Queer(ing) Pleasure
September 7 – October 14, 2018

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Queer(ing) Pleasure
September 7 – October 14, 2018

Opening Reception: Friday, September 7, 7-9pm

Closing Reception & Panel Discussion: Sunday, October 14, 5-7pm

Curated by Andy Johnson as part of DCAC’s Curatorial Initiative

Mentor curators: Zoë Charlton & Tim Doud

Exhibiting artists: Antonius Bui, Monique Muse Dodd, Tsedaye Makonnen, John Paradiso, and Jade Yumang.

Queer(ing) Pleasure illustrates the radical queer potential of pleasure, challenging the too-often limited, white, hetero-centric logic of the erotic. Ignited by Audre Lorde’s inquiry, forty years ago, into the erotic as power, the exhibition investigates the ways in which pleasure is an “unexpressed and unrecognized” feeling. Through performance, photography, embroidery, video, and sculpture, the artists trace new and existing networks between pleasure, erotics, and queerness.

Image: Jade Yumang, Torso Floret, cut out on gay pornographic magazine, 19”x13”, 2010

1460 Wallmountables
June 29 – August 10, 2018

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1460 Wallmountables
June 29 – August 10, 2018

Deinstallation: August 11: 2-7pm, August 12: 2-7 pm, and August 15 – 19: 2-7pm
Happy Hour Reception: Thursday, August 2, 6-8pm

One of our most popular and inclusive exhibitions is also one of our oldest traditions. Since 1990, 1460 Wallmountables has offered the opportunity for artists of all disciplines and abilities to show in this open hanging. We divide our wall space into 2 foot by 2 foot squares with strings, which creates a floor to ceiling grid on which artists hang their work. The work must fit into the space, and while artists can acquire more than one space, the work may not overlap the squares. The result is a most remarkable salon-style show that despite its diversity has a distinct rhythm. On the last day of hanging the strings come down, we clean up the gallery and have one of the most populated openings in town.

Each summer over 100 artists from across the city participate in 1460 Wallmountables, presenting over 300 artworks on practically every inch of our gallery. We receive calls and emails about the exhibit all through the year and there are many people who will be working on 2 foot by 2 foot canvases just to fit in the show. On the opening day of hanging it is not unusual to have as many as 40 artists standing in line waiting to get registered and select the best spaces. There will be work by children, the elderly, professionals, amateurs, and students alike. It is by far one of the most diverse exhibitions in Washington and it stays up all summer long, allowing these artists to bring their friends and families by a professional gallery to see their work and see whether it has sold.

More information available here. 

Adumbrations
May 25 – June 24, 2018

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ADUMBRATIONS

Renee Marcus Butler
mixed media art from 2011-2018

Curated by: Lea-Ann Bigelow

May 25 – June 24, 2018

Opening Reception: Friday, June 1, 7-9pm
Artist Talk: Sunday, June 24, 5pm

adumbration: (n.) giving a faint shadow or resemblance of; to outline or sketch; to foreshadow, prefigure; to darken, partially conceal.

Known for her large scale site specific installations, Butler’s work forms an arc engaging the aesthetics of light, sound, architecture, and place. This exhibition of shadow boxes and installations uses the play of light to create depth and mystery in deceptively simple patterns, line and form.

 

Queer(ed) Performativity
April 13 – May 20, 2018

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Queer(ed) Performativity
April 13 – May 20, 2018

Opening Reception: Friday, April 13, 7-9pm
Artist Talk: Sunday, May 20, 5pm

Curated by Andy Johnson
Mentor Curators: Zoë Charlton and Tim Doud

Exhibiting artists: Eames Armstrong, Antonius Bui, Hoesy Corona, Alexandra “Rex” Delafkaran, Myles Loftin, Stephanie Mercedes, and David Vassalli.

Queer(ed) Performativity points to a rise in the production, distribution, and consumption of queerness in both mainstream American culture and media. The performativity of queerness and the queer(ed) body has, within the past two decades, served as a note of comedic and anxious relief, a catch all for the uneasiness felt from the deconstruction of gender binaries and the shifting attitudes towards the fluidity of sexuality. The crux of Queer(ed) Performativity raises attention to the fact that the queer(ed) body is lauded, celebrated, and put on display when in the service of white heterosexual consumption. The exhibition underscores the incisive ways in which artists respond to, subvert, and refuse a politics of respectability and heteronormativity vis-a-vis both art objects and the body. Whether through the hyper-performance of queerness, the refusal to perform the role of the queer, or somewhere in between, the artists question the role of “queer” within late-capitalist neoliberal circles.

Image: David Vassalli, Neon Music, 2017

Judging Me Judging You
April 27 – August 12, 2018

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Judging Me Judging You
April 27 – August 12, 2018

Chris Combs

Closing Reception: Sunday, August 12, 5pm

Through handmade and custom-fabricated hardware, software, and enclosures, the electronic works in Judging Me Judging You respond to themes of surveillance, control, and algorithmic bias–and the viewer, using facial recognition and motion sensing.

Chris Combs is an artist and product manager based in Washington, D.C who creates provocative technology. His Markov Radio was recently included in a one-day Sound Scene event at the Hirshhorn Museum. He was a photo editor for National Geographic for five years and has photographed autism, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and traffic cones. He is a graduate of the Corcoran College of Art + Design. You can find his work here.

Image: Just Helping, 2018, Vintage OSRAM mainframe LED displays, aluminum extrusion, custom electronics, neural network

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

LETTERS TO MOM: Prints by EJ Montgomery
March 9 – April 8, 2018

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LETTERS TO MOM: Prints by EJ Montgomery
March 9 – April 8, 2018

Opening Reception: Friday, March 9, 7-9pm
Artist Talk: Sunday, March 18, 5pm

Curated by Susan J. Goldman
Founding Director of Lily Press®

A selected timeline of monotypes, etchings, and screenprints representing the breadth of EJ Montgomery’s artistic career from past to present. Drawing on her practice of metalsmithing, textile design, photography, and painting, EJ Montgomery’s highly sensitive prints evoke themes of memory, through use of evocative automatic writing, calligraphic marks, and strokes of swirling lines. Color overlays, playful shapes, and textured etched surfaces in her painterly compositions are inspired by her love of world travel, music, and naturalistic formations in nature.

Evangeline Juliet (EJ) Montgomery, born 1933 in New York City, has had many roles in American culture, particularly as part of the multi-faceted story of African American art history. EJ has been indefatigable in helping to develop a network of artists and scholars throughout the Diaspora. For 25 years representing the Cultural Programs Office, U.S. State Department, EJ helped to advance the careers of numerous emerging and mature artists. She has initiated groundbreaking museum initiatives, exhibitions, and collections. For the past 40 years, EJ has been upfront and behind the scenes in all ways and more. She has had numerous solo shows and actively continues to produce new work at Lily Press®.

Image: EJ Montgomery, Letters to Mom, 2010, monotype with intaglio, 20”x16” image, 30”x22” paper, edition: 4/5

Another Dimension
February 9 – April 22, 2018

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Another Dimension
February 9 – April 22, 2018

Opening Reception: Friday, February 9, 7-9pm
Happy Hour Reception: Wednesday, March 28, 6-8pm
Closing Reception: Sunday, April 22, 5pm

Curated by: Philip Barlow & Chandi Kelley

Amy Boone-McCreesh, April Camlin, Gene Davis, Mary Early, Carol Brown Goldberg, Bridget Sue Lambert, Antonio McAfee, Maggie Michael, Brandon Morse, W.C. Richardson, Robin Rose, Foon Sham, Renee Stout, Noelle Tan, Dan Treado, Yuriko Yamaguchi

Another Dimension is an invitational exhibition for which the curators have asked artists in the District-Maryland-Virginia area to create “nano” artwork in the style of the work the artist typically makes. The largest dimension of work when ready for display cannot be more than 6 inches.

Image: Foon Sham, Decagon, 2017 5.5”x5”x6, misc hard wood

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

It’s About That Time: Prints from Lily Press
February 2 – March 4, 2018

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It’s About That Time: Prints from Lily Press® 

Curated by Susan J. Goldman

February 2 – March 4, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, February 2, 7-9pm
Panel and Meet the Artists: Sunday, February 4, 2-3pm
JAZZ with Charlie Barnett, Pete Ostle, Vince McCool:
Sunday, February 4, 3-5pm
Closing Reception: Sunday, March 4, 5pm

Carol Barsha, Meaghan Busch, Elizabeth Catlett, Choco, Sheila Crider, Nina Chung Dwyer, Victor Ekpuk, Claudia Gibson-Hunter, Sam Gilliam, Susan J Goldman, Tom Green, Barbara Kerne, Gina Marie Lewis, Carrie Lingscheit, Matthew McLaughlin, Linn Meyers, EJ Montgomery, Jake Muirhead, Miriam Mörsel Nathan, Marti Patchell, Preston Sampson, Sargent/Thamm, Eve Stockton, Renee Stout, Sharon Wolpoff, Patricia Underwood

This exhibition presents a selection of ten years (2007-2017) of Lily Press® publications by artists from the greater Washington DC metropolitan area, across the country, and abroad. Lily Press® is a fine art printmaking atelier located in Rockville, Maryland, and was founded by Susan J. Goldman, artist and master printer. Working with Lily Press, artists explore monotype, relief, intaglio, screen print and digital processes using sustained traditions, while embracing new technologies and innovative processes.

Image: Victor Ekpuk, HIP SISTA, 2017, 30×22”, screen-print, Courtesy of Lily Press®

ArtWatch presents a Nasty Women Exhibition
January 19 – 28, 2018

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What Feminism Looks Like
ArtWatch presents a Nasty Women Exhibition
and Auction to benefit Planned Parenthood

January 19 – 28, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, January 19, 7pm-9pm
ArtWatch Talk and Reception: Sunday, January 28, 5pm

Curated by Erin Devine & Shante Bullock

Evie Altman, Marilyn Banner, Jessica Beels, Madison Bolls, Sue Bradford, Shante Bullock, Heidi Butler, Naomi Christianson, Lea Craigie-Marshall, Manal Deeb, Ashley Dequilla, Laura Elkins, Heloisa Escudero, Maureen S. Farrell, Victoria Ford, Mary Annella Frank, Mary Freedman, Katherine Giordano, Linda Hesh, Jackie Hoysted, Susan Jurow, Maria Karametou, Sally Kauffman, Kathryn McDonnell, Theresa Knight McFadden, Gail Rebhan, Cindy Renteria, Beverly Ress, Alexandra N. Sherman, Wendy Sittner, Miranda Spurley, Ann Stoddard, Kathy Turner, Ellyn Weiss, Helen Zughaib

Intersectional feminism is the current terminology that expresses the empowerment of women to effect change across a diverse range of issues: women’s health, racial and gendered violence, equality under the law, poverty, immigration and refugee rights, environmental protections, rights of indigenous communities, etc. It recognizes that true and effective change in the global sphere results from women’s organizing, joining all minority groups and inclusive of men in these efforts. An all woman exhibition, the artists included in What Feminism Looks Like will be asked to contribute works that address the range of these issues in various media.

Image: Katherine Giordano, Nasty Woman, 2017, oil on panel print, 16×20”