Members' Preview: June 16, 5:30–7:30 pm
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 17, 6-9 pm
Alper Initiative for Washington Art: Performing the Border
Curated by Megan Parker
Where do we draw the boundary line? How do we know where one moment ends and another begins? The borders that separate people and things are constantly changing, and quite often completely arbitrary, yet the importance placed on them would seem to suggest otherwise. Featuring Washington artists Clay Dunklin, Amy Lin, Susana Raab, Jenny Wu, and Street Light Circus, the works in Performing the Border explore the concept of borders and boundaries, both the ways we perform within them, and the way those borders are often themselves a performance.
Val Lewton: From Hollywood to Breezewood
From Hollywood to Breezewood, a retrospective of Val Lewton, brings it all to bear; Lewton's lifetime in front of the canvas, his knowledge of color, his unerring command of the paint-loaded brush and his certitude about how best to structure a painting. Lewton was born in California, the son of a film director, and moved to Washington to work as an exhibit designer at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (then the National Collection of Fine Arts). His paintings use the artifacts of traffic and run of the mill objects—cars, trucks, roadways, semi-demolished buildings, and paint cans—to create improbably beautiful and personal compositions.
Frederic Kellogg: Works in Oil and Watercolor
Curated by E.A. Carmean, Jr.
Kellogg's work belongs within—and extends—what could be called a
river of tradition American landscape, figural and still-life painting; a
broad, quarter-millennium course flowing from John Singleton Copley and Thomas
Cole to Milton Avery and Andrew Wyeth. Kellogg works by a combination of
sketches made in his constant-companion notebook, of watercolors done en
plein-air, or in the studio from notes, or painting in oil on canvas. All
three forms are included in this exhibition, featuring landscapes from Maine
and Washington, DC where Kellogg splits his time.
States of Being: Photographs of Cuba and North Korea by Carl
This exhibition features 60 photographic prints of scenes
from two communist nations, North Korea and Cuba, by Belgian photographer Carl
De Keyzer. 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.
The North Korean prints, which will be shown for the first time in conjunction
with Cuba, la lucha, were shot in
2015 when the artist spent more than 40 nights in North Korea with the British-run
Koryo Group. During this time, De Keyzer traveled and documented each province
in the country. De Keyzer is a globally renowned photographer and member of
Magnum Photos, an international photographic collective, and the recipient of
17 international awards. The photographs in this exhibition powerfully capture
the struggles and the leisure of everyday Cubans and North Koreans in uncommon
Continuing On View Foon Sham: Escape
Curated by Laura Roulet
Monumental, participatory sculptural work by Foon Sham remains on view through August 13 in the outdoor sculpture garden and first floor of the museum.