Metro Weekly

Museums and Galleries

Fall Arts Preview 2008


Carnegie Institute of Washington
1530 P St. NW

· The 15th annual reception and art auction to benefit Whitman-Walker Clinic’s HIV/AIDS services for communities of color. Tickets and sponsorships can be purchased through the Web site (11/14)


1050 Independence Ave. SW

· Moving Perspectives: Yang Fudong/Cao Fei and Ou Ning — Internationally renowned artist Yang Fudong expands upon Chinese painting and folklore to create dreamlike environments permeated with a sense of dislocation and loss (now-11/30)
· Seascapes: Tryon and Sugimoto — Twenty-two pastels of the Maine coast by American landscape painter Dwight Tryon are juxtaposed with six black-and-white photographs of the sea by contemporary Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto (now-1/25/09)
· Garden and Cosmos: The Royal Paintings of Jodhpur — Newly discovered paintings from the royal collection of Jodhpur form the core of this groundbreaking exhibition of 61 paintings and a silk-embroidered tent (10/11-1/4/09)
· Falnama: The Book of Omens — Notable for their monumental size, brilliantly painted compositions and unusual subject matter, the manuscripts, created in Safavid Iran and Ottoman Turkey in the 16th and early 17th centuries, are the centerpiece of Falnama: The Book of Omens. This is the first exhibition ever devoted to these extraordinary manuscripts, which remain largely unpublished, and sheds new light on their artistic, cultural and religious significance (10/24-1/24/10)
· Golden Seams: The Japanese Art of Mending Ceramics — This small exhibition in the Freer presents 13 ceramics from China, Vietnam, Korea and Japan mended and enhanced by a distinctive Japanese technique (11/8-4/5/09)


500 17th St. NW

· Elena del Rivero: Home Suite — Elena del Rivero’s installations use the medium of paper to explore the passage of time and the ways in which daily routine and large-scale events intersect to shape the public’s ideas about place and home (now-11/16)
· Richard Avedon: Portraits of Power — As the country enters the next presidential election season, the Corcoran brings together Avedon’s political portraits for the first time. Juxtaposing images of elite government, media and labor officials with counter-cultural activists and ordinary citizens caught up in national debates, the exhibition explores a five-decade taxonomy of politics and power by one of our best-known artists. It includes approximately 250 photographs from the 1950s through the artist’s death in 2004, displayed chronologically and grouped within Avedon’s specific editorial projects. Highlights include icons Jacqueline Kennedy, Malcolm X, Bob Dylan, John Kerry, John Stewart, Tony Blair and Presidents Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Gerald Ford and John F. Kennedy (9/13-1/25/09)
· The Human Comedy: Satirical Cartoons from the Collection — Tracing the evolution of the satirical cartoon across three centuries (9/24-2/7/09)
· Sculpture from the Mouse House — Small-scale, three-dimensional works that have been displayed in collector Olga Hirshhorn’s tiny home in Washington, known to friends as the ”mouse house.” Sculptures are included by a variety of American and European artists, including Alexander Calder, Mary Frank, Henri Laurens, Henry Moore, Beverly Pepper, George Rickey and Jack Zajac (10/1-3/30/09)
· Wounded Cities: Photographs by Leo Rubinfien — Rubinfien’s photographs attempt to capture the physical and psychological wounds inflicted by terrorists by featuring images from 17 cities, including London, Buenos Aires, Madrid, Istanbul, Dar es Salaam and Jerusalem (10/18-2/17/09)
· Maya Lin: Systematic Landscapes — A dramatic multi-gallery installation of major new works by this renowned contemporary artist and architect, best-known for her 1981 design of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (3/14-7/12/09)


7700 Wisconsin Ave.
Bethesda, Md.

· David FeBland — New paintings (9/12-11/8)
· FotoWeek DC — A group exhibition held in conjunction with FotoWeek DC, a citywide celebration of photography. Including photographs by Joyce Tenneson, Maxwell MacKenzie and other notable photographers (11/14-1/3/09)


1519 Connecticut Ave. NW

· Sabine Carlson — Helicopters without rotors encounter ”kite-eating” trees as Carlson’s cheerfully ominous paintings explore themes of power and vulnerability (now-9/27)
· Charlotte Ince and Alain Prillard — Ince, a painter and printmaker, uses a delicate palette to form the essence of her imagined figures, while Prillard, a printmaker, sculptor and multimedia artist, uses monotypes to evoke antic images of dogs and devils defying gravity and challenging our intellect (10/1-11/1)
· Judith Richelieu — Noted sculptor creates tributes to women artists and writers (11/5-11/29)
· Small Sculpture (12/5-12/27)


John Aquilino at Neptune Gallery
John Aquilino at Neptune Gallery

5001 Wilson Lane
Bethesda, Md.

· David Wallace — Collage-inspired paintings (10/9-11/1)
· John Aquilino — Urban-landscape paintings (11/8-12/6)
· Cabinet of Curiosities — A holiday exhibition featuring an emporium of strange and beautiful work by Neptune artists and guest artists, including relief graffiti, animation and artist-made electric guitars (12/8-12/23)


Keith Clark at Gallery Plan B
Keith Clark at Gallery Plan B

1530 14th St. NW

· BrushFire — Featuring works by Carl Amt, Dana Ellyn, Massimo Righini, Marilee Shapiro and Christopher Speron (9/10-10/5)
· Sheep Jones — New works (10/8-11/9)
· White Box = Gift Box: Holiday Gift Show — Featuring works by local artists and craftspeople (11/28-12/28)
· Amy Marx, Andrew Wapinski and Eric Westbrook — Paintings (1/7-2/8/09)
· Keith Clark and Mike McClung — Former D.C. resident Clark (and co-founder of One In Ten) brings a collection of abstract paintings, while McClung, also a former D.C. resident, employs low-temperature burning tools to create shapes and patterns into paper (2/11-3/15/09)


4155 Linnean Ave. NW

· Gay Day 2008 — Hillwood welcomes the GLBT community for a special day of activities. DC Different Drummers, Lambda Squares, Rock Creek Singers, Straight Eights and a host of others will provide entertainment. For a new twist this year, Gay Day turns into night with a film screening of George Cukor’s 1939 classic The Women on the Lunar Lawn. Co-sponsored by One in Ten. Reservations are required for the evening film. Call 202-686-5807 (9/13, 1-6 p.m.; Lawn reopens at 6:30 p.m. for screening)
· Fragile Persuasion: Russian Porcelain and the Fine Art of Propaganda — Featuring nearly 80 objects collected during a 30-year period by businessman Yuri Traisman, the exhibition chronicles the complicated and turbulent period in Russian history from the early 19th century through the Soviet period including the 1990s (9/16-12/31)
· Women in the Decorative Arts — Highlights include dresses made by the woman-owned design firms Rosie Renault and Eleanora Garnett (and worn by Mrs. Post in the late 1930s), Lennox porcelain plates featuring the work of female painter Minga Pope Patchin showcasing historic scenes of New York, and the patriotic American Eagle breakfast-room service commissioned by Mrs. Post in 1938 (now-Nov.)


Independence Avenue at Seventh Street SW

· Black Box: Semiconductor — Artists Ruth Jarman and Joseph Gerhardt, aka Semiconductor, have collaborated since 1999 on various forms of ”digital noise and computer anarchy,” including films, experimental DVDs and multimedia performances. The London-based pair makes moving-image works that reveal our physical world in flux: cities in motion, shifting landscapes and systems in chaos. Among the shorts featured in the Black Box is Magnetic Movie, an eye-dazzling ”documentary” created during the artists’ residency at the NASA Space Sciences Laboratories (now-12/14)
· Currents: Recent Acquisitions — Featuring a selection of significant works from 1967 forward, all acquired by the Hirshhorn over the last four years. Initially installed in November of last year, several works have just been rotated, and a new installation is currently on view, including works by Andrea Bowers, Mona Hatoum, Ernesto Neto, Paul Pfeiffer, Robin Rhod and Allen Ruppersberg (now-11/16)
· The Panza Collection and Ways of Seeing — The Panza Collection highlights an exceptional selection of 39 conceptual, light and space, and environmental works that the Hirshhorn recently acquired from Count Giuseppe Panza di Biumo, whose collection of contemporary American and European art is hailed internationally. The majority of works date to the late 1960s and early 1970s. The acquisition encompasses the work of Robert Barry, Larry Bell, Hanne Darboven, Jan Dibbets, Hamish Fulton, Douglas Huebler, Robert Irwin, Joseph Kosuth, On Kawara, Sol LeWitt, Richard Long, Bruce Nauman, Richard Nonas, Roman Opalka, Lawrence Weiner and Doug Wheeler (10/23-1/11/09)
· Strange Bodies: Figurative Works — The exhibit brings together some of the most praised and popular examples of figuration from the collection to show how expressionistic and surrealistic impulses toward human representation have evolved from the early and mid-20th century to recent decades. Contains masterful and multiple works by Alberto Giacometti, Jean Dubuffet, Willem de Kooning and Francis Bacon (12/11-11/8/09)
· Louise Bourgeois — A major survey of the works of this French-born artist who immigrated to the United States in 1938. Inspired by ideas and styles from diverse avant-garde art movements in Europe and America — notably surrealism, primitivism, psychoanalysis, conceptualism and feminism — Bourgeois forged a highly personal amalgam of images and materials (2/26-5/17/09)


1767 P St. NW, Second Floor

· 20/40 — An exhibition featuring 40 photographs by 20 Washington photographers, including Allen Appel, Janet Fries, Darrow Montgomery and Steve Szabo (9/13-11/29)


1302 Ninth St. NW

· Made in China — Works by Dana Ellyn and Matt Sesow (now-9/20)
· Tony Savoie — New works (10/24-11/3)


Third Street at Constitution Avenue NW

· George de Forest Brush: The Indian Paintings — The artist created an important series of paintings of American Indians much celebrated by his contemporaries but rarely seen since. Completed during the 1880s, many of these works were quickly acquired by major American collectors and have remained in private hands through several generations. These stunningly beautiful paintings are studio compositions: complex meditations on the advent of modernism in which the Indian serves as metaphor (9/14-9/14/09)
· Oceans, Rivers, and Skies: Ansel Adams, Robert Adams and Alfred Stieglitz — This focus exhibition features 21 works in chronological order: 10 by Stieglitz, five by Adams and six by Adams (10/12-3/15/09)
· Pompeii and the Roman Villa: Art and Culture around the Bay of Naples — In the first century BC, the picturesque Bay of Naples became a favorite retreat for vacationing emperors, senators, and other prominent Romans. The artists who flocked to the region to adorn the villas also created paintings, sculptures and decorative arts for the residents of Pompeii and nearby towns. This exhibition presents some 150 exquisite works of sculpture, painting, mosaic and luxury arts, including recent discoveries on view in the U.S. for the first time and celebrated finds from earlier excavations (10/19-3/22/09)
· Jan Lievens: A Dutch Master Rediscovered — One of the most fascinating and enigmatic Dutch artists of the 17th century, Lievens was a daring and innovative painter, printmaker and draftsman, who created a wide range of memorable works, from religious and allegorical subjects to landscapes, head studies and formal portraits (10/26-1/11/09)
· Looking In: Robert Frank’s The Americans — With these 83 prescient photographs, taken in the late 1950s, Frank redefined the icons of America, noting that cars, jukeboxes, gas stations, diners and even the road itself were telling symbols of contemporary life. Frank’s style — seemingly loose, casual compositions, with often rough, blurred, out-of-focus foregrounds and tilted horizons — was just as controversial and influential as his subject matter (1/18-4/26/09)


Independence Avenue at Fourth Street SW

· Fritz Scholder: Indian/Not Indian — Featuring 135 paintings, works on paper and sculptures drawn from major public and private collections, including the color-saturated canvases for which the artist is famous, Indian/Not Indian surveys Scholder’s 40-plus years as a working artist, with particular emphasis on his groundbreaking and controversial Indian paintings from the 1960s and 1970s (11/1-8/16/09)


F Street at Eighth Street NW

· Four Indian Kings — The earliest surviving full-length oil portraits of North American aboriginal people painted from life (now-1/25/09)
· Women of Our Time: Twentieth Century Photographs — These revealing portraits show women who have reached the summit of achievement in politics, business, the arts, sports, performance, music and science. Includes photographs of Margaret Wise Brown, Amelia Earhart, Althea Gibson, Billie Holiday, Helen Keller, Marilyn Monroe, Georgia O’Keeffe, Gertrude Stein, Gloria Steinem and Wendy Wasserstein (10/10-2/1/09)
· Tokens of Affection and Regard: Photographic Jewelry and Its Makers — This exhibition features rare and exquisite jewelry containing portraits in the 19th century’s four main photographic processes — daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, tintypes and paper prints (10/24-6/21/09)
· One Life: The Mask of Lincoln — An extensive collection of Lincoln portraits, a collection that charts Lincoln’s passage from a fresh-faced Illinois congressman to his grizzled isolation as president. It will be one of the rare times that the original cracked-plate portrait of Lincoln by Alexander Gardner will be displayed (11/7-4/5/09)
· Portraiture Now: Feature Photography — Focuses on six photographers (Katy Grannan, Jocelyn Lee, Ryan McGinley, Steve Pyke, Martin Schoeller and Alec Soth) who, by working on assignment for publications such as The New Yorker, Esquire and The New York Times Magazine, each bring their distinctive perspective on contemporary portraiture to a broad audience (12/4-5/10/09)
· Presidents in Waiting — John Adams, perhaps our most cantankerous founding father, viewed the office of the vice president as the ”most insignificant office” ever invented by man. Adams would probably have never guessed that 14 vice presidents would succeed to the presidency. The National Portrait Gallery exhibition on the vice presidency will focus on these men, almost one-third of America’s presidents, and how they — upon the death or resignation of an incumbent or by winning election on their own — became presidents (1/20/09-1/3/10)
· Inventing Marcel Duchamp: The Dynamics of Portraiture — This show demonstrates that Duchamp harnessed the power of portraiture and self-portraiture both to secure his reputation as an iconoclast and to establish himself as a major figure in the art world. The exhibition showcases approximately 100 never-before-assembled portraits and self-portraits of Duchamp ranging from 1912 to the present, including works by his contemporaries Man Ray, Alfred Stieglitz, Francis Picabia and Florine Stettheimer as well as portraits by a more recent generation of artists, such as Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Sturtevant, Yasumasa Morimura, David Hammons, Beatrice Wood and Douglas Gordon (3/27/09-8/2/09)
· Reflections/ Refractions: Self-Portraiture in the Twentieth Century — This exhibition of approximately 75 works will probe the complex issues of understanding identity in the past century. Included in the exhibition are self portraits by such diverse artists as Edward Hopper, Charles Sheeler, Louise Nevelson, Alexander Calder, Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, David Hockney, Chuck Close, Larry Rivers, Jacob Lawrence and Faith Ringgold (4/10/09-8/16/09)


1517 U St. NW

· Under Surveillance — A group show featuring work by Scott G. Brooks, Groover Cleveland, Richard Dana, Anna U. Davis, Aziza Claudia Gibson-Hunter, Rosemary Luckett, Elizabeth Morisette, Ann Stoddard, Tim Tate, Ruth Trevarrow and Ellyn Weiss (9/17-10/8)


1600 21st St. NW

· The Great American Epic: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series — The complete 60-panel series. Told through vivid patterns and colors, this masterpiece of narrative painting is the first ever produced on the great 20th-century exodus of African Americans from the rural South to the urban North (now-10/26)
· Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Over the River — An exhibition of more than 150 photographs, collages, drawings and maps, chronicling the artists’ process as they prepare to assemble and suspend massive silvery fabric panels over the Arkansas River in Colorado (10/11-1/25/09)


2320 S St. NW

· The Finishing Touch: Accessories from the Bolivian Highlands — Belts, bags and other items featuring broad range of techniques and patterns reflecting the many regional variations that characterize the cultural wealth of the Bolivian highlands (now-1/11/09)
· Timbuktu to Tibet: Rugs and Textiles of the Hajji Babas — The exhibition tells the story of the people who made the textiles, the ways they lived and worked, and the functions of their weavings (10/18-3/8/09)


406 Seventh St. NW, Second Floor

· In Afghanistan — Award-winning Dutch photographer Hans Stakelbeek spent time in Afghanistan documenting daily life. Stakelbeek captures the Afghans as they go about rebuilding their lives against a spectacular landscape. The result is a series of 54 high-quality professional photographs that reveal, in vivid color, the daily lives of the Afghan people (now-10/4)
· Green — Touchstone artists were asked to interpret the notion of ”Green” freely and broadly (now-10/4)
· Faces Forward — The third iteration of iteration of faces by Charles St. Charles (10/8-11/9)


413 Seventh St. NW

· Singular Vision — Works by Julie Girardini, Ken Girardini, Joan Konkel, Susan Klebanoff (now-9/28)
· Contours & Concourses — Works by Rene DuRocher and Mary-Anne Prack (10/3-11/2)
· Food Glorious Food IV — Works by various artists, including John Pack, Jane Pettit and Alyson Weege (10/23-11/9)
· Lenscape — Photographs by David Glick and Colin Winterbottom (11/14-11/30)