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Spring Arts Preview 2010

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319 W. Broad St.

20th Annual Art Auction — ”Home Is Where The Art Is” is the gallery’s largest fundraising event of the year, where more than 80 prominent local and regional artists exhibit works, plus an art auction (4/2-4/17)
Thea Augustina Eck — Eck’s photography series ”It Is Never Tomorrow” is inspired by 19th century British polar expeditions (4/23-5/29)
Emeritus Council Exhibition — features new work by selected artists from the gallery’s Emeritus Council, a prestigious group of former gallery board members (6/4-7/3)


1050 Independence Ave. SW

In the Realm of the Buddha — The Tibetan Shrine from the Alice S. Kandell Collection is an extraordinary shrine room on public display for the first time (3/13-7/18)
Perspectives: Hai Bo — Trained as a painter, Hai Bo took up photography in the 1980s, with a focus on creating deeply moving portraits of resilience amidst the growing isolation of rural China (3/27-2/27/11)
Gods of Angkor: Bronzes from the National Museum of Cambodia — The fascinating story of bronze sculpture and casting in Cambodia is revealed through 36 works (5/15-1/23/11)


804 H St. NE No. 1

All-Member Exhibition — Over 20 local artists are represented here, including Geoff Ault, Ellen Cornett, Martha Huizenga and Waly Szyndler (Now-3/28)
Magical Realism (4/3-30)


500 17th St. NW

Helios: Eadweard Muybridge in a Time of Change — The first retrospective exhibition to examine all aspects of Muybridge’s art, from his studies of animal and human locomotion to innovative landscapes and documentary subjects (4/10-7/18)
American Falls: Phil Solomon — A new multi-projection video installation by celebrated experimental filmmaker Solomon, inspired by Frederic Edwin Church’s 1857 masterpiece Niagara, one of the best-known paintings in the Corcoran’s collection, as well as by Washington’s memorial architecture (4/10-7/18)
Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration — The first survey to consider the important artist’s extensive and groundbreaking work in the art of printmaking (7/3-9/12)


Pierce School Loft J
1375 Maryland Ave. NE

Orchestrated Misbehavior: Erica Riccardelli — Riccardelli’s photographs focus on sex, death — and forest frivolity (Now-3/27)
There, Not There: Matthew Carucci & Jerome Pouwels — The first of two exhibitions exploring the intersection between visual arts and architecture, featuring paintings and drawings by Carucci and a collaborative art installation by Carucci and Pouwela (4/10-5/22)


7700 Wisconsin Ave.

Ninth Annual International Photography Competition — A group exhibition of photographs by the finalists of this annual competition (3/12-4/3)
Contemporary Art from Wales — A group exhibition of Welsh artists (4/9-5/22)
The Bethesda Painting Awards — A distinguished panel of judges will award $14,000 to four artists, with a grand prize of $10,000, in this annual competition, open to all painters in Maryland, D.C. and Virginia and produced by the “Bethesda Arts and Entertainment District” (6/1-26)


1519 Connecticut Ave. NW
March 3, 2010 – March 27, 2010

California Dreamin’ — Gallery 25 of Fresno, Calif., visits Gallery 10 (Now-3/27)
Lisa Tayerle: The Voice of Trees (3/31-4/24)
Ruth Levine (4/28-5/29)
New Members Show (6/2-26)


1530 14th St. NW

Persona Grata — An exhibition of figurative works in painting, photography and sculpture by the likes of Keith Clark, Gordon Binder, Chad States, Robert Dodge and Melissa Widerkehr (Now-4/11)
Inside/Outside — Works in various media depicting interiors and exteriors from diverse points of views (4/14-5/16)


1506 14th St. NW

Surroundings — Works by Louis Bowers, Jill Finsen, Gary Fisher, Roberta Gottesman, Nelson Milder, Nancy Varipapa and Liz Wallen (3/13-5/1)


4155 Linnean Ave. NW

Sèvres Then And Now: Tradition and Innovation in Porcelain, 1750-2000 — The first exhibition in America to present together the earliest Sèvres pieces alongside the contemporary works of the 20th and 21st centuries, and to explore fully how continuous innovation propelled Sèvres to become the preeminent porcelain factory (Now-5/30)


Yves Klein Hirshhorn
Yves Klein at Hirshhorn

Independence Avenue and Seventh Street SW

Directions: John Gerrard — This Irish artist uses customized 3-D gaming software to re-imagine landscape art, particularly that of America’s Dust Bowl region (Now-3/28)
Black Box: Phoebe Greenberg — This Montreal theater owner’s Cannes Film Festival-winning short film Next Floor is part-nightmare, part-morality tale, referencing the artist’s interest in the theater of the absurd (Now-4/4)
Yves Klein — This is the first American retrospective of the influential French artist, whose talents span from composing to photo-conceptualizing to performance art to judo mastering (5/20-9/12)


1358 Florida Ave. NE, 2nd Fl.

Hands On: Tejo Remy & René Veenhuizen — The first solo U.S. exhibition of these Dutch designers premieres a prototype for a new series of poured concrete furniture through a dozen works created from concrete, bamboo, tennis balls and old woolen blankets (3/20-5/8)


2629 Connecticut Ave. NW

Signs, Symbols and Words: Small Works (3/24-4/24)
Carl Anderson (4/29-6/12)
Beatrice Mellinger and Scherzade Garcia (6/16-7/31)


1234 Ninth St. NW

DCist Exposed Photography Show — Along with a toast to the DCist Exposed contest winners, this is a general celebration of local photography (Now-3/21)


Third Street and Constitution Avenue NW

In the Tower: Mark Rothko — The second in a series of Tower exhibitions focusing on contemporary art and its roots offers a rare look at the black-on-black paintings that Rothko made in 1964 in connection with his work on a chapel for the Menil Collection in Houston (Now-1/2/11, East Building Mezzanine)
Hendrick Avercamp: The Little Ice Age — The first exhibition devoted to this 16th- and 17th-Century Dutch landscape artist features scenes of skating, sleigh rides and outdoor games on frozen canals and waterways (3/21-7/5, West Building Main Floor)
Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg — In the first scholarly exhibition of American poet Allen Ginsberg’s photographs, all facets of his work in photography will be explored, ranging from the 1950s “drugstore” prints to his now celebrated portraits of Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs, snapshots of Ginsberg himself taken just before he achieved literary fame, and his later portraits of the Beats and other friends made in the 1980s and 1990s (5/2-9/6, West Building Ground Floor)
American Modernism: The Shein Collection — Explores the advent of modernism a century ago through 20 important paintings, sculptures and drawings by the first-generation American avant-garde, including Marcel Duchamp, Georgia O’Keeffe, Man Ray, Joseph Stella and Max Weber (5/16-1/2/11, East Building Ground Level)
German Master Drawings from the Wolfgang Ratjen Collection, 1580 to 1900 — This stunning exhibition of 120 of the finest German drawings from the Wolfgang Ratjen Collection showcases major works ranging from the 17th-century baroque and 18th-century rococo to early 19th-century romanticism and late 19th-century realism (5/16-11/28, West Building Ground Floor)
Edvard Munch: Master Prints — The central ideas and accomplishments of the Norwegian artist are illuminated in an exhibition that brings together 60 of his rare color prints and hand-colored variations of these prints (7/31-10/31, East Building Mezzanine)


Independence Avenue and Fourth Street SW

Brian Jungen: Strange Comfort — This major survey transforms the familiar and banal into exquisite objects that reference themes of globalization, pop culture, museums and the commodification of Indian imagery (Now-8/8)
IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas — This 20-panel banner exhibition focuses on the interactions between African Americans and Native Americans, especially those of blended heritage (Now-5/23)


F and Eighth Streets NW

One Life: Echoes of Elvis — Although Elvis died more than thirty years ago, the world remains fascinated with his image and music (Now-8/29) From FDR to Obama: Presidents on TIME — Beginning with Franklin Roosevelt, this exhibition explores the modern presidency through the covers of America’s oldest weekly news magazine (Now-9/26)
Glimpse of the Past: A Neighborhood Evolves — This photographic exhibition explores the neighborhood surrounding the Patent Office Building, one of the oldest federal buildings in D.C. and now home to the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Now-1/8/12)


Eighth and F Streets NW

Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Remembering the Running Fence, Sonoma and Marin Counties, California, 1972-76, A Documentation Exhibition — The most lyrical and spectacular of these public artist’s epic projects was the Running Fence, a white fabric and steel-pole fence, 24-and-a-half miles long and 18 feet high, across the properties of 59 ranchers in Sonoma and Marin Counties north of San Francisco (4/2-9/26)
Telling Stories: Norman Rockwell from the Collections of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg — Two of America’s best-known modern filmmakers — George Lucas and Steven Spielberg — recognized a kindred spirit in the artist Norman Rockwell and formed in-depth collections of his work, many of which will be on display here (7/2-1/2/11)


2108 R St. NW.

Mindful of Morani: Bud Hensgen — Hensgen’s paintings capture the simplicity and elegance of Giorgio Morandi’s famous bottles and bowls (Now-3/27)
Exhibitions — Andrew Acquadro, Elizabeth McNeil Harris and Freda Lee-McCann present their works (3/31-4/24)


1600 21st St. NW

Georgia O’Keeffe: Abstraction — Featuring over 70 paintings, drawings and watercolors by O’Keeffe as well as a selection of close-up photographic portraits of O’Keeffe by Alfred Stieglitz (Now-5/9)
Pousette-Dart: Predominantly White Paintings — In the early 1950s, Richard Pousette-Dart created a series of paintings nearly without paint, using graphite and oil on canvas to produce works both complex and spare (6/5-9/12)
Robert Ryman: Variations & Improvisations — Coinciding with the artist’s 80th birthday, this exhibition presents Ryman’s ongoing examination of painting, including the effects of light and shadow and the painting’s relation to surrounding space (6/5-9/12)


2320 S St. NW

The Art of Living: Textile Furnishings from the Permanent Collection — This exhibit highlights the historical and cultural breadth of the museum’s collection through the display of textile furnishings, including hangings, rugs, chair covers, cushions and other materials made in societies ranging from the late Roman Empire and colonial Peru to Edo-period Japan and Victorian Britain (Now-6/10)
Art by the Yard: Women Design Mid-Century Britain — Three women designers were pivotal in transforming Britain from a country devastated by World War II into an optimistic consumer society: Lucienne Day, Jacqueline Groag and Marian Mahler (5/15-9/12)


406 7th St. NW

Mindscapes — A Touchstone Gallery Artists Group Show, a portion of the proceeds from this exhibition will go to WVSA ARTs connection (4/15-5/14)


Pyramid Atlantic Art Center
8230 Georgia Ave.
Silver Spring

Drypoints and Other Works on Paper: Deron DeCesare — DeCesare is the inaugural solo artist at this former Dupont Circle gallery’s new space in Maryland (Now-3/28)
Amnesty International Human Rights Art Festival — The gallery will be among 40 venues throughout downtown Silver Spring playing host to this first-ever festival (4/1-4/25)
Things Uncertain: Ellen Verdon Winkler (4/26-5/30)

Doug Rule covers the arts, theater, music, food, nightlife and culture as contributing editor for Metro Weekly.

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