By Judith Levine
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 3 week or longer, large or small, that you think would be of interest, please email Judith Levine.
The Phillips Collection
1600 21st St. NW, Washington, DC; Information (202) 387-2151; $12 -adults, $10-62 and over and students, free for members and visitors 18 and under, closed Mondays
- Zilia Sánchez, through May 19. Cuban artist Zilia Sánchez (b. 1926, Havana) is a hidden treasure. This show includes paintings, sculptures and sculpted canvases. It follows her journey from Cuba, time in Europe and New York, and her eventual settling in Puerto Rico where she now lives.
- Intersections. Intersections is a series of projects that explores links between old and new traditions, modern and contemporary art practices, and the spaces within the museum and its display of new artistic interventions.
- Ranjani Shettar: Earth Songs for a Night Sky, May 16, 2019-August 25
The National Gallery of Art
4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC; Info: (202) 737-4215
- In the Library: Frederick Douglass Family Materials from the Walter O. Evans Collection (Library-East Building), through June 14
- Oliver Lee Jackson: Recent Paintings (East Wing), through September 15
- The American Pre-Raphaelites: Radical Realists (West Wing), through July 21
- Tintoretto: Artist of Renaissance Venice; Venetian Prints in the Time of Tintoretto, and Drawing in Tintoretto’s Venice (West Wing), through June 9. The curators of these exhibitions will provide an authoritative view of this time in Venice’s illustrious art history.
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Independence Avenue and Seventh Street SW, Washington, DC. (202) 633-1000
- Enrico David: Gradations of Slow Release, through September 2. This is the largest exhibit of this contemporary sculptor’s work to date. The Italian artist uses the human experience and human form in amazing circular forms. Being placed in the circular corridors of the Hirshhorn just enhances these elements.
- Rirkrit Tiravanija: Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow, and Green, May 17-July 24;artist talk-May 16, 6:30 PM-7:30PM , obtain free tickets. Hungry for Thai food? Then this exhibit is for you. In each of the Hirshhorn galleries a dining room made of objects by this contemporary Thai artist will serve visitors a dish of curry. Eat up and enjoy a visual treat at the same time.
- What Absence Is Made Of, through August 31. “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 catalog)
The Sackler & Freer Galleries
1050 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC; (202) 633-1000
- Empresses of China’s Forbidden City, 1644–1912 (Freer), through June 23; Empress Xiaoxian, Qing Dynasty, 1777; For Love of Place: Japanese Screens (Freer); The Way of the Kami (Freer), May 11-November 11. Shinto, the indigenous faith of Japan, centers on belief that everything possesses a kami (deity.) These spirits reside in rocks, mountains, trees-in everything within the landscape, natural phenomena, and deceased ancestors. This show will help visitors to better understand the Japanese people and how they view life.
- Japan Modern: Prints in the Age of Photography (Sackler) and Empresses of China’s Forbidden City, 1644–1912 (Sackler), through June 23.
- A Glimpse of Ancient Yemen (Sackler), through August 18.
National Museum of the American Indian
Fourth Street & Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC; (202) 633-1000
- Section 14: The Other Palm Spring, California; through January, 2020. Section 14 forms the heart of the reservation belonging to the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. This exhibit is about the fight to maintain their land as the city grows around it.
- Americans, 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 Ave. SW, Washington, DC; (202) 633-1000
- Striking Iron: The Art of African Blacksmiths
- World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean. Ongoing. “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.
- Good As Gold: Fashioning Senegalese Women, ongoing
National Museum of African American History and Culture
1400 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC; (202) 633-4751
- Ella’s Books, through December 31
- Visual Art and the American Experience, ongoing
- Cultural Expressions, Ongoing. A circular, experiential, introductory space to African American and African diaspora culture.
1661 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC; (202) 633-7970
- David Best’s Temple, through January 5, 2020. Best, the designer of at least 8 of Burning Man’s temples since 2000, brings his gift to the Renwick’s main salon.
National Portrait Gallery/Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th and F streets NW, Washington, DC; (202) 633-1000
- Artists Respond: American Art and the Vietnam War, 1965–1975 (SAAM), through August 18
- Tiffany Chung: Vietnam, Past is Prologue (SAAM), through September 2
- In Mid-Sentence (NPG), May 3-March 29, 2020
- Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence (NPG), through January 5
- Yun Suknam: Portraits of the World: Korea (NPG), through November 17. Feminist artist Yun Suknam explores the position and view of women artist in past and present in both Korea and the world.
- Recent Acquisitions (NPG), through November 3
- Eye to I: Self-Portraits from 1900 to Today (NPG), through August 18
- Daguerreotypes: Five Decades of Collecting (NPG), through June 2
- One Year: 1968, An American Odyssey (NPG), through May 19
National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Ave. NW, Washington, DC; (202)-783-5000
- More is More, May 3, 2019–September 22. Cindy Sherman, Mickalene Thomas, Barbara Kruger, Helen Marten, Jiha Moon are among the women who explore the whimsical connects between art and everyday objects that include textiles, ceramics, clothing, decorative objects and toys
- New York Avenue Sculpture Project: Betsabeé Romero, through September 20, 2020
Other Shows & Galleries
Walters Art Museum
600 North Charles St., Baltimore. Wednesday–Sunday, 10:00 AM-5:00PM; Annex- 1 West Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore; (410) 547-9000
- Paintings for a Venetian Palace
- Animal Tales, May 18-August 11
- Transformation: Art of the Americas, through October 6
- Roberto Lugo at 1 West (Annex), through July 15
The Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore; (443) 573-1700
- Subverting Beauty: African Anti-Aesthetics
- Henri Moore: and the Pre-Colombian Past
- DIS: A Good Crisis
- Commons Collaborations: Get Your Life!, through November 17
Space 7:10 at Kefa Cafe
963 Bonifant St., Silver Spring. (240) 670-7424
- Palette Knife abstracts by Vicki Lipov and The Human Figure by Rebecca Lipov, May 1-June 30
Goldman Art Gallery, Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville; Sunday 1:00 PM-5 PM, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 4:00 PM–7:30 PM; (301) 881-0100
- A Thousand Words: Revealing Meaningful Messages: Our Bender JCC, through May 9
- A Lifetime of Perspective: Art by Older Adults, May 19-June 16
Blackrock Center for the Arts
12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown; (301)-528-2260
- Dottie Campbell: Amped Up, through June 1
The Mansion at Strathmore
10701 Rockville Pike, N. Bethesda; Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10:00 AM-4:00 PM; Wednesday 10:00AM—9:00 PM; Sunday noon-4:00 PM; (301) 581-5146
- From the Artist’s Hand:Lis Zadravec. MAA’s own Lis Zadravec is showcased in the one woman exhibit. Zadravec is a well-known member of the Colored Pencil Society of America. Please come and enjoy seeing the unique way the artist blends the human expression with the spiritual one.
- Kaleidoscopes: Spectrum, through May 26
Art at Penn Place Gallery
4600 Waverly Ave, Garrett, Park; (240) 669-8549
- Farhad Heidarian, through May 18
- Jennifer Beaudet’s Mountain Drive has been accepted into the 2019 Penn Place Invitational Show. Enjoy the work of your fellow MAA member, and then go treat yourself to a lovely meal at the Black Market Bistro.
- Robert LeMar, May 20-June 15; Reception: June 2, 3-5 PM
Artists and Makers 1 & 2
Gallery 1: 11810 Parklawn Dr., Rockville. (240) 437-9573/(240) 481-5031; Gallery 2: 12276, Wilkins Ave., Rockville
- Gallery 209: Tuesdays -Sundays, Noon-4:00 PM, 301-622-0546 or Artists@Gallery209Art.com.
Adah Rose Gallery
3766 Howard Ave., Kensington. Tuesday 1:00 PM-6:00 PM, Thursday–Sunday noon-6 PM, and by appointment; (301) 922-0162
TAG of Frederick
216 North Market St., Frederick, 301-696-8187); Friday-Saturday, noon–8:00 PM, Sunday noon–5:00 PM or by appointment.
- Marc Weinberg: I Left my Heart …
- Chris Stovall: For the Birds, May 3-26; reception-May 4, 6-9 PM
VisArts at Rockville
155 Gibbs St., Rockville. (301) 315-8200
- Richard L. Dana: Here and Where (Kaplan Gallery), through May 26
- Really Large Numbers Laboratory (Gibbs Street Gallery), through May 19
- John Schlesinger (Common Ground Gallery), through May 19
- Cy Keener and Justine Holzman at 355 Pod Space, Rockville Town Square, through August 25
2001 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Arlington. (571) 483-0652; Monday–Friday 10 AM–6 PM, Saturday 10 AM–2 PM
- Risk—National Juried Exhibition, May 1-24; reception, May 3, 5-8 PM
Kentlands Mansion Gallery
320 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg. Monday–Friday, by appointment ; (301) 258-6425
Bohrer Park Gallery/Activities Center
506 South Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg. Monday–Saturday 8 AM–8 PM, Sunday 8 AM-5 PM. (301)-258-6394
- Artwork of Ouafae Taame, through June 24
Arts Barn Gallery
311 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg. Monday–Friday 10 am–5 pm, Saturday 1:30 -5:30PM; (301) 258-6394
Brookside Visitors Center Gallery
1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Daily 9:00 AM-5:00PM; closed holidays; (301) 962-1400
- Pate’ Painters, through May 27
4125 Albemarle St, NW, Washington, DC. (202) 895-9448
- Dennis Crayon and Nadia Linda Goldstein, through May 30. IONA Gallery is open again. This space is not a traditional gallery. It is located within IONA Senior Services, and it is a lovely space, one I personally have enjoyed visiting.
Montgomery Mall at the rear of Macy’s Home Store, second level, 7125 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. 10 AM-4 PM Monday-Friday; 301-469-6800, press 1 and x211