Metro Weekly

Art Museums & Galleries

2006 Fall Arts Preview

1050 Independence Ave. SW

Perspectives: Simryn Gill — The first major exhibit in the U.S. of contemporary Singapore-born artist Simryn Gill, whose works consist of found objects poetically transformed by the artist in a quest to examine relationships among nature, culture and knowledge (thru 4/29/07) · In the Beginning: Bibles Before the Year 1000 — Assembles for the first time many of the most important codices in the world, exploring the historical circumstances and visual cultures that produced them. Works on display range from fragments of the earliest papyrus codices to lavishly inscribed manuscripts on purple parchment (10/21-1/7/07) ·

1730 Connecticut Ave. NW

Erik Sandberg — Paintings (9/15-10/28) · Leo Villareal — Digital sculpture (11/3-12/22) ·

500 17th St. NW

Robert Weingarten: Palette Series — Weingarten’s photographs of artists’ palettes bridge the gap between realism and abstraction, presenting details of both saturated pigments and the visual landscapes of artists’ studios. These images allow a microcosmic view of the materials and methods of more than 20 contemporary painters, including Chuck Close, Jasper Johns, Ed Ruscha, Robert Ryman, Wayne Thiebaud, and Lisa Yuskavage (thru 10/2) · Redefined: Modern and Contemporary Art from the Collection — The largest exhibition of modern and contemporary art from the Corcoran’s permanent collection since the founding of the museum, providing an unprecedented opportunity to experience many of the museum’s most important works from the 1950s to the present (thru 1/1/07) · Joan of Arc — Celebrating the cultural legacy of the French medieval heroine Joan of Arc, who led her nation’s army to victory against the English and was later tried on charges of heresy and burned at the stake in Rouen. Central to the exhibit are two treasures from the Corcoran’s collection, created during the height of Joan of Arc’s popularity, by the great French artist-illustrator Louis-Maurice Boutet de Monvel (11/18-1/21/07) ·

7700 Wisconsin Ave.
Bethesda, Md.

David FeBland: collideAscope Striking, urban realistic paintings (thru 11/4) · Maxwell Mackenzie: Sky Light — New photographs by the acclaimed Washington, D.C. photographer who focuses on the abandoned remains of barns, schoolhouses and farmsteads found in the Midwestern states (11/10-1/6/07) · Artomatic Top Picks — A group exhibition of selected artwork from Artomatic 2006 (1/12-2/3/07) ·

1050 Independence Ave. SW

Freer: A Taste for Japanese Art — This exhibit celebrates the 100th anniversary of Charles Lang Freer’s gift of his collection and museum to the U.S. and features a selection of 31 paintings, calligraphy, wood sculpture, lacquer, and ceramics from his Japanese art collection (thru 1/1/07) · Parades: Freer Ceramics Installed by Gwyn Hanssen Pigott — Australian ceramic artist Gwyn Hanssen Pigott nudges pale-glazed tableware forms into still-life groupings of bowls, bottles and cups. When Pigott was invited to visit Freer Gallery ceramics storage to assemble groups from the gallery’s permanent collection, she chose from among cases of Chinese, Korea, Japanese, and Near Eastern vessels. Her seven creations gather 72 Freer ceramics in surprising new relationships. (11/4-11/4/07)

4808 Auburn Ave.
Bethesda, Md.

Glenn Friedel — Photograms (thru 9/30) · Elyse Harrison with Design Within Reach — Modern art and furniture (10/5-10/28) · Three — Prints, paintings and mixed media by Kirk Waldroff, Kim Bentley and Rion Hoffman (11/2-11/5) · Winter Art Exhibition — Small scale art from Greg Ferrand, Gwendolyn Aqui and Lisa Williamson (12/1-12/30) ·

1530 14th St. NW

Kevin H. Adams — Paintings (thru 10/15) · Timothy Johnson — Whimsical portraits (10/18-10/22) · Andrew Criss, paintings and Michael Enn Sirvet, sculpture (10/25-11/26) · Gallery Group Show — Featuring paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, and photography from the very diverse group of artists that have exhibited in the gallery over the past two years (11/29-12/30) ·

315 G St. SE

Artistic Motivations — Paintings in oil, acrylic, collage and pastel by Wendy Plotkin-Mates, Cynthia Angeles, Neil Joffe, Marion Van Ruiten, Michael Wasylczuk, Marjolein Van Milligen, Harry Biscarr, Hadeh Rastin, E. Kendra Denny and Kreg D. Kelley (thru 10/30) · Holiday PotPourri — Paintings, photography and three dimensional work by local artists Christie Bielmeier, Adam Comis, Marcia Coppel, Anna Coulson, James Hicks, Scott Hunter, Barry Margeson and Lygeia Ricciardi (10/31-12/10) · Americans in Tuscany — New paintings by a group of area painters who work in Italy on a Corcoran Gallery of Art sponsored summer program (12/12-2/11/07) ·

3518 12th St. NE

Aziza Claudia Gibson-Hunter, Gloria Kirk, James Stephen Terrell — Featured artists (thru 12/31) ·

1515 14th St. NW

Likeness — Black and white paintings evocative of celestial skies by Robin Rose (9/16-10/28) · There’s a Song in the Air — Using illustrations from church pamphlets and graphic images from the ’60s, Sharon Sanderson creates unique graphic compilations (9/16-10/28) ·

4155 Linnean Ave. NW

Fifth Annual Gay Day — Celebrates the life and passions of Marjorie Merriweather Post, this year featuring an interactive lecture on the life of Nadezhda Durova, a woman living as a man in the Russian military. The day will highlight returning favorites — Punch on the Portico — and new treats, including a vintage 1963 Cadillac Sedan DeVille, provided by the Straight Eights Car Club. This year’s activities also again include the opportunity to go ”behind the scenes” to view rooms open to the public on this day only These include the Ladies’ Powder Room, the Massage Room, the Snooze Room, and the English Bedroom (9/16) ·

Independence Ave. at 7th St. SW

Black Box: The films of Jesper Just — Just creates short films distinguished by their quirky scenarios and meticulous production techniques. Danish actor Johannes Lilleore plays the everyman character in these dark, vivid dreamscapes about shifts in power and loss of control. Films run continuously during regular museum hours (thru 12/10) · Directions — Walking into one of Jim Lambie’s Zobop-striped taped floor pieces is like entering a giant painting. The artist meticulously adheres vinyl tape to the floor in a geometric pattern that responds to the building’s architecture. The floor is further enhanced by a group of sculptures made on site using existing elements and materials found in thrift stores, markets, and pawn shops throughout Washington (thru 10/2) · Collection on View — Diverse offerings from the collection, including groundbreaking artist Nam June Paik’s ”Video Flag,” a 7-by-12-foot bank of 70 video monitors that takes the form of the American flag while flashing images of American politics and technological advances and a variety of post-1960 representational paintings by Tom Wesselman, James Rosenquist, Alex Katz, and Eric Fischl. Also featured: recent acquisitions of works by Ernesto Neto, Maggie Michael, and Marco Maggi (thru 12/31) · The Uncertainty of Objects and Ideas: Recent Sculpture — Recent works by international contemporary artists of different generations, who use a wide range of materials, including clay, plaster, steel, wood, papier-mâché and glass, as well as natural and synthetic ”found” objects such as tree trunks and branches, Styrofoam swimming noodles, plastic flowers, umbrellas, toys, candles and even air freshener. Artists included in the exhibition are Andrea Cohen, Bjorn Dahlem, Isa Genzken, Mark Handforth, Rachel Harrison, Evan Holloway, Charles Long, Mindy Shapero and Franz West (10/26-1/7/07) ·

1609 Connecticut Ave. NW

Rosamund Purcell: Bookworm — Photographs (thru 10/28) · Richard Carter: Polar Night Skies — Paintings and drawings (thru 10/28) · F.L. Wall: Sculpture — Mixed media wall and standing sculptures (11/3-12/22) · A. Aubrey Bodine: Baltimore Pictorial Photographer — Vintage photographs from the 1940s to 1960s (11/3-12/22) ·

1625 Connecticut Ave. NW

Bob Worthy — Nude male photographs (thru 10/31) ·

1302 9th St. NW

Tricia Bishop — Elegant and evocative ceramic pieces (10/23-11/12) · Sandra Warren Gobar — Paintings (10/23-11/12) ·

2012 R St. NW

Jae Ko — New sculpture (9/20-10/28) ·

3rd St. at Constitution Ave. NW

Henri Rousseau: Jungles in Paris — Landscapes of Paris and environs, allegories, portraits, as well as the largest grouping ever assembled of the artist’s iconic jungle paintings (thru 10/15) · The Streets of New York: American Photographs from the Collection, 1938–1958 — Drawn from the Gallery’s rich holdings of work by Walker Evans and Robert Frank, as well as recent major acquisitions of work by Roy DeCarava, Louis Faurer, Sid Grossman, William Klein, Leon Levinstein, Helen Levitt, Lisette Model and Weegee (West Building, 9/17-1/15/07) · Constable’s Great Landscapes: The Six-Foot Paintings — English artist John Constable regarded the 6-foot-long landscapes that he began to paint in the early 19th century as his most serious and significant achievements. Some of Constable’s greatest and most famous paintings are in the exhibition, including ”The Hay Wain,” ”View on the Stour near Dedham,” and ”The Leaping Horse” (East Building, 10/1-12/31) · Prayers and Portraits: Unfolding the Netherlandish Diptych — Forty Netherlandish diptychs consisting of 15th- and 16th-century paintings from public and private collections in Europe and the United States (West Building, 12/12-2/4/07) · Strokes of Genius: Rembrandt’s Prints and Drawings (West Building, 11/19-3/18) · The Artist’s Vision: Romantic Traditions in Britain — Drawing from the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Art, the exhibit highlights many fine British prints and drawings from the late-18th through the early 20th centuries (West Building, 11/19-3/18/07) ·

4th St. & Independence Ave. SW

Listening to Our Ancestors: The Art of Native Life Along the North Pacific Coast — Explores how Native people along the coast of Washington State, British Columbia and Alaska continue time-honored practices in an ever-changing modern world. Featuring more 400 ceremonial and everyday objects, from intricately woven and ornamented dance blankets to halibut fishing hooks, finely carved and painted masks of supernatural creatures to spoons carved from the horns of mountain goats (thru 1/2/07) ·

8th and F Sts. NW

Americans Now — Drawn from the Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection, the exhibit features individuals prominent in sports, entertainment and other fields of endeavor during the last 25 years (thru 4/29/07) · Portraiture Now — Works by painter William Beckman, photographers Dawoud Bey and Andres Serrano, sculptor Nina Levy and video artist Jason Salavon (thru 1/7/07) · One Life: Walt Whitman, a kosmos — Whitman’s images and personal memorabilia are coupled with his words to create a visual portrait (thru 4/1/07) · America’s Presidents — The nation’s only complete collection of presidential portraits outside the White House (permanent) · Bravo! — Showcases the composers and performers who brought the performing arts to life from the beginning of the 20th century to the present (permanent) ·

1600 21st St. NW

The Société Anonyme: Modernism for America — A stunning array of more than 130 works by 20th-century avant-garde artists, including Brancusi, Duchamp, Kandinsky, Klee, Mondrian, Man Ray, among others, and showcasing key Dada works that have not been seen for decades (10/14-1/21/07) · El Lissitzky: Futurist Portfolios — The 20 prints comprising artist, architect, teacher, and theorist El Lissitzky’s two portfolios of 1923, Victory Over the Sun and Proun, are among the most important graphic achievements of the 20th century (10/14-1/21/07) · Moving Pictures: American Art and Early Film, 1880–1910 — American realist painting from the late 19th and early 20th centuries side-by-side with the earliest experiments in film. Approximately 100 works, including nearly 60 short films (a few minutes long) by Thomas Edison, the Lumière Brothers and the Cinématheque Française, along with works by American masters such as George Bellows, William Merritt Chase, Thomas Eakins, Maurice Prendergast and John Sloan, provide a new context for looking at the artists’ choice and presentation of subject matter (2/17/07-5/20/07) ·

1735 New York Ave. NW

Two Windows on the Willard: The Photographs of Carol M. Highsmith and Frances Benjamin Johnston — Featuring 35 black-and-white and color images, the exhibition traces the compelling story of the demise and rebirth of one of America’s best known hotels (9/15-1/5/07) ·

10701 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, Md.

Printmakers’ Workshop: ”Retrospective” — An exhibition of etchings, lithographs, and relief prints from 25 eminent artists working at the Printmakers’Workshop in Bethesda from 1977, when Maryland artist Ann Zahn opened the studio, to the present day (thru 10/14) · Mightier than the Sword: The Satirical Pen of KAL — Otherwise known as Kevin Kallaugher, KAL is one of America’s best editorial cartoonists. He worked for the Baltimore Sun for 17 years and continues to work for the Economist. This exhibition of his cartoons explores his commentary on Maryland and its politics in a run-up to the November 2006 elections (9/14-11/7) · Washington Calligraphers Guild — Showcasing both the historical and contemporary aspects of calligraphic art by a wide range of lettering artists and craftsmen (10/20-11/4) · Holiday Exhibition: Works by Kay Stratman, Selma Hurwitz, and Marie Kaneko Shaughnessy — Delicate and beautiful works by three local female artists. Stratman and Shaughnessy have both mastered the art of Chinese brush paintings, while Hurwitz conceived and mastered a unique form of art called ”Hadbakah,” a technique that produces glued-thread paintings (11/18-12/30) · 73rd International Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature — No piece is larger than one-sixth of the actual size of the object rendered and no bigger than 25 square inches (11/18-12/30) ·

2108 R St. NW

Nancy Frankel — Sculpture (thru 10/1) · Susan Cohen — Mixed media (10/4-10/29) · Micheline Klagsbrun Frank — Paintings (11/1-11/26)

2320 S St. NW

Pieces of a Puzzle: Classical Persian Carpet Fragments — Reunites for the first time the three known fragments of a superb and unusual late 16th-century Persian carpet of the so-called Khorasan type (thru 1/7/07) · Mantles of Merit: Chin Textiles from Mandalay to Chittagong — The first major exhibition devoted to the sophisticated textiles from the Chin peoples, an ethnic minority group some 2 million strong who live in the hills of western Myanmar, northeastern India and eastern Bangladesh. This exhibition introduces a variety of Chin ceremonial textiles, which are traditionally created on back-tension looms with homegrown cotton, flax or hemp, and often dyed with indigo or other locally produced natural dyes. Included are blankets, tunics, loincloths, hanging panels and other garments (10/13-2/25/07) · RED — Explores the use and meaning of red in textiles across time and place. From the pre-Columbian high Andes to the 21st century streets of New York, red textiles are a compelling symbol, representing passion, power, status and human emotion itself. The objects shown include an ancient Peruvian tunic border fragment, a Turkish velvet panel, a Chinese rank badge, a Navajo rug, a couture ball gown and an AIDS Awareness ribbon (2/2/07-7/8/07) ·

406 7th St. NW

Emery Lewis: Lines and Shapes — Abstract paintings (thru 10/8) · Harvey Kupferberg — Fine art photography (thru 10/8) · J. Larry Golfer: Shadows and Illusions — Digital monochrome photographs (thru 10/8) · Robert F. Murray — Contemporary paintings (thru 10/8) · Ingrid Groller Lane — Large, colorful canvases inspired by Dupont Circle neighborhood (10/11-11/5) · Mari DeMaris — Collage (10/11-11/5) · Carole Lyles Shaw — Mixed media collage (10/11-11/5) · The Wednesday Group, Camille Pasley-Mosley and Stanislav Nikireyev (11/8-12/3) ·

1732 Connecticut Ave. NW

Yolanda Frederikse — Screenprints (thru 9/24) · Éclat — Collagraphs, drypoint and mixed media prints by Barbara Bickley (9/26-10/29) · Sequences — Monoprints by Martha Oatway (10/31-11/26) · Other Worlds — Prints by Betty MacDonald (11/28-12/31) ·

413 7th St. NW

Spartina: A Myriad of Grasses — Oil paintings by Ellen Sinel (thru 10/1) · A Lifelong Reverence for Wood — Exotic wood sculpture and sculpted furniture by Margery E. Goldberg (thru 10/1) · Lightness of Being — Abstract expressionist paintings by Gloria Cesal (10/5-10/31) · Inanimate Adventures — Oil on linen by Robert C. Jackson (11/3-12/3) · Altered States — Oil on canvas by Drew Ernst (12/7-12/31) · New Direction — Bronze sculpture by Paul Wolff (12/13-1/31/07) ·

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