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Posted at 11:58 PM ET, 02/28/2007

Comings and Goings

By Julia Beizer

The Corcoran is all about sleek lines and sexy curves this month with "Modernism: Designing a New World." Opening on March 17, the exhibit presents more than 400 modernist objects, including chairs, lamps, photographs, clothing, a built-in kitchen and even a car. Timed tickets are required; see this Ticketmaster link for details.

See more exhibits opening this month after the jump.


"The Controller" by SHAG (a.k.a. Josh Agle)

The work on view in Hemphill's "Tug of War" exhibition is decidedly unpretentious. In fact, the artists in this show are part of the "lowbrow" movement spawned in Southern California in the 1970s. These pop-inspired works interpret the phrase "Tug of War" -- some figuratively, others literally (like the piece at left). (Reception: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 3)

When Hurricane Katrina charged the Gulf Coast a year and a half ago, Hancock County, Miss., was among the hardest hit. Flooding of area galleries and performing arts spaces meant that the county's thriving artist community had to take their show on the road. This month, several artists from the region set up shop in the Colasanto Center, the home of the Del Ray Artisans, for "Southern Surge: Hurricane Force Art from Hancock County, Mississippi" (Reception: 7-10 p.m. Friday, March 2). The National Museum of Women and the Arts also looks back at the storm with an exhibit opening March 9, Katrina: Mississippi Women Remember: Photographs by Melody Golding, an exhibition of 40 photographs documenting the devastation in Mississippi.

"Maria Simonsson's "June"

You won't find any old dry-cleaner's hangers in Maria Simonsson's closet. The Swedish-born, self-taught artist combines them with fiber to make vessels that reflect the colors and patterns of Scandinavian folk traditions. She's exhibiting at the Torpedo Factory's Art League Gallery. (Artist talk: 7 p.m. Thursday, March 8; Reception: 2-4 p.m. Sunday, March 11)

Tim Tate's "Video Reliquary" is made of blown and cast glass, a video and an LCD screen.

Bethesda's Fraser Gallery presents an exhibition of work by Tim Tate, perhaps the best-known glass sculptor in our area. Glass isn't the man's only medium, however. Tate's mixed-media works include everything from ceramics, dice and even a mini video screen. (Reception: 6-9 p.m. Friday, March 9)

With a little bit of file-sharing and a whole lotta local love, local blog DCist has orchestrated "DCist Exposed," a photography exhibit at the Warehouse Gallery showcasing arty shots of Washington haunts. All shutterflies were invited to add photos to the blog's Flickr pool. Out of a pool of nearly 500 photographs, DCist editors picked the best of the bunch for this show. Disclosure: My former boss has a photograph in the show. (Reception: 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 9)

"Thanks a Lot" by Mary Chiaramonte

The Renwick Craft Invitational, a biennial exhibition that spotlights contemporary craftspeople, opens on March 9. This year's installment, "From the Ground Up," features glass and clay sculptures and jewelry, lighting designs and installations made out of silver and handmade paper.

Five female artists under 30 created the paintings and mixed-media works in Nevin Kelly Gallery's upcoming exhibition, "Women's Work." The subject matter and technique changes from artist to artist, but the exhibit depicts uniquely female points of view. (Reception: 6-9 p.m. Thursday, March 15)

Masao Ido's "Tranquil Garden"

In conjunction with the National Cherry Blossom Festival, the Library of Congress opens "On the Cutting Edge: Contemporary Japanese Prints" on March 29. The exhibition features 212 contemporary Japanese prints recently acquired by the library.

Reception of the Month

Wine, hors d'oeuvres, pleasant chatter: Gallery receptions are usually pretty tame. That won't be the case for "Erotica 2007," an exhibit at MOCA DC that touches on all things sexy. At the show's opening reception on Friday night (and at a March 16 open house), artists will paint the bodies of six nude models. The exhibit's not for the G-rated set, for sure, but the work isn't all as naughty as one might think.


The National Gallery's exhibition of Rembrandt drawings closes on March 18, as does the biographical Josephine Baker exhibit at the Portrait Gallery.

By Julia Beizer  | February 28, 2007; 11:58 PM ET
Categories:  Museums  
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