Things to Do

May Art in Washington: Museum Exhibitions, Gallery Shows, and Events

See work crafted for the Ballets Russes by Picasso, Matisse, and Chanel at the National Gallery, as well as hand-painted street art at the Fridge.

Jacqueline Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, and tennis’s Althea Gibson—Time magazine covers by Boris Chaliapin, at the National Portrait Gallery. Photographs courtesy of The National Portrait Gallery.

Museum Exhibitions

Kreeger Museum
inaugurates its newly installed reflecting pool May 1 with
“Inventions,” an exhibition of sculpture by local artist John L. Dreyfuss. Dreyfuss explores concepts
of form and space, incorporating design elements from aeronautical and architectural
structures. Ongoing.

National Museum of Women in the Arts collaborates with the Italian Embassy to present
“Bice Lazzari: Signature Line,” an exhibition featuring work by the 20th-century Italian abstract artist. May 10
through September 22.

Opening at the
National Gallery May 12 is
“Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes,” an exhibit dedicated to the groundbreaking early 20th-century dance troupe. From
1909 to 1929 the group collaborated with artists and designers including Picasso,
Matisse, and Coco Chanel on its lavish, inventive productions. Through September 2.

At the
Hirshhorn Museum,
“Jennie C. Jones: Higher Resonance” explores the career of the 45-year-old artist who won the prestigious 2012 Wein Prize
for her collages, paintings, and installations forging connections between visual
art and music. The show includes “Higher Resonance,” a sound installation that adapts
the Hirshhorn’s circular architecture to play with acoustics. May 16 through October

Boris Chaliapin illustrated 413
Time covers, including portraits of Marilyn Monroe, Thelonious Monk, Martin Luther King
Jr., and John F. Kennedy. Twenty-six from the
National Portrait Gallery’s collection are on display in
“Mr. Time: Portraits by Boris Chaliapin.” May 17 through January 5.

National Gallery celebrates the 150th anniversary of
Edvard Munch’s birth by presenting 20 works by the artist in the
West Building. May 19 through July 28.

“Sylvan Sounds: Freer, Dewing, and Japan” looks at how
Freer Gallery founder Charles Lang Freer was inspired to collect Japanese art thanks to the works
of tonalist American painters such as Thomas Dewing, known for his Impressionist-like
landscapes. The exhibition displays works by Dewing alongside Japanese prints and
scrolls. May 28 through May 28, 2014.

Gallery Shows

“Julie Wolfe: Rewinding” continues at
Hemphill through May 18, showing Wolfe’s meticulous, colorful patterns and constructions in

Continuing at the
Canadian Embassy through August 30 is
“The Accessible Arctic,” a collection of photographs of the Arctic region published in
Canadian Geographic.

May 4 through 26 at
the Fridge is
“. . . with love and care,” an exhibition of seven international artists known for displaying their hand-painted
posters in public.

May 4 through June 29,
Connersmith presents
“Koen Vanmechelen: Leaving Paradise,” an exhibition of work by the Belgian mixed-media artist featuring live chickens,
photography, sculpture, and more.

Waverly Street Gallery displays
“Fathom: A Sculptural Exploration of Another World,” featuring work by Liz Lescault and Alison Sigethy. Lescault works with clay, Sigethy
with glass; both explore organic structures in their work. May 7 to June 8.

May 11 through June 20,
Transformer showcases work by five Norwegian artists in
“Terminators.” The show presents work in different media exploring notions of deconstruction and

Opening at
May 23 is
“Victoria Fu: A Cloud Is Not a Sphere,” featuring still and moving images exploring time and memory. Through June 22.


May 3 at the
Phillips Collection is the
annual gala after-party, this year with a La Dolce Vita theme.

Silver Spring Fine Arts Festival is May 4 and 5.

Phillips After 5 returns May 5 with a Hamptons
theme. The event offers frozen custard from Shake Shack
and music from the Marshall Keys

Artisphere hosts
“Visually Wired” May 9, an event showcasing work in design, film, visual effects, and audio organized
by the Art Institute of Washington.

Also at
Artisphere May 9 is
“Mail Art With Craftgasm,” a crafting event open to the public that repurposes letters and stationery.

Second Thursday event on May 9 includes live music and food and drink at the area’s art galleries.

May 11, artist
Mary Borgman offers a drawing lesson at the
National Portrait Gallery and gives a lecture regarding her work (currently featured in “Portraiture Now: Drawing
on the Edge”). The museum also hosts a contemporary portraiture family day May 12.

Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival returns to Reston Town Center May 17 through 19.