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.

Continues after the jump.

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.

Recent Stories

“Pia and Petra from Van Ness” If you have any animal/pet photos you’d like to share please send an email to princeofpetworth(at)gmail(dot)com with ‘Animal Fix’ in the title and say…

Death, taxes and… Thanks to Nick for sending the latest scooter note:

This rental is located at 618 12th St NE. The Craigslist ad says:

“Dear PoPville, Anyone else experiencing Uber/lyft/empower not accepting four people in their cars? Waiting 10-15 minutes for them to arrive to tell us.”

To celebrate Air Quality Awareness Week (May 6-10, 2024), Clean Air Partners is working with A Few Cool Hardware Stores to exchange DC, Maryland and Virginia residents’ gas-powered lawnmowers, trimmers, and leaf blowers at select Ace Hardware locations in the region. DMV residents who turn in their gas-powered lawn tools will receive a FREE Ego Power+ replacement including batteries and chargers, while supplies last.

Compared to gas, electric lawn equipment can reduce emissions, noise pollution, health risks and maintenance costs and time. The program aims to remove about a hundred gas-powered polluting tools from yards in the greater Baltimore-Washington region.

The exchanges will take place the weekends of May 17-19, 2024, and May 31-June 2, 2024, at A Few Cool Hardware Stores network of employee-owned Ace Hardware stores in the DC and Baltimore metro areas. To participate and get your free Ego Power+ lawn tool, sign up at to reserve your tool and select your trade-in date and location.

Read More

Submit your own Announcement here.

NoMa Farmers Market at Third Street

The NoMa Farmers Market is returning for its third season in an exciting new location! This season, we’re expanding and relocating from Alethia Tanner Park to Third Street between N and M Streets NE at the nexus of NoMa and

20’s & 30’s Singles Happy Hour

Singles on Socials Presents: DC 20’s & 30’s Singles Happy Hour

Our last singles happy hour drew over 250 of DC’s most eligible singles, creating a night to remember! Now, we’re back for more fun at Expat DC, Foggy Bottom’s


Subscribe to our mailing list