By JASON WILLIAMS and ROBERT BETTMANN
Tom Meyer: Narrative Vision March 3 through April 7
Trevor Young: light structures April 14 through May 26
American University Museum at the Katzen
Known better for the political ambition of its student body than its artistic expressions, American University’s Museum at the Katzen Arts Center feels like a stumbled-upon hidden treasure. The center servers dual purposes as not only the creative hub for the campus’ visual, media, musical and theater arts programs, but as a working museum with rotating exhibitions.
A semi-permanent sculpture garden installation greets you as you enter the facility, which contains three floors of exhibits. There are two noteworthy installments currently on display. Michael Clark: Washington Artist is a multidimensional collection of the artist’s work, including a series of paintings of George Washington, pop art and stunning minimalist pieces. “Portrait of Vanessa, 1979” is a standout work.
On the third floor is Carol Brown Goldberg’s Entanglement. This collection features intricate foliage colored in vibrate and muted tones. There are some works that are black and white, still arresting because of incredible detailing.
Carol Brown Goldberg: Entanglement; April 3 through May 27
Francisco Toledo: Toledo Múltiple; April 3 through May 27
Jiha Moon: Double Welcome, Most Everyone’s Mad Here; April 3 through May 27
Michael Clark: Washington Artist; April 3 through May 27
Master of Fine Art First Year and Thesis Exhibitions; April 3 through 25 and May 5 through 27
Kumo: Miya Ando; April 3 through May 27
Romare Bearden; April 15 through June 10
Jacob Kainen; April 15 through June 10
Tony Lewis: Anthology 2014-2016; March 6 through May 28
Brand New: Art and Commodity in the 1980s; Feb. 14 through May 13
Hard Metal; April 19 through May 20
Michael Crossett; May 24 through July 1
Cézanne Portraits: March 25 through July 1
Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings; March 4 through May 28
Heavenly Earth: Images of Saint Francis at La Verna; Feb. 25 through July 8
Outliers and American Vanguard Art; Jan. 28 through May 13
Michel Sittow: Estonian Painter at the Courts of Renaissance Europe; Jan. 28 through May 13
Jackson Pollock’s “Mural;” Nov. 19, 2017 through Oct. 28, 2018
As the renovations of the original building that housed the Phillips Collection since 1897 continue on the outside, the outstanding collection of art that makes this building a landmark is well preserved on the inside. Paul Klee’s Ten Americans is the special exhibit currently on display, and there is an additional fee depending on the day of your visit. Like many museums, the Phillips Collection has downloadable walking tour narration that you can listen to through your smart phone.
On the second floor you will find exceptional works by Van Gogh and Jacob Lawrence. Also, you will find less well known – but beautiful – works in their own right by Pierre Bonnard and Arthur Dove.
Ten Americans by Paul Klee; Feb. 3 through May 6
Moving Forward, Looking Back; June 26, 2017 through Dec. 31, 2018
Women of Influence (Part II) Elmira Bier, Minnie Byers and Marjorie Phillips, Oct. 24, 2017 through Dec. 30, 2018
Festivals have long been as much about gathering like-minded people as gathering those with similar tastes in music, food or film. With more than 30 years of annual spectacle, the Burning Man Festival is an American cultural institution. No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man pays homage to the creativity and mindset that has sustained the annual pilgrimage. Spread out over two floors and more than a half dozen public art installations across the city, the exhibit encourages visitors to take photos, and many pieces are interactive.
There is no particular order, as the exhibit is focused on the binding themes of the Burning Man event. Photos of founders of the event and the 10 guiding principles are on view, but where this exhibition excels is providing an immersive experience of what it might be like to attend Burning Man.
There are several costumes from over the years on the first floor, along with a display of jewelry and other wearable items. There is also a beautiful replica of Marco Cochrane’s Truth is Beauty sculpture that simmers in hues of purple, pink and blue. On the second floor is a recreated temple for those seeking to unburden themselves. One may write on small pieces of wood that can be either left behind or taken home. Clearly inspired by the Western Wall in Jerusalem, this dimly, but artfully lit piece should not be missed.
No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man; March 30 through Jan. 21, 2019
Do Ho Suh: Almost Home; March 16 through Aug. 5
The Power to See Beauty: Charles Lang Freer; indefinite
The Prince and the Shah: Royal Portraits from Qajar Iran; Feb. 24 through Aug. 5
To Dye For: Ikats from Central Asia; March 24 through July 29
Secrets of the Lacquer Buddha; Dec. 9, 2017 through June 10
Binding the Clouds: The Art of Central Asian Ikat; July 9
Vanishing Traditions: Textiles and Treasures from Southwest China; July 9