DCist: 8 Exhibits To Check Out In June
June 4, 2019
FRAME OF MIND @ LOST ORIGINS GALLERY
With exhibitions that focus on such things as Fugazi infographics, Mount Pleasant’s Lost Origins Gallery has specialized in a celebration of D.C. music history. This month the gallery launches a showcase for artist Antonia Tricarico, whose female-centric new book Frame of Mind features photographs she made at punk shows in D.C. and beyond from 1997 to 2017 as well as essays by women such as Joan Jett, Amy Farina, Allison Wolfe, and others. “If women are the underground of the underground,” Tricarico writes, “Let this book be a wake-up call for future generations to start their own awe-inspiring bands.” The opening night event is co-presented by the Smithsonian Folklife Festival as part of the series D.C.: The Social Power of Music.
June 15-July 14 at Lost Origins Gallery. Open Saturday and Sunday noon-5 p.m. and by appointment. Opening night reception takes place June 15 from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. FREE
THE LIFE OF ANIMALS IN JAPANESE ART @ THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART
With some 300 objects that span a whopping 17 centuries, this exhibition looks at the role of animals throughout the long history of Japanese art. Varied highlights range from 19th century embroidery to 14th century bronze sculpture of a deer to vivid modern animal sculptures by Yayoi Kusama, whose blockbuster show broke records at the Hirshhorn in 2017.
June 2-August 18 at the National Gallery of Art, East Building, Concourse Galleries. FREE
MANIFESTO: ART X AGENCY @ HIRSHHORN
This multi-artist show explores the artistic manifesto from the 20th century to today. Works from the Hirshhorn’s permanent collection illustrate this breadth of thought, from Jean Arp to Helen Frankenthaler to Barnett Newman and many more. But the centerpiece of the exhibit is the Washington premier of Julian Rosefeldt’s multi-channel installation Manifesto, which features chameleonic actress Cate Blanchett in a series of dramatic readings that bring even the most dry artistic statements to life. Rosefeldt’s installation was released as a fascinating feature film in 2017—read my Washington Post review here—but reportedly the material works even better in a gallery setting.
June 15-January 5, 2020 at the Hirshhorn Museum. FREE
MAIA CRUZ PALILEO @ AMERICAN UNIVERSITY
American University’s summer lineup includes recent work from a Brooklyn-born Filipino-American artist whose newest paintings are inspired by folklorist Isabelo De Los Reyes and fiction writer Nick Joaquin. Palileo explains in her artist statement that, “Folkloric beliefs in protective amulets and animals who can predict death mingle with Joaquin’s multi-generational characters who perform incantations in mirrors and struggle to free themselves from spell-like promises and illusions.” (American University owns DCist’s parent company, WAMU.)
June 15-August 11 and September 3-October 20 at American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center. Artist’s talk takes place Saturday, June 15 from 5 p.m.-6 p.m. FREE
Before the National Building Museum gears up for its next summer blockbuster, hear senior curator G. Martin Moeller Jr. talk about some of the extraordinary architecture devised in the name of science. For instance, the Oak Ridge, Tennessee, gaseous diffusion plant known as K-25, which covered some 1,640,000 square feet, was at the time of its construction in 1944 the world’s largest building. This lecture is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Secret Cities: The Architecture and Planning of the Manhattan Project.
June 18 from 6:30 p.m.–8 p.m. at the National Building Museum. $10-$20. Register here.
INSIDER/OUTSIDER @ GALLERY O ON H
This group photography show asks the questions, “Who has the right to tell a story? Are there limitations on objectivity as an insider, or sensitivity as an outsider?” The exhibition, part of the month-long celebration of photography ClickDC, “seeks to start a conversation about how photographers tell stories, how they define their own relationships to the people and issues they cover and how their own lives impact the stories they tell,” per the museum.
June 7-30 at Gallery O on H. Opening reception Friday, June 7 at 6 p.m. Open Wednesday-Friday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
MID-CENTURY MASTER @ HILLWOOD MUSEUM
Legendary photojournalist Alfred Eisenstaedt was on the staff at Life magazine in 1955 when he worked on a profile of Hillwood’s founder, the businesswoman and philanthropist Marjorie Merriweather Post. This exhibition showcases some 50 photos that feature his work documenting life in the mid-20th century and explores in particular his relationship with Post.
June 8, 2019-January 12, 2020 at Hillwood Museum. Open Tues-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $18 suggested donation.
INFINITE SPACE @ ARTECHOUSE
The next installation at L’Enfant Plaza’s showcase for interactive digital art comes from Los-Angeles-based, Turkish-born artist Refik Anadol, whose installations use machine data to explore memories and dreams. Anadol was inspired by poet William Blake’s observation that, “if the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is—infinite.” As usual, visitor perception will be enhanced by augmented reality cocktails.
June 13-September 2 at Artechouse. $16-$20.
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