The American University of Museum at the Katzen Arts Center (WWAC) will exhibit Latitude: The Washington Women's Arts Center 1975-1987, June 16-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 will feature 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 will present a Retrospective about the career of artist Ralph Steadman, June 16-August 12.Steadman was one of Britain’s most important graphic artists of the last 50 years. Ralph Steadman: A Retrospective will feature a collection of more than 100 original art works “that will 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) is exhibiting SOLOS, in which emerging and mid-career artists can conceptualize a solo exhibition in one of the AAC’s seven galleries, resulting in seven concurrent one-person shows. Solos is on display thru June 2. For the Spring exhibition, artists were selected through an open call for proposals evaluated by guest jurors Kate Haw, Director of the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art, and Mika Yoshitake, Assistant Curator at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. The annual SOLOS exhibitions “provide regional artists with a valuable opportunity for exposure and experimentation–and offer the public an equally important opportunity to explore the diversity and vitality of contemporary art in the area.” Spring SOLOS artists include: Sean Derry, Adam Griffiths, Phaan Howng, Giulia Livi, Nick Primo, and Jerry Truong.
In addition, Arlington Arts Center is exhibiting Negar Ahkami: Fantasy Will Set You Free. Ahkami’s “expressive, tactile paintings are inspired by Iranian art, and by global visual traditions that intersect with Iran’s rich art history.”
IA&A at Hillyer is presenting works by Emilio Cavallini of Milan, Italy and Carolyn Fucile of Baltimore, thru May 27. The contemporary gallery is near DuPont Circle in DC. The works shown by the famed fashion designer & artist Cavallini offer a 20-piece retrospective. The vibrant, abstract works were created using the textile materials from his noted hosiery collection. He has reinterpreted them into large, colorful wall pieces, using applied math and geometry to makes various lines, and shapes to create his three-dimensional art. Carrie Fucile’s exhibition, Drift, addresses issues of territorial and bodily boundaries, political upheaval, and global capital through sound, installation, and performance. Over the course of her exhibition a fan will slowly blow sand from a neat formation in the middle of the floor into drifts that accumulate at the far corner of the gallery. IA&A is a nonprofit arts service organization dedicated to promoting cross-cultural understanding and exposure to the arts internationally.
Images below: Works by Carrie Fucile and Emilio Cavallini
IA&A at Hillyer will exhibit new works by Gayle Friedman of DC, Georgia Saxelby of Australia, and Olivia Tripp Morrow of DC, June 1-July 1. Friedman’sMeasuring the Weight of Longing“uses family heirlooms and clay sculptures to reveal stories her parents wouldn’t tell and illuminate the reasons why we hold on to our loved ones and our sense of self through the objects they leave behind.” Saxelby “re-interprets her To Future Women project into an artistic sacred space, an inhabitable installation that will transform letters received throughout the project into a processional chamber that reveals our hopes, anxieties and anticipations for a new future generation of bold women. This exhibition is the last time the To Future Women letters will be visible before they enter a time capsule for the next 20 years.” Tripp Morrow’s Nine Patch “explores notions of beauty, femininity, sexuality, and the body as landscape by juxtaposing traditional quilt patterns and self-portraiture with Instagram squares and selfies.
Images below are of works by Gayle Friedman, Georgia Saxelby & Olivia Tripp Morrow.
The Kreeger Museum in Northwest DC will present an exhibition titled Second Nature: Portuguese Contemporary Art from the EDP Foundation Collection, June 13-July 31, 2018. The exhibition will be the first group exhibition of Portuguese art of the 21st century to be presented in the U.S. Some 30 works by sixteen artists will be 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
Luther W. Brady Art Gallery is currently closed as they prepare to move to a new location in the Summer of 2018.
The Mansion at Strathmore
The Mansion at Strathmore is displaying three exhibitions thru June 10.They include Washington Wax Works; The Unexpected Smile by Dario Zucchi; and Architext: Jeffery Everett. The Mansion will exhibit the Washington Calligrapher's Guild, Buried Wild: Adam Griffiths June 16-July 29. To read more about the exhibition, visit http://www.calligraphersguild.org
Target Gallery at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Virginia will exhibit Caroline Hatfield: Unearthing, May 25-July 15. Ms. Hatfield, who is based in Baltimore, will create 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.