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Posted at 7:17 PM ET, 02/ 1/2007

Comings and Goings

By Julia Beizer

We're reviving a little tradition here at Guru Central: the Comings and Goings column. In this monthly guide, we'll give you the scoop on what's opening, what's closing and what museum or gallery reception is most worth your time. Februrary couldn't be a better month to start; seems like one hot show opens after another in the next few weeks.


So we all have jobs in our pasts that were less than hardcore, but the thought of punk legend Ian MacKaye and rocker-turned-spoken-word-artist Henry Rollins slinging scoops of fudge ripple at Georgetown's Haagen Dazs shop teeters on unbelieveable. It was in that very shop that the musicians met Susie J. Horgan, a college student who took black-and-white photographs of the early '80s D.C. music scene. They're on view in an exhibition called "Punk Love" at Govinda Gallery this month. (Reception: 6-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2)

Also opening on Friday is "Wonderland: Surrealism and Fashion," an exhibition of photographs and multimedia works that explore fashion and its relationship to the human psyche. Expect out-there costumes in this one: The exhibit's flyer features a feather headpiece and a disco-ball-esque minidress. The exhibition is on view at Dissident Display Gallery on H Street by appointment this month, but if you want to get in without the hassle of calling, check out the reception from 7 p.m. to midnight on Friday, Feb. 2.

This textile fragment hails from 16th-century Iran.

"Red," the Textile Museum's homage to the color of power, rage and lust, opens on Friday, Feb. 2. Highlights include an 16th-century Iranian cloth, an AIDS ribbon and work by contemporary tapestry artist Thomas Cronenberg.

Francophiles are in luck this month. "Paris in Transition," a photography exhibit that traces the evolution of Paris (and the photographic technique) in the late 19th and early 20th century, opens at the National Gallery on Feb. 11. The same day, an exhibition of works by Camille Pissaro opens at the Baltimore Museum of Art. The show looks at the artist's transition from run-of-the-mill landscape painter to pioneering impressionist.

A wooden mask from the Tsogo peoples of Gabon.

Visitors to the National Museum of African Art got a sneak peek at the famed Disney-Tishman collection last year. Opening on Feb. 15, this year's show, "African Vision: The Walt Disney-Tishman African Art Collection," features more than 80 pieces from the prized collection of African art objects.

With "5 + 5," the Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery at the DCJCC strays a bit from its usual exhibitions focusing on Jewish artists and themes. The gallery asked five nationally recognized artists with local ties to select less recognized artists to exhibit with them. The pairings have a tips-from-the pros vibe, with the more established artists pointing gallerygoers to hot artists to watch. It's hard to call someone like Jae Ko (Sam Gilliam's pick for the show) "up-and-coming" -- she's been exhibiting the world for years -- but if Gilliam or Martin Puryear says an artist's worth watching, I want to check out his work. (Reception: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15)

Thomas Wilfred's "Study in Depth, Opus 152"

Like moths to a flame, people flocked to Dan Flavin's massive exhibition of light-based work at the National Gallery a few years ago. See some of his works again at the Hirshhorn when it opens "
Refract, Reflect, Project: Light Works from the Collection
" on Feb. 15.

Christopher Saah's "Nightscene 20v"

"Christopher Saah: Nightscenes" showcases dark, eerie urban spaces. Some of the photographs in this series were recently on view in Baltimore, but their installation at Flashpoint is a much shorter commute for those of us in the D.C. area. (Reception: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15)

"Moving Pictures," an exhibit that draws connections between early film and art of the time, opens at the Phillips Collection on Feb. 17.

Honfleur Gallery enjoyed a a soft launch with its opening party for "No Scratchers" last month, but the official grand opening is Feb. 24, another good reason to check out the new space in Southeast. This show, "The East of the River Exhibition," features artists with roots in Ward 7. (Reception: 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24)

Reception of the Month

Opening and closing receptions are my favorite way to check out exhibits around town. This month, the Textile Museum's offers the best of the bunch. Billed as a Valentine's Day party, this event features romantic harp music, hors d'oeuvres, wine and special tours of "Red." Partygoers can make their own valentines out of cloth. Reservations are required for the evening event on Wednesday, Feb. 7. Call 202-667-0441, Ext. 64.


"Joseph Cornell: Navigating the Imagination" -- perhaps the most interesting museum show of the fall -- closes up on Feb. 19. Check out his crazy box sculptures before they're gone.

Dan Steinhilber's exhibition of Roombas and industrial blowers pushing around packing peanuts has caused a literal and figurative stir in Baltimore for the last several months. It closes on Feb. 18.

Heads Up

In March, the Corcoran opens a fabulous massive exhibition on Modernism that was formerly at London's Victoria and Albert Museum. (Post critic Blake Gopnik wrote about the exhibition in London; check out images from the exhibit here.) In addition to gems from the V&A show, the Corcoran's installation features modernist pieces from its collection. The exhibit doesn't open until March 17, but timed tickets are required ($14, seniors and military $12 and students $10) and go on sale Feb 1. If you want to be one of the first ones in the door (or you want a coveted weekend time slot), it's worth buying tickets early.

By Julia Beizer  | February 1, 2007; 7:17 PM ET
Categories:  Museums  
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