In the Galleries: March 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 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 5/19/2019
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 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 National Gallery of Art

4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC; Info: (202) 737-4215

Tintoretto: Artist of Renaissance Venice
Venetian Prints in the Time of Tintoretto
Drawing in Tintoretto’s Venice  (West Wing)
March 24– June 9, 2019
The curators of these exhibitions will provide an authoritative view of this time in Venice’s illustrious art history.

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. Info: 202-633-1000

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 August 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.” (Hirshhorn catalog)

Charline Von Heyl: Snake Eyes
Through April 21, 2019

The Sackler & Freer Galleries

1050 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC; (202) 633-1000   

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

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

National Museum of the American Indian

Fourth Street & Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC; (202) 633-1000

The REDress Project
Through March 31, 2019
“To commemorate Women’s History Month, the National Museum of the American Indian presents The REDress Project, an outdoor art installation by artist Jaime Black (Metis). Showing in the United States for the first time, the installation of empty red dresses centers on the issue of missing or murdered indigenous women. Black hopes to draw attention to the gendered and racialized nature of violent crimes against Native women and to evoke a presence through the marking of absence.” (Catalogue, NMAI, 2019)

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.

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 (voice/tape) 

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; (202) 633-4751

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; (202) 633-7970   

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
Begins March 29, 2109

National Portrait Gallery/Smithsonian American Art Museum

8th and F streets NW, Washington, DC; (202) 633-1000 (voice/tape)

Orchids: Amazing Adaptations (SAAM)
Through April 28, 2019

Artists Respond: American Art and the Vietnam War, 1965–1975 (SAAM)
March 15, 2019- August 18, 2019

Tiffany Chung: Vietnam, Past is Prologue (SAAM)
March 15, 2019-September 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.

Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence (NPG)
March 29, 2019 – January 5, 2020

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

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

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

National Museum of Women in the Arts

1250 New York Ave. NW, Washington, DC; (202)-783-5000, 1-800-222-7270 

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

Ambreen Butt—Mark My Words
Through April 14, 2019

Other Shows & Galleries

Walters Art Museum

600 North Charles St., Baltimore, MD; Wednesday–Sunday, 10:00 AM-5:00PM; Annex- 1 West Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore, MD; (410) 547-9000     

Woven Words: Decoding the Silk Book
Through April 28, 2019

Transformation: Art of the Americas
Through October 6, 2019

Roberto Lugo at 1 West (Annex)
Through July 15, 2019

The Baltimore Museum of Art

10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore MD;  (443) 573-1700

Subverting Beauty: African Anti-Aesthetics
Henri Moore: and the Pre-Columbian Past
DIS: A Good Crisis
Commons Collaborations: Get Your Life!
Through November 17, 2019

Time Frames: Contemporary East Asian Photography
Through March 24, 2019

Goldman Art Gallery, Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington

6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville, MD; Sunday 1:00 PM-5 PM, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 4:00 PM–7:30 PM; (301) 881-0100

L’dor V’dor: Celebrating the Women of our Community
Through April 4, 2019; Reception- March 13, 2019, 5:30 PM-7:30 PM

Blackrock Center for the Arts

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

INK IT: Contemporary Print Practices (Kay Gallery)
Through March 30, 2019

Youth Art Month (Terrace Gallery)
 Montgomery County Public Schools: Through March 9, 2019:
 Barnesville School of Arts & Sciences, March 15, 2019-March 23, 2019

The Mansion at Strathmore

10701 Rockville Pike, N. Bethesda, MD; Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10:00 AM-4:00 PM; Wednesday 10:00AM—9:00 PM; Sunday noon-4:00 PM; (301) 581-5146.

Flora/FaunaWorks on Paper
Botanical Society of Washington and the local chapter of the Colored Pencil Society of America
Through March 31, 2019, Kids Talk & Tour Sat, March 9, 10:15 AM, Curator’s Tour Sat, March 9, 1:00 PM

Artists and Makers 1 & 2

Gallery 1: 11810 Parklawn Dr., Rockville, MD ( 240) 437-9573/(240) 481-5034
Gallery 2: 12276, Wilkins Ave., Rockville, MD

A Grand Fourth Anniversary Celebration (Main Gallery/ Gallery 1)
This month Artists and Makers celebrates its fourth anniversary. They will feature the Work of Resident Artists in Five Galleries. Many of the artists will also have their work available in their own galleries/studios. Reception6:00 PM- 9:00 PM, March 1, 2019

Gallery 209
(Tuesdays -Sundays, Noon-4:00 PM)
2018 Best of Rockville Awards Program
March 1, 2019- March 30, 2019; Reception- March 1, 2019, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Adah Rose Gallery

3766 Howard Ave., Kensington, MD; Tuesday 1:00 PM-6:00 PM, Thursday–Sunday noon-6:00 PM, and by appointment; (301) 922-0162  

No show this month

TAG of Frederick

216 North Market St., Frederick, MD; (301-696-8187); Friday-Saturday, noon–8:00 PM, Sunday noon–5:00 PM or by appointment.

Burning Desires!: TAG’s 18th Annual Box Show
March 2, 2019-March 25, 2019
This annual show is open to members and non-members. Everyone chooses a cigar box of wood or cardboard and decorates it according to the year’s theme. At the end, the boxes are auctioned off to raise money for the gallery.

VisArts at Rockville

155 Gibbs Street, Rockville, MD; (301) 315-8200

Richard L. Dana: Here and Where  (Kaplan Gallery)
March 27, 2019-May 26, 2019; Reception , March 29, 7:00PM-9:00 PM
Eric Westbrook & Students: Drawings and Paintings from VisArts Classes (Concourse Gallery)
Through March 17, 2019; Reception:  March 3, 2019, 2:00 PM- 4:00 PM

VisAbility Art Lab Exhibition (Concourse Gallery)
March 22, 2019– April 21, 2019

Really Large Numbers Laboratory  (Gibbs Street Gallery)
March 20 – May 19, 2019; Reception , March 29, 7:00PM-9:00 PM

John Schlesinger  (Common Ground Gallery)
March 20, 2019-May 19, 2019; Reception ,March 29, 7:00PM-9:00 PM

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

Gallery Underground

2001 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Arlington, VA; (571) 483-0652; Monday–Friday 10:00 AM–6:00 PM, Saturday 10:00 AM–2:00 PM

Christy Gavitt: Reef Connections-Photography Under the Sea (Focus Gallery)
Featured Artist: Jane McElvany Coonce

Through March 30, 2019; Reception: March 1, 2019

Kentlands Mansion Gallery

320 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg, MD; Monday–Friday, by appointment ; (301) 258-6425

The Kentlands Flower Show: A Fine Art Photography Exhibition
through April 28, 2019
Area photographers Jaree Donnelly, Craig Higgins and Marge Wasson have curated and produced 50 photographs into a stunning celebration of spring.

Bohrer Park Gallery/Activities Center

506 South Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg, MD; Monday–Saturday 8 :00 AM–8:00 PM, Sunday 8:00 AM-5:00 PM; (301)-258-6394

Sandra Davis:Strength, Beauty & Sisterhood
Through March 11, 2019

Arts Barn Gallery

311 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg, MD; Monday–Friday 10 am–5 pm, Saturday 1:30 -5:30PM; (301) 258-6394

Through March 30, 2019

Brookside Visitors Center Gallery

1800 Glenallan Ave., Silver Spring, MD; daily 9:00 AM-5:00PM; closed holidays; (301) 962-1400

Ruth Brown: photographs
Don James: Water and Ice Reflection Photos – Very Cool
Barbara Mandel: Oil paintings
Leah Schaperow: Mixed Media/Acrylic and Oil
Jen Eidson: Oils
Robert Shiao: Primative Art
March 4, 2019-April 1, 2019

MAA’s Jen Eidson and Barbara Mandel are part of this month’s exhibit.

IONA Gallery

4125 Albemarle St, NW Washington, DC 20016-2105; (202) 895-9448 

Dennis Crayon and Nadia Linda Goldstein
March 11, 2019-May 30, 2019, March 15, 2019, 5:00 PM-7:00 PM
IONA Gallery is open again. This space is not a traditional gallery. It is located within IONA Senior Services, but it is a lovely space, one I personally have enjoyed visiting.

Oasis Gallery

Montgomery Mall at the rear of Macy’s Home Store, second level, 7125 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda, MD; 10:00 AM-4:PM, Monday -Friday; 301-469-6800, press 1 and x211

MAA Members Show
Through April 26, 2019

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