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: homages to women, provocative prints, jazz-inspired pastels, and more!
Women: A Century of Change
A powerful exhibition of photographs spanning nine decades, Women illuminates, celebrates and reflects on where the world’s women have been, where they are now and where they are going; on view through May 17 at 145 17th Street, NW.
Women of Progress: Early Camera Portraits
The growing presence of women in public life coincided with the rise of portrait photography during the mid-nineteenth century. This exhibition of daguerreotypes and ambrotypes from the 1840s and 1850s features portraits of early feminist icons, women’s rights advocates Margaret Fuller and Lucy Stone, abolitionist Lucretia Mott and best-selling author Harriet Beecher Stowe; on view through May 31 at the National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F Streets, NW.
Agustina Woodgate: Facing Earth
This exhibition features a collection of 2019 Whitney Biennial Agustina Woodgate’s recent artworks in which she uses techniques of erasure using sandpaper to alter the surfaces of analog cartographic instruments and didactics such as maps, globes, and atlases; on view through March 28 at Mason Exhibitions, George Mason University School of Art, Art and Design Building, Suite 2050, 4400 University Drive Fairfax, VA.
Noise on the Walls
Detroit-based Artist Amos Paul Kennedy Jr. uses letterpress printing and bold type to stir up strong emotions through print. As printer and provocateur, his work asks uncomfortable questions about issues of race, equality, and artistic pretension. Meet the artist at an opening reception Friday, March 6 from 6:30–9 p.m.; on view through April 18 at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, 4318 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville, MD.
Geoff Desobry’s Urban Blues consists of pastel works on paper completed in 2019 and early 2020. The city at night was the initial theme. Much like a jazz improvisation, the pieces expanded to embrace all that is blue. Meet the artist at an opening reception Friday, March 13, 6 – 9 p.m., or at the artist talk Sunday, March 22 at 1 p.m.; on view through April 4 at Waverly Street Gallery, 4600 East West Highway, Bethesda, MD.
An American Story: Jewish & Muslim Perspectives
Jews and Muslims Making Art Together (JAMMART), a group of unaffiliated artists that formed in 2008, presents an exhibit exploring America’s ideals of freedom, justice, and equality, all of which are being challenged in today’s political and social climate. Meet the artists at a reception Sunday, March 8 from 1-3 p.m. (registration required); on view through May 31 at Sandy Spring Museum, 17901 Bentley Road, Sandy Spring, MD.