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December Art Openings, Museum Exhibitions, and Events in Washington

It’s all about video art this month, from Nam June Paik to Lincoln Schatz to … you.

Part of Nam June Paik’s installation opening December 13. Photograph courtesy of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Museum Exhibitions

“Nam June Paik: Global Visionary,” opening at the American Art Museum December 13, pays tribute to the Korean-American multimedia artist, credited as the originator of the video-art genre. Paik who died in 2006, created “Electronic Superhighway,” the TV-and-neon-light installation in the museum’s third-floor gallery. Through August 11.

Lincoln Schatz interviews 89 of Washington’s most powerful residents for “The Network,” a single, constantly recalibrating video portrait of people like Michael Kaiser, Ted Leonsis, Grover Norquist, Karl Rove, Nancy Pelosi, and Mera Rubell. The work is unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery December 11.

It’s the last chance to see Sandra Cinto’s “One Day, After the Rain,” the immersive, delicately beautiful ink and acrylic drawings of waves and water currently hanging in the Phillips Collection’s cafe. On display through December 30.

Gallery Shows

December 6 through January 20, Artisphere’s Terrace Gallery plays home to “W3FI: A Digital Experience Revealing the Connections Between Our Online and Offline Selves.” The large-scale, immersive digital installation projects information gathered from visitors in real time.

Through December 16 at the Katzen Arts Center, see “Inside the Underworld: Beetle Magic,” an exhibition of 72 fused-glass creepy-crawlies by Joan Danziger invading the Katzen’s space.

Opening at the Fridge December 1 is “Taxi Gang’s Exclamation Point,” a solo show by owner and director Alex Goldstein. The exhibition features stencil and spray-paint works inspired by city streets. Through December 30.

Studio Gallery has two shows running this month: Andrew Acquadro’s “Mindscapes” and Suzanne Goldberg’s “Meditation on the Rocks.” Acquadro paints bold, exotic images inspired by foreign cultures; Goldberg exposer the links between nature and human emotion. Through December 22.

At Hillyer Art Space in December: “Accumulations” by Erika Kim Milenkovich, a show looking at how movement creates almost everything in modern life.

Through January 5, Heiner Contemporary presents “Housebound,” an exhibition of work by six female artists: Rachel Farbiarz, Bella Foster, Allison Gildersleeve, Allison Reimus, Ann Toebbe, and Augusta Wood.


December 1 is meet-the-artist day in Anacostia. Michael B. Platt talks about his current exhibition at Honfleur Gallery, and Caroline Mayorga discuses her photography show at Vivid Solutions.

December 3 at the National Portrait Gallery, artist Ronald Sherr unveils his new portrait of Colin Powell and discusses his process in a “Gallery360” talk.

December 6, the Corcoran and the Danish Embassy co-present a “Creative Christmas” exhibition at the embassy from 3 to 5 PM.

The Corcoran’s annual Off the Walls fine art sale returns December 6 through 8.

December 7 through 9 is the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in Chantilly.

December 15 at Artisphere, buy work from local indie designers at the Grump fair in what sounds to us like a real-life manifestation of Etsy.

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