CulturalDC activates unexpected spaces across the district for innovative, multidisciplinary arts. This includes our Mobile Art Gallery, musical partnership with The In Series: pOPERA and other short term exhibits like Ivanka Vacuuming.
mobile art gallery
CulturalDC continues its strong history of presenting cutting-edge artwork and emerging artists through a Mobile Art Gallery. By outfitting a portable shipping container as a multi-functional space for art CulturalDC ensures that communities experience and engage in groundbreaking works. DC's first Mobile Art Gallery moves across the District with a new exhibit and free public programming in every neighborhood it visits.
While many recognized arts centers are located Downtown, CulturalDC is committed to delivering high-quality art directly to neighborhoods in the nation’s capital. The Mobile Art Gallery is building bridges of access to arts and culture for all. In each new location, CulturalDC works with key stakeholders like BID's, ANC's, community organizations, schools, Main Streets, artists, and more to provide an immersive experience.
We throw a family-friendly Kick-Off Party featuring community performers, program free artist-led workshops, and work with the hosting organization to craft other neighborhood-specific events.
We’re so thankful to the 9 artists who kicked off the first season of the Mobile Art Gallery with fantastic exhibits! CLICK FOR MORE INFO
Vincent and Pam Ammann, Julie Chase, Jonathan Cutler and Paula Parsons, Elissa Davidson, Victoria Davis, Steven & Tanya Hilton, Brigid Hynes-Cherin, Gerald Musarra and Carlos Ortiz, Phil Perkins and Margaret Allen, Peter and Sara O'Keefe, Olwen and Don Pongrace and Stephen Stein
ivanka vacuuming by jennifer rubell (february 2018)
CulturalDC, as part of its 20th Anniversary Season, brought critically acclaimed American conceptual artist Jennifer Rubell to the nation’s capital for a limited engagement performance art piece.
Inspired by a figure whose public persona incorporates an almost comically wide range of feminine identities – daughter, wife, mother, sister, model, working woman, blonde – Ivanka Vacuuming is simultaneously a visual celebration of a contemporary feminine icon; a portrait of our own relationship to that figure; and a questioning of our complicity in her role-playing.
"Art can offer a truth that politics can’t. It can create a portrait of things that contradict each other. This is a great gift of art and a great defect of politics. There’s no greater clarity than the piece itself.” ~ Jennifer Rubell, Refinery29
FLASHPOINT GALLERY (2003-2017)
For 15 years, CulturalDC operated Flashpoint Gallery in downtown Washington, DC. The visual arts programming at Flashpoint nurtured talented emerging and mid-career artists by providing exhibition space and opportunities for peer learning and mentorship. Each exhibition season showcased bold, new work from artists working in a variety of media including site-specific installations, performance, new media, and other experimental forms. As a nonprofit gallery free from the constraints of commercial expectations, Flashpoint provided artists and curators a unique opportunity to take creative risks. Each year, an advisory panel of noted artists and arts professionals in the DC-area made programming recommendations for the gallery and provided mentorship and support to exhibiting artists and curators.
MEAD THEATRE LAB (2005-2017)
For 13 years, CulturalDC ran the Mead Theatre Lab Program in downtown Washington, DC. The performing arts program offered intensive production and development assistance for performing artists, writers, directors, producers, and independent theatre companies. CulturalDC encouraged 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 was an eclectic group of innovative, edgy productions, and an environment in which emerging performing artists could grow. Each season, projects were solicited through a competitive open call process. Selected productions were recommended by an advisory panel of prominent DC-area arts professionals who also provided mentoring and professional development throughout the creation of each production.
current: THE BARBERSHOP PROJECT FEATuring DEVAN SHIMOYAMA
CulturalDC partners with Source resident The In Series: Opera & More! for an exciting new pop-up initiative that pairs world-class opera with our Mobile Art Gallery.
ONGOING: PODCAST SERIES
CulturalDC partners with Caandor Labs to produce podcast episodes featuring interviews with our artists and collaborators!