Along with the cold front that slammed through the region last weekend — ushering in lower temperatures and lower humidity — the fall art season swung into gear in a big way too, with cool shows opening at G Fine Art, Connersmith, Hemphill Fine Arts, Project 4 and others.
Here’s a look at what the rest of this month has to offer artwise.
Local art star Dan Steinhilber, is known for making some of the most intriguing art around out of what other people might consider trash. On Sept. 11 he has a solo show opening at the Kreeger Museum. Called “Marlin Underground,” the show features, in addition to Steinhilber’s trademark found-object installation, a sound component utilizing noises made by a clothes dryer and a squeaky desk chair, among other things.
On Sept. 13, The Torpedo Factory Art Center’s flagship art space, the Target Gallery, celebrates 25 years in business with a free reception for its silver anniversary show . Juror J.W. Mahoney, who chose work made in response to world events over the past 25 years, will talk about his selections at 7 p.m.
For the first time, the galleries of Georgetown’s Book Hill neighborhood will host a joint gallery crawl on Sept. 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. Clustered around the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue and Reservoir Road, the seven participating galleries include Addison/Ripley Fine Arts, Galerie Blue Square, Neptune Fine Art, Robert Brown Gallery, Heiner Contemporary, Maurine Littleton Gallery and Susan Calloway Fine Arts. You’ll find complete information about all the shows and a handy map here.
Many of you probably haven’t have heard of Jules Olitski (1922-2007), a painter whose modernist abstractions once made a small dent in the art world, but which have now left him less than a household name. A couple of area institutions mean to change that this fall. On the 15th, the American University Museum will open an exhibition of the modernist painter’s large canvases, “Revelation: Major Paintings by Jules Olitski.” At the other end of the spectrum, the artist’s smaller works will be featured in “Jules Olitski: On an Intimate Scale,” opening on Sept. 21 at the Luther W. Brady Gallery of George Washington University. The Phillips Collection will host a panel discussion on the artist’s life and work on Sept. 20 at 6 p.m.
The National Gallery of Art season gets underway with a pair of shows. “Shock of the News” — a group exhibition featuring work by artists who incorporate references to news and newspapers — opens Sept. 23 in the East Building. On the 30th, the museum will open “Serial Portrait: Photography and Identity in the Last 100 Years” in the West Building. The exhibition looks at artists who pushed the definition of portraiture by taking multiple pictures of family, friends and themselves over days, months or years.
Finally, for any visual art junkies out there who are already beginning to salivate about the second annual (e)merge art fair next month, you might want to check out the panel discussion “The Role of Art Fairs in Building a Contemporary Collection.” Presented by the Washington Project for the Arts, the talk takes place Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the UBS Financial Services Auditorium. It’s free, but you’ll need to register on the WPA site.