American University Museum at The Katzen Arts Center
The American University of Museum at the Katzen Arts Center (WWAC) is exhibiting Latitude: The Washington Women's Arts Center 1975-1987, thru August 12.The WWAC was created in 1975 as a non-profit organization that provided professional support and opportunities for women in the arts. Throughout its history, the WWAC also sponsored speakers, produced literary and visual arts journals, and collaborated with other organizations to raise the profile of women artists in the Washington D.C. area and around the country. The exhibition features the art of former WWAC members and exhibitors & showcase 90+ works produced between the years 1975-1987, some of which are iconic of that time. Recent works by member artists will be featured in a slide show - accompanied by interviews. The exhibition was curated by Francoise Yohalem & is sponsored by the Alper Initiative for Washington Art.
The American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center is presenting a Retrospective about the career of artist Ralph Steadman, thru August 12.Steadman was one of Britain’s most important graphic artists of the last 50 years. Ralph Steadman: A Retrospective features a collection of more than 100 original art works “that take viewers on a journey through the artist’s wide-ranging career, from sketches created in the 1950s, to book illustrations, to present-day work. Steadman is famous for his long collaboration with the writer Hunter S. Thompson, most notably for providing the illustrations for Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1971).He also helped to create what has since become known as ‘Gonzo’ journalism. Steadman’s own illustrated books have been translated into several languages and his work has been exhibited around the world.
Arlington Arts Center (AAC) in Arlington, Virginia is exhibiting Open World, thru September 29. Open World features eight contemporary artists and artist teams who engage in world-building through installation, video, digital media, sculpture, and collage. They "create spaces and environments, whether virtual or physical, and invite their viewers to enter into these new worlds.” The exhibiting artists will be Rachel Frank, Jodie Mim Goodnough, Rachel Guardiola, Azikiwe Mohammed, Nicholas O'Brien, Plakookee, Alissa D. Polan, and Stephanie J. Williams.
Image below: Stephanie J. Williams's Pino Ploy
AAC is exhibiting Within/Betweenfeaturing works by Olivia Tripp Morrow & Jen Noone, thru September 29. "Olivia Tripp Morrow’s work addresses the body, memory, sexuality, domesticity, and excess. For Within/Between, she uses found, recycled, donated, and discarded blankets and other domestic materials to create structures that evoke bodies, including spaces within spaces that provide shelter or comfort." Jen Nooneexplores “the relationship between the appearance of a thing, its material make up, and its function. In her sculptures and other three-dimensional works, cement is a decorative element, a structural support, and a container, while makeup, gray clay, house paint, and foam insulation board are combined to create forms and surfaces that mimic cement structures."
Images below: At left, Elizabeth Tripp Morrow's Broken Dishes & Jen Noone's Giving Body
Glen Echo Park will have their annual Labor Day Art Show, September 1-3 in the Spanish Ballroom.The exhibition features the work of more than 200 artists from the mid-Atlantic region. The wide range of artistic media offered includes sculpture, painting & drawing, ceramics, glass, jewelry, fiber arts, photography, furniture and works on paper.
IA&A at Hillyer is exhibiting works by Mills Brown of DC, Veronica Szalus of DC &Braxton Congrove of Richmond, VA, thru July 29. Mills Brown’s Farther Along "uses collage and found objects to reflect on the desire to protect through acts of collecting, preserving and embellishing by capturing the feeling of a place through the small, intimate and ornamental refuges that she constructs." Veronica Szalus’ installation titled Audio Playback, “revolves around the outdated technology of the cassette tape, using the content within the cassette to be stretched up and fanned out, recorded on, and played back, serving as a metaphor for something both obsolete and relevant." Braxton Congrove’s Standing on Rugs with Goose is “a fiction based directly on Congrove’s everyday life, using the materiality of performance and the staging of an exhibition space to build and populate a nebulous world for the viewer to enter and be immersed into.”
Images below: Works by Mills Brown, Veronica Szalus, & Braxton Cosgrove
IA&A at Hillyer will exhibit works by Damon Arhos of Takoma Park, MD, Alexandra Delafkaran of DC and Under the Same Roof: Marina Buening, Kristien De Neve, Anita Guerra, and Maria Korporal, August 3-September 2.
Images below - Top Row: Two images by Damon Arthos, Second row: Rex by Alexandra Kelafkaran & Under the Same Roof
The Kreeger Museum in Northwest DC is presenting an exhibition titled Second Nature: Portuguese Contemporary Art from the EDP Foundation Collection, thru July 31. The exhibition is the first group exhibition of Portuguese art of the 21st century to be presented in the U.S. Some 30 works by sixteen artists are shown in media ranging from watercolor to photography to video. The exhibition brings together works created over the past two decades by artists from different generations, each of whom employs modern technology and materials to capture, filter, and reinvent the natural world, thereby generating a “second nature.” Image below: Sandra Rocha, Untitled (DR-Um Diário da República, 2012), 2014, inkjet print (Epson Ultrachrome K3) on Hot Press Paper
The Luther W. Brady Art Gallery formally moved into the Flagg Building of the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design in June. They reopened exhibitions that were displayed earlier this year including:
Bridging Boundaries by Corcoran visiting professor Joseph Kunkel, who is a Northern Cheyenne tribal member. He addresses "the physical and non-physical divisions that recognize and reconcile polarized groups." The exhibition is on view thru August 19.
Full Circle: Hue and Saturation in the Washington Color School - the exhibition highlights Washington’s artistic legacy and explores what is particular about the city that may have shaped Color Field painting. The exhibition is on view thru October 26.
Lone Prairie: Video Installation by M12, which is an award-winning interdisciplinary group of artists, researchers, and writers based in Colorado. The installation presents video and sound field recordings captured on the High Plains of Eastern Colorado over the last year. The exhibition is on view thru September 9.
The Mansion at Strathmore is displaying three exhibitions that showcase artists exploring the edges of their mediums - thru July 29.Works in the 40th Anniversary Exhibition of the Washington Calligraphers Guild are inspired by surrealism and surrealist poets. Visions features the dreamlike worlds of four artists In Buried Wild, cartoonist Adam Griffiths uses the surreal and ridiculous to provoke societal examination.
Images below - left to right from the top - are by Adam Griffiths, Barbara Close, Elaine Thompson, Kathryn Freeman, Kim Abraham, Marta Legeckis, Maureen Squires & Judy Melvin.
Target Gallery in the Torpedo Factory Arts Center in Old Town Alexandria will display an exhibition titled Illuminate, July 20-September 2.The exhibition explores the connections between Art, Light, and Metaphor. Target Gallery Director Leslie Mounaime has commented that “In Illuminate, we are creating an immersive experience to demonstrate how light can be utilized and manipulated as a tool for conceptual artistic metaphor.” Eleven artists were selected by juror Emily Smith to participate, including eight from our region.Juror Smith is executive director of 1708 Gallery in Richmond, Virginia and organized InLight Richmond, a free public exhibition of light-based art and performance for the past 10 years.
Target Gallery at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Virginia is exhibiting Caroline Hatfield: Unearthing, thru July 15. Ms. Hatfield, who is based in Baltimore, created sculptural landscapes within the gallery composed of industrial materials & mutable boundaries like sand and salt. Her work "references the awe-inspiring natural experiences of our world while referencing a shift outward towards a science-fictional sublime." She was selected from more than 150 applicants as part of Target Gallery’s annual Open Call for a Solo Exhibition. Jurors were: Jarvis DuBois, independent curator; Carolina Mayorga, D.C.-based artist; and Victoria Reis, co-founder and executive director of Transformer.
Vivid Gallery & Honfleur Gallery in Anacostia’s Historic District in Southeast D.C. will each present exhibitions, August 10-September 15.Both galleries are projects of ARCH, which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the creative economy of Historic Anacostia. To read more about Arch, visit http://www.archdevelopment.org/
Vivid Gallery will present L's Dichotomatic Life, which is a series of work by Walker depicting the dichotomy of love and loss. Walker is a muralist who works in multi-mediums, including illustration, design, painting, animation, comic book illustration, restoration, and signage.
Honfleur Gallery will present Born at the Bottom of the Ship, which is an exploration of the culture of being Black in America by James and Zsudayka Nzinga Terrell.The husband and wife team of visual artists live in DC, where they paint afrofuturist abstract portraits.Both artists have been featured in galleries and museums across the country. Visit www.honfleurgallery.com