Art to See in Washington in January: Inauguration Exhibits, Gallery Shows, and Arty Events

See portraits of Obama at the Smithsonian, DC-themed photography in Anacostia, and French drawings at the National Gallery.

By: Sophie Gilbert

Museum Shows

The National Portrait Gallery marks inauguration weekend by temporarily displaying iconic portraits of President Obama by Chuck Close and Shepard Fairey, January 19 through 21.

Through January 31 at the Phillips Collection, see “Political Wits, 100 Years Apart: Daumier and Oliphant,” an exhibition revealing work from the museum’s permanent collection by the two political satirists.

At the National Gallery of Art January 27 through May 6 is “Color, Line, Light: French Drawings, Watercolors, and Pastels from Delacroix to Signac.” The show, which comes from the Musée des Impressionismes in Giverny, features some 100 works from the collection of James T. Dyke, revealing the evolution of drawing in France in the 19th and 20th centuries.


Gallery Exhibitions

“Donkeys and Elephants,” an inauguration-inspired show celebrating political cartoonists and their work, runs January 4 through 26 at Studio Gallery.

January 5 through February 2, Joelle Dietrick and Owen Mundy present an animated installation titled “Grid, Sequence Me” at Flashpoint. The two Florida artists riff on DC architecture in the work.

“Love of Nature: Chinese Watercolor Paintings by Irene Tsai” runs January 8 through February 2 at Bethesda’s Waverly Street Gallery.

“David Amoroso: Delicate/Violent” opens January 9 at Artisphere, displaying the artist’s portraits of rappers and reggaetoneros.

“The Points That Bring Us From Here to There” opens January 11 at Honfleur Gallery, displaying solo work by photographers and mappers Michael Dax Iacovone and Kathryn Zazenski as well as a collaborative work by both. Through February 22.

“The Soul of the City,” a photography exhibition featuring work by local artists Michael Andrade, Jim Darling, Emily Redi, and more, opens January 11 at the Gallery at Vivid Solutions (temporarily housed at Honfleur Gallery while its permanent space is renovated).

“Rise and Shine: New Paintings by Patrick Brennan” opens January 11 at Heiner Contemporary, featuring acrylic paintings and collages. Through February 23.

“Sandy’s Stories: An Epilogue of Hurricane Sandy” opens January 20 at George Washington University’s Gallery 102, presenting installations, collages, and other works inspired by individual responses to last year’s hurricane. Through February 1.

American University’s Katzen Arts Center presents two shows of work by Russian artists: contemporary sculptor Grisha Bruskin and large-scale multimedia artist Andrei Molodkin. Opening January 26.


Art Events

January 10 at the National Archives, NPR’s Scott Simon and biographer Kitty Kelley present more than 200 photos from Capturing Camelot, photojournalist Stanley Tretick’s book about the Kennedys.

The Washington Winter Show runs January 10 through 13 at American University’s Katzen Arts Center featuring fine arts, crafts, and more.

January 17, the Phillips screens Veilhan Versailles, a movie following French artist Xavier Veilhan, currently the subject of a show at the museum.

The Sugarloaf Crafts Festival returns to the Dulles Expo Center January 25 through 27.

January 31 at the Phillips, the museum teams up with Arena Stage to preview Double Edge Theatre’s The Grand Parade, a play inspired by Marc Chagall.

Also on January 31 is the National Portrait Gallery’s Rock and Roll Pop Quiz.