Weekly Art Lens by Beth Shook

Theodore Halkin, Homage to Archimboldo, 1970, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the S.W. and B.M. Koffler Foundation. On view this weekend at the SAAM.

Portraiture Now: Asian American Portraits of Encounter
Featuring works by seven artists from Asia or of Asian descent, this will be the first Smithsonian exhibition to focus on contemporary Asian American portraiture. According to the NPG press release, the art on view aims to both counter existing stereotypes about the Asian American experience and offer a more nuanced exploration of transnational identity. Portraits of Encounter was co-organized by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program.
Where: National Portrait Gallery (Metro: Gallery Place-Chinatown or Metro Center)
When: Aug. 12 to Oct. 14.
How Much: Free

Paint, Canvas, Walls, People
A minimalist exhibition of work by Thomas Canavan and Arijit Das closes this weekend at the Lamont Bishop Gallery. While both artists hang their art on the gallery walls, they are more interested in conceptual experiments than the final product. With his blank canvases accompanied by text, Canavan asks viewers to meditate on their own expectations for a painting. Das takes a more personal and expressive approach by painting abstract compositions that appear both meticulous and unplanned. The two artists team up in Sorry, Sol, an amusing take on the wall drawings of Sol LeWitt.
Where: Lamont Bishop Gallery (Metro: Mt. Vernon Square or Shaw-Howard Univ.)
When: Until Aug. 13. Closing reception on Aug. 13 from 8 to 11 p.m. including live painting by Das and other artists.
How Much: Free

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Made in Chicago: The Koffler Collection
Contemporary works donated by Chicago collectors Blanche and Samuel Koffler go on view this weekend at the American Art Museum. The 26 paintings, works on paper and sculptures in the show were all made by Chicago artists between 1960 and 1980. A number of the works borrow motifs from traditional landscape and still-life painting, while straddling the line between figurative and abstract — not unusual at a moment when Abstract Expressionism was going out of vogue. Those who made it to last fall’s National Gallery exhibition of Archimboldo portraits will especially appreciate Theodore Halkin’s Homage to Archimboldo (above).
Where: Smithsonian American Art Museum (Metro: Gallery Place-Chinatown or Metro Center)
When: Aug. 12 to Jan. 2, 2012.
How Much: Free

new. (now.)
Hamiltonian Gallery’s annual exhibition of new fellows will include work by five emerging artists: Nora Howell, Sarah Knobel, Matthew Mann, Jenny Mullins and Joshua Wade Smith. You make recognize Mullins from her recent show at Flashpoint. While the group seems to have a slight bent toward the conceptual (see Howell’s performance pieces involving edible clothing and racial stereotypes), painting and photography will also be on display.
Where: Hamiltonian Gallery (Metro: U Street-Cardozo)
When: Aug. 13 to Sept. 10. Opening reception on Aug. 13 from 7 to 9 p.m.
How Much: Free

Short list: Transient at Gallery 31 at the Corcoran; MiniSolos@Touchstone at Touchstone Gallery.

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Mieza Blendery Open in Alexandria’s West End

Mieza Blendery, located at 109 Clermont Avenue off Eisenhower Avenue in Alexandria, was founded by Alex Lynch, a DC native, who fell in love with brewing Saison and Sour beer after college. As a home brewer he bought his first wine barrel in 2011 and has been brewing professionally ever since.

All of the beers at Mieza Blendery are blends of multiple beers that are barrel aged, fermented with a mixed culture, and seasonally dependent. While most beers are fermented with a single yeast strain, a mixed culture beer has a variety of different yeasts that provide elements of acidity, dryness, and expressive aromatics. Barrel aging supplies micro-oxidation for the organisms, tannin, or imparts flavors from its previous occupant, such as red wine, bourbon or mezcal. We make blends with local berries and stone fruit in the summer, wine grapes in the fall, and engage in spontaneous fermentation on winter nights. Due to the differences in base beer, microbes, and barrels as well as the variance of each season on the fruit, and the blender’s choices on blending day, each blend has a distinct story.

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