Here, in this little Bay: Celebrating 30 Years at the Kreeger
Curator Tour

Thursday, June 27th | 11:00am & 1:00pm

Image by Danbi Co.

Register | $15

Join us for a tour of Here, in this little Bay: Celebrating 30 Years at the Kreeger led by Curator Kristen Hileman. The tour will be 60 minutes in length.

This exhibition celebrates the 30th anniversary of The Kreeger Museum by reflecting on the presence of nature in the museum's permanent collection, its architectural setting, and as an ongoing source of inspiration to artists. Throughout the Kreeger's holdings, one encounters Impressionist sea and landscapes, including Monet's magnificent depictions of shorelines and his garden at Giverny. One also sees still lifes like Mondrian's poignant Dying Sunflower, Watercolor, and many other 19th and early-to-mid 20th century views of the natural world presented as a subject for visual and metaphorical investigation. Philip Johnson and Richard Foster's 1960s building brings the outdoors inside with a lush interior garden and generous views to stunning grounds.

Featuring an international and intergenerational group of fourteen artists currently working in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia, Here, in this little Bay offers a counterpoint to these earlier engagements with nature. Contemporary artists often approach their work experimentally (performing with their bodies, incorporating unexpected materials, and placing an emphasis on process as much as final image). And their perspectives have been shaped by an increasing awareness of the precariousness of humanity's place within Earth's ecology.

The art in Here, in this little Bay, which takes its name from Coventry Patmore's 1877 poem Magna Est Veritas, explores nature and time broadly. Several pieces invoke water-oriented metaphors–erosion, absorption, and flow among them–as contemporary companions to Monet's paintings. Some of the artists consider historical and present-day human interactions on a planet with limits to its resources. Others contemplate the unseen physical and metaphysical forces that affect the course of the world and which we, like our predecessors, try to grasp through the endeavors of visual art and poetry, as well as through science, philosophy, and spiritual practice.

Generous support provided by:

The Galper Family Charitable Fund

The Marilyn Lichtman Fund

DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities