Nano Sculptures
September 13 – November 17, 2019

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Nano Sculptures
A Series of Small Works in Bronze by John D. Antone

September 13th – November 17th

Opening Reception: Friday, September 13th, 7PM – 9PM
Closing Reception/Artist Talk: Sunday, November 17th, 5pm

Curated by Phillip Barlow

John D. Antone’s bronze sculptures are created with the ancient “lost wax” and “lost mold” casting techniques, wherein the original model or mold is destroyed in order to finish the piece. There is no room for mistakes in transforming Antone’s fragile models into bronze; failure means all the hours of his work on the model are lost. While classical bronze sculptures are normally solid, closed forms, Antone’s sculptures assemble “found” objects with his cerebral forms, paying particular attention to the effects of light and shadow.

Image: “Nano Sculpture #1,” 2019, John D. Antone, bronze, 6” x 6”W x 4”D, photographed by Mahmoud Lababidi

Reparations Realized
September 6 – October 13, 2019

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Reparations Realized

September 6th – October 13th

Opening Reception: Friday, September 6th, 7PM – 9PM
Artist Talk: Sunday, October 6th, 3PM
Closing Reception/Artist Talk: Sunday, October 13th, 5PM

Curated by Monique Muse Dodd
With mentorship from Dawne Langford

Comprised of US-based artists descended from enslaved Africans, using photography, sound, projections, installation, and public programming, Reparations Realized invites artists to envision what 40 acres and a mule would look like, and how this country has fallen short on its debt– moving past the question of why and into the when. Featuring Ada Pinkston, Dee Dwyer, Deyanne Moses, Denae Howard, Lionel Fraizer White ii, and Hadaiyah (Yaya) Bey.

August 11, 2019

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Sunday, August 11, 2019 at 3PM & 7:30PM

$20 General/ $16 for DCAC Members

Area Woman (Claire Alrich, Sarah Greenbaum, Sadie Leigh & Meg Lowey) is a performance collective that tangles dance, music, and theatre to create inquisitive spaces for audience-artist encounters. EPHEMERAL FATALE starts with an exit and ends with an arrival. Area Woman sifts through space, time, and expectations with their signature brand of trust-building meta-moments. Through meticulous movement, sonic worldbuilding, and murder mystery, they invite you to peek in from the outside, or come in for a drink.

Tickets are available here.

Naked Girls Reading: 7th Annual Nerdettes
August 10, 2019

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Naked Girls Reading Presents: 7th Annual Nerdettes

Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 10:00PM

$22 General/ $18 for DCAC Members

Are you in possession of a Tardis key, have a Sorting Hat and your very own Tesseract? Then do we have a show for you! On the heels of Awesome Con, DC’s official Naked Girls are here to definitively prove Nerds are Sexy. Naked Girls Reading Presents the 7th Annual Nerdettes will showcase tales of Hobbits, Mutants, and Clones. Join the Nerdalicious Cherokee Rose, Cherie Sweetbottom, Alice Darling and Callie Pigeon! 

Tickets are available here


1460 Wallmountables
July 26 – August 16, 2019

1460 Wallmountables 

July 26 – August 16, 2019

Join us on Wednesday, August 14 between 6:30-8:30pm for a happy hour reception and complimentary refreshments with your purchase of any available artwork!

August 17: 2-7pm
August 18: 2-7 pm

Every year we celebrate the diversity of artists working in the D.C. area in this unjuried, non-curated, hang-it-yourself show. 1460 Wallmountables is not to be missed! And we’re celebrating our 30th anniversary!

This DCAC tradition reflects our core commitment to supporting and showing under-represented artists. At 1460 Wallmountables, we present over three hundred artworks on practically every inch of our gallery. We divide the gallery walls into two foot by two foot squares, in which everyone and anyone can hang their artwork on a first-come basis. There will be work by children, students, self-taught artists, emerging, mid, and late career artists alike.

Since 1989, thousands of artists have participated in this show, including Richard Seigman, JoAnne Kent, Michael Booker, Chris Combs, Pat Goslee, Megan Maher, Karen Joan Topping, and Charlie Visconage to name just a few. The inclusive nature of 1460 Wallmountables makes it one of the most diverse exhibitions in Washington and it stays up all summer long, so participating artists can enjoy a substantial amount of exposure.

Naked Girls Reading: Comedy Undressed
July 13, 2019

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Naked Girls Reading Presents: Comedy Undressed

Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 10PM

Tickets: $22 presale/DCAC members; $27 General Admissions

Who doesn’t love a good movie? Your Naked Girls are no different. But we are far fonder of the tales, legends, graphics and novels that brought them into existence. Bring your popcorn and join us for a Night at the Movies, July 27th at 10pm!

Cherokee Rose is delighted to return to the DC Arts Center to present the sexy starlets GiGi Holliday, Alice Darling and special guests Nina La Voix and Lyra Valkyrie to entertain, seduce and even educate you.

*Seating is limited so presale tickets are suggested. There are no refunds on purchased tickets and late seating is allowed. Concessions with adult libations will be available at intermissions.*

Tickets are available here.

Brett Johnson Presents: Poly-Theist
July 13, 2019

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Brett Johnson Presents: Poly-Theist 

Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 7:30PM

Tickets: $8 DCAC Members/$10 Non-Members

Comedian Brett Johnson, once married 21 year old monogamous Evangelical now turned opposite, has a new solo show about (non)monogamy, faith, and KFC/Taco bells hits DC before its Edinburgh Fringe Festival run this August!

Tickets are available here.

June 23, 2019

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Hosted by Ryan McClure

June 23, 2019 at 7:30PM

General Admission: $11.00 
DCAC Members: $8.00

LGBTQ AF is live comedy show, featuring the best LGBTQ stand-up, storytelling, improv, and sketch performers in the DMV area. Rising LGBTQ talent is also spotlighted. LGBTQ AF is the only indie comedy show in the DMV area with an all LGBTQ line-up. Their awesome line-up features: Kelsie Anderson, Katie Zane, Andie Basto, Heather Marie Vitale, Nik Snow, Gina Brown, Shawn Fisher, Oona MacDougall, Elizabeth Norman and Sharon & Karen. This show is going to be amazing – you should come! 

Tickets are available here

Naked Girls Reading: Mystery Edition
June 21, 2019

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Naked Girls Reading Presents Mystery Edition

Saturday, June 21 at 10:00PM

DCAC Members $17.60 presale/ $21.60 day of show

Gen Admission $22 presale/ $27 day of show

The game is afoot! Don your deerstalker, grab your magnifying lens and join your Naked Girl sleuths as they read their favorite tales of whodunits, capers and thrillers! Cherokee Rose is delighted to present Alice Darling, Cherie Sweetbottom, and Callie Pigeon for this enigmatic brainteaser. 

Tickets are available here.

Holly Bass Presents: Pretending to be a Rock
June 20, 2019

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Holly Bass & Maps Glover Present: Pretending to be a Rock

June 20, 2019 at 6pm


Sherman Fleming and Holly Bass return to DCAC for The Black Overlay, an exhibition and a series of performances. In 1997, Bass witnessed Fleming’s iconic performance art work Pretending to be a Rock in DCAC’s black box theater. Bass will re-perform two of Fleming’s early performances, inverting the gender dynamic and exploring how the visual presence of a female body impacts the perception of masculine actions. The exhibition also includes Fleming’s ongoing series, Infiinite Desire, a selected group of collage-based figurative abstractions.

TOTAL LOSS: A Comedy Show About Death
June 19, 2019

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Will Martin Presents TOTAL LOSS: A Comedy Show About Death

June 19, 2019 at at 7:00PM

$10 pre-sale and $15 at the door ($8/$10 for DCAC members)

Total Loss is a comedy show about death that The Boston Globe calls “a must-see.” Will Martin’s car died, his friend died, his new car died, then his brother died. The story became Total Loss: a tale of road trips, diner coffee, and a dive bar in Montana. Half comedy show, half tribute, Total Loss is about the thing we never joke about and one thing we all have in common. It’s Mike Birbiglia by way of Sarah Silverman. After a sold out run in New England he’s taking it on the road again.

Tickets are available here.

Open To All
June 28 – July 21, 2019

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Open To All: Showcasing 30 Years from the DCAC Archives

June 28 – July 21, 2019

Opening Reception: Friday, June 28, 7-9 pm
Curator Talk & Closing Reception: Sunday, July 21, 5pm

Curated by Ray Barker, Lauren Abman, and Michele Casto

Since it’s founding in 1989, DCAC has been the cultural hub of activism, resistence, and inclusion. Through a unique collaboration with the Special Collections department of the Washington, DC Public Library, this exhibition highlights this history using materials pulled from the dark recesses of the DCAC archives and places them into broader themes.

Laugh Index Theatre: Sh!t Show!
June 15, 2019

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Laugh Index Theatre: Sh!t Show

June 15, 2019

$12 General/$10 DCAC Members

Sh!t Show is LIT’s annual late-night experimental comedy showcase; stay up late and check out the finest assortment of half-baked ideas you’ll ever encounter!

Tickets are available here.

Chinese Menu: Oops
June 7, 2019

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Chinese Menu Oops

June 7, 2019 at 10pm

$10 General/$8 DCAC Members

So… We had a special guest reach out to us about coming down so we booked our space. Sadly they had another opportunity come up and they could not make it. That leaves us on the hook for the theater rental and allows the DC community another chance to see the most fun improv show in town.

Here is who you get this time: Katie Webster, Kate Symes, Dave Johnson, Molly Murchie, Eva Lewis, Topher Bellavia, Greer Smith, Pete Bergen, Ken Hays, Katie Rogers, Cara Hayes, Caroline Petit & more to come!
(cast subject to change)

Tickets are available here.

Richard Siegman
June 7 – Agust 18, 2019

Richard Siegman
June 7 – August 18, 2019

Join us on Wednesday, July 10 between 6:30-8:30pm for a happy hour reception with complimentary refreshments

Richard Siegman presents miniature versions of his latest series of abstract paintings, further developing his technique and experimenting with color using a spatula technique. This exhibition highlights his progression from the black and white work that was the catalyst for his current technique.

Image: Richard Siegman. Orange. Red. Blue. 2019. Acrylic and polyurethane on ultra board. 6”x6”

The Black Overlay
June 1-22, 2019

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The Black Overlay, an exhibition and performance series by Sherman Fleming and Holly Bass

Exhibition dates: June 1- June 22, 2019

Opening Reception: Saturday June 1, 4 – 7 pm


Thurs. June 20 @ 6:30 pm: Performance of Pretending to Be Rock

(approx. 2-3 hours) in the theater

Sat. June 1 @ 5:00 pm: Performance of Something Akin to Living

(approx. 30 mins) in the theater

Sat. June 22 4:30pm-6pm: Closing reception. Artist talk with Holly Bass and Sherman Fleming, moderated by Terence Washington from 3pm-4:30pm.

On view in the gallery: Infinite Desire is an ongoing series of collage-based figurative abstractions Fleming started in 2012. Informed by Japan’s Edo period, particularly its vision of “the floating world,” the Infinite Desire series integrates figurative, graphic and textural fragments that express an urgent and potent symmetry.

The Black Overlay is the outgrowth of a collaboration between Holly Bass and Sherman Fleming which began in 2015. This first iteration at DCAC, in conjunction with the art space’s 30th anniversary, consists of an exhibition of new visual art work by Sherman Fleming curated by Terence Washington, as well as re-stagings of two of Fleming’s early performances about black masculinity in which Holly Bass will occupy Fleming’s role. Performance artists Wilmer Wilson and Maps Glover will participate in the re-stagings.

The title comes from conversations between Fleming, Bass and Washington in which all three shared experiences in which the public assumed that their respective creative or scholarly work was about blackness, regardless of whether the artist or curator said or implied such and even when they said it was not about blackness but about some other concept or idea. That is to say, no matter what each of them creates, there seems to always be an overlay of blackness imposed by the public imagination. Often times the artists *are* dealing specifically with race and blackness, but not every time.

Many of Fleming’s early performances explored notions of black masculinity. For his duets, Fleming collaborated with both black and white female performers, but found that when white women performed with him, the work was viewed by critics and the public as an exploration of interracial sexual dynamics or about whiteness. This dynamic did not occur when the collaborator was a white male or a black female.

As Bass and Fleming began researching together with the intention of creating new work, they decided to restage two of Fleming’s early works about black masculinity and invert the gender roles so that Bass would take Fleming’s position in the piece and the roles originally played by women would be performed by black male performance artists.


Sherman Fleming has been actively involved in performance art since the 1970s. His work often explores the body’s expressive power and the limits of endurance, confronting issues of black masculinity and the psychosexual tensions surrounding the black male body. Fleming received his BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and his MFA from Hartford Art School. His performance work has been featured at a number of institutions, including the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, Intermedia Arts in Minneapolis, and Franklin Furnace in New York.

Holly Bass is a multidisciplinary performance and visual artist, writer and director. Recurring themes in her work include the black female body, labor, gentrification and community engagement. She studied modern dance (under Viola Farber) and creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College before earning her Master’s from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. From 2014-2019, she directed a year-round creative writing and performance program for adjudicated youth in DC’s Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services. She is a 2019 Red Bull Detroit Artist-in-residence, a recipient of the 2019 Dance USA Artist Fellowship and a 2019 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship.

Terence Washington has written on lynching photography and on the use of sensationalism for reinforcing white supremacy, and he believes that the only just aim for reparations is happy black people. He was an Air Force linguist before discovering liberal arts and art history at St. John’s College, and he earned a Master’s in art history from Williams College. He now writes about art in his capacity as a museum educator at the National Gallery of Art and in freelance projects for museums and artists.

Image: Sherman Fleming, Infinite Desire #17, Watercolor on 140 lb. Arches hot press. 30″ x 22″

Holly Bass Presents: Performance of Something Akin to Living
June 1, 2019

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Performance of Something Akin to Living: Friday, June 1, 5-5:30pm featuring Holly Bass & Wilmer Wilson IV


Performance synopsis: Something Akin To Living (1979). A collaborator (Wilmer Wilson) measures, saws and fits 40 pieces of wood slats between the performer (Holly Bass) and two support columns so that the performer has to use her body to literally hold everything together.

Rainbow Theatre Project: Stonewall 50
May 31 – June 2, 2019

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Rainbow Theatre Project Presents: Stonewall 50

May 31 – June 2, 2019 at 7:30pm

Door: $35 General / $28 DCAC Members

The Stonewall riots were a series of spontaneous demonstrations by members of the gay (LGBTQ) community against a police raid that took place in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in New York City. They are widely considered to be the most important event leading to the gay liberation movement and the modern fight for LGBTQ rights in the United States.

Join us for Stonewall 50: Rainbow Theatre Project’s eclectic celebration of the 50th anniversary of Stonewall. An evening of theatre, poetry and song! Directed by Stephanie Kelly.

Ticket are available here.

In Your Ear
May 19, 2019

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In Your Ear

May 19, 2019 at 3:00PM

$5 at the Door/Free to DCAC Members

Hang out at Songbyrd afterwards!

Lucy Biederman is the author of The Walmart Book of the Dead, which won the 2017 Vine Leaves Press Vignette Award and was a Finalist for the Foreword Book of the Year in the Fantasy category. She has written four chapbooks of poetry, and her short stories, essays, and poems have appeared in The Collagist, AGNI, Ploughshares, and Pleiades. Her scholarship, which has been published in The Henry James Review, Women’s Studies, The Emily Dickinson Journal, and Studies in the Literary Imagination, focuses on how contemporary American women writers interpret their literary forebears. She is an assistant professor of creative writing at Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio.

Dr. Irène P. Mathieu is a pediatrician and writer. She is the author of Grand Marronage (Switchback Books, 2019), orogeny (Trembling Pillow Press, 2017), and the galaxy of origins (dancing girl press, 2014). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in American Poetry Review, Narrative, Boston Review, Southern Humanities Review, Los Angeles Review, Callaloo, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere. Irène is on the editorial boards of Muzzle Magazine and the Journal of General Internal Medicine’s humanities section. A member of Jack Jones Literary Arts’ speakers bureau, she has received Fulbright and Callaloo fellowships. Her Twitter handle is @gumbo_amando

Rod Smith is the author of Touché (Wave Books, 2015), What’s the Deal? (Song Cave, 2010), Deed (University of Iowa Press, 2007), Protective Immediacy (Roof Books, 1999), In Memory of My Theories (O Books, 1996), and several other books and chapbooks. He edits the journal Aerial, publishes Edge Books, and manages Bridge Street Books in Washington, DC. He has taught writing at the Corcoran School of Art & Design, George Mason University, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and currently teaches at the Maryland Institute College of Art. His work appears in The Penguin Book of the Prose Poem (2019), Flarf: An Anthology of Flarf (2017), American Hybrid: A Norton Anthology of New Poetry (2009), and several other journals and anthologies.Smith edited The Selected Letters of Robert Creeley (University of California Press, 2014) with Peter Baker and Kaplan Harris.

Indran Amirthanayagam ( writes poetry in English, Spanish, French, Haitian Creole and Portuguese. He has published fourteen books thus far, including the recently released Coconuts On Mars (, his latest in Spanish Ventana Azul, in French Il n’est de solitude que l’ile lointaine, The Splintered Face: Tsunami Poems and Uncivil War.  Mr.Amirthanayagam’s first book The Elephants of Reckoning won the 1994 Paterson Poetry Prize. He has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the US/Mexico Fund for Culture and the Macdowell Colony. His poem Juarez won the Juegos Florales of Guaymas, Mexico In 2005.