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Alan Karchmer: The Architects’ Photographer

NATIONAL BUILDING MUSEUM

Though he earned a degree in architecture, DC-based Alan Karchmer has devoted his career to photographing buildings rather than designing them. This show presents images of structures Karchmer has captured around the world—including Washington National Cathedral’s Visitor Gateway (below), designed by SmithGroup Architects—and sheds light on his creative process.

Hung Liu: Portraits of Promised Lands

National Portrait Gallery

In her depictions of immigrants seeking a better life abroad, contemporary Chinese-American artist Hung Liu speaks volumes about exile, identity and the Asian Pacific American experience. Her multi-layered portraits, many based on photographs, will be on view in the artist’s first major East Coast exhibit.

Sargent, Whistler, and Venetian Glass: American Artists and the Magic of Murano

Smithsonian American Art Museum

This exhibit documents the Venetian glass revival on the island of Murano between 1860 and 1915, which coincided with Grand Tours of Europe made by American luminaries. The period produced a wellspring of art depicting Venice and its illustrious glassblowing studios. Works by Sargent (right), Whistler and many others are on exhibit alongside exquisite hand-blown […]

Handmade: Creating Textiles in South Asia

George Washington University Museum and the Textile Museum 701 21st St NW, Washington, DC 20052

  A GW art history professor invited artists and cooperatives in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh to create new textiles inspired by works in The Textile Museum Collection. This show displays the results, as contemporary makers have interpreted century-old patterns and techniques in novel ways.

James Van Der Zee’s Photographs: A Portrait of Harlem

National Gallery of Art

James Van Der Zee’s images captured during the Harlem Renaissance celebrate the people and places of this historic bastion of African American culture. Portraits are on display, along with photos of nightclubs, storefronts and religious, social and political groups.

The Rembrandt Effect

BALTIMORE MUSEUM OF ART

  The Dutch master Rembrandt left an indelible mark on the art of printmaking. This exhibit chronicles his influence on printmakers prominent during the Etching Revival (1850 to 1920), presenting his work alongside pieces by 19th- and 20th-century artists such as Edouard Manet, James A. M. Whistler and Mary Cassatt.

Matisse: The Sinuous Line

BALTIMORE MUSEUM OF ART

Bronze sculptures and works on paper from the museum’s collection illustrate Henri Matisse’s ability to capture graceful forms and movement in his work, from simple sketches to elaborate compositions. Pen-and-ink drawings, etchings and lithographs are part of the show.

Lou Stovall: On Inventions and Color

The Kreeger Museum

  This survey of works by Washington printmaker Lou Stovall will offer a comprehensive look at his career, from the 1960s to today. The show will document Stovall’s collaboration with fellow artists including Elizabeth Catlett, Gene Davis and Sam Gilliam. An accompanying exhibit examines Stovall’s “Of the Land” series, a collection of poems, drawings and […]

Indian Textiles: 1,000 Years of Art and Design

Attendees will view a vast array of fabrics, from vibrant abstracts, florals and figurative motifs to simple stripes and block prints, created in India between the ninth and early 20th centuries. Masterworks from The Textile Museum and the collection of Karun Thakar make up the show.

In Place of a Missing Place

AMERICAN UNIVERSITY MUSEUM AT THE KATZEN ARTS CENTER

Showcasing landscapes depicted in various media, this exhibit of Israeli art from the 1950s through the early 2000s applies the formal language of Western modernism to narratives about myth-making, forced migration and displacement. Pictured: "Crazy Tree" by Tal Shochat.

Fields and Formations: A Survey of Mid-Atlantic Abstraction

AMERICAN UNIVERSITY MUSEUM AT THE KATZEN ARTS CENTER

The Katzen presents some 70 paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures created by 12 women and nonbinary artists from the Mid-Atlantic region. Infused with emotional and metaphorical content, the selection celebrates these artists’ often under-recognized contributions to the color field movement. Pictured: "Flow" by Jae Ko.

Iké Udé: Nollywood Portraits

Ongoing—New York-based artist Iké Udé paid homage to Nollywood, the $3 billion film industry in his birthplace of Nigeria, by photographing its most famous celebrities. On view with garments and other items used in their creation, these portraits make bold statements about African identity. Pictured: A portrait of actress Genevieve Nnaji.

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