Editor’s Picks: The Best Washington Art Exhibitions and Openings to See in June

Georges Braque at the Phillips, Faith Ringgold at the NMWA, and the return of Lumen8, plus more events worth bookmarking this month.

By: Sophie Gilbert

Photograph of Faith Ringgold by Grace Matthews.

New Museum Shows

Phillips Collection
“Georges Braque and the Cubist Still Life, 1928-1945” opens June 8.
“Ellsworth Kelly: Panel Paintings, 2004-2009” opens June 22.
“Intersections: Bernhard Hildebrandt, A Conjugation of Verb” opens June 27.

Corcoran Gallery of Art
“James Bridle: A Quiet Disposition” opens June 19.
“War/Photography: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath” opens June 29.

National Gallery of Art
“A World of Bonds: Frederick Sommer’s Photography and Friendships” opens June 16.
“In the Tower: James Kerry Marshall” opens June 28.

National Geographic Museum
“A New Age of Exploration” opens June 13.

National Museum of Women in the Arts
“American People, Black Light: Faith Ringgold’s Paintings of the 1960s” opens June 21.
“Awake in the Dream World: The Art of Audrey Niffenegger” also opens June 21.

National Museum of African Art
“Lines, Marks, Drawings: Through the Lens of Roger Ballen” opens June 19.

Smithsonian American Art Museum
“A Democracy of Images” opens June 28.


New Gallery Exhibitions

Archer
“Undiscovered Color: The Paintings of Benjamin Abramovitz” runs through July 16.

Washington Printmaker’s Gallery
“Extraktions: Ron Meick” runs through June 30.
“The Listening Room Refugee Art Project” also runs through June 30.

Hemphill Fine Arts
“Artist-Citizen, Washington DC” opens June 5.

DC Arts Center
“External Memory” opens June 7.

Torpedo Factory
“Food: Friend of Foe” opens June 8.

Katzen Arts Center
“Washington Art Matters: 1940s-1980s” is one of six new exhibitions opening June 15.

Flashpoint
“Sam Scharf: Nothing Is the Same” opens June 27.


Art Events

Tuesday, June 4, the Goethe-Institut and the Hirshhorn hosts a discussion titled “Venice Bienniale: Trends in International Art.”
The Supernova Performance Art Festival debuts June 7 through 9.
National Geographic and BYT host an event to celebrate the magazine’s 125th anniversary June 14.
Lumen8 returns for a second year, kicking off June 22 at the Anacostia Arts Center.