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
Marking the Infinite: Contemporary Women Artists from Aboriginal Australia
June 2, 2018 – September 9, 2018
Contemporary and steeped in cultural traditions of Australia’s Aboriginal people, these 9 artists bridge the gap between these worlds. They are nine of the most respected Australian artists.
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
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This 20-foot-long painting was originally made for the home of Peggy Guggenheim.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.
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”
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.
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)
Tony Lewis Anthology 2014–2016
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.
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 be 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.
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
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.
Represent: Hip-Hop Photography
May 2, 2018 – May 3, 2019
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.
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.
The Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers (NPG)
Through September 3, 2018
One Year: 1968, An American Odyssey (NPG)
Through May 19, 2019
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 (NGA)
Through January 23, 2019
Do Ho Suh: Almost Home (SAAM)
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 (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
Hung Liu In Print
Through July 8, 2018
Heavy Metal: Women to Watch 2018
Through September 16
OTHER SHOWS and GALLERIES
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.
The Seven Palettes
June 1, 2018- August 31, 2018
The art group “The Seven Palettes” includes MAA members Sara Becker and Ann Rossilli, plus Nancy Butler, Helen Gallagher, Caroline Orrick, Penny Smith, and Maureen Ward. The opening reception is June 3 from 4-6 pm. Free parking.
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
Challenges in Life—Gloria Miotto
Through July 8, 2018
Blackrock Center for the Arts
12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown, Maryland 20874; email@example.com, 301-528-2260
2018 Mid-Atlantic Regional Watercolor Exhibition (Kay Gallery)
Through July 14, 2018
Founded in 1885 Baltimore Watercolor Society (BWS) consisted of five women artists in Baltimore, MD. It is the most competitive watercolour event in the Mid-Atlantic region. Community Art Day: Watercolour- June 16, 2018, 11:00 AM- 2:00 PM (free) Drop in for artist demonstrations, hands-on activities, and interactive tours of the exhibition. Reception- June 24, 2018, 2:0 PM- 4:00 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
Visions: Kathryn Freeman, Elaine Thompson, Kim Abraham & Jordan Franklin
Washington Calligraphers Guild
Buried Wild-Adam Griffiths
Through July 29, 2018; Calligraphy Techniques for Teens & Adults -July 8, 2018, 10:00 AM; Hand-Lettering for Families-July 15,2018, 11:00 AM; Cartooning Class for Kids-July 15, 2018, 11:00 AM
Adah Rose Gallery
3766 Howard Avenue, Kensington, Maryland 20895; 301-922-0162; firstname.lastname@example.org; Tuesday 1–6 PM, Thursday–Sunday Noon–6 PM, and by appointment
Beguiled by Caravaggio: Joan Belmar
Through July 20, 2018, Vernissage June 2 , 2018, 6:00 PM-8:00 PM
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
Linda Constant Robinson:Between the Lines
Michael Kraniski: Skyscapes
July 6,2018- July 29, 2018; Reception, July 7, 2018, 5:00 PM- 8: PM
The vibrant works of this pair of artists make the trip to Frederick worth the drive.
VisArts at Rockville
155 Gibbs Street, Rockville, MD 20850; 301-315-8200
NextGen 5.0 (Kaplan Gallery)
Cheryl Hochberg: The Storks Come to Roost (Common Ground Gallery)
Estefaní Mercedes (Gibbs Street Gallery)
July 11, 2018-August 19, 2018; Receptions and Artist Talks-July 13, 2018 7:00 PM–9:00 PM
Kirsty Little: Refuse?REFUSE ( 355 pod)
June 29, 2018-September 23, 2018; Reception & Artist Talk, July 13, 2018, 7:00 PM – 9:00 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
AAA Juried Show “The Power of Nature” / Featured Artist TBA (Main Gallery)
August 3, 2018-September 1, 2018; Reception and Meet the Artists, August 3, 2018, 5:00 PM-8;00 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.)
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
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
Artists & Makers Studios 2, 12276 Wilkins Avenue, Rockville, MD 20852
July Art Show and Garden Design Ideas
July 6, 2018-July 31, 2018; Reception-July 6, 1, 2018, 6:00 PM-9:00 PM
You can enjoy the chance to see how a Master Gardener uses her ability as an artist to create a harmonious sense in your own garden. July 21, 2018 at 2:00 PM ‘Garden Design through the Eyes of an Artist’ by Master Gardener and teacher, Cathy Hirsh will teach this class at the classroom at the rear of the gallery space.
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, www.oasisnet.org/washington.
SVN Wright Gallery
1570 East Jefferson Street, Rockville, MD 20852; (240) 750-6660
Spring Artist Reception & Open House
Begins April 20, 2018
MAA members Sandra Pérez-Ramos and Roxana Rojas Luzon, and Robert Volta make this all Latino artists show extraordinary.