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

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

Chris Combs

Opening Reception: Friday, April 27, 7-9pm
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.