In the Galleries

May 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

No new exhibits this month

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)

The Richter Archive at 75
May 7, 2018–August 24, 2018

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This 20-foot-long painting was originally made for the home of Peggy Guggenheim.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

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

Anthology 2014–2016/Tony Lewis
March 6, 2018–May 28, 2018
Lewis uses the art of poetry, taking poems to create his images. In this case, he created the poems using and rearranging panels from the Calvin and Hobbes comic strip. The thirty-four resulting collages are haunting.

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)
Through October 2018

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

World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean
Opening May 9, 2018
“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 exhibition 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.

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
Through January 21, 2019

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

Recognize (NPG)
Through June 3, 2018
Celebrating the NPG 50th Anniversary will be fun.

Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now (NPG)
May 11, 2018–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.

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.

Diane Arbus—A box of ten photographs
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 catalogue)

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

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

Challenges in Life—Gloria Miotto
May 10, 2018–July 8, 2018

Blackrock Center for the Arts

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

Kate Fitzpatrick—Confluence / Lilian Baley Hoover: In This World (Terrace Gallery)
Through June 2, 2018

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

Washington Wax Works
May 5, 2018–June 10, 2018
Encaustic, the ancient technique of painting with wax, comes to the twenty-first century.
Reception: May 10, 2018, 7:00 PM; Make It/Take It: Beeswax Collage: May 17, 7:00 PM; Children’s Talk & Tour: May 26, 10:15 AM; Curator’s Tour: May 26, 1:00 PM

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

No show in May

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

Another Sleepless Night: Don Coomes
Chester, Pennsylvania: Mark Rothkopf
May 4, 218–May 27, 2018; Reception: May 5, 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)
Through May 13, 2018

Inside Art Workshop: Mud Dyeing Workshop
May 19, noon–4 PM, $20, Ages 11+
Participants will begin with a guided meditation to reflect on their own relationship with the earth. Participants will then learn the process of mud dyeing and traditional Shibori folding techniques to create lovely, hand-dyed and hand-painted fabric.

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

Anna Schalk, Featured Artist (Focus Gallery)

Hot/Cool (Main Gallery)
Through May 25, 2018; Opening Reception: May 4, 2018
The work of MAA member Lisa Zadravec is included in this juried show.

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.)

Gaithersburg Fine Arts Association
Through July 6, 2018; Reception: May 7, 2018, 7 PM–8:30 PM

Arts Barn Gallery

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

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.

Texture and Textiles
Through May 14, 2018

Bohrer Park Gallery

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

Harmonious Art Group—Calligraphy and Brush Painting
Through July 1, 2018; Reception: May 20, 2018, 2 PM–4 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.

Culture Coffee Too

300 Riggs Rd NE, Washington, DC 20011; (202) 507-8349

SVN Wright Gallery

1570 East Jefferson Street, Rockville, MD 20852; (240) 750-6660

Spring Artist Reception & Open House
Begins April 20, 2018
Fellow MAA members Sandra Pérez-Ramos and Roxana Rojas Luzon, and Robert Volta make this all Latino artists show extraordinary.