Monday June 8th
Life Painting @ Hillyer Art Space
“An independent figure drawing class that allows students to work from a nude model in your choice of mediums.While easels, chairs and artistic ambiance are provided by Hillyer, artists are required to bring their own drawing materials. Space will be limited to 30 attendees. Walk-ins are welcome to join if there are seats available.” Every Monday 6-9PM. Member $10/ Non-Member $12″
PWYC Previews: THE MADWOMAN OF CHAILLOT @ THE GUNSTON ARTS CENTER
“The professional premiere of a new English translation by Laurence Senelick
By Jean Giraudoux
Directed by Christopher Henley
When the world is going to hell, who ya gonna call? Four eccentric women and their outrageous street friends conspire to save the world from rapacious capitalists. The classic French comedy is a fable for our times in a new translation that gives the 99% their due. Vive la résistance! #OccupyChaillot!”
Order tickets online or call 703-418-4808
Pay What You Can OR Pay With a Can or a Coat! (food will be donated to Arlington Food Assistance Center; winter outerwear will be donated to Nauck Community Services Center)
Tuesday June 9th
HEROES & VILLAINS & VAMPIRES: Censoring Comics From 1954-2011 @ WATHA T. DANIEL-SHAW LIBRARY
“In 1954, a group of publishers formed the Comics Code Authority (CCA) and began quietly censoring American comic books. Intended to shield children from violence and vulgarity, the Comics Code prohibited everything from depictions of nudity and supernatural creatures to the use of the words “terror” and “horror” in comic book titles. DC Comics and Archie Comics both published books with the Comics Code seal as late as 2011.
This presentation will explore why the Comics Code Authority was created, why it eventually fell out of use, and how in the meantime writers, illustrators, publishers, and retailers all pushed the boundaries of the code in an effort to produce and distribute comics of all genres for readers of all ages. It will conclude with a discussion of the preservation practices used to maintain comics collections for future researchers.
This talk will be lead by Jamie Roberts, who can often be found at the reference desk in the Rare Book and Special Collections Reading Room at the Library of Congress. HerM.A. thesis was titled “Conserving Comic Books: How, Why and Who” and she holds degrees in Anthropology, Conservation, and Library Science.”
JACOB LAWRENCE’S ‘STRUGGLE’ SERIES @ The Phillips Collection
“Produced between 1954 and 1956, Jacob Lawrence’s Struggle series illustrates scenes from American history, chronicling events from the Revolutionary War through the great westward expansion of 1817. This exhibition, which brings together 12 panels from the private collection of Harvey and Harvey-Ann Ross, presents a rare glimpse into the artist’s narrative invention at mid-century while considering the significance of his Struggle series.”
Included w/ Museum Admission. Open During Museum Hours
Thursday June 11th
Opening Reception: Maremi Hooff Andrezzi: POTOMAC SKIES @ The Art League
“Focusing on the nuances of clouds and light, painter Maremi Hooff Andreozzi depicts the dramatic atmosphere above the river in her series “Potomac Skies.” Capturing and painting nightfall or daybreak, feels like “finding good luck – hopeful and timeless,” Andreozzi notes. Her first solo exhibit at The Art League Gallery will be featured from June 4 to July 6.”
Lecture: Photgrapher Bruce Davidson @ The Phillips Collection
MODERN VISION: THE LINDA LICHTENBERG KAPLAN COLLECTION @ THE PHILLIPS COLLECTION
“With extraordinary vision and generosity, Phillips trustee and art collector Linda Lichtenberg Kaplan has promised the Phillips her collection of 18 American sculptors’ drawings, works by modern masters such as Lee Bontecou, Jay DeFeo, Tony Smith, Whitfield Lovell, and Louise Nevelson. These drawings are a major contribution to the museum, including works by 12 artists not currently represented in the permanent collection, and showcase the museum’s commitment to building a carefully crafted, in-depth collection that reflects founder Duncan Phillips’s vision and distinctive eye.” Image courtesy of the Phillips Collection.
” Join us for the unveiling of the landmark artwork, “Symphony in DC Major,” commissioned by City Market at O and created by renowned sculptor and third-generation Washingtonian, Zachary Oxman, The massive three-part sculpture, occupying an entire city block, pays tribute to Shaw’s storied history, portraying prolific composer, jazz musician, and DC native Edward “Duke” Ellington; neighborhood namesake and abolitionist Union Army Colonel Robert Gould Shaw; and renowned American Expressionist painter and Shaw Junior High School art teacher, Alma Thomas.
Enjoy live music by local jazz & Go-Go band, The JoGo Project, delicious bites from around the neighborhood, a meet & greet with the artist, plus special guests to unveil each subject. Watch the curtains drop and become a part of history at this momentous community celebration.”
“A public opening will be held on Friday, June 12, 2013 from 6 – 9pm in conjunction with the Bethesda Art Walk. Eight painters have been selected as finalists for the Bethesda Painting Awards, a juried competition and exhibition produced by the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District. Nearly 300 artists from Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. submitted work to the tenth annual competition created to exclusively honor regional painters. The work of the eight finalists will be on display at Gallery B from June 3-27, 2015.”
The artists selected as finalists are:
Thomas Dahlberg – Baltimore, MD
Cavan Fleming – Blacksburg, VA
Lillian Hoover – Baltimore, MD
Hedieh Ilchi – Rockville, MD
Boram Lee – Baltimore, MD
Danielle Mysliwiec – Takoma Park, MD
Bill Schmidt – Baltimore, MD
Elise Schweitzer – Roanoke, VA
FREE. 6PM- 9PM
Spotlight Talks @The Philips Collection
“15-minute spotlight tours, focused on different works of art, are offered every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at noon.” Free (w/admission). 12PM.
2015 DC CARIBBEAN FILM FESTIVAL @ AFI Silver Theater & Cultural Center
“In recognition of Caribbean American Heritage Month, AFI is proud to host the 15th annual DC Caribbean Filmfest from June 12 through June 14. The festival is co-presented by Caribbean Association of World Bank and IMF Staff (CAWI), Caribbean Professional Network (CPN), Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) and Africa World Now Project.
The festival opens with CU-BOP: CUBA-NEW YORK MUSIC DOCUMENTARY, a documentary about two Cuban jazz musicians separated by an ocean who continue to perform in spite of the difficulties they face. A documentary fit for all music lovers, first time filmmaker Shinichi Takahashi explores the African roots of Cuban jazz and documents what happens when expats return to the source of their inspiration. A Q&A with the filmmaker will follow the screening.
Other series highlights include GOD LOVES THE FIGHTER (Official Selection, 2013 Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival); LEGENDS OF SKA: COOL & COPASETIC; MURDER IN PACOT [Meurtre à Pacot] (Official Selection, 2014 Toronto Film Festival; 2015 Berlin, San Francisco, Seattle Film Festival); and ON THE ROAD, SOMEWHERE [Algún lugar] (Official Selection, 2015 Miami, Panama, Chicago Latino, San Diego Latino Film Festivals), with a Q&A with filmmakers Guillermo Zouain and Wendy Muñiz plus a post-screening sampling of Dominican treats.”
“Great Britain’s most prestigious ballet company, The Royal Ballet returns for the first time since 2009–when the Washington Post praised the Company for its “sublime” dancing and a “solidly top-flight” cast–with Carlos Acosta’s new full-length Don Quixote.
Having danced Petipa’s classic Don Quixote with the Ballet Nacional de Cuba and other companies throughout his career, Carlos Acosta offers his own take, drawing inspiration from Petipa’s original production, with music by Ludwig Minkus arranged by Martin Yates. Based on excerpts of the novel Don Quixote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes, the story follows the eccentric knight and his loyal squire and the young lovers Kitri and Basilio through their hilarious misadventures in search of true love. The ballet is filled with spectacular sets and costumes, gypsy dancers and musicians, and virtuoso dancing.”
“Paint in between your vinyasa flow. Instruction will connect the elements you paint to the poses you hold whilst painting. You’ll paint a predetermined picture at an elementary painting level. Both painting and yoga instruction provided in the class. An instructor will guide you through incorporating painting into your yoga practice with fun and ease. Arrive early to grab your practice station, especially if you’re coming with a group of friends. Yoga mat not included; please bring your own.”