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
February 3–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)
January 28, 2018–May 13, 2018
Anne Truitt (In the Tower/East Wing)
February 1–April 1, 2018
Jackson Pollock’s “Mural” (East Wing)
November 19 2017–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This 20-foot-long painting was originally made for the home of Peggy Guggenheim.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)
February 25–July 8, 2018
Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings (West Wing)
March 4–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)
March 3, 2018–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 will be showcased in this show. Fifty paintings and more than a dozen drawings will 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.
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
“What does absence look like? How can loss—of objects, of memory, of yourself—become a tool for artistic expression? In the face of today’s increasingly noisy consumer culture, What Absence Is Made Of answers these questions and more as it mines the Hirshhorn’s extensive collection in search of the mind-bending ways that artists surmount the limits of the material world.” (Hirshhorn catalogue)
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
“Construction of the Inka Road stands as one of the monumental engineering achievements in history. A network more than 20,000 miles long, crossing mountains and tropical lowlands, rivers and deserts, the Great Inka Road linked Cusco, the administrative capital and spiritual center of the Inka world, to the farthest reaches of its empire. The road continues to serve contemporary Andean communities across Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, and Chile as a sacred space and symbol of cultural continuity.” NMAI-catalog
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.
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
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
March 16, 2018–August 5, 2018; Pre-show Artist’s talk: March 15, 2018, 6:30 PM–7:30 PM
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.
Watch This! New Directions in the Art of the Moving Image (SAAM)
Through March 17, 2018
This is a series of rotating exhibits. Check with the gallery to find out which is currently being shown.
Tamayo: The New York Years (SAAM)
Through March 18, 2018
Mexican painter Rufino Tamayo (1899–1991) combined his love of the traditional images of his culture with his equally strong interest in Picasso, Pollock, and Adolph Gottlieb to transform the direction of Modern Mexican art.
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
March 9, 2018–May 28, 2018
OTHER SHOWS and GALLERIES
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
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
Blackrock Center for the Arts
12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown, Maryland 20874; firstname.lastname@example.org, 301-528-2260
Making Our Mark ( Kay Gallery)
March 3, 2018–April 7, 2018; Reception: March 10, 2018, 2 PM-4 PM; Community Art Day: Printmaking: March 17, 2018, 11 AM–2 PM; Free
Youth Art Month-Building Community Through Art (Terrace Gallery)
March 3, 2018–March 24, 2018
This month’s artists in this ongoing series are eighth grade students at Barnesville Middle School.
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 going to be a fun-filled show with lots of related activities. Reception: Sunday, March 18, 2018, 2 PM; Kite-Making Class for Kids: March 25,2018, 1:00 PM. Kite Making Techniques for Teens & Adults: Sunday, March 25, 3 PM
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
Adah Rose Gallery
3766 Howard Avenue, Kensington, Maryland 20895; 301-922-0162; email@example.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
The Box Show
March 2, 2018–March 25, 2018; Opening Reception: March 3, 2018, 5 PM–9 PM; Closing Reception: March 24, 2018, 5 PM–9 PM
This is TAG’s annual fund raiser and promises once again to be a lot of fun. So go bid on your favorite box and support our fellow artists!
VisArts at Rockville
155 Gibbs Street, Rockville, MD 20850; 301-315-8200
Hsin-Hsi Chen: Liminal (Kaplan Gallery)
February 23, 2018–April 1, 2018; Reception: February 23, 7 PM-9 PM
Shona MacDonald (Common Ground Gallery)
March 23–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)
March 23–April 22, 2018; Reception and Artist Talk: April 6, 2018, 7 PM–9 PM
2001 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202; 571-483-0652; www.galleryunderground.org; Monday–Friday 10 AM–6 PM, Saturday 10 AM–2 PM
Joanne Berrera: Wind and Sky (Focus Gallery)
March 2, 2018-March 31, 2018; Reception: March 2, 2018
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
Bohrer Park Gallery
506 South Frederick Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD; Monday–Saturday 8 AM–8 PM, Sunday 8 AM–5 PM
Gaithersburg Camera Club Exhibition
Through March 18, 2018
Brookside Visitors Center Gallery
1800 Glenallan Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20902; Open daily 9 AM–5 PM; Closed selected holidays
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.
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.