First Friday Dupont: Art Walk

Come explore art galleries around greater Dupont Circle for this self-guided art walk this First Friday, June 7, 2024 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Visit Free!

The Dupont Underground is opening “Pride in Print: The Washington Blade’s Journey” celebrating the rich history of the Washington Blade, one of the oldest and most influential LGBTQ+ newspapers in the United States.  The exhibition takes visitors on a journey through the decades, showcasing the Blade’s pivotal role in reporting on, shaping, and advocating for LGBTQ+ rights. From its early days as a small local paper to its evolution into a nationally recognized news source, The Washington Blade has been at the forefront of LGBTQ+ journalism.  The Dupont Underground is located at 19 Dupont Circle, NW — entrance is on the north side of the Circle – behind Starbucks.  Go down the red entrance.


The Embassy of Portugal is opening, “Unknown Unknowns” by Inês Tique. Unknown Unknowns reflects on a constant subject in our lives. It’s a voyage into our nature of explorers and fearless humans. Accessing places and establishing relations that we don’t even know we don’t know. Bringing our senses and instincts alive. Polarity and gravity, movement and rhythm, union and balance, chaos and order, transcendence and infinite. Tique created a new environment where everything comes together.  The Embassy of Portugal’s art gallery is located at 2012 Massachusetts Avenue NW.


Heurich House Museum is celebrating PRIDE with our pop-up through the month. Join us for Dupont’s First Friday in the museum’s biergarten, 1921, on Friday, June 7th for Poster making & crafts including every ‘90s kids’ favorite: wearable rainbow scratch art (We’re talking tiaras, masks, and more!) and add it to the Community Art Wall! Pick-up a Rainbow History Project neighborhood map and take a walking tour of Dupont or grab a seat in the biergarten and find history at your table. 10% of all biergarten sales will be donated to our community partner, Rainbow History Project, who collects, preserves and promotes LGBTQ+ history in Washington, D.C.  Our monthly Mini Markt will also be happening and feature 3 local makers in their first few years of business!  Tour guests will also get to access our exhibit, Working Title, (please note: in order to go inside the Heurich House, guests must pre-purchase tickets for house tours on the website). Working Title reframes the Heurich family home as a central juncture for the people who lived and worked there (1894-1956) – men and women, immigrant and natural-born, Black and white, rich and lower-income.  The Heurich House Museum is located at 1307 New Hampshire Avenue, NW.


IA&A at Hillyer presents four new solo exhibitions: Kiana Honarmand’s “Screeching Silence;” Helen Zughaib’s “Border’s and Barriers: Pattern of Resilience;” Mike Easton’s “Oh, Say Can You See;” and E.d Adegoke’s “ìpilésé (Origin) – A Journey into Spirituality”– an online exhibition. Take this opportunity to meet the artists in person and mingle with friends.  This event is free; a donation of $8 is suggested.  IA&A at Hillyer is Dupont Circle’s largest nonprofit gallery, located in a carriage house at 9 Hillyer Court, NW – behind the Phillips Collection.  To learn more, visit


Ìpàdé will feature art from Melanie Royster (@melroy), a multifaceted visual artist. Growing up shy and quiet, she has always used art to express herself and tell stories. Melanie experiments with different media and techniques which defines her artistry. Melanie studied Interior Design at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Arts and believes that interior design specifically has helped her learn to connect with people. When designing for clients, she focuses on the healing effects of their space, knowing that the design will affect their energy and productivity. She now uses that same practice when it comes to her art, making people feel and reflect. Melanie’s design style is influenced by Caribbean and West African cultures, stemming in part from her Jamaican background.  Stop by Ìpàdé – located up the steps at 1734 20th Street NW. Learn more at

The Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. presents Merging Realms: Art Across Boundaries, a new exhibition of sculpture, installation, fashion, and video works by artists Donghun Sung and Dabal Kim that blur the lines between traditional social constructs. The exhibition opening reception will feature a live performance by fellow artists Junghee Oh and Songhee Lee-Chung in collaboration with featured artist Dabal Kim in front of Kim’s new work, Twelve Doors. This central work in the show reinterprets Korean traditional attire from a contemporary perspective. After the performance, there will be an opportunity to engage in conversation with the artists and performers.  The Korean Cultural Center is located at 2370 Massachusetts Avenue, NW.


Presented by the Middle East Institute in partnership with Tribe, a non-profit publication and platform focused on documenting photography, film, and video from the Arab world, Louder Than Hearts features the work of ten women artists from the Arab World and Iran who capture the resilience, strength, beauty, and creativity of women in the region, often in the face of great adversity.  Curated by Ranai Matar, the leading Egyptian, Iranian, Jordanian, Lebanese, Palestinian, Saudi, and Yemeni photographers represented in the show explore the diversity of experiences and personal narratives told by women across a vast geographic area. Each project showcased is deeply personal, each story distinct. Yet together, these works underscore the shared humanity of women, weaving together the threads of personal and collective life experiences while providing insights into the artists’ perspectives and realities, as well as their strengths and vulnerabilities.  The Middle East Institute Art Gallery is located at 1763 N Street, NW.


The Museum of Palestinian People is opening a new exhibit, “Testimonials: Resisting Erasure through Culture,” which explores artistic expressions throughout the ongoing Nakba – from the golden age of the Palestinian poster early 1960s until 1982, which witnessed the re-emergence of Palestinian identity after it had slipped into invisibility post Nakba, to the present multi-media landscape of artistic expressions seen today. Artists have claimed and kept the bond of affiliation to the homeland, the history, and the memory alive: we shall not forget. Artistic expressions of defiance, existence, and attachment to, and longing for, the land in the face of adversity have remained constant throughout and serve as a testimonial of humanity and identity, echoing the resounding call for justice.  The Museum of Palestinian People is located at 1900 18th Street, NW.


Studio Gallery presents four brand new exhibits this June by local artists. “Trees 360°” is a solo exhibit on the upper level of the gallery. Featuring photographer Jo Levine, Trees 360° is curated by Gaby Mizes and celebrates the beauty that trees bring to our lives. On the lower level of the gallery is “From Washington to New York City” by Gordon Binder and Beverly Logan (curated by Mary Higgins). Through their artwork, the two artists tell the story of contemporary America: urban centers, small towns, open spaces, factories, graffiti-lined brick walls. Binder and Logan invite viewers to experience the exhibition as a journey, a metaphor for what we choose to see and what passes us by. In the Garden Gallery, artists Amity Chan and Sabiha Iqbal are featured in shows curated by Deborah Addison Coburn and Miriam Keeler. “Life in Diaspora – New Works” by Amity Chan showcases works inspired by the artist’s deep commitment to raising awareness of the social and political issues in Hong Kong, a home she has not been able to return to. “My Wild Heart” by Sabiha Iqbal is a tribute to women who have stepped out of their bounds to grapple challenges, old and new, and realized their dreams.  Studio Gallery is an art cooperative located at 2108 R Street NW.  We hope to see you there!

Synergy & Serenity is hosting the closing ceremony for the “Women Have Superpowers Too” exhibition. It will feature vendors and other artists, as well as some poets to open the ceremony.  Synergy & Serenity is a holistic well-being shop located at 1803 Connecticut Avenue, NW – on the second floor.  To learn more, visit


aVENues of Connection Gallery at The Ven Embassy Row Hotel is thrilled to invite you to the solo show “Chromaticity” by internationally acclaimed artist Zeina Nader, who will be on site for questions and a tour at 7:00 p.m.  This exhibit is curated by Dr. Tony Karam and produced by BridgingBrushes. In this captivating exhibition, Nader invites viewers on a visual abstract journey that transcends geographical boundaries. Her work intricately weaves elements of her Lebanese heritage with the rich mosaic of Washington D.C., fostering a deeper appreciation of the profound connections that unite humanity across cultures and continents.  The art gallery at The Ven is located at 2015 Massachusetts Avenue NW.


The Washington Center of ADA Art Gallery, an extension of ADA University’s Art Program, welcomes their Spring 2024 exhibition by Azerbaijani Artist, Elnur Babayev, Photo exhibition “Moments of the Past.” Elnur captures inspiration from Azerbaijan’s historical sites in Baku, Gobustan, and Absheron. The Washington Center of ADA University is a 501 (c) 3 organization aiming to promote social, fraternal, and networking opportunities, facilitate education activities, and advance cultural ties between the United States and Azerbaijan.  You can find the Washington Center of the ADA Art Gallery at 1627 21st Street, NW on Gallery Row.


Join us at Washington Studio School on Friday, June 7th from 6 to 8 to get a first look at our newest exhibition featuring the works of Diane Wilson, a beloved artist and WSS faculty member. Also, venture upstairs for a night of drawing featuring an immersive LGBTQ+ inspired still life in celebration of DC Pride!  The Washington Studio School is located at 2129 S Street NW.  You can sign up for classes too!


Women’s National Democratic Club is very pleased to feature Leslie Harris’ exhibition, “Traveling the River of My Imagination,” in the Club’s ballroom gallery. Appropriately, this summer exhibition will take you to the sea, rivers, and forests. Looked at carefully, Harris’ dramatic and colorful art will draw you in. She uses various media such as oil and cold wax, ink and collage, and acrylic and ink on wood panel to create abstract paintings that are informed by her former career as a human rights and civil liberties lawyer. The artist will be present to speak and answer queries about her exhibition. A cash bar will be available from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The Woman’s National Democratic Club is located at 1526 New Hampshire Avenue NW.