Robert’s Picks | March/April 2017



1. The Whitney Biennial prides itself on being the longest running survey of contemporary art in the United States. I have been going to the Biennial for more than 25 years. You can expect to see work by emerging artists you have never heard of before, and others that have an established reputation. Some of the new art proves to be long-lasting; some is a provocative flash-in-the pan. But it is always a great way to get a feel for the contemporary art that is being produced in this country. The show at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York runs through June 11, 2017. For more information, visit


2. The Mitchell Gallery at St. John’s College is an excellent resource for art exhibitions and educational and travel programs. The gallery presents exhibitions by international and local artists on both historical and contemporary art. The current exhibition, “The Fantastic World of Ronald Markman: A Mini-Retrospective,” runs through April 23, 2017. As the only art museum in Annapolis, it will continue to thrive if the community supports it. You can do so by visiting the Mitchell Gallery and joining its membership. Learn more at


3. The Annapolis Book Festival at The Key School is one of the events that makes Annapolis such an extraordinary place to live. As always the festival features major authors of our time and events designed for the entire family, including children’s activities, live music, refreshments and new and used book sales. The festival will be held on Saturday, April 8, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. See the announcement on page 74 of this issue. For a list of authors and events, visit


4. The Severna Park Community Center is an important resource for those living in and around Severna Park. They offer preschool programs, Masters swimming and dance classes, and provide space for everything from the Annapolis Quilt Guild to the Ping Pong Club. Annapolis Home and Looking Good magazines are pleased to be sponsors of the SPCC’s fundraising gala this year on Saturday, April 8, 2017, at the Chartwell Country Club. See the gala invitation on page 78 of this issue. To learn more about the community center and to purchase tickets, go to

Photo Credt:
Tuan Andrew Nguyen, production photograph for The Island (2017); Ultra-high-definition video, color, sound; 42:05 min. Featured in the Whitney Biennial 2017.

Robert Haywood has a Ph.D. in art and architecture history from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His book, Allan Kaprow and Claes Oldenburg: Art, Happenings and Cultural Politics, is forthcoming from Yale University Press, London. To order, visit