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String Room


  • Yards Park 301 Water Street Southeast Washington, DC, 20003 United States (map)
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October 21 – November 15 at 301 Water St. SE
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 21, 6-8pm
Regular Hours: Wednesday-Thursday 2-8pm, Friday-Sunday 12-8pm

WASHINGTON, DC – CulturalDC is pleased to present String Room by Salvatore Pirrone, opening on October 21 at the Yards Park in Capitol Riverfront. In String Room, the first exhibition to take place in the SPACE4: Visual Arts mobile art gallery constructed from a shipping container, Pirrone creates an immersive experience where visitors can explore the themes of inclusion, fragility, and play. Using yarn donated by residents of Ward 6, Pirrone builds an intimate environment where people of all ages and abilities are encouraged to dismantle the room one piece at a time.

String Room reimagines the interior of the SPACE4: Visual Arts gallery with a series of large, string-filled plaster panels. The public’s involvement in String Room is critical to the completion of the exhibition. Visitors will be encouraged to select and pull string from the walls while exposing a new, unexpected physical environment beneath the surface. 

One is led to make a creative choice and to leave their mark in the public space. Viewers will abandon their pulled strings on the floor as a visual cue for others. The traces of their activity will be evident in the thousands of string and crumbled plaster left on the gallery floor. The work is a call to action, and to dismantle the gallery walls is an act of personal empowerment and defiance. This work is also a celebration. In String Room, everyone is encouraged to cross institutional, political, and cultural boundaries through the simple act of pulling string from the wall. The exhibition culminates in a confetti-like space, reinforcing the celebratory nature of the exhibition.

Earlier Event: September 21
The Wild Party