Kwanzaa celebrated at The Anacostia Community Museum

For many African American families, the holiday season wouldn’t be complete without Kwanzaa, the week-long secular celebration based on African harvest traditions. The Anacostia Community Museum, which has been observing Kwanzaa since shortly after the holiday was established in 1966-67, has one of the largest programs in the Metro area with multiple activities between the holiday’s beginning, the day after Christmas, and it ending, New Year’s Day.

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Galleries: VisArts at Rockville marks 25 years

Twenty-five years ago, Judy Greenberg and Jack Rasmussen founded Rockville Arts Space. That undertaking evolved into VisArts at Rockville, which is celebrating the anniversary with “Review Renew,” curated by Greenberg and Rasmussen. The show contains two pieces, one recent and one less so, by six local artists, as well as then-and-now portraits of them, mostly by photographer Paul Feinberg. The exhibition, in the center’s Kaplan Gallery, is supplemented by a selection of work by four glass and ceramic artists, down the hall at the Common Ground Gallery.

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Visual arts: Year’s exhibitions were both ambitious and unpredictable

The year 2012 brought exhibitions that were ambitious, unpredictable and sometimes downright messy — but when it comes to art, these are all good things. What's more, all that disheveled enthusiasm wasn't solely confined to the alternative spaces and apartment galleries — Chicago's museums got a little down and dirty too. This was a banner year for sprawling group shows based around participatory themes and methods. Our list of highlights, in no particular order:

Michelangelo’s David-Apollo returns to Washington

The last time Michelangelo’s “David-Apollo” came to Washington, the nation was preparing to inaugurate Harry S. Truman for his second term as the nation’s 33rd president. The statue, sent to the United States as a goodwill gesture by the Italian government, crossed the Atlantic on the USS Grand Canyon, was escorted from Norfolk and then greeted at the National Gallery of Art by a Marine color guard, standing at attention.

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Munch frieze at risk

A monumental frieze made between 1909 and 1916 by Edvard Munch for the Aula (assembly hall) of the University of Oslo was unveiled to great acclaim in 2011 after a lengthy project to conserve and stabilise the 11 monumental Expressionist paintings....