Welcome to Artful Weekend, our guide to fun and interesting ways to enjoy and engage in art as you shelter-in-place or practice social distancing.
This weekend: January exhibitions at the League, paper artists at NMWA, the Smithsonian’s 2020 time capsule, and more!
January Exhibitions at The Art League
January 2021 Open Exhibition
This month’s group exhibition, juried by contemporary and performance artist Gregg Deal, features an array of artworks in mediums ranging from drawings and paintings to glassworks, mixed media sculpture, photography and printmaking. It is on view in the Gallery, Wednesday-Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday noon-5:00 p.m., through Sunday, January 24. You can also view artworks online. Join us for the virtual opening reception on January 14, 2021 at 6:30pm. Click here to RSVP.
Patrick Kirwin: I Need Tromp L’Oeil
Painter Patrick Kirwin brings a lively, contemporary twist to the rich tradition of trompe l’oeil artwork. His large-scale paintings offer humorous, thoughtful observations of our modern world. The exhibit will be on view at The Art League gallery January 7, 2021 through January 24, 2021.
See the many possibilities of paper in Paper Routes, the sixth installment of NMWA’s exhibition series Women to Watch, now online. The creations of 22 contemporary artists are featured, from delicate forms to monumental sculptures. Take a virtual studio tour, and hear from the artists themselves in exclusive audio guides that illuminate their processes and stories behind their works.
There, There; Locating Presence in Absence
In this online exhibit presented by International Arts & Artists at Hillyear in partnership with The Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C., multidisciplinary artists Julia Kwon, Lisa Park, Nara Park, and Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries (aka Young-hae Chang and Marc Voge) explore what it means to be present in this moment that i marked by so much absence. See There, There; Locating Presence in Absence online through January 15.
Smithsonian Time Capsule
What should future generations know about the unprecedented events of the past year? The National Museum of History is assembling a digital time capsule filled with messages to future generations about life today, and wants to hear your story, big or small. They made it easy to participate with this online submission form along with some guiding questions for entries. You can even submit photographs and videos to really illustrate what life during the pandemic has been like for you.
Enjoy your weekend. Wear your mask.