A Democracy of Images: Photographs from the Smithsonian American Art Museum
1st floor West, American Art Museum
Through January 5, 2014
Featuring work by gallery artist Susan Rankaitis as well as the late Joe Deal, Aaron Siskind, and others, A Democracy of Images celebrates the ways in which the American experience has been molded and captured by photography. Rankaitis' combined media work Marvel (1986) reveals the outermost limits of the medium, while images by Deal, Siskind, Harry Callahan, and Robert Frank take on American landscapes and American characters with a modernist eye.
Landscapes in Passing: Photographs by Steve Fitch, Robbert Flick, and Elaine Mayes
2nd Floor South, American Art Museum
Through January 20, 2014
Eschewing idealistic vistas or romanced plains, the 48 works in Landscapes in Passing highlight the rapid expansion of civilization into the natural world. Flick's photographs, drawn from his series "Sequential Views" consist of grids of images made in Los Angeles in 1980 as he traversed the streets, stopping at prescribed temporal or geographical intervals. The installation is part of a series that highlights objects from the museum's collection that are rarely on public display.