Ebtisam Abdulaziz, Blue Freedom
November 17 – December 10, 2017

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Blue Freedom
Ebtisam Abdulaziz

Curated by Blair Murphy

November 17 – December 10, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, November 17, 7pm-9pm
Artist Talk: Sunday, December 3, 5pm

Ebtisam Abdulaziz’s work grapples with the concept of freedom, exploring the ways that notions of personal liberation are shaped by our social roles–including gender, race, religion, and national identity. Blue Freedom includes videos and photographs documenting performances carried out by the artist both in her native United Arab Emirates and since moving to the United States. Her work draws on her own experience moving through the world–as a woman in the UAE and, more recently, as a Muslim woman and person of color in the contemporary USA. Utilizing the body and drawing influences from utopian and modernist aesthetics, Abdulaziz creates poetic visual tableaus that symbolize the restrictions of social norms and imagine possibilities for liberation.

Ebtisam Abdulaziz is a multidisciplinary artist & writer from the United Arab Emirates currently based in Washington, DC. She was included in the inaugural pavilions of the United Arab Emirates and the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) at the 53rd Venice Biennale, as well as in the 7th & 10th Sharjah Biennials. Other exhibitions include Languages of the Desert at the Kunst Museum (Bonn, Germany), Arab Express at The Mori Art Museum (Tokyo, Japan), 25 years of Arab Creativity at The Institut du Monde Arabe (Paris, France), Inventing The World: The Artist as a Citizen for the Benin Biennial 2012, and Dubai Next, a collaboration between the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority and Vitra Design Museum for Art Basel 2008. Her work was included in Past Forward: Contemporary Art from the Emirates, which was organized by Meridian International Center (Washington, DC) and traveled to Los Angeles, Texas, Michigan, Kentucky, and Washington State. She has recently been included in exhibitions at Guggenheim Abu Dhabi (Abu Dhabi, UAE), New York University Abu Dhabi (Abu Dhabi, UAE), Cara Gallery (New York, NY) and Rhizome (Washington, DC).

Image: Ebtisam Abdulaziz, Blue Freedom, 2013

Denatured, curated by Sarah Burford
October 6 – November 12, 2017

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Denatured
Technology and the Natural World
Curated by Sarah Burford
Mentor Curator: Rebecca Cross

October 6 – November 12, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, October 13, 7-9pm
Closing Reception: Sunday, November 5, 5pm

Ryan Hoover, Joanna Platt, Rachel Schmidt, Fabiola Yurcisin

Technology has dramatically changed human relationships with the natural world, yielding both revelatory and destructive results. Imagined futures, ghostly pasts, the detritus of technological progress, and tensions between the organic and artificial are all central to the pieces in this exhibition. In video, mixed media, creative coding, and 3D printed works, these artists offer deep and nuanced visions of our impact upon, and contemporary relationship to, the natural world.

Image: Ryan Hoover, Arborescent Algorithm Series – Seed 5008-AL, 2015, nylon 3D print, aluminum, walnut, 27″ x 15″ x 9″

Sarah J. Hull, Counterpoint
March 24 – July 16, 2017

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Counterpoint
Sarah J. Hull

March 24 – July 16

Opening Reception: Friday, March 31 at 7-9pm
Artist Talk and Closing Reception: Sunday, July 16 at 5pm

Hull’s work explores the natural variation that occurs with repetition. Using silk thread, cotton ground fabric, and fundamental hand embroidery stitches, each piece is an exploration of a simple meditative theme. Within each element, the basic theme is systematically altered to create an evolving meditative complexity – both within itself and in the context of the series. The palette is restricted to simple black and white to highlight the “artist’s hand” in stitching each piece.

DCAC’s Nano Gallery is located within the main gallery and is dedicated to presenting miniature and smaller works in an exhibition setting.

Image: Dichromatic.05, 2017, Silk, cotton, 8″x8″

Jenny Walton, In the Space of a Day
June 23 – July 16, 2017

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In the Space of a Day
Jenny Walton

June 23 – July 16
Opening Reception: Friday, June 23, 7pm-9pm
Artist Talk: Sunday, July 16, 6pm

In the Space of a Day, a solo exhibition of work by Jenny Walton, invites viewers to contemplate the passage of time, the vicissitudes of our natural environment, and the possibility for hope in the face of challenge and struggle. Created in three cycles – morning, noon, and night – the exhibition’s primary installation of large scale watercolors will fill DCAC’s main gallery. The exhibition will also include a small selection of silverpoint drawings by the artist which further explore themes of transformation and renewal.

Greetings from Adams Morgan, curated by Philip Barlow
June 2 – 18, 2017

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Greetings from Adams Morgan
Curated by Philip Barlow

June 2 – 18, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, June 2, 7-9pm
Closing Reception: Sunday, June 18, 5pm

Focused on celebrating and highlighting Adams Morgan as a hub for creativity and community, DC Arts Center presents an exhibition of artwork by artists who live, work, or have a studio in Adams Morgan. Selected through an open call, this exhibition features work by Yuno Baswir, Monica Jahan Bose, Renee Butler, Natalie Cheung, Rita Elsner, Pat Goslee, Sarah J. Hull, Yaroslav Koporulin, Michael O’Sullivan, Maryanne Pollock, Alex L. Porter, Lisa K. Rosenstein, Molly Springfield, Betsy Stewart, Ellyn Weiss, Joseph White, and Zarina Zuparkhodjaeva.

Macho – The Mask of Masculinity, curated by Rebecca Cross
April 28 – May 28

Macho – The Mask of Masculinity
DCAC’s Curatorial Initiative
Curated by Rebecca Cross
Apprentice Curator: Sarah Burford

Exhibition Dates: April 28 – May 28, 2017

Opening Reception: April 28, 7-9pm
Closing Reception and Artist Talk: May 12, 5pm

Damon Arhos, Michael Corigliano, Hector Emanuel, Timothy Johnson, Mark Newport, Joseph Daniel Robert OLeary, Kate Warren, and Dawn Whitmore

Definition from the Oxford English Dictionary:
macho
/ˈmäCHō/
noun
1. a man who is aggressively proud of his masculinity.

“Macho” takes as its point of departure recent debates about the role of men in contemporary society. As we began exploring ideas for this exhibition, we continuously came across examples of work showcasing people who were “projecting” an air of strength and masculinity rather than openly revealing their authentic male selves. These remarkable artists all react, in their own ways, to the promulgated notion that “masculinity” itself is not a trait that simply exists, but rather one that needs to be worn like a mask. Masks of real and imaginary uniforms, physical poses and symbolic props, aid the figures in projecting this shroud of self-aggrandizement. The concept reaches far beyond the limits of a single exhibition, but we present this provocative group of artists making engaging, surprising and challenging art around this subject as a means of furthering the existing dialogue, exposing both the disturbing and comical evocations of our title to engage with the conflicting realities of post-modern manhood.

IMAGE: Michael Corigliano, Stumbling Forward, 2015, Photographs, 84″ x 96″

Art Tasting
March 24 – April 23

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Art Tasting
Curated by Martina Dodd, Jarvis Dubois, J. W. Mahoney, Blair Murphy, and Joe Orzal

March 24 – April 23, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, March 24, 7-9pm
Happy Hour Discussion: Wednesday, April 12, 6pm
Artists’ Talk & Closing Reception: Sunday, April 23, 5pm

James Bernard Cole, Chanel Compton, Ricky Day, Emory Douglass, Kristen Hayes, Robert Labandeira, Zofie Lang, Nora Maccoby, Muse, Betsy Packard, Azadeh Sahraeian, Julie Wills, Khadijah Wilson, Fabiola Alvarez Yurcisin

Wine tastings offer people a chance to taste different products and discover its history, composition,
pairing with food, how it’s made and so forth. With a mind to offer a similar experience for people who
would like to hone their knowledge of art, DCAC presents its first Art Tasting. Fifteen distinctly
different pieces of art selected by five distinctly different curators will be offered with accompanying explanations of why it’s considered art, if it is part of a historical trend, how it’s made, and why they chose it.

Process & Practice, curated by Andrew Johnson
February 17 – March 19

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Process & Practice
SPARKPLUG
DCAC’s Artist Collective
Curated by Andrew Johnson

February 17 – March 19, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, February 17 at 7-9pm
Artist Talk: Sunday, March 12 at 5pm
Happy Hour: Thursday, March 16 at 6-8pm

Héctor Cataño, Eric Celarier, Alexis Gomez, Sarah Jamison, Ashley Ja’nae, Zofie Lang, Kelly Posey, Katie Pumphrey, Renée Regan, Julie Wills

Process & Practice​ comprises painting, drawing, sculpture, and mixed media installations and assemblages. Both the diverse and interrelated practices of each artist lend themselves to the unique notion of a collective. Noting the physical, mental, social, psychological, and spiritual processes of each artist, the exhibition motivates the work to reveal its origins, ultimately prompting the viewer to move beyond what they simply see.

above image: Alexis Gomez, Maquette Figure, 2016, Wood, 15 x 70 inches (lifesize)

Sheila Crider, January ’15 – October ’16
January 13 – February 12

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January ’15 – October ’16
Sheila Crider

January 13 – February 12, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, January 13, 7-9pm
Artist Talk and Closing Reception: Sunday, February 12, 3pm

Sheila Crider’s work articulates issues of contemporary culture through installations that embody social and aesthetic ideas. January ’15– October ’16 brings together mixed media pieces that utilize paper, fabric, metal, wood, and other materials, challenging our conventional definitions of fine art. Using recycled and repurposed materials and petroleum products, the installation Toxicity in the Air provokes awareness of the pollution poisoning our atmosphere.

Image: Sheila Crider, Industrial Smog, from​ Toxicity in the Air, 2016, Handmade and remade paper, acrylic, vinyl cord, tar paper, and vinyl covered pine rod, 43″ x 60″ x 6″, photograph by Greg Staley