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Summer Exhibitions

June 17 – August 13, 2017

Members' Preview: June 16, 5:30–7:30 pm
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 17, 6-9 pm


Alper Initiative for Washington Art:
Performing the Border

Curated by Megan Rook Koepsel

Where do we draw the boundary line? How do we know where one moment ends and another begins? The borders that separate people and things are constantly changing, and quite often completely arbitrary, yet the importance placed on them would seem to suggest otherwise. Featuring Washington artists Clay Dunklin, Amy Lin, Susana Raab, Jenny Wu, and Street Light Circus, the works in Performing the Border explore the concept of borders and boundaries, both the ways we perform within them, and the way those borders are often themselves a performance.


Val Lewton: From Hollywood to Breezewood

From Hollywood to Breezewood, a retrospective of Val Lewton, brings it all to bear; Lewton's lifetime in front of the canvas, his knowledge of color, his unerring command of the paint-loaded brush and his certitude about how best to structure a painting. Lewton was born in California, the son of a film director, and moved to Washington to work as an exhibit designer at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (then the National Collection of Fine Arts). His paintings use the artifacts of traffic and run of the mill objects—cars, trucks, roadways, semi-demolished buildings, and paint cans—to create improbably beautiful and personal compositions.


Frederic Kellogg: Works in Oil and Watercolor

Curated by E.A. Carmean, Jr.

Kellogg's work belongs within—and extends—what could be called a river of tradition American landscape, figural and still-life painting; a broad, quarter-millennium course flowing from John Singleton Copley and Thomas Cole to Milton Avery and Andrew Wyeth. Kellogg works by a combination of sketches made in his constant-companion notebook, of watercolors done en plein-air, or in the studio from notes, or painting in oil on canvas. All three forms are included in this exhibition, featuring landscapes from Maine and Washington, DC where Kellogg splits his time.

States of Mind: Cuba and North Korea by Carl De Keyzer

This exhibition features 60 photographic prints of scenes from two communist nations, North Korea and Cuba, by Belgian photographer Carl De Keyzer. The Cuba photos, grouped together under the series title, Cuba, la lucha, were taken shortly after former President Barack Obama's 2014 speech inviting the relaxation of the Communist island's 56-year embargo. The North Korean prints, which will be shown for the first time in conjunction with Cuba, la lucha, were shot in 2015 when the artist spent more than 40 nights in North Korea with the British-run Koryo Group. During this time, De Keyzer traveled and documented each province in the country. 

De Keyzer is a globally renowned photographer and member of Magnum Photos, an international photographic collective, and the recipient of 17 international awards. The photographs in this exhibition powerfully capture the struggles and the leisure of everyday Cubans and North Koreans in uncommon scenes. 


Continuing On View
Foon Sham: Escape

Curated by Laura Roulet

Monumental, participatory sculptural work by Foon Sham remains on view through August 13 in the outdoor sculpture garden and first floor of the museum.


Painting of minint equipment Val Lewton, Big Red.