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The Best of D.C. Arts & Culture for 2019

By Faye Hadley, Kristen Schott and Maria Springs

Photo by A.E. Landes Photography

01.02.19

Creative aficionados need look no further for the finest in visual and performing arts.

BEST OUTDOOR VENUE
Filene Center at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts (1551 Trap Road, Vienna, Va.) There are multiple venues for enjoying incredible performances at Wolf Trap, but the Filene Center outdoor amphitheater (with 7,000 seats, more than half that are covered) is a work of art in itself. Encore Circle level members experience the best of it. Give between $3,500 and $25,000 (or more) per year and get access to the Encore Circle Lounge adjacent to the Filene Center, VIP parking and additional perks. The lounge allows donors to relax and entertain throughout the evening while being treated to complimentary drinks, light appetizers pre-performance, and dessert post-show. Then there are the members-only events, plus the annual ball, held onstage at the center—a highlight of the fall season. Bravo!

BEST CUSTOM FRAMING
Broadway Gallery Custom Framing & Fine Art (Alexandria and Great Falls, Va.) No project is too large for this full-service art gallery. The team, led today by Donald Dusinberre and Simone Welsh, has framed 30-foot canvases, terra-cotta soldiers, 500-year-old manuscripts and assembled Bob Dylan’s “Portal,” a custom-welded iron archway made of found objects, at MGM National Harbor.

BEST EVENT ON OUR RADAR
The REACH Expansion (2700 F St.) The Sept. 7 grand opening of The Kennedy Center’s REACH project is the most hotly anticipated event this year and marks the first major expansion in the landmark venue’s history, with David Rubenstein and Deborah Rutter leading the charge.

BEST HOMAGE TO THE DECORATIVE ARTS
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens (4155 Linnean Ave. NW) The former home of collector Marjorie Merriweather Post showcases rare jewels and trinkets like Perfume & Seduction. It scents the scene in February with articles depicting the French ritual of la toilette and pieces from the collection of Givaudan, shown for the first time in the United States.

BEST IN-THE-KNOW ART CONSULTANT
Amy Kuhnert (by appointment only) Recent projects include sourcing impressionists, modernists, color field masters and ascendant African-American art for collectors such as private equity executives, entertainers and buyers; with an appraiser’s commitment to value, she guides her clients in
buying and selling important works at auction, galleries, fairs and private sales.

BEST-KEPT SECRET
Kreeger Museum (2401 Foxhill Road NW) Many locals don’t realize this venue, tucked among the trees, is here, nor that it holds rare Picassos and Monets—until now, that is. Then there’s its design by architect Philip Johnson—one of only a few such buildings in DC.

BEST MULTIMEDIA PERFORMANCE
ARCTICA (2700 F St.) Part of The Kennedy Center’s Human Journey program, the world premiere project March 30 features the intersection of art and exploration in a new work by contemporary Russian American composer and pianist Lera Auerbach, performed by the National Symphony Orchestra. Co-commissioned by the National Geographic Society and the NSO, Auerbach created ARCTICA in collaboration with National Geographic’s explorer-in-residence and global conservationist, Dr. Enric Sala.