American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center opened their Fall exhibitions in early September. Two international traveling exhibits are featuring Middle Eastern artists. The first exhibit, titled Between Two Rounds of Fire, The Exile of the Sea: Arab Modern and Contemporary Works from the Barjeel Art Foundation, is curated by Karim Sultan, director of the Foundation. The exhibit “showcases a diverse selection of works, grouped around the theme of technologies in conflict.” The exhibit will run thru December 1.
The second exhibit is titled I Am: An East-West Arts Initiative Organized by Caravanand “showcases the insights and experiences of Middle Eastern women as they confront issues of culture, religion and social reality in a rapidly changing world both in the Middle East and West. I AMis guest- curated by Janet Rady, a specialist in Middle Eastern contemporary art.
The 31 women artists selected are premier artists of Middle Eastern origin and cover a broad geographic area from 12countries. Each artist was invited to create an original two- or three-dimensional work in any still art medium for this exhibition: painting, drawing, collage, photography, digital art, mixed media and sculpture. The exhibit will run thru October 22. To read more about I AM, visit www.oncaravan.org/i-am-exhibition
The Museum will exhibit Making a Scene: Jefferson Place thru October 22.The Jefferson Place Gallery, which was started in 1957 by four American University art professors and Washington art expert Alice Denney, was an early supporter of the Washington Color School and host to exhibitions featuring prominent art figures includingJack Tworkov, Robert Goodnough, Toko Shinoda, Robert Rauschenberg, & Jasper Johns. The exhibition will include works in various media, including painting, sculpture, works on paper, and ephemera. It will include works by the founding 11 gallery members: George Bayliss, Lothar Brabanski, William Calfee, Robert Gates, Colin Greenly, Leonard Maurer, Helene McKinsey Herzbrun, Ken Noland, Mary Orwen, Shelby Shackelford, and Joe Summerford, as well as artists whose works have been shown in Jefferson Place Gallery shows.
The Museum will exhibit Twist-Layer-Pour, curated by Sarah Tanguy, thru October 22.The grouping of Sondra N. Arkin, Joan Belmar and Mary Early “yields a dynamic, site-responsive meditation on systemized components and accumulated wholes. Step by step, link by link, their obsessive object making becomes a metaphor for conscious and intuitive gesture, relational interconnectivity, and the passage of time. At once public and private, monumental and intimate, the works profess an unswerving passion for their chosen materials: steel wire, synthetic papers, and beeswax.”
The Museum will exhibit Tethered to the Cradle: Kinetic Work by Christopher Carter, who “infuses a blend of ethnic and urban influences into all of his work. His bold and decisively organic sculptures strongly reflect his African-American, Native American, and European heritage. Rarely using anything “new,” Carter fashions a chorus of images composed of recycled woods, metals, glass shards, rope, resins, and a variety of discarded objects, that when brought together seek to depict traditional concepts in an innovative and creative way.”
The Museum will exhibit William Woodward: The Seven Deadly Sins, thru December 17.An AU alum, William Woodward “has delved into the rich history and aesthetic possibilities of the seven deadly sins.The drawings and narrative paintings displayed “owe a great deal to the films of Federico Fellini, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and the commedia dell'arte tradition. The artist tries to imagine, had these directors and actors been painters, how they might have depicted their subjects.”
Arlington Arts Center (AAC) will present their biannual SOLOS exhibition, October 14-December 16. AAC will allot 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 will be, 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 Arlington Arts Center is exhibiting Interdisciplinariumthru October 1. The exhibition features works by ten contemporary artists with backgrounds rooted in a variety of fields and disciplines from natural history, ecology and botany to technology, dance, and music.
The theme is “the connections between contemporary art and these diverse areas of study.” The exhibition presents “art as a vital instrument in our understanding of other disciplines, and will posit artists as creative, imaginative, and innovative problem-solvers across various fields of inquiry.” The exhibiting artists & their areas of special interest are:
Stephen Towns, Art + History Will Connally, Art + Literature Lorenzo Cardim, Art + Dance Neil Feather, Art + Music Alyssa Dennis, Art + Architecture/Ecology Beverly Ress, Art + Natural History Miriam Simun, Art + Botany Brian Davis, Art + Technology Salvatore Pirrone, Art + Architecture/Sound - Note the image of his work below.
Salvatore Pirrone, Art + Architecture/Sound
Flashpoint replaced by SPACE4
Cultural DC has replaced Flashpoint with SPACE4, a new initiative which will continue the legacy of making space for visual and performing arts. The 2017-18 season will feature performances at select neighborhood venues, including Blind Whino DC Arts Club and Dupont Underground and a container art gallery that will bring eight different art exhibitions into communities throughout Washington DC.
FotoWeekDC will take place November 11-19.The citywide celebration will feature 150+ exhibitions, programs, and events highlighting world-class photography, and will provide exposure for photographers working locally and worldwide. The mission of FotoWeekDC is “to provide a dynamic, evocative, engaging experience for photographers, cultural institutions, galleries, curators, schools, and photo enthusiasts through exhibitions and dynamic programming.”
Hillyer Art Space near DuPont Circle & The Phillips Collection will exhibit works by Katherine Akey of DC; Lloyd Kofi Foster of DC & the Ibero American Cultural Attache Association of DC, November 3-December 17.
TheMark Twain Prize for American Humor Exhibit: The Art of Robert Risko will be exhibited in the Kennedy Center’s Hall of Nations October 2-27 as part of the Prize’s 20th Anniversary Celebration. Caricaturist Robert Risko has created the caricatures for the prize since 2002. Risko started drawing iconic celebrity portraits in his graphic style for Andy Warhol’s magazine, Interview. His style is said to embody the spirit of the 1930s Vanity Fair caricaturists.
The Kreeger Museum has reopened the main-level galleries with a fresh new look, guest curated by modern art historian Harry Cooper. Phase I of the Museum's permanent collection reinstallation introduces works that have not been on view for several years, while offering fresh perspectives on collection favorites by Monet, Picasso, Van Gogh, and other modern and Impressionist masters. Phase I also includes the installation of a recent acquisition titled Against the Day 2007by California Sculptor Richard Deutsch.
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."
Luther Brady Art Gallery at The George Washington University is celebrating their 15th Anniversary Year with works by their most memorable collaborators and exhibitors, thru December 15. The exhibition includes new gifts and works by Holly Trostle Brigham, Carol Brown Goldberg, Howard Hodgkin, Kay Jackson, Jules Olitski, Andy Warhol & many more.
The Mansion at Strathmore is exhibiting three new exhibitions thru November 5.
Wet has as its theme all things aquatic. “Whether floating on currents or circling prey, creatures with tentacles, fins, claws, and shells draw viewers into the deep.”
Perspective: Eileen Martinexplores the presence of so-called conversational Dangerous Territories and Safe Zones in a variety of mixed media, including glass, wire, and collage. “The juxtaposition of the two highlights her interest in the way we classify safe and unsafe topics, and the rapidly fading line between the two in modern discourse.”
Symbiosis: Jeremiah Morrisfeatures the photographer’s multimedia sculptures, which he creates from reclaimed materials and photographs. His works are influenced by climate change and resilience, & they explore man-made structures, nature, and their divergent paths of growth and decay over time.
The Music Center at Strathmore is exhibiting Mike Kelley's wall sculpture titled Memory Ware Flat #27 through April 2018. The sculpture is the latest work from the prestigious collection of Glenstone Museum to be displayed at Strathmore, & continues a partnership that has brought works by luminaries such as Martin Honert, Lee Bontecou, and Keith Haring to the Music Center.
Kelley (1954-2012) began his Memory Ware series in 2001. Some 100 of the two- and three-dimensional works, “imitate and subvert a nostalgic, folk-art tradition of preserving small, personally meaningful objects in mosaic-like decorations.”
Target Gallery - the contemporary exhibition space for the Torpedo Factory Art Center - is displaying an exhibition titled Culture Shock, thru October 22.The show explores “socio-political issues through the lens of pop culture and street art.” Juror Mojdeh Rezaeipour selected 16 artists to exhibit, including 8 from the Greater Metropolitan DC Region. Rezaeipour is a storyteller & an artist himself.”
Image below: Sandi Parker, Art is Not a Crime, 2015