Welcome to Artful Weekend, our guide to fun and interesting ways to enjoy art in person or virtually.
This weekend: Poetry-inspired artworks at the League; an homage to Women’s History Month; Dada art in DC; and more!
At The Art League
Line by Line: Artist Interpret Poetry
Line by Line: Artists Interpret Poetry, our March themed exhibit, is now on view in the Gallery and online through April 4. League artists interpreted what poetry means to them using prose, song lyrics, scripture, nursery rhymes, and famous quotes, to traditional and contemporary poetry. Says Haven Ashely, our assistant gallery director, “Some artists even paired their work with original writing of their own.” It is juried by artist Jordann Wine.
Art Blossoms 2021
Nothing says spring quite like the blooming of the cherry blossom trees in Washington, D.C. Art Blossoms 2021, a new exhibit at the Torpedo Factory Artists @ Mosaic gallery in Fairfax, Virginia, offers its own interpretation of the beauty of nature. It features artists from the highly-acclaimed Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association. Additionally, there’s a special cherry-blossom themed gift for purchasers spending $200 or more while supplies last; on view through April 25 at Torpedo Factory Artists @ Mosaic, 2905 District Avenue, #105, Fairfax, Virginia.
In celebration of Women’s History Month, Zenith Gallery presents Herstory, an exhibition featuring 28 of their female artists. America’s monumental feat of electing its first woman Vice President, Kamala Harris, was a catalyst for the inception of this exhibit as well as this video. Many of the works in the exhibit are inspired by recent events and numerous powerful women from around the globe; on view through April 3 online and at Zenith Gallery, 1429 Iris Street, NW.
Stretched and From an Abyss
Arlington Arts Center reopens to the public Saturday (March 27) with two exhibits! Stretched presents an expanded perspective on contemporary painting, featuring nine artists whose work is rooted in but transcends the medium. Ranging from work on canvas to large-scale installation, the exhibition emphasizes the expansive and multi-faceted approach taken by contemporary artists who work with paint as part of their practice. These diverse approaches include incorporating unconventional materials and techniques into their work and expanding beyond the canvas into three-dimensional objects and installations.
From an Abyss is artist Ryan McCoy’s response to the experience of living in America during the Covid-19 pandemic. Executed from just before the pandemic’s outset to the present moment, From an Abyss is McCoy’s visualization of the country’s staggering death toll, the emotional and psychological effects of sustained isolation and the repeated attacks on truth, facts and American democracy. Working in an abstract visual language, From an Abyss is McCoy’s response to a dark chapter in America’s history through stark abstract compositions, poetic gestures and canvases heavy with the weight of material accumulation. Both are on view through June 5; Arlington Art Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA.
Bodies We Inhabit: Contemporary Perspectives in Ecofeminism
This a four-week virtual exhibition explores the connection between the oppression of women and the destruction of nature. It probes the interconnections between women and the earth, from the presence of rhythmic cycles to the shared experiences of consumption and exploitation. Works by 11 female artists—working across media from Lebanon, New York, Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC—are featured. View Bodies We Inhabit here.
Acts of Resistance through Absurd Resilience
DC Dada Art presents Acts of Resistance through Absurd Resilience, a group exhibition described as “a reaction to watching moderates get woke then just as quickly fall back into the sleep of complacency.” It is on view through March 28 at Rhizome, 6950 Maple Street, NW.
Enjoy the first full weekend of Spring. Wear your mask.