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New Exhibitions at Joan Hisaoka, Long View, Curator’s Office

From Luis Gomez. Catch his photos on Picplz and at One Photograph A Day. Follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos.

There are some great exhibitions at Borderstan-area galleries. Editor’s pick: Don’t miss “What is your Tar Baby?” Mixed Media by Charlie Palmer, at Joan Hisaoka Gallery, 1632 U Street NW.

New Exhibitions

  • Long View Gallery: Tony Savoie’s “In Thoughts, Words and Deeds” exhibition opens February 23, runs until March 19. Opening reception February 23, 6:30 to 8 pm.
  • Joan Hisaoka Gallery: “What is your Tar Baby?” Mixed Media by Charlie Palmer, opening Friday February 24, with a reception from 7 to 9 pm.
  • Curator’s Office: “Dawn Black: Magic Foxhole” opens February 25 and runs through April 7.

Get more details on the 13 galleries in the Logan-Shaw-U Street area below.

Adamson Gallery at 1515 14th Street NW

  • Check back for upcoming exhibitions.
  • Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 11:30 am to 5 pm; Saturday, noon to 5 pm.

Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery, DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th Street NW

  • “Walking Tel Aviv: Photographs by David Bergholz” runs through April 6.
  • Gallery Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 10 am to 10 pm; Friday, 10 am to 4 p.m.

Arts@1830 at 1830 14th Street NW

  • Al Wildey solo exhibition runs through March 30.
  • Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 11 am to 6 pm; Saturday, 11 am to 5 pm; and by appointment.

Curator’s Office at 1515 14th Street NW

gallery plan b at 1530 14th Street NW

  • “Works by Bernardo Siles” runs until February 26.
  • Overview: “Process is key in my work. Each final piece is a result of several studies and sketches. I delight in the process and evolution, as much as I do completing a matured work. I have worked with the human form, done portraiture and explored different conceptual abstractions.” (Siles)
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 7 pm; Sunday, 1 to 5 pm.

Hamiltonian Gallery at 1353 U Street NW

  • “Matthew Mann and Joyce Y-J Lee” runs through March 10.
  • Overview: “Both artists, trained as painters, each lay forward new bodies of work that continue to explore the tropes of Renaissance painting applied to their own contemporary narrative. Although stylistically distinct, Lee and Mann both convey imaginary dimensions of space to metaphor the human condition.” (Hamiltonian Gallery)
  • Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6 pm.

harmon art lab at 1716 14th Street NW, 2nd Floor

  • Rachel England and Amy Boone-McCreesh runs through March 3.
  • Overview: “England’s work juxtaposes classic and iconic imagery from much earlier times with figures that have, quite frankly, been disfigured. Amy Boone-McCreesh’s installation resembles a Chinese new year’s parade on its way to a second line or mardi gras, depending on your perspective.” (harmon art lab)
  • Gallery Hours: Call for an appointment; gallery staff is in the building Monday through Friday during business hours.

Hillyer Art Space at 9 Hillyer Court NW

  • “Lucinda Murphy: Evolution” and “Monica Stroik: Substructure” runs through February 24.
  • Overview: “Most recently, Murphy has focused on exploring order and chaos from both the scientific sense and in the sense of how we perceive the difference; literally and psychologically. On a broad universal level, Monica Stroik’s paintings reflect the fact that each of us makes daily choices, some conscious and others unconscious, which all have consequences.” (Hillyer Art Space)
  • “Elizabeth Holtry: Toile de Jouy” runs through February 24.
  • Overview: Holtry’s paintings depict animals that few people appreciate, such as hyenas, insects and rats. Her work addresses our prejudicial attitudes toward these animals.” (Hillyer Art Space)
  • Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Friday 12 am to 6 pm; Saturday and Monday, 12 am to 5 pm; and by appointment.

Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at 1632 U Street NW

  • “What is your Tar Baby?” Mixed Media by Charlie Palmer. Opening reception is Friday February 24, 7 to 9 pm.
  • Overview: “What do President Barack Obama, Adolf Hilter, Marilyn Monroe, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Pee-wee Herman have in common? According to Atlanta-based artist Charly Palmer, each has a “Tar Baby”.  In this collection of over 40 mixed media works, Palmer appropriates and reinterprets the tale of “Brer Rabbit and the Tar Baby” to address contemporary issues of bigotry, racism and stereotyping.  Yet, in Palmer’s version it is no longer the archetypal trickster rabbit, but rather civil rights leaders, entertainers, politicians, scholars, and African and Native Americans who confront their tar babies.  Each metaphoric “tar baby” represents a conviction to a social cause, a sensitive situation or misguided belief that holds one back. Palmer’s imagery is poignant as it summons a deep emotional response, reaching the inner sanctum of where our “tar baby” lies.   Meet the artist and joining us in opening the new show!” (Joan Hisaoka Gallery)
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Friday, 11 am to 5 pm; Saturday, 11 am to 3 pm; and by appointment.

Lamont Bishop Gallery at 1314 9th Street NW

  • Aniekan Udofia’s “The Village B-boy” opened February 4.
  • Overview: “The exhibition of over 20 images captures the exuberance of the United States’ most significant musical export since jazz. Exhibiting a masterful use of graphite, acrylic, spray paint and stencils, Udofia epitomizes a sophisticated understanding of the localization of exported pop culture.” (Lamont Bishop Gallery)
  • Gallery Hours: Thursday through Saturday, 1 to 7 pm; Sundays by appointment only.

Long View Gallery at 1234 9th Street NW

  • Tony Savoie “In Thoughts, Words and Deeds” exhibition opens February 23 runs until March 19.
  • Overview: “Savoie criticizes the pack mentality and questions the morality of acting solely on orders rather than self-evaluation. Addressing the gap between the potential for human decency and an often brutally cruel reality, he manages to balance his frustration and disgust with humor and possibility. Tony Savoie uses a wide range of media including clear acrylic, spray paint, photographs, stencils, oils & found objects to create his multi-dimensional statements.” (Long View Gallery)
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm; Sunday, noon to 5 pm.

Project 4 Gallery at 1353 U Street NW

  • Georg Kuettinger runs through March 17.
  • Overview: “Georg Huettinger’s large-scale photographs are reflections on the tradition of landscape photography. At first glance, the photographs appear to be direct portrayals of reality; upon further inspection, atypical topography and unnatural perspectives reveal their customized construction.” (Project 4)
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 6 pm.

Transformer Gallery at 1404 P Street NW

  • Transformer + DANDANS, a Tokyo based Artists Collective runs through March 25. Presented at Pepco’s Edison Place Gallery 702 Eighth Street NW.
  • Overview: “This comprehensive exhibition, the first of its kind in the U.S. and one of Transformer’s most ambitious exhibitions to date, will feature works in a variety of mediums exploring emerging Japanese artists’ creative responses to the terrible catastrophe that killed thousands of people and how life has changed in Japan as a result.” (Transformer)
  • Gallery Hours: Check website.


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