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September Art Preview

See Lady Gaga’s piano, explore the art of tattooing, and commemorate John Cage at area museums and galleries this month.

“Blue Horse” by BK ADAMS*I AM ART, winner of the Honfleur’s East of the River Distinguished Artist Award. Image courtesy of the artist.


George Steinmetz has photographed landscapes as diverse as Antarctica, Brazil, and
Sudan. A selection of his work for
National Geographic is on display through January 27 at the
National Geographic Museum
“Desert Air: Photographs by George Steinmetz,” focusing on images he shot while piloting a motorized paraglider.

At the
Textile Museum September 21 through March 10,
“The Sultan’s Garden: The Blossoming of Ottoman Art” looks at how the development of the ornate images of honeysuckle, roses, hyacinths,
and more that characterized the Ottoman Empire can be traced to a single artist.

“Shock of the News,” opening September 23 in the
National Gallery of Art’s East Building, looks at the influence newspapers have had on artists from the turn of the 20th
century onward. Included is work by 60 artists, from Ellsworth Kelly to Pablo Picasso
to Adrian Piper, plus a large-scale installation by Mario Merz.

At the
Freer Gallery of Art
“Enlightened Beings: Buddhism in Chinese Painting” encompasses 27 works exploring the arrival of Buddhism in China and its effect on
the country’s art and culture. Half of the items date from 1000 to 1400 CE; the others
are from the more recent Ming and Qing dynasties. September 1 through February 24.

“Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power,” opening at the
National Museum of Women in the Arts
September 7, focuses on 70 musicians, including Billie Holiday, Janis Joplin, and
Madonna, with 250 pieces of memorabilia, from Lady Gaga’s piano to Cher’s costumes.
Through January 6.

At the
Kreeger Museum from September 11 through December 29 is
“Dan Steinhilber: Marlin Underground,” a show displaying new work by the innovative local artist.

and the
Washington Project for the Arts conclude their “Take It to the Bridge” program this month with
“Annie Albagli: Bridging the Light,” and
“Maida Withers: This Space Occupied.” The former hangs geometric screen prints from floor to ceiling (on display September
5 through 9); the latter presents an interactive, improvised performance (September


Through September 30,
Washington Printmakers Gallery has
“Blurring the Lines,” an exhibition exploring mixed-media prints.

Opening September 1 at the
Katzen Arts Center is
“Occupy This!,” an exhibition looking at the history and significance of the Occupy Movement. Katzen
also presents
“Revelation” September 15 through December 16, an exhibition of paintings by Jules Olitski. Olitski’s
work will also be the subject of a panel discussion
at the
Phillips September 20.

September 5 through October 10,
VisArts in Rockville presents
“Flux: Water and Sound,” an installation featuring moving water by Katherine Kavanaugh.

September 6 through 22,
Studio 1469
“Franck Cordes: Maritime Musings,” featuring paintings, drawings, and mixed-media work inspired by sailing and the sea.

September 8 through 30, the
Fridge presents
“David Molesky’s AIR/WATER,” a show of the artist’s elemental, apocalyptic paintings.

Formerly Conner Contemporary, the newly renamed
Connersmith presents
“Lisa Rutyer: Let Us Now Praise Famous Men,” a show featuring Rutyer’s graphic paintings.

Opening at the
Spanish Embassy September 13 is
“Once Upon a Time in Almeria: Photographs by Mark Parascandola.” The exhibition of photographs capturing the deserted movie sets of Almeria runs through
November 18.

September 14 through October 16,
Honfleur Gallery presents
“Love and Rage: Arié Mandelbaum” and
“Unquiet Kingdom: Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann.”

“Skin,” an exhibition dedicated to the art of tattooing, opens at
Strathmore September 15.

September 28 through November 3,
“Mariah Anne Johnson: In the Pines,” a show of paintings and wall drawings by the DC-based artist.


Honfleur Gallery is throwing an
end-of-summer social this Wednesday, September 4, with T-shirts for the first ten guests. Also at Honfleur,
the gallery gives its
East of the River Distinguished Artist Award
to BK ADAMS*I AM ART September

September 4 through 10,
Washington museums celebrate the centennial of composer John Cage’s birth with a
festival of music performances, theater, art displays, and more.

To celebrate Fashion’s Night Out, the
Village at Shirlington is hosting two
Canvas & Cocktail sessions with ArtJamz this Thursday, September 5.

Silver Spring’s
Pyramid Atlantic Art Center is having an
ice cream social September 7 and an
indoor/outdoor music event September 15.

National Geographic Museum hosts a free
Family Festival
September 8.

September 13, the
Mansion on O Street hosts a
party to celebrate the National Museum of
Women in the Art’s “Women Who Rock” exhibition.
Tickets are free and can be reserved

Bethesda Art Walk returns September 14.

September 14 and 15 at George Washington University’s
Jack Morton Auditorium, a panel of
professional cartoonists including Tom Toles, Ann Telnaes, and Signe Wilkinson come together for a festival
celebrating political cartoons.

National Museum of American History hosts a
Hispanic Heritage Month Family Day September 15.

September 15 is also
Gay Day at
Hillwood Estate, Museum, and Gardens.

To commemorate
Park(ing) Day on September 21,
Artisphere is helping turn a Rosslyn parking space into a temporary public park.

Hyattsville Arts Festival returns September 22.

National Portrait Gallery hosts a
Jim Henson Family Day inspired by the Muppets creator September 22.

Also on September 22,
Artisphere and the
Anacostia Community Museum host a
dance party to celebrate Latin-jazz performer Tito Puente.

And finally, September 29 is

Smithsonian Magazine

’s Museum Day Live
, offering free access to a number of museums across the country.