An Exhibit to Bank On
Nothing frustrates me more about the D.C. gallery scene than the hours. While many of the spaces have nighttime receptions, regular hours at most galleries directly coincide with my 9-5. The Cultural Center Gallery at the Inter-American Development Bank is no exception.
That being said, the center's current exhibition is worth a lunchtime visit for art lovers who work near Metro Center.
"The Arts of Guyana: A Multicultural Caribbean Adventure" showcases contemporary Guyanese painting and sculpture along with more than 50 objects made by the Amerindians (indigenous Guyanese people).
For me, the highlights of the show are the colorful figural paintings by Patrick Barrington and Stanley Greaves. In these works, the artists present the lush physical landscape of their homeland with bright greens and yellows. Greaves's work is abstract, using blocks of color and shapes to depict urban and natural scenes. Barrington's self-portrait and painting of a figure at a well pay special homage to the banana leaves in Guyana.
Of the Amerindian work, I was most impressed with the hand-woven fish traps. The "creels" have clever trapping mechanisms to catch the fish and are simply beautiful.
Other works on view include Winston Strick's dangling mobiles, Philip Moore's sculpture tribute to Muhammad Ali and dozens of woven fans and wall tapestries.
The exhibit will be up until August 11, so if you find yourself in need of an air-conditioned lunch break some time this summer, the IDB isn't a bad place to be.
Posted by: Marcia | June 2, 2006 3:46 PM | Report abuse
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