In honor of the late comic legend, Betty White, DC’s Zenith Gallery is hosting “Betty White Unites!”, A new exhibit honoring the life and legacy of the beloved American actress.
In just two weeks after her death, gallery director Margery Goldberg was able to plan and commission works from nearly 20 artists across different media, all with a common theme: Betty White. The pieces that will be on display in the exhibition span jewelry, paintings, sculptures and mosaics, and Goldberg adds that they will all be for sale in the gallery, and many are relatively accessible to interested collectors.
“I’ve never come across anyone who does not like Betty White,” Goldberg says. And given the unique ability of art and artists to bring people together and remind us of our common humanity, she says that an art exhibition that pays homage to the icon only seemed appropriate. “This country desperately needs something to unite us; we are so divided. I would like to start the year by uniting our country. “
Goldberg says she remembers Golden girls star for being “raunchy, conscious and [knowing] what she wanted from a very young age ”, and the same drive to stand out is what inspired her to open her gallery in the first place just over four decades ago.
“I originally started the gallery because there were no galleries in DC that displayed sculptures,” Goldberg explains. “I like [to showcase] the exceptional artists who develop their own techniques, or do it better than anyone else. “
So Zenith Gallery has always been known for its unconventional exhibits, from neon and video-focused works to portable art, the works that have called the gallery home are always pushing on the envelope.
The opening receptions for “Betty White Unites!” will be held Friday, Jan. 14 and Saturday, Jan. 15 at Zenith Gallery’s location on Iris Street. The exhibition will remain on display until January 29. Tickets for the gallery are free, but seats can be reserved in advance online.