Great Washington Museums: Dalya Luttwak and Martha Jackson-Jarvis at the Kreeger

Great Washington Museums Celebrate Great Women Artists is a NMWA-organized collaborative city-wide project highlighting works by women artists. During 2012, institutions throughout the Washington area are featuring an array of signature works by women artists that have enriched their distinguished collections. This landmark program, in conjunction with NMWA’s 25th anniversary celebration, continues NMWA’s dedication to celebrating women’s achievements in the visual, performing, and literary arts. This excerpt explores two works works by women in view at the Kreeger Museum, Martha Jackson-Jarvis’s Markings and Dalya Luttwak’s When Nature Takes Over.

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Martha Jackson-Jarvis, Markings, 2000; Concrete and steel, dimensions variable; Photo by Greg Staley, 2011

Martha Jackson-Jarvis, Markings, 2000; Concrete and steel, dimensions variable; Photo by Greg Staley, 2011

Jackson-Jarvis’s sculpture, created for an exhibition inspired by Thomas Jefferson, pays homage to enduring stories embedded in the landscape with Markings, a narrative of the antebellum south, incorporating proportions of vernacular architecture and chicken feet. Dalya Luttwak created a site-specific sculpture on the museum’s tennis court, out of use since 1994. By painting existing roots and vines bright red and adding steel sculptures of roots, she concentrated her attention on what was there and no longer is, When Nature Takes Over. Both sculptures are on view in the Kreeger Museum Sculpture Garden through July 2013.

Dalya Luttwak, When Nature Takes Over, 2011, Painted steel, roots, and vines, dimensions variable; Photo by Greg Staley, 2011

Dalya Luttwak, When Nature Takes Over, 2011, Painted steel, roots, and vines, dimensions variable; Photo by Greg Staley, 2011

The Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Rd., NW; Website: www.kreegermuseum.org.