Fear of Missing Art? Cure Your FOMA in September

F.O.M.A. (noun): “fear of missing art”; the nagging feeling that cool art events are passing you by. (Cover image: painting detail by Peter Ulrich.)

With so many cultural events going on around DC, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed! F.O.M.A. can be particularly acute during the fall festival season.

Here are our picks for your September art events around DC — so you can be sure you’re in the know.

DC Shorts Film Festival

September 7–17:  Over 170 short films will be screened over 10 days, online and around DC, for the DC Shorts Film Festival. These films come here from all over the world, so be sure to grab them while you can! Ticket prices vary.

202 Arts and Music Festival

September 9: From 9:00 am to 9:00 pm, you can see visual and performing artists at work at the 202 Arts and Music Festival. We spy a few Art Leaguers among the plein air painters! Tickets are free.

BG Muhn with his recent work, Awaiting Dawn. Acrylic on linen, 60 x 111 inches, 2014.

BG Muhn Talk

September 9: As part of our Visiting Artist Lecture Series, The Art League is excited to host professor BG Muhn, an expert on contemporary North Korean art. Space is running out, so be sure to RSVP! Tickets are free.

Bullets Revisited #20, chromogenic print mounted on aluminum, by Lalla Essaydi. 2014. From “Revival” at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
Credit: Courtesy Miller Yezerski Gallery; © Lalla Essaydi

Revival at NMWA

Through September 10: There are only a few days left to catch “Revival” at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. It’s been getting rave reviewsAdmission: $8–10.

The 2016 Ice Cream Bowl Fundraiser

Alexandria King Street Art Festival

September 16–17: The King Street Art Festival, now in its 15th year, brings 200 artists from near and far — and the Ice Cream Bowl Fundraiser! Be sure to stop by The Art League’s booth at the corner of King and Fairfax for your choice of handmade bowl and scoop of ice cream. Entrance to the festival is free. Ice cream bowls are $15, with proceeds benefiting The Art League.

Dawson City: Frozen Time screening

September 17: The National Gallery of Art is screening Dawson City: Frozen Time. This 2016 film by artist Bill Morrison (who will be in attendance) is actually stitched together from archival film reels, found frozen in the Yukon in the 1970s. This is the film’s Washington premiere. Free; seats are first-come, first-served.

Edvard Munch exhibit

Through January 28: The exhibit “Edvard Munch: Color in Context” at the National Gallery of Art has just opened. It explores Munch’s work in light of the contemporary scientific and philosophical writings on color. Free.

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