American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Katzen Arts Center
The American University Museum at the Katzen Art Center will exhibit:
Grace Hartigan and Helene Herzbrun: Reframing Abstract Expressionism - Curated by Norma Broude, American University Art History Professor Emerita
September 3-October 20
Moves Like Walter: New Curators Open the Corcoran Legacy Collection September 3-December 15
Topographies of Life: Pam Rogers, Lynn Sures, Mel Watkin Curated by Jennifer Riddell Presented by the AU Museum Project Space September 3-December 15
Prints & Artists: WD Printmaking Workshop 1970-Present Presented by the Alper Initiative for Washington Art Curated by members of the WD Workshop September 3-October 20
Our World Above: Monoprints and Glass by Annette Lerner September 3-October 20
Maia Cruz Palileo Ongoing, September 3-October 20 Curated by Isabel Manalo
Image below from theEarly Fall exhibitions: Grace Hartigan, Beware of the Gifts, 1971. Oil on canvas, American University Museum, Gift of the American Academy of Arts and Letters (Childe Hassam Fund), 1975.
Arlington Arts Center’s summer exhibitions opened on June 22. Transitional Objects, is view thru September 7, and highlights 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 are Kyle Bauer, Calder Brannock, Dexter Ciprian, Emily Culver, Liz Ensz, Kyle Hittmeier, Trish Tillman, and Holly Trout.
Jen Noone: Sort of, Kind of, Almost, is 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, is on view thru 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 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 is exhibiting works by Emily Fussner and Christopher Kojzar, thru September 1 and Starting from the Island, Contemporary Art from Taiwan, thru September 29. Emily Fussner, who is based in Northern Virginia, is exhibiting In Light Of, which "questions notions of time, presence, and healing by bringing into focus the fleeting patterns of light and cracks that often only flicker in our peripheral vision." Christopher Kojzar, of Baltimore, is exhibiting his Plainclothes Agenda. He "creates art in response to interactions he has with other people when he enters active public spaces and openly engages in artistic practices such as drawing or recording with wearable technology." Starting from the Island- by artists Yun-Ting Hun, Kuen-Lin Tsai, Tai-Chun Chou, and Don Don Houmwm - "probes into the environment to continuously examine and compare and contrast social phenomena, all starting from the island."
Target Gallery at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria is exhibiting a group show titled Habitats, thru September 22.The exhibition explores the relationship between humans and habitats. The juror for the exhibition was Ellyn Weiss, a D.C.-based independent artist and curator, who formerly practiced environmental law. She selected 22 works by artists from across the U.S., six of whom are local to the region.
Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery will present It’s a Jungle Out There, at The Torpedo Factory Art Center August 27-September 29 .Cheetahs, lions, rhinos, monkeys, hippos, and the lands that they inhabit served as inspiration for the pieces in this show. Themed works will be eligible for recognition by the jurors. Non-themed work may also be exhibited.
Images below: Four of the works displayed in the show.
Anacostia Arts Center is displaying Summer Exhibits, thru September 28.Just Do It: Friends of Michael Plattis an exhibition of more than thirty artists curated to celebrate the life and influence of the late Michael Platt. The exhibition is curated by Carol Beane and Duane Gautier. A second exhibit, titled 14 X 3features works by Ben Lithman, Niamca Cooper and DeAndre McKnight.The exhibition is curated by Duane Gautier, Honfleur gallery and Will Starks, Project Create.
The Annual Bethesda Row Arts Festival will take place October 12 & 13.About 190 leading artists nationwide will turn Bethesda Row’s Arts and Entertainment District into an outdoor art gallery, featuring juried fine arts and fine crafts. This year there will be a Young Collector’s Corner in a tented area, where emerging local artists will showcase their works to first-time and novice art collectors.Also, a new VIP Experience will offer patrons a personalized tour of the event – by reservation - guided by a knowledgeable art consultant. The tour will include electric cart service, refreshments, and one-on-one time with pre-selected artists.In addition, over two dozen volunteers will line the streets as Art Ambassadors to guide patrons through the event, passing out a daily newsletter, maps, offers at local restaurants, and providing way-finding services.
Image below: A previous Bethesda Row Arts Festival