From Jana Petersen
Spring is in full swing; with that, many art galleries in the area are also “in full bloom.” Across the next week and a half, there are a bunch of galleries with new exhibitions, and with that, lots of associated activities. So, take out your day planner/calendar, and start planning ahead and marking down these events.
Hamiltonian Gallery will host an opening reception this Saturday, May 14 from 7 to 9 pm for its exhibit featuring Ryan Hoover, Jessica van Brankle and Lina Vargas de la Cruz, three Hamiltonian fellows. This exhibit draws from various content areas and materials to explore the notion of space and structure in very different ways.
This Saturday the 14th, an opening and reception at Hamiltonian… Thursday the 19th an opening and reception at Long View… coming on Saturday the 21st are openings at gallery plan b, Lamont Bishop and Transformer.
For example, Hoover’s installation comprises a series of mid-century furniture pieces embedded with micro-controllers that pull (live-time!) feeds from his email and social media streams to display on the furniture. Head to Hamiltonian to find out how van Brankle and de la Cruz understand and paint the notions of a “paved paradise” and “clothes and space,” respectively.
Looking ahead, Long View Gallery will have its opening reception for “Artists of the Washington Glass School: The First Ten Years” at 6:30 pm on Thursday, May 19. This exhibit features the works of over eleven artists who taught or were students at the renowned Washington Glass School, and strives to show how glass-making and glass sculptures have become a metaphorical and more creative art than its often traditional portrayal as standardized dining-ware.
These highlights are just a small taste of the different openings and associated events in the area. Stay tuned for more opening receptions next week; in the meantime, be sure to check out the full list below.
Find out what’s showing at 12 galleries in the Logan-Shaw-U Street area below the fold.
|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.|
1515 14th Street NW
|Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 11:30 am to 5 pm; Saturday, noon to 5 pm.|
1515 14th Street NW
|Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 6 pm.|
|gallery plan b
1530 14th Street NW
|“Works by Gordon Binder, Works by Tanja Bos, Works by Beverly Ryan” May 18 to June 19.Opening Reception: May 21, 6 to 8 pm with artists.
Overview: Each artist in this exhibit chooses a different way to paint his/her environment. While Gordon Binder captures the world around him through natural landscapes and cityscapes, Tanja Bos uses ink and paper to create ethereal scenes “that seem to glow from within” (Gallery plan b) and Beverly Ryan’s “narrative paintings are populated with soul-searching figures amongst decorative and colorful patterns.” (Gallery plan b)
Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 7 pm; Sunday, 1 to 5 pm
1353 U Street NW
|“Concurrent Exhibitions by Three Hamiltonian Fellows: Ryan Hoover, Jessica van Brakle, and Linda Vargas de la Hoz“from May 14 to June 18.Overview: In this exhibit, each artists explores the notion of physical objects and space to paint a convergence that is not normally seen – a tent made out of a clothes jacket? What about furniture implanted with micro-controllers?
Opening Reception: May 14, 7 to 9 pm
Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6 pm.
|Hemphill Fine Arts
1515 14th Street NW
|“Anne Rowland” through June 4.Overview: “Anne Rowland’s complex photographic engagement with the farmland around her home in rural Virginia springs from an instinctual feeling for nature and the inherent melancholy of our intrusion upon it. In her collection and mending together of visual data, Rowland points to a place in the human brain that desires to commune with and care for the wilderness.” (Hemphill)
Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm.
1412 14th Street NW
|“Dataklysmos”April 30 through June 4.Overview: “Dataklysmos” is an exhibition of new multimedia sculptures that show the world of data and the materiality of digital technology in new ways. The implication of the Brooklyn artist’s name [dNASAb] — “Disney-NASA-Borg” — is only the tip of the ice berg.
Gallery Hours: Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11 am to 6 pm.
|Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery
Smith Farm Center for Healing and the Arts
1632 U Street NW
|“What Matters.” Judy Byron’s “What Matters” is on display 24-7during construction at the gallery.Overview: What matters? Too much? Not enough? Too difficult to articulate? In her installment, “What Matters,” Byron uses the dialogue that flows from the question to inspire and create six life-size models of the women she engages (life-size models currently on display). “What Matters” is an exploration of the elusive nature of this question and these women.|
|Lamont Bishop Gallery
1314 9th Street NW
|ChickenVilleopens Saturday, May 21, with a reception from 7 to 11 pm.Overview: New works by Brandon Hill: “ChickenVille,as described by the artist, is a place defined as a jubilant mixture of Americana, technical proficiency of craft and ideas of pop-culture, sci-fi, lore and legend, all meeting on the same plateau.” (Lamont Bishop Gallery)
Gallery Hours: Thursdays and Fridays, 5 to 9 pm; Saturday, 6 to 10 pm.
|Long View Gallery
1234 9th Street NW
|“The Artists of the Washington Glass School: The First Ten Years” May 19 to June 19.Overview: Find out how students and teachers at the Washington Glass School have taken glass sculpture outside of its traditional form.
Opening Reception: May 19, 6:30 – 8:30 pm.
Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm; Sunday, noon to 5 pm.
|Project 4 Gallery
1353 U Street NW
|“Liminal Light” April 30 through June 4. Overview: “The show liminal light at Project 4 Gallery features artists who explore various means of representing reality and the boundaries beyond, bringing the viewer to the visual realm of the sublime. Using graphite, India ink, smoke, and photo collage the artists exploit the duality between black and white to reveal the spectrum of infinite shades of gray” (Project 4).
Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 6 pm.
1404 P Street NW
|“This IS Hawai’i” May 21 to June 5 at Transformer.Overview: This IS Hawai`i artists Solomon Enos, Puni Kukahiko, Carl F. K. Pao and Maika’i Tubbs explore – through site-specific installation, artistic actions, and public programs – what it means to be “Hawaiian” in the 21st century.
**This exhibit is being co-hosted by the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. For a full list of Smithsonian hosted events, click here.