Known for her distinctive self-portraits that define her own brand of Surrealist painting, Frida Kahlo was also a lifelong resident of Arlington, Virginia’s sister city of Coyoacán, a suburb of Mexico City. As a result of this civic relationship, Arlington’s Artisphere scored the distinciton of being the only venue in the US to present an exhibit of Kahlo’s personal photographs. Opening night is Thursday, February 23, and the show runs through March 25.
After being sealed for over 50 years, Kahlo’s archive was opened in 2007, and 259 photographs were selected for public display. The images reflect Kahlo’s tastes and interests, the experiences she shared with those close to her, and her complicated, but also thrilling, personal life. Viewers get an insider’s look, not only through who was behind the camera, in front of the lens or the anonymous nature of some of the work but also through the annotated writing found on the back of many of the photographs.
From family pictures and snapshots taken with lovers to images that reveal relationships with Russian Marxist revolutionary Leon Trotsky and American photographers Edward Weston, Alfred Stieglitz, artist Georgia O’Keefe and actress Dolores del Rio, this exhibition provides a glimpse into Kahlo as never seen before.
Artomatic was last held in 2009, providing space for hundreds of visual and performing artists. Each artist gets a section of wall space to display whatever work they want. With no jury or selection process, the freewheeling event can seem chaotic as it showcases the huge variety of creative work going on in the region.
Celebrate the opening of DC-based artist Ben Tolman’s show of new drawings at The Fridge this Saturday with an opening party from 7-11 pm that includes a performance by Bellflur. According to the Fridge website, you’ll see new “ink drawings revealing the whole range of Tolman's art making process from doodles on napkins to obsessively crafted works.” You can find The Fridge on Barracks Row at 516 1/2 8th Street, SE, REAR ALLEY, WDC.
The gargoyles and grotesques decorating the Washington National Cathedral are unusual for including pop culture and eccentric figures, like Darth Vader, and a protesting hippy. On select Sundays from April through October, they offer slideshow and walking tours of the figures that highlight the incredible artistry and imagination of the stone carvers that created them. Bring binoculars to better find and view the gargoyles and their strictly decorative cousins the grotesques, as they can be pretty far away. The tour can be a bit like a treasure hunt in an outdoor sculpture gallery. The next tour takes place this Sunday, August 21 at 2pm. Cost and other information available at the Gargoyle Tour web page.
The next installment of the open air art market Marcatus happens this Sunday, August 7, at the new waterfront Yards Park in SE, DC. This one features two stages of DJs playing fresh jams and one rock stage. Tents throughout the park will house crafters, artists, clothing designers, and food vendors representing local wares. Check link for full list of musicians and directions. Free event! 11am-6pm, Yards Park, 10 Water St SE Washington, DC.
This Friday, July 5, an exhibit of Go-Go related photographs, posters and other memorabilia opens at Vivid Solutions Gallery in SE, DC, with a reception from 6-8 pm. The show “(Un)lock it: The Percussive People in the Go-Go Pocket” features more than 30 photos by Thomas Sayers Ellis that capture the tight grooves of the Go-Go beat while they document old school bands and musicians like Chuck Brown, James “Funk” Thomas, Anthony “Little Benny” Harley, Gregory “Sugar Bear” Elliot and Anwan “Big G” Glover. The show includes classic Globe concert posters, and a special “Roll Call Wall” with photographs of fans; visitors who recognize themselves in the pictures are welcome to take them home.
According to the artist’s statment, “The photographs are a documentation of the recent history of Go-Go, its vanishing folk culture, the onstage and off struggles to prevent itself from being evicted from the city in which it was born more than 30 years ago, the effects of gentrification on the community, and its contribution toward Home Rule.. Taken at band practices, band reunions, small local venues, block parties, private parties, weddings, funerals, political rallies and on the streets of D.C., these photographs (while celebrating Go-Go) also ask, Can Go-Go and Statehood for D.C. coexist?” The show runs through October 7, 2011 at Vivid Solutions, 2208 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE, WDC.
Big art happening tonight at Comet Ping Pong, with local bands, DJs, & video artists jamming with some special out of town guests, including Kid Congo Powers (Cramps/Nick Cave/Gun Club) and Vockah Redu.
Civilian Art Projects & Sasha Lord Present are calling it Summerscream! Here’s the personnel list:
DJ Kid Congo Powers & DJ Ian Svenonius
Heavy Breathing (Dark, Dancy & Electro, former Apes, Washington D.C.)
Vockah Redu (Bounce Rap, New Orleans) Vockah Redu creates an experience with their strong elements of performance art and dance. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EgkDayyBaA&feature=player_embedded#at=109a
PROJECTED VIDEO ART BY THE FOLLOWING ARTISTS: Chajana denHarder (DC), Courtney Egan (New Orleans), Billy Friebele (DC), Carolina Mayorga (DC), Jonathan Monaghan (DC), Laura Napier (NY), Rob Parrish (DC), Alberto Roblest (DC), David Sullivan (New Orleans), Luke Wyatt (NY), & more!
10:30 pm-1:30 am
Comet Ping Pong
5037 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008