Metro Weekly

Gallery and Museum Exhibits for 2012 in DC, MD, VA

Fall Arts Preview 2012

When it comes to museums, D.C. is a big name. The name Smithsonian, for instance, is iconic. Certainly it lives up to that name this season with a range of offerings, from China’s Ai Weiwei at the Hirshhorn to the Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty exhibit at the National Museum of American History. This season, however, big is being counterbalanced by tiny. From the International Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature at the Mansion at Strathmore in North Bethesda, to 5×5(x5), featuring works that fit in a space of five square inches, at Alexandria’s Torpedo Factory, this may be the fall of small.


319 West Broad St.
Crest – A multimedia show of seven artists, all with ties to Virginia Commonwealth University, specifically interested in touch as found in varying types of impression (Now-10/6)
New Faces 2012 – A multimedia glimpse of some of the fresh-faced talent enrolled in the BFA program at VCU (Now-December, Linden Row Inn, 100 E. Franklin St., Richmond)
The New Obsolete by Invisible – Equal parts music performance, video and visual art, with closed captioning provided by a live typist, this two-night performance series features the ”Selectric Piano” (10/12-13)
Soren Huttel: Space time colour eclectic – Installation features abstract sculptural colored light elements, both found and handmade, which will serve as the only light in the gallery for spooky effect (10/19-12/8)
InLight Richmond 2012 – A one-night, public exhibition of light-based art installations taking place along downtown Richmond’s revitalizing Broad Street corridor, a mix of visual, performance and interactive art this year curated by Melissa Ho of D.C.’s Hirshhorn Museum (11/2)
Eric McMaster – Multimedia installation featuring a small-scale hockey rink and photos and videos of hockey teams in action (1/4-2/15/13)


800 Key Highway

The Art of Storytelling: Lies, Enchantment, Humor & Truth – The museum’s 18th, yearlong exhibition explores the power of stories to inspire and enchant, spread lies or to inform through visual narratives created by 30-plus artists, working in all manner of media, from sculpture to film to diorama and even embroidery (10/6-9/1/13)
Gretchen Feldman: Love Letter to Earth (1934-2008) – Retrospective of more than 40 vivid paintings by late abstract artist focused on theme of ”Perfect Unions” (Now-Jan)


1050 Independence Ave. SW

Nomads and Networks: The Ancient Art and Culture of Kazakhstan – The first U.S. exhibition to present a comprehensive overview of the country’s ancient nomadic culture, with objects drawn from the Central Asian nation’s major museums (Now-11/25)
Shadow Sites: Recent Work by Jananne al-Ani – a new body of video work examining enduring representations of the Middle Eastern landscape (Now-1/27/13)
Perspectives: Ai Weiwei
– In conjunction with a Hirshhorn survey on the famous Chinese artist, the Sackler presents the artist’s 2005 monumental installation, ”Fragments,” offering a wry commentary on the bewildering state of a rapidly changing society (Now-4/7/13)
Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – A look at the largely unknown ancient past of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, drawing on recently discovered archaeological finds never before seen in the U.S., from elegant alabaster bowls and fragile glassware to heavy gold earrings and Hellenistic bronze statues (11/17-2/24/13)
Yoga: The Art of Transformation – The world’s first exhibition about yoga’s visual history, featuring sculptures, paintings, photographs, books and films from 25 museums and private collections around the world, all exploring how the discipline’s meanings have changed over time (Fall 2013)


1101 Wilson Blvd.

Beth Baldwin – Artisphere’s current artist-in-residence creates unique animals and houses from recycled materials in full view of the public, in a studio off Artisphere’s main entrance lobby (Now-11/11)
Julia Christensen – Ohio-based artist and writer has created original art for one of two in-operation Arlington County buses, part of Artisphere’s ”Art on the ART Bus” program (Now-11/30)
Jenny Sidhu Mullins – Local artist has created original art for the other in-operation Arlington County bus, part of Artisphere’s ”Art on the ART Bus” program (Now-11/30)
Pattee Hipschen: Rural Beauty, A Visual Diary of the American Landscape – Exhibit of brightly colored paintings and bold monotype prints capturing the artist’s travels through the Midwest landscape (Now-10/27)
Beyond The Parking Lot: The Change and Re-assessment of Our Modern Landscape – Inspired by Joni Mitchell’s ”Big Yellow Taxi,” exhibition explores the present and future of parking lots, and deeper issues of how modern society adapts and uses the land, and to what effect (Now-11/4)
Jassie Rios + Renee Van Der Stelt: Drawing the Found Line – Artists collaborate to produce a series of site-generated drawings (Now-11/4)


10 Art Museum Drive

Matisse’s Dancers – Spanning three decades of the great French artist’s career, this exhibition features more than 30 dance-themed prints, drawings and sculptures, including a rarely shown series of 11 transfer lithographs, published after Matisse’s death (11/14-2/24/13)
Contemporary Art Wing Reopening – Rediscover favorite artworks by Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg and others and discover powerful new acquisitions, including a site-specific sculptural work by Sarah Oppenheimer in BMA’s transformed contemporary art space, which also sees the debut of two new exhibitions, one featuring large-scale color photographs by South African artist Zwelethu Mthethwa, the other featuring artist collaborative Allora & Calzadilla’s video work, A Man Screaming Is Not a Dancing Bear (11/18/12)


1019 7th St. NW

Dan TagueIndependence in the Age of Decadence – New Orleans-based artist’s work addresses disparity in contemporary American society (9/14-10/20)
Frank DiPernaFound Images presents never-before exhibited work photographed over the last five years in the U.S. and abroad (9/14-10/20)


500 17th St. NW

Charlotte Dumas: Anime – Noted globetrotting animal photographer presents a newly commissioned series of portraits centered on the majestic burial horses of Arlington National Cemetery (Now-10/28)
Ivan Sigal: White Road – American photographer traveled through Central Asia from 1998 through 2005, recording the unsettled lives of Eurasians in provincial towns and cities (11/3-1/27/13)
Enoc Perez: Utopia – Lushly figured paintings of modernist buildings at once exploit and question the seductions of architecture as well as painting itself (11/12-2/10/13)
Taryn Simon: A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I-XVIII – Artist traveled the world researching and recording bloodlines and their related stories (11/10-2/24/13)
Cosmo Couture – The International Interior Design Association’s yearly fundraiser showcases garments designed by local interior design and architecture firms using innovative architectural materials, this year centered on Raymond Saunders’s ”Red Star” painting (9/26-10/14)
On The Campaign Trail – Exhibition features campaign photography from The Washington Post, design work by Corcoran students and election-inspired paintings by the homeless men and women of Miriam’s Kitchen (10/17-11/4)


201 East Capitol St. SE

Open City: London, 1500-1700 – As London went from being simply the capital of England to the heart of a world empire, the shift altered residents’ sense of community, particularly as it relates to church, theater and market (Now-9/30)
Very Like A Whale – Explores the interplay between the real world and the world of the Renaissance imagination, put together by the Library’s Michael Witmore and artist Rosamond Purcell (10/16-1/6/13)


1530 14th St. NW

Paintings by Sheep Jones (Now-10/14)
Paintings by Gary Fisher and Anne Manley (10/17-11/18)
2012 Year-End Group Show (11/23-12/24)
Paintings by Ted Milligan (Jan/Feb 2013)
Works by Marilee H. Shapiro: ”A Centennial Celebration” (Feb/March 2013)
Paintings by Kevin H. Adams (April/May 2013)
Works by Karen Hubacher (May/June 2013)


700 Independence Ave. SW

Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads – Chinese artist’s monumental outdoor installation showcases the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac (Now-2/24/13)
Ai Weiwei: According to What? – Major survey of China’s most controversial contemporary artist, who designed the Bird’s Nest Stadium for the Beijing Olympics, includes examples from sculpture, photography and video (10/7-Feb 2013)
Black Box: Jeroen Eisinga (Now-Oct)
Directions: Antonio Rovaldi (Now-Nov)
Dark Matters (Now-Jan 2013)


10 First St. SE

Books That Shaped America – Intended to spark a national conversation on books and their importance in advance of the National Book Festival; from Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Paine, to Frederick Douglass and Harriet Beecher Stowe, to Alfred Kinsey and Ayn Rand, to Betty Friedan and Randy Shilts (Now-9/29)
The Musical Worlds of Victor Herbert – Exhibition focuses on the work of the Irish-American composer and activist, best known for his century-old Babes in Toyland (Now-1/26/13)
Down to Earth: Herblock and Photographers Observe the Environment – 15 cartoons and 17 photographs highlight the late four-time Pultizer Prize winner’s longstanding support for protecting the environment (9/22-3/23/13)
The Civil War in America – To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the Library presents more than 175 unique items, many never before on public view, from the library’s unparalleled Civil War collections (11/12-5/23/13)


1234 9th St. NW

Sondra N. Arkin Pattern Transformation (Now-9/23)
Cheryl WassenaarSyntax (9/27-10/28)
Color Schooled – A show featuring artists whose work is heavily influenced by the Washington Color School (11/1-12/2)


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

Skin – The art of body modification, through tattoos, henna and body painting, is explored in this exhibition, which also looks at the historical and cultural significance of epidermal decor (9/15-11/3)
Grayscale – The connection of grayscale images to the past and their meaning in the present is explored in this photography exhibition (11/17-12/29)
International Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature – Intricately detailed works of art, painstakingly produced in miniature, on popular display (11/17-12/29)
22nd Annual Strathmore Artists Juried Exhibition – Featuring works by area artists, from painters to sculptors to photographers to mixed-media artists (1/7-2/9/13)
Pulse: Art and Medicine – Exhibition looks at illness, wellness and health through the eyes of the visual artist (2/16-4/13/13)
Drawing for Art – Every ticketholder on the closing day of this exhibition leaves with a work of art, per a drawing (4/18-4/28/13)
Creative Crafts Council 29th Biennial (5/4-6/13/13)
World on a String – Exhibition focuses on the art of the puppet show and the effect of puppetry on contemporary visual art (6/22-8/17/13)


600 Independence Ave. SW

Time and Navigation – Revolutions in timekeeping over three centuries have influenced how we find our way (Opens March 2013)


401 F St. NW

Kevin Roche: Architecture as Environment – An exhibition of third-generation modernist whose architecture captures the spirit of the post-industrial age (Now-12/2)
House & Home – A long-term exhibition surveys houses both familiar and surprising, through past and present – including a same-sex couple – challenging ideas about what it means to live at home in America (Now-5/1/17)
Detroit Is No Dry Bones – Photographer Camilo José Vergara documents not only the city’s storied decline, but also how its residents have survived (9/30-2/18/13)
Detroit Disassembled – Photographer Andrew Moore reveals the tragic beauty of Detroit through images of abandoned and overgrown architecture (9/30-2/18/13)
PLAY WORK BUILD – An immersive, hands-on installation featuring molded foam blocks of all shapes and sizes and an original virtual block play experience (Opens 11/18)
Palaces for the People: Guastavino and America’s Great Public Spaces – Rafael Guastavino Sr. was arguably one of the most influential architectural craftsmen working in America a century ago, designing tiles in New York’s City Hall Subway Station and in the Baird Auditorium of the National Museum of Natural History, among other venues (3/16-9/2/13)


3rd Street and Constitution Avenue NW

George Bellows – The National Gallery offers the first comprehensive exhibition in more than three decades of this artist, hailed as one of the greatest artists America had yet produced when he died in 1925 (Now-10/8)
Elegance and Refinement: The Still-Life Paintings of Willem van Aelst – Few artists were more skilled at depicting luscious fruits and spoils of the hunt than this 17th century Dutch painter, the most technically brilliant still-life painter of his time (Now-10/14)
Shock of the News – From Picasso to Man Ray to Robert Rauschenberg to Laurie Anderson, artists over the past century have engaged in a vibrant and multifaceted relationship with the printed news by co-opting, mimicking, defusing, memorializing and rewriting newspapers (9/23-1/27/13)
Imperial Augsburg: Renaissance Prints and Drawings, 1475-1540 (9/30-12/31)
The Serial Portrait: Photography and Identity in the Last One Hundred Years – Featuring 153 works by 20 artists who photographed the same subjects over the course of days, months or years in attempts to capture the complexity of human beings (9/30-12/31)
Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective – The first major exhibition since the artist’s death in 1997, featuring more than 100 of his greatest paintings, plus related drawings and sculptures (10/14-1/13/13)
Modern Lab: The Box as Form, Structure and Container (10/10-6/10/13)
In The Library: Announcements from the Vertical Files (1/7-4/26/13)
Color, Line, Light: French Drawings, Watercolors and Pastels from Delacroix to Signac (1/27-5/26/13)
Faking It: Manipulated Photography before Photoshop – Photography is, and always has been, a medium of fabricated truths and artful lies as documented by the first major exhibition devoted to the history of manipulated photographs before the digital age (2/17-5/5/13)
Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Art and Design, 1848-1900 (2/17-5/19/13)


1145 17th St. NW

Wicked Weather: Photographs from National Geographic – Stunning images from around the world documenting drought, lightning storms, hurricanes and tsunamis (Now-10/23)
1001 Inventions: Discover the Golden Age of Muslim Civilization – A thousand years of advances in science and technology, between the 7th and 17th centuries, have had a huge but hidden impact on the modern world (Now-2/3/13)
Desert Air: Photographs by George Steinmetz – One of National Geographic’s top expedition photographers captures the otherworldly beauty of ”extreme deserts” (Now-1/27/13)


1400 Constitution Ave. NW

Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty – The man who drafted the Declaration of Independence and called slavery an ”abominable crime” was also a lifelong slaveholder, as documented by the slave families who lived at Jefferson’s gorgeous hillside home (Now-10/14)
Not Lost in Translation: The Life of Clotilde Arias – Exhibit offers a window in key moments in the past century of American history, all through the lens of this Peruvian immigrant who translated the American national anthem into its official Spanish version (Opens 9/27)


10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW

Against All Odds: Rescue at the Chilean Mine – More than two months after Chile’s San José mine collapsed in the fall of 2010, the world watched agape as rescued miners emerged one by one looking healthy and joyous. This exhibition pays tribute to the work of those who rescued them (Now-9/30)
2011 Nature’s Best Photography Awards – Exhibition celebrates the work of nature photographers, specifically recipients of the Windland Smith Rice International Awards (Now-April 2013)
Titanoboa: Monster Snake – Documenting one of the greatest discoveries since the T-Rex: fossils from a Colombian coal mine of a snake 48 feet long and weighing in at 2,500 pounds (Now-1/6/13)
Portraits of Planet Ocean: The Photography of Brian Skerry – Amazing underwater photographs from some of the most beautiful, diverse and threatened environments on the planet (Opens Feb 2013)


4th Street and Independence Avenue SW

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 (Now-1/7/13)
Arctic Journeys/Ancient Memories: The Sculpture of Abraham Anghik Ruben – Inuvialuit artist portrays journeys of exploration, migration and displacement in his sculptures of Norse adventurers and Inuit whale hunters (10/4-1/2/13)


8th and F Streets NW

1812: A Nation Emerges – Exhibit documents key Americans who influenced the outcome of the War of 1812, transforming and unifying the country (Now-1/27/13)
One Life: Amelia Earhart – portraits of the aviator in all artistic media, with a focus on her role in breaking barriers for women (Now-5/27/13)
A Will of Their Own: Judith Sargent Murray and Women of Achievement in the Early Republic – Portraits of eight prominent American women of the late 18th century (Now-9/2/13)
Poetic Likeness: Modern American Poets – A survey of poetry in America and its impact on society (10/12-4/28/13)
Portraiture Now: Drawing on the Edge – The sixth exhibition in a series explores the boundaries that once defined drawing and portraiture (11/16-8/18/13)


1220 31st St. NW

Water – A group show featuring prints by local, national and international contemporary artists (Now-9/14)
Su-Li Hung & Richard Sloat: 40 Years Together in Art – A creative and romantic partnership is celebrated with a retrospective of each artist’s work (9/21-10/10)


1600 21st St. NW

Duncan Phillips and Washington Collections in the 1920s – Selected correspondence, manuscripts, photographs and books reveal the relationships between the Collection’s founder and other local museums and private collections (Now-12/30)
Intersections: Sandra Cinto One Day, After the Rain is composed of intricate ink and acrylic drawings on canvas that cover the café walls (Now-12/30/13)
Per Kirkeby: Paintings and Sculpture – One of Europe’s most celebrated living artists (10/6-1/6/13)
Picturing the Sublime: Photographs from the Joseph and Charlotte Lichtenberg Collection – From Ansel Adams to Francis Frith to Edward Burtynsky, 11 photographs documenting how artists use the camera to capture the natural world (10/11-1/13/13)
Intersections: Xavier Veilhan(IN)balance is the first major presentation of mixed-media artist’s work in the U.S. (11/3-2/10/13)


1353 U St. NW
No. 302

Jill Townsley: Toil (Now-10/13)


1607 West Main St.

Christopher StephensSycamore Musings offers a collection of Shenandoah Valley paintings (Now-10/27)
Peter Batchelder (11/2-12/31)


8th and F Streets NW
The Art of Video Games – One of the first exhibitions to explore the 40-year evolution of videogames as an artistic medium, with a focus on striking visual effects and the creative use of new technologies (Now-9/30)
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 U.S. (Now-11/3/13)
40 under 40: Craft Futures – Featuring 40 artists born since 1972, when the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery opened (Now-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 (11/16-4/28/13)
Nam June Paik: Art and Process – Unprecedented view into the Korea-born artist, whose innovative, media-based artwork was grounded in the practices of avant-garde music and performance art (12/14-8/11/13)


2320 S St. NW

Dragons, Nagas and Creatures of the Deep – This exhibition presents a global selection of textiles depicting dragons and related fantastical creatures of legend in recognition of 2012 as the East Asian calendar’s Year of the Dragon (Now-1/6/13)
The Sultan’s Garden: The Blossoming of Ottoman Art – Exhibition unveils the influence of Ottoman floral style – including the fact that development of the design identity can be attributed to a single artist working in Istanbul – and traces its continuing impact through the textile arts (9/21-3/10/13)
Out of Southeast Asia: Art That Sustains – Historic textile artworks from the museum’s collection plus the work of four contemporary artists and designers demonstrate how contemporary artists are preserving the traditional arts even as they interpret them in new and innovative ways (April-Oct 2013)


105 N. Union St.

Fractured/Reconnected: exhibition of monotypes by Judith Coady – Coady displays a striking series of colorful geometric monotypes reflecting her study of how form can be deconstructed and then re-formed in a new way (Now-10/31, Studio 325)
25: Target Gallery Celebrate 25 Years – An all-media exhibition with the theme of world events from the past 25 years (Now-9/30, Target Gallery)
Color Sphere (10/3-11/5, Art League Gallery)
Homage: Past Influences – A juried exhibit that invites artists to submit work that pays respect or dedication to past influences (10/6-28, Target Gallery)
Art on the Rocks – A creative cocktail competition that features art-inspired creations by several local mixologists (10/24, Art League Gallery)
Upheaval – A juried photography exhibition that explores the theme of upheaval, whether in our own lives or throughout the world (11/3-12/2, Target Gallery)
5×5(x5) – An all-media small works juried exhibition that includes work that fits within the parameters of 5 inches in all dimensions (12/8-1/6/13, Target Gallery)


901 New York Ave. NW

Color Grids by Charlie Dale and Seen/Unseen by Rosemary Luckett – Dale presents a new series of geometric abstract paintings while Luckett’s solo exhibition includes monotypes and sculptural works (Now-9/30)


428 North Boulevard

For the Love of Beauty: The Collections of Lora and Claiborne Robins – Presenting 19th century Hudson River School landscape paintings and colonial furniture from the late Richmond philanthropist couple (Now-12/30)
An Artist’s Story: Civil War Drawings by Edwin Forbes – Forbes’s drawings for Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper would do much to shape public perceptions of the American Civil War (Now-1/7/13)
End of an Era: The Photography of Jack Jeffers – Exhibition displays prints of people and landscapes from the Appalachian region of western Virginia taken by award-winning photographer before he moved to Wyoming (Now-1/28/13)


200 North Boulevard

Visions of France: Three Postwar Photographers – Robert Doisneau, Edouard Boubat and Joel Meyerowitz are three artists who helped establish Paris’s reputation as the ”cradle of street photography” (Now-10/28)
Diana Al-Hadid: Trace of a Fictional Third – Sculpture artist makes complex structures that seem in a state of flux, suggesting both incompletion and decay (Now-11/25)
Indian Silver for the Raj – Featuring a magnificent collection of colonial Indian silver recently acquired by the museum (Now-2/3/13)
Gesture: Judith Godwin and Abstract Expressionism – Virginia-born abstract painter was one of the first women to gain acceptance in the larger, national art world (Now-1/27/13)
Chihuly at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts – Internationally renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly offers many iconic works plus site-specific installations (10/20-2/10/13)
Fine Arts & Flowers – Members from more than 75 garden clubs across the state interpret masterworks in the museum’s collection with floral arrangements throughout the galleries (10/24-28)


600 North Charles St.

African Presence: Student Response – In advance of the Walters’s major exhibit on African influence in Renaissance Europe, area middle and high school students were encouraged to create artwork on the subject (9/15-2/3/13)
Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe – Groundbreaking exhibition explores the wealth of European art revealing the hidden presence of Africans in Renaissance society and the many roles they played (10/14-1/21/13)
Diadem and Dagger: Jewish Silversmiths of Yemen – Approximately 25 beautiful silver pieces created by Yemeni-Jewish craftsmen (10/27-1/21/13)
The Ben Exra Synagogue and the Walters-Yeshiva University Ark Door – Focus of this show is on an intricately decorated and inscribed wood panel believed to come from Cairo (3/2/13-5/26/13)
New Eyes on America: The Genius of Richard Caton Woodville – Early 19th century painter of iconic works of American genre (3/10/13-6/2/13)


Pyramid Atlantic Art Center
8230 Georgia Ave.
Silver Spring

Blurring The Lines – A special exhibition of mixed-media prints by member artists (Now-9/30)
Deron DeCesareOld World and New: Apart, though still a part includes prints inspired by a recent trip to Italy (10/3-28)
Both Sides of the Brain – A group exhibition exploring the concept of duality within personality (10/3-28)
Before and After the Derecho – Many of Yolanda Frederikse’s prints made specifically for a solo exhibition were damaged or destroyed along with her studio by the June derecho, and this exhibition will reflect that reality (10/31-11/25)
Carol E.S. MacDonaldLine – Structure – Pattern explores the role of process, repetition and the essential elements found in our daily lives and the natural world through knitting (10/31-11/25)

Above and Beyond Art Gallery & Museum Exhibits Classical Music Pop, Rock, Folk, Jazz Music Dance Television Stage Films