The Best of April Art in Washington: Museum Exhibitions, Gallery Shows, and Events

See collage at the Hirshhorn, cherry blossom photos curated by FotoWeek DC, and an all-night performance-art pajama party at the Capitol Skyline this month.
“Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa” opens April 22 at the National Museum of African Art. Photograph by George Osodi.
“Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa” opens April 22 at the National Museum of African Art. Photograph by George Osodi.

Museum Exhibitions

At the
National Geographic Museum,
Beyond the Story: National Geographic Unpublished 2012 showcases some of the most compelling images that never made it into the magazine
from last year’s stories—42 photographs by 29 photographers, including images of emperor
penguins, koalas, orphan elephants, and more. Through July 7.

“Next Stop Italy: A Journey Into Italian Contemporary Photography” runs at the
Phillips Collection through April 28, and features 12 works by photographers such as Andrea Galvani and
Franco Vaccari.

Hand-Held: Gerhard Pulverer’s Japanese Illustrated Books opens April 6 at the
Sackler Gallery, featuring illustrated books from Japan’s Edo period. Through August 11.

“NEXT,” an exhibition of work by the Corcoran’s graduating class, opens April 6.

April 12 through July 28, the
Renwick Gallery presents
“Thomas Day: Master Craftsman and Free Man of Color,” a show exploring the life and career of Day, an African-American living and working
in the pre-Civil War 19th century. Thirty-six pieces of furniture illustrate the talent
that helped him become one of the most successful furniture makers in North Carolina.

At the
Textile Museum,
“Out of Southeast Asia: Art That Sustains” features textiles ranging from Indonesian batiks to Laotian ikats, and looks at how
they’ve evolved and inspired contemporary designers. April 12 through October 13.

Also opening April 12 is the
JFK exhibit, which includes “Creating Camelot,” a show of photography documenting the Kennedy
family by personal photographer Jacques Lowe.

“Over, Under, Next: Experiments in Mixed Media, 1913-Present,” at the
Hirshhorn April 18 through September 8, looks at the art of collage. The show includes some
100 pieces from the museum’s collection, including works by Joseph Stella, Ann Hamilton,
and Bruce Conner.

“Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa,” opening April 22 at the
National Museum of African Art, brings together some 100 works spanning two centuries and features the first ever
“land art” installations on the Mall. Through January 5, 2014.

Gallery Shows

“Archeo: Constructed Paintings by Joanne Kent” runs at the
DC Arts Center through April 21.

Iva Gueorguieva: Reinvigorating Prints runs through May 3 at George Washington University’s Luther W. Brady Gallery, featuring
large, abstract prints in mixed media.

“Down to the Wire” by Veronica Szalus and
“Natural Reaction: New Rust Prints and Sculpture” by Brian Kirk run at
Studio Gallery through April 20.

April 3 through 28, Dupont’s
Foundry Gallery presents
Outloud,” an exhibition of work by 11 local abstract artists.

Spring in Focus: Cherry Blossom and Spirit of DC runs at
Pepco Edison Place Gallery April 4 through 26, with curated photographs of cherry blossoms organized by FotoWeek

April 6 through 28, the Fridge presents
“Pia Mater,” an exhibition exploring vulnerability and the brain by Jenny Sawle, Emily Francisco,
and Ashleigh Werner.

Four exhibitions open at American University’s
Katzen Arts Center April 6, including
“Lee Haner: Mischief,” featuring mixed-media works inspired by the American Southwest, and
“Painting Borges: Art Interpreting Literature,” which showcases new visual art inspired by the writing of Jorge Luis Borges.

“Seeking the Abstract in Photography,” a show featuring images by Barbara French Pace and others, runs at Bethesda’s
Waverly Street Gallery April 9 through May 4.

“In Other Words: A Native Primer” by Anna Tsouhlarakis opens at
Flashpoint April 19, with a multimedia installation inspired by Native American identity in
Washington. Through May 18.

Art Events

Phillips After 5 returns April 4 with an
Italian theme, featuring music from Project Natale and a gallery
talk on the museum’s exhibition of Italian photography.

Iona Rozeal Brown presents
Battle of Yestermore,” the painter’s first performance art piece drawing on Kabuki and Noh traditions, at
Corcoran April 5, to coincide with the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Corcoran hosts a free community day to coincide with the last day of
“Pump Me Up: DC Subculture of the 1980s” April 6.

Sugarloaf Crafts Festival
returns to
Gaithersburg April 12 through 14.

April 14, the
American Art Museum hosts a day dedicated to
Nam June Paik, with a symposium, gallery
talks, and a music

Performance artists
Holly Bass,
Kathryn Cornelius, and
Jeffry Cudlin participate in a forum at
Artisphere April 18.

Washington Project for the Arts presents
Sleepout, a poolside pajama party with performance art at the Capitol Skyline Hotel April


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