A photograph of a woman sitting down on a bench in a gallery with a red sweater on and a black artwork behind her.

Joanna Marsh

Deputy Education Chair, Head of Interpretation and Audience Research


  • American Myth & Memory: David Levinthal Photographs 
    Populated with toy cowboys and cavalry, Barbie dolls and baseball players, David Levinthal’s photographs reference iconic images and events that shaped postwar American society.
    June 7, 2019 October 14, 2019
  • The Singing and the Silence: Birds in Contemporary Art
    Birds have long been a source of mystery and awe. Today, a growing desire to meaningfully connect with the natural world has fostered a resurgence of popular interest in the winged creatures that surround us daily.
    October 30, 2014 February 22, 2015
  • Alexis Rockman: A Fable for Tomorrow
    Alexis Rockman (b. 1962) has been depicting the natural world with virtuosity and wit for more than two decades.
    November 19, 2010 May 7, 2011
  • Jean Shin: Common Threads
    Shin's most recent project, Everyday Monuments, debuts in the exhibition. The sprawling installation consists of nearly 2000 trophies donated by Washington, D.C.-area residents and projected images of the altered trophies.
    April 30, 2009 July 25, 2009
  • Local Color: Washington Painting at Midcentury
    Explore the expressive possibilities of color in this special installation of twenty-seven large-scale paintings from the museum's permanent collection.
    July 3, 2008 October 12, 2008


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    Alexis Rockman: A Fable for Tomorrow
    Inspired by nineteenth-century landscape painting, science-fiction film, and firsthand study, Rockman’s paintings proffer a vision of the natural world that is equal parts fantasy and empirical fact. Alexis Rockman: A Fable for Tomorrow is the first major survey of the artist’s work and features forty-seven artworks that trace his career from Pond’s Edge (1986) to The Reef (2009), with its timely reminder of the fragile ecosystems that lie just out of sight but never out of danger. This vividly illustrated volume highlights the artist’s unique synthesis of art and science, along with a meticulous attention to detail and striking use of color. The compelling mix of realism, scientific detail, and environmental polemic results in art that is both a demand for action and an elegy for what has been lost.

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