In the Galleries: April 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. (Next show in May)

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) April 22 – June 14, 2019

Oliver Lee Jackson: Recent Paintings (East Wing) April 14 – September 15, 2019

The American Pre-Raphaelites: Radical Realists (West Wing) April 14 – July 21, 2019

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.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Independence Avenue and Seventh Street SW, Washington, DC. Info: 202-633-1000

 Enrico David: Gradations of Slow Release 

April 16, 2019-September 2, 2019

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.

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   

Empresses of China’s Forbidden City, 1644–1912 (Freer)

March 30, 2019-June 23, 2019

Empress Xiaoxian, Qing Dynasty, 1777


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

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) 

Striking Iron: The Art of African Blacksmiths

Opens April 17, 2019

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

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

Space7:10 at Kefa Cafe

963 Bonifant St., Silver Spring MD, 240-670-7424

Alan Rich: #OntheEasel  

April 1, 2019-April 30, 2019

This show is a labour of love for Alan Rich. 50% of all art sales will benefit Art Enables,, and their programs. Art Enables creates the opportunity for visual artists with disabilities to make and market their honest and compelling artwork

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

A Thousand Words:Revealing Meaningful Messages: Our Bender JCC

April 11, 2019-May 9, 2019

Blackrock Center for the Arts

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

 SHADES OF SPRING: The Art League of Germantown’s Show + Sale

April 3, 2019-April 7, 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.

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

April 6–May 26, 2019 ; Reception– April 14, 2019 , 1:00 PM;
Kids Talk & Tour/ , April 27, 10:15AM/Recorrido de Arte para Niños en Español Sáb, 27 de Abril, 11:30AM
Curator’s Tour , April 27, 2019, 1:00 PM/Visita del Curador en Español Sáb, 27 de abril, 2pm

Art at Penn Place Gallery

4600 Waverly Ave, Garrett, Park, MD 20896, (240) 669-8549

7th Annual Garrett Park Invitational Show

March 24 – April 20, 2019, Reception- March 24, 2019, 3:00 PM-5:00PM

Farhad Heidarian

April 22 – May 18, 2019

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.

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&M 1

Steve Loya :Splotch Monsters
Ronni Jolles: Branching Out – Works on Paper
Kathy Moore Wilson :Lions Tigers & Bears

Spring Open Studio Weekend

A&M 2

Matthew T. McLaughlin: An Exploration of Proxemics
Leslie M. Kraff and Cecelia M. Laurendeau: Land Portraits: a soulful journey

Spring Open Studio Weekend

April 5, 2019-April 24, 2019; reception, April 5, 20196:00 PM- 9:00 PM

Gallery 209
Tuesdays -Sundays, Noon-4:00 PM, 301-622-0546 or
April 5, 2019-April 30, 2019; Reception-April 5, 2019, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

April 20, 2019, 2:00 PM- Anastasia Walsh will demonstrate Alcohol Inks and lead participants in painting their owns pieces. All supplies provided, event is free

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.

Karen Peacock:Monarchs of Mariland

Queen Inola

Tom Semmes: Intuitions

April 5, 2019- April 28, 2019; reception-April, 2019, 6:00PM- 9:00 PM

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

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

Really Large Numbers Laboratory  (Gibbs Street Gallery)
March 20 – May 19, 2019

John Schlesinger  (Common Ground Gallery)
March 20, 2019-May 19, 2019; 29,

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

Cy Keener and Justine Holzman (355 Pod Space, Rockville Town Square)
April 24, 2019-August 25, 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

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

Emerging Artists

March 15, 2019- April 22, 2019

Arts Barn Gallery

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

No show this month

Brookside Visitors Center Gallery

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

Studio 155 Artists

Pate Painters

April, 2019-April, 29, 2019

Two of MAA are part of the Pate painters, Debra Halprin, Julie Smith

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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