Fend off elevating midterm stress and find some time in your schedule to do something relaxing this weekend.
Stroll through the opening of an Italian art exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, observe life at the microscopic level at ARTECHOUSE’s Life of a Neuron exhibit or sit and watch the sunset over the Potomac, wine glass in hand at Mount Vernon’s Fall Wine Festival.
Sargent, Whistler, and Venetian Glass: American Artists and the Magic of Murano
Friday marks the opening of a seven-month exhibition highlighting the 19th-century Venetian glass revival at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The exhibit examines American artmaking and art collecting in Venice, showcasing more than 140 objects, like glass mosaic portraits, cups and vases. The exhibition explores the influence of glass blowing on artists, including accomplished American painters John Singer Sargent and James McNeill Whistler, known for their impact on the course of American art.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, on the corner of G and 8th streets NW. Open Wednesday through Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free. Find more information here.
ARTECHOUSE: Life of a Neuron
Experience the lifespan of a neuron from pre-birth to death in ARTECHOUSE’s latest immersive show created with the Society for Neuroscience. The exhibit invites viewers to question their entire existence as they observe human life from the cellular level through the digital art of ARTECHOUSE. The show, which runs through Nov. 28, lasts 45 minutes to an hour. The ARTECHOUSE bar, XR bar, is open Thursday through Monday from 11 a.m. to close and includes beer, wine and cocktails priced from $5 to $14.
ARTECHOUSE, 1238 Maryland Ave. SW. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets are $20 for students and $24 for general admission. Find more information here.
Fall Wine Festival at Mount Vernon
Spend your Sunday evening sampling local wineries while enjoying the sunset over George Washington’s estate at Mount Vernon’s Fall Wine Festival this weekend. The event, which lasts from 6 to 9 p.m., will supply wine from 18 local wineries in Virginia. The Mount Vernon Inn will provide concession and food, and the mansion’s first floor and cellar will be open to tour until 8:30 p.m. Guests are invited to bring blankets to sit on the East Lawn picnic-style and enjoy their wine with a view of the sunset and the Potomac River.