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 in Arlington, Virginia is displaying a new exhibition titled You, If No One Else thru March 31. The exhibition features ten contemporary artists and artist collaborations, and looks at ”the ways in which artists record, reflect, contribute to, rail against, and engage with politics and civic life, bringing dialogue, beauty, and nuance to their involvement in the public sphere. The title of the exhibition was inspired by poet Tino Villanueva, whose poem of the same name was included in his 1994 collection Chronicle of My Worst Years.” The exhibiting artists are Kim Beck, Phillip Buehler, Lizania Cruz, Mel Day + Michael Namkung, Roxana Geffen, Ashley Minner, Dana Ollestad, Jon Rubin + Lee Walton & Danielle A. Scruggs.
Arlington Arts Center (AAC) will exhibit 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 will be on display April 14-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.
The Corcoran School of the Arts and Design is exhibiting Professor Joseph Kunkel’s Bridging Boundariesthru April 8.Joseph Kunkel is a community designer and educator working on research and building capacity in Native American communities. He is also the William Wilson Corcoran Visiting Professor of Community Engagement at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design. The exhibition features “critical conversations that investigate, reimagine and create alternatives to physical and nonphysical divisions by focusing on works of art and architecture that reconcile or otherwise address polarized geographies.”
Image below: The poster for Professor Joseph Kunkel’s Bridging Boundaries
IA&A at Hillyer is exhibiting works by Anne Smith of Washington, DC, Jeff Hensley of Ellicot City, MD & Sarah Jamison of Washington, DC, thru April 1.
IA&A will present three new exhibitions, April 6-29.
The Last Swiss Holocaust Survivorswill be presented in partnership with the Embassy of Switzerland.The exhibition will use photography, video, and oral histories “to give voice to the women and men who built a new life in Switzerland after surviving the Holocaust.” An exhibition titled REVEALED examines the relevance and value of self-portraiture through the individual artist's varied approaches to self-representation.The exhibition will feature work by local, national, and international artists including Fithi Abraham, Mike Callaghan, Brandon Chambers, Mandy Cooper, Luis Flores, Muriel Hasbun, Annette Isham, and Qin Tan. Flipbook illustrator Tom Olson’s Six Second Stories weaves tales of love, loss, and other investigations into the human psyche and the absurd.“He spent countless hours drawing hundreds of pages to arrive at a profound six seconds.” IA&A at Hillyer is near Dupont Circle & The Phillips Collection in DC.
Images below: Clockwise from top: An image from The Last Swiss Holocaust Survivors; an image from Flipbook illustrator Tom Olson’s Six Second Stories; and an image from REVEALED.
The Kreeger Museum in Northwest DC will present an exhibition titled Second Nature: Portuguese Contemporary Art from the EDP Foundation Collection, June 13-July31, 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 exhibiting Still Lives: Jennifer Allevato, thru April 29. Allevato paints floral still lifes, tablescapes, and interiors in pastel hues “with gestural pencil marks still in place, offering a window into the artist’s process. As a nod to her background in costume design, she sometimes layers vintage clothing patterns into her paintings, using a lighter hand to allow the text to peek through.”
The Mansion at Strathmore is displaying Up in the Air, an exhibition that explores the artistry of kites in their “abundant color and sculptural design,” thru April 29.Kites were used for ceremonies, military campaigns, and scientific experiments before flying kites became a traditional pastime. The exhibition shows how modern-day kite makers use state-of-the art materials, complex construction, and intricate designs “to elevate kites into fine aerial art.”The exhibition was curated by Lesley Lundgren. Strathmore will present Kite Fly Dayon April 22.Visitors are invited to “grab your kites and head to Strathmore for a day of fun and spectacle! The event offers an opportunity to see these amazing artworks gliding on the breeze before Air Play in the Concert Hall. ”
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.”
The Torpedo Factor Art Center in Alexandria, Virginia will present their Annual Special Exhibition & Art Sale, March 10-25.All 10”x10” panels will sell for $150. Proceeds will benefit future exhibitions and programs in Target Gallery and the Art Center. There will be an Art Partyon March 23, when all of the works will be discounted to $100. The Art Party will be sponsored in part by the Factory Society, which is the young patrons group of the Torpedo Factory Art Center.
Image below: Illustration for the Special Exhibition & Sale