November Art Openings, Museum Exhibitions, and Events in Washington

See three new shows at the Corcoran, check out nail art at the Fridge, and hail the return of FotoweekDC.

By: Sophie Gilbert

Museum Exhibitions

This month sees not one, not two, but three shows opening at the Corcoran. “Ivan Sigal: White Road,” on display November 3 through January 27, displays photographs taken from 1998 to 2005 when the Washington resident, a nonprofit fellow and photographer, was traveling in Central Asia. The black-and-white images capture the way the end of the Soviet Union affected the lives of residents in outlying states.

“Taryn Simon: A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I-XVIII” comes from the Museum of Modern Art, where the New York Times described it as a “virtuoso turn.” Simon photographs members of famed bloodlines to explore heritage, genetics, and culture. November 10 through February 24.

Also opening November 10 is “NOW at the Corcoran—Enoc Perez: Utopia.” The show includes two bodies of work by the modernist artist—one based on the Marina Towers in Chicago, and one on the Watergate complex in DC. Through February 10.

The latest contemporary artist showcased in the Phillips Collection’s Intersections series is French sculptor and photographer Xavier Veilhan. The show’s star is a bright-red resin bear on the corner of 21st and Q streets, but the exhibit also includes 17 other Veilhan works, from installations to paintings. November 3 through February 10.

At the American Art Museum, “The Civil War and American Art”—centered on Winslow Homer, Eastman Johnson, Frederic Church, and Sanford Gifford—features 59 paintings and 18 photographs that reveal how artists struggled to document the war. November 16 through April 20.

At the Sackler Gallery, a new show arrives to showcase Saudi Arabia’s little-known pre-Islamic heritage. “Roads of Arabia: Archeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” on display from November 17 through February 24, comes to the museum from the Louvre, Berlin’s Pergamon Museum, and St. Petersburg’s State Hermitage Museum.

There are two photography shows opening at the National Geographic Museum this month. “Birds of Paradise: Amazing Avian Evolution” reveals extraordinary images of the brilliantly colored rare birds, taken in their natural habitat in Papua New Guinea and Australia. November 1 through May 28. “Greatest Photographs of the American West: 125 Years of Majesty, Spirit, and Adventure” comes from the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and reveals portraits of life on the frontier spanning more than a century. Through January 31.

At the National Museum of Women in the Arts, “High Fiber: Women to Watch” displays contemporary textiles and works of fiber art from innovative up-and-coming female designers. The show includes decorative sculptures by Ligia Bouton, furniture by Debra Folz, and wall and hanging art by Tracy Krumm. November 2 through January 6.

Gallery Shows

Continuing at Connersmith through December 20 is “Kenny Hunter and Julie Roberts: Nothing Lasts Forever,” a show of new work by the Scottish painter and sculptor.

See work by some stellar local artists this month at Rockville’s VisArts. “Review <> Renew” displays work by Sam Gilliam, Tom Green, Lisa Brotman, Manon Cleary, and more. Through December 29.

At Artisphere through January 5 is “Roberto Bocci: Streams + Spaces in Between: Arlington, Virginia, and Washington, DC.” The show reveals Bocci’s 100-foot panorama mapping the distance between Arlington and DC.

In the Canadian Embassy’s gallery through March 15 is “Inuit Ullumi: Inuit Today,” an exhibition showcasing the culture of Canada’s arctic regions.

At Honfleur Gallery, “Steppin’ Out: Michael B. Platt” runs November 2 through December 21, displaying large-scale cutout images inspired by newspaper photos by the Howard University professor.

Also running November 2 through December 21 at sister gallery Vivid Solutions is “Divine Revelations: Passages From the Life of Our Lady,” a specific photography installation recreating masterpieces in Catholic art by local photographer Caroline Mayorga.

November 3 through 25 at the Fridge, see nail art taken one step further in “D’s Nails by DECOY,” an exhibition featuring photographs, DC-inspired nail designs, and $30 custom manicures.

U Street’s Project 4 Gallery has an exhibition of ornately painted canvases by Fulbright fellow Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann. November 3 to December 15.

At Woolly Mammoth from November 5 through December 2 is an exhibition accompanying the company’s new production, “You for Me for You” by Mia Chung. Work by Song Byeok, a former Korean propaganda painter, will be on display in the theater’s lobby.

Opening November 9 at the Mexican Cultural Institute is “Luces y Sombras: Fourteen Travelers in Mexico,” a collection of different images of the country’s landscape, architecture, and culture taken throughout the 20th century.

Also opening November 9 is “Benjamin Bellas: Losing Something You Never Had” at CulturalDC’s Flashpoint gallery. The installation is inspired by Bellas’s uncle, who was lost at sea, and includes photographs, sculptures, videos, and personal items. Through December 21.

A nice counterpoint to the Phillips Collection’s stellar Per Kirkeby exhibit comes to the Robert Brown Gallery, which also presents prints and drawings by the Danish artist, November 10 through December 15.

Art Events

This weekend, November 1 through 4, the Phillips Collection hosts a weekend of international programming, including Phillips After 5 November 1, a discussion with Xavier Veilhan about his new show (see above) November 4, and a concert by violinist Andrey Baranov November 4.

This month heralds the return of FotoweekDC! The festival, celebrating its fifth anniversary, is making the Warner Theatre its base this year, with exhibitions hosted there and at several other galleries and spaces around town. November 10 through 18.

Also returning this year is Crafty Bastards, the annual arts and crafts fair hosted by the Washington City Paper. This year’s event on November 10 is at the spanking new Union Market in Northeast.

On November 10 is downtown Silver Spring’s Holiday Destination event, with arts, crafts, entertainment, and the unveiling of a new sculpture.

November 16 through 18, the Sugarloaf Craft Festival in Gaithersburg assembles more than 400 artists to sell their wares ahead of the holidays.

November 16 through 18, furniture and interiors store Theodores hosts an art show, with more than 500 original works on sale.

November 29, the Hirshhorn hosts a Mingle at the Museum exhibition for Barbara Kruger’s Belief + Doubt.