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Posted at 11:51 AM ET, 02/26/2009

Up Next: March Arts

By Stephanie Merry

Between another crazy dance party at the Hirshhorn, a variety of looks at iconoclast Marcel Duchamp and a celebration of women's history, March is shaping up to be a busy month at local museums and galleries. Best of all, and in light of our recent cheap date ideas, almost everything is free.

The month of art kicks off with an exhibition reception at Reyes + Davis on March 6 from 6:30-9 p.m. The show of Johanna Mueller's detailed engravings will mainly showcase the artist's myth-inspired animal hybrids. Does a dog with a fishtail and a snake's tongue sound interesting to you? Then this is the place to be. (March 6-April 10)

The Smithsonian is celebrating Women's History Month with an afternoon of family-friendly activities at the American Art Museum. From 1-5 p.m., there will be dance performances, storytelling, music by the a capella group Ulali and a scavenger hunt. There will also be the chance to chat with nurse and Red Cross founder Clara Barton (or at least someone pretending to be her). (March 7)

Maya Lin may be best known as the artist who designed the affecting memorial to Vietnam vets, but she has been hard at work on other ventures, including "Systematic Landscapes," which will be on display at the Corcoran. The exhibition of three large-scale installations gives viewers the chance to see topology from new angles with opportunities to walk through Lin's bisected and hand-crafted hills and mountains. (March 14-July 12)

Artists Kate McGraw and Ann Tarantino will conduct a conversation through art with "Workbook." The drawing duo, who have collaborated before, will bring their improvisational work to the walls of Flashpoint, where their artistic discourse will unfold over the course of a month. The opening reception for the show will be on March 19 from 6-8 p.m. (March 19-April 17)

Michelle Obama isn't the only one bringing fashion to Washington. The National Museum of Women in the Arts will showcase the works of fashion designer Mary McFadden, who has more than 100 collections to her name. The exhibition explores the inspiration McFadden drew from a slew of ancient cultures, including Greece, Dynastic China and Africa. (March 20-Aug. 30)

For those who haven't seen Robert Frank's amazing photos at the National Gallery yet, here's another incentive to go: The artist will be discussing his work later this month with curator Sarah Greenhough. Swiss-born Frank traveled around the U.S. in the 1950s capturing some amazing moments and a general sense of loss and alienation. (March 26, 3:30 p.m.)

Goethe-Institut is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and will kick things off with the exhibition "Berlin Kreuzberg SO 36." This show of before and after photos documents the Berlin district of Kreuzberg, which was surrounded on three sides by the wall. Photographer Peter Frischmuth traveled to the district in 1982 to document what life was like there and returned in 2006 to photograph the same locations and people. An opening reception for the exhibition will take place March 26 from 6-8 p.m. (March 26-May 22)

Another dose of Hirshhorn After Hours is headed our way with $10 $18 advance tickets going on sale tomorrow. The last After Hours was a lot of fun between the crazy Panza Collection and Dan Deacon encouraging a conga line through the Hirshhorn courtyard, and this month sounds like it will be just as entertaining. Lumia Ensemble and Sean O'Neal will provide the tunes, while Ricardo Rivera and Klip Collective will show off their mesmerizing large-scale video installations and projections. (March 27)

Lastly, the National Portrait Gallery will be spotlighting the creator of "Nude Descending a Staircase" with "Inventing Marcel Duchamp." There will be about 100 portraits and self-portraits of Duchamp on display, including work by big names like Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns and Yasumasa Morimura. (March 27-Aug. 2)

-- Stephanie

By Stephanie Merry  | February 26, 2009; 11:51 AM ET
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