Weekly Arts Round Up, October 22, 2020
By October 22, 2020 0 329•
Opening soon: a new paintings show at Addison/Ripley Fine Art and half the main floor of the National Gallery’s West Building. Next Thursday, go for a Deep Zoom encounter with the Barnes Foundation Matisses. Click on the headings below for details.
Self-taught artist Tom Meyer, whose acrylic paintings tell a story of “redemption, forgiveness, acceptance, rejection and love,” will be at Addison/Ripley Fine Art, 1670 Wisconsin Ave. NW, on Oct. 24 from noon to 7 p.m. for the opening of “Tom Meyer: New Paintings.” Organized with Govinda Gallery, the exhibition will be on view through Dec. 5. Health protocols will be observed, with a maximum of six persons permitted in the gallery at a time; private viewings are available by appointment.
The first of three online master classes led by Italian dramatic soprano Capucine Chiaudani — billed by M Institute for the Arts as an “exclusive hack for singers wanting to learn the most popular Mozart roles on a dime” — will take place on Oct. 24 from 1 to 3 p.m. Six singers will perform recitatives from “Le nozze di Figaro.” The other sessions will focus on recitatives from “Don Giovanni” (Nov. 14) and Così fan tutte (Dec. 5). Tickets are $18 ($48 for the series)
On Oct. 25 at 2 p.m., Piotr Gajewski will conduct the opening concert of the National Philharmonic’s free, streamed season. On the program: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 and his Romances for Violin and Orchestra Nos. 1 and 2, with soloists Nurit Bar-Josef, concertmaster of the National Symphony Orchestra, and Jonathan Carney, concertmaster of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Viewers can lift a glass to Beethoven’s 250th with a celebration wine pack assembled by Jennifer Fritz Kim of Kogod Liquors to pair with the musical selections. The price for the trio is $97.99, with 10 percent of all purchases supporting the National Philharmonic.
The main-floor galleries east of the rotunda in the National Gallery of Art’s West Building — displaying 18th– and 19th-century American, British and French works, including exceptional Impressionist paintings — will reopen on Oct. 26. Most ground-floor galleries will remain open (“Degas at the Opéra” has closed, but “Raphael and His Circle,” an exhibition of prints and drawings, is now on view through Nov. 15). Masks are mandatory, social distancing is in effect and capacity is limited, with admission by free, timed-entry pass, reserved online. Passes are not required for the adjacent Sculpture Garden. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Richard Dietrich III, president of the Dietrich American Foundation, will talk about the new book of essays he co-edited with Deborah M. Rebuck, “In Pursuit of History: A Lifetime Collecting Colonial American Art and Artifacts,” on Oct. 27 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. In this free online lecture, presented by Tudor Place, Dietrich will compare his late father’s eye for Chinese export wares, American silver and Philadelphia side chairs with that of collector Armistead Peter 3rd’s, Tudor Place’s last owner, also discussing two portrait miniatures of George Washington.
On Oct. 27 at 7 p.m., Signature Theatre will present “Hip Hop Dance for Everyone With Jared Grimes,” in which the actor, dancer and choreographer will teach online participants a dance combination from his music video “Goin’ Sammy Davis Jr.” All ages and levels of experience are welcome. After the class, those posting a video of themselves doing the combination on social media with the tag #goinsammydavisjrchallenge have a chance to win prizes. Tickets are $10.
As part of the series Woolly’s Wonderlist, presented by Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, on Oct. 28 at 5 p.m., Artistic Director Maria Manuela Goyanes will host a free online conversation with Woollyverse artist and D.C. native Toshi Reagon, a singer, musician, composer, producer and curator whose mother founded Sweet Honey in the Rock.
Penny Hansen, educator at Philadelphia’s Barnes Foundation, is leading live, online tours of the museum for Smithsonian Associates using Deep Zoom high-resolution technology. The session on Oct. 29 from 10 to 11:15 a.m. will be devoted to Henri Matisse. The Barnes holds 59 works by Matisse, notably “Le bonheur de vivre,” his Fauvist masterpiece of 1906, and “The Dance II,” a triptych commissioned by Albert Barnes in 1930. Tickets are $35 ($30 for members) and online registration is required. Later sessions will focus on Cézanne (Nov. 19), Renoir (Dec. 17) and Modigliani and Soutine (Jan. 21).
On Oct. 29 from noon to 1 p.m., Jamil Wilson, digital programming virtual intern at the National Museum of Natural History, will share his journey in marine science as a certified diver and a recipient of a Rolex Scholarship from the Our World – Underwater Scholarship Society. Admission to this online “Career Dive,” which includes a live Q&A, is free.
Marking 75 years since the opening of the Nuremberg trials, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, in partnership with Villanova University’s Charles Widger School of Law, will present an online panel discussion exploring how the next generation can continue the fight for justice for victims of atrocity crimes. The panelists for “Legacy of Nuremberg: 75 Years Later,” on Oct. 29 from 5 to 6 p.m., will include: Benjamin Ferencz, the last surviving Nuremberg prosecutor; Naomi Kikoler, director of the Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide; and Barry Avrich, director and producer of the film “Prosecuting Evil.” Admission is free but registration is required.
On Oct. 29 at 8 p.m., Strathmore will stream “The Sound of Democracy,” a concert by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Septet with trumpeter Wynton Marsalis. The program features the premiere of “The Democracy Suite,” which Marsalis composed as a response to the nation’s political, social and economic struggles during the COVID-19 crisis. Tickets are $18. Strathmore members are invited to join an online conversation with Marsalis on Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. (limited to 50 homes). Membership starts at $65.