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Weekly Art Lens by Beth Shook

by Prince Of Petworth June 1, 2011 at 11:00 am 0

Chip and Batty Explore Space, William Wegman, 2001, photograph. On view in NASA | ART. Courtesy NASA Art Program.

28th Annual Museum Walk Weekend
The theme of this year’s Dupont-Kalorama Museum Walk is “live green, live local.” Participating art venues include the Textile Museum, Dumbarton House, the Phillips Collection, which will be free for the weekend and hosting Jazz ‘N Families Fun Days, and one of the quirkiest museums in the city, Fondo del Sol, which focuses on Ibero-American cultures and immigrant art. City Paper is organizing an eco-themed photo contest for museumgoers — the prize pack includes museum memberships and a FreshFarm markets gift certificate. Bike parking and free shuttles will be available. Food trucks will be present. (Umm and can we just agree on no cutting in line?)
Where: Dupont-Kalorama (see the event schedule for a list of museums)
When: June 4 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and June 5 (1 to 5 p.m.)
How Much: Free.

NASA | ART: 50 Years of Exploration
The appeal of space exploration to modern and contemporary artists is no surprise, particularly for those interested in mapping, networks and the mysterious patterns found in the natural world. While the visual arts may not be NASA’s top priority, over the last 50 years, the institution’s art program has amassed an impressive collection of space-related paintings, sculptures, works on paper and photography by artists as diverse as Nam June Paik and Normal Rockwell. Now on view at the Air and Space Museum is a selection of 70 of these works, which reinterpret both the historic moments and daily life of NASA operations.
Where: National Air and Space Museum (map)
When: On view until Oct. 9.
How Much: Free.

Registro 02, Mirar por segunda vez and E • CO
Two exhibitions of contemporary Latin American art arrive at the Katzen this weekend. Registro 02 was organized by the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey and presents 50 works in different mediums by four Mexican contemporary artists and the collective Tercerunquinto. E • CO features environment-themed “visual essays” by 20 Latin American and European photography collectives.
Where: American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center (map)
When: June 4 to Aug. 14. E • CO artist talk with Iata Cannabrava and Sergi Camara on June 4 from 5 to 6 p.m.
How Much: Free.

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Elizabeth Huey: Polychromatic Projection
In her paintings, New York-based artist Elizabeth Huey combines a background in psychology with expressionistic strokes, acrylic spills and bold, saturated coloring to “mine the past for imagery and hidden narratives.” Some of Huey’s works deal with historical subject matter, but all of her scenes are dramatic visual minefields that encourage psychoanalytic interpretation. Polychromatic Projection is Heiner Contemporary’s inaugural exhibition and includes new paintings, installations and video by the artist.
Where: Heiner Contemporary (map)
When: Now until July 2.
How Much: Free.

Short list:: The Final Girl Exhibition + Video Store at the American University Museum; Wishing Well and Bee Lines at Hillyer Art Space; “Gauguin’s Selves: Visual Identities in the Age of Freud” at the National Gallery of Art.


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