstract Landscapes — ARTECHOUSE, June 1 — Sept. 3, 2017 ARTECHOUSE, a new 15,000-square-foot gallery in the Southwest Waterfront area, takes an approach to art as “interpreted and created through technology,” as mentioned in an earlier press release. The space aims to “showcase, educate and incubate,” and its latest interactive exhibit takes digital artistry to another level. Created by French contemporary artists Adrien M & Claire B, the exhibit offers 10 digital immersive terrains where attendees can seemingly manipulate points of light and space. General admission tickets are $15. Kids, student or senior tickets are $10. Find tickets here
Revival — National Museum of Women in the Arts, June 23 — Sept. 10, 2017 Just steps from the White House, the National Museum of Women in the Arts turns 30 this year. The space celebrates women’s creative works, and the “Revival” exhibit aims to continue that mission. Featuring 16 artists, including Lalla Essaydi, Louise Bourgeois and Beverly Semmes, expect to see a variety of work from sculptures to photography. “We are focusing on how women artists use spectacle to get to the crux of real issues relating to the human condition,” said the museum’s chief curator Kathryn Wat in a press release. “These artists are working in innovative ways to evoke emotion and to testify to the power of both fear and love.” General admission tickets are $10. Find more ticketing information here The museum also has a free community day the first Sunday of the month. Admission will be free July 2, Aug. 6 and Sept. 3 during the exhibit’s run. 
Ai Weiwei: Trace at Hirshhorn — June 28, 2017 through Jan. 1, 2018 This solo exhibition from Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei makes its East Coast debut. “Trace” is comprised of portraits made of Lego blocks of people who the artist considers to be “activists, prisoners of consciences, and advocates of free speech,” according to the Hirshhorn’s website. Ai Weiwei will also give the annual James T. Demetrion Lecture the night before his show opens. Free tickets to the lecture will be available online on June 19. Don’t forget to also check out the Hirshhorn’s other upcoming exhibits. Admission is free.  (AP Photo/Petr David Josek) (AP/Petr David Josek)
Parallax Gap — Renwick Gallery, July 1, 2017 — Feb. 11, 2018 Instagram is no stranger to the Renwick Gallery’s exhibits: The 2015 “Wonder” exhibition featured nine artists whose installations were snapped and shared many times over on social media. The next exhibit that is sure to flood the feeds is the architectural and challenging “Parallax Gap,” opening in July. Hanging in the gallery’s Bettie Rubenstein Grand Salon, this installation features ceilings from various American buildings with a trick of perspective. The Smithsonian gallery describes the installation as the “first foray into commissioning examples of large-scale craft in architecture.” Admission is free. (AP/Petr David Josek)
Hive — National Building Museum, July 4-Sept. 4, 2017 Remember “The Beach,” the popular interactive installation that had adults and children alike playing in a massive ball pit? That was part of the National Building Museum’s 2015 Summer Block Party series. This year’s installation promises to be just as magnetic with Studio Gang’s “Hive.” A set of domed structures will be made out of more than 2,700 paper tubes that are silver on the outside and magenta on the inside. The tallest dome towers at 60 feet. Studio Gang founding principal Jeanne Gang described the exhibit in a press release: “We’ve designed a series of chambers shaped by sound that are ideally suited for intimate conversations and gatherings as well as performances and acoustic experimentation.” Free for members. Adult tickets are $16 and youth/student/senior tickets are $13. Find more information about tickets here (AP/Petr David Josek)

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