Events January 17-19: The Loving Story, Blanket Cylinder Series and Beat the Blues

20120117025003cylinderthumb1.jpgLearn the story behind Dale Chihuly's Blanket Cylinder Series at the Renwick Gallery.
Learn the story behind Dale Chihuly's Blanket Cylinder Series at the Renwick Gallery. Image courtesy of the American Art Museum

Tuesday, January 17 The Loving Story

Learn about the dramatic story of Mildred and Richard P. Loving in this documentary about the 1967 landmark Supreme Court decision, Loving v. Virginia, which banned laws forbidding interracial marriages. After the film, stick around for a panel discussion with director Nancy Buirski and legal scholars. Free. 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. McEvoy Auditorium, National Portrait Gallery.

Wednesday, January 18 Dale Chihuly’s Blanket Cylinder

Join curatorial assistant Debrah Dunner for the Renwick’s monthly gallery talk. Dunner delivers on Dale Chihuly’s Blanket Cylinder Series. The artist was inspired by motifs on Indian trade blankets to create intricately patterned blown glass cylinders. Free. 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Renwick Gallery, American Art Museum.

Thursday, January 19 Beat the Blues

Shake off your winter blues with singer Andrea Wood and her talented blues quintet on the Take 5! stage. Borrow a board game to play during the concert and enjoy printmaking demonstrations by artists from George Mason University. Free. 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Courtyard, American Art Museum

For a complete listing of Smithsonian events and exhibitions visit the goSmithsonian Visitors Guide. Additional reporting by Michelle Strange.

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