ALREADY ON VIEW
"Visual Poetry: The Drawings of Joseph Stella," an exhibit of some 60 objects -- in watercolor, gouache, pencil, charcoal, silverpoint, pastel and collage -- by the early 20th-century American modernist is on view at the National Museum of American Art. Through Nov. 12. "Joel Shapiro: Tracing the Figure," sculpture by the magical minimalist whose simple, blocky assemblages seem uncannily alive, is showing at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Through Oct. 7. "Worthington Whittredge: Hudson River Artist," more than 60 pictures by the widely traveled 19th-century American landscape painter, is on exhibit at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Through Nov. 4. "Haden, Whistler, Pennell: Three Master Printmakers in the Corcoran Gallery of Art," which investigates the shared concerns of James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903), Francis Seymour Haden (1818-1910) and Joseph Pennell (1857-1926) is also at the Corcoran. Through Dec. 2. SEPTEMBER 9. "Irish Decorative Arts from the National Museum of Ireland," 70 16th- through 20th-century works in silver, glass, porcelain and cloth, as well as some small pieces of furniture, opens at the Walters Art Gallery in Baltimore. Through Oct. 28. 14. "Shooting Back: Photography By and About the Homeless," images taken by some of Washington's homeless children, augmented by prints by professional photographers, opens at the Washington Project for the Arts. Through Nov. 3. 15. "Gallery One: James Drake: New Work," large-scale constructions by the Texas-based contemporary artist whose chief theme is the border crossing between El Paso and Juarez, opens at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Through Nov. 11.
16. "Kazimir Malevich," some 170 paintings in various styles -- suprematist, neo -- primitivist, cubo-futurist and figurative -- by the revolutionary Russian innovator, opens at the National Gallery of Art. Through Nov. 4. 17. "Ohio Women Artists," works by eight contemporary artists, opens at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Through Feb. 3. 19. "Frank Gertsch: Nine Large Scale Woodcuts," monumental portrait heads by the Swiss photo realist, opens at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Through Dec. 16. 22. "Men of Rebellion: The Eight and Their Associates at the Phillips Collection," the gritty, populist pictures of Henri, Sloan, Glackens, Luks, Shinn, Lawson, Prendergast and Davies, as well as paintings by their colleagues -- all collected by Duncan Phillips -- opens at the gallery he founded. Through Nov. 4. 22. "Outdoor Sculpture: John Ferguson," a small exhibit of Cor-Ten steel sculpture commissioned by the Phillips Collection, opens at that museum. Through Jan. 6. 22. "Made With Passion: The Hemphill Folk Art Collection," some 200 objects -- among them whirligigs, tattoo designs, bottle cap animals, carvings, canes and face jugs -- acquired from the collection of Herbert Waide Hemphill Jr. by the National Museum of American Art, goes on view at that museum. Through Jan. 21. 26. "Images of American Industry from the Museum's Collection," a mixed exhibit of smog-and-steel images by such artists as Louis Lozowick, Yvonne Jacquette and Donald Sultan, opens at the Hirshhorn Museum. Through Feb. 24. 28. "Lilla Cabot Perry: An American Impressionist," the first retrospective exhibition devoted to the paintings of the Boston academic painter who befriended Claude Monet, opens at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Through Jan. 6. 30. Antoin Sevruguin: Photographs of Iran," prints by the Armenian-Russian photographer who ran a thriving commercial studio in Tehran from the 1880s through the 1920s, opens at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Through May 26. OCTOBER 2. "Ndebele Beadwork," some 70 beaded objects -- bridal veils, aprons, dance maces and necklaces -- made by the Ndebele people of South Africa, goes on view at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Through Jan. 13. 5. "Childe Hassam: An Island Garden Revisited," 27 paintings and 13 works on paper by the American impressionist -- most of them depicting Celia Thaxter's old-fashioned flower garden on Appledore Island off the New Hampshire coast -- goes on view at the National Museum of American Art. Through Jan. 6. 9. "The Book and the Author: Portraits of the Evangelists in Eastern and Western Manuscripts," Medieval gospels focusing on Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, their symbols and surroundings, opens at the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. Through Jan. 6. 14. "Chinese Lacquered Furniture," a small exhibit of decorated furniture made between the 15th and 18th centuries and borrowed from the estate of Arthur M. Sackler, opens at the museum he founded. Through April. 17. "John Baldessari," the paintings, photo works and composite pieces of the influential West Coast artist and teacher, opens at the Hirshhorn Museum. Through Jan. 6. 28. "Titian: Prince of Painters," a loan exhibition celebrating the 500th anniversary of the birth of the Venetian master, opens at the National Gallery of Art. Through Jan. 27. 30. "Joan Personette: A Retrospective," the abstract paintings and collages made by Personette between 1959 and 1987, opens at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Through Feb. 3. 31. "Directions: Boyd Webb," a selection of large-scale color photographs, most of them staged tableaux, opens at the Hirshhorn Museum. Through Jan. 27. NOVEMBER 3. "Treasures of the Jewish Museum," some 50 objects from the 5th through 20th centuries borrowed from New York's Jewish Museum, opens at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Through Dec. 30. 9. "Glassworks," a combination exhibition and demonstration by seven contemporary glass artists who will be constructing and installing their large-scale site-specific works at the Renwick Gallery. Through Feb. 3. 9. "Old Hickory: A Life Sketch of Andrew Jackson," portraits of his family, his Kitchen Cabinet, his friends and enemies, and of Jackson himself -- as soldier, hero, politician and icon, opens at the National Portrait Gallery. Through Jan. 13. 11. Anthony Van Dyck," a major retrospective marking the 350th anniversary of the Antwerp portrait painter, opens at the National Gallery of Art. Through Feb. 24. 11. "Lalique: A Century of Glass for a Modern World," some 150 objects by the French firm Lalique & Cie., opens at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Through Jan 13. 16. Two exhibitions open at the Washington Project for the Arts: "Krzysztof Wodiczko -- New York City Tableau: Tompkins Square," a traveling exhibit of projected photographs of the homeless of Manhattan's Tompkins Square, and "Ceremony of Memory: New Expressions in Spirituality Among Contemporary Hispanic Artists," altar pieces by 12 Chicano, Latino and Caribbean artists. Both through Jan. 12. 17. "Eternal Metaphors: New Art from Italy," mostly metaphysical painting by nine contemporary Italians, opens at the Phillips Collection. Through Jan. 6. 21. "Paramount Chiefs of Sierra Leone: Photographic Portraits by Evera Viditrz-Ward," 50 black-and-white portraits of the contemporary chiefs, both men and women, in their ceremonial dress, opens at the National Museum of African Art. Through Sept. 2, 1991. 22. "Aaron Siskind's Harlem Document: Photographs 1932-1940," 60 documentary photographs of life in the New York neighborhood, opens at the National Museum of American Art. Through March 17. 25. "Eva/Ave: Woman in Renaissance and Baroque Prints," 154 European graphics by such masters as Duerer, Mantegna and Rembrandt, who, like most of their male colleagues, viewed woman as either saintly or seductive, opens at the National Gallery of Art. Through April 28. 28. "Lawrence Weiner WORKS," a commissioned piece by the conceptualist whose chief medium is text, opens at the Hirshhorn Museum. Through March 3. DECEMBER 2. "The Art of Paul Strand," the first retrospective since the innovative American photographer's death in 1976 will be devoted to about 150 black-and-white images, opens at the National Gallery of Art. Through Feb. 3. 4. "Grace Hartigan," all the prints of the Baltimore artist, opens at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Through Feb. 24. 8. Two contemporary exhibitions open at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. "Robert Morris: Paintings" includes some 20 large-scale objects by the well-known New York artist, some made in the '50s, some recently completed and shown here for the first time. Through Feb. 17. Gallery One: Transgressions: Donald Lipski and Buzz Spector" is an exhibit of suggestive objects (made of books, bread, buoys and other found or reinvented materials). Through Feb. 10. 9. "Islamic Art and Patronage: Selections from Kuwait," an exhibit whose prospects, given the political crisis in the Persian Gulf, are uncertain, is scheduled to open at the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore; plans call for the display of 107 Islamic objects collected by the members of the ruling family of Kuwait and lent to that country's national museum. Through Feb. 17. 9. "The Art of Glass: Masterpieces from the Corning Museum," 121 objects -- including ancient Egyptian, Roman, Far Eastern, Islamic and contemporary American pieces -- all borrowed from the Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, N.Y., opens at the National Gallery of Art. Through March 17. 11. "Comparisons: An Exercise in Looking," a didactic exhibition presenting pairs of comparable objects by the same artists that allows the viewer to judge one work against another, opens at the Hirshhorn Museum. Through April 21. 14. "Camera Portraits: Photographs from the National Portrait Gallery, London," 150 images whose subjects include Queen Victoria, Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett and the Beatles, opens at the National Portrait Gallery. Through Feb. 18. 15. "The Democratic Forest: Photographs by William Eggleston," 50 color images -- whose subjects range from the artist's Mississippi hometown to the Berlin Wall, opens at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Through Feb. 24. THE NEW YEAR Jan. 8. "The Gothic Revival: The Illuminated Manuscript in Medieval and Modern Times," an exhibit focusing on the 19th century's infatuation with all things Medieval, opens at the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. Through March 30. Jan. 19. "Elsie Driggs" a retrospective of the paintings produced since the 1920s by the New Jersey artist, now in her 90s, opens at the Phillips Collection. Through March 17. Feb. 8. "Winslow Homer in the 1890s: Prout's Neck Observed," 14 canvases and 15 works on paper, all painted by Homer on the rocky coast of Maine, opens at the National Museum of American Art. Through May 27. Feb. 13. "Sigmar Polke," paintings by the influential contemporary German painter, opens at the Hirshhorn Museum. Through May 5. Feb. 21. "Directions -- Mike Kelly," recent work by the Los Angeles-based artist whose materials include home-knit afghans, baby blankets and stuffed animals, opens at the Hirshhorn Museum. Through May 19. March 6. "African Reflections: Art From Northeastern Zaire," several hundred objects -- carvings, pots, musical instruments, furniture, etc. -- made by artists from the Mangbetu, Azande, Barambo, Pygmy and Makere groups, opens at the National Museum of African Art. Through Jan. 12, 1992. March 9. "Arena Stage Tribute," 50 black-and-white photographs of Arena Stage productions by George de Vincent. Through April 7. March 15. "The West as America: Reinterpreting Images of the Frontier, 1820-1920," 160 often-mythy objects by such poets of the West as Albert Bierstadt, George Caleb Bingham, George Catlin and Frederic Remington, opens at the National Museum of American Art. Through July 7. March 16. "Reckoning with Winslow Homer: His Late Paintings and Their Influence," a touring exhibit (organized by the Cleveland Museum of Art) of Homer's "big, strong, American" paintings of the rocky coast of Maine, and treatments of similar subjects by artists as varied as John Sloan, George Bellows, John Marin and N.C. Wyeth, opens at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Through May 12. March 17. Two related exhibitions -- both celebrating the 50th anniversary of the National Gallery of Art, open at that museum. The "Fiftieth Anniversary Exhibition" is a show of the most significant objects presented to the museum (it closes June 16), while "John Russell Pope: Architect of the National Gallery" presents some 100 drawings by the designer of the gallery's much-beloved West Building. Through July 7. March 29. "Tokens of Affection: The Portrait Miniature in America," 200 tiny paintings made between 1750 and 1850 that served as tokens of something personal -- of love, affection or honor -- opens at the National Museum of American Art. Through June 16.