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Archive for 'At the Museums'

Q and A with a Contemporary Sculptor: Nooni Reatig  Joseph R. Phelan*

Recently, I visited the Japan Information and Culture Center a few block below Dupont Circle to see the exhibition “In[CREASE]: An Exploration in the Language of Folding.” A selection of recent work by the Washington-based sculptor and architect Nooni Reatig (b.1980) can be seen there through December 20th. I met up with Ms. Reatig who walked […]

Scena Stages a Daring Adventure with Sea

By William G. Schulz If you’re in the mood for theater that’s a little more experimental, check out Scena’s production of Sea by Norwegian playwright John Fossee, the most performed living writer in Europe and 2010 winner of the International Ibsen Award.   As the play opens, we meet first The Shipmaster, then a Guitar […]

Blue Camp — A Searing Re-examination of the Power of Coming Out

 By William G. Schulz The power of coming out — the revolutionary act of gay people, one by one, no longer hiding who they are and who they love — receives fresh and compelling re-examination in this play, an original production by DC’s Rainbow  theater Project. Written by Tim Caggiano and Jack Calvin Hanna, and […]

A Smart Satire for the Age of the Smartphone

By William G. Schulz If you are fed up with Facebook, log off for a few hours and head over to GALA Theatre in Columbia Heights for a rollicking evening of analog entertainment in the form of La Foto: A Selfie Affair. This deeply funny, social media satire — set in present-day Miami — takes […]

Canaletto and the Art of Venice: Exhibition on Screen

By Joseph R. Phelan* Last month in these pages, I interviewed Phil Grabsky, the filmmaker behind the “Exhibition on Screen” series of documentaries shown in movie theaters around the world. Based upon landmark art exhibitions, the latest season opens with “Canaletto and the Art of Venice,” a high-definition celebration of one of the most beautiful […]

An Interview with Phil Grabsky About his “EXHIBITION ON SCREEN”™ Project

By Joseph R. Phelan* InTowner: Why do you make art films? Grabsky: I love making films, and have been making films for TV and cinema for over 30 years. Many of those have been films about art in one way or another because the stories are so fantastic, the visuals obviously so powerful and, importantly, […]

Raphael: The Lord of Art

To view images full size, left click on each  By Joseph R. Phelan* Along with Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo, Raphael Sanzio (1483-1520) is one of the “big three” artists of the Italian High Renaissance, that fascinating period from 1500 to 1525 when artistic giants walked the earth. Though present day audiences may prefer the […]

“The Serial Impulse” at the National Gallery of Art

The National Gallery of Art’s exhibition, which closed on February 7, 2026,  of signature works on paper by 17 of America’s most prominent contemporary artists celebrated both artistic achievement and the 50th anniversary of the pioneering and innovative Southern California printmaker and publisher Gemini G.E.L. (Graphic Editions Limited). This, the fourth public display in Washington […]

Stunning Paintings from Swiss Private Collections at The Phillips

In a beautiful exhibition of both famous and, to American audiences, lesser known European art masterpieces, the Phillips Collection has mounted a holiday gift from Switzerland to Washington gallery goers with an exhibition of more than 60 paintings from the Rudolph Staechelin and Karl Im Obersteg collections at the Kunstmuseum Basel. The exhibition includes such […]

Spain Arts & Culture’s Show “Moving Forward, Looking Back — Journeys Across the Old Spanish Trail” Was Well Received

To view images full size, left click on each Now closed, this was a charming and spaciously installed exhibition in the former residence of Spanish Ambassadors at 2801 16th Street in Columbia Heights of stunningly beautiful landscape photographs and intriguingly captured portrait photographs reflecting a fascinating road trip between Santa Fe, New Mexico and Los […]