In the Galleries

April 2018

This column is designed to provide you with art news and information about interesting shows at the many local art galleries and museums. If you are aware of an event, news or an exhibit, large or small, that you think would be of interest, please email Judith Levine at JULevineRN@aol.com.

If going to a gallery you have not previously visited, we suggest researching directions and transportation first; many of the galleries in DC are accessible via Metro, and parking can be a problem. Unless otherwise noted, admission is free.


The Phillips Collection

1600 21st St., NW, Washington, DC. 202-387-2151. $12 -adults, $10-62 and over and students, free for members and visitors 18 and under, closed Mondays

Ten Americans After Paul Klee
Through May 6, 2018
Paul Klee influenced modern painters around the world. This show focuses on ten of those artists. It includes painters such as Jackson Pollock, Adolph Gottlieb, and the Washington Color School’s Gene Davis.

The National Gallery of Art

4th and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC. 202-737-4215.

In the Library: (East Wing; 10 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday; Not open on weekends)

Outliers and American Vanguard Art (East Wing)
Through May 13, 2018

Sharing Images: Renaissance Prints Into Maiolica and Bronze (West Wing)
April 1, 2018–August 5, 2018

Jackson Pollock’s “Mural” (East Wing)
Through October 28, 2018
This 20-foot-long painting was originally made for the home of Peggy Guggenheim. This installation also includes some of Pollock’s smaller paintings and works on paper, all from this seminal time when he moved into abstract expressionism, a form of which he is a true master.

Michel Sittow: Estonian Painter at the Courts of Renaissance Europe (West Wing)
Through May 13, 2018

Heavenly Earth: Images of Saint Francis at La Verna (West Wing)
Through July 8, 2018

Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings (West Wing)
Through May 28, 2018
Exploring the South is the focus of this group of 115 photos by this Lexington, Virginia photographer. She is one to challenge norms and this group is eerie and brilliant.

Tintoretto: The Artist of Venice at 500 (West Wing)
Through June 30, 2019
Born Jacopo Robusti (1518–1594), he came to be known as Tintoretto (little dyer) because his father was a dyer. This master of the Renaissance is showcased in this show. Fifty paintings and more than a dozen drawings span his entire 60-year career.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Independence Avenue at Seventh Street SW, Washington, DC; 202-633-1000 or 202-633-5285 (TTY)
This gallery focuses on contemporary artists.

The Message: New Media Works
Through April 22, 2018
This show uses five video installations to explore the world by fusing technology with the artists’ individual insights to topics that include death.

Pickett’s Charge
Through November 12, 2018
“Politically and socially, we are at the edge of another precipice. I’m standing in the middle of a question about where we are as a nation.” (Mark Bradford)  Bradford’s mastery of mixed media (the works in this show are collages) will be evident to viewers.

What Absence Is Made Of
Through Summer 2019

Brand New: Art and Commodity in the 1980’s
Through May 13, 2018

The Sackler Gallery/The Freer Gallery

1050 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC; 202-633-1000
The joint galleries house one of the world’s great collections of Asian arts. The Freer houses mostly permanent collections (it may not sell or lend any of its collection), and the Sackler has permanent and short term exhibits.

The Prince and the Shah: Royal Portraits from Qajar Iran (Freer)
Through August 5, 2018

Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia (Freer)
Through November 29, 2020

Secrets of the Lacquer Buddha (Freer)
Through June 10, 2018

To Dye For: Ikats from Central Asia (Sackler)
March 24, 2018–July 29, 2018
The term ikat is from the Malaysian word for “to tie,” and is descriptive of how the fabric is bound to create the distinctive ikat patterns.

Subodh Gupta: Terminal (Sackler)

National Museum of the American Indian

Fourth Street & Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20560; 202-633-1000

The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire
Through June 1, 2018

Through January 2022
Native American symbols and pictures have been used to represent a wide variety of products in the past. In some cases, such as the Indian Motorcycle, they were considered the epitome of the field. Others were demeaning, picturing Native Americans as picturesque savages. The visitor to this exhibit will experience the range and leave understanding how the people felt about these objects.

National Museum of African Art

950 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC; 202-633-1000 (voice/tape)

Jim Chuchu’s Invocations
Through July 2018

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004; 202-633-4751

Visual Art and the American Experience
The initial exhibit is also a permanent exhibit.

Renwick Gallery

1661 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC; 202-633-7970
The Renwick’s main focus is on the decorative arts.

No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man
Entire gallery—March 30, 2018–January, 21, 2019; 1st floor closes—September 16, 2018

Diane Arbus: A box of ten photographs
April 6, 2018–January 21, 2018

Connections: Contemporary Craft at the Renwick Gallery

National Portrait Gallery/Smithsonian American Art Museum

8th Street at F Street NW, Washington, DC; 202-633-1000 (voice/tape)
The National Portrait Gallery (NPG) and the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) both contain many permanent exhibits that easily allow for many visits. These connected galleries, part of the Smithsonian, form a national treasure of American paintings and sculpture. The buildings include exquisite restored stained glass windows in ceilings and walls, and beautiful floor and wall tiling.

The Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers (NPG)
Through September 3, 2018

Portraits of the World: Switzerland (NPG)
Through November 12, 2018

America’s Presidents (NPG)
Through February 28, 2028
The newest additions to the collection are the portraits of President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama.

Do Ho Suh: Almost Home
Through August 5, 2018
Almost, that means exactly what it says. These translucent pieces are fabric recreations of homes the artist has lived in. One piece—Hubs—is actually an interactive sculpture that visitors can wander through.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

1250 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20005-3970; 202-783-5000, 1-800-222-7270

Hung Liu In Print
Through July 8, 2018

Women House
Through May 28, 2018


Walters Art Museum

600 North Charles Street, Baltimore MD; 410-547-9000; Wednesday–Sunday, 10 AM–5 PM

After Fabergé: Fabergé and the Russian Crafts Tradition: An Empire’s Legacy
Through May 27, 2018

Arts of Asia
Through October 1, 2020

Crowning Glory: Art of the Americas
Through October 7, 2018

Goldman Art Gallery, Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington

6125 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD 20852; 301-881-0100; Sunday 1–5 PM, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday: 4–7:30 PM

Artists Without Borders—Freedom, Justice and Equality: An Interfaith Perspective
Through April 8, 2018

A Lifetime of Perspective: Art by Older Adults
April 15-May 6, 2018

Blackrock Center for the Arts

12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown, Maryland 20874; info@blackrockcenter.org, 301-528-2260

Making Our Mark ( Kay Gallery)
Through April 7, 2018

Shades of Spring 2018—The Art League of Germantown ( Kay Gallery)
April 11, 2018–April 15, 2018; Reception: April 15, 2018, 1 PM-3 PM

Lilian Baley Hoover: In This World (Terrace Gallery)
April 21, 2018–June 2, 2018; Reception: April 15, 2018, 2 PM-4 PM

The Mansion at Strathmore

10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, MD 20852; information 301-581-5100; Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10 AM–4 PM; Wednesday 10 AM–9 PM; Sunday 12 PM–4 PM; Closed Monday; Closed Sunday, December 31; Free

Jennifer Kahn Barlow
Ongoing, In the Comcast Lounge
Come and enjoy the delicious desserts of fellow MAA member Jennifer Barlow. What a lovely way to indulge without adding the pounds!

Up in the Air
March 10 2018–April 29, 2018
This is a fun-filled show with lots of related activities.
Children’s Talk & Tour: April 7, 2018, 10:15 AM; Curator’s Tour: April 7, 2018, 1 PM
Kite Fly Day: April 22, 2018, 1 PM

Still Lives: Jennifer Allevato (Invitational Gallery)
Through April 29, 2018

Adah Rose Gallery

3766 Howard Avenue, Kensington, Maryland 20895; 301-922-0162; adahrosegallery@gmail.com; Tuesday 1–6 PM, Thursday–Sunday Noon–6 PM, and by appointment

Chris Trueman: The Colour of the Universe Changes Over Time
March 16, 2018–April 28, 2018; Reception: March 17, 2018

TAG of Frederick

216 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701; 301-696-8187; www.theartistsgalleryfrederick.com; Friday and Saturday Noon–8 PM, Sunday Noon–5 PM, or by appointment

TAG Wide Open
April 6, 2018–April 29, 2018; Reception: April 7, 2018, 5 PM-9 PM

VisArts at Rockville

155 Gibbs Street, Rockville, MD 20850; 301-315-8200

INTERACT + INTEGRATE: Heloisa Escudero, Michelle Herman, Jackie Hoysted, Denise Philipbar (Kaplan Gallery)
April 6, 2018–May 13, 2018; Reception and Artist Talks: April 6, 2018, 7 PM–9 PM

Shona MacDonald (Common Ground Gallery)
Through April 22, 2018; Reception and Artist Talk: Friday, April 6, 2018, 7 PM–9 PM

Roberto Bocci: Twilight Silhouette, Those Who Come and Those Who Leave
(Gibbs Street Gallery)
Through April 22, 2018; Reception and Artist Talk: April 6, 2018, 7 PM–9 PM

Gallery Undergound

2001 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202; 571-483-0652; www.galleryunderground.org; Monday–Friday 10 AM–6 PM, Saturday 10 AM–2 PM

Member works (Focus Gallery and Main Gallery)

Kentlands Mansion Gallery

320 Kent Square Road, Gaithersburg, MD; Monday–Friday by appointment only. (Due to event scheduling, please call the Mansion at 301-258-6425 prior to your visit to confirm availability of the gallery.)

Art League of Germantown
Through April 20, 2018

Arts Barn Gallery

311 Kent Square Road, Gaithersburg, MD; Monday–Friday 10 AM–5 PM, Saturday 1:30 PM–5:30 PM

Art of the Print
Through April 2, 2018

Celebrating 15
Through June 30, 2018
The Arts Barn is celebrating its 15th anniversary. These works are all by instructors at the gallery. MAA’s Pritha Srinivasan is part of this show with her painting Timeless, a mixed media piece.

Bohrer Park Gallery

506 South Frederick Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD; Monday–Saturday 8 AM–8 PM, Sunday 8 AM–5 PM

Brookside Visitors Center Gallery

1800 Glenallan Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20902; Open daily 9 AM–5 PM; Closed selected holidays

Oasis Gallery

Montgomery Mall, 7125 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda (at the rear of Macy’s Home Store, on the second level), 10 AM–4 PM, Monday-Friday, 301-469-6800, press 1 and x211, www.oasisnet.org/washington.

Gallery 209

Artists & Makers Studios 2, 12276 Wilkins Avenue, Rockville, MD 20852

MAA artists Cathy Hirsh, Geri Olson, Roxana Rojas-Luzon, Ann Schaefer, Marcia Bhorjee, Natalie Falk, Janet Fox, Vicky Surles, and Jeanne Powell have joined together to make this exciting studio.