The Inka Road stretches 20,000 miles across South America. Providing a vital link between the administrative and spiritual capitals of the ancient Inka world, it is still in use today and deemed a World Heritage Site by the United Nations. This exhibit at the National Museum of the American Indian explores its engineering history in terms of technology, politics and culture.
The Renwick Gallery reopened last fall after an extensive renovation; now, an installation of artworks taken from the museum’s permanent collection will explore the value of craft in the modern world. More than 80 objects on view will include such new acquisitions as stained glass by Judith Schaechter, wood sculpture by Wendell Castle and cast glass by Karen Lamonte.
During the latter half of the 19th century, advances in physics and the optical sciences inspired fresh ideas about the physical and spiritual worlds. Aspects of these are revealed in 21 graphic prints by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch that consider the meaning of color in light of spiritualist principles. nga.gov
Married, Russian-born American artists Ilya and Emilia Kabakov create installations inspired by hardships they endured while living in the Soviet Union. Spanning 1985 to the present, maquettes and whimsical models create mini-environments with the help of lights, motors, text and music. Monuments, allegorical narratives, architectural structures and commissioned outdoor works are part of the exhibit.
Former Textile Museum trustee and collector Lloyd Cotsen challenged 36 leading fiber artists from around the world to push the boundaries of classic fiber art. Tasked with creating three-dimensional works sized to fit within a 14-by-23-inch box, the artists produced the innovative, dynamic pieces that will be on display.
The late African-American artist Al Loving created abstract expressionist works, experimenting in a range of media. In the 1980s, he used heavy rag paper to create colorful, three-dimensional collages employing spiral motifs; “Spiral Play” features 12 of these works, some of which are monumental in scale.
The Freer | Sackler celebrates its October 2017 reopening with an installation by artist Subodh Gupta (above), who transforms utilitarian vessels found in India into monumental structures. Comprised of about 30 towers of brass containers from one to 15 feet in height, “Terminal” evokes a dense urban landscape.