In the Galleries: February 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

Zilla Sanchez: Soy Isla (I Am an Island)
February 15-May 19

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.

The National Gallery of Art

4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC

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.

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)

The Sackler & Freer Galleries

1050 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC

The Peacock Room Revealed (Freer)
Through April

Japan Modern: Prints in the Age of Photography (Sackler)
Empresses of China’s Forbidden City, 1644–1912 (Sackler)
Through June 23, 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

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

Orchids: Amazing Adaptations (SAAM)
February 2-April 28

This annual joint venture with National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Gardens, and the U.S. Botanic Garden is a feast for the eyes, nose, and soul.


Mother III by Yun Suknam

Yun Suknam: Portraits of the World: Korea (NPG)
Through 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


Hoffberger Gallery

7401 Park Heights Ave, Pikesville, MD 21208; 410-764-1587, ext. 270.

The Baltimore Water Color Society:Signature Members’ Exhibition
January 16, 2019- February 25, 2019;Reception-February 3, 2019, 2: 00 PM-4:00 PM

The Baltimore Watercolor Society (BWS) , the US’s third oldest watercolor society, established in 1885. MAA’s Angela Lacy is included in the show.

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
Through February 24, 2019.

Gallery B

Blackrock Center for the Arts

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

Nature/Nurture: Stephanie Garon (Kay Gallery)
Nano Portraiture: Michal Gavish
This Moment, This Place: Michael Berry (Terrace Gallery)
Through February 16

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

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

Artists and Makers 1 & 2

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

Something Old & Something New: Russell Simmons 
Baba Yaga’s Garden:
Therese Brown
Canvas & Silk:
Phyllis Gordon
February 1, 2019-February 28, 2019; Reception- February 1, 2019, 6:00 PM-9:00 PM

Fiber as Form, Form as Fiber: Potomac Fiber Arts Guild

Gallery 209 (Tuesdays -Sundays, 12 pm-4 pm)
Exhibit, January 4-January 29, 2019
Reception, December 4, 2019, 6-9 pm
A number of new MAA members have joined the gallery.

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.

The Associates
February 2-28; reception, February 2, 5:00 PM- 9:00 PM
The TAG is featuring its associate members in this annual show.     

VisArts at Rockville

155 Gibbs Street, Rockville, MD

Frame & Frequency: Fantastic Bodies (Concourse Gallery)
January 11, 2019- February 24, 2019;Reception, Talk: January 25, 2019, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM

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

Bresler Resident artists – Heloisa Escudero, Liz Donadio,  Kanat Akar
(Common Ground Gallery)
Through Marc 10, 2019

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

Frame & Frequency: Fantastic Bodies (Concourse Gallery)
Through February 24, 2019

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

Art League of Germantown
Through February 24, 2019

Arts Barn Gallery

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

No show this month.

Bohrer Park Gallery

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

Our Moments in Time: Strength, Beauty & Sisterhood: Sandra Davis
Through March 10, 2019

Brookside Visitors Center Gallery

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

Warren Kornberg (digital photography)
Pauline Rakis (acrylics)
Terry Pellmar (digital creations)
Through 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
Through April 26

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