Editor’s Pick: The Best Washington Art Shows and Events in September

Andy Warhol’s “Silver Clouds” at Artisphere, Mindy Weisel at the Kreeger, DC painters exploring John Cage, and more.

By: Sophie Gilbert

MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS

National Gallery of Art
“Yes, No, Maybe: Artists Working at Crown Point Press” looks at the history of the San Francisco printmaking studio named in the show’s title, with 125 prints and proofs made between 1972 and 2010 by artists such as Chuck Close, Sol LeWitt, and Richard Diebenkorn. September 1 through January 5.

“Tell It With Pride: The 54th Massachusetts Regiment and Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ Shaw Memorial” commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Fort Wagner, in which the African-American 54th Massachusetts Regiment led attempts to breach the South Carolina Confederate stronghold. The exhibit showcases a patinated plaster sculpture of Saint-Gaudens’s memorial plus images of the soldiers who fought for the Union. September 15 through January 20.

Corcoran Gallery of Art

“American Journeys: Visions of Place” opens September 21, and reveals a new installation of the museum’s pre-1945 American paintings and sculpture. Through September 21, 2014.

Freer Gallery of Art
“Off the Beaten Path: Early Works by James McNeill Whistler” reveals work made by the 24-year-old artist while he was traveling in Europe. September 28 through September 28, 2014.

Artisphere
“Andy Warhol: Silver Clouds” comes from the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. Artisphere’s Terrace Gallery is the site of 150 floating silver helium balloons, created for Warhol in 1964 by scientist Billy Klüver and a familiar presence at Warhol’s Factory in New York. September 12 through October 20.

Also opening at Artisphere to coincide with the show is “Sergio Albiac: Three Generative Video Portraits,” revealing the artist’s portraits of Marilyn Monroe and Queen Elizabeth II, as well as a new, Artisphere-commissioned portrait of Michelle Obama.

Kreeger Museum
“Mindy Weisel: Not Neutral” showcases three collections by the German-born artist, who splits her time between Jerusalem and Washington. Included are “Paintings of the Holocaust” and “Survival of Beauty,” which explore Weisel’s heritage as a descendant of people who died in the Holocaust, and “After Tohuku,” based on Weisel’s humanitarian work following the 2011 tsunami in Japan. September 3 through December 28.


GALLERY SHOWS

Through September 27, Washington Project for the Arts presents “Cyber in Securities,” an exhibition exploring surveillance, data collection, and cyberspace at the Pepco Edison Gallery.

Through October 18, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities presents “Go-Go Swing: Washington DC’s Unstoppable Beat” in its gallery at 200 I Street, Southeast.

“Edges, Lost and Found,” featuring new watercolors by Katherine Blakeslee, runs September 4 through 29 at Foundry Gallery.

September 10 through December 3, Heurich Gallery presents an exhibition of photographs by Frank Hallam Day and drawings by Allison Long Hardy.

George Washington University’s Gallery 102 presents “Caged In: DC Painters Explore the Influence of John Cage,” September 16 through October 4.

September 18 through October 26, Neptune Fine Art presents “Objects of Desire,” displaying work by ten established artists.

Opening September 20 at Flashpoint is “Gregory Thielker: Highway,” an installation exploring one of India’s ancient highways. Through October 26.

Honfleur Gallery reopens September 20 with “Temperament: Monolith,” a show of site-specific work by Garth Fry, Dan Gray, and Peter Krsko.

Next door at the Gallery at Vivid Solutions, “Growth” displays urban landscape photographs by Lauren Henkin.

September 21 through November 27, Hemphill Fine Arts celebrates its 20th anniversary with “Represent,” an exhibition of works by each of the gallery’s 30 artists.


ART EVENTS

This month’s Phillips After 5, with an Ellsworth Kelly theme, is September 5.

The King Street Arts Festival returns September 7 and 8.

Old Town Alexandria’s Second Thursday returns September 12 with the theme Night of 1,000 Strings.

The National Portrait Gallery hosts its Trivia Night and Pop Quiz September 12.

As part of Experimental Media 2013, Washington Project for the Arts presents a screening of new video work exploring internet technology and cybersecurity, at the Phillips September 12 and at the Corcoran September 23.

Nuit Blanche returns to Shaw’s Wonder Bread Factory September 28.