Event Calendar, Special Events

The David C. Driskell Center Collectors Selection Exhibition

Collector’s Story Telling about the Driskell Center’s Collection

This quite innovative exhibition features collecting friends of the Driskell Center invited to review the collection, and select images of meaning to them. Upon the selection, the collector’s were asked to write letters to the artists, also exhibited with the works chosen for display. MAS Members Juanita and Neil Hartbarger, and Juanita and Melvin Hardy were amongst the selectors in this most intriguing exploration of the Driskell Center’s historically encompassing collection of artworks from the Americans of African Descent and art from the African Diaspora. Through December 2nd. 

Transformer’s 20th Anniversary Celebration and Gala

The arts community of DC has benefited from 2 decades of service by Transformer to the visual arts community and we will celebrate them with their opening Retrospective Exhibition and Aution Gala on November 10th at The Corcoran Gallery of Art in DC.  

Read the Press Release here. RSVP for Gala Tickets here

Just Lookin’ Gallery – Hagerstown

Features Demetri Burke and his Invisible Man Series October 22 through November 27

This artist asks the probing questions of our times regarding the coming of age and maturity narrative for men across the ethno-cultural spectrum. Ellie presents the artist for a meet and greet and artist salon talk at the gallery on October 22 and 23. Contact the gallery for further information.

Other notable events:

  • Brandywine Workshop celebrated its 50th Anniversary with an outstanding gala and review of its stellar history at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia. 
  • October 28 – Mid-Atlantic Arts Living Legacy Jazz Awards Program to honor drummer, Roger Humphries, 5:30 pm at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. MAS Member Juanita Hardy is Chairperson of this year’s presentation committee for the Jazz Awards for Mid-Atlantic Arts in Philly.

Art Basel Miami is coming in December and our own Amber Robles-Gordon will be represented at this major art fair. The Press Release for this year’s edition, the first in-person fair since 2019, references the major energy for all audiences. Not to be missed. 

MAS Recommends These Partner’s Events

  • ArtEnables: New exhibitions, and 6 works collected by the Library of Congress!
  • DC Arts Center: New Leadership…legacy programming…contemporary theater…and great exhibitions.
  • Zenith Gallery. Zenith operates out of two venues uptown and downtown: 1429 Iris Street NW, and 1111 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. Significant exhibitions always on view.
  • National Museum of Women in the Arts: The building is under renovation, but their online exhibitions are important to witness. Contact Christina Knowles about membership and programming information.  
  • Mosaic Theater. New Leadership…expanded mission…timely work. The Till Trilogy comes next season as important must-see theater.  The Ballad of Emmett Till, on the journey of the boy, Benevolence, on the story of his killers and That Summer in Sumner on the quest for justice – will be presented in rotating repertory, running through November 2022.
  • Hemphill Gallery; Julie Wolfe in conversation with Tim Dowd October 29th. Superior work. See the website.
  • Addison Ripley: Mira Hecht “Mirror of The Floating World”. Through October 22nd..The Gallery has also agreed to engage with the Duke Ellington School of the Arts Visual Arts Students to further their pre-professional art studies. MAS Member Mel Hardy was party to faciltating this arrangement.
  • Terzo Piano: From Gallery owner Georgio Furioso: “In this third decade of the 21st century, when art is mostly experienced digitally or in high-profile galleries and museums, it is more important than ever to keep community-based galleries alive. In Washington, DC, high real estate prices have pushed many art galleries out of the area. Yet it is essential that we preserve a platform for this city’s many artistic voices. I am committed to making Terzo Piano an enduring part of that platform. I built this gallery space with designer David Jameson more than fifteen years ago for art dealer George Hemphill. Now, as Terzo Piano, it will be dedicated to showcasing the work of both major and under-recognized artists – those vital but often unheard voices that can wake us and move us and give expression to our times. Rather than represent a static stable of artists, Terzo Piano will employ guest curators to ensure that it discovers and presents a dynamic array of talents and visions.”
  • StablArts: A visual arts community providing affordable and sustainable studio space, and collaborating with local, national, and international partners to provide programming and exhibition opportunities, fostering an engaged, diverse community in Washington, DC. Please join us in supporting Stable Arts. 
  • Boulanger Initiative: Member Robin Strongin advocates for this organization focused on.opportunities for female and younger composers.  
  • The Phillips Collection: The Community Exhibition and Phillips@TheArc are must-sees both in person and online.  
  • The Renwick / Smithsonian American Art Museum: This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World is a spectacular offering of the present state of craft today. So many of our artist luminaries are represented in this exhbition. Run of show through April, 2023.  

National Gallery of Art: Carrie Mae Weems and the 54th Regiment and the Exhibition on Collectors and Collection are worth our visits.. 

  • The Hillwood Estate
  • A portrait painting of Lloyd Patterson was recently mounted at Hillwood. Mr. Patterson went to Russia with a group of Black American Activists to make a movie. The movie was never made but Lloyd Patterson stayed in Russia, married a Ukrainian Artist, and had a son who became a child movie star. Check back to this space to get information on programming at Hillwood to explore the beauty of the painting, and its implications in our lives today.  

Satisfying our Curiosities abut the Arts, Culture, and The Humanities

Black Art in America: Delivers education, information on collecting, exhibitions throughout the US, and now publishers of a new arts magazine.

Culture Type: The essential resource focused on visual art from a Black perspective.

Dvorak’s Prophecy: And The Vexed Fate of Black Classical Music. Joe Horowitz’s book arrives in the midst of an important conversation about race in America—a conversation that is taking place in music schools and concert halls throughout the world.