American Institute of Architecture (AIA) District Architecture Center
The American Institute of Architecture's District Architecture Center in DC's Penn Quarter is exhibiting FromArchitect to Artist: Public Art by Charles Bergen, AIA thru March 29.Bergen focuses on public art projects, many of which were awarded through public commissions. One of his most celebrated projects is the Barnes Dance, also known as a pedestrian scramble, with its whimsical graphic of dragons and Chinese zodiac images at the intersection of 7th and H Streets NW in DC’s Chinatown. The exhibition presents drawings, photographs, and objects from selected projects completed by the artist since 2014.
Arlington Arts Center is presenting an exhibition titled Over, Under, Forward, Back, thru March 30.The show feature ten contemporary artists working in materials that are also ubiquitous in daily life, including fibers, textiles, and related materials. The artists' work “embodies and reflects on labor, time, and history.”They are said to “embrace the techniques of the past, experiment with new means of production, utilize non-traditional materials, and mine their own personal and family histories for connections to their work.”
Arlington Arts Centerisexhibiting aLawnInstallationbyRachel SchmidttitledDistort Displacethru March 30.The installation “introduces the cracking forms of an ice shelf onto the grounds of AAC, prompting viewers to ponder thedissolution and instability of the very ground beneath theirfeet. Several low platforms covered inAstroTurfareilluminated from below with pulsing lights, mimicking waves or moving tides.Viewers are invited to stand on the platforms or sit in one of the lawn chairs attached to them and consider their own response to life in an ever-shifting and unstable environment.”
IA&A at Hillyer will exhibit works by Spencer Dormitzer of Washington, DC & Michal Gavish of Washington, DC, March 1-31. IA&A is “an international nonprofit arts service organization dedicated to promoting cross-cultural understanding and exposure to the arts internationally. IA&A fulfills its mission by providing programs and services to artists, arts institutions, cultural organizations, and the public.”
The Corcoran School of Arts & Design at the George Washington University is exhibiting Open: An Installation by Robin Bell, in the atrium and an adjacent gallery of the School’s historic Flagg Building. Mr. Bell is a video artist, filmmaker and street projectionist from D.C. Bell "creates guerrilla projections that transform government buildings and hotels into conversation pieces. Though his messages can be viewed by some as controversial he has gained a following with people who often learn of his works through social media.” The exhibition of original lights and projections by Mr. Bell, runs until March 31.
The Keeger Museum is exhibiting Recent Gifts from the Corcoran Gallery of Art thru March 18. The works were given to the Kreeger as part of the Corcoran Collection Distribution. The addition of the works to the Permanent Collection “adds depth to the narrative of modern American painting and sculpture in the 20th Century and Contemporary Galleries.”Director Helen Chason has commented that “The Kreeger Museum Board of Trustees and I are honored to receive works by these significant artists; they are a most welcome addition to our collection.” The works include Helen Frankenthaler’s monumental Hurricane Flag, which hangs prominently above the main staircase, and works by Clark Fox, Joan Mitchell, Anne Truitt, and David Urban. The gift also includes works by Mark di Suvero, Andre Derain and Maurice de Vlaminck.
Image below: Helen Frankenthaler, Hurricane Flag, 1969, acrylic on canvas, The Kreeger Museum, Gift of the Trustees of the Corcoran Gallery of Art
Honfleur Gallery in the Anacostia Arts Center in Historic Anacostia in SE Washington is exhibiting Wastelandby Eric Celarier, thru March 23. Celarier, who is a DC native, received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maryland in 1991 and his Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Cincinnati in 1997. As an artist, educator and curator, much of his work can be seen as "designing opportunities that allow audiences to construct personally meaningful understandings of the world we live in.” Established in 2007, Honfleur Gallery is a contemporary fine art exhibition space and is a project of ARCH, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the creative economy of Historic Anacostia. Read more about ARCH at www.archdevelopment.org/
Vivid Gallery in the Anacostia Arts Center in SE Washington is exhibiting Oscillations, with Tracy Wilkerson and Griffin Byron, thru March 9.Wilkerson has a double Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Business Administration from Indiana State University.Focused in the Del Ray community of Northern Virginia, her work has been called “high-concept, minimalist and one-of-a-kind. She just calls it fun.” Griffin Byron, PhD is an Australian-American artist living and working in the DC area. He earned his PhD in Multimedia Art from Brown University in 2013 and also holds a Master of Arts in Creative Arts & Technology as well as Computer, Music & Multimedia Arts and a Master of Management in Computer Music Composition. Byron is a Museum Assistant for The Phillips Collection, "while creating his own pieces exploring the relationship between the organic and the synthetic through the deconstruction and abstraction of the world around us.”