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Falls Arts Preview 2011


319 West Broad St.
Richmond, Va.

FEED 2011: A Juried Biennial — Featuring artists Kyan Bishop of D.C., Larissa Borteh of New York, Shawn Huckins of Connecticut, Guy Nelson of New York and Ruby Wescoat of North Carolina (Now to 10/22)

4th Annual InLight Richmond — A public exhibition of light-based art installations taking place along the James River, a curated mix of visual, performance and interactive art (10/21)

Christian Benefiel — Consisting of interactive inflatable sculpture and installations made from reclaimed marine materials (10/28-12/3)


1050 Independence Ave. SW

Power Play: China’s Empress Dowager — Following China’s disastrous Boxer Rebellion, the Grand Empress Dowager Cixi was held in low regard throughout the world, so in 1903, a strategy emerged to use photographic portraiture to rehabilitate her public image (9/24-1/29/12)

Luxury Arts of the Silk Road — Exceptional examples of arts and crafts from along the Silk Road in the Central Asian desert (Opening 11/5)

Sanggam: The Korean Art of Ceramic Inlay — The Freer’s Korean gallery reopens with an exhibition embodying the evolution of the distinctive Korean ceramic decoration known as Sanggam (Opening 11/5)

Chinese Ceramics: 10th-13th Century — Two dozen Chinese ceramics from the Freer collection highlight the glazes and the skills of artisans in the Song dynasty of nearly 1,000 years ago (Opening 11/5)

Perspectives: Ai Weiwei — Featuring work by the prolific and provocative artist Ai Weiwei, in conjunction with the exhibition Ai Weiwei: According to What? at the Hirshhorn (4/28-12-4/7/13)


1101 Wilson Blvd.

Data/Fields — A new media exhibition in which the viewer/listener becomes another connection in the flow and transfer of data, with works by Caleb Coppock, Mark Fell, Andy Graydon, Ryoji Ikeda and France Jobin (9/22-11/27, Terrace Gallery)

Victor Ekpuk — A mobile gallery featuring this Alexandria artist in the process of creating original art for an Arlington County bus in the program of ”Art on the Art Bus” (9/24-10/23, Works-In-Progress Gallery)

Contrasts by Andrew Zimmermann — An exhibition of landscape photographs made in the Colorado Front Range (9/27-11/12, Mezz Gallery)

Robert Hoffman — The largest collection of handcrafted harmonica cases in the world, over 350 co-designed by ”Hoff” with artists from a variety of mediums (11/15/11-1/28/12, Mezz Gallery)

At Home in Virginia — Fine handmade objects for the home from the Artisans Center of Virginia (12/8/11-1/8/12, Terrace)


1019 7th St. NW

Pan’s Pipes: Ryan Hill, Erick Jackson, George Jenne — With a goal of creating the psychological feel of a headshop — or other illicit spaces where teens go to escape the realities of family and school — the artists have created new works on paper, sculpture and a unique installation design to conceptualize their ideas (9/17-10/22)

Site/Schema: Nikki Painter — Works develop and expand a set of images, bright colors and patterns to investigate the ways in which chaos and order interact and coexist (9/17-10/22)


500 17th St. NW

Gordon Parks: Photographs from the Collection — The Farm Security Administration and Life photographer pioneered the journalistic style of engaging viewers in important issues through the eyes of an individual or family (10/1-1/16/12)

30 Americans — A wide-ranging survey of works by many of the most important African-American contemporary artists of
the last three decades, including Nina Chanel Abney, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Nick Cave, Renée Green, David Hammons, Glenn Ligon and Purvis Young (10/1-2/12/12)

Hank Willis Thomas: Strange Fruit — Running concurrently with 30 Americans is this group of approximately 12 new photographs and video works by this African-American artist who explores the presentation and the perception of the black body (10/1-2/12/12)

NOW at Night Annual Fundraiser w/DJ Spooky — Celebrated down-tempo electronica producer DJ Spooky will spin tunes and offer video projections (10/21)


201 East Capitol St. SE

The Shakespeare Library (Ongoing)

Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible — Exhibit tells the little-known story of one of the most widely read and printed books in the history of the English language, marking its 400th anniversary in 2011 (9/23-1/15/12)


1530 14th St. NW

Paintings by Kevin H. Adams (Now to 10/16)

Photography by Kermit Berg, Paintings by Delna Dastur (10/19-11/20)

Holiday Art ‘Bizarre’ — An exhibition of works in various media by a selection of gallery artists, intended as great gift ideas for the holiday season (11/25-12/24)


Independence Avenue and Seventh Street SW

Black Box: Nira Pereg (Now to 11/13)

Directions: Grazia Toderi (Now to 10/24)

ColorForms (Now to 11/13)

Andy Warhol: Shadows 1978 — Comprising 102 silkscreened and hand-painted canvases featuring distorted photographs of shadows generated in the famed PopArt artist’s studio (9/25-1/15/12)

Directions: Empire — The Empire State Building as seen by Andy Warhol, Douglas Gordon and Wolfgang Staehle (11/10-2/26/12)

Suprasensorial: Experiments in Light, Color and Space (2/23-5/13/12)

Hirshhorn 360-Degre Projection by Doug Aitken — Concurrent with the Suprsensorial exhibit, Aitken will transform the Hirshhorn’s iconic circular building into a 360-degree panoramic cinematic space (every night in Spring 2012)

Ai Weiwei: According to What? (10/12-2/13)

Art and Destruction (2013)


1358 Florida Ave. NE, Suite 200

Tom PriceMeltdown (Now to 10/22)

FlexibleLove — After a popular exhibit this summer, Industry Gallery is now the first and only American seller of FlexibleLove, expandable furniture crafted from post-consumer products and craft paper (Ongoing)


10 First St. SE

I Love Lucy: An American Legend — A special exhibit of items from the Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz Collection (Now to 1/28/12, James Madison Building)

To Know Wisdom and Instruction: The Armenian Literary Tradition — Commemorating the 500th anniversary of the first Armenian printing press and book at Venice in 1512, and the designation of Yerevan, Armenia, as UNESCO’s Book Capital of the World in 2012 (Opening 4/19/12)


1234 9th St. NW

Thomas BurkettContainment and Diversion portrays the damming, diverting and polluting of water, life’s most vital substance (Now to 10/2)

Clyde Fowler (10/6-11/6)

Amy Genser (11/10-12/11)

Holiday Group Show (12/15-1/15/12)

Mike Weber (1/19-2/19/12)

Tony Savoie (2/17-3/25/12)


First Floor Galleries and Gudelsky Gallery Suite
5301 Tuckerman Lane
North Bethesda, Md.

Building Bridges Not Fences — Exploring the journey from traditional to digital media, as well as the aesthetic bridge that photojournalism builds between cultures, with works by Bruce Barnbaum, Dean Kessmann and Bruce McKaig (9/24-11/5)

International Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature — Intricately detailed works of art, painstakingly produced in miniature (11/19-12/30)


401 F St. NW

Walls Speak: The Narrative Art of Hildreth Meière — Featuring sketches, painted studies and scale models from the artist of some the most memorable murals and mosaics of the Art Deco period, including ornamentation for Radio City Music Hall (Now to 1/2/12)

LEGO Architecture: Towering Ambition — Showcasing 15 buildings from around the world made entirely from LEGO bricks by Adam Reed Tucker (Now to 9/3/12)

Unbuilt Washington — Featuring unrealized proposals for noteworthy architectural and urban design projects in Washington, D.C., from the 1790s to the present (11/19-Spring 2012)

House & Home — A long-term exhibition tours houses both familiar and surprising, through past and present, challenging our ideas about what it means to live at home in America (Opening 4/28/12)

New Cultural Capitals — An online exhibition provoking dialogue and debate about the role of architecture and cultural infrastructure in creating vital communities (Opening Summer 2012)


3rd Street and Constitution Avenue NW

Artists’ Books and Literature (Now to 1/29/12)

A New Look: Samuel F.B. Morse’s “Gallery of the Louvre” — (Now to 7/8/12)

Italian Master Drawings from the Wolfgang Ratjen Collection: 1525–1835 (Now to 11/27)

The Invention of Glory: Afonso V and the Pastrana Tapestries (9/18-1/8/12)

Warhol: Headlines — Featuring works that the famed gay artist created largely on headlines from tabloid news, documenting his ahead-of-the-curve fascination with sensational news (9/25-1/2/12)

Harry Callahan at 100 (10/2-3/4/12)

Antico: The Golden Age of Renaissance Bronzes (11/6-4/8/12)

In the Tower: Mel Bochner (11/6-4/8/12)

The Solemnity of Shadows: Juan Laurent’s Vision of Spain (11/7-12/30)

Picasso’s Drawings, 1890-1921: Reinventing Tradition — Presenting the dazzling development of Picasso’s drawings over a 30-year period—from the precocious academic exercises of his youth in the 1890s to the virtuoso works of the early 1920s, including the radical innovations of cubism and collage (2/5-5/6/12)

Colorful Realm: Japanese Bird-and-Flower Paintings by Itō Jakuchū (1716–1800) — (3/30-4/29/12)

I Spy: Photography and the Theater of the Street, 1938–2010 — Since the invention of small hand-held cameras and faster films in the late 19th century, photographers have been fascinated with capturing everyday life in the urban environment (4/22-5/5/12)

Joan Miró: The Ladder of Escape (5/6-8/12/12)

Charles Marville: Photographer of Modernity (10/1-12/30/13)


1145 17th St. NW

The Etruscans: An Ancient Italian Civilization (Now to 9/25)

Formation: Earth In Motion, Photography by Carsten Peter (Now to 9/20)

Big Cats: Vanishing Icons — Photographs showcase the grandeur and plight of the world’s big cats – lions, tigers, cheetahs, leopards, jaguars, snow leopards, clouded leopards and mountain lions (9/24-4/8/12)

Animal Grossology — Experience some of the slimiest, stinkiest and downright yuckiest creatures on Earth (9/26-1/2/12)

Ocean Soul: Photographs by Brian Skerry — Crafted with an artist’s deft application of color, light, and layout, images from award-winning photojournalist Brian Skerry reveal the beauty of the sea’s natural moments (10/5-1/2/12)

Anglo-Saxon Hoard: Gold from England’s Dark Ages — The only U.S. appearance of the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold ever discovered (10/29-3/4/12)


Independence Avenue and 4th Street SW

Conversations with the Earth: Indigenous Voices on Climate Change — This exhibition—the first of its kind devoted to indigenous science—provides a Native perspective on global climate change. Through photographs, video, and audio of tribal communities from the Arctic to Brazil, the environmental impact of pollution is found in the stories of imposed mitigation and its consequences on local livelihoods (Now to 1/2/12)

IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas — This 20-panel banner exhibition focuses on the interactions between African American and Native American people, especially those of blended heritage (Now to 2/2/12)

A Song for the Horse Nation — Presenting the epic story of the horse’s influence on American Indian tribes beginning with the return of horses to the Western Hemisphere by Christopher Columbus to the present day (10/29-1/7/13)

Behind the Scenes: The Real Story of Quileute Wolves — Bringing together rare works of art as a counterpoint to the supernatural storyline of the popular Twilight saga (1/13-9/9/12)


F and 8th Streets NW

Glimpse of the Past: A Neighborhood Evolves — A photographic exploration of the neighborhood surrounding the Patent Office Building hosing the Portrait Gallery (Now to 9/25)

150th Commemoration of the Civil War: The Death of Ellsworth (Now to 3/18/12)

Mementos: Painted and Photographic Miniatures, 1750-1920 (Now to 5/13/12)

One Life: Ronald Reagan (Now to 5/28/12)
Portraiture Now: Asian American Portraits of Encounter (Now to 10/14/12)

Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories — Featuring more than 50 artifacts and 100 works by artists from across Europe and the U.S. detailing Stein’s life and work as an artist, collector and distinctive style-maker (10/14-1/22/12)

The Black List: Photographs by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders — The Black List Project is a photographic exhibit and documentary featuring portraits of prominent African Americans (10/28-4/22/12)


1220 31st St. NW

Day into Night: Works by Emily Trueblood– The prints chosen for Day into Night are inspired by the bold, graphic lines of city architecture, and their strong, enduring presence, set against the changing flux of nature and time (9/16-11/12)

Woodcuts by Ilse Schreiber-NollA selection of woodcuts by the German-American artist based off the writings of German playwright and activist Bertolt Brecht (9/23-10/23)

Recent Works by Jake Muirhead — Working with aquatint and etching, local printmaker Muirhead balances fine detail with a free, sketch-like approach to composition, resulting in organic and dynamic impressions (11/11-1/21/12)


1600 21st St. NW

The museum commemorates its 90th anniversary in 2011 with a yearlong celebration, culminating in a Birthday Bash Nov. 5
Left Behind: Selected Gifts from the Heather and Tony Podesta Collection — Featuring photographs of unpopulated spaces in which a human presence is not evident but implied
(Now to 10/2)

Morris Louis— In the 1960s, the colorist tradition of the Phillips found new expression in the Washington Color School and the pure stains of Morris Louis
(Now to 10/9)

Renoir’s Luncheon of the Boating Party and European Masterworks — Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s celebrated Luncheon of the Boating Party (1880−81) makes a triumphant return to its original location (Now to 12/31)

Augustus Vincent Tack: Decorative Panels for the Music Room — A monumental series of 13 works by Tack is reinstalled in the wood-paneled Music Room for which it was originally created (Now to 12/31)

90 Years of New: Anniversary Reading Room(Now to 12/31)

Will Ryman’s Roses: 58th Street — Colossal fiberglass and stainless steel rose blossoms adorn the Phillips’s lawn at the corner of 21st and Q Streets, created in response to nature’s cycles (Now to 1/5/12)

The Klee Room — The Phillips re-creates its Klee Room, the first room dedicated exclusively to Paul Klee’s work by a museum (9/29-12/31)

Degas’s Dancers at the Barre: Point and Counterpoint — Bringing together about 30 works from some of the world’s finest collections, the exhibition traces ballet in Edgar Degas’s art from the 1870s to 1900 (10/1-1/8/12)

Eye to Eye: Joseph Marioni — Fifteen recent glowing monochrome paintings by modernist Marioni are displayed with the artist’s selection of 30 works from The Phillips Collection in his first D.C. exhibition (10/22-1/29/12)


1353 U St. NW #302

Ellington Robinson: In Quest of The Sun — A solo exhibition of new work by D.C. artist exploring the ways by which people reach their physical and socioeconomic location (Now to 10/15)

Agnes Bolt — A mixed-media show exploring the distinction between artist and art collector (10/22-11/26)


1607 West Main St.
Richmond, Va.

Luminosity: Reflections of the Hudson River Valley –Featuring works by Kevin Cook, Keith Gunderson and Robert Trondsen (9/2-10/8)

Microcosms — Featuring works by Steven Bogart and Betsy Stewart (10/14-11/26)


8th and F Streets NW

The Great American Hall of Wonders — Exhibition examines the American ingenuity that energized all aspects of 19th Century society, from the painting of landscapes and scenes of everyday life to the planning of scientific expeditions and the development of new mechanical devices (Now to 1/8/12)

Something of Splendor: Decorative Arts from the White House — Exploring the history of the decorative arts in the nation’s foremost home with 95 objects from the permanent collection of the White House (10/1-5/6/12)

Inventing a Better Mousetrap: Patent Models from the Rothschild Collection — Featuring 32 models illustrating the wide variety of 19th-century patented inventions submitted by inventors from across the United States (11/11-11/3/13)

Multiplicity — The concept of making multiple images from the same matrix has been integral to printmaking, and each impression is considered to be an original work of art; 83 works by contemporary artists will be on display (11/11-3/11/12)

The Art of Video Games — One of the first exhibitions to explore the forty-year evolution of video games as an artistic medium, with a focus on striking visual effects and the creative use of new technologies (3/16-9/30/12)

African American Art in the Twentieth Century — A selection of paintings, sculpture, prints, and photographs by 43 black artists who explored the African-American experience from the Harlem Renaissance through the Civil Rights era and the decades beyond (4/27-9/3/12)

40 under 40: Craft Futures – Featuring 40 artists born since 1972, when the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery opened (6/20/12-2/3/13)

The Civil War and American Art — Exploring the impact of the Civil War and its aftermath on the visual arts in America using some of the finest artworks made during this period (11/16/12-4/28/13)

Nam June Paik: Art and Process (12/14/12-8/11/13)


2320 S St. NW

Second Lives: the Age-Old Art of Recycling Textiles — Exhibition highlights the ways people in various cultures ingeniously have repurposed worn but precious fabrics to create beautiful new textile forms (Now to 1/8/12)

Weaving Abstraction: Kuba Textiles and the Woven Art of Central Africa — The first exhibit in the U.S. to showcase the artistic inventiveness and graphic power of Kuba ceremonial dance skirts within a wide-ranging survey of Kuba design, which emerged in the early 17th century in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo (10/15-2/12/12)

Dragons, Nagas and Creatures of the Deep — Welcoming 2012 as the East Asian calendar’s Year of the Dragon, this exhibition presents a global selection of textiles depicting dragons and related fantastical creatures of legend (2/3-1/6/13)

Woven Treasures of Japan’s Tawaraya Workshop — Japan has a remarkably refined textile tradition, and for centuries the Japanese have admired the silks produced in the Nishijin neighborhood of Kyoto as the epitome of beauty and opulence (3/23-8/12/12)

Sourcing the Museum — The Textile Museum’s permanent collections provided the source of creative inspiration for twelve contemporary artists, whose works will be displayed alongside the fabrics that inspired them (3/23-4/19/12)


901 New York Ave. NW

Mary Lynch & Lou Gagnon (Now to 10/2)

Steve Alderton & Leslie Johnston (10/5-30)

Anthony Dortch Jr. The Privileged Series presents in mixed-media the underbelly of the upper class (11/4-6)

Rima SchulkindEclipsed By The Cloud: The Detritus of Obsolescent Technology presents six-foot sculptures of welded steel armatures (11/31-12/24)


Pyramid Atlantic Art Center
8230 Georgia Ave.
Silver Spring

Drawn to Print — Focusing on the preparatory steps of printmaking, namely, the drawing that happens before a matrix is made and on the subsequent trial proofs (Now to 9/25)

9/11 Tenth Anniversary: Artists’ Reactions — A selection of prints by WPG artists that were created in response to the world-changing event (Now to 9/25)

Without Reservations: Anne McLaughlin — New images created by experimenting with clay and gelatin monoprints and the addition of gemstones and beads (9/28-10/30)

Doodle Digit Dot: Michael Hagan — Exploring intersections of hand-pulled printing with other graphic processes including drawing, photography, commercial printing and textile patterns (9/28-10/30)

Haven: Pauline Jakobsberg (11/2-27)

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