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<><><><><><><><>Heavy Metal – Women to Watch 2018 | Exhibition Opens
Thursday, June 28th – September 16th
National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Avenue NW : Washington DC
The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) presents Heavy Metal—Women to Watch 2018, which highlights contemporary women artists working with a variety of metals and techniques to create artworks such as wall-size installations, exquisite jewelry and reinventions of familiar objects. On view June 28–Sept. 16, 2018, the exhibition features 20 artists and more than 50 works of art made from silver, copper, bronze, pewter, aluminum and more.
Inspired by NMWA’s collection of silverwork crafted by British and Irish women in the 18th and 19th centuries, Heavy Metal seeks to further disrupt the predominantly masculine narrative that surrounds metalworking despite women’s consistent presence in the field for centuries. This narrative is rooted, in part, in the gendered discourse surrounding the traditional distinctions between fine art, design, craft and decorative art. While large-scale bronze and steel sculptures made by men are hailed as “fine” art, subtle and more delicate works in metal, towards which women have been historically encouraged, are often dismissed as craft or “decorative” art.
“The idea that metalworking is too physically demanding for women to do is pervasive in historical as well as contemporary discourse,” said NMWA Director Susan Fisher Sterling. “The contemporary artists selected for the 2018 installment of Women to Watch—and NMWA’s own collection of 18th and 19th-century silver by women—contradict this archaic notion.”
Heavy Metal is the fifth installment in NMWA’s dynamic Women to Watch exhibition series, which is presented every two to three years. The series features emerging or underrepresented artists from the states and countries in which the museum has outreach committees. Twenty participating committees worked with curators in their respective regions to create shortlists of artists working with metal. From these lists, NMWA curators selected the artists whose work is on view in Heavy Metal.
“Like modern-day alchemists, artists working in metal transform their materials into valuable and unique objects,” said NMWA Associate Curator Virginia Treanor. “Heavy Metal demonstrates that contemporary women artists carry on a vibrant legacy in metalwork.”
<><><><><><><><>Baltimore Girls | Documentary Screening
Thursday, June 28th • 6-8pm
2420 Calvert Street : 21218
Baltimore Girls is a documentary about a black women’s collective of the same name. It chronicles their journeys as individuals and as a group throughout their over 5 years together.
The documentary will be followed by an opportunity to ask the producer, Safiyatou, questions. Please give a donation to help support Waller Gallery and production team of Baltimore Girls.
<><><><><><><><>Serious Weather: Views from the Middle World | Reception
Friday, June 29th • 6-8pm
3134 Eastern Avenue : 21224
Unraveling mythic events in ordinary places, Leslie Schwing’s mixed media paintings are animated with figures, glyphs, and elements both personal and universal.
Leslie Schwing is a Baltimore-based artist headquartered in the Fletcher/Schwing Studio, and a longtime member of Gallery 1448 and Creative Alliance. Schwing has studied at Carnegie Mellon University, The George Washington University where she earned her BA with Distinction, and the Maryland Institute College of Art. She has exhibited nationally since the mid-1970s, and has been featured in publications such as Ideas and Their Expression: A Search for Identity, and Dreaming for DUMMIES by Penney Pierce (IDG Books, 2000).
<><><><><><><><>What Happened 2 Chocolate City | Film Screening
Friday, June 29th • 6-9pm
Prince George’s African American Museum & Cultural Center
4519 Rhode Island Avenue : North Brentwood
In collaboration with Xfinity, Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center (PGAAMCC) invites you to our Friday Documentary Film Series at the new Studio Xfinity in the heart of Chinatown, DC. The screenings will occur the last Friday of June, July and August from 6-9pm and includes an indoor screening of locally produced documentary with a Q&A segment with director, and cast to follow.
Xfinity and PGAAMCC’s upcoming film screening will first feature the documentary What Happened 2 Chocolate City, June 29th, is a transformative experience that will take people on an explorative journey to understanding the history and legacy of Black Washingtonians, and the driving force behind their decline.
Register HERE for FREE tickets
<><><><><><><><>Profiles of Color III: Fabric, Face and Form | Opening Reception
Friday, June 29th • 6-9pm
2224 North Charles Street : 21218
Galerie Myrtis is pleased to present its first solo exhibition of works by painter Ronald Jackson. Profiles of Color III: Fabric, Face, and Form is the third iteration in a series of portrait paintings in which Jackson employs mixed media collage techniques and oil paint to further his exploration in reimagining African American portraiture. His use of vivid hues, geometric spaces, and rich fabrics result in dramatic renderings of faces engulfed in bursts of color, offering fanciful narratives from his imagination.
The opening reception will be held on Saturday, June 30th, from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. The exhibit runs from June 30th through July 28th. Gallery hours: Tuesday – Wednesday by appointment. Thursday – Saturday 2:00 – 6:00 pm. Hours extended during special events. Visit website for programming information. www.GalerieMyrtis.net
Untitled, 2018, fabric, wax, and oil on canvas 40 x 50 inches by Ronald Jackson. Courtesy of Galerie Myrtis
header image: “Zipporah’s Song,” Ronald Jackson