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Intimate Treasures

May 12, 2005 - June 3, 2005

The Print Collector's Club
Abigail Rorer, The Print Collector's Club, 1984
Hand-colored etching, 53/75
Reproduced with permission of the artist

18th Biennial Exhibition of Prints from Collections of Members of the Washington Print Club

Every two years The Washington Print Club, in association with an area museum or gallery, mounts an exhibition of prints from members' collections. Past venues have included the National Museum of American Art, The National Gallery, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, and the National Building Museum.

This year's biennial exhibition, the 18th from the collections of members of the Washington Print Club, presents small works of art on paper that are visually arresting and technically adept at evoking a universal theme within a small format. The approximately 60 prints on display will include works by old masters and contemporary artists. The exhibition features prints by John Sloan, Rockwell Kent, and James Abbott McNeill Whistler, along with prints by lesser known artists such as Hans Sebald Beham, Clinton Adams, and Elizabeth Catlett. Often the joy of collecting prints is in the "hunt." There is a pristine Whistler print in the show that had an unusual provenanceŠit was discovered at a flea market amidst a box of frames.

All of these works are drawings or original prints that the artist was involved in making, as opposed to photographic and mechanical reproductions. While most of the works in the show are by major American and European artists, a few of the gems are by artists who resided in Washington, such as Prentiss Taylor, Jacob Kainen, Lou Stovall, and Charles Ritchie.

For more information visit the Washington Print Club website.

Annual Awards Show

April 7, 2005 - April 29, 2005

A ballerina's toe shoes are envisioned tapping inside an impossibly small box, Lego blocks are assembled to create an image of the dollar bill, and Barbie doll parts are arranged inside a red tableaux. These are among the 30 works by emerging student artists featured in the Annual Awards Show at GW's Luther W. Brady Art Gallery. The exhibition juxtaposes traditional pieces alongside more innovative works. For example, there are a number of technically precise, realistic drawings including a riveting life-like self portrait by Christopher Locke, along with abstract paintings, evidenced by the swirls of color on Valentine Wolly's large diptych and the hints of brilliant color through the stark black background on Nicholas Moses' works. The featured photographs also demonstrate different styles through an exploration of the technical possibilities of photography. Pamela Nabholz's images are painterly and ethereal, while the focus and resolution in Diana Rodrigues' photographs make the subjects appear three-dimensional. The show also features a number of works incorporating new media, including flash animation and a video installation.

Awards have been given for work in aquarelle painting, ceramics, design, drawing, painting, photography, and sculpture. David Furchgott, president and CEO of International Arts and Artists, served as this year's judge and selected the works for inclusion in the exhibition.

Enlightened Thinking, Lasting Appeal
Selections from The George Washington University Permanent Collection

February 3, 2005 - March 11, 2005

Henry Bacon, The Boston Boys and General Gage, 1775
Henry Bacon, The Boston Boys and General Gage, 1775
1875, oil on canvas, 59-3/8" x 94-9/16" GW Permanent Collection
Photograph: Mark Gulezian

The Age of Enlightenment represents a critical time in American history when the country was established and the culture was formed. During the century that followed, the early days of our nation were glorified and romanticized. This exhibition examines the ways eighteenth-century themes, imagery and styles appeared in nineteenth-century art, fashions and decorative arts and how these interpretations continue to shape our understanding of the past. The works in the exhibition include pieces on loan from the DAR Museum as well as works from The George Washington University Permanent Collection.

The exhibition is organized around three primary themes. First is the continued popularity of eighteenth-century styles and fashions into the next century. The second theme is the commemoration of significant dates such as 1776 and George Washington's birth in 1732 as well as the use of naming to honor famous figures. The final theme is the development of myths surrounding prominent figures, most notably Washington. In each of these sections it becomes clear how Victorian-era Americans crafted a vision of their Revolutionary-era forbearers as embodying such virtues as honesty and liberty.

During the eighteenth century, France and the United States developed strong ties, Not only did France set fashions for the world to follow, they provided essential military, financial and diplomatic support to the new nation. Paris on the Potomac is a citywide celebration that honors the longstanding cultural ties between two world capitals: Washington, DC and Paris. From Valentine's Day through Memorial Day 2005, more than 80 French-themed exhibits, performances, walking tours, lavish restaurant experiences and romantic hotel packages highlight Paris's influence on Washington, DC's arts, culture and culinary scene. Paris on the Potomac is produced by The American Experience Foundation in partnership with the Washington, DC Convention & Tourism Corporation and Cultural Tourism DC.

The George Washington University Community Collects

October 13, 2004 - December 10, 2004

Normally private collectors' works can only be seen by their friends and family. However, the upcoming exhibition at GW's Luther W. Brady Art Gallery will enable the public to glimpse the diversity of the collections from some of the gallery's patrons and members of the GW community. The continued operation of the Luther W. Brady Art Gallery is made possible through the generosity of its patrons, particularly the Friends of the Luther W. Brady Art Gallery. While these donors support public access to art through the efforts of the gallery, they also maintain their own art collections.

Korean Ceramics from the Lawrence M. Rozanski Collection

October 13, 2004 - December 10, 2004

This exhibit showcases Lawrence M. Rozanski's collection of ancient ceramics spanning 1400 years.

Jewish Cooking in America
Selections from the Cookbook Collection of Joan Nathan

September 9, 2004 - October 12, 2004

Just as the United States is said to be a "melting pot" where people of many countries and origins have come together, the Jewish community in America is similarly composed of people from around the world. Jewish cooking in America reflects the diversity and complexity of the community as a whole. The cookbooks in these cases attest to the unique, complex, and significant contribution Jewish cuisine has made to American cooking. To commemorate the 350th anniversary of the arrival of the first Jews in New Amsterdam, the Luther W. Brady Art gallery has worked with Joan Nathan to bring together this display of the history of Jewish cookbooks in America.

For more information on the upcoming conference entitled Are We What We Eat? American Jewish Foodways, 1654-2004 please follow the link:

Fritz Scholder
Selected works by the celebrated Native American artist

September 7, 2004 - September 24, 2004

Scholder painting, Massacred Indian #4
Fritz Scholder, Massacred Indian #4

Fritz Scholder (born 1937) is an outstanding Native American painter and colorist. The exhibition of his work at the Luther W. Brady Art Gallery is timed to coincide with the opening festivities for the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. Scholder is one-quarter Luiseņo Indian, a tribe native to the area now known as San Diego County.

Scholder is best known for his strikingly modern images of Native American subjects, although much of his work deals with other themes. "The reason I am fascinated by so many subjects is not that I am in any way desperate to flit around or taste different things," Scholder said. "It's more an education of my life of finding out and being interested in whatever subject you decide to paint."

Among the pieces included in the exhibit is Massacred Indian #4, circa 1979, which depicts Sitting Bull, in a style that was influenced by Francis Bacon and Wayne Thiebaud. Another piece in the show, Galloping Indian after Remington, on loan from a noted private collection in Philadelphia, also makes references to iconic images of the American West. Several works by Fritz Scholder have previously been on display at the GW art galleries. In February 1975 his work appeared in the exhibit "Ethnic Art - The Living Tradition," and in March 2001, one of his paintings was featured in the exhibit "The Luther W. Brady, M.D. Collection of 20th Century Works on Paper."

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