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

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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

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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

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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

Navigating Through ,
September 10 – October 17, 2021

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Navigating Through

September 10 – October 17, 2021

Featuring Works by
Kibibi Ajanku, Erin Barach, Mehves Lelic & Mojdeh Rezaeipour

Mentor Curator: Jayme McLellan
Mentee Curator: Katie Lee

Beginning the process at the start of the pandemic, this exhibition honors unique identities and the
vision of the individual made stronger by the energies of the group.
Through sculpture, video, installation, photography, drawing and more, these four
community-driven artists demonstrate that creative output is essential to navigating and enduring change.

Volume 1 & 2 of DCAC’s Curatorial Initiative Catalog
Now Available!!

Volume 1 (2006 – 2011)
Volume 2 (2012 – 2018)
These two bound volumes include all the full color catalogs created by the curators of Curatorial Initiative exhibitions between 2006 and 2018, complete with table of contents and index. With images of artwork from over 250 artists, and in depth essays, these volumes show the diversity and dynamism of the exhibitions in this program.

1460 Wallmountables
July 9th – August 22nd 2021

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1460 Wallmountables

Our Annual Summer Open Exhibition & Fundraiser

On View: July 9th – August 22nd 2021
Installation Dates (Wedneday-Sunday from 3-8pm by appointment only)
*See below for Registration Dates
In Person Reception: Friday July 9th, 2021 7-9pm
*In the event of stricter guideline enforcement a virtual reception will be hosted in its place.

Join us for the 32nd Annual 1460 Wallmountables show!

Every summer we open our walls to artists of all ages, backgrounds, experience levels and disciplines to participate in this unique group exhibition. This tradition holds true to our commitment of showcasing a diverse cross section of the DC area’s thriving community of artists & art lovers.

Our gallery walls are divided into two foot by two foot squares, in which  everyone and anyone can hang their on artwork on first-come basis. At 1460 Wallmountables, we present over three hundred artworks by at least one hundred artists on practically every inch of our gallery.

  • Renewing & Existing Members | Opens June 16th
  • New Members & Non Members | Opens June 23rd

 

Register Here!

For More Info Read Full FAQ Sheet Here!

Concrete Dreams
by Monica Jahan Bose with Robin Bell & Maps Glover
May 20th – May 23rd

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Concrete Dreams

by Monica Jahan Bose

with Robin Bell and Maps Glover

On View: May 20 – 23, 2021 (front exterior of DC Arts Center)
Outdoor Projections: May 20 – 22nd, 2021 Sundown – 10pm
Poetry Slam: May 22nd, 2021 at 7pm

Bangladeshi-American artist and climate activist Monica Jahan Bose has led the CONCRETE
DREAMS project over the last eight months and will present the culminating
installation outside the DC Arts Center from May 20-23, 2021. CONCRETE DREAMS is a
temporary public art project featuring an installation and livestream of communitysourced
poetry on saris, mini movable sculptures, and projections.

In CONCRETE DREAMS, Bose has collaborated with artist and filmmaker Robin Bell, artist Maps
Glover, and residents of DC and Katakhali Village, Bangladesh, Bose’s ancestral village.
Diverse community members in DC and Bangladesh connected during the pandemic
through safe online and outdoor art and poetry workshops on the theme of the
pandemic and the intersection of climate, racial, gender, and economic injustice.
“Concrete poetry” refers to poetry that is drawn or arranged as a design on the page.
CONCRETE DREAMS uses concrete poetry and printmaking to highlight the dreams and
aspirations of residents of DC and Katakhali towards a sustainable and just future. The
poetry is inscribed on saris, on the building through a light installation, and on small
plaster sculptures in the form of “steles.” The project enhances and merges with the
street energy, night life, and restaurants in Adams Morgan, DC, including the Streatery
program moving restaurants into the street.

In honor of AAPI Heritage month, CONCRETE DREAMS links communities in solidarity
from DC to Asia. CONCRETE DREAMS is funded by the DC Commission on the Arts and
Humanities’ Public Art Building Communities Grant Program. It is part of the ongoing
STORYTELLING WITH SARIS climate justice art project.

Learn more about the project Here

RSVP for full event schedule Here

 

Mourning by Maggie Golightly Haslam ,
March 20 – May 30, 2021

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Mourning

by Maggie Golightly Haslam

On View: March 20 – May 30, 2021 (click here to schedule a viewing!)

Virtual Artist Talk: April 22nd @ 6pm – Did you not make it to the Artist Talk? Don’t worry we recorded it so that you would not miss out!! Click here to view.

 

2020 was a year filled with more than words can express. We suffered individually, in our families, as communities and worldwide. We were isolated and confined, broken and infected, judged and criticized. Despite 2020 being a horrific year, human loss is unfortunately not confined to that year alone. Tragically, humans are very familiar with the act of mourning.

Partnering with the DC Arts Center and community members, artist Maggie Golightly Haslam presents a memorial to grief. The artist collected responses to the question “who do you mourn?”. Each response was hand-stamped onto monolith-like plaques made from recycled paper and plastics collected throughout the year 2020. The resulting body of work is a monument to loss and a memory of those we cherish, built with hope and unity.

 

Nano Gallery: Ace ,
small works by Pat Goslee ,
March 20th – August 29, 2021

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Ace

small works by Pat Goslee

On view: March 20 – August 29, 2021 (click here to schedule a viewing!)

Virtual artist talk: May 27th @ 6pm

Ace is a small thing; the dictionary uses “pip” to define it. An Ace in a card game is the smallest, yet most powerful card. In card games, some use a sleight of hand to slip something in without others seeing. In card games, some use a sleight of hand to slip something in without others seeing. These paintings are amalgamations of pips and patterns, examples of environmental interaction both internal and external — micro and macro— that operate as an avenue to the Ace of Hearts.