National Museum of Asian Art Connects Environmental Art Across Centuries

By Sheila Wickouski Two exhibits of Indian prints and photographs now on view at the Smithsonian Asian Art Museum go beneath the surface to consider the underlying themes of environment, politics and emotions. What the works from almost three centuries apart share in common is the importance of water as a cultural and economic necessity. […]

Rubell Museum’s Inaugural Exhibition Showcases Powerful Artwork in Stunning Setting

By Sheila Wickouski The Rubell Museum DC, located on the site of the historic Randall School, opened its doors to the public in late October with an exhibit titled What’s Going On, a reference to the groundbreaking 1971 album by Randall School alumnus Marvin Gaye, who sang in the glee club as a junior high […]

Rubell Museum Opens Doors in Former Randall School Building

Southwest’s Newest Museum Showcases Contemporary Art in Historic Space By Southwester Staff  On October 27, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser cut a red ribbon to open Washington, DC’s newest museum, the Rubell Museum DC at 65 I St. SW, the site of the historic Randall School.  Dedicated exclusively to contemporary art, the Rubell Museum reinvigorates one […]

Rubell Museum Announces Inaugural Director Ahead of October Opening 

By Melissa Silverman  This month, the Rubell Museum, a contemporary art museum preparing for opening on I Street SW, announced Caitlin Berry as its inaugural director.  In the role, Berry will oversee engagement with the DC community, public programs, museum operations, and work with the Don and Mera Rubell and Juan Valadez, Director of the […]

Career-Spanning Exhibit Showcases Sam Gilliam in the Round

By Southwester Staff In the 60 years since Sam Gilliam moved to Washington from Tupelo, Mississippi, his large, color-stained manipulated unstretched canvases, in the tradition of the Washington Color School artists, have been featured in major museums all over the world.  Now at the Hirshhorn Museum, the retrospective exhibit Sam Giliam: Full Circle is a […]

Immersive Exhibit Transports Visitors to Southeast Asia

By Southwester Staff An archeological treasure set in a mountain cave above the Cambodian landscape can now be viewed up close and in person at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art’s latest exhibit, Revealing Krishna: Journey to Cambodia’s Sacred Mountain. The exhibition showcases a monumental sculpture of the Hindu god Krishna lifting Mount Govardhan […]

Juried Exhibition Features 33 DC Artists Exploring Environmental Injustice

By Southwester Staff The first juried art exhibition initiated by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities is now on view at the organization’s public gallery at 200 I Street SE, as well as online in an immersive virtual exhibition.  The exhibit, titled Fragile Beauty, includes works from 33 DC artists spanning a range […]