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01.16.14

CulturalDC and George Mason University Announce Partnership at Flashpoint Gallery

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PRESS RELEASE
CONTACT: CARA POMPONIO
cara@culturaldc.org | 202.315.1330

WASHINGTON, DC – CulturalDC and George Mason University’s School of Art and Arts Management program are pleased to announce a mutually enriching collaboration that will bring more academic rigor to CulturalDC’s Visual Arts Program and provide real world experience in arts management for GMU Fellows (selected GMU Master degree Candidates).

CulturalDC’s Visual Arts Program, designed to bolster the careers of emerging contemporary artists by providing presenting, mentoring and other professional development opportunities, will be the platform for this artistic exchange. The combination of deep arts management experience informed by academic prowess offers exciting new possibilities for participating artists, GMU Fellows and associated art professionals. The collaboration encompasses CulturalDC’s Flashpoint Exhibition Program (six exhibitions from January – September 6, 2014) and its 2014-2015 Artist Exhibition Selection Process.

CulturalDC Executive Director Juanita Hardy and GMU School of Arts Director Peter Winant conceived of this partnership, which offers promising benefits to both organizations. “Partnerships and collaborations are a strategic priority for us and we are very excited to partner with the GMU School of Art,” said Hardy. “In addition to participating visual artists and CulturalDC’s artistic team, the collaboration combines distinguished curators and collectors from our Visual Art Advisory Panel and GMU graduate students, professors and researchers into a delicious creative stew.” Hardy envisions innovative new approaches to exhibition curation, programming and audience engagement.

GMU Fellows will work closely with the CulturalDC artistic team to execute six exhibitions at Flashpoint Gallery in the 2014 Season. GMU Fellows will also engage with CulturalDC’s Visual Art Advisory Panel to select exhibitions for the 2014-15 Flashpoint Season, enabling exchange with some of the most dynamic visual art leaders in the nation’s capital including panelists: Hasan Elahi, Artist and Associate Professor of Art, University of Maryland; Melissa Ho, Assistant Curator, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; Laura Roulet, Independent Curator; Schwanda Rountree, Independent Curator and Collector, Rountree Art Consulting; Luis Silva, Artist and Associate Professor, American University; and Vesela Sretenovic, Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, The Phillips Collection.

“Students will get to practice at CulturalDC what we preach in the classroom,” said Winant. “Our Fellows will be able to apply best practices in arts management and groundbreaking research while gaining new skills and experience that will better prepare them as art leaders of the future. They will also explore their creative sensibilities in ways that we expect will enrich and expand CulturalDC’s Visual Arts Program. It’s a win-win.”

The program leadership team includes CulturalDC’s Director of Artistic Programs Jenny McConnell Frederick and GMU Professors Nikki Brugnoli-Whipkey, Helen Frederick, Claire Huschle and Donald Russell. The 2014 collaboration will serve as a pilot program for what both organizations hope to be a deeper partnership in coming seasons.

CulturalDC purchased Flashpoint in June 2013, allowing the organization to secure a permanent foothold. The purchase ensures that emerging contemporary artists and small art organizations will have access to affordable space in Downtown Washington and that audiences will continue to be served there with affordable high quality theatre, art exhibitions, and other cultural programs.

ABOUT CULTURALDC
CulturalDC makes space for art by creating opportunities for artists and arts organizations that foster economic development and enhance quality of life in Washington Area communities. CulturalDC is generously supported by Bank of America Charitable Foundation, The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, Graham Holdings Company, The Kresge Foundation, the MARPAT Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Prince Charitable Trusts, The Share Fund of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region and many other generous partners. Marvin is CulturalDC’s 2013-14 Wine Partner.

CulturalDC
916 G St NW • Washington, DC 20001
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202.315.1305 Press: 202.315.1330 Fax: 202.315.1303
Email: cara@culturaldc.org


ABOUT GEORGE MASON SCHOOL OF ART
The School of Art is located within the College of Visual and Performing Arts and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in art with concentrations in Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Printmaking, Critical Art Practices, Graphic Design, Photography, and New Media. Our M.F.A. program prepares students for employment in higher education or to pursue other scholarly and professional artistic endeavors, and our M.A.T. program prepares students with a BFA degree for PK-12 art licensure by the Commonwealth of Virginia. For more information please visit http://soa.gmu.edu/about/.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is CulturalDC undertaking a partnership with George Mason University?
Partnerships and collaborations that build on the collective strengths of the respective organizations is a strategic priority for CulturalDC. In June 2013, the CulturalDC board approved a strategic plan, which included partnerships and collaborations as a core value of the organization.

Flashpoint Gallery exhibits cutting-edge and experimental contemporary art and provides a springboard for emerging visual artists. Since opening in 2003, Flashpoint has exhibited the work of over 100 visual artists. Flashpoint Gallery encourages artists to take creative risks and explore new ideas in an environment free from commercial expectations.

Jenny McConnell Frederick, formerly CulturalDC’s Director of Performing Arts, has assumed the role of Director of Artistic Programs. Frederick is a theatre director and producer with more than 17 years experience working with professional artists in a variety of disciplines. Combining CulturalDC’s Visual and Performing Arts Departments under one leader provides a unique opportunity for artists to cross traditional barriers between disciplines and to benefit from a variety of partnerships and perspectives they might not otherwise encounter. Frederick’s team will consist of a mix of professionals with backgrounds in the visual and performing arts.

GMU’s School of Art and Arts Management program have excellent academic and personnel resources that align well with the attributes we seek in a University Partner: a highly skilled academic team of practicing artists and experienced arts administrators and researchers; Navigation Press, a state-of-the-art laboratory enabling innovation in printmaking, and Provisions Library, a resource for catalyzing art projects about social change. This partnership supports our commitment to create opportunities for artistic innovation by combining GMUs deep academic resources with CulturalDC’s 15-year history and extensive experience nurturing and enabling emerging contemporary artists both locally and nationally.

What does each respective organization expect to gain from this partnership?
CulturalDC and GMU are excited for the opportunity to work together to provide exciting hands-on professional development opportunities to the next generation of arts leaders . GMU Fellows will have the chance to learn the inner workings of a nonprofit gallery – from issuing a call to artists to exhibition installation, and from marketing an exhibition to closing a sale. Fellows will shadow Flashpoint Gallery’s Advisory Panel of prestigious visual arts leaders and observe the exhibition selection process, as well as support CulturalDC’s professional staff to implement the visual arts program.

Will CulturalDC continue its Visual Arts Program (exhibition and selection of emerging contemporary artists) in the future?
CulturalDC will continue its role as a leader in supporting emerging contemporary artists. An open call for artists and a distinguished advisory panel will continue to be the foundation of CulturalDC’s selection process. The panel, comprised of a rotating group of some of Washington’s most dynamic visual arts leaders, will continue to provide guidance and perspective during the selection process and later by serving as mentors to individual artists. The panelists for the current season are: Hasan Elahi, Artist and Associate Professor of Art, University of Maryland; Melissa Ho, Assistant Curator, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; Laura Roulet, Independent Curator; Schwanda Rountree, Independent Curator and Collector, Rountree Art Consulting; Luis Silva, Artist and Associate Professor, American University; and Vesela Sretenovic, Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, The Phillips Collection.

How or will CulturalDC’s Visual Arts Program change as a result of this announcement?
It is our hope that a partnership with GMU will yield a fresh new perspective for CulturalDC’s Flashpoint Gallery. GMU’s visual art and arts management graduate students will have the opportunity to gain real world experience and explore their ideas, while networking with industry leaders. CulturalDC’s reputation as the source of groundbreaking innovations will continue and expand.

What are the plans of the partnership after this exhibition season?
We see this as the beginning of a long and satisfying marriage. As we envision this long-term strategic partnership, our signature Flashpoint Gallery Program will continue and be bolstered by our partnership with GMU. At the same time, we will make space for fresh innovations in visual arts via exhibitions and programs that we will conceive and deliver together with GMU. The details of this long-term partnership will be shaped by our work together during this first phase, the current Flashpoint exhibition season, which continues through August 2014. We look forward to sharing exciting details over the coming months.

Is CulturalDC planning other partnerships?
Absolutely. CulturalDC is exploring strategic partnerships with other arts organizations whose work complements our mission and enables us to make even more space for art and serve even more artists and art organizations, as well as audience members in the DC region. CulturalDC purchased Flashpoint in June 2013, and will launch a campaign to renovate the space in order to maximize arts uses and cultivate sustainable strategic partnerships. Look for more details as our expanding partnerships unfold!

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12.23.13

Lindsay Pichaske: Everything That Rises

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CONTACT: CARA POMPONIO
cara@culturaldc.org | 202.315.1330

January 17 – February 15, 2014 at FLASHPOINT GALLERY
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, January 17, 6-8pm

WASHINGTON, DC – CulturalDC is pleased to announce Everything That Rises, a solo exhibition of installation and drawings at Flashpoint Gallery by DC-based sculptor Lindsay Pichaske. As a ceramic and mixed-media sculptor, Pichaske investigates the space between seemingly dualistic states of existence. Her installations, drawings and sculptures present creatures that are at once human and animal, familiar and alien, beautiful and grotesque, alive and dead.

In Everything That Rises, Pichaske will explore these overlapping worlds through two- and three-dimensional drawings made with hair. In her hair embroidery drawings, the artist uses human hair tied to muslin fabric to act as contour lines that depict various animals. The result is a grotesque yet elegant interplay of human and animal worlds. In the main gallery space, Pichaske will create a site-specific drawing installation that will transform the gallery into a giant web. Within an intricate network of strings attached to walls, ceiling and floor, she will articulate an abstracted skeletal animal drawn with human hair. The viewer will be able to enter into this web and interact with the creature inside.

The artist uses hair as a vital material in her work. She is attracted to the idea that hair separated from the body remains unchanged. She explains, “by neither growing or rotting, hair stays in a permanent in-between state, unaffected by time”. The ephemeral nature of Pichaske’s animal bodies drawn with hair examines this in-between state and blurs the lines between life and death.

ABOUT THE ARTIST
Lindsay is a DC-based ceramic sculptor and mixed media installation artist. She received her MFA in Ceramics from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2010. Lindsay moved to the area in fall of 2012, after a year-long artist residency at the Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramics in Helena, MT, where she was the Taunt Fellow. This past year, Lindsay is the recipient of the NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) Emerging Artist Award. She has exhibited her work nationally, and is represented by Duane Reed Gallery in St. Louis, and Foster/White Gallery in Seattle, WA. This is her first exhibition of site-specific work in the DC area.

ABOUT CULTURALDC
CulturalDC makes space for art. Each year CulturalDC serves over 1,000 artists and arts groups and 30,000 audience members through the activation of art space and presentation of contemporary visual and performing arts at our two spaces, Flashpoint and Source, and in nontraditional venues across the city. Through our programs and services we work with artists, arts organizations and real estate developers to build the creative infrastructure that fuels the arts and builds community in Washington, DC.

ABOUT CULTURALDC’S VISUAL ARTS PROGRAM
CulturalDC operates Flashpoint Gallery and produces public art interventions throughout DC. We nurture talented emerging and mid-career artists by providing opportunities for peer learning and mentorship. At Flashpoint Gallery we showcase bold, new work from artists working in a variety of media including site-specific installations, performance pieces, new media and other experimental forms. As a nonprofit gallery free from the constraints of commercial expectations, Flashpoint provides artists and curators a unique opportunity to take creative risks. An advisory panel of noted artists and arts professionals makes programming recommendations for the gallery and provides mentorship and support to exhibiting artists.

Flashpoint Gallery is generously supported by Natalie and Paul Abrams and by DESHO Productions and The Washington Post Company.Marvin is CulturalDC’s 2013-14 Wine Partner.

Funding for CulturalDC is generously provided by Bank of America Charitable Foundation, The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, Graham Holdings Company, The Kresge Foundation, the MARPAT Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Prince Charitable Trusts, The Share Fund of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region and many other generous partners.  Marvin is CulturalDC’s 2013-14 Wine Partner.

ABOUT FLASHPOINT
Flashpoint is a multi-disciplinary arts space. Flashpoint includes a contemporary art gallery, the 75-seat Mead Theatre Lab, the Coors Dance Studio and shared office space for arts organizations.

Lindsay Pichaske: Everything That Rises
Opening Reception: Friday, January 17, 6-8pm
Exhibition Dates: January 17 – February 15, 2014
Flashpoint Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 12-6pm or by appointment
For more information: Call 202.315.1310 or visit culturaldc.org

CulturalDC • 916 G Street, NW • Washington, DC 20001
General: 202.315.1305  Press: 202.315.1330  Fax: 202.315.1303
Email: cara@culturaldc.org

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12.19.13

CulturalDC Announces Full-Length Play Lineup and Open Call for 10-Minute Plays

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CONTACT: JENNY MCCONNELL FREDERICK
jenny@culturaldc.org | 202.315.1306

WASHINGTON, DC – CulturalDC is pleased to announce the Source Festival 2014 Full-Length Play Line-up and Open-Call for 10-Minute Play Submissions.  The Festival, a vital launching pad for new work and a proving ground for Washington, DC’s theatre artists, runs from June 6-29, 2014.

The 2014 Source Festival will include A Bid to Save The World by Erin Bregman (multi-year finalist Princess Grace Award), Dontrell, Who Kissed The Sea  by Nathan Alan Davis (2012/13 Lorraine Hansberry Award Winner) and The Thrush & The Woodpecker by Steve Yockey (Marin Theatre National New Play Network Resident.) In addition, the Festival will produce 18 10-Minute Plays and three Artistic Blind Dates.

For the first time this year, playwrights will be invited to submit 10-Minute scripts specifically related to one of the major themes in the selected full-length plays. The 2014 themes are:

  • Mortality/Immortality: Seeking plays that address living forever or examine death from a fresh perspective.
  • Revenge: Seeking plays that address the need for retribution, large or small, comic or serious
  • Quests: Seeking plays that address the compelling pull to go on a journey to accomplish a specific task.

The deadline for submissions is January 10, 2014.  The eighteen 10-Minute plays chosen for production will be announced in March 2014.  For submission instructions and eligibility guidelines, please visit our website.

SOURCE FESTIVAL 2014 FULL-LENGTH PLAYS

(For playwright bios & headshots visit our website.  To see the list of 25 Finalists click here.)

A Bid to Save the World, by Erin Bregman
A Bid to Save the World is a dystopian epic, where several stories intermingle in a world without death. A pair of students study how it used to happen, one woman longs for a beloved brother, and a song of great sorrow and beauty is sung and sung again by a singer out of place and time. Death peels oranges that whittle away her thumbs, bargaining and bartering with the lost and bereaved. A rich man seeks to buy world peace. Librarians stack cards recording death. And while we watch the normality of their immortality, we may find ourselves asking, ‘what is living without death?’

Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea, by Nathan Alan Davis
Eighteen-year-old Dontrell Jones the Third decides that it is his duty and destiny to venture into the Atlantic Ocean in search of an ancestor lost during the Middle Passage. But his family is not at all ready to abandon its prized son to the waters of a mysterious and haunting past. Blending poetry, humor, wordplay and ritual, Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea is a present-day hero’s quest exploring the lengths and depths we must go to redeem history’s wrongs.

The Thrush & the Woodpecker, by Steve Yockey
In this modern take on a classic revenge play, Brenda Hendricks has her hands full dealing with her son Noah after he is expelled from a prestigious college and unexpectedly returns to their isolated Northern California home. When an elegant and mysterious woman arrives on their doorstep dragging along buried secrets and stories about mysterious birds, Brenda and Noah find their world turned upside down in ways both intimate and epic.

ABOUT SOURCE FESTIVAL
Source Festival combines the forces of rising talents with established artists. Driven by creativity, collaboration and invention, artists from across the nation present 25 new works—three Full-Length Plays, 18 10-Minute Plays and three Artistic Blind Dates—over three weeks in June. The relationships built here lay the path for the next generation of outstanding performing artists.

Now in its 7th year, Source Festival has built a reputation as a vital launching pad for new work and a proving ground for the city’s directors and designers. Emily Schwend’s play Splinters, which premiered at the 2010 Source Festival, was selected as one of six finalists for the American Theatre Critic Association’s 2011 Steinberg Award. Collapsing Silence, an Artistic Blind Date that debuted at the 2011 Festival, inspired the launch of Washington’s new interdisciplinary arts organization Force/Collision. In 2011, the Festival deepened its engagement with playwrights by inaugurating a script development weekend. The annual three-day workshop unites playwrights, dramaturges, actors and designers to further develop the three full-length plays featured each summer. In 2012, Source Festival launched a mentorship program wherein seasoned directors mentor early and mid-career 10-Minute Play directors. The 2013 Festival pioneered an undergraduate internship program for aspiring designers and producers.

Support for Source Festival, a CulturalDC project, is generously provided by Jon & NoraLee Sedmak, Daimler, The Weissberg Foundation and Washington Gas.

 

CulturalDC • 916 G Street, NW • Washington, DC 20001
General: 202.315.1305  Press: 202.315.1306  Fax: 202.315.1303
Email: jenny @culturaldc.org

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12.02.13

CulturalDC and Bozzuto Announce Opening of 27 Artist Studios at Monroe Street Market

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CONTACT: CARA POMPONIO
cara@culturaldc.org | 202.315.1330

WASHINGTON, DC – CulturalDC and The Bozzuto Group are pleased to announce that more than 40 artists are moving into the 27 artist studios at Monroe Street Market, a $200 million mixed-use community coming to the Brookland neighborhood. The artists are activating the spaces with practices as diverse as painting, photography, sculpture, literary arts, leather-working, jewelry-making, filmmaking and more.

CulturalDC was approached by Bozzuto Development and Abdo Development, the community’s developers, to serve as a liaison to the arts community and to activate 27 artist studios, an Arts Walk with an outdoor stage, and the Edgewood Arts Building that will enliven the new development at the Brookland-CUA metro station. With this project, CulturalDC continues its work in creative placemaking and cultivating space for art in the DC area.

Monroe Street Market features 27 artist studios ranging in size from 300 to 625 square feet. Ground floor studios line the Arts Walk, providing street front visibility and a prime retail opportunity ideal for artists. Studios feature porches along the Metropolitan Branch Trail, concrete floors, high ceilings and garage doors.

More than 40 artists will ultimately move into the studios, with many more artists and audiences served through the range of activities at the studios and in other arts uses throughout the site. (See below list of artists.)

A selection of the artists that have studios are:

Kate Krezel + Avner Ofer (Studio 4)
Kate Krezel and Avner Ofer are long-time Brookland residents and artists. Krezel is a National Geographic cartographer turned leather-worker and uses salvaged and reclaimed leather to create durable and functional one-of-a-kind products. Her signature pieces include “urban holsters” or pocket-belts designed to carry tablets, phones or wallets. Ofer is a travel photographer who goes off the beaten path to capture intimate moments and glimpses into other cultures. The couple will share the studio.

Cheryl Edwards (Studio 9)
Cheryl D. Edwards is a visual artist who works with oil, ink and acrylics. She studied at the Art Student League in New York and has exhibited in many shows in Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, New York, Miami, Texas and Hong Kong.

Leda Black + Marcelle Fozard + Annalisa Leonessa (Studio 15)
These three solo artists come from diverse and eclectic backgrounds. As a group, they use repurposed and discarded materials in combination with knitting, weaving or crochet to create temporary “yarn bomb” installations in their communities. They will also continue their individual artistic practices of jewelry-making, graphic design and painting at Monroe Street Market.

Alejandro Pintado (Studio 17)
Alejandro Pintado is a visual artist from Mexico City, who recently relocated to DC with his family. His multimedia and often site-specific work focuses on notions of place and identity and views landscape from historic memory. His most recent projects were based in London and Mexico City and he plans to use Washington, DC and the Brookland neighborhood as inspiration for a series of new works. Pintado also plans to use his studio for artist talks and critiques between artists and the general public.

Fred Joiner (Studio 25)
Fred Joiner is a poet/artist/curator who has been active in the literary arts scene in Washington, DC for over 15 years. He is a curator of literary and art-related events including the American Poetry Museum’s INTERSECTIONS Reading Series, Hillyer Artspace’s HOME Series, The Phillips Collection’s Voices Series and others. Joiner is also the literary editor the peer-reviewed scholarly hip-hop journal Words, Beats and Life and the Tidal Basin Review. He plans to use the studio as a workspace for his writing activities, collage and assemblage work, and as a small reading room with selections from his personal library. Additionally, Joiner will host poetry readings, workshops and small master classes.

ABOUT CULTURALDC
CulturalDC is generously supported by Bank of America Charitable Foundation, The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, The Kresge Foundation, the MARPAT Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Prince Charitable Trusts, The Share Fund of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, The Washington Post Company and many other generous partners. Marvin is CulturalDC’s 2013-14 Wine Partner.

CulturalDC | 916 G Street, NW • Washington, DC 20001
General: 202.315.1305 Press: 202.315.1330 Fax: 202.315.1303

ABOUT THE BOZZUTO GROUP
The Bozzuto Group is part of The Bozzuto Group of companies. Headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area, and celebrating its 25th year in business, The Bozzuto Group is a diversified residential real estate company that provides a broad range of real estate services throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. The company’s areas of expertise lie in homebuilding and multifamily development, as well as construction and management both for themselves and their clients. Their skills have been attested to by the National Association of Home Builders, who recognized Bozzuto as the nation’s premier apartment development company, and twice as management company of the year.

Throughout The Bozzuto Group’s 25-year history, the company has developed, acquired and built more than 35,000 homes and apartments and currently manages nearly 40,000 apartment units spread along the Atlantic Coast between Northern Virginia and Boston. The company is committed to providing quality housing for individuals of all income levels, producing and managing everything from luxury homes and apartments to affordable housing solutions. For more information, please visit www.bozzuto.com.
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10.24.13

Brian Barr \ Lauren Rice: Fake Empire

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CONTACT: KARYN MILLER
karyn@culturaldc.org | 202.315.1310

CulturalDC Presents
Brian Barr\Lauren Rice: Fake Empire

November 8 – December 21, 2013 at FLASHPOINT GALLERY
916 G Street NW, Washington DC 20001

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, November 8, 6-8pm
11.08.13, FRI 6-8PM

WASHINGTON, DC – CulturalDC is pleased to announce a collaborative exhibition by husband and wife team, Brian Barr and Lauren Rice at Flashpoint Gallery. In Fake Empire, as in much of their collaborative work, the artists see themselves as collectors engaged with the postproduction notion of recycling and reshaping images in order to reexamine history and by default, the future. This exhibition marries images from Greek Art and Architecture textbooks, vintage magazines and objects as disparate as shells, books and painted wood shapes to create a visual compression of the present, past and future of Western civilization. Using collage, photography, image transfers, painting, found material, three-dimensional objects and projected animation, Fake Empire focuses on the shifting cultural significance of ideas, objects and images.

Through the lens of living and working in Detroit, a city dealing with the detritus of a more prosperous time, Barr and Rice consider Western culture’s objects and images as ephemera from our historic moment. Fake Empire is an investigation into how context constructs meaning, how images change over time and how information can be lost or reconstituted.

The aesthetic and conceptual choices for the work exhibited in Fake Empire will respond to and interact with one another, each picking up a concept where the other leaves off. Given the difference of the artists’ individual practices, together they provide a more complete and complex visual thesis.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Brian Barr and Lauren Rice have had collaborative exhibitions at VoxPopuli (Philadelphia, PA) and Starkweather Gallery (Romeo, MI). They are looking forward to a collaborative exhibition at CUCHIFRITOS Gallery (New York, NY) in June 2014. Together, Barr and Rice are starting PASSENGER, a residency program and exhibition space in Detroit. In 2011, Rice was awarded a fellowship at The Kala Art Institute (Berkeley, CA). This fall, Barr was a fellow at the MacDowell Colony (Peterborough, NH). Barr has curated exhibitions at Org Contemporary (Detroit, MI), Purdue University (West Lafaytette, IN), and the Museum of New Art (Detroit, MI). In March 2013, Barr and Rice co-curated, No Longer Presidents but Prophets at Delicious Spectacle (Washington, DC). Lauren Rice has had numerous solo exhibitions at venues including, COOP Gallery (Nashville, TN), Transformer (Washington, DC), and The South Bend Museum of Art (South Bend, IN). Barr and Rice currently live and work in Detroit, MI.
More info: lauren-rice.com and brian-barr.com

ABOUT CULTURALDC
CulturalDC makes space for art. Each year CulturalDC serves over 1,000 artists and arts groups and 30,000 audience members through the activation of art space and presentation of contemporary visual and performing arts at our two spaces, Flashpoint and Source, and in nontraditional venues across the city. Through our programs and services we work with artists, arts organizations and real estate developers to build the creative infrastructure that fuels the arts and builds community in Washington, DC.

ABOUT CULTURALDC’S VISUAL ARTS PROGRAM
CulturalDC operates Flashpoint Gallery and produces public art interventions throughout DC. We nurture talented emerging and mid-career artists by providing opportunities for peer learning and mentorship. At Flashpoint Gallery we showcase bold, new work from artists working in a variety of media including site-specific installations, performance pieces, new media and other experimental forms. As a nonprofit gallery free from the constraints of commercial expectations, Flashpoint provides artists and curators a unique opportunity to take creative risks. An advisory panel of noted artists and arts professionals makes programming recommendations for the gallery and provides mentorship and support to exhibiting artists.

Flashpoint Gallery is generously supported by Natalie and Paul Abrams and by DESHO Productions and The Washington Post Company.. Marvin is CulturalDC’s 2013-14 Wine Partner.

Funding for CulturalDC is generously provided by Bank of America Charitable Foundation, The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, The Kresge Foundation, the MARPAT Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Prince Charitable Trusts, The Share Fund of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region and many other generous partners.

ABOUT FLASHPOINT
Flashpoint is a multi-disciplinary arts space. Flashpoint includes a contemporary art gallery, the 75-seat Mead Theatre Lab, the Coors Dance Studio and shared office space for arts organizations.

Lauren Rice and Brian Barr: Fake Empire
Opening Reception: Friday, November 8, 6-8pm
Exhibition Dates: November 8 – December 21, 2013
Flashpoint Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 12-6pm or by appointment
For more information: Call 202.315.1310 or visit culturaldc.org

CulturalDC • 916 G Street, NW • Washington, DC 20001
General: 202.315.1305 Press: 202.315.1310 Fax: 202.315.1303
Email: karyn@culturaldc.org
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08.26.13

CulturalDC Announces 2013-14 MEAD THEATRE LAB PROGRAM SEASON

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PRESS CONTACT: KARYN MILLER
karyn@culturaldc.org | 202.315.1310

Washington, DC – CulturalDC is pleased to announce the 2013-14 season in the Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint. CulturalDC will present seven new works — in three different venues — representing some of the city’s most exciting emerging artists. The season commences with The Washington Rouges’ production of Stephen Spotswood’s In the Forest, She Grew Fangs followed by Jess Jung’s production of Happy Days by Samuel Beckett, Sleeping Beauty: a puppet ballet by Pointless Theatre Company, Trapped Happiness choreographed by Sarah Ewing and co-presented by CityDance at Strathmore. Additionally CulturalDC will present three works in progress — How the B-Side Won by Baye Harrell, WTF Happened to Baby Sister? by Thembi Duncan and Lolita, Reinterpreted by Megan Dominy.

2013-14 Line-Up:

FANGS210.12.13 – 11.02.13
WASHINGTON ROGUES’ IN THE FOREST SHE GREW FANGS
BY STEPHEN SPOTSWOOD | DIRECTED BY RYAN TAYLOR
This Halloween, Lucy goes hunting. Megan Graves stars as bullied high school student Lucy in the world-premiere of Stephen Spotswood’s cutting-edge take on the Little Red Riding Hood mythos. Fangs is a frightening tale of unrequited love, burning passion and brutal vengeance.

HappyDays02.05.14 – 02.23.14
HAPPY DAYS BY SAMUEL BECKETT, PRODUCED & DIRECTED BY JESS JUNG
Winnie is trapped — buried up to her waist — and yet continues to pursue another Happy Day. Jess Jung re-imagines Samuel Beckett’s absurd classic, linking Winnie’s isolation to our ever-accelerating culture and the disposable commodities it leaves behind.

sleeping beauty04.09.14 – 5.04.14
POINTLESS THEATRE COMPANY’S SLEEPING BEAUTY: A PUPPET BALLET
CO-CREATED BY PATTI KALIL & MATT RECKEWEG
Love conquers all in this adaptation of Charles Perrault’s 1696 fairytale, The Sleeping Beauty. Set to the music of Tchaikovsky’s iconic ballet, puppets dance, battle dragons, overturn spells and discover the meaning of true love. This puppet ballet combines tabletop, marionette, hand and pageant puppets to bring to life this classic fairytale, visually inspired by the late 19th century aesthetics of the Ballet Russes.

Sarah04.16.14 & 04.17.14
CO-PRESENTED BY CITYDANCE @ STRATHMORE
TRAPPED HAPPINESS BY SARAH EWING
Australian choreographer Sarah Ewing joins forces with Anthony Barbir to create Trapped Happiness, a full-length dance-theatre duet that explores humanity’s complicated relationship with happiness. Hundreds of wrapped chocolate and candy bars serve as a background for a journey in search of joy.

WORKS-IN-PROGRESS @ THE SOURCE REHEARSAL HALL:

ThembiDuncan 02.03.14
WTF HAPPENED TO BABY SISTER?
CREATED BY JAMES FOSTER JR., WRITTEN BY THEMBI DUNCAN, MICHAEL SAINTE-ANDRESS, MUSE
The Jenkins sisters, glamorous 1970s drag ball icons, have fallen on lean times. When one decides to compete in the 1995 Golden Diamonds Ball to re-launch her career, all hell breaks loose!

BayeHarrell02.10.14
HOW THE B-SIDE WON, WRITTEN BY BAYE HARRELL
It’s the 1970s in the Bronx and the apocalypse may be on the horizon. Pioneer hip-hop artist Afrika Bambaataa’s work as as a central character, guide and DJ in the hip-hop movement inspires this exploration of history…and its alternatives.

 

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08.11.14
LOLITA, REINTERPRETED BY MEGAN DOMINY
Lolita is the myth, but who is the girl behind the name? For decades, Lolita has been dismissed as the seductress in Humbert Humbert’s confession. Now, this iconic character becomes the protagonist. Will Lolita be forever branded as a footnote nymphet, or will she rise to reclaim her identity? A poignant re-examination of the classic novel.

ABOUT THE MEAD THEATRE LAB PROGRAM
The Mead Theatre Lab Program offers intensive production and development assistance for performing artists, writers, directors, producers and independent theatre companies. CulturalDC encourages artists to develop new, risk-taking work, explore the artistic process in innovative ways and collaborate with artists working in a variety of disciplines. The result is an eclectic group of innovative, edgy productions and an environment in which emerging performing artists can grow.

The projects were solicited through a competitive open-call. Selected productions were recommended by an advisory panel of prominent DC-area arts professionals including Alexe Nowakoski, Executive Director, CityDance; Michael Bobbitt, Artistic Director, Adventure Theatre-MTC; Debra Kim Sivigny, free-lance designer; and Peter Miller, Board Member Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. The advisory panel also provides mentoring and professional development throughout the creation of each production.

The Mead Theatre Lab Program at Flashpoint, a CulturalDC project, is generously sponsored by the late Jaylee Mead. Additional support is provided by The Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts, the Max & Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, the Mary & Daniel Loughran Foundation, The Washington Post Company and The Weissberg Foundation.

Funding for CulturalDC is generously provided by The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, The Kresge Foundation, the MARPAT Foundation, the Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Prince Charitable Trusts, The Share Fund of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region and many other generous partners. Marvin is CulturalDC’s 2013-14 Wine Partner.

ABOUT FLASHPOINT
Flashpoint, a CulturalDC project, is a multi-disciplinary arts space. Flashpoint includes a contemporary art gallery, the 75-seat Mead Theatre Lab, the Coors Dance Studio and shared office space for arts organizations.

For more information visit culturaldc.org.
CulturalDC • 916 G Street, NW • Washington, DC 20001
General: 202.315.1305 Press: 202.315.1310 Fax: 202.315.1303
Email: karyn@culturaldc.org
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08.26.13

CulturalDC Announces 2013-14 FLASHPOINT GALLERY LINE-UP

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS CONTACT: KARYN MILLER
karyn@culturaldc.org | 202.315.1310

Washington, DC – CulturalDC is pleased to announce Flashpoint Gallery’s 2013-14 exhibition season. CulturalDC will present nine exhibitions at Flashpoint Gallery this year, kicking off the season with an exhibition that opened on August 9 by artist Dana Jeri Maier. The eight other exhibitions selected will feature: Gregory Thielker, Lauren Rice & Brian Barr, Lindsay Pichaske, Cindy Cheng, Emily Biondo & Bradford Barr, Judy Rushin, Sonya Lawyer and Adam Hager. All of the artists in the program receive professional development support and are mentored by members of the Gallery’s Advisory Panel.

2013-14 Line-Up:

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DANA JERI MAIER: If We Could All Agree Not to Care, We Wouldn’t Have to Do This
DC-based artist, Dana Jeri Maier transformed the gallery into a cartoon universe. Maier covered the walls with a series of dense, absurdist drawings. The space is punctuated with life-size ink wall drawings of characters interacting with each other and the space to immerse the viewer in private conversations.

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GREGORY THIELKER: Highway
Highway is an installation of drawings, text and sculpture that documents the societal shift along the renovated Grand Trunk Road, one of India’s ancient highways. Gregory Thielker’s detailed drawings describe a rigorous system of mileage stops to mark time and space during the 900 mile journey from Delhi to Kolkata. The artist will create a catalog for this exhibition.

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LAUREN RICE & BRIAN BARR: Fake Empire
Detroit-based artists Lauren Rice and Brian Barr will use collage, animation, painting and sculpture to examine the shifting cultural significance of ideas, objects and images. Through the lens of living and working in Detroit’s collapsed economy, they will investigate how context constructs meaning, how images can change over time and how information can be lost or reconstituted.

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LINDSAY PICHASKE: Everything That Rises
Everything That Rises is a three-dimensional drawing installation by artist Lindsay Pichaske. A web of threads attached to the walls, ceiling and floor will encase a suspended animal frame made with strands of knotted human hair. Pichaske explores notions of time, mortality and the relationship of humans to animals in this site-responsive installation.

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CINDY CHENG: The Hero and The Villain
The Hero and the Villain is an installation that explores how actions of conquest and defeat can influence and transform the perception of land or space. Cindy Cheng’s installation is comprised of a series of dynamic drawings, object arrangements and constructions that activate the wall, the floor and the surrounding space. The viewer is transformed into the traveler as they explore Cheng’s invented land.

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EMILY BIONDO & BRADFORD BARR: Touch Me
Emily Biondo and Bradford Barr will create an interactive light environment that is generated by the physical interactions of two people. Individual viewers will have an immediate and dynamic effect on their surroundings by simply touching another person. From that interaction, the installation will begin to glow, change and flash, immersing viewers in a lit geometric space built by their own touch.

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JUDY RUSHIN: Variance/Invariance
Variance/Invariance treats paintings as things in motion rather than inert artifacts. With a focus on the vernacular of quick-assembly housing and furniture, Rushin created a system in which artworks are assembled, dismantled and shipped in small boxes. By sharing her work with individuals and in galleries and museums with their shipping boxes, texts and project documentation, her work is an experiment in collaborative design, alternative platforms for artistic engagement and affirms the gallery’s role as a site for social discourse.

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SONYA LAWYER: A Peace (of the Dream)
A Peace (of the Dream) is an exhibition of vintage images celebrating color, design and texture overlaid with a narrative of family stories, personal memories, and universal truths. Sonya Lawyer will weave together images of men, women and children from the past and present. The exhibition will also incorporate music, spoken word and gallery visitors’ personal stories and photographs.

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ADAM HAGER
Adam Hager collects, disassembles and reassembles mechanical objects that he collects. By shifting and reimagining these objects to oppose their original functions, he tempts the viewer with a new interaction, while challenging our associations with everyday items. Familiar objects like tires, typewriters and automobile engines develop new personalities and new relationships are established between unrelated items.
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An advisory panel comprised of noted art professionals in the DC area reviews proposals and helps make programming recommendations for each season. That panel includes Hasan Elahi, Artist and Associate Professor of Art at the University of Maryland; Melissa Ho, Assistant Curator, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; Laura Roulet, Independent Curator; Luis Silva, Artist and Associate Professor, Department of Art, American University; Henry Thaggert, Collector and Vesela Sretenovic, Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art, The Phillips Collection. The advisory panel also provides guidance and mentorship to the artists and curators in the program to assist in the development of each project.

Participants in the visual program receive artistic and public relations support from CulturalDC staff. Additionally, artists and curators participate in Flash Forums, a program designed to help develop and incubate upcoming projects. Flash Forums foster a meaningful dialogue with a community of fellow artists, curators, panelists and our staff, and gives exhibitors an opportunity to ask questions, gain feedback and compare notes with fellow artists. This year, CulturalDC will also continue its collaboration with the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Luce Foundation Center. Each month, CulturalDC selects a locally-based artist to give a talk about their work and how it relates to work on view at the Luce Center.

ABOUT CULTURALDC’S VISUAL ARTS PROGRAM
CulturalDC operates Flashpoint Gallery and produces public art interventions throughout DC. We nurture talented emerging and mid-career artists by providing opportunities for peer learning and mentorship. At Flashpoint Gallery we showcase bold, new work from artists working in a variety of media including site-specific installations, performance pieces, new media and other experimental forms. As a nonprofit gallery free from the constraints of commercial expectations, Flashpoint provides artists and curators a unique opportunity to take creative risks. An advisory panel of noted artists and arts professionals makes programming recommendations for the gallery and provides mentorship and support to exhibiting artists.

Flashpoint Gallery is generously supported by Natalie and Paul Abrams and by DESHO Production and The Washington Post Company. Marvin is CulturalDC’s 2013-14 Wine Partner.

Funding for CulturalDC is generously provided by The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, The Kresge Foundation, the MARPAT Foundation, the Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Prince Charitable Trusts, The Share Fund of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region and many other generous partners.

ABOUT FLASHPOINT
Flashpoint, a CulturalDC project, is a multi-disciplinary arts space. Flashpoint includes a contemporary art gallery, the 75-seat Mead Theatre Lab, the Coors Dance Studio and shared office space for arts organizations.

For more information visit culturaldc.org.
CulturalDC • 916 G Street, NW • Washington, DC 20001
General: 202.315.1305 Press: 202.315.1310 Fax: 202.315.1303
Email: karyn@culturaldc.org
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08.26.13

Gregory Thielker: Highway

PRESS RELEASE
CONTACT: KARYN MILLER
karyn@culturaldc.org | 202.315.1310

CulturalDC Presents
GREGORY THIELKER: Highway

September 20 – October 26, 2013 at FLASHPOINT GALLERY
916 G Street NW, Washington DC 20001

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, September 20, 6-8pm
09.20.13, FRI 6-8PM

WASHINGTON, DC – Opening at CulturalDC’s Flashpoint Gallery on September 20, this exhibition is composed of detailed pencil drawings, text and sculpture based on artist Gregory Thielker’s chronicles of the transformation of India’s Grand Trunk Road. One of Asia’s ancient trade routes, the Grand Trunk Road connecting Delhi and Kolkatta has recently been renovated as part of the national infrastructure campaign. The exhibition is a nuanced examination of the road and merges images with oral histories to create a rich and layered experience.

The exhibition documents the road as it exists today – a long and imposing pathway through India’s richest and poorest districts. Sarais, temples and mosques from the 16th century exist next to new overpasses, factories and schools. The material for this exhibit was developed during a two-year stay in India supported by a senior research Fulbright grant. Following a predetermined process, Thielker would do a drawing from the road every 76 kilometers (1/20th of the 1500 km/900+ mile journey) and then interview people whom he met along the road. Thielker says, “The interviews with local people about how their lives have been changed by the road were alternately confusing, exaggerated, heartfelt, deceptive or hopeful. While I had a very rigorous system of mileage stops, the impact of the road is quite nuanced and complex – something that I want to come through in the exhibition.”

Consisting of forty drawings, the exhibition depicts views of the road, but also interview subjects, maps, receipts and book pages. The interviews and drawings describe the places through a series of grey tones made with pencil on paper. This style serves to deprioritize a single view or sentiment in favor of a more layered interpretation of the road.

A catalog of the exhibition will be available. Essays by Jeffry Cudlin, curator and professor of curatorial studies at Maryland Institute College of Art, and Chintan Upadhyay, internationally acclaimed Indian artist, are included.

ABOUT THE ARTIST
Gregory Thielker lives and works in New Jersey, as well as abroad. His previous projects have focused on Afghanistan, El Salvador, and Norway. His work has been exhibited internationally and has been reviewed in The Independent, La Repubblica, and The Washington Post. He is an assistant professor of art at The College of New Jersey.

More info: http://gregorythielker.com/

ABOUT CULTURALDC
CulturalDC makes space for art. Each year CulturalDC serves over 1,000 artists and arts groups and 40,000 audience members through the activation of art space and presentation of contemporary visual and performing arts at our two spaces, Flashpoint and Source, and in nontraditional venues across the city. Through our programs and services we work with artists, arts organizations and real estate developers to build the creative infrastructure that fuels the arts and builds community in Washington, DC.

ABOUT CULTURALDC’S VISUAL ARTS PROGRAM
CulturalDC operates Flashpoint Gallery and produces public art interventions throughout DC. We nurture talented emerging and mid-career artists by providing opportunities for peer learning and mentorship. At Flashpoint Gallery we showcase bold, new work from artists working in a variety of media including site-specific installations, performance pieces, new media and other experimental forms. As a nonprofit gallery free from the constraints of commercial expectations, Flashpoint provides artists and curators a unique opportunity to take creative risks. An advisory panel of noted artists and arts professionals makes programming recommendations for the gallery and provides mentorship and support to exhibiting artists.
Flashpoint Gallery is generously supported by Natalie and Paul Abrams and by DESHO Production and The Washington Post Company. Hotel Helix is Flashpoint’s 2013-14 Hotel Partner. Marvin is CulturalDC’s 2013-14 Wine Partner.

Funding for CulturalDC is generously provided by The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, The Kresge Foundation, the MARPAT Foundation, the Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Prince Charitable Trusts, The Share Fund of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region and many other generous partners.

ABOUT FLASHPOINT
Flashpoint is a multi-disciplinary arts space. Flashpoint includes a contemporary art gallery, the 75-seat Mead Theatre Lab, the Coors Dance Studio and shared office space for arts organizations.

Gregory Thielker: Highway
Opening Reception: Friday, September 20, 6-8pm
Exhibition Dates: September 20 – October 26, 2013
Flashpoint Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 12-6pm or by appointment
For more information: Call 202.315.1310 or visit culturaldc.org

CulturalDC • 916 G Street, NW • Washington, DC 20001
General: 202.315.1305 Press: 202.315.1310 Fax: 202.315.1303
Email: karyn@culturaldc.org
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08.08.13

Dana Jeri Maier: If We Could All Agree Not to Care, We Wouldn’t Have to Do This

CulturalDC Presents
Dana Jeri Maier: If We Could All Agree Not to Care, We Wouldn’t Have to Do This

at FLASHPOINT GALLERY
916 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

OPENING RECEPTION:
08.09.13, FRI, 6 – 8pm

WASHINGTON, DC – CulturalDC is pleased to announce an exhibition by DC-based artist Dana Jeri Maier, opening on August 9 at Flashpoint Gallery. If We Could All Agree Not to
Care, We Wouldn’t Have to Do This
is a drawing installation that will transform the gallery into a cartoon universe. Maier will cover the gallery with a series of panels of dense, absurdist drawings in the gridded format of comics. She will punctuate the space with life-size ink and acrylic wall-drawings of characters interacting with each other and the space to immerse the viewer in private conversations.

If We Could All Agree Not to Care, We Wouldn’t Have to Do This explores the inner lives of strangers, both real and imagined. Maier uses text and thought bubbles to highlight the hidden worlds of personal chatter—the everyday thoughts, insecurities and questions which exist as a ceaseless buzzing in daily life. The drawings investigate what it is to be surrounded by strangers with separate, unknowable inner lives, but whose experiences also contain many uncanny similarities. “The ultimate goal,” explains the artist, “is to transport the viewer into a setting that’s completely otherworldly but makes them feel understood.”

There will be an opening reception with the artist on Friday, August 9 from 6-8pm. Dana Jeri Maier will be giving a talk at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Luce Center on Sunday, September 8 at 1:30pm.

ABOUT THE ARTIST
Dana Jeri Maier is an illustrator-turned-fine-artist living in Washington, DC, who works primarily in pen and ink. She is a recipient of a 2012 Individual Artist’s Grant from the DC Commission of Arts and Humanities for an upcoming volume titled, The Unsuccessful Artist’s Handbook. She holds a BFA in Illustration and an MA in Digital Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art.

For more information, please visit: danajeri.com

ABOUT CULTURALDC
CulturalDC makes space for art. Each year CulturalDC serves over 1,000 artists and arts groups and 30,000 audience members through the activation of art space and presentation of contemporary visual and performing arts at our two spaces, Flashpoint and Source, and in nontraditional venues across the city. Through our programs and services we work with artists, arts organizations and real estate developers to build the creative infrastructure that fuels the arts and builds community in Washington, DC.

ABOUT CULTURALDC’S VISUAL ARTS PROGRAM
CulturalDC operates Flashpoint Gallery and produces public art interventions throughout DC. We nurture talented emerging and mid-career artists by providing opportunities for peer learning and mentorship. At Flashpoint Gallery we showcase bold, new work from artists working in a variety of media including site-specific installations, performance pieces, new media and other experimental forms. As a nonprofit gallery free from the constraints of commercial expectations, Flashpoint provides artists and curators a unique opportunity to take creative risks. An advisory panel of noted artists and arts professionals makes programming recommendations for the gallery and provides mentorship and support to exhibiting artists.

Flashpoint Gallery is generously supported by Natalie and Paul Abrams and by DESHO Productions and The Washington Post Company. Marvin is CulturalDC’s 2012-13 Wine Partner.

ABOUT FLASHPOINT
Flashpoint is a multi-disciplinary arts space. Flashpoint includes a contemporary art gallery, the 75-seat Mead Theatre Lab, the Coors Dance Studio and shared office space for arts organizations.

Dana Jeri Maier: If We Could All Agree Not to Care, We Wouldn’t Have to Do This
Opening Reception: Friday, August 9, 6-8pm
Exhibition Dates: August 9 – September 14, 2013
Flashpoint Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 12-6pm or by appointment
For more information: Call 202.315.1310 or visit culturaldc.org

CulturalDC • 916 G Street, NW • Washington, DC 20001
General: 202.315.1305karyn@culturaldc.org
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07.23.13

Mladinsko Theatre’s production of Norman Allen’s Nijinsky’s Last Dance

In Celebration of the National Gallery of Art’s Exhibition Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, 1909–1929: When Art Danced with Music
at MEAD THEATRE LAB PROGRAM AT FLASHPOINT

OPENING RECEPTION: TUES, 08.27.13, 8PM

WASHINGTON, DC — To coincide with the National Gallery of Art’s exhibition Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, 1909–1929: When Art Danced with Music, CulturalDC welcomes Slovenia’s Mladinsko Theatre, and their production of Norman Allen’s solo drama Nijinsky’s Last Dance. Exploring the artistry and madness of Diaghilev’s greatest star, the play joined the Mladinsko repertory in 2010, and has toured throughout Europe. Washington-based playwright Allen said, “I saw the production in Ljubljana and was thrilled with the matched intimacy and innovation. It’s a stunning performance by Primož Bezjak, and fascinating in its use of theatre craft. I felt I was seeing it for the first time.” In addition to support from CulturalDC, the Mladinsko Theatre’s visit is funded by the City of Ljubljana, the Slovene Ministry of Culture and the Slovene Embassy in Washington.

Vaslav Nijinsky, renowned as a dancer but even more influential as a groundbreaking choreographer, is featured prominently in the National Gallery’s exhibition. Curator Sarah Kennel commented, “Nijinsky was a vitally important figure in early twentieth-culture. His virtuoso technique, which combined powerful athleticism with feline grace, revived interest in male dancing more generally while his chameleon-like ability to transform himself in different roles made him into a cult figure. But it was the innovative choreography for works like The Rite of Spring that revealed Nijinsky as an iconoclast.”

In CulturalDC’s intimate Mead Theatre Lab, the production finds a home similar to its original venue, where it played the smallest of the Mladinsko’s three theatres. Director Marko Mlačnik explained, “Our ideal is to perform to an audience seated in a single row that circles the stage. More than that and we lose the intimacy that is required for this piece.” Allen saw the production while guest artist with the company in spring 2011. “The Mladinsko is ensemble based, with a history of being politically subversive,” he said. “It was interesting to see the play shaped to become a part of that tradition.”

Jenny McConnell Frederick, Director of Performing Arts at CulturalDC, commented, “We were immediately intrigued when Norman came to us with this idea. His play The House Halfway was a big success in our Source Festival last year, and we’re always happy to support our alums. The chance to partner with new colleagues in Slovenia around this exhibition is an opportunity we couldn’t miss.”

Uršula Cetinski, artistic director of the Mladinsko Theatre, added, “We feel that we are following in the footsteps of this great dancer, who also crossed the Atlantic to bring his work to American audiences. We share Nijinsky and Diaghilev’s Slavic heritage, which brings a special sensiblity to our performance. There are many theatre-lovers in Europe who have come to love this production. We hope to add to their number during our stay in Washington.”

Nijinsky’s Last Dance premiered at Arlington’s Signature Theatre in 1998. Directed by Joe Calarco and starring Jeremy Davidson, it won four Helen Hayes Awards, including Outstanding Play. Subsequent incarnations include a Kennedy Center reprise of the Signature original in 2003, and productions across the United States, South Africa and Europe.

Synopsis:
A tour de force solo drama, Nijinsky’s Last Dance delves into the hidden recesses of the great dancer’s psyche as he fights for his sanity. Slipping into his own legendary past, Nijinsky enters the personas of his greatest collaborators, from Ballet Russe impresario Sergei Diaghilev to prima ballerina Tamara Karsavina. As he embodies his own rise and fall, Nijinsky offers a glimpse into the unraveling of the twentieth century.

Production Details:
With Primož Bezjak as Nijinsky, direction is by Marko Mlačnik, choreography by Mateja Rebolj and Slovenian translation by Jakob J. Kenda. The creative team includes composer Bojana
Šaljić Podešva, set and costume designer Barbara Kapelj Osredkar, lighting designer Matjaž Brišar, sound designer Silvo Zupančič, dramaturg Uršula Cetinski, language consultant Mateja Dermelj, make-up artist Barbara Pavlin and stage manager Janez Pavlovčič.

Performance Details:
Nijinsky’s Last Dance will be performed in Slovenian, with English surtitles. Performances are Monday, August 26 through Friday, August 30 at 8PM. Tickets are $25, and available online through culturaldc.org. Running time is approximately 80 minutes.

Mladinsko Theatre: Nijinsky’s Last Dance
Pay-What-You-Can-Previews: Monday, August 26, 8pm
Opening Performance and Reception: Tuesday, August 27, 8pm
Performances: August 26 – August 30, 2013
Venue: Mead Theater Lab at Flashpoint, 916 G St. NW (near Metro Center & Gallery Place Metro)
Tickets: $25
For Tickets: Call 866.811.4111 or visit culturaldc.org.

Funded in part by the City of Ljubljana, and the Slovenian Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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ABOUT MLADINSKO THEATRE
Established in Ljubljana in 1955 as the first professional theatre for children and youth in Slovenia, the Mladinsko was gradually re-structured into a company focused on interdisciplinary, experimental work. Known for the creative range of its stage directors and the strength of its ensemble, the Mladinsko investigates the universal paradoxes of civilization, and seeks to develop a code of new theatrical practice, new visual paradigms and new views on the classics. All company members research and develop, risk and create together.

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
Norman Allen’s previous work with the National Gallery includes scripting PBS documentaries based on exhibitions on Vincent Van Gogh, Mary Cassatt and John Singer Sargent. His work for the stage has been commissioned and produced by the Kennedy Center, the Shakespeare Theatre Company and the Karlin Music Theatre in Prague, where his contemporary Carmen (score by Wildhorn & Murphy) ran for three years. While playwright-in-residence at Signature Theatre, Allen premiered Melville Slept Here, Fallen from Proust and In the Garden (Charles MacArthur Award, Outstanding New Play), among others. He was invited to join the Playwrights Arena development program at Arena Stage in 2013. Recent projects include the acclaimed, inter-disciplinary Once Wild: Isadora in Russia.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART
The National Gallery of Art is the sole US venue for Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, 1909–1929: When Art Danced with Music. The exhibition, on view in the East Building through September 2, showcases some 150 original costumes, set designs, paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings, photographs, posters and film clips in a theatrical multimedia installation. Included are original costumes worn by Nijinsky in performance, a Rodin study of the dancer, and film presentations of his groundbreaking choreography for Afternoon of a Faun and The Rite of Spring.

ABOUT CULTURALDC
CulturalDC creates opportunities for artists and arts organizations that stimulate economic development and improve the quality of life in the greater Washington region. We envision the arts as a driving force in community development and as an integral part in sustaining DC as a vibrant metropolitan area. CulturalDC ensures that there are spaces and resources for artists and arts organizations to live, create, exhibit and perform throughout the city.

ABOUT THE MEAD THEATRE LAB PROGRAM
CulturalDC operates the Mead Theatre Lab Program and its intensive mentorship program for performing artists and independent theatre companies. Inaugurated in January 2006, the program provides theatre space, technical production support and production mentoring. A panel of noted DC theatre professionals selects the projects and provides guidance to the chosen producers. The result is an eclectic group of innovative, edgy productions and an environment in which emerging performing artists can grow.

The Mead Theatre Lab Program at Flashpoint, a CulturalDC project, is generously sponsored by the late Jaylee Mead. Additional support is provided by The Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts, the Max & Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, the Mary & Daniel Loughran Foundation, The Washington Post Company and The Weissberg Foundation.

Funding for CulturalDC is generously provided by The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, The Kresge Foundation, the MARPAT Foundation, the Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Prince Charitable Trusts, The Share Fund of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region and many other generous partners. Marvin is CulturalDC’s 2012-13 Wine Partner.

CulturalDC • 916 G Street, NW • Washington, DC 20001
General: 202.315.1305
CulturalDC PressPhone: 202.315.1310 • Email: karyn@culturaldc.org
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