September 11, 2014 at 1:00 pm EST | by Ryan Rosado
Impressions and expressions
art galleries, gay news, Washington Blade

A work by Natalia Arias on display at Art Museum of the Americas. (Image courtesy Arias)

The National Museum of Women in the Arts (1250 New York Ave., N.W.) is featuring “After the Rainbow” by Soda_Jerk running through Nov. 2. In cooperation with the District of Columbia Commission of the Arts and Humanities, the video installation merges film clips from “The Wizard of Oz” and a 1960s television special featuring the infamous Judy Garland. For more details, visit

“Femininity Beyond Archetypes: Photography by Natalia Arias of Colombia” includes two of Arias’ series “Taboo” and “Venus” that present her own perspective on femininity and looking beyond pre-established archetypes. The exhibit is brought to the Art Museum of the Americas (201 18th Street, N.W.) by the support of the Inter-American Commission of Women, which aims to promote gender equality and leadership of women. The exhibit runs through Oct. 1. To find out more, visit

The American Art Museum (8th and F streets, N.W.) is hosting “Richard Estes’ Realism” from Oct. 10 through Feb. 8. Estes’ exhibit will feature 46 of his paintings of urban scenes spanning his 50-year career with contemporary realism. Visit for more details.

Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery (632 U Street, N.W.) is featuring emerging artists Shanté Gates and Njena Surae Jarvin’s exhibit, “Divergence.” The multi-media exhibit includes performance videos and numerous materials to create socio-dynamic environments and provocative pieces. Check out “Divergence” through Oct. 25 and visit for more information.

The National Portrait Gallery (8th and F streets, N.W.) is showcasing “Portraiture Now: Staging the Self” through April 12. This ninth installation in the series will contain work of six contemporary U.S. Latino artists who explore the theme of searching for one’s identity through unique and shared traits within the Latino community. Visit for full details.

The Library of Congress (101 Independence Ave., S.E.) will display “American Ballet Theatre: Touring the Globe for 75 Years” through Jan. 24. The exhibit chronicles the rise of the renowned American Ballet Theatre and is comprised of objects pulled from the American Ballet Theatre collection in addition to dance and music collections housed by the Library of Congress.

Artisphere (1101 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, Va.) is featuring “Joshua Yospyn: American Sequitur” in conjunction with FotoWeek DC. The exhibit contains a selection of sequenced images taken from Yospyn’s book project, “American Sequitur” created from Yospyn’s editorial assignments and road trips taken across the country over the past five years.  The exhibit runs through Nov. 15. Visit for more information.

The Phillips Collection’s (1600 21st Street, N.W.) latest installation in the Intersections Series is “Bernadi Roig: No/Escape” running from Oct. 25 through Feb. 15. The exhibit features the Mallocran artist’s six sculptural works housed in both internal and external spaces. “No/Escape” contains themes of poignant social commentary such as “entrapment-liberation” and “blinding-illumination” portrayed through cruel-looking plastic figures molded from real people. More information can be found at

The Bethesda Urban Partnership (7700 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, Md.) has revealed its finalists for the Trawick Prize Exhibit which is on display in a group exhibit until Sep. 27. The prize honors artists from the D.C. Metro area with $14,000 in prize money. Find out more at

Angelika (2911 District Ave, Fairfax, Va.) is one of the select venues featuring “DAVID BOWIE IS,” a documentary about the gender-bending music icon’s exhibit that was housed at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London last year. The documentary features the vast collection of photographs, stage costumes and rare possessions from the David Bowie archive.  The art film is available for public viewing on Sept. 23. Get all the details at

Transformer (1404 P Street, N.W.) is showcasing the work of Brooklyn-based Israel artist Tama Ettun through Oct. 25. This multi-media installation, “My Hands Are the Shape of My Height” includes sculpture, video and photographs from his recent series, “Performing Stillness.” The exhibit explores the concept of sculpture and performance art switching roles and creating a physical reaction or sensation within the viewer. Learn more at

“Baggage Claim: Unpacking Immigration Lives,” an exhibit that showcases the work of nine artists, is viewable at the District of Columbia Arts Center until Oct. 12. The showcase explores the many sides and perspectives of immigration issues in the United States through mixed media. Find out full details at


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