Welcome to Artful Weekend
-our listing of area art exhibits and events-
This weekend: March Open Exhibit and The Human Vibe: Patterned Portraits and Color by Jimmy James Greene at the League; Pour, Tear, Carve at The Phillips Collection; K–Animation with Literature at the Korean Cultural Center; and the 2023 Blossom Kite Festival at the Washington Monument.
March Open Exhibit
Diverse artworks by member artists are the feature of Open Exhibits at The Art League. Over 80 pieces—painting, drawing, photography, mixed media, sculpture, and more—are on view in this month’s show. It was juried by Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann.
The March Open Exhibit is on view through April 2.
The Human Vibe: Patterned Portraits and Color by Jimmy James Greene
March solo artist Jimmy James Greene utilizes exaggerated hues and striking designs in his paintings to weave narratives about Black people. In The Human Vibe: Patterned Portraits and Color, the emotions of his subjects are conveyed through subjective colors, while their concerns, conditions, or social constructs are referred to by immersive patterning.
“I respond to an image that I am intuitively attracted to–it could be a person’s expression, the way light hits their body, or an activity they’re engaged in,” Greene explains. He renders his subjects realistically, then goes beyond what they look like to narrate what he calls “their internal and external vibrations.” His works on paper begin as pencil and pastel drawings that he later paints over using watercolors to create rich color and fluidity. Some of those paintings serve as studies for larger acrylic-on-canvas pieces. Essentially, says the New York-based artist, “I am a visual storyteller, a griot.”
Read more about Greene and his art practice here. The Human Vibe: Patterned Portraits and Color is on view through April 2.
Pour, Tear, Carve
The relationship between artists and their materials lies at the core of creative production. Featuring over 65 works drawn from the permanent collection, Pour, Tear, Carve considers how artists have utilized traditional and nontraditional art materials—including paint, wood, paper, plastic, steel, bones, dirt, glass, sand, and cloth—to act as conduits of meaning. It is on view at The Phillips Collection through May 14; 1600 21st Street, NW, Washington, D.C.
K–Animation with Literature
The Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. (KCCDC) proudly presents K–Animation with Literature, a new special exhibition, in collaboration with celebrated Korean animation studio Meditation with a Pencil, that explores the studio’s acclaimed films and their real-world inspirations from influential 20th century Korean literature. K-Animation with Literature offers a behind-the-scenes look at the studio’s impressive body of work. It is on view through December 29; 2370 Massachusetts Ave NW Washington, D.C.
2023 Blossom Kite Festival
Go fly a kite this Sunday at the Blossom Kite Festival on the grounds of the Washington Monument! Kite enthusiasts, beginners, families, and friends are all welcome. Bring your own kite, purchase one onsite, or pick up a free kite kit that you can decorate onsite, courtesy of presenting sponsor Hilton. There will be kite demonstrations, competitions, Japanese drumming performances, and more!
Enjoy the weekend!