Posts Tagged ‘Washington D.C.’

Visual Art and the American Experience at the African American Museum of History and Culture

Visual Art and the American Experience, Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of African American History and Culture Architectural Photrography

In the art world, we don’t talk often enough about the ways in which class defines museums—in particular, art museums—in that their contents are largely formed by the tastes and investments of the rich. There is no other conceivable explanation for the way institutions continue to represent the nation’s art largely as the work of individuals who are White and male. It is in this[…..]

Fowl Play: Koen Vanmechelen at ConnerSmith

Koen Vanmechelen, Red Jungle Fowl, 2013; lambda print on plexiglass, diptych, 24 x 24 in. (each), edition: 5. Courtesy of ConnerSmith.

Today’s domestic chickens are genetically altered far from their original ancestors. With the release of documentaries like the 2006 Fast Food Nation and 2008 Food, Inc., the poultry industry has come under harsh scrutiny in recent years, as the grotesque conditions in chicken farms across the country have been brought to light.  Though this has been a hot topic in the media and popular culture,[…..]

Camaraderie on canvas

When I think of Jackson Pollock, I picture him working alone in his studio in East Hampton slinging paint across a canvas on the ground, oblivious to the art world around him. It’s easy to forget that the personal lives and relationships of artists deeply influenced their work, a topic brought to the forefront in Angels, Demons and Savages: Pollock, Ossorio, Dubuffet on view now[…..]

Craft is Not Dead

Sabrina Gschwandtner, “Hula Hoop,” 2010. 16mm film and polyamide thread. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Chris Rifkin in honor of the 40th anniversary of the Renwick Gallery. Photo by Sabrina Gschwandtner.

What defines the art of craft? What is the difference between art and craft? 40 Under 40: Craft Futures at Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery blurred the lines for me, while at the same time helping me to appreciate craft in a new light. There is something about the word “craft” that connotes antiquated techniques that don’t necessarily relate to our contemporary world. This exhibition breathes new[…..]

Revelations in Paint

Prior to this exhibition, I associated Jules Olitski with his stained color field canvases from the early 1960s. But like my experience of most solo exhibitions, I was pleasantly surprised to discover the dramatic range of paintings he produced throughout his nearly fifty-year career. Revelation: Major Paintings by Jules Olitski at American University Museum walks the viewer through Olitski’s creative evolution as an abstract artist,[…..]


Usually the word ‘debt’ raises fear in the hearts of people everywhere. It is often associated with maxed out credit cards and other financial woes. Sometimes it is associated with those freakishly kind people who, for one reason or another, we constantly feel indebted. However, there can be positive connotations to this four letter word. Debt is the title of an exhibition that features two[…..]

Eric Hibit’s Picture Cohesion

What do Tide detergent boxes, Ronald McDonald, cute pictures of kittens and the marginally dressed little girl from old sunscreen commercials have in common? They are all part of contemporary culture and made a sparkling appearance in Eric Hibit‘s Picture Cohesion. Doug McClemont of Daily Magazine once wrote Hibit is “one to watch”. And, Hibit’s return to the city of his undergraduate alma mater, Corcoran[…..]