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Iké Udé: Nollywood Portraits

Ongoing—New York-based artist Iké Udé paid homage to Nollywood, the $3 billion film industry in his birthplace of Nigeria, by photographing its most famous celebrities. On view with garments and other items used in their creation, these portraits make bold statements about African identity. Pictured: A portrait of actress Genevieve Nnaji.

The Outwin 2022: American Portraiture Today

National Portrait Gallery

This triennial competition recognizes work that challenges traditional definitions of portraiture. Open to artists living and working in the U.S., this year’s contest received entries in a wide range of media, from painting and photography to sculpture and performance art. npg.si.edu

We Are Made of Stories: Self-Taught Artists in the Robson Family Collection

Smithsonian American Art Museum

This exhibit displays drawings, paintings and sculptures by 43 seminal self-taught artists of the 20th century; it includes a painted work on cut-and-pieced sheet metal by David Butler (pictured). The creations—most recent or promised gifts from the Robson family—encourage viewers to see the world through the eyes of others. americanart.si.edu    

Feathered Ink

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF ASIAN ART

Through January 29, 2023 This show explores various brush techniques Japanese artists applied in their depictions of birds over several centuries. On view are hanging scroll paintings, folding screens, ceramics and printed books; a dish by Ogata Kenzan (pictured) dates back to the 1700s. asia.si.edu

Raoul Dufy: Drawn to Royal Ascot

VIRGINIA MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS

More than two dozen works on paper by the French Fauvist artist celebrate the pomp and pageantry of British horse racing. Sketches of the famous Ascot course made by Dufy at a 1930 event inspired the vibrant watercolors on view.

Called to Create: Black Artists of the American South

National Gallery of Art

In 2020, the museum acquired 40 works from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation—all created by Black artists who were seldom recognized for their contributions. Though many were made from recycled materials and leftover scraps of fabric, these sculptures, paintings, reliefs and quilts represent deep cultural traditions and outstanding artistic achievement. nga.gov

Artist to Artist

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Rather than working in a vacuum, many artists seek feedback and criticism from their peers. Eight pairings of works on view shed light on how artists support each other outside the purview of patrons, curators and dealers. Paul Cadmus’ Night in Bologna (pictured) is part of the show.

Life on Pennsylvania Avenue

THE GWU MUSEUM AND THE TEXTILE MUSEUM

This exhibit documents the buildings, parks and businesses that lined Washington’s historic promenade from the White House to the U.S. Capitol in the 19th century. Pictured: A depiction of President Garfield's inauguration as it appeared in Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, 1881.

A Better Way Home: The Housing Affordability Breakthrough Challenge

NATIONAL BUILDING MUSEUM

The museum shares the work of six winning teams that participated in a three-year, $20 million initiative to find innovative ways to close the economic gap in the affordable-housing market. Conceived by MASS Design Group, the exhibit shares the winners’ novel ideas in the areas of housing finance, construction and resident services. Pictured: Breakthrough Challenge […]

Lookout: Katharina Cibulka

Closed to visitors for renovation, the museum continues to engage patrons with online content as well as displays on its exterior. In her first U.S. installation, Austrian artist Katharina Cibulka covers the north-facing façade with a monumental net of bright-pink tulle bearing stitched messages that address gender-based inequity and social power structures.

John Akomfrah: Purple

HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN

Addressing themes surrounding climate change, this hour-long video features new and archival footage of disappearing landscapes from Greenland and Alaska to the Tahitian peninsula. Created by London-based artist and filmmaker John Akomfrah, the work plays across six screens, accompanied by an original score and spoken word.

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