New Exhibitions – Make Plans to Visit!
These new exhibitions are on view at McLean Project for the Arts through March 5, 2016.
Emerson Gallery: Absence and Presence: Al Mutanabbi Street Starts Here
Artists worldwide have created work in response to the 2007 bombing of Baghdad’s historic book- selling street, exhibiting in venues all around the world as part of the Al Mutanabbi Street Starts Here project.
This exhibition features a selection of prints, broadsides and artists books from the project that commemorate this event and celebrate the free and creative exchange of ideas and knowledge everywhere. This exhibition is part of a diverse coalition of DC-area universities and arts and literary organizations taking part in the project. Other exhibition sites include the George Mason University School of Art Gallery, the Gelman Library and the Corcoran School of Art and Design at the George Washington University, the Brentwood Arts Exchange, Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, Olly Olly Gallery, and the Smithsonian American Art/Portrait Gallery Library.
Atrium Gallery: Hushed Revolt: Works by Nasrin Navab and Nahid Navab
Sisters Nasrin and Nahid Navab have collaboratively produced this exhibition as an exploration of the social and cultural spaces they have occupied as two Iranian-Ameri- can artists. In homage to the mythological sisters Shahrezad and Shahrnavaz, Nasrin and Nahid embarked on an intimate journey of sharing their stories and creating art that captures those experiences in the form of drawings, prints, artist books, and installations. The many-textured and multi- layered array of influences and interests leading on this body of work include Persian calligraphy and miniature painting, mythology from around the world, contemporary spatial and urban experiences, and individual and communal identity.
Ramp Gallery: Les Fleurs du Livre: New Paintings by Carol Barsha
In this exhibition, artist Carol Barsha shows paintings that playfully explore the role of the book as an entry- way into the world. Executed in a dynamic combination of mediums, including watercolor, ink, pastel, oil paint and pencil on paper, this exhibit features a series of works, both large and small, that situate the book within the landscape. In this way, the complexity and exuberance of the natural world is thereby considered along with the open territory of the imagination and the age-old practice of storytelling.