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

Summer art shows, from aliens at the Corcoran to DC artists at Hemphill Fine Arts and Honfleur Gallery.

By: Sophie Gilbert


Corcoran Gallery of Art

“Ellen Harvey: The Alien’s Guide to the Ruins of Washington DC” is now on display, imagining Washington from an outsider’s perspective long after mankind has passed on. Read our review of the show. Through October 6.

Phillips Collection

“Intersections: Bernard Hildebrandt, A Conjugation of Verb” is a video installation riffing on El Greco’s “The Repentant St. Peter.” Through September 22.

National Gallery of Art

“A World of Bonds: Frederick Sommer’s Photography and Friendships” continues at the National Gallery, showcasing work by Sommer as well as Man Ray, Edward Weston, and others. Through August 4.

Sackler Gallery

Indian artist Rina Banerjee presents a new site-specific installation at the Sackler—the first in the museum’s new contemporary art series. “A World Lost” is inspired by Asian waterways and incorporates items such as glass bottles, shells, and plastic. July 13 through June, 2014.

National Air and Space Museum

Three exhibits open simultaneously: “High Art,” which showcases 50 works about flight acquired by the museum during the past decade; “Searching for Goldilocks,” a three-dimensional glass sculpture engraved with images from the Kepler space laboratory’s telescope; and “Suited for Space,” photography capturing the apparatus of space travel. July 26 through January 14.


Summer Splash II is at Neptune Fine Art & Robert Brown Gallery through July 27.

Artist-Citizen continues through July 27 at Hemphill Fine Arts.

“Sam Scharf: Nothing Is the Same” continues at Flashpoint through July 27.

Sam Scharf also presents two pieces at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library through July 27.

“Green Acres: Artists Farming Fields, Greenhouses, and Abandoned Lots” is at Arlington Arts Center through October 13.

“Hothouse: The Confidence Booster” is presented by Washington Project for the Arts at the Capitol Skyline Hotel, July 1 through 21.

“Geometrics: Photographs by Pete McCutchen” is at Touchstone Gallery July 3 through 28.

Foundry Gallery presents new paintings by Maruka Carvajal, July 3 through 28.

“Fantasy of the Real: Oil Paintings by Jennifer Brewer Stone” is at the Art League July 5 through August 5.

“Ruth Gowell: Optical Studies” is at the Torpedo Factory’s Target Gallery July 6 through 28.

“The Marvelous Real: Colombia Through the Vision of Its Artists” is at the IDB Cultural Center July 8 through September 27.

“Mynd Up: BK ADAMS*I AM ART” and “Chocolate City Rest in Peace: Steven Cummings” are at Honfleur Gallery July 12 through August 30.

“The Talking Walls of Buenos Aires” is at the Fridge July 13 through 28.


The Corcoran hosts a free day of programs and workshops themed around its exhibit “War/Photography: Images of Armed Conflict and its Aftermath” July 6.

The National Portrait Gallery hosts a Dance Jam Family Day July 6.

Sam Scharf (see above) discusses his work at the American Art Museum’s Luce Center July 7.

BYT and the Phillips co-host UnStill Life, a Bastille Day party loosely based around Georges Braque, July 11.

Lumen8 continues east of the river with a food festival July 8 through 13, a film festival July 15 through 20, and a fashion festival July 22 through 27.

Artist Jennifer Levonian, who recently won the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, hosts a studio session focused on animation July 13.

The (e)merge art fair holds a summer party at ConnerSmith July 13.

The Smithsonian hosts its first 21-and-up after hours event, “Yuri’s Night,” at the S. Dillon Ripley Center July 25.