Friday, March 13, 10:30am – Tour of Marcel Duchamp: The Barbara and Aaron Levine Collection, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Evelyn C. Hankins, Senior Curator and exhibition curator, will lead us through this show featuring the recent gifts of over fifty major historical artworks, including more than thirty-five seminal works by Marcel Duchamp, promised to the Hirshhorn Museum by Washington, DC collectors Barbara and Aaron Levine. The exhibition comprises an unparalleled selection of artworks, thoughtfully acquired over the course of two decades and offering a rarely seen view of the entire arc of Duchamp’s career.
The exhibition showcases a number of Duchamp’s most famous ready-mades, which together embody Duchamp’s then radical idea that an artist’s ideas are more important than craft or aesthetics. Also prominently featured will be a number of Duchamp’s unique drawings and prints related to his magnum opus, The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even (The Large Glass).
Also on view are his later kinetic works, which demonstrate the artist’s interest in creating works that call upon the brain to enhance, instead of merely process, the information received by the eye, deftly anticipating future experiments in film and Op art. In addition, the exhibition includes portraits of Duchamp, as well as works by his contemporaries and those he influenced including Man Ray, Tristan Tzara, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Diane Arbus, and Irving Penn, among others.
Space is limited to 20 WPC members. Meet in the lobby entrance of the Hirshhorn. To reserve call (301) 460-5019 or register online at firstname.lastname@example.org beginning Friday, March 6. Reservations will be not be accepted before that date.
Good Forum, Decorum, and in the Manner: Portraits from the Collections of Washington Print Club Members, American University Museum at the Katzen Center, is on view until March 15.
Curated by Tim Doud, artist and Associate Professor at American University’s Department of Art, the exhibition includes 150 works from the collections of nearly 50 WPC members.
Save the Date
Saturday, May 2, 2pm to 4pm – Annual WPC Member Appreciation and Business Meeting at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Hyattsville, Maryland. Formal invitations to the Annual Meeting will be sent in April.
Art Events of Note
Raphael and His Circle, exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, February 16 through June 14.
Raphael (1483-1520) was one of the greatest artistic figures working in the Western classical tradition. In celebration of the 500th anniversary of his death, the Gallery presents 25 prints and drawings in an intimate installation. Also on view are works by his closest collaborators and followers – Giulio Romano, Polidoro da Caravaggio, and Perino del Vaga. The Gallery’s five paintings by Raphael – the largest and most important group outside a few European collections – represent the central decade of his activity and are on view on the main floor of the West Building to complement this exhibition.
WPC artist members are invited and encouraged to submit information on their exhibitions, talks, openings, publications and participation in panel discussions, etc. for inclusion on the WPC Facebook page. Please contact Nancy Hirshbein at email@example.com.