In the Galleries

September 2018

This column is designed to provide you with art news and information about interesting shows at 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

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 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)

Dawoud Bey: The Birmingham Project (West Wing)
September 12, 2018 – March 17, 2019
I admit I did a double take, but the child in the diptych is not Michelle Obama. The woman and child are Mary Parker and Caela Cowan, and Bey took these photos in 2012.

Corot: Women (West Wing)
September 9-December 31, 2018

Rachel Whiteread (East Wing)
September 16, 2018-January 13, 2019

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This 20-foot-long painting was originally made for the home of Peggy Guggenheim.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.

Ludolf Backhuysen, Ships in Distress off a Rocky Coast, 1667

Water, Wind, and Waves: Marine Paintings from the Dutch Golden Age (West Wing)
Through November 25, 2018. At left, Ships in Distress of a Rocky Coast”




Sense of Humor
July 15, 2018-January 5, 2019
Who said humor doesn’t belong in a painting?

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.

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
“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.” (Hirshorn catalog)

Baselitz: Six Decades
Through September 16, 2018
This is a show spanning 60 years of one of Germany’s most famous modern figurative artists. His work is provocative and innovative. Visitors will not walk out without being shaken and moved.

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.

For Love of Place: Japanese Screens (Freer)
Through November 4, 2018

In the Shadow of an Apocalypse: Buddhist Art in Japan (Freer)
Through October 28, 2018

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

Subodh Gupta: Terminal (Sackler)
Through October 2018

A Glimpse of Ancient Yemen (Sackler)
Through August 18, 2019

National Museum of the American Indian

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

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.

Our Universes: Traditional Knowledge Shapes Our World
Through September 2020

National Museum of African Art

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

World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean

“Swahili” comes from the Arabic word meaning “edge” or “coast”. This area of the coast of eastern Africa has been a crossroads for Asian, European, and African travelers for over a thousand years. This show showcases both individual cultures and the mixing that occurred during this time.

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.

Represent: Hip-Hop Photography
Through May 3, 2019

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—through January, 21, 2019; 1st floor closes—September 16, 2018.
The art of Burning Man has never before been seen outside of its Black Rock Desert home. It is some of the most innovative work many visitors have ever seen. And you get a chance to experience virtual reality as a part of it.

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.

One Year: 1968, An American Odyssey (NPG)
Through May 19, 2019

Celebrate: Leonard Bernstein’s 100th Birthday (NPG)
Through September 23

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

Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now (NPG)
Through March 10, 2019
The silhouette is seeing a resurgence. This art form was highly popular during the 18th and 19th centuries. One moving moment: a life-size silhouette of a nineteen-year-old enslaved girl which includes her bill of sale from 1796. The contemporary silhouettes contrast in both subject and materials.



UnSeen: Our Past in a New Light, Ken Gonzales-Day and Titus Kaphar
Through January 23, 2019

Diane Arbus—A Box of Ten Photographs (SAAM)
Through January 21, 2019
“They are the proof that something was there and no longer is. Like a stain. And the stillness of them is boggling. You can turn away but when you come back they’ll still be there looking at you.” —Diane Arbus, 1971 (SAAM catalog)

Trevor Paglen: Sites Unseen (SAAM)
Through January 6, 2019

National Museum of Women in the Arts

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

Heavy Metal: Women to Watch 2018
Through September 16


Walters Art Museum

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

Arts of Asia
Through October 1, 2020

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

Maplewood Park Place Gallery

9707 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda, MD.

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

Melissa McGowan: Humans of Our JCC
September 7, 2018-October 28, 2018
Reception: September 6, 2018, 5:30–7:30 PM

Blackrock Center for the Arts

12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown, Maryland 20874;, 301-528-2260

No show this month (Kay Gallery).

No show this month (Terrace Gallery).

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

Dia de Muertos: Cultural Perpectives
Emily Uchytil Passing Through
September 4, 2018–November 4, 2018

Artists and Makers-1

11810 Parklawn Drive, Suite 209, Rockville, MD 20852

Nancy Weissler: EXPERIMENTAL – Devotion to Discovery Glassmaker
September 7, 2018- October 2, 2018; Reception: September 7, 2018, 6–9 PM

Artists and Makers-2

12276-80, Wilkins Avenue, Rockville, MD 20852

Spencer Dormitzer:PONDER… er ING or, I AM THE ASTEROID
Compass Ateleir: Lavender Fields Forever: Plein Air Painting in Provence
September 7, 2018-October 2, 2018; Receptions: September 7, 2018, 6-9 PM

Adah Rose Gallery

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

Gabe Brown and Akemi Maegawa: Along the Enchanted Way
September 12, 2018-October 28, 2018
Reception: September 15, 2018, 6-8 PM, Live Music by Terraplane

TAG of Frederick

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

Jim Mitchell: Mimes and Mannequins.
Kathleen Carroll: Elbow Grease
Through September 30; Reception: September 1, 5-9 PM

VisArts at Rockville

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

Kirsty Little: Refuse?REFUSE ( 355 pod)
Through September 23, 2018

Deep Flash: On Art and Transformation: 30th Anniversary Celebration Exhibition (Kaplan Gallery, Common Ground Gallery and Gibbs Street Gallery)
September 5, 2018-October 14, 2018; Reception: September 7, 7-9 PM

Vis Arts has been providing artwork to the community for 30 years, and at no cost. They remain committed to introducing the community to new work and new artists as well as those who have made their reputations.

Gallery Undergound

2001 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202; 571-483-0652;; Monday–Friday 10 AM–6 PM, Saturday 10 AM–2 PM; Metro accessible. Parking is available in metered spots on nearby streets and in public garages, which are free all day Saturdays and after 4 PM on weekdays.

Main Gallery—Member Works
September 7, 2018-September 29, 2018; Reception: September 7, 5-8 PM

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.)

Exploring Mixed Media
September 7, 2018-November 4, 2018; Reception: September 27, 7-8:30 PM

Betsy K. Baden, Donna Baron, Jeff Bohlander, Marylou Bono, Jasmine Bryant, Laura Davis, Sandra Davis, Jabari Jefferson, Roxana Rojas Luzon, Michael Kuchinsky, Steve Mockrin, Karen Peacock, Michelle Puhl-Price, Shyam Rele, James Russell, Linda Slattery-Sherman, Eneida Somarriba, Francine Stowe-Sinkler, Jeanne Sullivan, Jenna Wright, and Alexey Zoob.

(The names in bold are fellow MAA members.)

Activity—Garden Thyme
September 17, 4:30-6 PM, Age 7 & up, Kentlands Mansion

Arts Barn Gallery

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

Exploring Mixed Media
September 14, 2018-November 19, 2018; Reception: September 27, 7-8:30 PM
Featuring works by Cathy Wilkin, Phyllis Mayes, Rebecca Grace Jones, Thomas Sterner and Megan Schapp. The Kentlands and Arts Barn shows are obviously related.

Kid’s Adventure in Glass Fusing—September 15, 1:30-3:30 PM, Age 8-12, Arts Barn

Art Night Out: Amedeo Modigliani in Acrylic—September 21, 7-9:30 PM, Adult, Arts Barn

Family Workshop: Fall Leaves—September 23, 1:30-2:30 PM, Age 3-18, Arts Barn

Studies in Art: Fauvism—September 28, 10 AM-1 PM Age 14 & up, Arts Barn

Beaded Jewelry Basics: Crystal Butterfly Bracelet—September 29, 1-3 PM, Age 13 & up, Arts Barn

Bohrer Park Gallery

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

No show this month.

Brookside Visitors Center Gallery

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

Potomac Valley Watercolorists Show
August 16-September 17, 2018

Montgomery Art Association
September 17, 2018-October 15, 2018

Our group will display it’s botanical face at this beautiful garden. Come and see the show, then wander about the amazing grounds.

Gallery 209

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

September 7, 2018-October 2, 2018; Reception: September 7, 6-9 PM

Oasis Gallery

Montgomery Mall at the rear of Macy’s Home Store ,second level, 7125 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda,  10:00 AM-4:00PM, Monday through Friday, 301-469-6800, press 1 and x211,