Editor’s Picks: The Best Washington Art Shows and Openings to See in August

Performance art at the Corcoran, landscape photography at American Art, and much more this month.

By: Sophie Gilbert

Museum Exhibitions

Smithsonian Museum of American Art
“Landscapes in Passing: Photographs by Steve Fitch, Robbert Flick, and Elaine Mayes” encompasses almost 50 images of the American landscape by three influential photographers working in the 1970s and ’80s. Fitch took pictures of roadsides for his “Diesels and Dinosaurs” series, Flick walked through the streets of Los Angeles photographing neighborhoods, and Mayes captured images from her car window. July 26 through January 20. 

National Museum of American History
“Little Golden Books” looks at the much-loved children’s series, which was launched in 1942 with titles such as The Little Red Hen and Mother Goose. The exhibit explores how the series made books more accessible and affordable for young readers and includes artists’ proofs from early editions. Through January 5. 

Phillips Collection
The Phillips marks the centennial of the first American show of modern art in “History in the Making: 100 Years After the Armory Show.” The exhibit comprises works from the museum’s collection by artists—including Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso—featured in the 1913 Armory Show, which was considered scandalous when it debuted in New York City. August 1 through January 5.

Corcoran
“Deferral,” a site-specific performance-art installation by Mary Coble, takes place August 7 through 10. Read more about it in our earlier post.

Library of Congress
“A Day Like No Other: Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington” marks five decades since Martin Luther King Jr. led his historic rally for civil rights on the Mall. The exhibit, which opens exactly 50 years to the day after the 1963 march, includes 42 black-and-white photographs taken that day. August 28 through February 28.


Gallery Shows

ConnerSmith’s annual Academy show returns for a 13th year, displaying work by graduating student artists across the Washington and Baltimore areas. Through August 24.

“Elizabeth Huey: Hydrotherapy” continues through August 31 at Heiner Contemporary.

Through September 1, Foundry Gallery presents “Hot, Hot, Hot,” a juried survey of local artists.

Touchstone Gallery presents “Minisolos@Touchstone,” a juried exhibition showcasing work by 38 guest artists. August 2 through 29.

August 2 through 25, Washington Project for the Arts presents “Hothouse: The Art of the Superhero, Revisited” at the Capitol Skyline.

August 8 through September 2, the Art League presents “Shapes,” an exhibition of sculpture.


Art Events

August 3, Washington Project for the Arts presents “Synchroswim 2013,” a synchronized swimming performance art competition at the Capitol Skyline.

The National Portrait Gallery celebrates the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington August 24.