Press Releases

05.18.17

DANIELLE SCRUGGS: MIGRATIONS

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DANIELLE SCRUGGS

MIGRATIONS
June 10 – June 30, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 10 from 6-8pm

WASINGTON, DC – CulturalDC is pleased to present Migrations by Danielle A. Scruggs from June 10 through June 30 at Flashpoint Gallery. Migrations combines original portraits and archival photos of Scruggs’ family members to trace her personal family history and explore the Great Migration of the early to mid-20th century, which is directly connected to the lingering effects of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade.

During the U.S. Great Migration, between 1910 and 1970, thousands of Black families relocated from Southern towns and cities to Northern cities such as Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, and New York to escape dead-end jobs and Jim Crow racism and to build better lives for themselves and future generations. Both sides of Scruggs’ family were a part of this move. They were sharecroppers and farmers who relocated from Fordyce, Arkansas and Clarksdale, Mississippi to Peoria, Illinois and Chicago, Illinois, respectively.

In Migrations, Scruggs combines archival family photos and modern portraits she has taken of her family members. In doing so, she pieces together more about her personal family history and places it within a larger context about how these relocations and cultural shifts affected both her own family members’ lives and the lives of thousands of Black families in America.

Overall, Scrugg’s practice, which includes photography, text, and installation, explores the various ways one can navigate, shape, and take up physical and psychic space, and how this leads to the construction of the self. Scruggs is particularly interested in her family’s origin stories and exploring a small aspect of what it means to be Black in America, and how those histories affect us in the present day.

Image: Danielle Scruggs, Mom, 2015. Archival inkjet print, 30”x40”

 

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Danielle A. Scruggs is a photographer and photo director. Her work has been exhibited at the Center for Photography at Woodstock, A.I.R. Gallery, Arlington Arts Center, Pleasant Plains Workshop, the National Institutes of Health, Roman Susan Gallery, and the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, among other museums and galleries throughout the United States.She has also been an artist-in-residence at the Center for Photography at Woodstock, Byrdcliffe Colony, The Wassaic Project, and Pleasant Plains Workshop. In 2015, she established Black Women Directors, an online resource highlighting the art and labor of Black women directors from across the Diaspora. That same year, she was part of the inaugural Thread at Yale class.

Danielle received her M.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Art and her B.A. from Howard University. After living in Washington, D.C. for several years, she recently relocated to her hometown of Chicago, where she is currently the Director of Photography at the Chicago Reader newspaper.

 

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, 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.

CulturalDC is generously supported by DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, DC Office of Planning, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, Daimler, Washington Gas, AT&T, Busboys and Poets/Mulebone, Lockheed Martin, Menkiti Group, VOA & Associates, Bozzuto, Torti Gallas and Partners.

 

DANIELLE SCRUGGS: MIGRATIONS

Exhibition Dates:
June 10, 2017 –  June 30, 2017

Opening Reception:
Saturday, June 10, 2017 from 6-8pm (free and open to the public)

Luce Foundation Center Artist Talk:
Saturday, July 29, 1:30pm (free and open to the public)
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Third Floor

Flashpoint Gallery Hours:
Wednesday – Saturday, 12-6pm or by appointment

05.03.17

KHANH LE: WHILE WE WAIT

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KHÁNH LÊ

WHILE WE WAIT
May 13 – June 3, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, May 12 from 6-8pm

WASINGTON, DC – CulturalDC is pleased to present While We Wait by Khánh H. Lê from May 13 through June 3 at Flashpoint Gallery. The exhibition features work by the DC interdisciplinary artist focusing on mixed-media photography. In recent years, news of Syrian refugees in Europe and immigration issues here in the United States caused Lê to reflect on his personal experiences as he and his family waited for permission to immigrate to the United States in the late 80s. For this exhibition, Lê began by re-photographing old family photographs taken either just before leaving Vietnam or during their stay in refugee camps in Thailand and Hong Kong. He then began his own practice of abstracting those memories through embellishment.

Lê’s work is a hybrid of design, minimalism, photography, abstract painting, and bedazzling. He transforms everyday family photo albums into colorful abstractions using gold gelly roll pens, sequins, acrylic stickers, and acrylic crystals. Because these scrapbooking materials have little perceived value, there is freedom to embed culturally specific references within fading memories and identities.These added materials alter, interrupt, and give new possibile meanings to these captured memories. What originated as personal memories become part of a shared public memory. In his practice, Lê combines cultural signifiers with abstraction and popular culture to create new work that is either pure abstraction, identity-based art, or both.

Image: Khánh Lê, Standing at the Gate with His New White Tennis Shoe and T-Shirt, 2017. Mixed media: gold and silver paint, acrylic jewels, and toner and gel transfer on wood panel. 42”x30”x2”

 

ABOUT THE ARTIST

For Lê, identity plays a central role in artistic output. He continuously probes his personal and familial histories in an attempt to carve out a cultural identity for himself. Lê graduated with his BFA from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and his MFA from Syracuse University. His work has been exhibited at the Hunterdon Art Museum (Clinton, NJ), Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution (Chautauqua, NY), Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington, DC), Vox Populi (Philadelphia, PA), Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts (Wilmington, DE), Arlington Arts Center (Arlington, VA), Honfleur Gallery (Washington, DC), DC Arts Center (Washington, DC), Washington Project for the Arts (Washington, DC), and Transformer (Washington, DC). The New York Art Residency and Studio awarded Lê the 2016 Annual Solo Exhibition Fellowship. The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities awarded Lê the Artist Fellowship for the Visual Arts in 2017. Lê continues to live and work in Washington, DC, where he actively explores and questions the notion of identities through the lenses of culture and memories.

 

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, 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.

CulturalDC is generously supported by DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, DC Office of Planning, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, Daimler, Washington Gas, AT&T, Busboys and Poets/Mulebone, Lockheed Martin, Menkiti Group, VOA & Associates, Bozzuto, Torti Gallas and Partners.

 

 

KHÁNH LÊ: WHILE WE WAIT

Exhibition Dates:
May 13, 2017 –  June 3, 2017

Opening Reception:
Friday, May 12, 2017 from 6-8pm (free and open to the public)

Luce Foundation Center Artist Talk:
Sunday, May 21, 1:30pm (free and open to the public)
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Third Floor

Flashpoint Gallery Hours:
Wednesday – Saturday, 12-6pm or by appointment

04.27.17

Sioux Falls

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SIOUX FALLS

May 19 – June 11

Mead Theatre Lab, 916 G St. NW, Washington, DC

WASHINGTON, DC– CulturalDC is pleased to present 10th Muse Production’s world premiere of Sioux Falls by Megan Dominy, a local playwright and actress. The play, a mature follow up to 10th Muse’s The Wedding Party (2015 Pick of the Fringe Winner), examines abortion access in a controversial culture war with humor and humanity.

In the journey to motherhood, timing is everything. A hopeful mother-to-be, a disaffected student, and an abused wife are all seeking an unusual destination: Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The reason? Sioux Falls is the only clinic in the state which offers abortion services. Connected by a common need but little else, the three women’s paths unexpectedly cross and collide, as they battle personal demons, prophetic mermaids, and bureaucratic red tape. Sioux Falls destroys the simple narrative of what we expect women seeking abortion to be. Instead, it explores the complexity behind this difficult choice and how well government policies can adapt to human intricacy.

Originally conceived as a one-woman show, playwright Megan Dominy felt compelled to return to the piece and expand its story. The project was submitted well before the election, when the prospect of the first female President invited a different sort of reflection with the script—engaging areas of policy where Pro-Choice and Pro-Life camps could conceivably overlap (such as access to healthcare and family leave.) Post-election, however, the show grew more essential than ever. The women in the play surpass the headlines of “echo chamber” articles. They defy stereotypes from a Blue or Red newsfeed’s cautionary tale. These characters are complicated, funny, and imperfect individuals, and their situations deserve that level of consideration. The issue of Choice is not black and white, and the policies that govern abortion access shouldn’t be either.  “I’m thankful to the women who shared their personal stories with me, and to Tammi Kromenaker, the Clinic Director of the only abortion care facility in North Dakota, for her feedback on the script. I hope the show honors the women who face this choice and Tammi’s relentless work. And I hope the depiction is richly drawn with many ‘shades of gray’ consistent with the complexity of this subject.”—Megan Dominy, playwright

 

About 10th Muse Productions: 10th Muse Productions focuses on new works by and about women. Feminist and funny, 10th Muse explores the complicated lives of women and the complex relationships between them. Because every woman has a story.

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Creative Team

Director: Rachael Murray

Lighting Design: Jason Aufdem-Brinke

Sound Design: Niusha Nawab

Set Design: James Finley

Choreography: Nora Rosengarten

Stage Management Team: Jocelyn Callister and Daniel Debner

 

Script consultation by Tammi Kromenaker, Clinic Director of Red River Women’s Clinic in Fargo, ND

 

Cast

Tess Higgins

Jonathan Rizzardi

Allyson Harkey

Seth Alcorn

Mo O’Rourke

Ali Evarts

Bianca Lipford

Jennifer Hopkins

 

Price: $10-$20

 

Sioux Falls runs approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes, including one 15 minute intermission

 

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 Thembi Duncan¸ Creative Programs Director at Young Playwrights’ Theater; Michael Kyrioglou, Theatre Services Manager Theatre Washington; Peter Miller, Board Member Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company; Tom Prewitt, Artistic Director WSC Avant Bard; and Debra Kim Sivigny, free-lance designer. The advisory panel also provides mentoring and professional development throughout the creation of each production.

CulturalDC is generously supported by, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Community Foundation for the National Capitol Region, Daimler, The National Endowment for the Arts, DC Office of Planning, AT&T, Washington Gas, Busboys and Poets/Mulebone, Susan and Dixon Butler Hank & Carol Goldberg, Lockheed Martin, Menkiti Group, Stephen Stein and VOA Associates.

04.27.17

CulturalDC Announces Ava LaTanya Hilton To Serve As Permanent Executive Director

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WASHINGTON, DC – The Board of Directors of CulturalDC is pleased to announce that Ava LaTanya “Tanya” Hilton will serve as the permanent executive director of CulturalDC. This selection concludes the Board’s year-long search for the replacement for previous executive director, Juanita Hardy. Hilton has served as interim executive director for the past year and is excited to continue her leadership of CulturalDC.

Hilton’s work has been invaluable in expanding CulturalDC’s scope and furthering the organization’s mission.  In the 18 months she has served as interim executive director, Hilton has increased corporate giving, created new artist opportunities and has orchestrated the company’s first ever day-long arts and urban innovation summit, bringing together artists, developers and thought-leaders from across the country for VISIONDC. “Tanya’s energy, enthusiasm and vision have been a driving force during this time of transition,” says Maurice Perry, president of CulturalDC’s Board of Directors, “We are thrilled to continue working with her as executive director.”

With over 25 years of experience in technology and organization development, Hilton has directed senior executives in public and private sectors. After Hilton started her career with IBM, she translated her technology experience into large-scale organization transformations through an IBM-sponsored MBA program at Harvard University. She led consulting practices in the non-profit, private and public sectors for PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Booz Allen Hamilton. Her innovative work with non-profit organizations continued through her consulting group, Hilton Advisors LLC and with her leadership with the Educational Foundation for the American Association of University Women (AAUW). Hilton also served as a member of the Goodman Theater Women’s Board, the University of Chicago’s Women’s Board, CulturalDC’s Board of Directors and as a founding member of the Washington Area Women’s Foundation “100 Group.” Beyond her career in technology and organization development, Hilton was also a performing artist in the U.S. and Europe.

 

About CulturalDC

CulturalDC has an 18-year history of creating affordable, sustainable artist spaces in the Washington, D.C., area. CulturalDC has brokered more than 250,000 square feet of artist space, including the Atlas Performing Arts Center, GALA Hispanic Theatre, Source Theatre and Woolly Mammoth Theatre. Each year, CulturalDC serves more than 1,000 artists and welcomes 30,000 audience members and participants who patronize local businesses and contribute an estimated $1 million to the local economy.

CulturalDC is generously supported by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Community Foundation for the National Capitol Region, The National Endowment for the Arts, DC Office of Planning, DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment, DC Housing Authority, Congressional Commercial, Daimler, S&R Foundation, Washington Gas, Altria, Susan and Dixon Butler, Bank of America, Peter Miller and Sara Cormeny, Foulger Pratt, Pepco/Exelon, VOA Associates, CastroHaase PLC, Bozzuto, Telesis, and Eagle Bank.

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04.05.17

CULTURALDC ANNOUNCES OPEN CALL FOR ARTISTS

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Space4 is an initiative that will bring the arts closer to every corner of DC. In expanding upon the mission of CulturalDC – to make space for art – we will transform and activate spaces across the District to create new areas for performing and visual arts. Space4 is an evolution of our critically acclaimed Mead Theatre Lab and Flashpoint Gallery programs that will bring fresh, groundbreaking visual and performing arts events to neighborhoods throughout the nation’s capital.

Now is your chance to get involved! CulturalDC is proud to announce an open call for visual and performing artists for Space4. We are looking for exciting artists that will bring spaces all across DC to life like never before. Are you pushing the boundaries of your art form? Are you excited to get your art involved in local communities? If your answer is yes to both of these questions, then this opportunity is for you! 

In Space4: Performing Art – the performing art component of Space4 – CulturalDC will continue its strong history of presenting cutting edge performance events. This program offers up to 12 weeks of rent-free space in locations across Washington, DC along with mentorship and marketing support for artists or arts organizations who wish to produce or develop* their own work during the 2017-18 Season. Venues for the 2017-18 Season include Blind Whino, Dupont Underground and Source Rehearsal Hall, with additional venues to come. Projects selected for 17-18 Season will be paired with venues based on production needs and schedule preference.

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In Space4: Art – the visual arts programming component of Space4 – CulturalDC will continue its strong history of presenting cutting edge artwork and artists through a mobile container gallery. Space4: Art allows artists to transform a fully-outfitted 40ft container into an immersive environment. The container will move across the city for the 2017-2018 season, with a new exhibit in every neighborhood it visits.

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Deadline to apply: Tuesday, May 9, 5PM | $20 to apply

 

03.14.17

BLAIR MURPHY: FOOTPRINT aka THE LANSBURGH’S NOTEBOOK

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BLAIR MURPHY

FOOTPRINT aka THE LANSBURGH’S NOTEBOOK

April 15 – May 6, 2017
Reception: Friday, April 21 from 6-8pm

WASINGTON, DC – CulturalDC is pleased to present Footprint aka the Lansburgh’s Notebook from April 15 through May 6 at Flashpoint Gallery. The exhibition, curated by Blair Murphy, brings together photographs and other documentation to celebrate past arts spaces in downtown Washington, DC.

“Downtown is home to many artists and small arts groups, which can expect to be displaced if the area succumbs to the soul-less sterility embodied in K Street-style development. Our proposal is an attempt to spark discussion of Metrocenter development by all parties concerned, before the demolition and construction begin.”

– Richard Ridley, John Reyner, and Patrick Carey

“Paper Building,” Art Ink, Spring 1979, Published by the Museum of Temporary Art.

Footprint aka the Lansburgh’s Notebook explores the history of arts spaces in downtown DC, from the underrecognized legacy of the Museum of Temporary Art, led by Janet Schmuckal from 1974 until 1982, to the long legacy of Miya Gallery, an arts space dedicated to black art and culture run by Vernard Gray in several locations in downtown DC between 1976 and 2001. Over the last several decades, downtown DC has been home to dozens of galleries, non-profit organizations, dance companies, small theater spaces, and artist studio buildings. Nearly all of these spaces are now gone; many are also nearly forgotten. The exhibition’s title refers to The Lansburgh’s Notebook­­ ­– a trove of meeting notes, letters, contact lists, and other ephemera that document efforts to transform several floors of the Lansburgh Building into a central location for dozens of arts groups from across the city. The notebook was organized by Janet Schmuckal and can be found in the papers of the Museum of Temporary Art, contained in the Archives of American Art.

The history of arts spaces downtown is intertwined with the history of DC’s development, especially efforts by the DC Redevelopment Land Agency and the Pennsylvania Avenue Development Corporation to redevelop large swaths of downtown DC. Smaller arts organizations benefited temporarily, gaining access to empty space at a low cost. However, as development efforts moved forward throughout the 1980s and 1990s, these small groups lost their spaces and relocated to other parts of the city, or shut down entirely. Footprint aka the Lansburgh’s Notebook begins to archive and document this history, with a focus on the physical locations occupied by artists and arts organizations in the downtown core from the early 1970s to the present day.

Image: Organizers and potential tenants of the Washington Humanities and Arts Center outside the Lansburgh Building at 7th and E streets NW, 1979. Photograph copyright Karen Ruckman.

ABOUT THE CURATOR

Blair Murphy is an independent curator and cultural worker based in Washington, DC and the Managing Director of DC Arts Center. She was a Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellow of the Whitney Independent Study Program from 2014 to 2015. Her past curatorial projects include exhibitions at The Kitchen (New York, NY), Field Projects (New York, NY), Arlington Arts Center (Arlington, VA), Washington Project for the Arts (Washington, DC), VisArts Rockville (Rockville, MD), DC Arts Center (Washington, DC), and SPRING/BREAK Art Show (New York, NY). She has written for Hyperallergic, BmoreArt, and Daily Serving, among other outlets. She holds a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art and an MA from Georgetown University.

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, 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.

CulturalDC is generously supported by DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, DC Office of Planning, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, Daimler, Washington Gas, AT&T, Busboys and Poets/Mulebone, Lockheed Martin, Menkiti Group, VOA & Associates, Bozzuto, Torti Gallas and Partners.

 

BLAIR MURPHY: FOOTPRINT aka THE LANSBURGH’S NOTEBOOK

Exhibition Dates:
April 15, 2017 –  May 6, 2017

Reception:
Friday, April 21, 2017 from 6-8pm (free and open to the public)

Luce Foundation Center Artist Talk:
Sunday, April 30, 1:30pm (free and open to the public)
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Third Floor

Flashpoint Gallery Hours:
Wednesday – Saturday, 12-6pm or by appointment

02.15.17

CHRISTIAN BENEFIEL: DEVELOPING AN ARGUMENT

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CHRISTIAN BENEFIEL

DEVELOPING AN ARGUMENT
March 18 – April 8, 2017
Reception: Friday, March 24 from 6-8pm

WASHINGTON, DC – CulturalDC is pleased to present Developing an Argument by Christian Benefiel from March 18 through April 8 at Flashpoint Gallery. The exhibition features new work by the Maryland sculptor investigating an argument as the application of persuasion and resistance.

Christian Benefiel’s sculptures address the interaction of elements in systems. His work is driven by the way that a social construct is dependent on balance and tension, both physically and visually. In the end, the argument itself is the construction, the product, and the notion that an issue is more complex than opinion. Through physical structures constructed from networks of wooden and found material forced against itself, Benefiel visualizes the human desire to selectively manipulate the existing environment for purpose or comfort. The form of the works plays on a psychology of species, the connection to materials and places beyond the civilized or enlightened world, and the role and method of individual pieces that make up the larger ideas of arguments and dialogue.

Image credit: Christian Benefiel, Factions of people Certain of what they believe is Oppression, 2017. Wood, dimensions variable (approx. 36”x40”x48”)

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Christian Benefiel is a Maryland-based artist focusing on sculpture and installation. His work has been featured in many solo and group exhibitions both nationally and in Europe. Recent shows include Structural Tissue at BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown, MD, Sea of Tranquility, Ocean of Doubt at VisArts in Rockville, MD, Indirect Effect at AREA 405 in Baltimore, MD, and the Foggy Bottom Sculpture Biennial in Washington, DC. His sculptures can be found in public parks and schools in Kentucky, Minnesota, Maryland, DC, and Finland. Internationally, Benefiel’s work has been included in exhibitions in Latvia, Estonia, Finland, and England. He is the recipient of the Hamiltonian Fellowship, MSAC Individual Artist Grant, and a US Fulbright Grant to Helsinki, Finland. He teaches sculpture at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, WV.

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, 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.

CulturalDC is generously supported by DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, DC Office of Planning, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, Daimler, Washington Gas, AT&T, Busboys and Poets/Mulebone, Lockheed Martin, Menkiti Group, VOA & Associates, Bozzuto, Torti Gallas and Partners.

 

 

CHRISTIAN BENEFIEL: DEVELOPING AN ARGUMENT

Exhibition Dates:
March 18, 2017 –  April 8, 2017

Reception:
Friday, March 24, 2017 from 6-8pm (free and open to the public) 

Luce Foundation Center Artist Talk:
Sunday, March 26, 1:30pm (free and open to the public)
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Third Floor

Flashpoint Gallery Hours:
Wednesday – Saturday, 12-6pm or by appointment 

01.06.17

SPARKPLUG COLLECTIVE – SELFIE: ME, MYSELF, AND US

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SPARKPLUG COLLECTIVE

SELFIE: ME, MYSELF, AND US
February 11 – March 11, 2017
Opening reception: Friday, February 10 from 6-8pm

WASHINGTON, DC – CulturalDC is pleased to present Selfie: Me, Myself and Us by the Sparkplug Collective from February 11 through March 11 at Flashpoint Gallery. The exhibition features innovative work by eight local artists who will examine our cultural obsession with selfies and our narcissistic desire to record and manipulate digital representations of ourselves.

Do selfies represent the downfall of our self-absorbed culture? Are we drowning our deeper selves in a shallow, mesmerizing pool of our own digital reflections? Ultimately, the truth is much more nuanced and complex. People mold their digital identities through selfies, carefully constructing alternate worlds where appearance is more important than reality. Artists have been engaging in this same act of self-portraiture for thousands of years, since paint first appeared on cave walls. In Selfie, the Sparkplug Collective will explore concepts of identity, transformation, and personal deception through painting, sculpture, mixed media, photography, and a site-specific performance.

Image credit: Michael Booker, Etch-A-Sketch Bust, 2016. Oil on woven canvas, 30”x40”

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

The DC Arts Center selected the members of the Sparkplug Collective for a two-year program that features annual curated group exhibitions at the DC Arts Center, studio visits, artist talks, and collaboration on independent exhibitions and projects. The eight local artists in the fourth incarnation of the Sparkplug Collective have diverse backgrounds and experiences that span artistic traditions and the arbitrary lines of race, gender, and ethnicity. The collective includes Michael Booker, Delesslin “Roo” George-Warren, Megan Maher, Jerome Skiscim, Brendan L. Smith, Casey Snyder, Jerry Truong, and Fabiola Alvarez Yurcisin.

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, 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.

CulturalDC is generously supported by DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, DC Office of Planning, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, Daimler, Washington Gas, AT&T, Busboys and Poets/Mulebone, Lockheed Martin, Menkiti Group, VOA & Associates, Bozzuto, Torti Gallas and Partners.

 

 

SPARKPLUG COLLECTIVE – SELFIE: ME, MYSELF, AND US

Exhibition Dates:
February 11 – March 11, 2017

Opening Reception:
Friday, February 10, 2017 from 6-8pm (free and open to the public)

Luce Foundation Center Artist Talk:
Sunday, February 26, 1:30pm (free and open to the public)
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Third Floor

Flashpoint Gallery Hours:
Wednesday – Saturday, 12-6pm or by appointment

12.09.16

EAMES ARMSTRONG & JOHN MOLETRESS: PERVERSION THERAPY

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EAMES ARMSTRONG & JOHN MOLETRESS

PERVERSION THERAPY
January 14 – February 4, 2017
Opening reception & performance: Friday, January 13 from 6-9pm
Performance event: Wednesday, January 18 from 7-9pm

WASHINGTON, DC – CulturalDC is pleased to present Perversion Therapy by Eames Armstrong and John Moletress from January 14 through February 4 at Flashpoint Gallery. Opening a week before the presidential inauguration, the exhibition Perversion Therapy points to the anti-LGBTQ history of the president elect and members of his chosen cabinet through a celebration of queer bliss and domestic deviance.

The exhibition features paintings, performance objects, and multimedia installations. It will also include a live performance at the opening reception on Friday the Thirteenth, and a second performance the following week on Wednesday, January 18. The performances will be outrageous – not to be missed! The artists will subvert the practice of conversion therapy—an abusive tactic of brainwashing meant to “correct” queer and gender nonconforming people. Instead, Perversion Therapy affirms queerness, along with transgression, filth, eroticism, noise, happiness, and friendship.

image credit: Eames Armstrong, Thieves Like Us, 2016. Acrylic on canvas, 16”x20”

 

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Eames Armstrong (they/she) works in performance, noise, language, and time. Eames has performed at the Fringe platform at the Venice International Performance Art Week (Italy), Houston International Performance Art Biennale (Texas), High Zero Festival of Experimental Improvised Music (Baltimore, MD), Mobius, Inc. (Cambridge, MA), Rats9 (Montreal, Quebec), Grace Exhibition Space (Brooklyn, NY), Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery (Chicago, IL), Arts in Foggy Bottom Outdoor Sculpture Biennial (Washington, D.C.) and Capital Fringe Festival (Washington, D.C.). In 2016, Eames was selected for the Emerging Curator Program at VisArts in Rockville, MD, as well as the S&R Foundation studio program in Washington, D.C. They curated the 2013 Supernova Performance Art Festival (Rosslyn, VA), programmed a monthly performance series Soapbox at Hillyer Art Space (Washington, D.C.), co-curated events at Panoply Performance Lab (Brooklyn, NY) and Massachusetts College of Art and Design (Boston, MA), and have organized exhibitions at numerous alternative spaces in the Washington, D.C. area. Eames received a BFA from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 2010, and an MFA in studio art with an unofficial minor in dance from The George Washington University in 2016. Eames is interested in conflict and difficulty, complicated gestures, and the ritual celebration of confusion and illegibility. eamesarmstrong.com

John Moletress is a multi-disciplined artist, educator, and Founding Director of force/collision, an interdisciplinary performance ensemble. With force/collision, they have co-created and directed The Nautical Yards with Erica Rebollar/Rebollar Dance, Shape (text by Erik Ehn), Trust me (text by Falk Richter) and Jarman (all this maddening beauty) with Caridad Svich (International/US). Their work has been seen within the US at The Kennedy Center, Abrons Art Center, La MaMa ETC, Highways Performance Space, Intersections Festival, Fusebox Festival, Arena Stage, New Dramatists, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Studio Theatre, FUNDarte/Out In The Tropics, OUTsider Festival, The George Washington University, and EMP Collective, to name a few. Internationally, their work has been seen at King’s College London, Homotopia/unity theatre (UK), Warehouse 9 (DK), The Gulbenkian (UK) and The House at Plymouth University (UK). Previously, they were awarded the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre for co-founding Factory 449, they received multiple funding awards from the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, and they were a finalist for the prestigious DC 2012 Mayor’s Arts Award for Excellence. They have directed premieres by playwrights Erik Ehn, Caridad Svich, and Craig Wright. Publications include Innovation in Five Acts: Strategies for Theatre and Performance (ed. Caridad Svich; Theatre Communications Group), Wendell. (Playwright; NoPassport Press), Jarman (all this maddening beauty) and Other Texts (Intellect Books UK) and Imaging Home: Practice, Performance, Place (Forthcoming, Intellect Books UK). JohnMoletress.com

 

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, 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.

CulturalDC is generously supported by DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, DC Office of Planning, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, Daimler, Washington Gas, AT&T, Busboys and Poets/Mulebone, Lockheed Martin, Menkiti Group, VOA & Associates, Bozzuto, Torti Gallas and Partners.

 

EAMES ARMSTRONG & JOHN MOLETRESS: PERVERSION THERAPY

Exhibition Dates:
January 14, 2017 –  February 4, 2017

Opening Reception:
Friday, January 13, 2017 from 6-9pm (free and open to the public) 

Performance Event:

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 from 7-9pm (free and open to the public)

Luce Foundation Center Artist Talk:
Saturday, February 4, 1:30pm (free and open to the public)
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Third Floor

Flashpoint Gallery Hours:
Wednesday – Saturday, 12-6pm or by appointment 

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ANNETTE ISHAM & ZAC WILLIS: WE ARE NOT ALONE

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ANNETTE ISHAM & ZAC WILLIS

WE ARE NOT ALONE
December 9, 2016 – January 7, 2017
Opening reception: Saturday, December 10 from 6-8pm

WASHINGTON, DC – CulturalDC is pleased to present We Are Not Alone by Annette Isham and Zac Willis from December 9 through January 7 at Flashpoint Gallery. We Are Not Alone is an installation that investigates the belief of extraterrestrial existence. Through eyewitness testimony, reenactments, and video documentation, the artists will create a celestial installation that explores individuals and their evidence suggesting mankind is not alone on Earth.

This idea that “we are not alone” is something with which Isham and Willis have always had a fascination. Growing up watching television shows like The X-Files and Unsolved Mysteries, and experiencing intimate testimonials of unnatural occurrences made it difficult to believe that alien beings are not among us, despite over half the country’s disbelief in such lifeforms. There is a small percentage of the population who have come into contact with an extraterrestrial. The majority of these people, however, live in fear of society’s judgment, afraid to speak out about their abductions and other encounters. It is these stories and experiences that Isham and Willis will examine and recreate in their exhibition.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Annette Isham and Zac Willis have worked collaboratively for that last several years. Both artists pursue collaboration to play off one another, one up each other, and explore new territories with their work. Their practice is vast, ranging from the completion of a podcast series to the running of a show space for artists called Centerfold Artist at Project 4 in Washington, DC. They have fabricated acoustic installations such as Bathroom Whispers for the (e)merge art fair in DC and Bench Whispers for Harford Community College in Maryland. Their work also includes mixed media collages like Thee Thy King of Kings, shown in the Hamiltonian Gallery in DC and at AQUA Miami. Most recently, Isham and Willis exhibited a multimedia installation at the Arlington Arts Center in Virginia that was featured in the exhibition PLAY. In their work, they have explored themes surrounding religion, idolization, iconizing dead celebrities, competition, and failure. Isham and Willis are now shifting their focus toward investigating myths and metaphysics—in particular, the influence of these topics on popular culture belief systems.

ABOUT CULTURALDC’S VISUAL ARTS PROGRAM

CulturalDC operates Flashpoint 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.

CulturalDC is generously supported by DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, DC Office of Planning, The Community Foundation for the National Capitol Region, Daimler, Washington Gas, AT&T, Busboys and Poets/Mulebone, Lockheed Martin, Menkiti Group, VOA & Associates, Bozzuto, Torti Gallas and Partners.

 

ANNETTE ISHAM & ZAC WILLIS: WE ARE NOT ALONE

Exhibition Dates:
December 9, 2016 – January 7, 2017

Opening Reception:
Saturday, December 10, 2016 from 6-8pm (free and open to the public) 

Luce Foundation Center Artist Talk:
Saturday, December 10, 1:30pm (free and open to the public)
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Third Floor

Flashpoint Gallery Hours:
Wednesday – Saturday, 12-6pm or by appointment

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