Three Not-to-Miss Art Venues In the Nation’s Capital this Fall
If the thought of a trip to DC sounds about as enticing as a 24 hour CSPAN marathon (Don’t miss the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee!), take heart: It’s not all lobbyists and power lunches here in the District of Columbia, and visitors in search of great art have a lot to look forward to this fall.
From galleries large and small, private and public, to the Smithsonian’s museums, the National Archives and the Library of Congress, DC’s list of attractions for the visiting art lover is a long one, and deciding where to spend a limited amount of time for maximum art impact can be a consternating exercise. Below, I’ve taken some of the guess work out of a fall art sojourn in the nation’s capital, and listed a few of the exhibitions and shows you shouldn’t miss. Get packing.
First and foremost: Get ye to the National Gallery of Art. Just get ye there. The NGA is a national treasure, and nowhere in this town, or perhaps the world, are you going to get more bang for your art-lovin’ buck (it’s free) than here. A few highlights of current and scheduled exhibitions running this fall include: Yes, No, Maybe (now through January 5th), an amazing look into the process of 25 artists (including Richard Diebenkorn, Chuck Close, and John Cage) who’ve worked at renowned printmaking studio Crown Point Press over the last fifty years; an exhibition of the paintings and drawings of acclaimed contemporary artist Kerry James Marshall (now through December 8th); and Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections (October 2 – January 5th). Icons! Gold! Lots of stretchy-funky looking people wearing robes! Go!
And with the December closing of the NGA’s spectacular I.M. Pei designed East Building looming, it’s now or never to get your Calder on, people. Or it’s now or three years from now, at least, as the gallery undertakes a $30 million dollar face lift. Get on it.
Next: Fresh from its inaugural run at the J. Paul Getty museum in Los Angeles, do not miss the National Building Museum’s ode to urban sprawl, Overdrive: LA Constructs the Future, 1940-1990 (opening October 20th). Car culture, post-war architecture, art and urbanism collide in a fascinating look at the rise (and spread) of Los Angeles during and after World War II.
And finally: If your trip to DC just wouldn’t be complete without politics, intrigue, and a very of-the-moment artistic inquiry into all that Edward Snowden has left us contemplating, then Cyber In Securities (now through September 27) might just be the show for you. Presented by the Washington Project for the Arts, the show presents 13 artists, and teams of artists, exploring themes from surveillance and data mining to “knowledge engines” and “social sorting.” Yikes. This one is being talked about. A lot. Don’t miss out.
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