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 […]

Rubell Museum Announces October Opening 

Access to World-Class Contemporary Art Collection Free for DC Residents By Southwester Staff An opening date of October 29, 2022 was announced this month for the Rubell Museum DC, currently under construction at 65 I Street SW. The museum will showcase contemporary art from the expansive collection of Don and Mera Rubell and admission will […]

Sweeping Exhibit Spans Centuries of Afro-Atlantic Art

By Southwester Staff The exhibit Afro-Atlantic Histories, now open at the National Gallery of Art, flows over the limits of any museum’s walls. With more than 130 paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculptures, time-based media art, documents and ephemera by artists from 24 countries, the exhibit explores the shared meaning of the impact and legacy of […]

Centuries of Japanese Art on Display During Cherry Blossom Season

By Southwester Staff With cherry blossom season in full swing, the museums of the Smithsonian are showcasing Japanese art from the 13th to the 19th centuries.  In early March, the Freer Gallery launched a new exhibition showcasing the full scope of the museum’s medieval Zen collections, one of the broadest in the world, for the […]