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Arthur M. Sackler Gallery's focus is the collection of early Chinese jades and bronzes donated by Arthur M. Sackler—a wealthy medical researcher and publisher. However, the museum houses a variety of Asian art dating as far back as 3000 BC. Displays of special note include Persian manuscripts, Indian paintings and Japanese prints. Works from China, Southeast Asia, Korea and Tibet are also featured. Concerts and art performances augment the visitor's tour. There is also a hands-on kids program called ImaginAsia with crafts, storytelling and more.
Famous and distinguished Americans are honored at the National Portrait Gallery in portraits, photographs and other visual media. A wide variety of politicians, artists, scientists and social activists are represented. This gallery is a remarkable testimony to the diverse figures the United States has produced, from Grace Kelly and Boris Karloff to George Washington, Mickey Mantle and Gertrude Stein. Photographs, prints, drawings and sculptures supplement the paintings. Of particular interest is the Hall of Presidents, which features a portrait or sculpture of each chief executive.
Established in 1976 by a collective of 30 artists, the Touchstone Gallery has maintained a 50-plus membership of artists since its inauguration. The gallery hosts a rotating collection of exhibits with the goal of exposing its community to an ever-changing and ever-growing artist community and its works. Visitors to the Touchstone Gallery may see exhibits featuring photography, ceramics, paintings, or mixed media. The gallery also promotes community involvement by supporting art outreach projects and created the Touchstone Foundation for the Arts in 2012.
A colorful and historic structure is bound to catch your eye at the intersection of Delaware Avenue and H street Southwest. This is Culture House DC. It's a space for art and culture that calls a former Baptist Church its home. Dating back to the late 19th Century, the building exudes history, while vibrant graffiti paints a contemporary mood to the structure. Culture House DC's façade is in sync with the theme of the events, collaborations, and exhibitions that are hosted here. It's a place for thought-provoking art, interactions with likeminded people, and it also makes for a fantastic venue for private events. The structure is divided into a courtyard, a lounge, and an event space that can be used for eclectic performances.
In operation since 1982 Adamson Gallery is one of Washington DC's leading contemporary art galleries. Focusing on works by local and emerging artists, the gallery not only lends a platform to new artists to showcase their talent to the world but also lets visitors and to get a glimpse of the local art scene. Kate Moss, Adam Fuss and Vik Muniz are some of the talented artists whose works have been displayed here. Not only is the display a visual feast but the expertly-curated collection also brings attention to the keen eye of the curator. If you are in the mood to check out the local art scene, then a quick trip to Adamson Gallery won't let you down.
The Luther W. Brady Art Gallery, which houses George Washington University's permanent art collection, boasts a whopping 3,800 works of art. The university began collecting art in 1821, and has been expanding its collection ever since. Today, the Luther W. Brady Art Gallery includes some of the most iconic American paintings from the 18th Century, including Gilbert Stuart's Monro-Lenox Full-Length Portrait of George Washington. The gallery also runs the Campus Loan Project, which allows pieces from the permanent collection to be hung in public spaces around the university campus.