The Kreeger Museum’s Postwar and Contemporary art holdings return to the lower level galleries, including works by five Washington-based artists: William Christenberry, Gene Davis, Sam Gilliam, Willem de Looper, and Paul Reed. The lower galleries also highlight the Museum’s outstanding collection of African masks.
Paul Reed, 29, 1965, Acrylic on canvas, Gift of Joan Reed Roberts in memory of Esther K. Reed
Charles Hinman is a New York-based abstract painter who pioneered three-dimensional, shaped canvases starting in the 1960s. This is the first museum show of works by Hinman in the Washington area and the first survey in more than 30 years. Hinman is best known for his compositions that emerge from the wall in a collection of hand-built and multicolored planes, expanding the conventional space of the canvas. Guest curated by Danielle O’Steen, the exhibition offers a look at 50 years of the artist’s innovative work.
Charles Hinman, Sails, 1965, Acrylic on shaped canvas, 34 x 36 x 6 1/2 inches, The Kreeger Museum.
Joan Mitchell, Untitled, 1965, Gift of the Trustees of the Corcoran Gallery of Art
Guest curated by modern art historian Harry Cooper, the reinstallation introduces works that have not been on view for several years, while offering fresh perspectives on collection favorites.
Phase I of the reinstallation, which opened September 19, 2017, comprises the Museum’s main floor galleries and focuses on 19th- and early 20th-century painting and works on paper. Objects on view for the first time in several years include an early portrait by Edvard Munch, two winter landscapes by Impressionist painter Alfred Sisley, a mature pastoral scene by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, and a signature Surrealist landscape by French painter Yves Tanguy.
Edvard Munch, Klemens Stang with Hat Seated on the Veranda, 1886, oil on canvas, on panel, 12 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches, The Kreeger Museum.
A multi-media group exhibition of Portuguese art of the 21st century, Second Nature is both a portrait of recent artistic production in Portugal and an exploration of the relationship between human culture and the environment. Working in media ranging from watercolor to photography to video, artists in the exhibition consider the tension between the concept of an untouched natural world—a popular subject in art history—and the ways humans have dominated and reshaped the environment using modern technology.
Alexandre Estrela, Wood Cuts, Wood Rings, 2009, video projection, DVD (PAL), color, mono sound, 4:3; loop and wood structure, 64 x 73 1⁄2 x 79 inches
The Kreeger Museum is pleased to present Against the Day, 2007, a recently acquired work by California sculptor Richard Deutsch that occupies the North Lawn of the Museum. A gift from the Chevy Chase Land Company of Montgomery County, Maryland, Against the Day comprises eight distinct sculptures: five white granite “benches” surround a central row of three geometric forms in white, red, and black granite.
Richard Deutsch, Against the Day, 2007, granite, The Kreeger Museum. Photo by Colin Winterbottom.
2017 marked the 50th anniversary of the completion of The Kreeger Museum building. It was designed by architect, Philip Johnson, in 1964 and completed in 1967. The Museum has asked two prominent Washington architects, Michael E. Hickok, FAIA and Yolanda Cole, FAIA, of Hickok Cole Architects to conceive and curate a special exhibit celebrating this occasion.
RE-VISION Artists: Cynthia Connolly, Frank Hallam Day, Avi Gupta, Max Hirshfeld, Franz Jantzen, and Colin Winterbottom
Philip Johnson with model of the building, 1967
The Kreeger Museum presents an intimate special exhibition, JOAN MIRÓ From The Collection of The Kreeger Museum, January 21 - February 25, 2017. The Kreeger’s complete collection of works by Joan Miró will be on view, including The Mallorca Suite, Makimono, and El Vol de l’Alosa (The Flight of the Lark).
Joan Miró, The Mallorca Suite (Srie Mallorca), 1973. 36 etched engravings and aquatint, 17 x 25 inches. Collection of The Kreeger Museum
To celebrate the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in September 2016, The Kreeger Museum presents selected works from the permanent collection by Sam Gilliam and Simmie Knox. The Museum's relationship with both artists dates back to the early 1970s when David and Carmen Kreeger purchased their works.
SMITH | PALEY is the first exhibition to feature a collaboration by internationally renowned artists Clarice Smith and Albert Paley. Triptych (2016) was the inspiration for this exhibition. SMITH | PALEY features a selection of Smith's paintings, including a five-panel screen Gallop; and a selection of Paley's sculptures, including maquettes for the project documented in Albert Paley on Park Avenue.
Clarice Smith, Albert Paley, Triptych, 2016, oil on canvas, forged steel