The Document
August 18, 2006

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The Document

A presentation of The B-Boy Project
August 18 – September 3, 2006
Opening Reception Friday Aug. 18th 7-9pm
Artist Talk- Sunday, Sept. 3 at 5:00
Featured Artists: Bat, Brandon Hill, Alex Meiners, Peter Chang

The Document is an exhibit of the documentation of the artists’ use of Breakdancing as a means to move paint over canvas. The idea was threefold: first creating two-dimentional art pieces as a result of a performance; second documenting the entire process by video; and third, photographing every step and action taken during the breakdancing sessions. The Document is a collaborative visual, musical, and physical exploration of the B-boy/hip-hop culture.

for more info visit: thedocumentshow.com

1460 Wall Mountables !!!
July 28, 2006

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1460 Wall Mountables !!!

July 28 – August 13, opening reception July28 7-9pm
Installation July 26, 27, 28

Each year we section the gallery into 2’x2′ squares and have an open call to
artists.

For complete rules/regulations:
Don’t miss DCAC’s annual fundraising event where you can show your art, sell your art, and compete
with other artists to win $100!
Buy your own 2′ x 2′ space or just come to the opening reception on July 28th, 2006 from 7-9pm.
2006 Wall Mountables Installation dates: July 26th 3-8pm, July 27th 3-8pm, July 28th 3-6pm
opening reception 7/28 7-9pm

Home Free
June 30-July 23

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Home Free
Kate Abercrombie, Stefan Abrams, Doina Adam, Amy Adams, Anita Allyn, Corey Antis, Leah Bailis, Gabriel Boyce, Robert Chaney, Micah Danges, Sarah Daub, Nadia Hironaka, M. Ho, Charles Hobbs, Joseph Hu, Maximillian Lawrence, John Lorenzini, Roxana Perez-Mendez, Matthew Suib and Eva Wylie

June 30 – July 23, 2006

Opening Reception: Friday, June 30, 7-9pm

Homefree, a group exhibition of the artist members of Vox Populi, is a nod to our recent agoraphobia (we haven’t traveled in a while) and also, an attempt to put a positive spin on our impending homelessness (our building is being torn down sometime this year). Expect the unexpected as Vox members pack up their paintings, videos, sculpture, photos, prints, and concepts, and in our rented minivan careen down 95 to show DC how we do it in Philly and make some new friends.

Founded in 1988, Vox Populi is a nonprofit artist collective that supports the work of emerging artists with monthly exhibitions, gallery talks, performances and lectures. For nearly 20 years, Vox has occupied a unique role in the artistic and cultural community in Philadelphia by bringing our audience cutting-edge contemporary art and a diverse range of
programming, while at the same time providing a supportive environment where young artists can feel free to experiment, take risks and gain valuable experience to help them lauch their professional careers.
Come visit! www.voxpopuligallery.org

Vox Populi- “Home Free”
June 30, 2006

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Vox Populi- “Home Free”

June 30- July 23, 2006
Opening Reception Friday June 30 7-9pm

Homefree, a group exhibition of the artist members of Vox Populi, is a nod to our recent agoraphobia (we haven’t traveled in a while) and also, an attempt to put a positive spin on our impending homelessness (our building is being torn down sometime this year). Expect the unexpected as Vox members pack up their paintings, videos, sculpture, photos, prints, and concepts, and in our rented minivan careen down 95 to show DC how we do it in Philly and make some new friends.

Sunday Art Forums at DCAC
June 11, 2006

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Sunday Art Forums at DCAC

Sundays at 7:30 in the DCAC
Theater Admission: FREE!

Get your weekly art fix, and hear about issues that face today’s artists, art historians,
curators and collectors.

June 11: Social Commentary in Art, moderated by Marc Cohen, PhD
Featured Panelists: Gabriela Bulisova, Laura Burns, Geoff Bell and Jack Rasmussen
June 25: The role of art historians, curators and critics in the contemporary art
scene, moderated by Marc Cohen, PhD

Featured Panelists:
Joshua Shannon, Assistant Professor of Contemporary Art History & Theory at the University of
Maryland, Rex Weil, independent curator, critic and artist, Judith Brodie, curator of modern prints and drawings at the National Gallery of Art, JW Mahoney, independent curator, critic and artist

July 16: The Intersection of Art and Architecture, moderated by Ira Tattleman and organized Ira Tattleman and Dan Emberly

Featured Panelists:
Janet Bloomberg: http://www.kube-arch.com/index1.html
Michael Janis: http://washingtonglassschool.com/studio/profiles.html
G. Byron Peck: http://www.guild.com/CDCartist_com/4367.html
Kelly Towles: http://www.kellytowles.com/

July 23: Making, showing and collecting video art, moderated by Marc Cohen

PhDFeatured Panelists: Kathryn Cornelius, Djakarta, Philip Barlow, Jefferson Pinder

*this series is funded by the Humanities Council of Washington, DC which is an affiliate of the National Endowment of Humanities

Subdivisions
May 26-June 25

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Subdivisions
Sandra Jeknavorian, Andrew Prayzner, Matthew Clay-Robison and Joseph Segal

May 26 – June 25, 2006

Opening Reception: Friday, May 26, 7-9pm

Images of suburbia are prevalent in contemporary visual culture. At their
best, the suburbs are portrayed as a safe and peaceful utopia, full of happy
and healthy families, and free of crime; at worst, conformist and lacking in
diversity and individual expression. The suburbs have come to represent an
ideal, the fulfillment of the American dream of land ownership, a house, two
cars, and 2.5 children. This American ideal has been the subject of constant
scrutiny. This exhibition seeks to explore suburbia as both the birthplace of,
and an inspiration to, artists, portraying the love/hate relationship that those
who grew up in the suburbs often share. – Matthew Best

Don’t Bring No Bad News
April 28 – May 21

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Don’t Bring No Bad News
Michael Platt, Harlee Little, Kasha Stewart + Kim Johnson
Curated by Barbara Blanco

April 28 – May 21, 2006

Throughout history the visual narrative of the African American experience has focused on negative and derogatory imagery.  Don’t Bring No Bad News, the latest exhibition at the District of Columbia Arts Center (DCAC), attempts to defy this narrative using photographic accounts that reveal the spirit, hope, and joy that shine through the darkness of the popular portrayal of the African American.

Curated by Barbara Blanco, Don’t Bring No Bad News gathers the work of four local artists who collectively attempt to tell the story of the black experience in Washington, D.C. using strikingly vivid photography.  Harlee Little, Kim Johnson, Michael Platt, and Kasha Stewart, all members of The Black Artists of DC, will be featured in the exhibition.

Blanco is a fine art photographer based in Washington, D.C. who has devoted her self-taught skills to exhibits for The Graham Collection, The Black Artists of D.C., four one-woman shows, and over twenty premier gallery exhibits in the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore metro areas.  Blanco has also served as a member of the Art Selection Committee at the Anne Arundel Community College, as well as a board member for the Urban Artists Coalition, and organization that partners professional artists with under-privileged youth.

The exhibit entitled, “Don’t Bring No Bad News”, will focus on positive imagery that reflects the African American experience. It captures our spirit, our hopes, our joy, our laughter, our faith and the inspiration we encounter everyday in our lives.

From Sea to Shining Sea
March 31-April 23

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DCAC’s Curatorial Initiative
From Sea to Shining Sea
Curated by Ori Z. Soltes and Cara Ober

March 31 – April 23

Opening Reception: Friday, March 31, 7-9 pm
Artist Talk: Sunday, April 23, 4pm

The exhibit title and underlying concept play with the rich visual possibilities that the sea as a subject has to offer to so many artists. It alludes specifically to the doctrine of Manifest Destiny, which asserted that it was God’s will that the republic expand from ocean to ocean, and its relevance today. The artists represented in this group show come from coast to coast and their subject matter relates to the sea.

Funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation

“From Sea to Shining Sea”
March 31, 2006

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“From Sea to Shining Sea”

March 31 – April 23
Curated by Ori Z. Soltes and Cara Ober, part of the curatorial initiative, funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation
Opening Reception Friday, March 31 7-9 pm , Artist Talk, April 23 4pm

The exhibit title and underlying concept play with the rich visual possibilities that the sea as a subject has to offer to so many artists. It alludes specifically to the doctrine of Manifest Destiny, which asserted that it was God’s will that the republic expand from ocean to ocean, and its relevance today.The artists represented in this group show come from coast to coast and their subject matter relates to the sea.

Hystoria
March 3-March 26

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DCAC’s Curatorial Initiative
Hystoria
Geoff Bell, Julee Holcombe, Betsy Packard, Jeffrey Smith, Champneys Taylor
Curated by J.W Mahoney and Lisa McCarty

March 3-March 26, 2006

Opening Reception: Friday, March 3rd, 7-9pm
Artist Talk: Sunday, March 12th, 4:00pm

The anxieties that the present course of history induces in artists are often most
creatively bourn indirectly. The social chaos, and the pressure of information, the “wreckage,” is monumental. Turning aside offers periphera l vision a full scope. And turning around to the Past offers a very different range of worlds than the one that our present ceaselessly opens. All this data can feel useful, and strangely beautiful. These five artists in Hystoria present
unfamiliar beauties emerging from our image and form-rich visual history –created in the context of the strong geopolitical uncertainties we’re witnessing right now

Funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation

H Y S T O R I A
March 3, 2006

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H Y S T O R I A

Curated by J.W Mahoney and Lisa McCarty
March 3-March 26

Opening Reception March 3rd 7-9pm
part of the curatorial initiative, funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation

 

Featuring the work of:
Geoff Bell
Julee Holcombe
Betsy Packard
Jeffrey Smith
Champneys Taylor

Artist Talk: March 12, 4:00pm

The anxieties that the present course of history induces in artists are often most creatively bourn indirectly. The social chaos, and the pressure of information, the “wreckage,” is monumental. Turning aside offers periphera l vision a full scope. And turning around to the Past offers a very different range of worlds than the one that our present ceaselessly opens. All this data can feel useful, and strangely beautiful. These five artists in Hystoria present unfamiliar beauties emerging from our image and form-rich visual history –created in the context of the strong geopolitical uncertainties we’re witnessing right now.

Time Markers
January 27 – February 26, 2006

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Time Markers
Bruce McKaig
Curated by art critic Andy Grunberg

January 27-February 26, 2006

Opening Reception: Friday, January 27, 7-9pm
In-gallery events: February 11,18 and 25 at 2:30pm

A project that simultaneously makes a single cumulative pinhole photograph and a digital time-lapse animation of scenes from the arts, science, business, family and social rituals
Since January 2005, Bruce McKaig has been photographing people in their places of
work, simultaneously using a pinhole cameramade froma paint can and a digital camera to capture time-lapse stills at regular intervals. The project is called Time Markers anduses both crude pinholephotography and digital technologies to record and display events from science, the arts, nature, business,social and family rituals. The materialresults from Time Markers include the single cumulative pinhole exposure, large digital contactsheets of the still
images, and a DVD where allimages have been clipped together to produce a flipbook-like animation. This projectexamines activities that surround us but that
are rarely observed: a bookkeeper, a construction site, a business meeting, a family
reunion, a cake decorator, a Rock and Roll band rehearsal, waiters at a sidewalk cafe, an archivist, people watching the news, a photography class, a paper mache artist, an exotic dancer, a frame shop, tourists in DC, a pianist rehearsing, me hand coloring photographs.
The DCAC exhibition will display monitors for the DVD animations, large prints of the
time-lapse images, and light boxes with transparentpinhole images. In addition, events will be scheduled and photographed in the gallery during the exhibition to allow the public to see the paint can and digital cameras in action.

Events will take place in the DCAC gallery and will demonstrate the pinhole camera technique.
Saturday Feb 11th at 2:30- Paul Begley, caterer will make hors d’ouevres
Saturday Feb 18th at 2:30- Caron Anton, CPA, will do bookkeeping
Saturday Feb 25th at 2:30- Kerry Keeler, artist, will do bookbinding

Bruce McKaig- TIME MARKERS
January 27, 2006

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Bruce McKaig- TIME MARKERS

JANUARY 27- FEBRUARY 26, 2006
Curated by art critic Andy Grunberg
Opening Reception Friday January 27, 7-9pm
In-gallery events February 11,18 and 25 at 2:30pm

A project that simultaneously makes a single cumulative pinhole photograph and a digital time-lapse animation of scenes from the arts, science, business, family and social rituals Since January 2005, Bruce McKaig has been photographing people in their places of work, simultaneously using a pinhole cameramade froma paint can and a digital camera to capture time-lapse stills at regular intervals. The project is called Time Markers anduses both crude pinholephotography and digital technologies to record and display events from science, the arts, nature, business,social and family rituals. The materialresults from Time Markers include the single cumulative pinhole exposure, large digital contactsheets of the still images, and a DVD where allimages have been clipped together to produce a flipbook-like animation. This projectexamines activities that surround us but that are rarely observed: a bookkeeper, a construction site, a business meeting, a family reunion, a cake decorator, a Rock and Roll band rehearsal, waiters at a sidewalk cafe, an archivist, people watching the news, a photography class, a paper mache artist, an exotic dancer, a frame shop, tourists in DC, a pianist rehearsing, me hand coloring photographs.

In Memory D Thompson
December 16-January 22

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In Memory D Thompson
Curated by Buck Downs

December 16, 2005 – January 22, 2006

Opening Reception: December 16th, 7-9pm

A series of visual poems created by rubbing words from the names and related inscriptions found on headstones in historic Congressional Cemetery, Washington DC. Equal parts ghost story and concrete poem, each sequence teases out a mysterious syntax buried in the names of the dead. Buck Downs is a poet and book artist, publisher of Buck Downs Books.

Points of Departure
November 11, 2005

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Points of Departure

Works by Nathan Manual and D. Billy,
Curated by Trish Tillman

Opening Reception November 11, 2005

Enter into a conversation between the two newly acquainted DC area artists Nathan Manuel and D. Billy, and you might think you are entering a choreographed sitcom. Mix the silly nature of throwing around language and shapes paired with a whimsical yet careful attitude towards the outcome of their collaborative artworks, and you’ll find that it’s not only about the art, but that it’s also a game. In fact, the more the two artists learn each other’s artmaking aesthetics, the more strategic the game gets. The resulting gems of painted and collaged panels speak miles with an array of caricatures cut
out from books, scraps of food packaging, cardboard boxes and discarded educational materials. Lines section off compartments to define thoughts and put stereotypical lifestyles on a pedestal. Circular clouds waft ideas across the composition, projecting questions into the garish jabber jaw of fleeting discussion. In the end, the games Manuel and Billy present extend through to how life’s idioms can be taken out of context and put into someone else’s set of rules. One large-scale drawing in the exhibition will be made using ‘viewer input’ from ballots (available at DCAC) that are submitted in the month leading up to the show.

An Art Exhibit & Reception
November 7, 2005

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An Art Exhibit & Reception

Featuring Stella Mercy Atal Artist/Painter of Uganda

On Monday, November 7th, 2005, 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Hosted by Angelique Shofar, Executive Producer & Host of “Africa Meets Africa” on WPFW 89.3 FM

A drawing will take place for a fabulous gifts and prizes bring your business cards

“Herb’s Choice: The Duke Ellington School of the Arts”
October 14th, 2005

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“Herb’s Choice: The Duke Ellington School of the Arts”

Opening: Friday, October 14th from 7-9 PM

DC Arts Center resides in a facility that is donated rent-free by arts supporter and avid collector, Herb White. Now retired and living in Miami , FL , each year Mr. White chooses a DC artist and offers an exhibition of their work. This year he has chosen to feature the work of visual arts students from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. The exhibited work will be a selection from their annual Spring Exhibition from 2004 – 05 which initially featured 296 pieces of art. The work will represent three levels of the department’s curriculum, 9 th, 10 th, and 11 th grades. It will showcase the enrichment and experiences of various techniques, processes and mediums while exploring a variety of subject matter. The work also represents a focus in developing excellence in craftsmanship and compositional skills as well as individual creative thinking skills.

“The New Breed”
September 9, 2005

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“The New Breed”

Sept 9- Oct 9, 2005

New Work from Team Lump from Raleigh, N.C.
Opening: Friday, September 9th from 7-9 PM Old trees, girls with slight mustaches, malformed animals, hippies, trash, a slew of faces, pretty things and tinfoil robots are just some of the topics covered by these Team Lump artists. Paintings, drawings, sculpture, and probably other suprizes will be made by the likes of Justin Crosby, Stewart Sineath, Gary Smith, Tory Wright, Bob Schatte, Josh Rickards, Jeremy Taylor and Allyson Mellberg

KIOSKdc presents: TRAVELING WITH GULLIVER
June 24, 2005

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KIOSKdc presents: TRAVELING WITH GULLIVER

June 24 – July 24

The artists’ collaborative KIOSKdc (Karen Joan Topping, Ian Jehle, Alan Callander) and “Dirtfarm” cartoonist Ben Claassen III present an exhibition titled Traveling with Gulliver which uses the four lands visited by Gulliver to showcase four original works of drawing, video, installation and cartoon by the artists. With the help of text provided by writer Peter Donovan, Traveling with Gulliver invites the viewer to experience the lands of the Lilliputians and the giants, the philosophers and the horses with the same sense of wonder, good humor and befuddlement as Jonathan Swift’s hero. For more information on KIOSKdc visit www.kioskdc.com

SUPERSTITION
May 20, 2005

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SUPERSTITION
Curated by Jefferson Pinder

May 20 – June 19

Art and superstition are both forms of secular spirituality that ambitiously seek to define fate and environment. Often associated with fear and ignorance, superstitious is a term that society has used to label folks who choose their own paths and their own sets of beliefs. Bad luck and good fortune are often connected to a whole series of actions that ultimately are determined by the rationale of the subscriber. In this delicate existence, a broken mirror could curse an individual for years or an umbrella opened indoors could spell uncertain doom. Similarly, artists often forge unique paths while abiding by a personal sense of truth and spirit. In creating myth and illusion, artists weave enigmatic “real world” elements into objects that become personal relics and icons.