5 Exhibits I Can’t Write About Because Of The Government Shutdown

EditJUDITH-JAMISON-IN-“CRY”-by-Max-Waldman-1976Image: Smithsonian

Partisan conflict is palpable throughout the country, but it’s most intense in D.C., where government institutions have turned off their lights and donned pathetic “Closed” signs on their doors. While some media outlets have downplayed the severity of the situation (going as far as to call it a mere “slimdown”), the shutdown has had its implications on organizations like the Smithsonian that serve communities with free doses of culture.

I cover art for Luna Luna. I like writing about it. I like getting other people to see it. The last couple days have meant closed museums and a limit in the amount of art D.C. exposes to residents. It’s a sad disservice but, unfortunately, not the saddest of inconveniences rendered by the shutdown.

Still, us art lovers at Luna Luna decided to dedicate this post to the exhibits we could be seeing, analyzing and sharing,  were it not for the banality of political squabbles.

1. National Gallery of Art’s “Yes, No, Maybe: Artists Working at Crown Point Press”

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Crown Point Press in San Francisco was one of the most influential printmaking studios of the last 50 years. This exhibit features 125 proofs and prints made from 25 artists who we don’t know a whole lot about, including contemporary ladies like Stockholm’s Mamma Andersson, Ethiopian artist Julie Mehretu and Brooklyn-based painter Amy Sillman. Looks like this is as far as our Crown Point Press knowledge will go for now.

2. National Portrait Gallery’s Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2013

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Artists throughout the country submitted portraiture work of all media types—from video to sculpture to painting—for this annual competition. Now in its third year, the exhibition/competition features 48 pieces chosen from more than 3,000 entries. Bo Gehring’s first place piece “Jessica Wickham” is gorgeous, as far as we can tell from the Youtube link. We also think we love finalist Carole Feuerman’s intimate “General’s Daughter,” a stunning oil on resin, but we won’t know until we actually see it.


3. Hirshhorn Museum’s Directions: Jennie C. Jones

Jennie C. Jones, a Brooklyn-based artist, marries music, art history and African-American culture in her mixed-media work. Her pieces run the gamut from audio collages to sculptures that examine the connections between abstraction and black avant-garde music.

Much of her work is inspired by jazz music, which sounds like  an incredible influence—too bad we can’t see or hear any of it.

4. Sackler Gallery’s Perspectives: Rina Banerjee

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Rina Banerjee is an Indian-born artist who draws from her immigration experience to create textured works combining found objects and textiles. She’s a scientist, too, which helps her dream up fairytale untopias she populates with plastic objects and other materials to represent her interpretation of cultures.

5. National Portrait Gallery’s Dancing the Dream

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One of the Smithsonian’s first exhibits on modern American dance, this show captures images of choreographers and performers ranging from Isadora Duncan to Beyonce to show the cultural significance of dance in society. The exhibition tracks the evolution of modern dance from the 19th century to today through stunning portraits of dance greats.


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