Unidentified, Still Life with Pumpkin, Book, and Sweet Potato, about 1855, daguerreotype with applied color, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase from the Charles Isaacs Collection made possible in part by the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment
Jul. 1-Jan. 5, 2014: A Democracy of Images: Photographs from the Smithsonian American Art Museum
The Smithsonian American Art Museum celebrates 30 years of collecting photos with an exhibit featuring more than 100 images from the museum's permanent collection. A Democracy of Images covers the full history of photography in America and demonstrates how the medium has captured the American experience. Guest curator Merry Foresta says the show has something for everyone. "We have everything from daguerreotypes to digital prints in this show. It goes from the 1840s through photographs made yesterday." You can see work by Ansel Adams, Annie Leibovitz, William Eggleston, and more through January 5.
Jul. 1-Sept. 22: A Conjugation of Verb
Baltimore-based artist Bernhard Hildebrandt explores baroque themes of drama, spectacle and spatial movement in A Conjugation of Verb, which will be on view at The Phillip's Collection through September 22. The artist blends painting, photography and film in a video sequence made from images of El Greco's The Repentant St. Peter, a piece from the Phillip's permanent collection.
Music: "Cold Rain and Snow (Instrumental)" by Grateful Dead