American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center opened a new exhibition of prints by Belgian photographer Carl De Keyzer of scenes in North Korea and Cuba, two communist nations, on June 18. A total of 60 prints are exhibited on the museum’s third floor.
The Cuba photos, grouped together under the series title, Cuba, la lucha, were taken shortly after former President Barack Obama's 2014 speech inviting the relaxation of the Communist island's 56-year embargo.
De Keyzer’s North Korean prints, on display in a museum for the first time and in conjunction with Cuba, la lucha, also were shot in 2015.
Carl De Keyzer is a globally-renowned photographer and member of Magnum Photos, an international photographic collective. He has received 17 important international awards, and many books have been published about his work, which is in important institutional collections, such as those of the Bibliothèque Victoriaand Albert Museum in London.
The Arlington Arts Center is exhibiting Interdisciplinariumthru October 1. The exhibition features works by ten contemporary artists with backgrounds rooted in a variety of fields and disciplines from natural history, ecology and botany to technology, dance, and music.
The theme is “the connections between contemporary art and these diverse areas of study.” The exhibition presents “art as a vital instrument in our understanding of other disciplines, and will posit artists as creative, imaginative, and innovative problem-solvers across various fields of inquiry.” The exhibiting artists & their areas of special interest are:
Stephen Towns, Art + History Will Connally, Art + Literature Lorenzo Cardim, Art + Dance Neil Feather, Art + Music Alyssa Dennis, Art + Architecture/Ecology Beverly Ress, Art + Natural History Miriam Simun, Art + Botany Brian Davis, Art + Technology Salvatore Pirrone, Art + Architecture/Sound - Note the image of his work below.
Salvatore Pirrone, Art + Architecture/Sound
Hillyer Art Space
Hillyer Art Space will exhibit works by Julia Kwon, Jessica Burnam & Gloria Duan, July 7-30.
Images below: At left, a work by Julia Kwon & at right a work by Gloria Duan.
Hillyer Art Space near DuPont Circle will exhibit works by Melanie Gritzka de Villar of DC, August 4-27.
The Kreeger Museum is exhibiting RE-VISION: Looking anew at the art of Philip Johnson and the design of The Kreeger Museum, thru July 29. The exhibition marks the 50th anniversary of the completion of The Kreeger Museum building, which architect Philip Johnson designed in 1964 and completed in 1967. Two prominent Washington architects, Michael E. Hickok, FAIA and Yolanda Cole, FAIA, of Hickok Cole Architects conceived and curated the special exhibit. Artists have been asked to create entirely new material based on the design of the building. Each of their images “engage the public and challenge them to look at Philip Johnson’s work from the artist’s unique point of view. In that way, the building itself transforms from being the subject of the exhibition to becoming the inspiration.”
Strathmore Visual Arts is presenting the 25th Annual Colored Pencil Society of America International Exhibitionin the Mansion at Strathmore thru August 6. The exhibition features the works of 118 artists from eight countries as they demonstrate the sophistication, intricacy, and complexity of colored pencils.
The exhibition is juried by Joanne Moser, and the works shown "range from landscapes to portraiture, still life, and life studies with colored pencil used in a range of applications and styles. ”
Image below: "Elephants" by Gemma Gylling
In the Mansion's Invitational Gallery,Blushfeatures Washington D.C. artists Emily Hoxworth and Rose Jaffe thru August 6. The artists are “engaging in a visual conversation about gender roles, the female form, and relationships among women from a feminist perspective using paint and fiber.”
Images below from Blush, at left, Strange Specimen(detail 2) by Emily Hoxworth & at right, Knot Your Womanby Rose Jaffe
The Music Center at Strathmore is exhibiting Mike Kelley's wall sculpture titled Memory Ware Flat #27 through April 2018. The sculpture is the latest work from the prestigious collection of Glenstone Museum to be displayed at Strathmore, & continues a partnership that has brought works by luminaries such as Martin Honert, Lee Bontecou, and Keith Haring to the Music Center.
Kelley (1954-2012) began his Memory Ware series in 2001. Some 100 of the two- and three-dimensional works, “imitate and subvert a nostalgic, folk-art tradition of preserving small, personally meaningful objects in mosaic-like decorations.”
Target Gallery at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Old Town Alexandria is exhibiting Sarah Nesbitt: Making Sense of What We Have, thru September 3.The exhibition is the Detroit-based mixed-media artist’s first solo exhibition in the greater D.C. metropolitan area.
Ms. Nesbitt “studies forgeries, censorship, the writing and re-writing of history, and positions art as essential to contextualizing and interpreting both our present and our past.”She uses a variety of modern and antiquated printed and digital media “to disrupt her own work with stitching, dissecting, writing, and pinning. She lays it bare so that it can be seen for what it is.”
Ms. Nesbitt was selected from more than 100 international applicants.