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Okay, fine, most weekends are the best weekends to see art in D.C. We’re incredibly lucky to live (or live near) a city that is filled with top shelf museums curating top notch exhibitions that educate and challenge and enrich your life. Any day is a good day to spend a few hours walking through the National Gallery of Art or the Phillips Collection or Hirshhorn or NMWA or the Renwick or the Portrait Gallery or the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the list just goes on.

The reason we’re throwing this little mini guide together, is because going through our inbox, we realized a bunch of amazing exhibitions and festivals are opening / closing this weekend. It’s one of those crazy weeks were everything is happening at the same time and it feels very exciting. Below, we have five solid gold art picks that are going to make your weekend a little brighter.

Future Sketches @ ARTECHOUSE is closing this Sunday

Look, it’s no secret that we’re big fans of ARTECHOUSE The exhibitions they bring to D.C. are unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. The cutting technology and responsive art makes it all feel like the art gallery of the future. It also doesn’t hurt that this is one of the only galleries in D.C. churning out art themed cocktails in the middle of the exhibition. Future Sketches is an especially fascinating exhibition, with its wild interactive elements and deep AI technology. This weekend is your last chance to see the exhibition before it’s gone forever. Don’t let this one slip away.

Graciela Iturbide’s Mexico @ National Museum of Women in the Arts opens this Friday (AKA today)

From our review: A leg brace posed in Frida Kahlo’s bathroom, flocks of birds over a cemetery, a boombox carried through the mountains, delicate angel wings paired with a white silk dress, a crown of iguanas. Graciela Iturbide’s Mexicowhich is at the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) from February 28 to May 25, is a photography exhibition that celebrates rituals big and small, arcane and common. Fiestas in Chalma (a town sixty miles from Mexico City that is well known for its religious activities which combine indigenous culture and catholic dogma) garner the same attention and affection from Iturbide’s camera as a muxe (an indigenous transgender women from Juchitán) applying her makeup. Iturbide acknowledges the symbolism in everything, using shadows, reflections and isolated imagery to deepen the themes woven throughout her work.

Riffs and Relations @ The Phillips Collection opens this Saturday

From our review: How do you even begin to cover an exhibition as historically rich, layered and multifaceted as Riffs and Relationsthe newest exhibition taking over the top floor at the Phillips Collection? It feels impossible to talk about any one piece, or any one room, when you can feel the conversations between the artists, both across walls and across decades. Riffs and Relations is so many things, a groundbreaking amalgamation of artists, a crash course in both African American and European art history and what feels like a never ending stream of artists referencing, critiquing and sustaining other artists. If you cannot already tell by the way I’m writing about it, Riffs and Relations is required viewing. You need to see and read and think about all of it.

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RIFFS AND RELATIONS: African American Artists and the European Modernist Tradition opens February 29. The exhibition presents works by African American artists of the 20th and 21st centuries together with examples by the early 20th century European artists with whom they engaged. This exhibition explores the connections and frictions around modernism in the work of artists such as Romare Bearden, Robert Colescott, Renee Cox, Wassily Kandinsky, Norman Lewis, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Faith Ringgold, Hank Willis Thomas, and Carrie Mae Weems, among others. 🎨Hank Willis Thomas, Icarus (2016), Quilt, 56 1/2 x 85 1/4 X 2 in. © Hank Willis Thomas. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

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Black to the Future Festival @ Anacostia Arts Center is open this Saturday

Black to the Future isn’t just an art festival, it’s also celebration of locally owned black businesses, an excuse to eat some good food, shop at a cool pop up market, dance to some sweet music and learn a little bit about health and wellness. Go to support local artists and stay for all of the other awesome things the Anacostia Arts Center has in store.

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The Black To The Future Festival is a celebration of black businesses , art, wellness, music, food, and lives. Exposure to the arts and culture of African-Americans, and education on health and wellness are key initiatives of this festival. Pertinent knowledge and entertainment within arts and humanities will be bestowed to all citizens of the greater Washington Metropolitan Area and abroad who attend. Black history is being made every day and has been since the dawn of this country. The acknowledgement of African American genius and black culture supersedes the confinements of a one month long celebration, period. #TheBlackToTheFutureFestival is a promotion of the growth of visual art, entertainment, literature, and intellectual properties of black culture. Bring the family out and shop at our Melanin Market a collective of black owned businesses and brands vending a plethora of merchandise from jewelry to clothing, to home goods. There will also be cooking demonstrations and delicious samples of local black owned food vendors and beverage makers. Attendees will also have access to community impact representatives, image and branding consultants, epicureans, and health conscious cuisine within the heart of the #food desert that has become of wards 7 & 8. Authors Bassey Ikpi & Marita Golden will be discussing their books "I'm Telling The Truth, But I'm Lying" and "Us Against Alzheimer's". Don't miss out on what will an amazing experience to kick off the rest of the year. The future is black, come see for yourselves. #GoAnacostia

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 Degas at the Opéra @ National Gallery of Art opens this Sunday

This is a very specific media problem, but there were so many art previews this week, I had to miss Degas at the Opéra. I will be correcting that as soon as the exhibition opens to the public this Sunday. Featuring 100 pieces of Edgar Degas’s work, this is an exhibition that is going to teleport you out of D.C. Before you know it, you’ll be at the Paris Opéra, walking around in your finery, slipping backstage past the dancers and sneaking into the orchestra. This is the kind of art you can lose yourself in.

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🩰 It’s almost showtime! Opening March 1, “Degas at the Opéra'' presents approximately 100 of the artist's best-known and beloved paintings, pastels, drawings, prints, and sculptures of the Paris Opéra in celebration of the 350th anniversary of its founding. Organized with the @MuseeOrsay and @MuseeOrangerie, the exhibition explores Degas’s fascination with the Opéra, a subject that dominated his art for nearly four decades. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ See #DegasOpera on the Ground Floor of the West Building March 1 through July 5, 2020. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Edgar #Degas, “The Dance Class,” 1873, oil on canvas, Musée d'Orsay, Paris, Bequest of Isaac de Camondo, 1911

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