there is so much art awesomeness going on in DC this fall, i can hardly handle it. if you live in the area, be sure to make time to check it out:
National Museum of Women in the Arts Film Festival
this coming weekend! multi-media parties, animated films, women at work, ancestral voices, gender benders, zombies - omfg feminist zombies! how can you say no?
WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution
also at the NMWA, this runs through mid-december and is the biggest exhibit in the museum's history! judy chicago, yoko ono, cindy sherman, what! i'm hoping they have at least one barbara kruger, but honestly it might be better if they don't, that way i won't be arrested for trying to steal it.
Edward Hopper at the National Gallery
running through mid-january, this exhibit come straight from the MFA in boston (where i hope all you hometown peeps went to see it, because um, it's hopper). i have been waiting for months for this to get here. while i have had the chance to see Nighthawks in its permanent home at the Art Institute, i am psyched to see so many other of his pieces - Automat, New York Movie, and his fantastic Cape Cod and New England scenes.
Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer’s Life, 1990—2005
who doesn't love Annie Leibovitz? (ok, well some people don't, but fuck them.) a pioneer as a woman rock photographer for Rolling Stone, she has taken some truly amazing photos over the course of her career. for instance, you might recognize this one. this exhibit runs from mid-october to mid-january. and while her stuff has gotten much more commercial (and, not surprisingly, much more full of spectacle and artifice)in recent years, i think she's such a good artist that she still gives you something to think about, even in her Vanity Fair covers and celeb-worshiping commissions. but hell, she spent over a decade with susan sontag, what do you expect?
all in all, an amazing fall for cool art in DC.