Weekly Art Lens by Beth Shook

Stendhal No. 1, Corcoran Gallery, 2011, by Kerry Skarbakka on view this weekend at Irvine Contemporary. Image courtesy Irvine Contemporary. Copyright Kerry Skarbakka.

An Evening With Mary Lynn Kotz
Local art history author Mary Lynn Kotz will speak at the JCC art gallery this Thursday in conjunction with the gallery’s ongoing exhibition Blueprints. The show focuses on the Cyanotypes (cyan-colored photographic prints) of José Betancourt and Susan Weil, the latter of whom studied and collaborated with Robert Rauschenberg in the 1950s. Kotz, who has written extensively on Rauschenberg, will discuss the two artists’ relationship.
Where: The Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery at the DC JCC (Metro: Dupont Circle)
When: July 21 at 7 p.m. Reception to follow lecture.
How Much: $5 for the public; free for members and students. Tickets can be purchased online.

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Reinventing the Wheel: Japanese Ceramics, 1930-2000
The latest exhibition at the Sackler surveys modern innovations in Japanese ceramics since the 1930s, when potters began to identify as studio artists and became increasingly interested in form over function. Reinventing the Wheel will feature objects from the Sackler collection that are as stylistically diverse as they are visually arresting.
Where: The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (Metro: Smithsonian)
When: July 23 on.
How Much: Free

Artist Tribute 2
The second of two exhibitions marking the gallery’s move from its Logan Circle space, Tribute 2 will feature recent work by gallery artists including Melissa Ichiuji, Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi and Alexa Meade, as well as its two big names, the street artists Shepard Fairey and Gaia. Also on display will be the first work (above) from a new photographic series by Kerry Skarbakka, in which he stages “moments of fainting in the presence of sublime art works” at the Corcoran Gallery.
Where: Irvine Contemporary (Metro: Dupont Circle or Shaw-Howard Univ.)
When: July 23 to Aug. 27
How Much: Free

Publishing Modernism: The Bauhaus in Print
The National Gallery has dipped into its rare book collection to reexamine Bauhaus, the Weimar-era German art school that shaped the trajectory of modernist design and architecture. Publishing Modernism uses books published by the school to demonstrate how the evolution of Bauhaus printing processes from traditional print shop to machine printing paralleled a shift in the school’s curriculum towards architecture, typography and a more commercial aesthetic. (Note that the exhibition is on view on weekdays in the museum’s Study Center.)
Where: National Gallery of Art, East Building (Metro: Archives or Judiciary Square)
When: July 25 to Oct. 28.
How Much: Free

Short list: Boys Be Good: The Metaschematizons at Morton Fine Arts; Nam June Paik’s Birthday at the Smithsonian American Art Museum; Amber Robles-Gordon, WIRED at Pleasant Plains Workshop.