Curatorial Initiative: The Vanishing Half
December 3, 2021 – January 9, 2022

DCAC’s 2021 Curatorial Initiative Presents:

The Vanishing Half

Curated by Katie Lee
Mentor Curator: Jayme McLellan

Opening Reception: Friday, December 3rd, 7pm – 9pm
Closing Reception/Artist Talk: Sunday, January 9th, 5pm

Artists: Victoria Jang, Yon Mi Kim, Yuqi Wang, Jiawei Zhao

The Vanishing Half presents photographs and sculptures by four Asian-American artists, Victoria Jang, Yon Mi Kim, Yuqi Wang, and Jiawei Zhao, as they each explore the complexities and multitudes of identity. This group exhibition features four personal responses, one from each participating artist, as they reflect on facets of their identity that are influenced by lived experiences.

The artists included in this exhibition explore how external factors, such as societal structures and beliefs, interpersonal relationships, and corporate influence, can impact the shaping of identity. Throughout the exhibition are implied questions such as: How do we perceive ourselves, and how do others perceive us? Which elements of our external interactions become internalized? How do these perceptions and interactions, in turn, shape our sense of self? The works presented attempt to address these questions, while also highlighting the aspects of our selves that become muted and shelved and exploring notions of societal intersubjective relations and internal reflection.

There is a nexus between ethnic identity, class identity, geographic identity, and national identity that connects this very personal experience of forming and reflecting one’s identity, into a larger, shared experience. In presenting the inner workings of four artists’ lived experiences and highlighting the specific facets of their identities that are impacted, the works included in The Vanishing Half challenge viewers to relate and empathize with the singular experiences of each artist, and allow the receding parts of each artists’ identities to come to the forefront in a defiant reclamation of space.

Jiawei Zhao, “Looks Like a Balanced Space”, 2020

 

 

Revisitation: Reflecting on 15 years of DCAC’s Curatorial Initiative
October, 29 2021 – November 28, 2021

Revisitation: Reflecting on 15 Years of DCAC’s Curatorial Initiative

October 29, 2021 – November 28, 2021

Artists: Jason Tucker, Justin Strom, Jessica Beels, Thomas Drymon, Jerry Truong, Kathryn McDonnell, Suzanne Izzo, Adrienne Gaither, Sondra Arkin, Lisa Hill, Michael Matason

Opening Reception: Friday, October 29th, 7-9pm

Book Release and Talk: Thursday, November 18th, 6:30-8:30pm

DCAC’s Curatorial Initiative program has given aspiring curators the opportunity to work with and be mentored by established and experienced curators since 2006. The resulting exhibitions have brought over 200 artists to our gallery, and in celebration of those shows we have assembled a small sampling of their work.

Join us on November 18 for a reception to celebrate the arrival of a two volume collection of all the catalogs from Curatorial Initiative exhibitions from 2006 to 2016. Several of the artists will be on hand to discuss their work and there will be a brief discussion about the program and its resonance in our community.

 

Nano Gallery: Aïllament (Isolation) ,
by Elizabeth Ashe ,
September 9, 2021 – January 2, 2022

Aïllment (Isolation)

Elizabeth Ashe

On view: September 9, 2021 – January 2, 2022

Reception & Artist Talk: October 9th @ 7pm

“The pandemic gave my mother and I time to talk about our traumas. I felt claustrophobic and isolated – a combination previously real, while hiking Montserrat. I began painting the mountain in acrylic on panel and left the sky empty. Mountains take on bruises, to examine domestic violence, bared strength, isolation.” – Elizabeth Ashe

***From The Archives***
Fetish, curated by Linda Hesh
May 2-25, 1997

DCAC Presents:  From The Archives

Fetish: Elegant Objects of Seductive Obsession

May 2-25, 1997

Curated by Linda Hesh

Everyday we see the uniform of black suits and white shirts in downtown DC But one wonders what goes on at night for this same city to (be) able to support so many shops of another type of black clothing. Latex, leather, and vinyl make up a different type of power suit.  Fetish consists of 9 artists from the DC-Baltimore area whose work delves into areas of seductive obsession.  They work in sensual materials not always associated with art: leather, feathers, metal chains, rubber, and gemstones.  Their inspiration comes from the dark side of desire. The work is menacing, enticing, elegant, dangerous, haunting and beautiful. The attention to detail and careful craftsmanship demonstrates how serious each artist is about their private compulsions. The exhibit is accompanied by live performances in the theater each Sunday in May at 3pm.

 

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