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Artful Links – Summer Solst-List

By Art League instructor Pete Duvall
By Art League instructor Pete Duvall

August might be around the corner, but summer is far from over.

We’ve gathered all the hottest summer art events, exhibits, and news – no sunscreen required!

Don’t forget to check out The Art League’s July Open Exhibit or the Tabletop Exhibit – both close on August 5. Our Solo Exhibit featuring Guy Jones, “Drawing Energy: The Logic of Madness,” is also up until August 5.


While the beach may be ideal, sometimes the best vacation is a staycation. This month, the DC arts scene has you covered everyday of the week.

Rain got you inside? The National Building Museum has brought back their immersive (literally) exhibit, “Fun House” by Snarkitecture which features a plastic ball pit that you may remember from nearly every DC social media account a few years ago. Check out the indoor block party at their  Wednesday Late Night events for shorter lines and after hours music, food, and drinks. (The National Building Museum, “Fun House” through September 3, Tickets $10 – $16)

See “Fractal Worlds” at ARTECHOUSE. Fractal Worlds by Julius Horsthuis will transport you to another universe, but keep you firmly planted in DC. The experience combines virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality art and light exhibits that ARTECHOUSE calls “fractal realities powered by math and infinite geometric patterns.”

Capital Fringe Festival is here again until July 29. See hundreds of plays (most for $17) and get into art, drama, and other experimental arts.

Women in The Arts

Rock On! See “Heavy Metal” at the National Museum of Women in the Arts now through September 16. (National Museum of Women in the Arts, now through September 16, tickets $10)

Video of Rana Begum’s Exploration of Color, Space, and Light – One of the featured artists in “Heavy Metal”

Speaking of supporting women in the arts, this woman artist supported other women artists completely anonymously to the tune of $5.5 million. Yes…MILLION.

Not everyone has millions to support arts, but simply visiting galleries and museums can help! Mario Sughi’s digital art focuses on the art of capturing women looking at art.

Trash, but make it Art

New York Artist fills potholes with mosaics of vermin…and other things. Feeling inspired? Stay tuned for our our new crop of mosaics classes coming up this fall.

This towering whale statue in Bruges, Belgium is made from five tons of plastic waste collected on beaches in Hawaii and represents the nearly 150,000,000 tons of plastic waste still polluting oceans around the world.

The Making of Skyscraper 2018_by STUDIOKCA from STUDIOKCA on Vimeo.

Fringe Festival is here again.

Monet Mania

Claude Monet, the artist you thought you knew, makes a grand sweep through DC with both a documentary as well as an exhibit featuring work the artist completed living at Vétheuil, a place that represented both a source of grief and great productivity for the father of Impressionism.

See “I, Claude Monet” a movie a documentary which tells the story of Claude Monet through his letters and paintings.

Beyond Giverny…explore “Monet’s The Artist’s Garden at Vétheuil” at the National Gallery of Art in DC.

Image from Claude Monet’s The Artist’s Garden at Vétheuil

Lost and Found Art

Artist Jack Whitten who was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Obama passed away in 2017. One year later, a collection of his works have been found. (Through July 29 at the Baltimore Museum of Art, artbma.org, (free). Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, September 6-December 2, (varies).

Jack Whitten. The Afro American Thunderbolt. 1983-84. Courtesy of the artist’s estate and Hauser & Wirth. Photography by Genevieve Hanson, NYC

What responsibility do artists have to preserve privacy of their subjects? Artsy.net discusses Arne Stevenson, Dries Depoorter, Santiago Sierra, and Sophie Calle and the lines between abuse of privacy and art.

Ito Briones’ “A Murder in Bruges: Cast of Characters”

"Does He Love Me?" by Ito Briones
“Does He Love Me?” by Ito Briones

Oil painter Ito Briones asks viewers to play the part of detective and uncover the truth behind A Murder in Bruges: Cast of Characters,”on view at The Art League gallery, August 8—September 2, 2018. This interactive exhibit, inspired by classic murder mysteries, presents viewers with a trail of clues that lead to a suspect hidden in plain sight; the murderer’s portrait is among the twenty five characters on display.

Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments!

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