Metro Weekly

Art: Museums and Galleries

Fall Arts Preview 2009


319 W. Broad St.

Richard Carlyon: A Retrospective — Examining the artistic career of the late Carlyon, a pivotal figure in the Richmond arts community (Now-10/17)

New Works by John Henry Blatter — Through the use of sound, video and environment, Blatter sculpts experiences unique to the spaces he’s working in (10/23-11/28)

Small Wonder — Just in time for the holidays this invitational of small works features some of the region’s most prominent and new artists working in a range of media (12/3-12/17)

20th Annual Art Auction — The gallery’s largest fundraising event of the year (4/2-4/17/10)


Carnegie Institute of Washington
1530 P St. NW

Art for Life — The 16th 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 (11/13)


1050 Independence Ave. SW

Moving Perspectives: Shahzia Sikander/Sun Xun — Trained in Pakistan and in the United States, Sikander reinterprets miniature painting by isolating and abstracting formal compositional elements often found in this densely layered and intricate art form. Similarly, the Chinese Xun creates hundreds of paintings and drawings by using old newspapers or entire blank walls (Now-11/8)

Falnama: The Book of Omens — The most splendid tools ever devised to foretell the future were illustrated texts known as the Falnama. This is the first exhibition ever devoted to these extraordinary manuscripts from Ottoman Turkey and Safarid Iran (10/24-1/24/10)


500 17th St. NW

John Singer Sargent in the Rotunda — Known as the preeminent society portraitist of the Gilded Age, Sargent had a long and varied career that included plein-air landscapes, murals, watercolors and skillful drawings (Now-3/21/10)

Sargent and the Sea — This exhibit brings together for the first time more than 80 paintings, watercolors and drawings depicting seascapes and coastal scenes from the early career of Sargent, the preeminent American expatriate painter of the late 19th century (Now-1/3/10)

Edward Burtynsky: Oil— This touring exhibition surveys a decade of photographic imagery exploring the subject of oil by this Canadian photographer, who has traveled internationally to chronicle the production, distribution and use of this critical fuel (10/3-12/13)

Turner to Cézanne: Masterpieces from the Davies Collection, National Museum Wales — A collection of outstanding paintings from the 19th and early 20th centuries, many of which have rarely been exhibited outside of Wales, including masterpieces by Cézanne, Corot, Daumier, Manet, Millet, Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Turner and Van Gogh (1/30-4/25/10)


7700 Wisconsin Ave.

Trawick Prize finalists — The eight finalists for Bethesda’s Contemporary Art Awards on display (Now-10/30)

Andrew Wodzianski — The gallery hosts a solo exhibition of this D.C.-based artist (10/9/11/14)


1519 Connecticut Ave. NW

Claudia Vess — In ”High and Low,” Vess reassembles the stuff of daily life into artwork somewhere between sculpture and painting (9/30-10/31)

Elizabeth Friedman — ”Retrospective, Photographic Explorations” (11/1-1/30/10)

Nancy Hersch Ingram (12/2-12/26)

Sculpture Invitational (12/30-1/30/10)


5001 Wilson Lane

Matthew Lawrence — Neptune begins its new year of exhibitions with the jamming canvasses of glitter king supreme Lawrence (Now-10/10)

Joyce Zipperer and Rania Hassan (10/17-11/14)

Neptune Artist Marketplace (11/21-12/19)


1530 14th St. NW

Paintings by Kevin Adams (Now-10/18)

Paintings by Beverly Ryan and Eleanor Kotlarik Wang (10/21-11/22)

Year End Show (11/27-12/24)


4155 Linnean Ave. NW

Gay Day — This annual outing offers GLBT guests a chance to sneak a peek into mansion rooms not traditionally open to the public, square dance with the Lambda Squares, mingle with friends during Punch on the Portico and more. New this year, in partnership with Rainbow Families, comes morning programming for families, like fancy dress-up and party-plate decorating, plus a chance to explore Hillwood’s gardens and mansion (9/26)

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 (10/20-5/30/10)


Paints in Anne Truitts studio
Paints in Anne Truitts studio

Independence Avenue and Seventh Street SW

Anne Truitt: Perception and Reflection — The first major exhibition since 1974 of this Baltimore-born artist who lived in D.C. most of her adult life offers a survey of two- and three-dimensional works made during the artist’s 50-year career (10/8-1/3/10)

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 (11/5-3/28/10)

Black Box: Phoebe Greenberg — This Montreal theater owner’s 12-minute film Next Floor, whichwon the Best Short Film award at the Cannes Film Festival in 2008, is part-nightmare, part-morality tale, referencing the artist’s interest in the theater of the absurd (11/30-4/4/10)

Yves Klein — An artist, composer, judo master, Rosicrucian, proto-conceptualist and performance artist, Klein was a multi-faceted talent who believed in the transformative power of art. This is the first American retrospective in nearly 30 years of this influential French artist’s career (5/20/10-9/12/10)


1302 Ninth St. NW
This gay-owned gallery will offer new exhibits this fall, but the biggest exhibit is the Gallery itself: in a new space, several times larger than before.


Third Street and Constitution Avenue NW

The Darker Side of Light: Arts of Privacy, 1850–1900
This exhibit includes more than 100 works —- mainly prints, but also drawings, illustrated books and small sculpture -—from the Gallery’s extensive collections that reveal the romantic sensibilities of the arts of privacy. Here the experience of art was a private affair, where the expression of darker thoughts and moody reflections were encouraged (10/1-1/18/10)

Renaissance to Revolution: French Drawings from the National Gallery of Art, 1500–1800 — The gallery’s outstanding collection of French old master drawings represents in remarkable richness and breadth the history of French draftsmanship before 1800 (10/1-1/31/10)

The Robert and Jane Meyeroff Collection: Selected Works — Through remarkable acuity, exhaustive study and close relationships with the artists, the Meyerhoffs amassed one of the most outstanding collections of modern art, with an emphasis on six American masters: Jasper Johns, Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, Brice Marden, Robert Rauschenberg and Frank Stella (10/1-5/2/10)

Robert Bergman: Portraits, 1986–1995 — For more than 40 years, Bergman has traveled the streets and back alleys of the United States, photographing the people and scenes he encounters. (10/11-1/10/10)

Editions with Additions: Working Proofs by Jasper Johns — This exhibit includes approximately 45 proofs for lithographs, etchings and screenprints that the artist expanded in a range of media, including pastel, ink and paint (10/11-4/4/10)

In the Darkroom: Photographic Processes — This exhibit chronicles the major technological developments in photographic processes from the origins of the medium to the advent of digital photography (10/25-3/14/10)


Independence Avenue and Fourth Street SW

Ramp It Up: Skateboard Culture in Native America — One of the most popular sports on Indian reservations, skateboarding has inspired American Indian and Native Hawaiian communities to host skateboard competitions and build skate parks to encourage youth (Now-11/1)

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 (10/16-8/8/10)

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 (11/10-5/23/10)


F and Eighth Streets NW

One Life: Thomas Paine, The Radical Founding Father
Paine fired up Americans to get on with a declaration of independence, but he was scorned by his old associates after writing a bold attack on organized religion and died in poverty. Fortunately, his words and ideals live on (Now-11/29)

Faces of the Frontier: Photographic Portraits from the American West, 1845-1924 — The American West was dramatically reconstituted during the 80 years between the Mexican War and the passage of the Indian Citizenship Act in 1924 (9/25-1/24/10)

Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2009 — With a grand prize of $25,000 and an opportunity to create a portrait for the Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection, this competition invited artists working in the figurative arts to submit portraits of people close to them. (10/23-8/22/10)

Portraiture Now: Communities — Each of the three painters selected for this exhibit has explored the idea of how to define community today through a series of related portraits of friends, townspeople or families (11/6-7/5/10)

One Life: Echoes of Elvis — This exhibit opens on the 75th anniversary of Presley’s birth (1/8-8/22/10)


1517 U St. NW

Dark Matter: New Work in Tar by Ellyn Weiss — This local artist creates images that have an eerily organic quality to them, appearing to the artist like living things ”swimming up from the primeval darkness” (9/17-10/17)


Eighth and F Streets NW

Graphic Masters II: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum — The second in a series of special installations, this exhibit celebrates the extraordinary variety and accomplishment of American artists’ works on paper, from watercolors to pastels to drawings, and including rarely seen works by such notables as Edward Hopper, Willem de Kooning and Andrew Wyeth (Now-1/10/10)

What’s It All Mean: William T. Wiley in Retrospect — This retrospective, which features 88 works from the 1960s to the present, is the first full-scale look at Wiley’s career since 1979 and explores important themes and ideas expressed in his work (10/2-1/24/10)

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 (4/2/10-9/26/10)


1600 21st St. NW

Man Ray, African Art and the Modernist Lens — Man Ray translated the 20th-century modernist taste for African art into photographs that reached a popular audience. About 60 of his photographs, many never before exhibited, along with more than 40 photographs by his contemporaries, including Cecil Beaton, Walker Evans and Alfred Stieglitz, appear side-by-side with 20 of the African objects featured in the images (10/10-1/10/10)

Object as Subject: Photographs of the Czech Avant-Garde – Approximately 30 photographs by nine Czech photographers attest to the importance of objects in the Czech avant-garde’s exploration of the formal concerns of abstraction (10/10-2/7/10)

Intersections: Brain Storm—Jennifer Wen Ma — In this video projection with sound, a man and horse move through a stormy landscape, suggesting an inner journey (10/15-1/3/10)

Intersections: Icarus—Barbara Liotta — Conceived as a portrait of human energy and inner strength, and as a symbol of flight and aspiration, this large-scale sculpture is paired with portraits from the museum’s permanent collection (10/22-1/31/10)

Intersections: Pulse-Tayo Heuser — Tayo Heuser translates the luminosity of Mark Rothko’s paintings into three dimensions with a large-scale wall-mounted sculpture installed in the museum’s stairwell (11/19-10/31/10)

Georgia O’Keeffe: Abstraction — This exhibition features 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 (2/6/10-5/9/10)


2320 S St. NW

Contemporary Japanese Fashion: The Collection of Mary Baskett — This exhibit pulls visitors into the fashion revolution begun by top Japanese designers Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto, Rei Kawakubo through the display of these dynamic garments from the wardrobe of Baskett, an art dealer and former curator at the Cincinnati Art Museum

Fabrics of Feathers and Steel: The Innovation of Nuno — Led by artistic director and co-founder Reiko Sudo, Nuno (meaning ”functional fabric” in Japanese) integrates the techniques, materials and aesthetics of traditional Japanese textiles with cutting-edge technologies in order to create some of the world’s most innovative and influential fabrics (10/17-4/11/10)

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 (2/12/10-6/10/10)

Art by the Yard: Women Design Mid-Century Britain — Three women designers were pivotal for transforming Britain from a country devastated by World War II into an optimistic consumer society: Lucienne Day, Jacqueline Groag and Marian Mahler (5/15/10-9/12/10)


406 Seventh St. NW, Second Floor

Steve Alderton — Alderton’s ”Mirage Series” of paintings produces strongly evocative works capturing mirage-like snapshots with the intent to reduce the amount of detail, as in a mirage, and thus allow the viewer to complete the picture and create a personal connection (Now-10/4)

Michele Cormier — “Color, Texture and Mood” presents abstract landscapes inspired by the artist’s French-Canadian ancestry of a simplified lifestyle living principally off the sea and land (Now-10/4)