Metro Weekly

Museums & Galleries: Fall Arts Preview 2014

Fine art installations showing at spaces in DC, Maryland and Virigina

Photo by Todd Franson

Photography by Todd Franson

It’s official: The Fall 2014 museum and galleries season is for the birds. But only literally speaking, of course. At least three area museums devote space to artistic representations or scientific examinations of our avian friends, including two Smithsonian museums, the National Museum of Natural History and the American Art Museum. A third, the Touchstone Gallery, is currently displaying bird-related works by its member artists. Meanwhile, the always-quirky Del Ray Artisans has an avian exhibit in name only: “Put a Bird on It!” celebrates the art of embellishment (and indirectly a certain quirky TV show). Later in the season, in time for Thanksgiving, this Alexandria art gallery will turn its sights to art inspired by food. And food is also the centerpiece of a globally minded exhibition this season at the National Geographic Museum. So, you know, bon appétit.


319 West Broad St.
Richmond, Va.

  • Point of Departure — A group exhibition featuring works by Stephen Benenson, Tatiana Berg, Raphael Fenton-Spaid, Haley Josephs, Sharon Madanes and Maureen St. Vincent (Now-9/27)
  • InLight Richmond 2014 — 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, the event’s sixth, curated by Ken Farmer of Nuit Blanche New York (11/21)


800 Key Highway
Baltimore, Md.

  • 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 (Through September)
  • The Visionary Experience: Saint Francis to Finster — Championing life’s grand “Eureka!” moments, held in common by Earth’s most dynamic and intuitive “evolutionaries,” from inventors, scientists, America’s founding fathers, dreamers and saints (10/4-8/30/15)


1101 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, Va.

  • Park(ing) Day 2014 — A worldwide event in which artists, designers and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public spaces (9/19)
  • Gina Matchitt: Being There — A Maori artist from New Zealand using weaving as a tool to further explore her photography (Now-9/21)
  • Artemis Herber: No Man’s Land — Large-scale landscape paintings on found corrugated cardboard (Now-10/5)
  • Think With Your Hands — Illustrated journals come to life through augmented reality (9/19-11/30)
  • Joshua Yospyn: American Sequitur — A selection of images taken on editorial assignments and road trips across the U.S. in the last five years to coincide with FotoWeek DC (Now-11/15)
  • Dustin Carlson: Island/Vista — Baltimore artist creating full-scale sculptures of objects encountered in daily life with overlapping content (10/8-11/23)
  • Art on the Art Bus: Rachel Schmidt: Boat Journeys (Sept.-Jan 2015)
  • Elsabe Dixon: Live/Life — South African-born, Virginia-based artist investigates our relationship with changing systems and networks using organic and repurposed material and focused on the biological life cycle of insects (10/1-2/22/15)


201 Prince St.
Alexandria, Va.

  • David Allison: Icons of American Culture — Photographer’s series of portraits of the objects he considers icons, including humorous or personal reflections on his own experience (9/25-11/9)
  • Botanic Illustration/Heirloom Plants — Susan Frei Nathan curates a show of works by members of the Botanic Arts Society of the National Capital Region (11/13-1/4/15)


10 Art Museum Drive
Baltimore, Md.

  • Front Room: Seth Adelsberger — Luminescent and textured paintings from local artist demonstrating his innovative approaches to painting over the past five years (Now-11/2)
  • Black Box: Anri Sala — A film recreating the terror and uncertainty civilians endured during the siege of Sarajevo (9/14-2/22/15)
  • On Paper: Alternate Realities — Narrative prints by American artists playfully exaggerating and reimagining the visual language of popular culture (9/21-4/12/15)
  • Front Room: Dario Robleto — Featuring a body of poetic sculptures, prints and cut-paper works weaving together the histories of recorded light and sound (11/16-3/29/15)
  • Lessons Learned: American Schoolgirl Embroideries — More than 20 samplers and silk embroideries made by girls during the 18th and 19th centuries, heralding the return of the Jean and Allan Berman Textile Gallery to BMA’s renovated American Wing (11/23-5/2015)


500 17th St. NW

  • Now at the Corcoran: Mark Tribe: Plein Air — New media artist explores the aesthetics and representation of aerial views in landscape photography through the virtual lens of computer simulation (Now-9/28)

    Terra Firma

  • Terra Firma: Landscapes from the Photography and Media Arts Collection — Examining the ways in which photographers have portrayed the natural and built environment, everyone from Ansel Adams to Edward Burtynsky to Dorothea Lange (Now-9/28)
  • American Metal: The Art of Albert Paley — A retrospective survey of one of the world’s most distinguished metalsmiths (Now-9/28)
  • Sol LeWitt’s Wall Drawing #65 — Anticipating the gallery’s upcoming collaboration with the National Gallery of Art, a loan from the NGA installed in the Corcoran’s North atrium (Now-3/15/15)


Nicholas A. Colasanto Center
2704 Mount Vernon Ave.
Alexandria, Va.

  • Put a Bird on It! — A exhibit celebrating the art of embellishment, inspired by a popular phrase from Portlandia (Now-9/28)
  • Metamorphosis — Exploring the concept implying a distinct transformative change from one form to another (10/3-11/2)
  • Nourish & Flourish: The Food Show — A Thanksgiving-related exhibition of art inspired by food, whether realistic or metaphorical (11/7-30)


Capitol Skyline Hotel
10 I St. SW

  • The Adamson Gallery, ConnerSmith, Flashpoint Gallery, Touchstone Gallery and Transformer are just some of the local galleries presenting artists at this fourth annual fair, meant to connect emerging artists from around the globe with collectors, curators and cultural decision-makers in D.C. The fair runs Friday, Oct. 3, through Sunday, Oct. 5, although Thursday night, Oct. 2, offers a preview party followed by a poolside concert featuring Furniteur, Pleasure Curses and DJ Chris Burns.


201 East Capitol St. SE

  • Symbols of Honor: Heraldry and Family History in Shakespeare’s England — The working papers of the earliest brand consultants and trademark protectors, heralds from Shakespeare’s time, revealing heraldry’s growing importance in matters of status and honor and how it shaped modern genealogy (Now-10/26)
  • Decoding the Renaissance — The advent of printing, development of diplomacy and creation of postal systems created an obsession with encryption that produced some of the period’s most brilliant inventions, most beautiful books and most enduring legacies (11/11-3/1/15)
  • Elizabethan Garden Tour –- Explore Folger’s garden, filled with plants from the time of Shakespeare, inspired by references in the Bard’s works (Through 10/26)


511 10th St. NW

  • Silent Witnesses: Artifacts of the Lincoln Assassination — Commemorating the assassination and death of Abraham Lincoln and featuring artifacts from that time and place, presented in partnership with National Museum of American History (Now-3/25/15)


1050 Independence Ave. SW

  • Nasta’liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy — First exhibition of its kind to focus on a script developed in the 14th century in Iran (9/13-3/22/15)
  • Unearthing Arabia: The Archaeological Adventures of Wendell Phillips — Recreating the adventures and misadventures and key finds of one of the largest archaeological expeditions to remote present-day Yemen 65 years ago (10/11-6/7/15)
  • Fine Impressions: Whistler, Freer and Venice — The Freer Gallery is one of the world’s largest and finest repositories of James McNeill Whistler’s works, and this exhibition documents how Charles Lang Freer came to his acquisitions (Opens 10/18)
  • Style in Chinese Landscape Painting: The Yuan Legacy — Dating to the third century, landscape painting is one of the most outstanding achievements of Chinese cultures, and this exhibition presents six important styles (11/22-5/31/15)
  • The Traveler’s Eye: Scenes of Asia (11/22-5/31/15)
  • Zen, Tea and Chinese Art in Medieval Japan — Well-known expressions of Japanese culture have their roots in Chinese arts and ideas (12/13-6/14/15)
  • Oribe Ware: Color and Pattern Come to Japanese Ceramics (12/13-6/14/15)
  • Chinese Ceramics: 13th-14th Century (12/20-12/2015)


1530 14th St. NW

  • Sheep Jones — A Maine-born and trained artist who works in oil and encaustic painting (Now-10/12)
  • ManMade — An exhibition of works in various media with an urban edge both in material and perspective, featuring nine artists including works by Kermit Berg, Michael Sirvet and Chad Andrews (10/15-11/23)
  • Year-End Group Show — More than 30 artists in a variety of styles, sizes and mediums (11/28-12/24)


4155 Linnean Ave. NW

  • Cartier: Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Dazzling Gems — The Hillwood founder was one of Cartier’s most important and enduring clients, who commissioned some of the most exquisite jewelry sets, fashionable accessories and finely crafted frames of any American collector (Now-12/31)

    Marjorie Merriweather's Dazzing Gems


  • Splendor and Surprise: Elegant Containers, Antique to Modern — Offered as gifts and received as honored presents, containers have long been important, collectible works of art (Opening Feb. 2015)


9 Hillyer Court NW

  • Group Exhibition — Featuring work by members from Hillyer’s Artist Advisory Committee: John Paradiso, Ellington Robinson, Cianne Fragione, Renee Stout, Pattie Firestone and Pat Goslee (Now-9/27)
  • Rachel Schmidt (Now-9/27)
  • Michele Montalbano (Now-9/27)
  • Jeffery Herrity, Lee Gainer, Alex Chiou (10/3-11/1)
  • Christine Pearl (11/7-29)
  • Visible Iceland — Featuring Julian Watkins, Elena Sheehan, Katrin Elvarsdottir, Friogeir Helgason, Svavar Jonatansson, Rax Axelsson and Pall Stefansson (11/7-29)


700 Independence Ave. SW

  • At The Hub of Things: New Views of the Collection — The debut exhibition in the renovated Hirshhorn celebrates the 40-year-old museum’s role in juxtaposing the work of diverse artists and themes (Opening 10/16)
  • Days of Endless Time — Featuring 14 moving-image installations exploring meditative themes of escape, solitude, enchantment and nature (Opening 10/16)
  • Salvatore Scarpitta: Traveler — Late American artist’s work linked the worlds of art and car racing, moving from postwar Rome to the speedways of the rural Mid-Atlantic (Now-1/11/15)
  • Black Box: Oliver Laric (Now-10/5)
  • Barbara Kruger: Belief+Doubt — Installation wraps space in text-printed vinyl, questioning ideology, social norms and consumption (Now-Dec.)


800 F St. NW

  • Agent Storm — A chronological glimpse into the life of Morten Storm, a rebellious Danish youth without direction who found an identity in Islam, first as a radical jihadist, then as a CIA undercover agent (Now-March 2015)

    50 Years of Bond Villians at the Spy Museum

  • Exquisitely Evil: 50 Years of Bond Villains — In partnership with EON Productions, the James Bond film producers, showcasing over 100 artifacts and exploring how the evildoers and their plots have changed to reflect their times and how Bond has influenced public perceptions of real espionage (Ongoing)
  • Argo Exposed — A look at the facts behind the movie, including genuine CIA artifacts (Ongoing)
  • Permanent Exhibition — The museum is the largest collection of international espionage artifacts ever on public display, spanning the history of the tradecraft around the globe, and telling stories of individual spies and their missions, tools and techniques, with interactive displays


2401 Foxhall Rd

  • Emilie Brzezinski: The Lure of the Forest — Monumental wood sculptures expressing artist’s fascination with trees and her love and respect for the environment (9/16-12/27)
  • John L. Dreyfuss: Inventions — Inaugural exhibit around the Kreeger’s reflecting pool includes several large-scale works (Now-April 2017)


Thomas Jefferson Building
10 First St. SE

  • American Ballet Theatre: Touring the Globe for 75 Years — A collection of 43 artifacts, including photographs, costume sketches, posters and a short film of clips (Now-1/24/15)
  • The Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Long Struggle for Freedom — Commemorating the 50th anniversary of landmark legislation that helped inspire the civil rights movement and change American society (Just opened)
  • Mapping a New Nation: Abel Buell’s Map of the United States, 1784 — The first map of the newly independent U.S. compiled, printed and published in America by an American (Ongoing)
  • Exploring the Early Americas — Featuring selections from the more than 3,000 rare maps, documents, paintings, prints and artifacts providing insight into indigenous cultures and the conflict with and changes wrought by European explorers and settlers (Ongoing)
  • Herblock Gallery – Every six months the Library presents a selection of 10 cartoons demonstrating the value of the late Washington Post editorial cartoonist’s pointed commentaries on the state of affairs (Ongoing)


1234 9th St. NW

  • Jordan Bruns: Light, Color, Chaos! — A DMV artist working in mixed-media to create his paintings (Now-9/21)
  • Takefumi Hori — Inspired by the energy of New York City as well as Japanese decorative art and calligraphy, reflected in painting techniques of layering gold and paint (9/25-10/26)
  • Gian Garofalo — New works by artist whose paintings consist of colors mixed from pigments and mediums and patiently applied layer by layer (10/30-11/30)


5301 Tuckerman Lane
North Bethesda

  • Grace Hartigan: A Survey 1966-2007 — A contemporary of the groundbreaking artists of the New York School, including Jackson Pollock, Willem and Elaine de Kooning and Frank O’Hara (Now-11/9)
  • Heritage India: Works by Anujan Ezhikode and Shanthi Chandrasekar (Now-11/9)
  • Time After Time — A look at time in art and the art of timepieces (11/22-1/4/15)
  • 81st Annual Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature — Intricately detailed works of art, painstakingly produced in miniature, on popular display (11/22-1/4/15)
  • Pastel Plus: A Mixed Media Approach by the Maryland Pastel Society (11/22-1/4/15)


Independence Ave at 6th St. SW

  • The Wright Brothers & The Invention of the Aerial Age – The 1903 Wright Flyer, the world’s first successful airplane, serves as the centerpiece of this exhibition (Ongoing)


401 F St. NW

  • The Architectural Image, 1920-1950 — Examining a generation in which architecture changed more profoundly and more rapidly than during any other in history, bookended by neo-classical Beaux Arts to Bauhaus-informed modernism (Opening 11/8)
  • ambiguity — Following the BIG Maze in the Great Hall this summer comes this exhibition about the Maze’s Danish architecture firm, the BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group (Opening Jan. 25, 2015)
  • Investigating Where We Live: D.C. Now & Next — An exhibition of photography, art and writing from local teens (Now-6/7/15)
  • Cool & Collected: Recent Acquisitions (Now-5/25/15)

    Designing for Disaster

  • Designing for Disaster — An exhibit built around the truism that regional, community and individual preparedness is the best antidote to disaster (Now-8/2/15)
  • House & Home — Surveying 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 (Ongoing)


3rd Street and Constitution Avenue NW

  • From the Library: The Book Illustrations by Romeyn de Hooghe — Unraveling the complexities of the late Dutch Golden Age through this 17th century artist’s varied oeuvre of drawings (9/13-1/25/15)
  • Captain Linnaeus Tripe: Photographer of India and Burma, 1852-1860 — The first major traveling exhibition of a 19th century employee of the East India Company (9/21-1/4/15)
  • A Subtle Beauty: Platinum Photographs from the Collection (10/5-1/4/15)
  • Degas Little Dancer — An exploration of Edgar Degas’s groundbreaking statuette of a young ballerina and his general fascination with ballet, presented in conjunction with the Kennedy Center and its forthcoming world premiere new musical of the same name (10/5-1/11/15)
  • El Greco in the National Gallery of Art and Washington-Area Collections: A 400th Anniversary Celebration (11/2-2/16/15)
  • Modern American Prints and Drawings from the Kainen Collection — More than 2,000 works, primarily prints, drawings and rare illustrated books, donated by Ruth and Jacob Kainen (Now-2/1/15, West Building)
  • From Neoclassicism to Futurism: Italian Prints and Drawings, 1800-1925 (Now-2/1/15)


1145 17th St. NW

    • Mars Up Close — A free virtual trip to the Red Planet through the latest images taken by the Curiosity rover (Now-11/30)
    • Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous — The largest predatoryto ever roam the Earth, even bigger than T. Rex (9/12-4/12/15)

  • Food: Our Global Kitchen — Exploring the complex and intricate farm-to-fork food system, with sections devoted to growing, transporting, cooking, eating, tasting and celebrating, all organized by New York’s American Museum of Natural History (10/16-2/22/15)


1400 Constitution Ave. NW

  • The Early Sixties: American Culture, American Science — Two exhibits of artifacts from the time period when this Smithsonian museum opened 50 years ago (Now-12/14)
  • Rising Up: Hale Woodruff’s Murals at Talladega College — Monumental canvasses commissioned by an Alabama college of this prominent African-American artist and depicting significant events in the journey of African-Americans from slavery to freedom stop at the Smithsonian’s American History museum as part of a multicity tour (11/7-3/1/15)
  • American Stories – An engaging mix of artifacts telling the various stories of the country’s history, from the Pilgrims’ arrival to the historic 2008 election (Ongoing)


10th Street & Constitution Avenue NW

  • Wilderness Forever: 50 Years of Protecting America’s Wild Places — Fifty award-winning large-format images displayed in a just-opened celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, a cornerstone of American environmental conservation (Now to 2015)
  • 2013 Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards — Juried annual competition that reviewed more than 20,000 images of nature and wildlife from photographers around the globe (10/24-4/20/15)
  • The Last American Dinosaurs: Discovering a Lost World — As it develops a new National Fossil Hall, this exhibition is one place for the museum to display its ancient bones collection (Opening This Fall)
  • Once There Were Billions: Vanished Birds of North America — Documenting those species of birds we’ve lost over the past two centuries, including the puffin-like great auck, the Carolina parakeet, the heath hen and, most famously, the passenger pigeon (Now-Oct. 2015)
  • Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape The Nation — Exploring the heritage, daily experiences and diverse contributions of Indians and Indian Americans (Now-8/16/15)
    Portraits of Planet Ocean

    Portraits of Planet Ocean

  • 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 (Indefinite)
  • Mud Masons of Mali — Djenne, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Mali, is famous for its spectacular architecture thanks to its centuries-old tradition of masons, whose work is highlighted through archival and contemporary photographs and early engravings (Indefinite)


4th Street and Independence Avenue SW

  • Indelible: The Platinum Photographs of Larry McNeil and Will Wilson — Two Native photographers whose work purposefully subverts the traditional fuzzy, romanticized look of Native-American imagery created by using platinum paper (Now-1/15/15)
  • 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 (Now-2/1/15)
  • Our Lives: Contemporary Life and Identities — Revealing how residents of eight Native communities live in the 21st century, including those in the Pamunkey Tribe in Virginia (Now-7/6/15)


1250 New York Ave. NW

  • Soda_Jerk: After the Rainbow — In collaboration with the public art project 5 x 5 by the D.C.’s Commission on the Arts and Humanities, this video installation featuring clips of Judy Garland interweaves the fantasy world of cinema and the complex reality of the gay diva’s life (9/19-11/2)
  • Magdalena Abakanowicz — Third installation of the New York Avenue Sculpture Project honors this pioneering woman artist, featuring monumental bronzes (9/27-9/27/15)
  • Doris Lee: American Painter and Illustrator — Showcasing photographs, sketches and objects of this American painter and illustrator (11/17-5/8/15)
  • Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea (12/5-4/12/15)
  • Total Art: Contemporary Video — Women artists helped pioneer the concept of video art 50 years ago (Now-10/12)
  • The First Woman Graphic Novelist: Helena Bochorakova-Dittrichova (Now-11/14)


8th and F Streets NW

  • Portraiture Now: Staging the Self — The ninth installation in this focus on contemporary artists showcases six American Latinos whose work presents identities theatrically (Now-4/12/15)
  • One Life: Grant and Lee: ‘It is well that war is so terrible’ (Now-5/25/15)
  • Yousuf Karsh: American Portraits — Iconic portraits taken by this late internationally recognized artist of distinguished Americans, from Georgia O’Keeffe to Jonas Salk, Marian Anderson to I.M. Pei (Now-11/2)
    Face Value: Andy Warhol

    Face Value: Andy Warhol

  • Face Value: Portraiture in the Age of Abstraction — Chuck Close, Alice Neel, Elaine de Kooning, Robert Rauschenberg and Andy Warhol are just some of the well-known mid-20th century artists who defied the prevailing style of the day to focus on the face and figure, and in the process reinvented portraiture for the next generation (Now-1/11/15)
  • Mr. Lincoln’s Washington: A Civil War Portfolio — Documenting the Civil War’s impact on the national city through large-format reproductions of original photographs, prints, drawings and maps (Now-5/25/15)
  • Matthew Brady’s Photographs of Union Generals (Now-5/31/15)


555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

  • The Boomer List — Illuminating important movements and changes that shaped the world during the Boomer Generation (Opens 9/16)
  • One Nation with News for All — Immigrants and minorities used the power of the press to fight for their rights and shape the American experience (Now-1/4/15)
  • Make Some Noise: Students and the Civil Rights Movement — Exploring the new generation of student leaders that emerged in the 1960s to fight segregation and fight for civil rights, from John Lewis, now a U.S. representative from Georgia, to Julian Bond, a former chair of the NAACP (Indefinitely)
  • G-Men and Journalists – Given public scrutiny of the FBI and CIA, a somewhat timely exhibit examining the tumultuous relationship between the FBI and news media, through a collection of photographs, newspapers and interactive displays (Now-1/4/15)


1220 31st St. NW

  • Ink & Grain — A group exhibition highlighting 20th century printmakers who excelled in woodcuts and wood engravings, one of themost ancient forms of printmaking (9/19-11/15)


1600 21st St. NW

  • Neo-Impressionism and The Dream of Realities — More than 70 paintings and works on paper demonstrate how Neo-Impressionists such as Georges Seurat, Paul Signac and Theo van Rysselberghe created landscapes and figures that went far beyond observed nature (9/27-1/11/15)
    O'Keeffe and Friends

    O’Keeffe and Friends

  • O’Keeffe and Friends — The seminal Jack-in-the-Pulpit No. IV and No. VI are featured alongside landscapes by contemporaries including Alvin Langdon Coburn, Marsden Hartley and John Marin (Now-5/31/15)
  • Intersections: Bernardi Roi — Sculptural works installed in unexpected interior and exterior spaces (10/25-2/15/15)
  • The Journals of Duncan Phillips – An exhibition of excerpts from museum founder Duncan Phillips’ journals, including his writings on art, literature, foreign vacations and the dreams he held for the museum that would bear his name (Now-2/27/15)
  • Intersections: Vesna Pavlovic — Using documentary materials from the Phillips’ library and archives to explore its history of exhibition and display (Now-9/28)


8th and F Streets NW

  • Untitled: The Art of James Castle — A representative selection of the immense oeuvre of this late artist from Idaho (9/26-2/1/15)
  • Richard Estes’ Realism — The most comprehensive exhibition ever organized of paintings from this foremost practitioner of photorealism and focused on American cityscapes (10/10-2/8/15)
  • The Singing and the Silence; Birds in Contemporary Art — A century after the extinction of the passenger pigeon and 50 years after the Wilderness Act, examining humankind’s relationship to birds and the natural world in the works of 12 contemporary American artists, including Rachel Berwick, Barbara Bosworth, James Prosek and Tom Uttech (10/31-2/22/15)
  • Watch This! New Directions in the Art of the Moving Image — Video and time-based artwork in a rotating collection showcasing the complexities of space and time both structurally and conceptually (Now-2/15/15)


105 N. Union St.
Alexandria, Va.

  • Beauty and the Beasts — Pottery of pets (Now-9/28, Scope Gallery)
  • Saaraliisa Ylitalo: In the Distance-Fewer Yesterdays Fewer Tomorrows (Now-10/1, Fiberworks)
  • The Natural World — Using a wide range of techniques and subject matter to interpret our world (Now-10/31, Printmakers Inc.)
  • Danny Conant and E.E. McCollom — New works (Now-10/12, Multiple Exposures Gallery)
  • Fusion — Artists showcase work reflecting the power and natural flow of the heat needed to fuse enamel to metal (Now-10/5, Enamelists Gallery)
  • Hacking Objects of Desire — From Norway an exhibition of contemporary video, sound, text and sculpture that reflects the indigenous culture and worldview of Sami people (Now-10/19, Target Gallery)
  • Architectural Inspiration — Showcasing how architecture can inspire fiber artists (Now-10/19, Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery)
  • Contemporary Realism — Artists portraying the real and not the ideal (Now-10/6, The Art League)
    Web Bryant

    Web Bryant

  • Web Bryant: From Light to Night — A visual narrative through oil paintings of dawn to dusk in Washington, D.C. (Now-10/6, The Art League)
  • Steampunk — Chronicling a burgeoning subculture taking delight in making things that blend the modern and the anachronistic (10/21-11/16, Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery)
  • Eating Anytime: Component and Courses — Functional pottery for sale in time for Thanksgiving (10/27-11-30, Scope Gallery)
  • Michelle Rogers: Revisiting the Past — Displays of this black-and-white photographer in coinciding with FotoWeekDC (11/6-12/1, The Art League)
  • Holiday Gift Ideas — A wide range of items from fiber artists (11/17-1/6/15, Fiberworks)
  • December All-Media Exhibit (12/3-1/4/15, The Art League)
  • 5×5(x5) (12/6-1/18/15, Target Gallery)
  • Whitney Staiger: Friend Me — Jewelry based on online personas of artist’s Facebook friends (12/4-1/6/15, The Art League)


901 New York Ave. NW

  • Pete McCutchen: Out of Service — Beautiful patterns in metal and glass presented in photographs of cars at junkyards in Pennsylvania (Now-9/28)
  • Bill Mould: About Face…et al — Exploring the complex typography of the human face, with the many odd, touching and unwittingly hilarious expressions we make to communicate (Now-9/28)
  • Member Show: Ruffled Feathers — Featuring works in photography, painting, sculpture, ceramics, collage and drawing, all focused on avian motifs as metaphors for human activity (Now-9/28)
  • Georgia Nassikas: Raw & Pure — A painter in the encaustic medium, or work using beeswax and colored pigments, as well as carbon and graphite (10/1-11/2)
  • Gale Wallar: Near Distance — A mixed-media “quiet realism” artist from D.C. (10/1-11/2)
  • David Alfuth — A surrealist collage artist (11/5-30)
  • Charles Dale (12/3-28)
  • Paula Lantz (12/3-28)


1404 P St. NW

  • Tamar Ettun: My Hands Are the Shape of My Height — A multimedia installation by Brooklyn-based Israeli artist from recent series Performing Stillness (9/20-10/25)
  • 12th Annual Solo Show: Jameson Magrogan (12/13-1/25/15)


100 Maryland Ave. SW

  • This Land is Your Land – A celebration of the diversity and beauty of the flora of the United States as captured by the female photographers from the Garden Club of America (Now-10/13)
  • Amber Waves of Grain — An exhibit on wheat and the work of Nobel laureate Dr. Norman Borlaug, expanded to the outside terrace with planted beds and interpretive panels (Now-10/13)


200 North Boulevard
Richmond, Va.

  • Forbidden City: Imperial Treasures from the Palace Museum, Beijing — A unique journey through an ornate palace from the Ming and Qing dynasties that was once forbidden to the general public (10/18-1/1/15)
  • 12th Fine Arts & s — A four-day display of floral interpretations of masterpieces from the permanent collection presented by several state garden club associations (11/5-9)
  • Water and Shadow: Kawase Hasui and Japanese Landscape Prints — A visually compelling selection of Japanese woodblock prints as well as paintings and didactic material (11/15-3/29/15)
  • Miwako Nishizawa: Twelve Views of Virginia — A commission to this California-based Japanese artist to complement the Kawase Hasui exhibition (11/15-3/29/15)
  • Esther Mahlangu: An Artistic Residency — VMFA has commissioned this South African artist to paint two mural-scale works serving as a gateway to the museum’s African Art Gallery (Now-10/9)
  • The Great War: Printmakers of World War I (Now-11/11)
  • States of Change in Africa — Two recently acquired works providing insight into far-reaching changes associated with the independence movement that swept Africa a half-century ago (Now-2/15/15)
  • Ryan McGinness: Studio Visit (Now-11/9 )


600 North Charles St.

  • From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story — An installation of the permanent collection of this museum explores the lives, times, tastes and legacy of its father-and-son founders (10/26-4/17/16)
  • From Pen to Press: Experimentation and Innovation in the Age of Print — At a time when we’re moving from printed book to digital publishing, an exhibition about the tensions in the 15th century when printing was a new, experimental medium (11/22-4/12/15)
  • Seeing Music in Medieval Manuscripts — Approximately 20 manuscripts and objects explore music in its relationship with philosophy, religion and the arts during the Middle Ages (Now-10/12)


Pyramid Atlantic Art Center
8230 Georgia Ave.
Silver Spring

  • Linda Rose Larochelle — The Painterly Print Exhibition (Now-9/28)



  • Nonuments Park — A temporary park challenging the meaning of the word “monument” and inviting community residents to honor ideas, people and personal struggles that traditional monuments in D.C. fail to capture (Now-10/6, 990 4th St. SW)
  • South Capitol Skyscape: Meta 1 by Julie Wolfe — The latest artist presenting an oversize installation through this rotating series (Now-10/31, South Capitol Street façade of Capitol Skyline Hotel, 10 I St. SW)
  • Saya Woolfalk: Hothouse Video — New York-based artist uses science fiction and fantasy to re-imagine the world in multiple dimensions, often combining live-action footage with elaborately constructed installations, costumes and stop-motion animation (9/20-11/14, Capitol Skyline Hotel Lobby)
  • Experimental Media 2013: Cyber In Securities — An interactive exhibition exploring contemporary data collection and imaging surveillance practices, highlighting artists whose work makes visible experiences of tracking and being tracked in a digital age (Now to 9/27, Pepco Edison Place Gallery, 702 8th St. NW)

For more Fall Arts Preview, including Pop Music, Film, Stage and TV, please click here.

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"Pipeline": Mother Struggles to Save Son's Future

Studio Theatre - Mead Theatre, Washington
Wednesday, January 22 - Saturday, February 01
  • Theater

Teenaged boys get angry -- but society's reaction to that anger changes based on the color of their skin. In "Pipeline", a black single mother fights to save her son from a system that has failed coun... Read more

Matthew Bourne's New Adventures: "Swan Lake"

The Kennedy Center - Opera House, Washington
Wednesday, January 22 - Sunday, January 26
  • Dance

When it first hit the stage in 1995, "Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake" stunned the dance world by trading the traditional bevy of female swans for an all-male ensemble. In fact, the Prince, the Swan and th... Read more

"True Justice: Bryan Stevenson's Fight For Equality"

Cafritz Hall, Washington
Wednesday, January 22
  • Movies & TV

For more than three decades, Alabama public interest attorney Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, has advocated on behalf of the poor, the incarcerated and... Read more

Lunar New Year Celebration: Shanghai Chinese Orchestra

The Kennedy Center - Concert Hall, Washington
Wednesday, January 22
  • Music

Kick off the lunar new year at the Kennedy Center as one of China’s most celebrated conductors transports you with a program highlighting traditional Chinese instruments. Afterwards, explore the glo... Read more

"The Merry Wives of Windsor"

Folger Theatre, Washington
Wednesday, January 22 - Sunday, February 16
  • Theater

Let's say you're a happily married woman and a skeezy loudmouth starts making inappropriate, unwanted advances -- how would you respond? If your answer wasn't, "Spin an elaborate web of lies so the gu... Read more

"All Rise"

Cafritz Hall, Washington
Thursday, January 23
  • Movies & TV
  • Under $10

A black teenager living in Harlem (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) must prove his innocence when he is accused of participating in a robbery. Jennifer Ehle, Tim Blake Nelson, Jennifer Hudson, and Jeffrey Wright ... Read more

"Bloomsday" by Steven Dietz

Washington Stage Guild at the Undercroft Theatre, Washington
Thursday, January 23 - Sunday, February 16
  • Theater

A young couple meet on a walking tour of James Joyce’s Dublin, but a misunderstanding keeps them apart. Thirty-five years later, they return to retrace their steps and confront their younger selves ... Read more

Sara Armour and Friends

Drafthouse Comedy Theater, Washington
Thursday, January 23
  • Music
  • Comedy
  • Under $10

$15 online and $20 at the door Sara Armour: Sara Armour has appeared on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, was a finalist in NY’s Funniest - now airing on STARZ, and can be heard on Dan Savage’s Hot Mic... Read more

Mosaic Theater Company Presents "Pilgrims Musa & Sheri in the New World"

Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington
Thursday, January 23 - Sunday, February 16
  • Theater
  • Comps
  • Under $10

The "Seattle Stranger" calls this award-winning cross-cultural rom-com "A "Romeo and Juliet" story -- an "Annie Hall" story, a "West Side Story" story -- for Americans in the 21st century," as it foll... Read more

DC Comedy Loft presents Jeff Richards ("SNL", "MadTV", "Conan")

The Bier Baron Tavern, Washington
Thursday, January 23 - Saturday, January 25
  • Comedy
  • Under $10

Best Remembered as SNL's iconic "Drunk Girl" on Weekend Update, Jeff is also the first ever to be a cast member on both SNL and MADtv.... Read more

"Recent Tragic Events"

Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington
Thursday, January 23 - Sunday, February 02
  • Theater
  • Under $10

Prologue Theatre continues to explore this season’s question “Where do we look to find ourselves?” with Craig Wright’s "Recent Tragic Events". It is September 12th, 2001; the setting is the Mi... Read more

Live Music at City Winery D.C.

City Winery DC, Washington
Thursday, January 23 - Tuesday, January 28
  • Holiday
  • Music
  • Top Rated

City Winery strives to deliver the best culinary and cultural experience to D.C. denizens who are passionate about wine, food and music. Combining a fully functioning winery with intimate concerts, fo... Read more

"Spring Awakening": A Tony-Winning Rock Musical

Round House Theatre - Bethesda, Bethesda
Thursday, January 23 - Sunday, February 23
  • Theater

This angsty musical brilliantly fuses morality, sexuality and “the most gorgeous Broadway score this decade” ("Entertainment Weekly"), which means you’ll have a lot to discuss after the show. Go... Read more

Speechless: The Ultimate Improvisational Gauntlet

Drafthouse Comedy Theater, Washington
Thursday, January 23
  • Free
  • Comedy

$5 online and $10 at the DoorSpeechless: The Ultimate Improvisational Gauntlet Since 2013, Speechless has been selling out shows at comedy clubs and conferences all over the country and the world. Arm... Read more

The DC Comedy Showcase

Comedy Club DC, Washington
Thursday, January 23 - Saturday, March 28
  • Comedy
  • Nightlife
  • Under $10
  • Make It a Date

Experience the DC Comedy Showcase in Adams Morgan, D.C. at Comedy Club DC. The showroom and tavern will have you feeling fresh and ready to kick back for the best laughs. Laugh Buzz Comedy hosts natio... Read more

NSO: Eschenbach Returns/Tetzlaff Plays Dvořák

The Kennedy Center - Concert Hall, Washington
Friday, January 24
  • Music

NSO Conductor Laureate Christoph Eschenbach and virtuoso violinist Christian Tetzlaff teamed with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center back at the beginning of the decade, and now the... Read more

The Unexpected Guest

Laurel Mill Playhouse, Laurel
Friday, January 24 - Saturday, February 01
  • Theater
  • Under $10

Lost in the fog, a stranger seeks refuge in a nearby house, only to find a man shot dead and his wife standing over him with a smoking gun. But the woman’s dazed confession is anything but convincin... Read more

Marlena Rodriguez from Second City, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Silicon Valley

Drafthouse Comedy Theater, Washington
Friday, January 24 - Saturday, January 25
  • Music
  • Comedy
  • Under $10

Marlena Rodriguez has been writing and performing comedy since birth. She’s toured with The Second City, done stand up across the country, and performed in a Lincoln Center benefit called, Leave It ... Read more

"Yellow Face"

Silver Spring Stage, Silver Spring
Friday, January 24 - Saturday, February 01
  • Theater

Silver Spring Stage presents the area community theater premiere of "Yellow Face" by David Henry Hwang. The lines between fact and fiction blur with hilarious and moving results in Hwang’s unreliabl... Read more

Moses Storm ("Conan, This is Us")

Arlington Cinema 'N' Drafthouse, Arlington
Friday, January 24 - Saturday, January 25
  • Comedy
  • Under $10

Moses is a talented comedian and actor who can be seen in the new season of "I'm Dying Up Here" on Showtime, "Arrested Development" for Netflix and "This Is Us" on NBC. He recently made his late night... Read more

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

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