Calendar of Exhibitions and Events March 2023

March 3, 2023

March is Women's History Month

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Inaugural Attire of the First Lady of the United States Jill Biden

“The First Ladies” Exhibition
3 Center

The ocean blue dress and coat designed by Alexandra O'Neill of Markarian and embroidered ivory dress and coat designed by Gabriela Hearst and matching masks worn by Dr. Jill Biden are now on display in the museum’s “The First Ladies” exhibition. Since the museum opened to the public in 1964, every first lady has come in person to present her inaugural attire.
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“Innovative Lives: Beverly Wood”
March 8; 4 – 5:30 p.m.

An innovator in color technologies for motion pictures, Beverly Wood will be in conversation with Arts and Entertainment Curator Ryan Lintelman in this virtual program presented by the museum’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation. Through her knowledge of chemistry, engineering and filmmaking, Wood has provided guidance to cinematographers through the industry’s transition from chemical to digital technology. For details on how to participate, visit the museum's website closer to the event date.


“Roots to Pop:
Rhiannon Giddens, Natalie Merchant, and Revisiting the American Musical Past”

March 11; 7 p.m.
Nicholas and Eugenia Taubman Hall of Music
Free, registration required.

The “Roots to Pop” series, created in collaboration with the Americana Music Foundation, brings together musicians and solo artists Rhiannon Giddens and Natalie Merchant in conversation about the American musical past and how it might affect the American musical present. This event will explore the work and influences of its panelists through discussion and song. Giddens co-founded the Grammy-award-winning “Carolina Chocolate Drops” and is a MacArthur Genius award recipient. Merchant is a singer-songwriter and former lead vocalist for “10,000 Maniacs.” For details on how to participate, visit the museum's website closer to the event date.

A Celebration of Marin Marais with the Smithsonian Chamber Players
Smithsonian Chamber Music Society

March 18 & 19; 7:30 p.m.
Nicholas and Eugenia Taubman Hall of Music

The Smithsonian Chamber Players will perform works for one, two and three viols with accompaniment provided by the colorful team of viol, theorbo and harpsichord in honor of Marin Marias, a preeminent French master of the bass viola da gamba.

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Members $25; Nonmembers $35



April is Jazz Appreciation Month

Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra
Jazzed About Art Jazz Appreciation Month

April 1; 7 p.m.

To kick off the annual worldwide celebration of jazz, the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra offers a soundtrack filled with rhythm, texture, and color as it showcases the work of prominent 20th–century visual artists including William Sharp, John Fenton, and Romare Bearden. "Be-Bop" by Dizzy Gillespie, "Crying and Singing" by McKinney's Cotton Pickers, and "Kingdom of Not" by Sun Ra are among the musical selections

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Members $20; Nonmembers $25

“Quartets of Mozart, Bartok & Beethoven”
Stradivarius and Amati Saturday Concert Series, Smithsonian Chamber Music Society
Nicholas and Eugenia Taubman Hall of Music

April 1 & 2; 7:30 p.m.

The Axelrod String Quartet will be joined by guest violinist Mark Fewer in a presentation of music by Mozart, Bartók and Beethoven and performing on two magnificent sets of instruments, one made by Antonio Stradivari and the other made by his teacher Nicoló Amati.

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Members $27; Nonmembers $35

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