Friday, October 19, 2012

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✦ The coalition Artists Against Fracking,  involving more than 180 artists, has been launched by Yoko Ono and her son Sean Lennon.

✦ The American Association of Museums, Washington, D.C., is rebranded the Alliance of American Museums.

AAM-US on FaceBook and Twitter

✦ Latitudes's #OpenCurating is the first recipient of a BCN Produccio 2012 research grant from Barcelona's Institute of Culture. The initiative, launched in early September, aims to examine how contemporary art projects "can function beyond the traditional form of exhibition-and-catalogue in ways which might be more fully knitted into the web of information" existing today. The first of 10 projected interviews, "Beyond Interface", addressing the content of the Walker Art Center's Website, is found here and here (issuu pdf).

✦ The Peekskill Project V: The New Hudson River School kicked off September 29-30. Some 120 artists selected by a team of curators are participating in the city-wide festival, which runs through July 28, 2013. Presented by the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, the festival seeks to bring "cutting edge" contemporary art into the community, with urban sites —industrial spaces, vacant lots, storefronts, parks, local businesses, the Peekskill waterfront — serving as "stage". In addition to site-specific art exhibitions, the festival offers performances and screenings in multiple venues through Peekskill, New York.

HVCCA on FaceBook


✦ The "George Bellows" show at the National Gallery of Art closed October 8. The exhibition included a David Hammer documentary about the artist, produced by NGA and narrated by actor Ethan Hawke, that uses original footage shot in Manhattan and Maine to chronicle Bellows's career and how he addressed the social and political issues of his time; archival footage and photographs also are used. The film, in DVD format, may be purchased through the NGA's online shop. A brief review is here.

Works by Bellows in NGA's Collection

Attention Fiber Artists!

Are you a fiber artist in the greater metropolitan D.C. area who needs studio space? The Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit Capitol Arts Network - CAN Studios may have an opening for you.

In August,  I wrote about CAN's exciting new arts initiative: an arts center offering residents artists studio space in which to work and affiliate artists space as needed and as available. (See my post here.) Since the announcement about the center, CAN has juried in approximately 22 resident artists from all practices. Currently, it has space for 10 to 12 more artists. The affiliate program, providing lockers and work space from 10:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. every day except holidays, is able to host 18 artists; one already has been accepted into the program.

To round out its offerings, CAN is seeking fiber artists at all levels, from emerging to mid-career to established professionals, in need of studio space (the arts center is in the Rockville, Maryland, area). This is an unparalleled opportunity in our area to become part of a new arts center focused on working artists and arts education.

For information about remaining studio space, a tour of the studio space, or the application and jurying process, please get in touch with Judith HeartSong at

Capitol Arts Network on FaceBook

Exhibitions Here and There

✭ Washington, D.C.'s National Gallery of Art continues through January 27 its exhibition "Shock of the News". The exhibition, in the gallery's Mezzanine, examines artists' appropriation and uses of newspapers. Included is the work of more than 60 European and American artists, among them F.T. Marinetti, Pablo Picasso, Man Ray, Kurt Schwitters, Jasper Johns, Laurie Anderson, and Robert Gober.

NGA on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ Next week, the Spagnuolo Gallery at Georgetown University opens a show of drawings by plastic surgeon and GU alumnus David A. Hidalgo. (As an undergrad, Hidalgo double-majored in art and biology.) His "Personal Passages" runs from October 24 through December 9. 

Laura Landro, "The Man of a Thousand Face-Lifts", The Wall Street Journal, August 17, 2012

✭ Next month in Seattle, the Seattle Art Museum will be showing off a special selection of objects from its textile collections. "Going for Gold", opening November 3 and running through November 17, will feature "glittering golden threads of French brocades, imperial Chinese robes, Japanese kesas [the shawl worn by Buddhist monks], and Persian bedcovers—all seen as rich backdrops to gleaming objects", including powdered-gold lacquer boxes, hammered gold earrings from Africa, and a Faberge cigarette case. 

SAM on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ Continuing through January 6 at the Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, South Carolina: "Mark Rothko: The Decisive Decade 1940-1950", spotlighting 37 of Rothko's paintings, watercolors, and works on paper drawn primarily from the collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. A catalogue, published by Rizzoli and featuring an essay by Rothko's son Christopher Rothko, as well as essays by Rothko scholars David Anfam, Harry Cooper, and Ruth Fine, accompanies the show. An array of exhibition-related events, including lectures, is offered. 

An ongoing show "Modern & Contemporary Art from the Collection" features more than 30 paintings, drawings, photographs, and sculptures by Leon Kelly, Gene Davis, Jasper Johns, Sally Mann, Ed Ruscha, Pat Stier, and others.

CMA on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ Sculptures and paintings by Magdalena Abakanowicz, Olga de Amaral (fabric sculptures), Carol Shinn (machine-stitching), Gugger Petter (newsprint), and Lia Cook ("embedded" portraiture), among other contemporary artists, are on view through November 25 in "Sleight of Hand" at the Denver Art Museum. The show highlights the artists' creative and sometimes surprising use of embroidery, quilting, weaving, netting, crocheting, coiling, and ikat.

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1 comment:

Louise Gallagher said...

Have I told you before -- you are amazing!