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.
French Impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s iconic painting (c.1880) is the focus of this exhibit, which explores the process by which he created the masterpiece and examines the diverse circle of friends and patrons who inspired his efforts. More than 40 paintings, drawings, pastels, watercolors and photographs from collections worldwide will be on view.
The museum’s 30th-anniversary celebration includes this first-of-its-kind exhibit, exploring abstract works in a range of media by more than 20 African American women artists, focusing on how abstraction can convey personal iconography and universal themes. Works by Mavis Pusey, Alma Woodsey and Shinique Smith, among others, will be showcased.
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.
Light-art pioneer Thomas Wilfred was considered radical for his mid-20th-century works fusing light and technology. Now, an exhibition of his art, which he termed “lumia,” resurrects his work—long relegated to storage because of difficulty maintaining it. Fifteen light compositions are displayed in their original form.
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.