Things to do when you have the Shutdown Blues
Washington shut down? Got the blues?
Go see some ART! Check out Carrie’s little list of things to do despite the shutdown!
Bice Lazzari: The Poetry of Mark-Making
through February 24, 2019
Born in 1900 in Venice, Bice Lazzari carved out a singular path in the history of post-war Italian art. For most women in Italy at the time, the possibility of forging a career in the fine arts was limited. Yet, she was determined to find her own voice. Her paintings of the 1950s are expressive and abstract, while her work over the next two decades becomes increasingly reductive, resonating with utmost control and minimal gesture. Using pencil, ink, and pastel, Lazzari drew lines in rhythmic formations to create poetic compositions that resemble graphs, maps, musical staffs, and notes. Later in her career, she further simplified her imagery, drawing or painting grids, lines, rows of dots and dashes, and irregular shapes against a monochromatic background. Reflecting her lifelong passion for music and poetry, Lazzari’s compositions create interacting linear rhythms that come alive in a manner akin to musical notation.
Mark Bradford: Tomorrow is for Another Day
through March 3, 2019
Tomorrow Is Another Day takes visitors through a progression of installations that incorporate themes and figures from Bradford’s personal life in addition to mythological references. Among the works from Venice are Spoiled Foot, a behemoth collage installation suspended from the ceiling that literally bears down on visitors, pushing them to the periphery of the room, and The Odyssey series, a suite of three shimmering black-purple paintings made of endpapers. These works surround Medusa, a tangled sculpture of black, bleached paper inspired by accounts of her as a beautiful and powerful woman wronged by Poseidon. A new suite of monumental abstract canvases created with commercial paper that the artist bleached, soaked, and molded by hand include the exhibition title’s namesake, Tomorrow Is Another Day. They suggest both biology and the heavens, as their circles and lines evoke cells of the body as well as planets.
Between Nature and Abstraction: Edwin Dickinson and Friends
through February 10, 2019
Edwin Walter Dickinson (October 11, 1891 – December 2, 1978) was an American painter and draftsman best known for psychologically charged self-portraits, quickly painted landscapes, which he called premier coups, and large, hauntingly enigmatic paintings involving figures and objects painted from observation, in which he invested his greatest time and concern. His drawings are also widely admired and were the subject of the first book published on his work.
Lastly, Celebrate the life of poet Mary Oliver
Song of the Builders
On a Summer morning
I sat down
On a hillside
To think about God-
A worthy pastime.
Near me, I saw
A single cricket;
It was moving the grains of the hillside
This way and that way.
How great was its energy,
How humble its effort.
Let us hope
It will always be like this,
Each of us going on
In our inexplicable ways
Building the universe.
From Why I Wake Early (2004)
At the Movies
Don’t forget to see Into the Spider Verse – for the love of all things spidery, this is a beautiful version.