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Artful Weekend April 10-11

"First In-Last Out, Essaouira, Morocco," by Van Pulley, is currently on view in the April Open Exhibit.

Welcome to Artful Weekend, our guide to fun and interesting ways to enjoy art in person or virtually.


This weekend: New exhibits at the League; socially conscious architecture at the Building Museum; the Justice Art Coalition’s first online exhibit; and more!



April Open Exhibit

“Taste of Summer,” by Cynthia Grisdela, is the Best-in-Show winner in the April 2021 Open Exhibit.

Don’t miss this month’s group exhibition juried by contemporary and performance artist and curator Adriel Luis. Our Open Exhibits are a great way to view the breath of mediums and styles of our member artists. This month’s show features two large-scale fiber art pieces by Best-in-Show Award winner Cynthia Grisdela and Susan Lapham; a colorful sculpture made from piano innards by Tory Cowles; Michaela Borgehese’s vibrant fused glass Fan of Many Colors; James Wehner’s terracotta trio that calls to mind classical sculpture; and much, much more. See it in-person in the Gallery, Wednesday-Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday noon-5:00 p.m., through Sunday, May 2. You can also view the exhibit online. Join us for a panel discussion with our award winners on Thursday, April 15, at 6:00 p.m. on Zoom; register here.



Justin T. Worrell: Breath on Glass

“The Sovereign,” by Justin T. Worrell

Oil painter Justin T. Worrell captures the ephemeral, dusky prelude to nightfall in his solo exhibit Breath on Glass. Inspired by the American Tonalist school, Worrell’s landscapes blur the boundary between our physical world and the spiritual realm. The exhibit is on view online and in-person at The Art League gallery through May 2. Worrell will be talking about his exhibit and process in a Zoom artist talk on Tuesday, April 13 at 6:00 p.m.; register here.



Inside & Out: Photorealists to Minimalists

The Justice Art Coalition unites teaching artists and arts advocates with currently and formerly incarcerated artists to harness the transformative power of the arts to reimagine justice. Inside & Out: Photorealists to Minimalists, their inaugural online exhibit, features works ranging from abstract paintings to computer-animated video that were created by more than 30 artists in the program; on view through April 22.


Justice as Beauty: The Work of Mass Design Group

Photo of the GHESKIO Cholera Treatment in Port Au Prince, Haiti. Credit: Iwan Baan

MASS Design Group, a nonprofit architecture firm believes that architecture is never neutral—it either heals or hurts. Justice as Beauty– introduces MASS Design Group’s extraordinary portfolio, including completed buildings, proposed projects, and applied research initiatives. Photographs, videos, renderings, and models convey the firm’s groundbreaking approach to its architectural projects examining how its nonprofit status enables it to take on ambitious projects, and how its collective organizational structure supports its mission to address society’s most challenging problems through socially conscious design strategies; on view through September 25 at the National Building Museum, 401 F Street, NW, and online.



Eric Uhlir: Before, After, and In Between

Tamarama, 2020 Oil on linen 18 × 24 in

Often re-contextualizing epic scenes from the Western European art historical canon, Eric Uhlir brings into play current ideas about climate change, colonialism, human interaction and migration. Before, After and In Between expands on these themes and explores the persistent social and political upheaval of our time; on view through May 8 at Culture House, 700 Delaware Avenue, SW.

Enjoy the weekend. Wear your mask.





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