DC Summer Lovin’: Art Exhibits and Soundtracks Happen So Fast

Several of you have asked “what say ye D.C. Docent, for summer art extravaganzas not to be missed?” Not really, it was only one of you that asked and your vernacular was quite plain. But it did get me thinking, it’s never too early to start surveying the summer landscape. Here are my preliminary picks, but keep in mind that several private galleries have yet to release their late summer line-ups:

  • Ai Weiwei at The Hirshhorn & Freer Sackler - Gigantism, interconnectivity, political dissidence, stone and wood translate into A Staring at the Sun kind of intensity where questioning authority, jail time and occupying something don’t seem so bad.

It may not be freezing yet, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying a good ice skate. The National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden Ice Rink is open! I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the advent of winter than skating past sculptures by Claes Oldenberg, Joan Miro, Louise Bourgeois, Ellsworth Kelly, Sol LeWitt, Alexander Calder, and Roxy Paine.

Ice Rink Hours
Monday–Thursday, 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Friday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m.
Sunday, 11:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.

The ice-skating rink will close at 5:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Eve. The Gallery and Sculpture Garden are closed on December 25 and January 1.