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Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 08/31/2007

Comings and Goings

By Julia Beizer

Local museums and galleries wake up from their summer slumbers this month to kick off a jam-packed exhibit season. I've listed some of the exhibits I'm most excited about after the jump, but area art spaces are just too rife with beauty for me to mention all the highlights here. Want more art options? Check out our full exhibit listings. Now for the picks.


Ansel Adams's "Self-Portrait, Monument Valley, Utah, 1958"

The American landscape gets plenty of playing time in local museums this month. An exhibit of Asher B. Durand's ethereal landscapes opens at the Smithsonian American Art Museum on Sept. 14. "Ansel Adams," an exhibition by the iconic photographer of 125 prints of the American West, opens at the Corcoran Gallery the following day.

The Trawick Prize, a contemporary art competition worth $14,000 in prize money, attracts entries from some of the region's best artists. Work by the 11 finalists is on display at Bethesda's Creative Partners Gallery this month. Check out the exhibition during the Bethesda Art Walk from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14. Also opening in Bethesda that night is an exhibition of Michael Fitts's paintings on "reclaimed" scrap metal at the Fraser Gallery.

Romare Bearden's "Morning of the Red Bird"

The Freedom Place Collection, a rarely seen group of work by some of the country's best known African American painters, goes on view at Zenith Gallery on Sept. 6. Romare Bearden and Benny Andrews are among the artists represented in the exhibition, which also features work by Alma Thomas, Richard Yarde and Robert Freeman. Yarde and Freeman will be in attendance for the exhibition reception, which begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14.

A trip to the BlackRock Arts Center from the city center can take up to hour, but the trip might be worth it for this month's exhibit by Amy Lin and Jill Finsen. The juxtaposition of Lin's minimalist dot drawing with Finsen's lush, colorful painting should make for an interesting show. (Reception: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15)

Edward Hopper's "Nighthawks"

A survey of Edward Hopper's sometimes dismal, sometimes uplifting American scenes goes on view at the National Gallery of Art beginning Sept. 16. The artist's iconic "Nighthawks" is among the 48 oil paintings on display in the show, which will also include watercolors and drawings.

My interest in pretty colors on canvas waned slightly toward the end of the ColorField Remix celebration, but the Hirshhorn's "Morris Louis Now" exhibit might bring me out of my funk. Post critic Blake Gopnik gave the show a rave review when it was in Atlanta, so it's worth visiting once it opens on Sept. 20.

Nearly 300 works are on view in "Wack! Art and the Feminist Revolution" at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. The exhibit, which opens on Sept. 21, deals with the influence of feminism on art after 1965 and features work by Louise Bourgeois, Judy Chicago and Yoko Ono.

Reception of the Month

Holly Bass's video work "Booty Ball Dance" is on display at Transformer. She'll be dishing out a live performance on Sept. 15. (Photo by McKenzie Johnson)

Ain't no art party like a 14th Street art party and that's why the coordinated receptions on September 15 are inked in my calendar. If you walk through the area, you won't be able to miss them: "Chance," artist Jane Jerardi's dance videos, will be projected onto the north wall of the 1515 14th Street gallery building. Several shows will be open after 6 p.m. on Saturday night. Of the bunch, I'm most looking forward to Chuck Close's new tapestry work at Adamson, the work of "sassy" young female artists at Transfomer and Nathan Baker's life-interrupted photographs at Randall Scott Gallery. Seems like the perfect evening activity to follow a day at the incomparable Arts on Foot festival.


Labor Day marks the end of several standout area shows including the National Gallery's "Foto" and "Eugene Boudin" exhibitions and the National Portrait Gallery's "Harry Benson" and "Great Britons." "Home and Beast," a Visionary Art Museum exhibition that focuses on the animal world, closes Sept. 2.

"Useless," a quirktastic show at Project 4, closes on Sept. 8.

On Sept. 16, the Phillips Collection's lovely show of American impressionist works closes, as does the Sackler's "Encompassing the Globe," a massive exhibition about the Age of Exploration.


By Julia Beizer  | August 31, 2007; 12:24 PM ET
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