Always one of the nicest arts events in town, a Katzen opening has become one of the signature evenings of the ArtHouse. We will gather first in the reception foyer there at 6, enjoy appetizers and a glass of wine or beer and talk among each other. At around 7, we'll head into the 3-floor museum. Exhibitions include: "(Czeck photographer) Ivan Pinkava: Remains[masked]", "Inside the Underworld: Beetle Magic - an Installation by Joan Danziger", "(Pop surrealist) DAVID HUMPHREY: Pets, a President and the Others", "Matthew Kenyon: Flash Crash", and "The Color of Time" - a 9-minute video. (More details are below.) Everything there is free. Pinkava will be interviewed at 5 pm at the Museum - these are always excellent.
At about 8:15, we can head to dinner. We usually go to Cafe Ole at 4000 Wisconsin Ave. It's just a few blocks away and parking is easy. If you take Metro to the Katzen, you can get a ride to dinner and then the Tenleytown Metro is just a few blocks away. If you are arriving at Tenleytown Metro, I believe there is an AU shuttle bus that goes to the Katzen - otherwise it is a bit of a walk. Parking is free at Katzen in an underground parking garage at the Museum.
Here are the opening exhibits:
Ivan Pinkava: Remains[masked]
Considered a leading contemporary Czech photographer, Ivan Pinkava has created his own visual language. In his work, Pinkava aims to enter familiar iconographical situations of Western culture in order to – some slightly, some radically – alter, rearrange, rename, empty, cloak or show them in a different light. Behind historical scenes, he finds something relevant and common to both today and the future – human insecurity streaming from one’s own physical impermanence.
Inside the Underworld: Beetle Magic
Installation by Joan Danziger
The sculpture of Washington, D.C. artist Joan Danziger combines interplay of animal strength and beauty of nature with the human spirit. They are reaching into the heart of nature to evoke mysterious and secret worlds, which draws upon her fascination with dream imagery and metamorphosis. The use of animal imagery as metaphorical or psychological subject gives the sculptures a life of their own and creates a magical world.
DAVID HUMPHREY: Pets, a President and the Others
Occasionally called a Pop Surrealist, Humphrey’s work hybridizes a variety of depiction schemes and idioms to make works charged with psycho-social content and narrative potential. This exhibition is a selection of work from over the past ten years.The images in this exhibition range from seemingly innocuous domestic scenes to a series based on the paintings of Dwight Eisenhower. Humphrey works in a comic mode with a strong psychological charge. Solitude, friendship, coupling, and interspecies companionship are recurring themes that emerge from the work’s cheery and graphic boldness. Genetic material from modernist abstraction, surrealism and pop art can be traced in Humphrey’s work but these works have thrived in the turbulent hyper-pluralist waters of contemporary art. Puppies, kitties, snowmen and women, Ike and a parade of other characters seek to amuse and perplex our sense of what it is to be a person.
Matthew Kenyon: Flash Crash
In 1999, Kenyon co-founded SWAMP (Studies of Work Atmosphere and Mass Production) is with artist Douglas Easterly. Their work focuses on critical themes addressing the effects of global corporate operations, mass media and communication, military-industrial complexes, and general meditations on the liminal area between life and artificial life. SWAMP has been making work in this vein since 1999 using a wide range of media, including custom software, electronics, mechanical devices, and often times working with living organisms.
The Color of Time
This installation is a collaboration between painter/sculptor Carol Brown Goldberg and filmmaker Anthony Szulc. This 9-minute video uses using painting, film, sculpture, music, home movies, and poetry to show how we invent or erase the past, and how art changes the shape of memories. Time, in a certain sense, is revealed to be transparent.