In the Galleries: January 2019

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.


The Phillips Collection

1600 21st St. NW, Washington, DC

Nordic Impressions
Through January 13, 2019

Intersections is back. This 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. The first show is in conjunction with the University of Maryland.

Richard Tuttle: It Seems Like It’s Going To Be
Through December 30, 2018

The National Gallery of Art

4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC

Rachel Whiteread’s Ghost (East Wing)
Through January 13, 2019

The Chiaroscuro Woodcut in Renaissance Italy (West Wing)
Through January 20, 2019

Gordon Parks: The New Tide, Early Work 1940–1950 (West Wing)
Through February 18, 2019
The self-taught photographic genius that
was Gordon Parks (1912-2006) is showcased in this exhibit. The sensitive, observant, highly intelligent way Parks made his pictures takes you fully into the people and world he captured. Close relationships with Roy Stryker, Langston Hughes, Richard Wright, and Ralph Ellison, and his work at the Farm Security Administration, Office of War Information, and Standard Oil (now Exxon) also shaped the way he saw his world.

Dawoud Bey: The Birmingham Project (West Wing)
Through 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.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Independence Avenue and Seventh Street SW, Washington, DC.

Pulse: Rafael Lozano-Hemmer
Through April 28, 2019
This is a genuine participant-activated event. Touch a button and your finger prints are scanned and heartbeat recorded. The bulbs that comprise the installation piece pulse in time to yours and those of other visitors. Interaction with art at its most basic.

Sean Scully: Landline Series
Through February 3, 2019

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)

Charline Von Heyl: Snake Eyes
Through January 27, 2019

The Sackler & Freer Galleries

1050 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC

For Love of Place: Japanese Screens (Freer)
Japan Modern: Prints in the Age of Photography (Sackler)
Empresses of China’s Forbidden City, 1644–1912 (Sackler)
Through June 23, 2019

Subodh Gupta: Terminal (Sackler)
Through February 3, 2019

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

National Museum of the American Indian

Fourth Street & Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC

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

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.

Good As Gold: Fashioning Senegalese Women

National Museum of African American History and Culture

1400 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC

Ella’s Books by Pablo Picasso

Ella’s Books
Through December 31, 2019

Visual Art and the American Experience

Represent: Hip-Hop Photography
Through May 3, 2019

Cultural Expressions
A circular, experiential, introductory space to African American and African diaspora culture.

Renwick Gallery

1661 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC

No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man
Through January 21, 2019

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.

Disrupting Craft: Renwick Invitational 2018
Through May 5, 2019

Tanya Aguiñiga, Sharif Bey, Dustin Farnsworth, and Stephanie Syjuco are the four artists selected for this year’s Invitational. Aguiñiga is a Mexican artist whose work reflects her heritage even as it lives in the twenty-first century.  Bey uses ceramics to make objects that are both sumptuous and usable. Dustin Farnsworth pieces are often large and move from “what in the world?’ to “Ahhhh.” Stephanie Syjuco, a Philippine-born American, makes installations using “collected cultural objects, cumulative archives, and temporary vending installations, often with an active public component that invites viewers to directly participate as producers or distributors” (Artist Statement, Stephanie Syjuco website). The Renwick Invitational is always an exciting introduction to crafters you may not know when you go but won’t forget by the time you leave.

Connections: Contemporary Craft at the Renwick Gallery

National Portrait Gallery/Smithsonian American Art Museum

8th and F streets NW, Washington, DC

Mother III by Yun Suknam

Yun Suknam: Portraits of the World: Korea (NPG)
November 17, 2019

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, 2019

Eye to I: Self-Portraits from 1900 to Today (NPG)
Through August 18, 2019

Celebrate: Leonard Bernstein’s 100th Birthday (NPG)
Through September 23, 2019

Daguerreotypes: Five Decades of Collecting (NPG)
Through June 2, 2019

Between Worlds: The Art of Bill Traylor (SAAM)
Through March 17, 2019

Outsider art is a category of work made by artists who are self-taught. Bill Traylor (ca. 1853–1949) was born a slave and didn’t begin to paint until he was in his 80s in Montgomery, Alabama. He is considered the preeminent outsider painter in the US.

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

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.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

1250 New York Ave. NW, Washington, DC

New York Avenue Sculpture Project: Betsabeé Romero
Through September 20, 2020

Through February 10, 2019


Walters Art Museum

600 North Charles St., Baltimore, MD; Wednesday–Sunday, 10 am-5 pm

Transformation: Art of the Americas
Arts of Asia
Through October 1, 2020

Maplewood Park Place Gallery

9707 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda, MD

Goldman Art Gallery, Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington

6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville, MD; Sunday 1–5 pm, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 4–7:30 pm

To Bear Witness: The Art of Testimony
December 23, 2018-February 24, 2019. Reception: January 23, 2019, 4:30-6:30 pm.

A Hero’s Heart: Infantry Art by U. S. Veterans
Through December 16, 2018.

Blackrock Center for the Arts

12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown, MD 20874; 301-528-2260

The Mansion at Strathmore

10701 Rockville Pike, N. Bethesda, MD; Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10 am-4 pm; Wednesday 10 am-9 pm; Sunday noon-4 pm; closed Monday

Montgomery County Plein Air Artists
Through January 6, 2019

85th Annual Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature
Through January 6, 2019

Oil + Light: Nick Eisele
Through January 6, 2019

Night: The 28th Annual Strathmore Juried Exhibition
The Railroad: Terron Cooper Sorrells
January 12-February 17, 2019

Artists and Makers 1 & 2

Gallery 1: 11810 Parklawn Dr., Rockville, MD
Gallery 2: 12276, Wilkins Ave., Rockville, MD

Main Gallery
with Liz Lescault
Robert Yi: Selected Works

Gallery 209 (Tuesdays -Sundays, 12 pm-4 pm)
Exhibit, January 4-January 29, 2019
Reception, December 4, 2019, 6-9 pm

Adah Rose Gallery

3766 Howard Ave., Kensington, MD; Tuesday 1–6 pm, Thursday–Sunday noon-6 pm, and by appointment

Sheila Giolitti: The Splended Silence, The Glorious Performance
January 12-March 2, 2019
Vernissage: January 20, noon-3 pm

TAG of Frederick

216 North Market St., Frederick, MD; Friday-Saturday, noon–8 pm, Sunday noon–5 pm or by appointment.

Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot
Through December 30, 2018; Reception, December 1, 2018, 5 pm-9 pm

In addition to TAG members, Cathy Abramson, Julio Cesar Diaz, Jane Dunsmore, Marty Ittner, Beckie Laughlin, Nancy McLoughlin, Meredith Morris, Joan Plato, Linda Sherman, Mary Weis-Waldhorn have been invited into this show. During the run, artists will be there to talk about varied current topics that include political unrest, climate change, war, poverty, and immigration. Reception: January 5, 5-9 pm

VisArts at Rockville

155 Gibbs Street, Rockville, MD

Still Happenings: Contemporary Still Life Painting Exhibition (Kaplan Gallery)
Through January 13, 2019; artists’ panel discussion: Sunday, January 13, 2 pm

These 12 artists have cast new eyes on the still life genre.  No quiet bowls of fruit, no arrangements of flowers, no groups of glassware or foods for this group. They choose to make work that doesn’t sit quietly on the wall and show off the furniture.

Frame & Frequency: Fantastic Bodies (Concourse Gallery)
January 11-February 24, 2019; reception & talk: January 25, 7-9 pm

Johnny Adimando: The Devil Of Unapologetic Mirrors (Gibbs Street Gallery)
January 16-March 3, 2019

Bresler Resident artists – Heloisa Escudero, Liz Donadio, Kanat Akar (Common Ground Gallery)
January 16, 2019-March 10, 2019; reception: January 25 2019, 7-9 pm

Maria Lux-Dominus
January 16-April 14, 2019
355 Pod Space, Rockville Town Square

Gallery Underground

2001 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Arlington, VA; Monday–Friday 10 am–6 pm, Saturday 10 am–2 pm

Kentlands Mansion Gallery

320 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg, MD; Monday–Friday, by appointment

Olney Art Association
Through January 6, 2019

Arts Barn Gallery

311 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg, MD; Monday–Friday 10 am–5 pm, Saturday 1:30 pm–5:30 pm

Interior Spaces
Through February 3, 2019

Bohrer Park Gallery

506 South Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg, MD; Monday–Saturday 8 am–8 pm, Sunday 8 am-5 pm

Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Humor
Through January 15, 2019

Brookside Visitors Center Gallery

1800 Glenallan Ave., Silver Spring, MD; open daily 9 am-5 pm; closed holidays

Charles Bowers (hand-pulled photos, prints and monotypes)
Haskel’s Palette (oil paintings)
Hyung Moon (acrylic paintings, photography)
Through January 14

Warren Kornberg (digital photography)
Pauline Rakis (acrylics)
Terry Pellmar (digital creations)
January 14-March 4, 2019

MAA’s own Pauline Rakis and Terry Pellmar join Walter Kornberg to grace the walls of Brookside Gardens for two months.

Philz Coffee

1827 Adams Mill Rd., NW, Washington, DC
Sunday-Thursday 6 am-6 pm. Friday-Saturday, 6:30 am-7 pm

Earth as Art

MAA member Pamela Gordimer has been invited to show in this opening event. Come and see her magnificent new work and have a first-rate coffee.

Oasis Gallery

Montgomery Mall at the rear of Macy’s Home Store, second level, 7125 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda, MD; 10 am-4 pm, Monday through Friday

MAA Members Show
January 14-April 26

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