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September Art Preview

See Lady Gaga’s piano, explore the art of tattooing, and commemorate John Cage at area museums and galleries this month.

“Blue Horse” by BK ADAMS*I AM ART, winner of the Honfleur’s East of the River Distinguished Artist Award. Image courtesy of the artist.


George Steinmetz has photographed landscapes as diverse as Antarctica, Brazil, and Sudan. A selection of his work for National Geographic is on display through January 27 at the National Geographic Museum in “Desert Air: Photographs by George Steinmetz,” focusing on images he shot while piloting a motorized paraglider.

At the Textile Museum September 21 through March 10, “The Sultan’s Garden: The Blossoming of Ottoman Art” looks at how the development of the ornate images of honeysuckle, roses, hyacinths, and more that characterized the Ottoman Empire can be traced to a single artist.

“Shock of the News,” opening September 23 in the National Gallery of Art’s East Building, looks at the influence newspapers have had on artists from the turn of the 20th century onward. Included is work by 60 artists, from Ellsworth Kelly to Pablo Picasso to Adrian Piper, plus a large-scale installation by Mario Merz.

At the Freer Gallery of Art, “Enlightened Beings: Buddhism in Chinese Painting” encompasses 27 works exploring the arrival of Buddhism in China and its effect on the country’s art and culture. Half of the items date from 1000 to 1400 CE; the others are from the more recent Ming and Qing dynasties. September 1 through February 24.

“Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power,” opening at the National Museum of Women in the Arts September 7, focuses on 70 musicians, including Billie Holiday, Janis Joplin, and Madonna, with 250 pieces of memorabilia, from Lady Gaga’s piano to Cher’s costumes. Through January 6.

At the Kreeger Museum from September 11 through December 29 is “Dan Steinhilber: Marlin Underground,” a show displaying new work by the innovative local artist.

The Corcoran and the Washington Project for the Arts conclude their “Take It to the Bridge” program this month with “Annie Albagli: Bridging the Light,” and “Maida Withers: This Space Occupied.” The former hangs geometric screen prints from floor to ceiling (on display September 5 through 9); the latter presents an interactive, improvised performance (September 15).


Through September 30, Washington Printmakers Gallery has “Blurring the Lines,” an exhibition exploring mixed-media prints.

Opening September 1 at the Katzen Arts Center is “Occupy This!,” an exhibition looking at the history and significance of the Occupy Movement. Katzen also presents “Revelation” September 15 through December 16, an exhibition of paintings by Jules Olitski. Olitski’s work will also be the subject of a panel discussion at the Phillips September 20.

September 5 through October 10, VisArts in Rockville presents “Flux: Water and Sound,” an installation featuring moving water by Katherine Kavanaugh.

September 6 through 22, Studio 1469 displays “Franck Cordes: Maritime Musings,” featuring paintings, drawings, and mixed-media work inspired by sailing and the sea.

September 8 through 30, the Fridge presents “David Molesky’s AIR/WATER,” a show of the artist’s elemental, apocalyptic paintings.

Formerly Conner Contemporary, the newly renamed Connersmith presents “Lisa Rutyer: Let Us Now Praise Famous Men,” a show featuring Rutyer’s graphic paintings.

Opening at the Spanish Embassy September 13 is “Once Upon a Time in Almeria: Photographs by Mark Parascandola.” The exhibition of photographs capturing the deserted movie sets of Almeria runs through November 18.

September 14 through October 16, Honfleur Gallery presents “Love and Rage: Arié Mandelbaum” and “Unquiet Kingdom: Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann.”

“Skin,” an exhibition dedicated to the art of tattooing, opens at Strathmore September 15.

September 28 through November 3, Flashpoint presents “Mariah Anne Johnson: In the Pines,” a show of paintings and wall drawings by the DC-based artist.


Honfleur Gallery is throwing an end-of-summer social this Wednesday, September 4, with T-shirts for the first ten guests. Also at Honfleur, the gallery gives its East of the River Distinguished Artist Award to BK ADAMS*I AM ART September 7.

September 4 through 10, Washington museums celebrate the centennial of composer John Cage’s birth with a festival of music performances, theater, art displays, and more.

To celebrate Fashion’s Night Out, the Village at Shirlington is hosting two Canvas & Cocktail sessions with ArtJamz this Thursday, September 5.

Silver Spring’s Pyramid Atlantic Art Center is having an ice cream social September 7 and an indoor/outdoor music event September 15.

The National Geographic Museum hosts a free Family Festival September 8.

September 13, the Mansion on O Street hosts a party to celebrate the National Museum of Women in the Art’s “Women Who Rock” exhibition. Tickets are free and can be reserved online.

The Bethesda Art Walk returns September 14.

September 14 and 15 at George Washington University’s Jack Morton Auditorium, a panel of professional cartoonists including Tom Toles, Ann Telnaes, and Signe Wilkinson come together for a festival celebrating political cartoons.

The National Museum of American History hosts a Hispanic Heritage Month Family Day September 15.

September 15 is also Gay Day at Hillwood Estate, Museum, and Gardens.

To commemorate Park(ing) Day on September 21, Artisphere is helping turn a Rosslyn parking space into a temporary public park.

The Hyattsville Arts Festival returns September 22.

The National Portrait Gallery hosts a Jim Henson Family Day inspired by the Muppets creator September 22.

Also on September 22, Artisphere and the Anacostia Community Museum host a dance party to celebrate Latin-jazz performer Tito Puente.

And finally, September 29 is Smithsonian Magazine ’s Museum Day Live, offering free access to a number of museums across the country.

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