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Art: Museums & Galleries

Spring Arts 2013

Milestones and anniversaries are often the underlying theme for museum exhibitions. So, naturally, exactly 150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation, that seminal document and more generally the Civil War factor prominently at several institutions, including three separate Smithsonian institutions and the Library of Congress. But even in the nation’s capital, it’s not all history and reflection — or museums. In fact, the Washington region has a growing crop of galleries focused on contemporary art from new or underrepresented artists, as well as institutions playing host to a slew of competitions and juried exhibitions. Among them is the Washington Project for the Arts’ biennial show featuring 16 local artists just waiting to be discovered.

Warhol at Corcoran Gallery of Art

Warhol at Corcoran Gallery of Art


319 West Broad St.

MIXOLOGY: 1708’s 23rd Annual Art Auction — Acclaimed street artist and Obama image-maker Shepard Fairey has created new work for this auction and will also serve as honorary chair. (3/23-4/6)
Still Action! — A multi-artist, curated exhibition that speaks to the power of photographs to surpass witnessed events. (4/19-5/25)


800 Key Highway

The Art of Storytelling: Lies, Enchantment, Humor & Truth — The museum’s 18th, year-long 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 to even embroidery. (Now to 9/1)
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-June)
A Very Visionary Star-Spangled Sidewalk — An installation, intended to be fun and informative, going up right on the public pavement running alongside the museum’s historic Federal Hill location in conjunction with Maryland’s ”Star Spangled 200” National Bicentennial. (Opens July)


1050 Independence Ave. SW

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 to 4/7)
Hand-Held: Gerhard Pulverer’s Japanese Illustrated Books — Exhibition focuses on a collection of woodblock-printed books that brought reading to the masses in 17th century Japan. (4/6-8/11)
Nine Deaths, Two Births: Xu Bing’s Phoenix Project — A complementary exhibition to this Chinese artist’s massive installation at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, which is comprised of two birds fabricated entirely out of found materials at construction sites in Beijing. (4/27-9/2)
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. (Opens September)


1101 Wilson Blvd.

Bill Frieble: Floating World — An installation indoors that recreates the experience of cloud gazing, exploring our relationship between natural and virtual worlds. (Now to 3/31)
Christina Cauterucci and Debra Greenspan: Search Warrant — Exhibition features a collection of mobile search histories paired with video portraits of their creators, all as a means of exploring what we search for online says about us. (Now-4/28)
Gute Brandao: The Field of Expressive Silence — Multilingual artist’s intricate embroideries are on display. (Now to 5/18)
The Next Wave: Industrial Design Innovation in the 21st Century — Exhibition features products from local designers and retail stores and is the centerpiece of the inaugural, multidisciplinary Washington, DC International Design Festival. (Now to 5/19)
Voltron’s Corpse — Fifteen artists commemorate the anniversary of the first human spaceflight, aka Yuri’s Night. (3/27-5/4)
Wilmer Wilson IV: The Forever Aftermath — Exhibition displays a rotating selection of documentation and materials from last year’s D.C. performance art series, ”Henry ‘Box’ Brown: FOREVER,” and is just part of a Rosslyn-wide performance art festival. (4/3-6/30)
The Congressional Art Competition — Annual youth competition hosted by Congressman James P. Moran. (5/9-6/23)
Amy Hughes Braden: Demographic & Aaron Hughes: Sampling — A sister and brother offer a dual show exploring the struggle of aging into adulthood. (5/15-8/3)
Photo/Video 13: Juried Mid-Atlantic Exhibition (6/13-7/27)


10 Art Museum Drive

Max Weber: Bringing Paris to New York — The first exhibition to extensively explore this American artist’s formative years in Paris, where he transformed his painting style from classical representations of figures to bold interpretations of cubism and futurism. (Now to 6/23)
Nathaniel Mellors & Jimmy Joe Roche — Featuring irreverent, edgy and absurdist videos by two artists exploring human behavior when social norms are stripped away. (7/3-9/23)


1019 7th St. NW

Erick Jackson: Folks — A new body of vibrant, large-scale paintings fueled by dreams, memories and fantasies of an imagined, other world. (Now to 4/20)
Dan Gray: Seeking Provision — Sculptural installations that refashion found and commonly resourced objects, from fence posts to chairs, into complex, useful structures, creating art in a post-consumer world. (Now to 4/20)


1358 Florida Ave. NE

Lincoln Schatz: The Network, Benjamin Kelley: New Sculpture, Coble/Riley Projects: Watermarks — Three solo exhibitions. (Now to 3/30)
Koen Vanmechelen: Leaving Paradise (5/4-6/29)


1412 14th St. NW

Mumbo Sauce — A multi-artist exhibition of new works and tribute installations to D.C., co-curated by Roger Gastman in response to his current Corcoran Gallery exhibition Pump Me Up. (4/5-4/21)
Teo Gonzalez — Solo exhibition for this Brooklyn-based acrylic painter. (5/31-6/29)


500 17th St. NW

Pump Me Up: D.C. Subculture of the 1980s — Curator Roger Gastman has conjoined two independent cultural threads from Washington in the ’80s in this exhibition of punk and funk artifacts and ephemera. (Now to 4/7)
Shooting Stars: Publicity Stills from Early Hollywood and Portraits by Andy Warhol — Exhibition charts through photography the rise of the American fame machine. (Now-4/21)
NEXT at the Corcoran 2013 — Annual festival celebrates work by the graduating students of the Corcoran College of Art and Design. (4/6-5/19)
David Levinthal: War Games — Works on the subject of war that spans the entire career of this central figure in the history of American postmodern photography. (5/11-9/1)
WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath — Epic in scope and ambition, and featuring many of the most indelible photographs ever made, this exhibition is intended to immerse viewers in the experience of soldiers and civilians during wartime. (6/29-9/29)
Ellen Harvey: The Alien’s Guide to the Ruins of Washington, D.C. — Envisioning the city 10,000 years in the future through a self-guided map of Washington landmarks and a dramatic architectural reconstruction by an artist working in a wide range of media. (7/3-10/6)


1515 14th St. NW
No. 201

Andrea Way: Venetian Dream (Now to 3/23)
Kathryn Cornelius: Let’s Not Ever Be Strangers Again (3/30-5/11)
Nicholas & Sheila Pye: Unspoiled (5/18-6/22)


201 East Capitol St. SE

Nobility and Newcomers in Renaissance Ireland — Ireland wasn’t just a country in conflict during the 16th and 17th centuries; it was also a place of intermingling culture and adaptability – and a land of ideas and art – as documented in the Folger Shakespeare Library’s latest exhibit, which focuses mainly on the Irish upper class. (Now to 5/19)
Henry and Emily Folger — Find out just who the Folger is named after in this special exhibition taking place in the Founders’ Room while the Folger Great Hall is under renovation. (6/1-9/26)
The Shakespeare Gallery (Ongoing)


511 10th St. NW

Lincoln and Leadership — This special exhibition in the Second Floor Gallery explores the qualities of good leadership through the lens of some of Abraham Lincoln’s key leadership principles, including courage, integrity, empathy, tolerance, equality and creativity. (Now to August)


516 1/2 8th St. SE

HELLO my name is — A 60-artist curated international graffiti show, with all works appearing on those iconic blank name badges from conferences and office mixers. (Now to 3/31)
Pia Mater featuring Jenny Sawle, Emily Francisco and Ashleigh Werner — Artists dissect the concept of vulnerability through drawing, video, sculpture and performance in this show named for a part of the brain’s membrane. (4/6-28)


1530 14th St. NW

Marilee H. Shapiro: A Collection, 100 Years in the Making (Now to 3/31)
Kevin H. Adams (4/3-5/12)
Freya Grand (5/15-6/16)
Photography Show (6/19-7/21)
Karen Hubacher, Sabri Ben-Achour — Recent works by painter and printer Hubacher and pottery by Ben-Achour, the gay WAMU reporter. (7/24-8/25)
Tory Cowles, Greg Minah, Beverly Ryan — A multi-artist painting show. (9/7-10/13)


The German Cultural Center
812 7th St. NW.

Gute Aussichten: New German Photography 2012/2013 — Works by the seven winners of a renowned German competition for graduate photography students. (Now to 4/12)


1515 14th St. NW

Julie Wolfe: Rewilding — A show of works, based in painting, addressing human intrusions into the environment and wide-open perceptions of nature. (3/23-5/18)
Currents: Erika Diehl, Alex Ebstein, Katherine Sable, Rene Trevino — Four emerging talents in the mid-Atlantic whose work stands out as beautiful, strong and relevant. (Now to 4/26, Carroll Square Gallery)


9 Hillyer Court NW

Narciso Maisterra: Passing Through the Body without Staying, Jungmin Park: The City Stories, Garth Fry: A Deeper Look Inside (Now to 3/30)
Heather Day: Sideways, Fawna Xiao: Lost Land (April)
Lara Bandilla, Melanie Kehoss (May)
Marley Dawson, Santiago Rios (June)
Eames Armstrong, Stephanie Williams (July)


Independence Avenue and 7th Street SW

Out Of The Ordinary — A multi-artist exhibit focused on the art that can result from the act of copying, faking and duplicating (Now to 5/19)
Barbara Kruger: Belief+Doubt — Installation fills the lower-level lobby and extends into the relocated museum bookstore, wrapping the entire space in text-printed vinyl questioning ideology, social norms and consumption. (Now to 12/14)
Over, Under, Next: Experiments in Mixed Media, 1913-Present — Approximately 100 examples of collage and assemblage, most from the Hirshhorn’s collection. (4/18-9/8)
Directions: Jennie C. Jones: Higher Resonance — An immersive installation, featuring audio collages, paintings, sculptures and works on paper, that explores ”the physical residue of music,” such as headphones and tapes, and reflects on the passage from analog to digital. (5/16-10/27)


10 First St. SE

Words Like Sapphires: 100 Years of Hebraica at the Library of Congress (Now to 4/13, Jefferson Building)
The Civil War in America — To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the library presents more than 200 unique items, many never before on public view, from the library’s unparalleled Civil War collections. (Now to 5/23, Jefferson Building)
Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine: Two Kids from Brooklyn — The late, powerful husband and wife entertainment duo (Now to 7/27, Madison Building)
The Gibson Girl’s America: Drawings by Charles Dana Gibson — A master of pen-and-ink drawings and 20th century pioneering magazine illustrator captured women’s increasing presence in the public sphere. (3/30-8/17, Jefferson Building)


1234 9th St. NW

Michelle Peterson-Albandoz: The Way Into The World (Now to 3/24)
The DCist Exposed Photography Show (3/25-4/7)
Print Show (4/11-28)
Gian Garofalo: Ain’t That America… (5/2-6/2)
Refresh III (6/6-7/7)
Robert Stuart (7/11-8/11)
Jason Wright (8/15-9/15)
Ryan McCoy (9/19-10/19)
Tony Savoie (10/24-11/24)
Amy Genser (11/28-12/31)


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

Young Austrian Photography: ARCHITECTURE | LANDSCAPE — A showcase of a new generation of contemporary photographers presented in partnership with the Austrian Cultural Forum. (Now to 4/6)
Pulse: Art and Medicine — Exhibition looks at illness, wellness and health through the eyes of the visual artist. (Now to 4/13)
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)
Creative Crafts Council 29th Biennial (5/4-6/13)
No Strings Attached — The art of the puppet show and the effect of puppetry on contemporary visual art are the themes strung along here. (6/22-8/17)


Independence Avenue and 6th Street SW

Time and Navigation — Revolutions in timekeeping over three centuries have influenced how we find our way. (Opens in April)


401 F St. NW

Green Schools — Examples of what is possible in green school design. (Now to 1/5/14)
PLAY WORK BUILD — An immersive, hands-on installation featuring molded foam blocks of all shapes and sizes and an original virtual block play experience. (Now to 1/18/14)
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 Grand Central Terminal, the Baird Auditorium of the National Museum of Natural History and the Washington National Cathedral, among other venues. (Now to 1/20/14)
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 to 5/1/17)
Designing for Disaster — Examining how to create policies, plans and designs yielding safer, more disaster-resilient communities. (Opening 2014)


Constitution Avenue and 3rd Street NW

Faking It: Manipulated Photography before Photoshop — Photograph 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. (Now to 5/5)
Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Art and Design, 1848-1900 (Now to 5/19)
Color, Line, Light: French Drawings, Watercolors and Pastels from Delacroix to Signac (Now to 5/26)
Albrecht Durer: Master Drawings, Watercolors and Prints from the Albertina — Widely considered the greatest German artist, many of this turn-of-the-16th century master’s superb watercolors, drawings, engravings and woodcuts are on display in this groundbreaking exhibition. (3/24-6/9)
Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, 1909-1929: When Art Danced with Music — Showcasing costumes, set designs, paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings, photographs and posters from the most innovative dance company of the 20th century. (5/12-9/2)
In The Tower: Kerry James Marshall — One of the most celebrated contemporary American painters, one whose art reflects on African-American history and culture. (6/28-12/7)
Yes, No, Maybe: Artists Working at Crown Point Press — Exploring the accidents, false starts or failures that inform the creative process, as viewed through working proofs and final prints of art produced over a recent 38-year-span (9/1-1/5/14)


1145 17th St. NW

Birds of Paradise: Amazing Avian Evolution (Now to 5/12)
Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship — Artifacts recovered from the first authenticated pirate ship found in U.S. waters, a technologically advanced 18th century vessel that was a slave ship until it was captured by pirates on its maiden voyage across the Atlantic. (Now to 9/2)
Gardens by Night: Photographs by Diane Cook and Len Jenshel — Exploring the unexpectedly colorful world of gardens photographed during nighttime hours. (Now to 9/8)
Beyond The Story: National Geographic Unpublished 2012 — Unused images by photographers on assignment for the magazine get a second chance at public exposure. (Now to 7/7)
A New Age of Exploration — Celebrating the National Geographic Society’s 125 years of vivid storytelling through stunning photography, film and interactive experiences. (Opens 6/12)


1400 Constitution Ave. NW

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. (Now to 5/12)
Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963 — Celebrating milestone moments in American civil rights history, in collaboration with the National Museum of African American History and Culture. (Now to 9/15)


Constitution Avenue and 10th Street NW

2011 Nature’s Best Photography Awards – Exhibition celebrates the work of nature photographers, specifically recipients of the Windland Smith Rice International Awards. (Now to 4/7)
Orchids of Latin America (Now to 4/21)
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 Summer 2013)


Independence Avenue and 4th Street SW

Ceramica de los Ancestros: Central America’s Past Revealed – Ceramics made over the past 3,000 years, plus works made from gold, jade, shell and stone, illustrate the region’s richness, complexity and dynamic qualities. (3/29-2/1/15)
Grand Procession: Dolls from the Charles and Valerie Diker Collection – Five female artists from plains and plateau tribes are represented in this exhibition, featuring 23 colorful and meticulously detailed dolls originally created as both toys and teaching tools in their communities. (4/17-1/5/14)


F and 8th Streets NW

Bound for Freedom’s Light: African Americans and the Civil War — Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation with a focus on the roles individual African-Americans played during the course of this hard-fought conflict. (Now to 3/2/14)
One Life: Amelia Earhart – Portraits of the aviator in all artistic media, with a focus on her role in breaking barriers for women. (Now to 5/27)
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 to 9/2)
Poetic Likeness: Modern American Poets — A survey of poetry in America and its impact on society. (Now to 4/28)
Portraiture Now: Drawing on the Edge — The sixth exhibition in a series explores the boundaries that once defined drawing and portraiture. (Now to 8/18)
Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2013 — Juried exhibition of 48 portraits, including a few made from rice, glitter and thread. (3/23-2/23/14)
Mr. Time: Potraits by Boris ChaliapinTime‘s most prolific artist created 413 covers for the magazine. (5/17-1/5/14)


1220 31st St. NW

RED — A group show of both contemporary and 100-year-old printmakers, whose work features the show’s namesake lively and passionate hue (Now to 4/13)
2013 Capital Art Fair — The Old Print Gallery will be just one of 27 dealers from across the country participating in this fourth annual event focused on collectible and desirable art. (4/6-7, Holiday Inn-Rosslyn Westpark Hotel, Arlington)


1600 21st St. NW

Angels, Demons and Savages — Exhibition reveals a rare cross-cultural artistic dialogue among American painter Jackson Pollock, American artist and patron Alfonso Ossorio and French painter Jean Dubuffet. (Now to 5/12)
Next Stop Italy A Journey into Italian Contemporary Photography features 12 works, ranging from landscape to surrealist figures, by established and emerging Italian photographers. (Now to 4/28)
Intersections: Jeanne Silverthorne Vanitas! features rubber sculptures as meditations on the brevity of life. (Now to 6/2)
Intersections: Sandra Cinto One Day, After the Rain is composed of intricate ink and acrylic drawings on canvas that cover the café walls. (Now to 12/30)
Georges Braque and the Cubist Still Life, 1928-1945 — The first in-depth study of still life in Braque’s career after he pioneered cubism alongside Picasso. (6/8-9/1)
Ellsworth Kelly: Panel Paintings 2004-2009 Seven large-scale works featuring a spectrum of colors and geometric forms that have dominated the prolific career of this painter, who turns 90 in May. (6/22-9/22)
Myth and Archaeology in the Work of Giorgio De Chirico — Early bronze sculptures and drawings from late Italian artist (4/13-6/15)
History in the Making: 100 Years after the Armory Show — New York’s controversial 1913 Armory Show, the first major modern-art exhibition in the U.S., was controversial, but among other things it had a transformative effect on this museum’s namesake founder, reflected by the acquisitions Duncan Phillips made in the decades afterward. (8/1-1/5/14)


1353 U St. NW
No. 302

Thomas Muller: Nothing Rhymes with Orange — Los Angeles-based artist has created ceramic letterform sculptures that spell out expressions in three dimensions on the gallery floor. (3/23-4/27)


1607 West Main St.

Richard Fraumeni, Jane Woodworth and Jocelyn Braxton Armstrong — Abstracts by Fraumeni and Woodworth and sculpture by Armstrong. (Now to 3/30)
Peter Batchelder and Dallas Mosman (4/5-27)


F and 8th Streets NW

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. (Now to 4/28)
Pictures in the Parlor — The advent of photography allowed for everyday Americans, not just the rich and famous, to display art in their homes. (Now to 6/30)
Nam June Paik: Art and Process — Unprecedented view into the Korean-American artist, whose innovative, media-based artwork was grounded in the practices of avant-garde music and performance art. (Now to 8/11)
Thomas Day: Master Craftsman and Free Man of Color — The story of this free black man who owned and operated one of North Carolina’s most successful cabinet shops prior to the Civil War. (4/12-7/28)
A Democracy of Images — Photographs from the collection, amassed during the past 30 years, offering a survey of photography in America, tracing its evolution from a purely documentary medium to a full-fledged artistic genre. (6/28-1/5/14)
Landscapes in Passing: Photographs by Steve Fitch, Robbert Flick and Elaine Mayes (7/26-1/20/14)


2320 S St. NW

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. (4/12-10/13)


901 New York Ave. NW

Steve Alderton: Icons, Timothy Johnson: It’s Greek To Me — Both interpretations of classic images, such as Byzantine icons and Greek mythology. (Now to 3/31)
Leslie Johnston: Journey to Lo Manthang, Janet Wheeler: Pagan Dreams (4/5-28)


200 North Boulevard

Domestic, Wild, Divine: Artists Look at Animals — Drawn from VMFA’s entire collection, this exhibition examines the way artists have responded to the significant but often enigmatic roles that animals have played in human life. (Now to 8/4)
Aaron Siskind and Abstract Photography of the 1950s and 60s (Now to 6/16)
Pop Art and Beyond: Tom Wesselmann — A survey of one of the leading figures in the vanguard of American Pop Art, who was famous for his ”Great American Nude” series. (4/6-7/28)
The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: 50 Works for 50 States (7/27-10/20)
Catching Sight: The British Sporting Print (8/31-12/29)


600 North Charles St.

Threshold to the Sacred: The Ark Door of Cairo’s Ben Exra Synagogue — An intricately decorated and inscribed wood panel believed to come from Cairo, which has captivated public imagination for over a century (Now to 5/26)
New Eyes on America: The Genius of Richard Caton Woodville — Early 19th century painter of iconic works of American genre. (Now to 6/2)
New Eyes on America: Student Response (Now to 6/9)
The Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize Finalists Exhibition — The greater Baltimore area’s most prestigious arts competition, earning its visual artist winner a $25,000 fellowship, and held in conjunction with Artscape, billed as America’s largest free arts festival. (6/29-8/11)
Site Unseen. Gregory Vershbow — Contemporary artist captures art objects while in transit or under restoration, and wrapped in plastic or protective foam. (7/6-9/8)
Living by the Book: Monks, Nuns and their Manuscripts (7/13-9/29)


1404 P St. NW

Expansions — Artists Eames Armstrong, Benjamin Edmiston, Matt Hollis, Victor Koroma and Megan Mueller expand on their small- to medium-sized two-dimensional works on paper to create larger-scale mixed-media installations, paintings, video animation and sculptural works. (Now to 4/20)


Pyramid Atlantic Art Center
8230 Georgia Ave.
Silver Spring

Max-Karl and Ed — Woodcuts by Max-Karl Winkler and Ed McCluney. (Now to 3/30)
Impressions — A juried exhibition of printmakers from PrintMatters Houston. (Now to 3/30)
April Membership Exhibition — In conjunction with Pyramid Atlantic’s Annual Juried Show. (4/3-28)


Capitol Skyline Hotel
101 I St. SW

OPTIONS 2013 — WPA’s 15th biennial exhibition of works by emerging and unrepresented artists in the Washington region, this year 16 of them. (4/10-6/9, Arlington Arts Center)

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