Thursday, September 25, 2008

Whaling Wall coming to DC

Marine life painter and conservationist Wyland has been cited in the Congressional Record as, “the finest environmental artist in the world.” Beginning September 26, the California-based artist will have one of his monumental murals, “Hands Across The Ocean” – the 100th and final work in his “Whaling Wall” series – installed on the National Mall for 8 days.

The 7 block-long piece can be viewed opposite the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

Wyland began his “Whaling Wall” series in 1971, and it is the largest environmentally themed public art project ever. The first 99 “Whaling Walls” are seen by an estimated one billion people annually at permanent installations in the U.S., Canada, Japan, Australia, Palau, Mexico and France. Following its exhibition on the National Mall, "Hands Across The Ocean" will tour the U.S. before finding a permanent home.

Sarah Palin in Philly Pub

How important is Pennsylvania?

Palin will be at the Irish Pub on Walnut Street [Philadelphia] on Friday night for a public debate watching party, if the debate between John McCain and Barack Obama continues as planned.
And last week, while I was gone to Florida, McCain had a huge rally in my crib in Media, PA. A few days earlier, Biden was also in Media, but his rally was at a local orchard.

By the way, we recently went apple picking at that orchard and now we have a million pounds of apples. I could use some good apple recipes!

Whino Films and an art party

Whino Films is the latest from the innovative minds over at Art Whino. They will be documenting the art Scene in the DMV (DC, MD, VA).

If you missed that opening, then make sure you come out tonight to "Block party 2" from 7-11pm This special event will have music by DJ Munch, and a special appearance by Grammy Winner Tony Rich (Hidden Beach Records). Complimentary beverages, light food, plus giveaways/door prizes provided.

Details here.

Glass Evolving Glistens

Cindy Cotte Griffiths reviews Glass Evolving at VisArts in Rockville.

There's a revolution in fine arts glass going on right now, and many of the guerrilla leaders are right here under our noses in the Greater Washington, DC area.

Go see this exhibition in Rockville (through Nov. 15) and then this Sunday go to the opening reception for this show at the Maurine Littleton Gallery in DC.

PMA names new photography curator

The Philadelphia Museum of Art has named Peter D. Barberie as its new curator of photography.

Barberie is currently a lecturer at Princeton University. He replaces Katherine C. Ware, who is leaving soon to become the new photography curator of the New Mexico Museum of Art.

Stonesifer at the Smithsonian

The Smithsonian Board of Regents yesterday continued to transform its operational structure by electing Patricia Q. Stonesifer, the former chief executive of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as the chairwoman of its board.
Read the WaPo article here.

Political art talk tomorrow in Arlington

The Arlington Arts Center, which is currently hosting the exhibit "Picturing Politics 2008," will have a discussion panel tomorrow titled "From the Gallery to the Street."

Josh Shannon, Welmoed Laanstra, and my good bud Kriston Capps will discuss political art and its impact. It all begins at 6:30 PM.

My question(s) to the panel: Is all contemporary American political art on the left wing of the political spectrum? Is there such thing as right wing political art?

More on the Dupont Underground

Yesterday I told you about a new DC initiative to turn the unused Dupont Circle underground into an art venue.

Heather Goss over at DCist has a great report on this exciting subject. Read it here.

Heather also has a great Arts Agenda update on openings and events going on; read that one here.