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Galleries: Art is Getting Hot


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

Enjoy the season openings with the new exhibits at galleries in the neighborhood.

Adamson Gallery at 1515 14th Street NW

  • Gordon Parks, “An American Lens.” 
  • Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 11:30 am to 5 pm; Saturday, noon to 5 pm.

Contemporary Wing at 1412 14th Street NW

  • Teo Gonzalez: Solo Exhibit runs through June 29.
  • Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm.

Curator’s Office at 1515 14th Street NW

  • Nicholas & Sheila Pye: “Unspoiled” runs through June 22.
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 6 pm.

doris-mae at 1716 14th Street NW, 2nd Floor

  • Work by Kristy Simmons and Justin Fair on June 14-15 and June 21-22.
  • Gallery Hours: Call for an appointment; gallery staff is in the building Monday through Friday during business hours.

Gallery plan b at 1530 14th Street NW

  • Photography: Process and Perspective runs through July 21. Featuring works by Kermit Berg, Donna Cameron, Charlie Gaynor, Marc Sirinsky and David Young This group exhibition will include works by local and national photographers using a variety of techniques and printing methods.
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 7 pm; Sunday, 1 to 5 pm.

Hamiltonian Gallery at 1353 U Street NW

  • “Spotless” opens June 22 and runs through July 27. Works by Nora Howell and Holly Bass.
  • Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6 pm.

Hemphill at 1515 14th Street NW

  • “Artist-Citizen” runs through July 27.
  • Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, or by appointment.

Hillyer Art Space at 9 Hillyer Court NW

  • Lara Bandilla: “Of Time and Light”
  • Melanie Kehoss: “Intergrowth”
  • Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Friday noon to 6 pm; Saturday and Monday, noon to 5 pm; and by appointment.

Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at 1632 U Street NW

  • “From The Outside” opens June 21.
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Friday, 11 am to 5 pm; Saturday, 11 am to 3 pm; and by appointment.

Long View Gallery at 1234 9th Street NW

  • “Refresh III, ” featuring new work by Sondra N. Arkin, Mike Weber, Bryan Nash Gill, Takefumi Hori, Ryan McCoy, Eve Stockton, Marie Ringwald and Natasha Karpinskaia.
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm; Sunday, noon to 5 pm.

Project 4 Gallery at 1353 U Street NW

  • “My Kind of Magic” runs through June 29.
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 6 pm.

Transformer Gallery at 1404 P Street NW

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Galleries: Great Exhibits In The Hood


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Get the info on Borderstan art galleries. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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

Enjoy the season openings with the new exhibits at galleries in the neighborhood.

Adamson Gallery at 1515 14th Street NW

  • Gordon Parks, “An American Lens.” 
  • Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 11:30 am to 5 pm; Saturday, noon to 5 pm.

Contemporary Wing at 1412 14th Street NW

  • Teo Gonzalez: Solo Exhibit runs through June 29.
  • Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm.

Curator’s Office at 1515 14th Street NW

  • Nicholas & Sheila Pye: “Unspoiled” runs through June 22.
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 6 pm.

doris-mae at 1716 14th Street NW, 2nd Floor

  • Work by Kristy Simmons and Justin Fair on June 14-15 and June 21-22.
  • Gallery Hours: Call for an appointment; gallery staff is in the building Monday through Friday during business hours.

Gallery plan b at 1530 14th Street NW

  • Works by Freya Grand runs through June 16.
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 7 pm; Sunday, 1 to 5 pm.

Hamiltonian Gallery at 1353 U Street NW

Hemphill at 1515 14th Street NW

  • “Artist-Citizen” runs through July 27.
  • Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, or by appointment.

Hillyer Art Space at 9 Hillyer Court NW

  • Lara Bandilla: “Of Time and Light”
  • Melanie Kehoss: “Intergrowth”
  • Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Friday noon to 6 pm; Saturday and Monday, noon to 5 pm; and by appointment.

Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at 1632 U Street NW

  • “Alchemical Vessels” runs through June 7.
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Friday, 11 am to 5 pm; Saturday, 11 am to 3 pm; and by appointment.

Long View Gallery at 1234 9th Street NW

  • “Refresh III, ” featuring new work by Sondra N. Arkin, Mike Weber, Bryan Nash Gill, Takefumi Hori, Ryan McCoy, Eve Stockton, Marie Ringwald and Natasha Karpinskaia.
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm; Sunday, noon to 5 pm.

Project 4 Gallery at 1353 U Street NW

  • “My Kind of Magic” runs through June 29.
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 6 pm.

Transformer Gallery at 1404 P Street NW

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Galleries: New Exhibits Fill Local Spaces


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Get the info on Borderstan art galleries. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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

Enjoy the season openings with the new exhibits at galleries in the neighborhood.

Adamson Gallery at 1515 14th Street NW

  • Gordon Parks, “An American Lens,” runs through May 31.   
  • Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 11:30 am to 5 pm; Saturday, noon to 5 pm.

Contemporary Wing at 1412 14th Street NW

  • Teo Gonzalez: Solo Exhibit opens May 31 and runs through June 29.
  • Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm.

Curator’s Office at 1515 14th Street NW

  • Nicholas & Sheila Pye: “Unspoiled” runs through June 22.
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 6 pm.

doris-mae at 1716 14th Street NW, 2nd Floor

  • Work by Kristy Simmons and Justin Fair on June 14-15 and June 21-22.
  • Gallery Hours: Call for an appointment; gallery staff is in the building Monday through Friday during business hours.

Gallery plan b at 1530 14th Street NW

  • Works by Freya Grand runs through June 16.
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 7 pm; Sunday, 1 to 5 pm.

Hamiltonian Gallery at 1353 U Street NW

Hemphill at 1515 14th Street NW

  • “Artist-Citizen” opens June 5 and runs through July 27.
  • Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, or by appointment.

Hillyer Art Space at 9 Hillyer Court NW

  • Lara Bandilla: “Of Time and Light”
  • Melanie Kehoss: “Intergrowth”
  • Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Friday noon to 6 pm; Saturday and Monday, noon to 5 pm; and by appointment.

Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at 1632 U Street NW

  • “Alchemical Vessels” runs through June 7.
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Friday, 11 am to 5 pm; Saturday, 11 am to 3 pm; and by appointment.

Long View Gallery at 1234 9th Street NW

  • “Gian Garofalo – Ain’t That America…” runs through June 2.
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm; Sunday, noon to 5 pm.

Project 4 Gallery at 1353 U Street NW

  • “My Kind of Magic” runs through June 29.
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 6 pm.

Transformer Gallery at 1404 P Street NW

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Galleries in Full Bloom


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

Enjoy the season openings with the new exhibits at galleries in the neighborhood — and remember that these exhibits are closing.

Closings

Adamson Gallery at 1515 14th Street NW

  • Gordon Parks, “An American Lens,” runs through May 31.   
  • Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 11:30 am to 5 pm; Saturday, noon to 5 pm.

Contemporary Wing at 1412 14th Street NW

  • Teo Gonzalez: Solo Exhibit opens May 31 and runs through June 29.
  • Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm.

Curator’s Office at 1515 14th Street NW

  • Kathryn Cornelius: “Let’s Not Ever Be Strangers Again” runs through May 11.
  • Nicholas & Sheila Pye: “Unspoiled” opens May 18 through June 22.
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 6 pm.

doris-mae at 1716 14th Street NW, 2nd Floor

  • Work by Sean Smith and Dafna Steinberg runs through May 19.
  • Gallery Hours: Call for an appointment; gallery staff is in the building Monday through Friday during business hours.

Gallery plan b at 1530 14th Street NW

  • Recent Works by Kevin H. Adams runs through May 12.
  • Works by Freya Grand opens May 15 through June 16.
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 7 pm; Sunday, 1 to 5 pm.

Hamiltonian Gallery at 1353 U Street NW

Hemphill at 1515 14th Street NW

  • “Julie Wolfe: Rewilding” runs through May 18.
  • “Artist-Citizen” opens June 5 through July 27.
  • Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, or by appointment.

Hillyer Art Space at 9 Hillyer Court NW

  • Lara Bandilla “Of Time and Light”
  • Melanie Kehoss “Intergrowth”
  • Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Friday noon to 6 pm; Saturday and Monday, noon to 5 pm; and by appointment.

Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at 1632 U Street NW

  • “Alchemical Vessels” runs through June 7.
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Friday, 11 am to 5 pm; Saturday, 11 am to 3 pm; and by appointment.

Long View Gallery at 1234 9th Street NW

  • “Gian Garofalo – Ain’t That America…” runs through June 2.
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm; Sunday, noon to 5 pm.

Project 4 Gallery at 1353 U Street NW

Transformer Gallery at 1404 P Street NW

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Galleries: “Alchemical Vessels” Opening at Joan Hisaoka


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Get the info on Borderstan art galleries. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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

Enjoy the season openings with the new exhibits at galleries in the neighborhood.

Openings and Closings

Adamson Gallery at 1515 14th Street NW

  • Gordon Parks, “An American Lens,” runs through May 31.   
  • Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 11:30 am to 5 pm; Saturday, noon to 5 pm.

Contemporary Wing at 1412 14th Street NW

  • Teo Gonzalez: Solo Exhibit opens May 31 and runs through June 29.
  • Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm.

Curator’s Office at 1515 14th Street NW

  • Kathryn Cornelius: “Let’s Not Ever Be Strangers Again” runs through May 11.
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 6 pm.

doris-mae at 1716 14th Street NW, 2nd Floor

  • Work by Sean Smith and Dafna Steinberg runs through May 19.
  • Gallery Hours: Call for an appointment; gallery staff is in the building Monday through Friday during business hours.

Gallery plan b at 1530 14th Street NW

  • Recent Works by Kevin H. Adams runs through May 12.
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 7 pm; Sunday, 1 to 5 pm.

Hamiltonian Gallery at 1353 U Street NW

  • “Gathering Space” runs through May 4: “Abandoning his usual sculptural materials such as iron and wood for hand-sewn nylon fabric and fiberglass rods, Thompson creates sculptures that act as both conduits through the gallery and formidable monumental barriers.” (Hamiltonian Gallery)
  • Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6 pm.

Hemphill at 1515 14th Street NW

  • “Julie Wolfe: Rewilding” runs through May 18.
  • Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, or by appointment.

Hillyer Art Space at 9 Hillyer Court NW

Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at 1632 U Street NW

  • “Alchemical Vessels” opens April 26 and runs through June 7.
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Friday, 11 am to 5 pm; Saturday, 11 am to 3 pm; and by appointment.

Long View Gallery at 1234 9th Street NW

  • “Gian Garofalo – Ain’t That America…” opens May 2 and runs through June 2.
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm; Sunday, noon to 5 pm.

Project 4 Gallery at 1353 U Street NW

Transformer Gallery at 1404 P Street NW

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Galleries: Spring Time, Art Time


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Get the info on Borderstan art galleries. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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

Enjoy the season openings with the new exhibits at galleries in the neighborhood.

Openings and Closings

Adamson Gallery at 1515 14th Street NW

  • Gordon Parks, “An American Lens,” runs through May 31.   
  • 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

  • Gallery Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 10 am to 10 pm; Friday, 10 am to 4 pm.

Contemporary Wing at 1412 14th Street NW

  • “Mumbo Sauce,” a survey of artists who have, or once had, deep roots in Washington, DC. “The exhibition will be an exploration and commentary on how the environment of Go-Go, graffiti, punk, hardcore, graphic design and fine art has influenced their work.” Exhibit at 1310 Pennsylvania Avenue SE.
  • Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm.

Curator’s Office at 1515 14th Street NW

  • Kathryn Cornelius: “Let’s Not Ever Be Strangers Again” runs through May 11.
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 6 pm.

doris-mae at 1716 14th Street NW, 2nd Floor

  • “John James Anderson and Rachel England” closes April 13.
  • Work by Sean Smith and Dafna Steinberg opens April 20 and runs through May 19.
  • Gallery Hours: Call for an appointment; gallery staff is in the building Monday through Friday during business hours.

Gallery plan b at 1530 14th Street NW

  • Recent Works by Kevin H. Adams runs through May 12.
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 7 pm; Sunday, 1 to 5 pm.

Hamiltonian Gallery at 1353 U Street NW

  • “Gathering Space” runs through May 4: “Abandoning his usual sculptural materials such as iron and wood for hand-sewn nylon fabric and fiberglass rods, Thompson creates sculptures that act as both conduits through the gallery and formidable monumental barriers.” (Hamiltonian Gallery)
  • Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6 pm.

Hemphill at 1515 14th Street NW

  • “Julie Wolfe: Rewilding” runs through May 18.
  • Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, or by appointment.

Hillyer Art Space at 9 Hillyer Court NW

Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at 1632 U Street NW

  • “Be/Longing” runs through April 13.
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Friday, 11 am to 5 pm; Saturday, 11 am to 3 pm; and by appointment.

Long View Gallery at 1234 9th Street NW

  • “Gian Garofalo – Ain’t That America…” opens May 2 and runs through June 2.
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm; Sunday, noon to 5 pm.

Project 4 Gallery at 1353 U Street NW

Transformer Gallery at 1404 P Street NW

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ArtSee: April First Friday Picks


From ArtSee. Email contact[AT]artseedc.com and follow ArtSee @ArtSeeinDC on Twitter.

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Fawna Xiao’s “Glacier #1″ (Courtesy Fawna Xiao)

As the cherry blossoms begin to bloom, so does DC’s spring art schedule, beginning with this month’s round of First Friday openings.

On the top of ArtSee’s list of must-see shows this month, stands Contemporary Wing’s “MUMBO SAUCE.” Curated by Lauren Gentile, Contemporary Wing owner, and Roger Gastman, curator of the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s recent exhibition, “PUMP ME UP – D.C. subculture of the 1980s,” this survey of artists with roots as deeply embedded in Washington, D.C. as is the sweet and tangy sauce that the show derives its name from, “MUMBO SAUCE” explores the relationships and experiences shared by people working and living in this strange little city that is the nation’s Capital.

The Foundry Gallery’s exhibition “OUTLOUD,” features the work of 12 artists who began painting together twelve years ago. Exploring themes of non-representation and intuition, these works have a beautiful airiness that translates into both a calming aesthetic, and a curious emotive awareness.

On the cutting edge of the DC emerging art scene, Hillyer Art Space opens this Friday with Heather Day’s “Sideways” and Fawna Xiao’s “LOST LAND.” Though employing very different visual modes, works of paint, fiber and line by Day and print abstract landscapes by Xiao ebb and flow with one another to create an environment that challenges the eye to focus on details while simultaneously absorbing the greater image.

Bringing the Art in DC to You – Roxanne Goldberg

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Galleries: Spring Exhibits Are Here


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Get the info on Borderstan art galleries. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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

Enjoy the season openings with the new exhibits at the galleries in the neighborhood.

Openings and Closings

Adamson Gallery at 1515 14th Street NW

  • Gordon Parks, “An American Lens,” March 23 through May 31.   
  • 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

  • Dalya Luttwak, ”Sukkat Shalom/Tabernacle of Peace.”
  • Gallery Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 10 am to 10 pm; Friday, 10 am to 4 pm.

Contemporary Wing at 1412 14th Street NW

  • “Mumbo Sauce,” a survey of artists who have, or once had, deep roots in Washington, DC. “The exhibition will be an exploration and commentary on how the environment of Go-Go, graffiti, punk, hardcore, graphic design and fine art has influenced their work.” Exhibit at 1310 Pennsylvania Avenue SE.
  • Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm.

Curator’s Office at 1515 14th Street NW

  • Kathryn Cornelius: “Let’s Not Ever Be Strangers Again” opens March 30.
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 6 pm.

doris-mae at 1716 14th Street NW, 2nd Floor

  • “John James Anderson and Rachel England” opened March 16.
  • Gallery Hours: Call for an appointment; gallery staff is in the building Monday through Friday during business hours.

Gallery plan b at 1530 14th Street NW

  • Marilee Shapiro: “A Collection, 100 Years In The Making” runs through Sunday, March 31.
  • Recent Works by Kevin H. Adams, opens April 3 through May 12.
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 7 pm; Sunday, 1 to 5 pm.

Hamiltonian Gallery at 1353 U Street NW

  • “Gathering Space” opens March 30: “Abandoning his usual sculptural materials such as iron and wood for hand-sewn nylon fabric and fiberglass rods, Thompson creates sculptures that act as both conduits through the gallery and formidable monumental barriers.” (Hamiltonian Gallery)
  • Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6 pm.

Hemphill at 1515 14th Street NW

  • “Julie Wolfe: Rewilding” opened March 23 and runs through May 18.
  • Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, or by appointment.

Hillyer Art Space at 9 Hillyer Court NW

Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at 1632 U Street NW

  • “Be/Longing” runs through April 13.
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Friday, 11 am to 5 pm; Saturday, 11 am to 3 pm; and by appointment.

Long View Gallery at 1234 9th Street NW

  • “Gian Garofalo – Ain’t That America…” opens May 2 and runs through June 2.
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm; Sunday, noon to 5 pm.

Project 4 Gallery at 1353 U Street NW

Transformer Gallery at 1404 P Street NW

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Galleries: Season Openings


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Get the info on Borderstan art galleries. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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

Enjoy the season openings with the new exhibits at the galleries in the neighborhood.

Openings and Closings

Adamson Gallery at 1515 14th Street NW

  • Gordon Parks, “An American Lens,” March 23 through May 31.   
  • 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

  • Dalya Luttwak, ”Sukkat Shalom/Tabernacle of Peace.”
  • Gallery Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 10 am to 10 pm; Friday, 10 am to 4 pm.

Contemporary Wing at 1412 14th Street NW

  • Mumbo Sauce,”  a survey of artists who have, or once had, deep roots in Washington, D.C. The exhibition will be an exploration and commentary on how the environment of Go-Go, graffiti, punk, hardcore, graphic design and fine art has influenced their work. Exhibit at 1310 Pennsylvania Avenue SE.
  • Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm.

Curator’s Office at 1515 14th Street NW

  • Andrea Way: “Venetian Dream” runs through March 23.
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 6 pm.

doris-mae at 1716 14th Street NW, 2nd Floor

  • “John James Anderson and Rachel England” opens March 16.
  • Gallery Hours: Call for an appointment; gallery staff is in the building Monday through Friday during business hours.

Gallery plan b at 1530 14th Street NW

  • Marilee Shapiro: “A Collection,” 100 Years In The Making” runs through March 31.
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 7 pm; Sunday, 1 to 5 pm.

Hamiltonian Gallery at 1353 U Street NW

Hemphill at 1515 14th Street NW

  • Julie Wolfe: Rewilding” opens March 23 through May 18.
  • Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, or by appointment.

Hillyer Art Space at 9 Hillyer Court NW

Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at 1632 U Street NW

  • “Be/Longing” runs through April 13.
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Friday, 11 am to 5 pm; Saturday, 11 am to 3 pm; and by appointment.

Long View Gallery at 1234 9th Street NW

  • “Michelle Peterson-Albandoz, The Way Into The Wood,” opened February 15 and runs through March 24.
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm; Sunday, noon to 5 pm.

Project 4 Gallery at 1353 U Street NW

Transformer Gallery at 1404 P Street NW

  • Expansions, opens March 16 and runs through April 20.
  • Gallery Hours: Check the website for upcoming events.

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Outsider Art is In


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“Pump Me Up” is at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Eliza French. Follow her on Twitter @elizaenbref; email her at eliza[AT]borderstan.com.

Museums, galleries and critics across the country are showcasing works by outsider artists, pulling the movement out of obscurity and into the mainstream.

Outsider art is art created by people without formal training who don’t consider themselves professionals and who operate outside the realm of the art world establishment.

It encompasses work by the mentally ill or the developmentally disabled and is often inspired by an artist’s own fantasy world or personal memories, but also by pop culture, religion and local subcultures. Outsider artists often use unconventional materials and found objects.

Mingering Mike, "The Outsiders featuring The Big "D": The Outsiders Are Back (Sex Records)," 1971.

Mingering Mike, “The Outsiders featuring The Big “D”: The Outsiders Are Back (Sex Records),” 1971. Now part of the Smithsonian American Art’ Museum’s collection.

Now in its 21st year, the most recent annual “Outsider Art Fair” in New York received an “unprecedented amount of press coverage” and record-breaking attendance. The Philadelphia Museum of Art opened its “Great and Mighty Things” exhibit of outsider art earlier this month.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum’s recent acquisition of works by Mingering Mike should dispel any doubts that outsider art has found a place in the contemporary art historical canon. A recent Washington Post article details how the museum came to acquire the works, and gives as much information as possible on the person behind the Mingering Mike moniker.

Outsider art also features prominently in many spring museum exhibits and gallery openings here in DC.

“Mumbo Sauce,” curated by Lauren Gentile of Contemporary Wing and Bethesda native Roger Gastman, opens April 5 at an as yet undisclosed location. Gastman also curated the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s popular “Pump Me Up: D.C. Subculture of the 1980s” exhibit that features graffiti art by Cool “Disco” Dan, among others, posters, and ephemera from the 1980s DC musical sub-cultures. “Mumbo Sauce,” created “in response to” the Corcoran exhibit, includes pieces by Mingering Mike, Cool “Disco” Dan, BORF and others.

Art Enables, a non-profit that supports local artists with disabilities and that works to foster a wider appreciation of contemporary folk art, opened the “Glitterbomb” exhibit in its Off-Rhode Gallery on March 3. (Click here to view a slideshow of photos works from “Glitterbomb” on the Huffington Post.) All of the works in the exhibit come from Art Enable board member Paul Yandura’s personal collection. Programming for the exhibit includes a Gliteratti Party on Saturday, March 23, and a Collector’s Talk with Yandura on Wednesday, March 27.

The English-language term outsider art can be traced back to the concept of l’art brut. Jean Dubufett, one of three artists featured in “Angels, Demons, and Savages” at The Phillips Collection, was the first to use the term art brut and amassed a large collection of art brut works during his lifetime. A talk at The Phillips on March 28 will explore Dubuffet’s relation to art brut and its influence on his work.

Details

  • “Pump Me Up” at Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th Street NW, runs through April 7.
  • “Glitterbomb” at Off-Rhode Gallery, 2204 Rhode Island Avenue NE, runs through March 29.
  • “Mumbo Sauce” opens April 5 at an as yet undisclosed location.

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