American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Katzen Arts Center
The American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center is presenting Summer Exhibitions thru August 11. Meanwhile, the ongoing exhibitions of Forward Press and Squire Broel continue on view as well through August 11.
The new exhibitions are:
Plans to Prosper You: Reflections of Black Resistance and Resilience in Montgomery County’s Potomac River Valley
Passages: Keith Morrison, 1999-2019 - Curated by Judith Stein
Being Here as ME- New Media Art Exhibition of Women Artists from Taiwan - Curated by Yu-Chuan Tseng
Maia Cruz Palileo - Curated by Isabel Manalo - now thru August 11, 2019 and September 3-October 20, 2019
Crossing Boundaries & Breaking Borders: DMV Printmaking - Curated by Matthew McLaughlin - Presented by the Alper Initiative for Washington Art Visit https://american.edu/
Arlington Arts Center
Arlington Arts Center’s summer exhibitions will open with a family-friendly event on June 22.The day will include snacks and art projects for children of all ages and will celebrate the opening of Amanda Browder’s monumental fabric lawn installation, City of Threads and three new summer exhibitions: Transitional Objects; Jen Noone: Sort of, Kind of, Almost; and Jason Horowitz: Ashton Heights Re/Seen. Visitors can stop by resident artists’ studios to see what they have been working on. Amanda Browder’s Lawn Installation will be on view thru July 21.The large-scale fabric installation will enliven the exterior of the AAC building with donated fabric - in collaboration with community members. Her process invites members of the public to get involved with the process of creation, thereby “spurring conversations about community, art, architecture, and public space. The final result of the collaborative process – the large-scale fabric installation – will work playfully with the architecture of AAC’s building, both complimenting its architecture and introducing an element of whimsy onto the building’s façade.” Transitional Objects, on view thru September 7, will highlight artists who explore human relationships to inanimate material – commodities, tools, personal belongings, clothing, and all of the other nonliving substances that populate our daily lives. The participating artists will be Kyle Bauer, Calder Brannock, Dexter Ciprian, Emily Culver, Liz Ensz, Kyle Hittmeier, Trish Tillman, and Holly Trout.
Jen Noone: Sort of, Kind of, Almost, will be on view thru September 7.The exhibition “both enacts and subtly critiques the endless pursuit of perfection. Manipulating the material characteristics of latex paint, Noone repeatedly coats the surfaces of acrylic boxes, picture frames, and shelving units, before scraping away layers of the dried latex.
Jason Horowitz: Ashton Heights Re/Seen, will be on view June 22-September 7.The artist “uses the Photo Sphere/Street View app and his smartphone’s camera to create immersive abstract views.
The image below is by Dexter Ciprian from Transitional Objects.
The Anacostia Arts Center is exhibiting Deep Spaceby Jordan Wine and Air-Road-Seaby Musah Swallah, at in Honfleur Gallery thru July 27.Deep Space is "a series of works grounded in sacred geometry. Musah’s paintings, sculptures, and mixed media works "render stories that reflect Ghana’s cultural values, and everyday life. "
The George Washington University’s Corcoran School of the Arts and Design is exhibiting 6.13.19: The Cancelling of the Mapplethorpe Exhibition, thru October 6. On June 13, 1989, the Gallery cancelled a planned retrospective of Mapplethorpe’s work less than three weeks before it was scheduled to open to the public. The show was slated to display more than 150 works by the late photographer, “who was known for his bold depictions of the human form including explicit homoerotic and violent images.” The exhibition was being partially financed by the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Corcoran’s former director, Christina Orr-Cahall, reportedly feared that the Corcoran’s funding would be pulled and that protests would ensue if the Mapplethorpe works were displayed. Thus, the exhibition was canceled. As it turned out, the D.C. arts community held protests themselves following the cancellation. 6.13.89presents Corcoran archival materials from GW's Gelman Library regarding the cancellation. The Library is a presenting partner of the new exhibition. Sanjit Sethi, the current director of the Corcoran School, has commented that “This is an important step for an institution to move forward into the future, especially one that has core beliefs regarding empathy, creativity and innovation.”
The Luther W. Brady Art Gallery is exhibiting A Time for Action: Washington Artists Circa 1989in the Corcoran Flagg Building thru October 5.This companion exhibition to the Corcoran exhibition titled 6.13.89exhibits paintings, drawings, and prints from the GW Collection by artists who registered their protest of the volatile cancellation of the exhibition of photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe. Also included are selected reminiscences of artists who were in D.C. at the time and experienced the upheaval as it occurred.The exhibition includes works by William Christenberry, Georgia Deal, Fred Folsom, Clark V. Fox, Sam Gilliam, Janis Goodman, Tom Green, Andrew Hudson, Lowell Nesbitt, William Newman, Dennis O'Neil, Eric Rudd, Ann Purcell, Joseph Shannon and Franklin White.
Image below: Ann Purcell, Hopscotch #2, 1978, acrylic on canvas, 36” x 36.” Gift of the artist and Berry Campbell Gallery, NY, 2015
IA&A at Hillyer will present Nancy Sausser from Bethesda, MD, Madeline A. Strattonfrom Washington, DC, and Flesh + Bone III, juried by Scott Hutchison, July 6-28. “Sausser’s Quotidian Shift uses found objects with ceramic containers and vessels to encapsulate, protect, preserve, and metaphorically point to the coexistence of the universal and the individual. Stratton’s What We Forgot to Remember uses traditional media such as paint, textiles, thread, and printmaking to investigate memory and the importance of domestic objects and spaces by conveying both absence and belonging. Flesh + Bone III is the third in a series of bi-annual exhibitions that examines contemporary figurative art.”
President Woodrow Wilson House is exhibiting Migrations: New Works by contemporary painter & multimedia artist Helen Zughaib through July 28. Her site-specific mixed media installation explores the contemporary consequences of the post-World War I peace through the lens of the current Syria conflict and the mass migration it has triggered. Zughaib’s works have been exhibited widely in the US, Europe, and Lebanon and have been gifted to heads of state by President Obama and former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.
Target Gallery, the contemporary exhibition space for the Torpedo Factory Art Center, is presenting their competitive annual solo exhibition featuring Northern Virginia-based artist Julia Kwon, thru August 4.The artist, who is based in Woodbridge, Virginia, uses traditional Korean-inspired textiles “to create a dialogue on othering and objectification she experiences as a Korean-American woman. Her work touches on her minority identity and delves deeper into a broader commentary on the dehumanizing and reductive process of being categorized.” She “draws her main aesthetic inspiration from bojagi, a Korean practice of wrapping objects in cloth to protect good luck. Historically, bojagi was a creative outlet for women in the Joseon Dynasty (1392–1910) who had limited contact with the outside world.” Kwon was selected from more than 130 North American applicants as part of Target Gallery’s annual Open Call for a Solo Exhibition. The jury panel for this opportunity was: Sandy Guttman, a curatorial assistant at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; Michael Matason, Gallery Manager of DC Arts Center; and Terence Nicholson; a DC-based artist.
Image below: Julia Kwon, Like Any Other: No 40. 2016. Silk, thread, and wire
The Torpedo Factory Artists' Association Working Artists + Open Studios is exhibiting LANDSCAPE X 3 at Gallery 311, thru June 30.Painters Ellen Delaney and Gale Wallar and photographer Jo Ann Tooley present landscapes "in a striking new way." "Delaney’s elegant paintings consist of larger- than- life abstracts while Wallar’s work emphasizes a majestic topography with defined shapes and edges. Tooley’s black & white photographs strip nature of its color."
Images below, from left: Caribbean Blue by Ellen Delaney; The Road Less Traveled by Jo Ann Tooley; and The Magic Mountain by Gale Wallar.
The Kreeger Museum in Northwest D.C. is exhibiting Charles Hinman: Structures, 1965–2014, thru July 31.The exhibition is the first in Washington to explore the work of the abstract painter, who pioneered three-dimensional, shaped canvases during the 1960s. Hinman is known for his compositions “that expand the conventional space of painting and emerge from the wall in a collection of hand-built and multi-colored planes.” The exhibition is guest-curated by Danielle O’Steen.
Image below: Charles Hinman, Sails, 1965, Acrylic on shaped canvas, 34 x 36 x 6 1/2 inches, The Kreeger Museum.