Posts Tagged ‘National Building Museum’

The 2014 Helen Hayes Awards Awards

At last night's boozier, extra-festive, less-emphasis-on-the-awards-part Helen Hayes Awards at the National Building Museum, Signature Theatre walked away with the most trophies, a lot of people had a lot of fun saying a certain word, and if you were willing to hand over $5, you got slippers. Because no one's the best at the Helen [...]

Human Maze Comes to National Building Museum This Summer

Aside from its impressive architecture and design exhibits, the National Building Museum prides itself on its slightly off-kilter activities that entertain visitors throughout the year. For the past two summers, the museum has invited local builders to create unique miniature golf courses for the young (and young at heart) and, last year, welcomed Hill Country's [...]

Helen Hayes Awards Will Party Harder in 2014

Attendees at this year's Helen Hayes Awards will no longer be confined to their plush velvet seats inside the Warner Theatre. TheatreWashington, the organization that oversees the awards, announced this morning that the ceremony will take place at the National Building Museum on April 21. The venue change coincides with a previously announced overhaul of [...]

The Best Photographic Images of 2013

The best photographic images in D.C. museums and galleries this year offered a memorable confluence of visual elements, engaged in conceptual experimentation, and made clever use of atypical materials and techniques. They were not, in other words, antiquated. But among my five favorites, only one was made in 2013.
The others were from 1947, 1956, 1973, [...]

Reviewed: “Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940–1990″ at the National Building Museum

“Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940–1990” at the National Building Museum offers a scope as sprawling as the city it documents, encompassing architecture, transportation, urban development, entertainment, the environment, and consumerism.
The exhibit is largely respectful in tone—it’s no City of Quartz, Mike Davis’ classic, dyspeptic assessment of the city published in 1990, not long before [...]

Arts Roundup: Long Weekend Edition

The Washington Monument lights up tonight. [Post]
Book of Mormon lands at the Kennedy Center this week, and Nelson Pressley tries to explain why the musical from the creators of South Park is so broadly popular. (Tickets for the KenCen run are almost completely sold out.) [Post]
If you wanna party with Folklife performers, head to the [...]

Arts Roundup: Minigolf Edition

A Yes! Organic Market for H Street Playhouse's old space? Maybe. [Frozen Tropics]
Former president Bill Clinton helps the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum commemorate 20 years. [Post]
This year's Tony Awards nominees include some productions first seen in D.C. [D.C. Theatre Scene]
Minigolf returns to the National Building Museum. [Post]
In the latest episode of The Real Housewives of Benning [...]

ToDo ToDay: “Palaces for the People” and Elephants Walking Around

They look striking from the outside, it’s true. But the reason many of the nation’s Beaux-Arts landmarks, including Grand Central Terminal and Carnegie Hall, are so beloved is the tile and mortar work of Rafael Guastavino Sr. The Spanish builder's tile-arch signature can be found in D.C. in the U.S. Supreme Court and the National [...]

The Best Images of 2012

Sometimes one image is enough to carry an exhibit. Here are my picks for the Top 10 images that appeared in photographic exhibits in D.C. in 2012.
1. Frank Hallam Day, ship hull images, Addison/Ripley Gallery
It’s difficult to choose the better of Day’s two photographs of ship hulls in “Waterline,” an exhibit loosely organized around the [...]

Top 10 Local Photography Exhibits of 2012

Maybe it’s the national malaise, or maybe it’s just coincidence, but many of the finest photographic exhibits in Washington in 2012 have been meditations on loss—the Holocaust, extinct empires, far-away wars, hardscrabble young adulthoods, urban ruins and funerary rites.
Here’s one critic’s choice of the 10 best photographic exhibits of the year. Four of the 10 [...]

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