If you looking for something outside of the Smithsonian this weekend there is a great exhibition at Gallery plan b, with paintings by Ted Milligan that are intricate, interlaced, multi-layered and colorful. They are accompanied by a small group show of abstract color photography. The exhibition runs through March 7 and is free to the public.
If you wish to stay within the Smithsonian museums there are two exhibitions running at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The first, Grand Salon Installation—Paintings from the American Art Museum includes seventy paintings from the Museum’s collection in the Renwick Gallery. The installation features landscapes, portraits and allegorical works by fifty –one American artists from the 1840s to the 1930s.
The second is an exhibition called Framing the West: The Survey Photographs of Timothy H. O’Sullivan. O’Sullivan traversed the mountain and desert west for six seasons between 1867 and 1874 as part of government-sponsored expeditions led by Clarence King and Lt. George Wheeler, returning to Washington with hundreds of photographs of newly explored landscapes. This is the first major look at O’Sullivan’s photographs in more than 25 years and it would be a great time to see both exhibitions in the same building! Both are free to the public and O’Sullivan’s exhibition is open through May 9.