Summer 2015 Exhibitions
Opening June 13
Michael Gross: Abstraction
Curated by Myrtis Bedolla
Michael Gross, painter and printmaker, offers expressive and emotionally filled works using a kaleidoscope of color. Gross creates art as “a means of grappling with the impulses and struggles that make up the way I see my place in the world.” Through his visual lexicon, which is devoid of ideological reference, Gross seeks to create order from chaos. His lyrical compositions of concatenated lines, textured surfaces and rich hues, invoke Abstract Expressionism and pay homage to artists who inspire his work: Willem de Kooning, Richard Diebenkorn and Jackson Pollock.
Outliers: Kurt Godwin and Betsy Packard
Curated by J.W. Mahoney
Curated by J.W. Mahoney, Outliers is a dialogue between two Washington-area artists who have been working outside the boundaries of mainstream contemporary art for over three decades. These artists have effectively transformed ordinary objects, found images, and simple matter into fundamentally new conditions of meaning. Such expansions of art's real possibilities are what Outliers do.
Realism Transformed: John Winslow's Wild New World
In the early to mid 1980s masterful Washington realist John Winslow engineered a series of stunning changes in his work. Precisely defined spaces became ambiguous, right angles became swooping curves, and once-static figures left gravity behind to dance gracefully and crazily through the air. By radically recasting his art, Winslow set the stage for the surprising, vibrant and equally masterful body of work that is the focus of this exhibition.
Hiroshima-Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Exhibition
In commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the attacks, this powerful show will include 20 artifacts collected from the debris of the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as well as 6 large folding screens that depict the horrors of the event. The 1995 Nobel Peace Prize nominees, Iri and Toshi Maruki, created a total of 15 screens over 32 years from 1950. This exhibition, made possible by the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, is meant to deepen understanding of the damage wrought by nuclear weapons and inspire peace in the 21st century.
This exhibition will also feature Hiroshima Children's Drawings from All Souls Church Unitarian created in the 20th century. These drawings present a story of hope and reconciliation.
Visvaldis Ziedi?š Travels in the Imagination
Working quietly and in near obscurity during the dark days of the Latvian Soviet period, artist Visvaldis Ziedi?š amassed a remarkable body of over 3000 works. This survey brings his witty assemblages, sculptures, collages and paintings to American audiences for the first time. These works reveal a vivid imagination unfettered by material and political pressures and bear comparison to contemporaneous explorations by such better known avant gardists as Pablo Picasso, John Cage, Joseph Cornell, Robert Rauschenberg, Antoni Tàpies and Arman.
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