The morpho butterfly owes its iridescent wing color to small scales that reflect blue light. See this species and hundreds of others take flight in a walk-through pavilion, and visit the accompanying exhibition—both starting this month at Natural History.
In the first of a two-part show, the Hirshhorn features artwork that uses film and video (Eight, 2001) to blur the lines between illusion and reality. Venture into a new world through May 11.
Read George Washington's candid personal letters (1775-83)—including one in which he enclosed a lock of hair for an admirer—in This Glorious Struggle by Edward G. Lengel, new from Smithsonian Books.
Best in Show
The 2007 winner of the Lucelia Artist Award, given to a U.S. artist under 50, was Jessica Stockholder for her evocative use of mundane objects. Works of past winners are at American Art until June 22.
In the 1950s, artists embraced the Color Field movement by covering canvases with vast expanses of paint. More than 40 works (Kenneth Noland's Earthen Bound, 1960) are at American Art until May 26.