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06.26.15

Erik Thor Sandberg and Megan Van Wagoner: Saturated with the Subconscious at CulturalDC’s Flashpoint Gallery July 10-August 8

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   Erik Thor Sandberg and Megan Van Wagoner: Saturated with the Subconscious
July 10 – August 8, 2015
Opening reception: Friday, July 10 (6-8pm)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 26, 2015
Contact: John Richards
202.315.1322
john@culturaldc.org

WASHINGTON, DC CulturalDC’s Flashpoint Gallery is pleased to present Saturated with the Subconscious, a collaborative installation by Erik Thor Sandberg and Megan Van Wagoner (July 10 – August 8, 2015). Van Wagoner’s narrative objects, recreated in porcelain and glass, are merged with the rich imagery of Sandberg’s paintings and drawings. It is an exploration of vulnerability and voyeurism, intimacy and the subconscious.

White pillows are arranged in a grid on the wall. The projection of the pillows from the wall at first appears delicate and uniform, a minimal meditation of shape and form. The far side of the forms present saturated paintings of intimate scenes nestled inside the porcelain pillowcases. Peering into the recesses of porcelain pillows turns the audience into voyeur examining the mind of another. The images within the cases are subconscious reflections, dreams and nightmares, private and uncontrolled.

Pillows are the place where our most intimate moments happen. They are steeped in our greatest fears, desires, and joys. They bear witness to what no one else does. They are drenched in the sweat of our fevered dreams, and the tears of greatest woes. They hear the unfettered conversations of our dreams.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Erik Thor Sandberg (b. Quantico, VA 1975) is an artist based in Washington, DC. Sandberg is known for his masterful oil paintings of the human figure and landscape. Creating inventive imagery ranging from panoramic to intimate, Sandberg pushes the skillful illusionism of master painting to the contemporary edge of Magic Realism. His work has been exhibited at public and private venues internationally, including the Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD and is in numerous private collections. Sandberg is represented by CONNERSMITH, Washington, DC.

Megan Van Wagoner (b. Cleveland, OH 1973) is an artist working in the Baltimore/Washington area. Van Wagoner is best known for her mixed media sculptures using clay, metal, and glass. Her sculpted objects capture moments in a narrative and express them as artifacts or artifice. In many cases the narrative is autobiographical and references the mid-west where she grew up. Van Wagoner has exhibited widely at venues in the United States and abroad and her work is in numerous private collections.

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 The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Community Foundation for the National Capitol Region, Daimler, The National Endowment for the Arts, Microsoft, Washington Gas, Weissberg Foundation,  Altria, Anonymous, Busboys and Poets/Eatonville, Hank & Carol Goldberg, Lockheed Martin, Prince Charitable Trusts, Stephen Stein, VOA Associates, and Chris & Beverly With.

Erik Thor Sandberg and Megan Van Wagoner: Saturated with the Subconscious
Opening Reception:                          Friday, July 10, 6-8pm (Free and open to the public)
Exhibition Dates:                               July 11 – August 8, 2015

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

Luce Foundation Center artist talk:  Saturday, July 18 at 1:30pm | Smithsonian American Art Museum, Third Floor 

Website(s):                                             meganvanwagoner.com   erikthorsandberg.com/ 

Visit the CulturalDC website at culturaldc.org and follow CulturalDC on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) for updates on this and all of our exciting projects.  #WeMakeSpaceForArt

CulturalDC • 916 G St, NW • Washington, DC 20001
General: 202.315.1305 • Press: 202.315.1322 • Fax: 202.315.1303 • Email: john@culturaldc.org
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DC Chamber 2015 Non-Profit of the Year_CulturalDC
06.09.15

CULTURALDC RECOGNIZED BY THE DC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AS THEIR 2015 NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR!

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DC Chamber 2015 Non-Profit of the Year_CulturalDC

CulturalDC is excited and honored to be recognized by the DC Chamber of Commerce as their 2015 Non-Profit Organization of the Year.  For over 17 years, CulturalDC has been committed to using art to invigorate and transform neighborhoods.  On behalf of our Board of Directors and staff, we would like to thank Harry Wingo and the DC Chamber of Commerce for recognizing our work in Washington, DC.  Congratulations to all the other 2015 Chamber’s Champions Small Business Awards and Expo winners.   

For the full press release from the DC Chamber of Commerce, please click the link below:

2015 Chamber’s Champions Small Business Awards and Expo Award Winners Announced 

TVs
06.04.15

SEE IT FIRST AT SOURCE FESTIVAL 2015! | JUNE 5-28

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TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
“CATCH THE NEXT BIG THING”
– The Washington Post
AT SOURCE FESTIVAL 2015

WASHINGTON, DCCulturalDC’s eighth annual Source Festival debuts 24 original works for the stage from June 5 to 28, 2015. The Festival presents three Full-Length Plays, 18 10-Minute Plays and three Artistic Blind Dates that explore three themes: SCIENCE & SOULMATES, LOVE & BOTANY and MISTAKES & MEDIA.

The Festival continues to build its reputation as the premiere launching pad for new work and a proving ground for DC’s emerging theatre artists. The 2015 Festival three full-length plays include:

  • BLUE STRAGGLERby Rebecca Bossen, Source Festival and Inkwell Theatre Alumni
  • (a love story) by Kelly Lusk, Core Apprentice at the Playwright’s Center in Minneapolis
  • THE WORD AND THE WASTELAND by Timothy Guillot, KCACTF Musical Theatre Award winner and Source Festival Alumni writer.

The three full-length plays were selected from more than 120 scripts.  The directors, also chosen from a competitive application process, include Patrick Pearson, Director of Artistic Programs at Ford’s Theatre, Jess Jung, Assistant Professor of Directing at North Dakota State University and Joshua W. Kelley, Millbrook Playhouse Artistic Associate.  This year, Source Festival pioneers a partnership with Inkwell Theatre.  Dedicated to the development process of new works for the stage, Inkwell will oversee the Festival’s full-length play dramaturgy and Workshop Weekend for 2015.

The line-up of 10-Minute Plays includes new work from DC Area-based playwrights Stephen Spotswood, Madeline Dennis-Yates, Allison Donnelly, Rich Espey, Graziella Jackson, Kristy Simmons and Erica Smith.

The Artistic Blind Date program brings together nine artists of varying disciplines to create three dynamic, new interdisciplinary works, presented in the intimate Source Rehearsal Room. The 2015 ABD teams include, among others, a conceptual food artist, a science teacher and an aerialist.  Audiences can get an up-close look at the creative process as the Artistic Blind Date teams present their work and engage audiences in discussions about their creative process following each presentation.

Visit the Source Festival website for the festival calendar and the complete 2015 line-up of Full-Length Plays, 10-Minute Plays and Artistic Blind Dates.

Follow CulturalDC @Cultural_DC and Source Festival @SourceFestDC on social media for updates!
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#SourceFest2015
#ScienceandSoulmates
#LoveandBotany
#MistakesandMedia

SOURCE FESTIVAL is presented by CULTURALDC
916 G Street, NW • Washington, DC 20001
General: 202-315-1305 • Press: 202-315-1322
Email: john@culturaldc.org

Major support for Source Festival, a CulturalDC project, is generously provided by:  Daimler, Microsoft, Washington Gas, Weissberg Foundation, Jon & Nora Lee Sedmak.  Additional support is provided by: Michael Abrams and Sandra Stewart, Altria, Busboys and Poets, Susan and Dixon Butler, Buzzuto, CastroHaase+Brown PLLC, Dallas Morse Foundation For The Performing Arts, Eatonville, Melvin and Juanita Hardy, Lang-Sprenger Foundation, Lockheed Martin, Pete Miller and Sara Cormeny, New Belgium Brewing, John O’Dowd and Jonathan Barton, PN Hoffman, Craig Pascal and Victor Shargai, Don and Olwen Pongrace, Torti Gallas Urban, Urban Atlantic, VOA.  And our Source Festival 2015 Partners:  Bar Pilar, Cafe Saint-Ex, Compass Rose, Marvin, WJLA, Washington City Paper.  Marvin is also CulturalDC’s 2014-2015 Wine Partner.

Future Myth 1- Rachel Schmidt
05.28.15

RACHEL SCHMIDT: FORGOTTEN FUTURES AT CULTURALDC’S FLASHPOINT GALLERY JUNE 5 – JULY 2

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Rachel Schmidt: Forgotten Futures
June 5 – July 2, 2015


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 28, 2015
Contact: John Richards
202.315.1322
john@culturaldc.org

WASHINGTON, DC – CulturalDC’s Flashpoint Gallery is pleased to present Forgotten Futures, a multimedia solo exhibition by Rachel Schmidt opening June 5, 2015, with a reception from 6-8pm.

Forgotten Futures presents a series of sculptures, installations and animations that work in chorus to tell the future myth of the last elephant on earth. The fictitious city Schmidt creates – a growing, living, urbanized landscape set 500 years in the future – is more than the backdrop to the story; it is a character itself in this foreshadowing tale.

Schmidt’s photo collage-based works, sourced from environments near and far (including the artist’s own documentation of elephants in Thailand), offers a glimpse into what humanity’s relationship to wildlife might look like in an age of urban wilderness. As the home to the last elephant, this immersive installation positions viewers to contemplate how wild creatures will attempt to adapt and survive in a world that seems to have forgotten them.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Rachel Schmidt received her MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art (2007) and her BFA in Textile Design from the University of Kansas (2003). Recent exhibitions in the Washington, DC area include Hillyer Arts Space, DCAC, Artisphere, Arlington Arts Center, and Brentwood Artist Exchange Center. Other highlights include an MFA Biennial at Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts (Wilmington, DE); group exhibitions at Allentown Art Museum (Allentown, PA); Creative Alliance (Baltimore, MD); RFD Gallery (Swainsboro, GA); and Komuna Otwock Gallery (Warsaw, Poland).

Schmidt is an Artist in Residence at the Arlington Arts Center and an Exhibits Specialist at the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum. She will have a public artwork installed in Mount Vernon Triangle, on 5th and K NW, from mid-May through November 2015.

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 The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Marpat Foundation, The Abramson Family Foundation, The Community Foundation for the National Capitol Region, The National Endowment for the Arts, Altria, Busboys and Poets/Eatonville, Weisberg Foundation, Jon and NoraLee Sedmak, Washington Gas, Daimler, Microsoft, Edward Lenkin & Roselin Atzwanger, and Marvin.

Rachel Schmidt: Forgotten Futures

Opening Reception:                 Friday, June 5, 6-8pm (Free and open to the public)
Exhibition Dates:                      June 5 – July 2, 2015
Flashpoint Gallery Hours:    Wednesday – Saturday, 12-6pm or by appointment

*Please note that the exhibition will be close in advance of July 3-4 in observance of Independence Day.

Luce Foundation Center artist talk:
Saturday, June 20 at 1:30pm Smithsonian American Art Museum, Third Floor

Website:                                           http://www.rachel-schmidt.com/
Image:                                             Future Myth, animation still 

Visit the CulturalDC website at culturaldc.org and follow CulturalDC on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) for updates on this and all of our exciting projects.  #WeMakeSpaceForArt

CulturalDC • 916 G St, NW • Washington, DC 20001
General: 202.315.1305 • Press: 202.315.1322 • Fax: 202.315.1303 • Email: john@culturaldc.org

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The Tramp's New World
05.05.15

ROB JANSEN: THE TRAMP’S NEW WORLD | MAY 6 – 24 | CULTURALDC’S MEAD THEATRE LAB AT FLASHPOINT

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The Tramp's New World

The Tramp’s New World
May 6 – 24, 2015 | Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 5, 2015
Contact: John Richards
202.315.1322
john@culturaldc.org

WASHINGTON, DC – CulturalDC is pleased to announce The Tramp’s New World, a production by writer, adapter and performer Rob Jansen, to be presented through the Mead Theatre Lab Program May 6 – 24, 2015.

The Tramp’s New World adapts Pulitzer Prize winner James Agee’s lost, legendary and never produced screenplay involving Charlie Chaplin’s “Tramp” character as the lone survivor of a devastating atomic blast. Combining projection, physical comedy, and silent film, this one-man play tells the story of how after the world is destroyed the Tramp creates a new one.

“This play asks us how we respond when our world comes to an end,” says Jansen. “While the screenplay treatment written by James Agee was a direct response to the dropping of the atomic bomb, the Tramp’s story of survival amidst ultimate destruction is epic in its relevance to any time.”

James Agee was an American author, journalist, poet, screenwriter and film critic. In the 1940s, he was one of the most influential film critics in the U.S. He wrote for Time Magazine, including the cover story after the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. He wrote the screenplay for The Tramp’s New World in 1949 as an artistic response to the Atomic Age. Agee and Chaplin exchanged letters around the screenplay and developed a friendship, but Chaplin felt that both silent film and the Tramp were no longer alive to audiences anymore. The adaptation will bring The Tramp’s New World to the stage for the first time.

Rob Jansen is an actor, director, adapter, and teacher. Locally, he has performed with 1st Stage, Synetic Theater, Arena Stage, and Tennessee Williams Centennial Festival at Georgetown University. His play Ah, Eugene O’Neill! Or, the Birth, Death, and (Impractical) Rebirth of American Theater was performed as part of the Eugene O’Neill Festival at Arena Stage. As a resident artist at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company for six seasons, he performed in 26 productions of classic plays. He has also worked as an actor at Know Theatre (Cincinnati Entertainment Award, Best Actor in a Lead Role), New Stage Collective, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Seattle Shakespeare Company, St. Croix Festival Theatre, and the Diorama Theatre of London. International work includes performing in Beijing, China in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the National Academy of Chinese Arts. He served as Assistant Director to South African writer and director Yael Farber during the development of her new work Nirbhaya in New Delhi, India through the world premiere at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award). He has taught at the University of Maryland School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, where he graduated with a M.F.A. in Performance. Rob currently works as the Associate Director for the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics at Georgetown University. Next he will be taking The Tramp’s New World to be performed at the Aronoff Center for the Arts in his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio in June.

Creative Team
Written, Adapted and Performed by Rob Jansen
From the Screenplay Treatment by James Agee
Direction by: Derek Goldman, Elena Day, and Joseph Megel
Set Design: Andrew Cohen
Associate Set Design: Paige Hathaway
Lighting Design: Alberto Segarra
Projection Design: Ian McClain
Sound Design: Veronica J. Lancaster
Technical Director/Prop Designer: Michael Redman
Stage Manager: Kaylin Peachey 

Performances
Where: Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint: 916 G Street NW, Washington DC 20001
When:   May 6 – 24 – Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm; Sundays at 2pm
Previews: May 6, 7 at 8pm
Opening Night: May 8 at 8pm
Price:    $15 general admission
$10 student/senior discount
Available 30 minutes before each performance at the door, 866-811-4111, or online.

The Tramp’s New World runs 55 minutes with no intermission. 

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 Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts, the Max & Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, Graham Holdings Company, The Mary & Daniel Loughran Foundation and The Weissberg Foundation.

CulturalDC is generously supported by the Kresge Foundation, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Marpat Foundation, The Abramson Family Foundation, The Community Foundation for the National Capitol Region, The National Endowment for the Arts, Jon and NoraLee Sedmak, Washington Gas, Daimler, Microsoft, Edward Lenkin & Roselin Atzwanger, Nordstrom, Inc. and Marvin.  Marvin is CulturalDC’s 2014-15 Wine Partner.

Visit the CulturalDC website at culturaldc.org and follow CulturalDC on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) for updates on this and all of our exciting projects.

#WeMakeSpaceForArt

CulturalDC • 916 G Street, NW • Washington, DC 20001
General: 202.315.1305 CulturalDC Press: John Richards  202.315.1322 | john@culturaldc.org
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Manicule - Molly Springfield
04.22.15

MOLLY SPRINGFIELD: THE MARGINALIA ARCHIVE AT CULTURALDC’S FLASHPOINT GALLERY MAY 1-MAY 30

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Molly Springfield: The Marginalia Archive
May 1-30, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, May 1, 6-8PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 14, 2015
Contact: John Richards
202.315.1322
john@culturaldc.org

Washington, DC—CulturalDC is pleased to present The Marginalia Archive, Molly Springfield’s twelfth solo exhibition and her first at Flashpoint Gallery. Springfield, known for her meticulously rendered graphite drawings of photocopies of printed books, often makes work that considers the changing nature of reading in an era of digital transformation.

Springfield’s Marginalia Archive is an interactive installation examining relationships between readers and texts. The source material—contemporary examples of marginalia (readers’ annotations), which Springfield has been soliciting since 2007—is collected into a functioning archive that viewers can browse and to which they can contribute during the exhibition.

For this latest iteration of the project, Springfield takes advantage of Flashpoint’s location across the street from D.C.’s Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library by incorporating found marginalia from the library into the archive. In contrast to previous submissions—which included forms completed by participants explaining what the marginalia meant to them—the found annotations were made by anonymous library patrons. The who, when, and why of the underlining and commentary remains a mystery. But both kinds of marginalia testify to the potential of the printed page as a public space—a space where readers leave evidence of their engagement with an author’s work.

Springfield takes that evidence and uses it as source material for large-scale, multi-panel graphite drawings. She enlarges text and image, and in some drawings forms new words and phrases between panels. The drawings create an additional layer of annotation (marginalia on the marginalia) but also underscore the endurance and breakdown of the materiality of language in contemporary digital culture.

Visitors to Flashpoint are invited to contribute their own marginalia to the archive at any point during the month of May. A copier machine in the gallery will facilitate participation, and Springfield will hold regular office hours in the gallery every Saturday (May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30) from 3-6pm to receive and process submissions in person and to discuss the archive with visitors. To encourage engagement with a broader audience, selections from the archive will also be displayed on the second floor of the MLK Library, next to the public reading rooms.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Molly Springfield lives in Washington, D.C. Her most recent solo exhibitions have taken place at Galerie Thomas Zander (Cologne, Germany) and Steven Wolf Fine Arts (San Francisco). Recent museum exhibitions include The Drawing Center (New York); The Hafnarborg Museum (Iceland); the Indianapolis Museum of Art; The Portland Museum of Art; and the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Reviews of Springfield’s work have appeared in Artforum, Art Papers, Modern Painters, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Village Voice, Washington Post, and San Francisco Chronicle. Her work has also been included in books including The Thing The Book: A Monument to the Book as Object (2014), Invalid Format: An Anthology of Triple Canopy (2014) and It Is Almost That: A Collection of Image+Text Work by Women Artists & Writers (2011).

Springfield’s work is included in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and the Sally & Wynn Kramarsky Collection. She received her MFA from the University of California, Berkeley in 2004, and was a participant at Skowhegan in 2006. She is the recipient of several DCCAH Artist Fellowships, including one that supports the Flashpoint exhibition.

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 the Kresge Foundation, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Marpat Foundation, The Abramson Family Foundation, The Community Foundation for the National Capitol Region, The National Endowment for the Arts, Jon and NoraLee Sedmak, Washington Gas, Daimler, Microsoft, Edward Lenkin & Roselin Atzwanger, Nordstrom, Inc. and Marvin.

Molly Springfield: The Marginalia Archive
Opening Reception: Friday, May 1, 6-8pm
Exhibition Dates: May 1 – May 30, 2015
Luce Foundation Center artist talk: Saturday, May 9 at 1:30pm, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Third Floor
Flashpoint Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 12-6pm or by appointment

Artist Office Hours: Saturdays (May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30) 3-6pm
Website: http://www.mollyspringfield.com
Image: Manicule, graphite on paper, 44 x 114 inches, 2012

Visit the CulturalDC website at culturaldc.org and follow CulturalDC on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) for updates on this and all of our exciting projects.  #WeMakeSpaceForArt

CulturalDC • 916 G St, NW • Washington, DC 20001
General: 202.315.1305 • Press: 202.315.1322 • Fax: 202.315.1303 • Email: john@culturaldc.org

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Tyger
04.06.15

BANISHED? PRODUCTIONS’ TYGER AT CULTURALDC’S MEAD THEATRE APRIL 16-25

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April 6, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Contact: John Richards
john@culturaldc.org

 

       CulturalDC presents banished? productions’ TYGER

WASHINGTON, DC – DC’s avant-pop performance company banished? productions is pleased to present their premiere production of TYGER at CulturalDC’s Mead Theatre Lab. Performances run April 16-25, 2015, with a special invited dress and press preview on Wednesday, April 15 at 8pm.

This devised performance is a meditation on fragmentation, poetry, love, loss, and the rituals to cope with being bereft. Sparked by selected writings of Jorge Luis Borges and Jose Rivera’s Brainpeople, the universe of TYGER is set in a dystopic future, and surrounds the art collective No Inglés whose covert poetic acts of protest has made them targets of a political system that oppresses and surveils its citizenry. The disappearance of Gabby, a beloved member throws the group into shock, grief, and disbelief at the plurality of truth and precariousness of beauty. Performing rituals and remembrance with the audience becomes a remedy for the holes in our lives.

Led by banished?’s Associate Artist, devisor and performance artist Rachel Hynes and company philosopher and dramaturg Otis Ramsey-Zoe, TYGER is directed by banished?’s Artistic Director Carmen C. Wong, and features the following collaborators that come from a diverse background of performance-making: Annalisa Dias, Gregory Ford, DeLesslin George-Warren, Kelley Kidd, Jane Claire Remick, Gordon Nimmo-Smith and Niell DuVal. The piece received a developmental workshop in 2014 at the Hillyer Arts Space, and has been generously supported by CulturalDC and Share Fund. 

TYGER Performances

Where: Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint: 916 G Street NW DC 20001
When:  April 16 / 17 / 18 / 20 (Industry) / 23 / 24 / 25 at 8:00pm | April 19 at 3:00pm
Price:  $25 general admission / $15 student, industry, senior discount
Available 30min before each performance at the door, 866-811-4111, or online at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/944558

About TYGER Creative Team

Rachel Hynes has her MFA in Lecoq-Based Actor Created Theatre from Naropa University and was trained at LISPA. Hynes’ original solo work ranges from site-specific performance journeys to intimate storytelling experiences to dark and comedic cabaret sketches and original raps with movement. Hynes was a founder and co-Artistic Director of Helsinki Syndrome, an avant-garde performance group that has received two footlight awards from Seattle Times critic Misha Berton. In 2009-2011, Hynes also curated PHYSICAL: A Night of Innovative Physical Theatre in London. She is currently the banished? ARTillery Dean, and a producing Artistic Associate with the company.

Carmen C. Wong experiments with avant-pop performance collages and concepts, and creates gastro-performances by, with, and around food and its eaters. Recurring motifs in her immersive, dialogical, relational work include nostalgia and memory, playing and whimsy, materiality and the sensory, and everyday interventions that make space for the subjunctive. She is a 2011 TCG Global Connections awardee, 2012 Mayor’s Arts Awards finalist for Outstanding Emerging Artist, 2014 Artist Fellow with the DC Commission of the Arts & Humanities, and the founding Artistic Director of banished? productions. 

Otis Ramsey-Zöe, a Theatre Arts lecturer at Howard University, Senior Editor for NoPassport Press, and freelance dramaturg brings to TYGER his extensive dramaturgical experience working with Sundance Institute, Kennedy Center, Theatre J, Arena Stage and CenterStage. He is banished?’s company Philosopher. 

About banished? productions

BANISHED? PRODUCTIONS is an avant-pop performance company that generates immersive interdisciplinary art experiences for all, to re-create wonder and re-awaken the senses. It is committed to producing quality works that cull from multiple artistic expressions, particularly in performative or theatrical experiments that play with text and form. banished? strives to inspire and collaborate with other artists in order to fuel its own artistic process: re-discovering and re-inventing the art of narration.

banished?’s most recent original works include the the sensory gastro-art hit TACTILE DINNER (premiered at the 2009 CapFringe, followed by performances at Big Bear Café and Long View Gallery in 2010) and TACTILE DINNER CAR (premiered at the 2011 CapFringe, later produced by Flashpoint Gallery); and Ballades Mechaniques (ver 1.0 in 2007, and ver 2.0 in 2010) – a series of story-telling machines. banished?’s devised performance collage on performing gender and memories Into the Dollhouse (2012) was developed by the Flashpoint Mead Theatre Lab program, then selected by ArenaStage for its inaugural Kogod Cradle series. banishedproductions.org 

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 Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts, the Max & Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, Graham Holdings Company, The Mary & Daniel Loughran Foundation and The Weissberg Foundation.

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, Nordstrom, The Share Fund of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region and many other generous partners.  Marvin is CulturalDC’s 2014-15 Wine Partner.

Visit the CulturalDC website at culturaldc.org and follow CulturalDC on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) for updates on this and all of our exciting projects. #WeMakeSpaceForArt

CulturalDC • 916 G Street, NW • Washington, DC 20001
General: 202.315.1305 CulturalDC Press: John Richards  202.315.1322 | john@culturaldc.org

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Cycles - Tamara Natalie Madden
04.03.15

Sheroes and Womanists: An Exhibition Inspired By Howard University’s 26th Annual James A. Porter Colloquium

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Sheroes and Womanists: An Exhibition Inspired By Howard University’s 26th Annual James A. Porter Colloquium

Exhibition dates: April 11-25, 2015
Opening reception: Friday, April 10, 6-8pm

Flashpoint Gallery is pleased to announce a special two-week exhibition highlighting the 2015 James A. Porter Colloquium’s theme, Sheroes and Womanists: An Examination of Feminist(s) Subjectivity in Modern and Contemporary African American Art. Curated by students Breeonna Hill (Howard University) and Kourtney Riley (George Mason University) under mentor Tim Davis (International Visions Gallery & Consultants), the exhibition features artists whose work explores subjects and perspectives around feminist identity.

Featured artists are Ronald Beverly, Anne Bouie, Adrienne Gaither, Aziza Claudia Gibson-Hunter, Kelly Lorraine Hendrickson, Jessica Maria Hopkins, Gloria Kirk, Tamara Natalie Madden, Betty Murchison, Amber Robles-Gordon, Stan Squirewell, Lynn Sylvester, Joyce Wellman, Deborah Willis, and Helen Zughaib.

The James A. Porter Colloquium is the leading forum for scholars, artists, curators, and individuals in the field of African American Art and Visual Culture. Held annually at Howard University, it is free to attend although registration is required. More information: http://www.art.howard.edu/portercolloquium/program/

IMAGE: Tamara Natalie Madden, Cycles

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STOREFRONTS DC 2015 CALL FOR PROPOSALS

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STOREFRONTS DC 2015 CALL FOR  PROPOSALS

CulturalDC, in collaboration with Atlas Performing Arts Center, the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town Project, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and community organizations, is pleased to announce the Storefronts DC competition to commission a series of temporary art installations, pop-up events and short-term art projects in Wards 5, 6, 7 and 8 in Washington, DC. The program is intended to be a transformative initiative that activates vacant spaces and increases foot-traffic through an infusion of arts and cultural projects.  Visual and Performing artists and creative entrepreneurs, individually and collectively, are encouraged to propose activations that:

  • DESIGN ART INSTALLATIONS utilizing light, performance, sculptural elements, embellishment of existing structural and/or architectural elements or other 2-D or 3-D artwork for display in storefront windows, lobby display cases or exterior wall space.

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  • IMPLEMENT CREATIVE INITIATIVES that engage the public through pop-up shows, retail events and other activations that showcase ideas, products or services of the creative industry.

Storefronts DC aims to use art installations and creative initiatives to activate vacant storefronts in Washington, D.C. and further enrich civic identity, increase engagement in neighborhoods across the city and enhance the visual character of Washington, DC.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS:
May 15, 2015 by 5pm. No late submissions will be accepted.

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BEN TOLMAN: CIVILIZED AT CULTURALDC’S FLASHPOINT GALLERY FEBRUARY 27-MARCH 28

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 13, 2015
Contact:  John Richards
202.315.1322
john@culturaldc.org

BEN TOLMAN
CIVILIZED
February 27 – March 28, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, February 27, 6-8PM 

WASHINGTON, DC – CulturalDC’s Flashpoint Gallery is pleased to present Ben Tolman: Civilized, on view February 27 – March 28, 2015. In his first solo exhibition at Flashpoint, Tolman examines our contemporary human habitat to reveal the peculiarities of the individual in relation to the larger culture.

In this series of drawings and sculpture, Tolman explores the constructed environments we create and inhabit and our relationship to each other within those spaces. “I am interested in how the spaces we build (or are built for us) limit us as well as offer us possibilities,” the artist says. Tolman’s intricately detailed environments press pause in a world speeding ahead in repetitive motions. With a lens into individual circumstances and social positioning, he juxtaposes the mundane patterns of everyday habits with the incredible complexities – and extraordinary strangeness – of life itself.

ABOUT THE ARTIST
Ben Tolman lives and works in Washington, DC. He received his MFA in 2012 from American University and his BFA from the Corcoran College of Art and Design in 2005. His work has been shown nationally and internationally, with notable exhibitions including Museum HR Giger (Gruyeres, Switzerland) and Altes Rathaus (Viechtach, Germany). Recent solo shows include The Fridge (Washington, DC) and Hillyer Arts Space (Washington, DC). In 2009-2010, he exhibited as a finalist in the prestigious Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.

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 the Kresge Foundation, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Marpat Foundation, The Abramson Family Foundation, The Community Foundation for the National Capitol Region, The National Endowment for the Arts, Jon and NoraLee Sedmak, Washington Gas, Daimler, Microsoft, Edward Lenkin & Roselin Atzwanger, Nordstrom, Inc. and Marvin.

Ben Tolman: Civilized
Opening Reception: Friday, February 27, 6-8pm
Exhibition Dates: February 27 – March 28, 2015
Luce Foundation Center artist talk: Sunday, February 22 at 1:30pm, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Flashpoint Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 12-6pm or by appointment
Website: http://www.bentolman.com
Image: Some (detail), ink on paper, 40×26”

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