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Charles Hinman Structures at Kreeger Museum

March 19, 2019

The Kreeger Museum presents Charles Hinman: Structures, 1965-2014, opening April 18, 2019 and running through July 31, 2019.


Charles Hinman is a New York-based abstract painter who pioneered three-dimensional, shaped canvases starting in the 1960s. This is the first museum show of works by Hinman in the Washington area and the first survey in more than 30 years. Hinman is best known for his compositions that emerge from the wall in a collection of hand-built and multicolored planes, expanding the conventional space of the canvas. Guest curated by Danielle O’Steen, the exhibition offers a look at 50 years of the artist’s innovative work.

Charles Hinman, Sails, 1965, Acrylic on shaped canvas, 34 x 36 x 6 1/2 inches (Photo by: The Kreeger Museum) Charles Hinman, Sails, 1965, Acrylic on shaped canvas, 34 x 36 x 6 1/2 inches

Charles Hinman: Structures, 1965–2014 brings together historic paintings from the 1960s while also presenting objects that cast a new light on Hinman’s expansive, and ongoing, studio practice. The show includes painted canvases, cast paper reliefs, and other experimental artworks. The exhibition begins with the artist’s early, groundbreaking paintings from the 1960s and 1970s, including Sails, 1965, in The Kreeger Museum collection. The show reunites Sails with three works on loan from the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, as the paintings were all shown in Hinman’s 1965 solo exhibition at the Richard Feigen Gallery in New York. The exhibition then follows Hinman’s career in the subsequent decades, from his monumental and monochromatic paintings to his rarely-exhibited textiles and prints and drawings.


The Kreeger Museum is located at 2401 Foxhall Road, NW.

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Eddie Palmieri Live at Blues Alley March 14-17

March 6, 2019

Bandleader, Arranger and composer of salsa and Latin Jazz, Eddie Palmieri will be performing live at Blues Alley March 14-17, 2019.


Known as one of the finest pianists of the past 60 years, Palmieri's playing skillfully fuses the rhythm of his Puerto Rican heritage with the complexity of his jazz influences: Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner as well as his older brother, Charlie Palmieri.


Palmieri’s parents emigrated from Ponce, Puerto Rico to New York City in 1926. Born in Spanish Harlem and raised in the Bronx, Palmieri learned to play the piano at an early age, and at 13, he joined his uncle’s orchestra, playing timbales.

Palmieri’s professional career as a pianist took off with various bands in the early 1950s including Eddie Forrester, Johnny Segui’s, and the popular Tito Rodriguez Orchestra. In 1961, Palmieri formed his own band, La Perfecta, which featured an unconventional front line of trombones rather than the trumpets customary in Latin orchestras. This created an innovative sound that mixed American jazz into Afro-Caribbean rhythms, surprising critics and fans alike. Palmieri disbanded La Perfecta in 1968 to pursue different musical endeavors, though he would return to the band’s music in the 2000s.

The world has long admired the Spanish Harlem born, seven-time GRAMMY® Award winning Palmieri as one of the foremost Latin pianists of the last half-century. His ability to fuse the rhythms of his Hispanic heritage with the jazz influences of Thelonius Monk and McCoy Tyner made him an immediate hit when he played New York's Palladium Ballroom in the '50s and '60s. He has continued to roll on with stylistic innovations over the years, creating classic Tico albums and later mixing salsa with R&B, pop, rock, Spanish vocals and more jazz improvisation.


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The Underground Railroad Discussion at The Phillips Collection March 2

February 27, 2019

Join The Phillips Collection for an engaging panel conversation about the history and legacy of the Underground Railroad on March 2, 2019 starting at 4:00 pm. The discussion includes artist Jeanine Michna-Bales, historian Spencer Crew, and anti-trafficking activist Evelyn Chumbow. Moderated by Phillips Senior Curator Elsa Smithgall. 


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Evelyn Chumbow is a survivor of child labor trafficking turned anti-trafficking activist and public speaker. She has focused her life’s work on ending modern slavery. Chumbow was brought to the U.S. from Cameroon at age 9 and forced to cook, clean, and care for her trafficker’s children. Today, Chumbow works tirelessly to raise awareness and help other survivors. She serves as an adviser to human trafficking nonprofits and has been invited to brief government agencies about human trafficking from a survivor’s perspective, including the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, and the Department of Justice. 

Spencer R. Crew is the Clarence J. Robinson Professor of History at George Mason University. He has worked in public history institutions for more than 25 years. He served as president of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and as director of the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution. His research interests and publications focus on African American Migration, Slavery, and the Underground Railroad. Among his publications, he co-authored Unchained Memories: Readings From The Slave Narratives (2002). He is currently working on a biography of Thurgood Marshall. 

Jeanine Michna-Bales is an award-winning fine-art photographer and artist activist. Michna-Bales’s photographs explore the sometimes-fraught relationship between the past and the present. The body of work Through Darkness to Light: Photographs along the Underground Railroad was created over more than a decade and a publication was released by Princeton Architectural Press in 2017. Michna-Bales conducted fastidious research, traveling from Louisiana to Canada, to make the unseen seen in her photographs of documented and undocumented stops and routes along the Underground Railroad. 

Elsa Smithgall is senior curator at The Phillips Collection. In the past decade, Smithgall has directed over ten critically-acclaimed special exhibitions, among them People on the Move: Beauty and Struggle in Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series (2016-17), Whitfield Lovell: The Kin Series and Related Works (2016-17), William Merritt Chase: A Modern Master (2016-17); Kandinsky and the Harmony of Silence: Painting with White Border (2011), and Stella Sounds: The Scarlatti K Series (2011). Smithgall was project director of the award-winning Jacob Lawrence: The Migration Series website. 

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