A select few of the Women - of the past & present - whose work is featured in this edition of The Agenda News
The National Portrait Gallery will exhibit Recent Acquisitions, November 17-November 4, 2018. The annual exhibition will feature 27 objects that tell the story of America through the art of portraiture and showcase some of the newest additions to the museum’s collection. The portraits featured will include those of Francis Scott Key, Madeleine Albright, Gertrude Jeannette, Dr. Norman Francis, Harry Callahan, Rita Moreno and Dustin Lance Black.
The National Portrait Gallery is exhibiting One Life: Sylvia Plath, thru May 20, 2018. The exhibition employs the poet's personal letters, her own artwork, family photographs and relevant objects, to highlight her “struggle to understand her own self and to navigate the societal pressures placed on young women during her time.”
Dorothy Moss, curator of painting and sculpture at the Portrait Gallery, is curator for the exhibition and is joined by guest co-curator Karen Kukil, associate curator of rare books and manuscripts at Smith College
Image below: Sylvia Plath with Frieda and Nicholas, Court Green - Siv Arb (31 Oct 1931 - 4 Feb 2015) - April 1962 - Photo blow-up - Courtesy Writer Pictures
The National Portrait Gallery is exhibiting Marlene Dietrich: Dressed for the Image, thru April 15, 2018.Dietrich brought androgyny to the silver screen through her roles in such movies as Morocco (1930) and Seven Sinners (1940). “She challenged the strictly limited notions of femininity at the time through her lifestyle and fashion……”The German-born star is a symbol of anti-Nazism, a fashion icon and an influential figure of the LGBTQ community.
Portrait Gallery historian Kate C. Lemay is the curator of this exhibition.
Image below: Marlene Dietrich on the SS Europa, 1933, Cherbourg, France. Photograph by Paul Cwojdzinski, Deutsche Kinemathek - Marlene Dietrich Collection Berlin
The National Museum of Women in the Arts is exhibiting Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction - 1960s dialogue on abstraction among African American women artists, thru January 21, 2018. The exhibition features works by more than 20 women and is intergenerational in scope as it highlights the longstanding presence of black women artists within the field of abstraction in America. The exhibition testifies to "the enduring ability of abstraction to convey both personal iconography and universal themes." The exhibition is organized by the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri.
The American Art Museum is presenting Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated), thru March 11, 2018.The Museum acquired the series in 2008, and this is the first time that the complete series has been presented. Walker "appropriated select illustrations from Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War - two-volume anthology from 1866 - enlarging and overlaying them with dark stenciled figures that depict disturbing imagery, including racial stereotypes and graphic acts of violence."
Walker's works "are presented alongside a selection of the original Harper’s prints on which they are based, also drawn from SAAM's collection."
The Renwick Gallery is exhibiting Murder Is Her Hobby: Frances Glessner Lee and The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death, thru January 28, 2018.Frances Glessner Lee (1878-1962) crafted exquisitely detailed miniature crime scenes to train homicide investigators. The dollhouse-sized diorama composites of true crime scenes are still used in forensic training today and helped to revolutionize the emerging field of forensic science. Glessner Lee is considered the “godmother of forensic science.” She constructed the Nutshells beginning in the early 1940s "to teach investigators at Harvard University’s department of legal medicine how to properly canvass a crime scene to effectively uncover and understand evidence." The dioramas "tell a story of how a woman co-opted traditionally feminine crafts to advance a male-dominated field and establish herself as one of its leading voices." The exhibit is comprised of nineteen studies that were organized by Nora Atkinsonof The Lloyd Herman Curator of Craft.
Image below: Frances Glessner Lee at work on the Nutshells in the early 1940s. Image courtesy Glessner House Museum, Chicago, Illinois
Arlington Arts Center (AAC) is presenting their biannual SOLOS exhibition, thru December 16. AAC has alloted one of their main galleries to each of the 14 Mid-Atlantic artists selected to participate in the exhibitions. The solo artists in the Fall exhibition are, for the first time, all female, including Mary Baum, Atsuko Chirikjian, Aschely Cone, Catherine Day, Sean Derry, Adam Griffiths, Phaan Howng, Anna Kell, Giulia Livi, Jen Noone, Nick Primo, Mojdeh Rezaeipour, Jerry Truong, and Julie Wills. Many of the artists explore themes related to feminism, gender, and identity. “Although each artist's installation is developed from a unique point of view, the exhibitions present relevant and meaningful interpretations of contemporary life.” The jurors are Kate Haw and Mika Yoshitake. Haw is the Director of the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art. Yoshitake is an Assistant Curator at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.
The Kreeger Museum Sculpture Garden has installed Portals by Sandra Muss. Composed of seven stainless steel and mirrored columns, each ten feet tall and wrapped in wire, Muss’s work "welcomes visitors into the woods and invites them to explore its mazelike arrangement.” The five-and-a-half-acre grounds “provide visitors with new opportunities to explore the relationship between art and the natural world.
Judy A. Greenberg, Director of the Kreeger Museum has commented that "Portals was conceived by Sandra Muss in response to the environment, reflecting the surroundings and the change of seasons, and encouraging visitors, as they meander through the trees, to interact with the sculpture. The impressive installation makes a significant contribution to this next phase of the development of The Kreeger Museum Sculpture Garden."
The National Archives will present author Liz Mundy in a discussion of her book titled Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War IIonWednesday, October 18 in the William G. McGowan Theater. The book is “the untold story of the young American women who cracked key Axis codes, helping to secure Allied victory and revolutionizing the field of cryptanalysis.”
A book signing will follow the program.
Image below: The book jacket for Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II
The Kennedy Center will present the world premiere of a musical adaptation titled Me...Jane: The Dreams & Adventures of Young Jane Goodall, directed by Aaron Posner, in the Family Theater, November 18-December 10. The Kennedy Center commission, with music & lyrics by Andy Mitton, is about “young Dr. Jane Goodall and her special toy chimpanzee Jubileeas they learn about the world around them and the importance of protecting all living species.” The cast will feature Eymard Cabling, Sam Ludwig, Tracy Lynn Olivera, Awa Sal Secka, and Erin Weaver as Young Jane. The show is most enjoyed by age 6 and up.
Image below: The logo for the show.
Imagination Stage in Bethesda is presenting Miriam Gonzales’s The Smartest Girl in the World, directed by Kathryn Chase Bryer, in the Lerner Theatre thru October 29.It’s the story of a very bright & well-intentioned young girl, her studious brother - who has a chronic illness - and their overworked parents.
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens is exhibiting Spectacular: Gems & Jewelry from the Marjorie Post Collection, thru January 1, 2018.Nearly sixty pieces that once belonged to Marjorie Merriweather Post, one of the greatest jewelry collectors of the twentieth century, “tell the story behind some of the remarkable stones and the jewelry into which they were transformed.”
Her collection “represented the finest assembly of gems and historical and twentieth-century jewelry in America. She commissioned great pieces from the most important jewelry firms of her time including Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Harry Winston, and Verdura and many others…..
New and previously unseen pieces from the Merriweather Post collection are an added highlight of this exhibition.”
The George Washington University Museum|The Textile Museum is exhibiting Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse, thru January 7. The exhibition presents the work of three designers who place sustainability at the heart of the process: Luisa Cevese in Milan; Christina Kim in Los Angeles; and Reiko Sudo in Tokyo. The exhibition is organized by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
The Washington Conservatory of Music will present pianist Sofya Gulyak in a concert at Westmoreland Congregational Church in Bethesda on November 4.She has won many international prizes and has performed with acclaimed conductors and orchestras throughout the world. Ms. Gulyak will perform two works by composers who honor compositions and themes by other composers: Brahms Variations and Fugue on a theme by Handel and Franz Liszt’s transcriptions of songs by Schubert, ending with Schubert's Wanderer Fantasy.
Image below: Sofya Gulyak - Photo by Fedor Ermolayev).
The NSO, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda, will perform a concert titled Borrowed from Baroque, featuringBeethoven'sEroica Symphony& more, in the Concert Hall, November 9-11.The concert, featuring soprano Corinne Winters, will include Webern's Passacaglia & Dallapiccola's Partita.
Image below:Corinne Winters
The NSO, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda, will perform a concert titled Tastes of Italy, France & Spain: Classics by Respighi, Chausson, Gershwin & Fallain the Concert Hall November 16-19.The concert will include Respighi's Fontane di Roma (Fountains of Rome), Chausson's Poème, Gershwin's An American in Paris,andFalla's The Three-Cornered Hat Suites No. 1 & 2.
Image below:NSO Concert Master Nurit Bar-Josef.
The NSO, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda, will perform works by three composers who wrote music while away from their homelands in the Concert Hall, November 30-December 2.The program will include Britten's Matinées musicales and Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances, both of which were written in America. Soloist Yuja Wang will perform Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 5, which the composer wrote while he was in Paris.
Image below:Yuja Wang – Photo by Ian Douglas
Washington Performing Arts and The Kennedy Center will present The Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Ceciliaof Italy, led by Antonio Pappano, with Kennedy Center Honoree Pianist Martha Argerich, in the Concert Hall on Wednesday, October 25.Martha Argerich has been called “an iconic pianist and classical music legend."
Image below Martha Argerich
Fortas Chamber Music Concerts will present violinist Leila Josefowiczin recital in the Terrace Theater on November 11.She will be joined by John Novacek in a program that will offer “a fascinating journey through the entire 20th century. Two major works from the middle of the century, Prokofiev's F minor sonata and Zimmermann's sonata for solo violin, form the bulk of the evening.”
Image below:Leila Josefowic
Renée Fleming VOICES will present a performance by Angélique Kidjo in the Eisenhower Theater on November 30.Kidjo is “a Beninese Grammy Award®–winning singer-songwriter and activist, noted for her diverse musical influences and creativity. Time Magazine has called her "Africa's premier diva."She “explores traditional roots of popular music to create something new.”
Image below:Angélique Kidjo
Myung-Wha Chung, cello & Ida Kavafian viola
Young Concert Artists (YCA) will present the PyeongChang Music Festival, under artistic directors Kyung-Wha Chung & Myung-Wha Chung, in celebration of the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea in the Terrace Theater on November 20. The Special Chamber Music Event will open the 39th YCA Series. The featured performers will be Myung-Wha Chung, cello; Sumi Hwang, soprano; Paul Huang, violin; Stephen Waarts, violin; Todd Phillips, violin; Ida Kavafian, viola; Ziyu Shen, viola; Sang-Eun Lee, cello; Edward Arron, cello; and Dasol Kim, piano. The program will include Pyotr Tachikovsky's Souvenie de Florence, Op. 70 & Johannes Brahms's Piano Trio No. 1 in B major, Op. 8.
Images below: Myung-Wha Chung, cello & Ida Kavafian viola
Washington Performing Arts will present the world premiere of The Blue Hour- starring Luciana Souza & A Far Cry - featuring music by Shara Nova, Rachel Grimes, Angelica Negron, Caroline Shaw, and Sarah Kirkland Snider at Sixth & I on November 4. “Brazilian superstar Souza will join forces with the 17 virtuoso stringsof A Far Cryto give voice to poet Carolyn Forché’s On Earth, which is a luminous meditation on life and loss - through musical settings by five of the most distinctive creative voices in indie-classical music.”
The National Philharmonic, conducted by Piotr Gajewski, will perform Bach & Bachianasin The Music Center on November 11.The orchestra will be joined by the National Philharmonic Chorale and soloists Danielle Talamantes, soprano; Magdalena Wór, mezzo-soprano; Matthew Loyal Smith, tenor; and Kerry Wilkerson, baritone. The program will be comprised of J.S. Bach's Magnificat and Bachianas Brasileirasby Brazilian composer Villa-Lobos, who composed the Bachianas "as a tribute to Bach and as an expression of the musical soul of Brazil."
Images below: At right, Magdalena Wór & At left, Danielle Talamantes - Photo by Roy Cox
National Chamber Ensemble will perform a concert titled Holiday Cheeron December 16 at Unitarian Universalist Church Of Arlington.The ensemble will be joined by soprano Rebecca Littig, who is the winner of the 2017 Outstanding Young Artist Achievement Award. Ms. Littig made her European debut at age 24. She has graced many of the world’s stages including Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, the Vienna State Opera, and London’s Royal Opera Covent Garden. She will perform Vivaldi's rarely heard masterpiece “O Qui Coeli.” Littig will also lead the audience in a carols sing-along at the conclusion of the concert. The program will include a Hanukkah medley, plus music by Tchaikovsky, and Bach. A group of students from elementary school to college age will accompany the Ensemble in a Vivaldi selection. The students will include Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras, American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras, and Levine Music.
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Marin Alsop, with cellist Sol Gabetta, will perform Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme for cello and orchestra on Saturday, October 28.The program will also include Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture, Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun and R. Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier Suite.
Strathmore will present Yasmin Levy & The Klezmaticson November 7.World music singer Yasmin Levy, who was born in Jerusalem, is “best known as a Ladino singer. Ladino is an archaic form of Spanish with strong ties to Sephardic Jewish culture. Levy sings in modern Spanish as well, often adding flamenco, Turkish, and Persian flair to her interpretations. The Grammy-winning Klezmatics are superstars of the klezmer world. They erupted out of New York City’s East Village in 1986 and revitalized the genre.”
Image below:Yasmin Livy
Strathmore will present Irma Thomas, The Soul Queen of New Orleans, with members of Preservation Hall & Blind Boys of Alabama in The Music Center on November 12.The concert promises “an afternoon filled with musical collaborations and traditional standards.” The Preservation Hall Legacy Quintet is comprised of "some of the most revered alumni of the Preservation Hall, many of whom have toured the world with The Preservation Hall Jazz Band for decades."
Image below:Irma Thomas
Strathmore will offer A Night with Janis Joplinin The Music Center on November 19.Soon after she came onto the music scene in 1967, Janis became the "queen of rock 'n roll." The "sensational and electrifying Broadway show is a musical journey and joyful ruckus celebrating Joplin and her biggest musical influences—icons like Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone, and Bessie Smith."
Image below:Artwork for A Night with Janis Joplin.
Choralis, conducted by Gretchen Kuhrmann, will perform Die Schöpfung (The Creation) by Joseph Haydn at Rachel M. Schlesinger Arts Center and Concert Hall in Alexandria, VA on Sunday, October 29. Choralis singers come from across the Metro DC area and from all walks of life. Many of them are professional musicians and music educators, while others have developed their choral music performance abilities as dedicated amateurs.
Choralis, conducted by Gretchen Kuhrmann, will present a performance by Ēchos chamber choir titled One World, One Voiceat Fairfax Presbyterian Church on November 12. The ensemble performs a wide range of choral repertoire and styles each season. They will offer “a program of music that includes pieces for double choir, highlighting the importance of working together, as well as world music, underscoring the healing power of music on a global scale.”
Image below: Maestra Gretchen Kuhrmann - Photo by Don Lassell
Renée Fleming VOICES will presentCanadian soprano & conductor Barbara Hannigan & Dutch conductor, pianist & composer Reinbert de Leeuw in the Terrace Theater on November 14.Ms. Hannigan is “one of the world's leading performers of contemporary opera.”
Image below:Barbara Hannigan.
Virginia Opera will present Giacomo Puccini’s The Girl of the Golden West (La Fanciulla del West),conducted by Andrew Bisantz, at George Mason University’ Center for the Arts in Fairfax, Virginia, December 2 & 3.The story “highlights the rigors of the mid-1800’s California mining rush and depicts the rough-and-tumble world of the wild west.” American lyric spinto sopranoJill Gardner, will portray the heroine Minnie, “a saloon owner who keeps a close eye on the whiskey-drinking, card-playing miners at her establishment while holding out for her own true love.”Canadian tenor Roger Honeywell will portray Minnie’s love interest, the bandit Ramerrez (alias Dick Johnson). The cast will also feature Mark Walters and Jake Gardner.
Keegan Theatre will present Top Girlsby Caryl Churchill, directed by Amber Paige McGinnis, November 4 – December 2.The setting is a dinner party in a London restaurant where a woman is celebrating her promotion to managing director of Top Girls employment agency.Her guests are five women from the past! They play was the 1983 Obie Award-winner for Best Play.
Arena Stage will present Nina Simone: Four Women - written by Christina Ham, directed by Timothy Douglas and starring Harriett D. Foy - in the Kreeger Theater, November 10-December 24.The esteemed songstress Nina Simone has been celebrated for her signature renditions of standards from the American songbook, but the loss of four little girls in a devastating explosion in Birmingham, Alabama on September 15, 1963 led her to find her true voice through storytelling & song. Simone’s activist themes including “Four Women,” “Mississippi Goddam,” “Old Jim Crow” and “To Be Young, Gifted and Black,” helped define the sound of the Civil Rights Movement.
Image below:Illustration by Uli Knorzer
Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet
Avant Bard is presenting the area premiere of Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight by Lauren Gunderson, directed by Rick Hammerly, thru November 19. It’s the story of the 18th-century scientific genius Emilie du Châtelet, who “is back and determined to answer the question she died with: love or philosophy, head or heart? In this seductively theatrical rediscovery of one of history's most intriguing women, Emilie defends her life and loves, and in the process creates a legacy that alters the course of physics.” The production stars Acting Company member Sara Barker as Emilie.