Up next: September arts
Here's one good reason to celebrate the end of summer. This month, the region's art scene goes from sleepy to downright overwhelming with an eclectic mix of art parties, festivals and exhibitions featuring artwork new and old.
Our excitement over Art After Dark, the inaugural after-hours party at the Art Museum of the Americas, is well documented, but here's one more shout-out. Consider yourself reminded. (8 p.m. Thursday)
You can stop hoarding old copies of National Geographic. The magazine's museum arm unveils the photographic exhibition "Simply Beautiful." The more than 50 works on display have all graced the magazine's pages and transport visitors around the world from Louisiana deltas to steel mills in Romania. (Friday through Feb. 6)
Oberlin College's (temporary) loss is the Phillips Collection's gain this month. "Side by Side: Oberlin's Masterworks at the Phillips" includes works from the Ohio school, which are headed our way while the Allen Memorial Art Museum gets a makeover. Check out works by Paul Cézanne, Claude Monet, Peter Paul Rubens and other big names alongside the Rothkos and Renoirs from the Phillips's permanent collection. (Sept. 11-Jan. 16)
The annual Arts on Foot Festival brings a smorgasbord of food and theater to Penn Quarter along with an abundance of visual art. Along with a four-day art market with ceramics, jewelry and glass work, the day-long festival on Sept. 11 features hands-on arts and crafts. Visitors can create mosaic-inspired pieces courtesy of the Museum of Women in the Arts or decorate replicas of historic D.C. landmarks thanks to the National Building Museum. (Art market: Sept. 8-10, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; market and festival: Sept. 11, 11 am.-6 p.m.)
A new series at the Corcoran is placing the museum's focus firmly on the current state of art. "NOW at the Corcoran" aims to shed light on the works of emerging and mid-career artists. The first under the spotlight is Spencer Finch with the show "My Business, With the Cloud." For his first solo show in D.C., Finch will show a variety of meditations on clouds, including photos of the sky reflected in water, abstract watercolors and a large blue explosion of an installation. (Sept. 11-Jan. 23)
Portraiture meets still life when 17 examples of Italian painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo's work goes on display at the National Gallery of Art. The portraits, on view in the United States for the first time, reveal the artist's wild imagination, crafting cheeks out of onions, painting flowers to represent skin and depicting eyelids as peapods. (Sept. 19-Jan.9)
The fall installment of Asia After Dark at the Sackler has the promising theme of Asian pop rock. It's also a good chance to get a sneak peek of the museum's exhibition of video artist "Fiona Tan." Born in Indonesia, Tan represented the Netherlands during the 2009 Venice Biennale, and this display considers the relationship between memories and captured images. (Sept. 23 at 6:30 p.m.; exhibition Sept. 25-Jan. 16)
For the sixth year, museums in D.C. and across the country waive their entrance fees to in-the-know patrons for Museum Day. Visit the Smithsonian magazine's Web site to print out a ticket good for free admission for two to one participating area museum, including Dumbarton House, the Museum of Crime and Punishment, and the Kreeger Museum. (Sept. 25)
-- Stephanie Merry
| September 1, 2010; 6:02 PM ET
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