Arts Desk

Neighborhood Swatch: Where to See D.C. Issues on Gallery Walls

Exhibits with local ties, now on view or opening soon at D.C. galleries.

"Here Nor There"
Joshua Wade Smith spent two days walking along the train tracks that connect Baltimore and D.C., then filmed himself walking from the train tracks to Hamiltonian Gallery. His show aims to stir thoughts about how repetition and the mundane “can be used as tools for self-exploration.”
On view to Feb. 9 at Hamiltonian Gallery, 1353 U St. NW, Suite 101. Free.

"Gothic Resilience"
Photographer Colin Winterbottom looks at the National Cathedral in the wake of D.C.’s 2011 earthquake, examining the damage done to some of its unique features.
On view to Feb. 10 at Long View Gallery, 1234 9th St. NW. Free.

"Ahead of Hair"
D.C. native Sonya Clark tackles the ever-bristling topic of hair, crafting her works with real hair, combs, and threads.
Opens Feb. 1 at Contemporary Wing, 1412 14th St. NW. Free.

"The Network"
To make this dynamic video portrait—which the National Portrait Gallery recently added to its permanent collectionLincoln Schatz conducted interviews with dozens of federal employees and elected officials. It’s not a local work per se, but it does look at some of the people who help perpetuate the idea of Washington as a center of power, as opposed to the living city of Washington.
Opens Feb. 9 at Connersmith, 1358 Florida Ave. NE. Free.

"InstantDC: The Soul of the City"
Local photo collective InstantDC’s third photo contest asks photographers to contribute images that respond to Oswald Spengler’s quote, “It goes without saying that what distinguishes a town from a village is not size, but the presence of a soul.”
On view to Feb. 22 at Vivid Solutions Gallery’s temporary location at Honfleur Gallery, 1241 Good Hope Road SE (upstairs). Free.

"Delicate/Violent"
David Amoroso’s portraits of D.C. area reggaeton and hip-hop artists portray tough-looking guys doing tough things—mugging, aiming guns—but he offers a couple of surprises in portraits that show artists like FenomeDon frowning at pretty flowers.
On view to March 16 at Artisphere’s Mezzanine Gallery, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free.

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