There are a lot of “Washington Print” organizations–the Washington Printmakers Gallery, our sister non-profit, the Washington Print Foundation, the Washington Area Printmakers, which puts out the yearly calendar, and the Washington Print Club, open to anyone interested in fine art prints and the graphic arts. Several WPG member artists are also artist members of the WPC (the DC print world is only but so big), so today we want to share some of the upcoming events sponsored by WPC in the hopes that you check out some of them out. You have to be a member to attend most of them, but we think you’ll agree that membership is worth it at only $50/year and access to so many great opportunities!
Saturday, May 7 at 10:30 am; Contemporary Photography, at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Join Jay Fisher, Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs and Senior Curator of Prints, Drawings & Photographs, for a tour of this exhibition of more than 100 works from the BMA’s collection. The exhibit traces the development of street, studio, and conceptual photography after 1960. Through images by more than 50 artists, including Diane Arbus, William Eggleston, and Cindy Sherman, the exhibit demonstrates how photography has become linked to our understanding of the environment, history, psychology and art.
Saturday, June 4 at 2:00PM, Tom Wesselmann Draws at the Kreeger Museum of Art. Join fellow Washington Print Club members on this docent-led tour of the most comprehensive exhibition of drawings by Tom Wesselmann (1931-2004) that has ever been assembled. Many of the 108 works have never been seen outside the artist’s studio in New York. The drawings cover the entire range of his artistic career from 1959 to 2004 and reveal the full breadth of his artistic production. They confirm his reputation as a brilliant colorist and superior draftsman and innovator of new techniques. In the 1960s, Tom Wesselmann was one of the key figures in the Pop Art Movement along with Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, James Rosenquist and Robert Indiana.
Friday, June 24th at 10:30 AM; A preview of the new book Photographic Memory: The Album in the Age of Photography, at the Library of Congress, with a special look at original albums not normally accessible to the public. The author and speaker, Verna Posever Curtis, Curator of Photography in the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress and advisor, traces the rise of the album from 1900 to the present day, showcasing some of the most important examples in the history of the medium, as collected by the LOC. The albums that comprise Photographic Memory provide idiosyncratic historical perspectives – from an Alaskan expedition album of Edward Sheriff Curtis’s early work to Walker Evans’s extended suite of images in a study for Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. Other works are by F. Holland Day, Dorothea Lange, Duane Michals, Leni Riefenstahl and W. Eugene Smith. Curtis will explain that through time albums became an art form in themselves – a history that has seen radical shifts in the role of handmade artist’s objects.
Saturday, July 9 at 10:15 am; The Gothic Spirit of John Taylor Arms at the National Gallery of Art. Join Charles Ritchie, curator of the exhibit, for a walking tour of this exhibition. The exhibition features 65 prints, drawings, and etching plates that span the artist’s career from his early New York series to his finest images of cathedrals.
If you are interested in any of these events for WPC membership, please visit their website for more information.