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Artful Weekend January 31-February 2

"Circe Turns a Companion of Odysseus into Swine" by Romare Bearden

Welcome to Artful Weekend, our new weekly listing of area art happenings! Check it out every Friday for fun and interesting exhibits and events occurring throughout the DMV. Share your experience at these and other weekend art destinations by tagging us (@theartleague) and including the hashtag #artfulweekend on social media.


This weekend: Exhibits to kick off Black History Month, D.C.’s punk scene in photos, Contemporary Iran through the lens of women, and more!


Romare Bearden: Artist as Activist & Visionary

1969 Fortune Magazine cover by Romare Bearden
1969 Fortune Magazine cover by Romare Bearden

Literature, history, the Bible, and jazz were among the inspirations that informed Romare Bearden’s thought provoking depictions of the African American experience. Artist as Activist & Visionary, an exhibition of more than forty-five of his collages, watercolors, drawings, prints, and editorial cartoons, examines how he also used art to agitate for change; on view through May 1 at The David C. Driskell Center, 1214 Cole Student Activities Bldg. University of Maryland, College Park, MD.



Delita Martin: Calling Down the Spirits

“New Beginnings” by Delita Martin

Past and present generations intersect in Delita Martin’s monumental prints, onto which she paints, draws, sews, and collages elements of African tradition and personal memory; on view through April 19 at the National Museum for Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Avenue, NW.



Present Tense: DC Punk and DIY, Right Now

If you thought DC’s punk, hardcore and DIY music scene was dead, think again. Music and documentary photographer Farrah Skeiky maintains the genre’s relevance in a series of photographs that documents and celebrates its continued vitality; through February 29 at Transformer, 1404 P Street, NW.



Carved in Stone, Painted With Light

“Circle in Limestone” by David Therriault

This Zenith Gallery exhibit features works by three artists: sculptor David Therriault, who utilizes reclaimed stones in his creations; abstract artist Carolyn Goodridge whose abstracted landscapes evoke nature’s elements; and Hubert Jackson’s color-saturated renderings of memorable people and places; on view through April 4 at Zenith Gallery, 1111 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.



My Iran: Six Woman Photographers

Untitled, from the series Witness 1979 by Hengameh Golestan

In My Iran, photographers Newsha Tavakolian, Shadi Ghadirian, Malekeh Nayiny, Gohar Dashti, and Mitra Tabrizian turn a lens on their homeland to explore themes of memory, loss, and exile, but also of defiance and hope; on view through February 9 at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Avenue, SW.

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