activating unexpected spaces across the district for innovative, multidisciplinary and mobile arts

 

HAPPENING NOW

THE BARBERSHOP PROJECT FEATURING DEVAN SHIMOYAMA (NOW-AUGUST 25)

As the centerpiece of CulturalDC’s 20th Anniversary Season, The Barbershop Project is a multidisciplinary arts activation inspired by the art of hair, performance of styling and the cultural institution that is the barbershop. Running May 4—August 25, 2019, the Project is hosted by Building Bridges Across the River, the Ward 8 nonprofit that manages THEARC: Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus.

Barber hours subject to change. Please call 202.315.1306 for more information.

The Barbershop Project is centered around Mighty Mighty: a collaboration between artist Devan Shimoyama, Barber of Hell’s Bottom owner Kelly Gorsuch and designer/furniture maker Caleb Woodard. They are transforming CulturalDC’s Mobile Art Gallery into an immersive art installation and fully-functioning barbershop which will offer free haircuts to the community.

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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.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

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.

INAUGURAL ARTISTS

We’re so thankful to the 9 artists who kicked off the first season of the Mobile Art Gallery with fantastic exhibits!

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BUILD SUPPORT

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

at CityCenterDC, Photo by Ryan Maxwell Photography

at CityCenterDC, Photo by Ryan Maxwell Photography

Behind-the-scenes field trip to the National Gallery of Art with the children who participated in our youth photography workshop, resulting in their own Mobile Art Gallery show.

Behind-the-scenes field trip to the National Gallery of Art with the children who participated in our youth photography workshop, resulting in their own Mobile Art Gallery show.

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ONGOING: POPERA

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!

JEFFERSON PINDER

On this episode, we hear from artist Jefferson Pinder about his performance art piece “This Is Not A Drill” performed at The Source on 14th Street in mid June 2019. Jefferson Pinder is an artist whose work provides evocative commentary on race and forms of struggle, aiming to investigate aspects of personal identity through the materials of neon, found objects, performance, and video. Pinder is joined in conversation with Dr. Jordana Moore Saggese to discuss Pinder’s new work and its inspirational ties to The Red Summer of 1919.

JAMEA RICHMOND-EDWARDS

On this episode, we hear from Mobile Art Gallery artist Jamea Richmond-Edwards about her exhibit Stay Fly, on view at CityCenterDC through April 13. She’s joined by Desiree Venn Frederic and Howard University Professor Dr. Melanee Harvey. They talk about fashion and the power of the Black consumer. Thanks to our friends at Eaton for hosting this important and timely conversation.

JENNIFER RUBELL

Our first episode features a conversation between CulturalDC’s Executive Director Kristi Maiselman and critically acclaimed artist Jennifer Rubell about the exhibit you’ve probably heard of: Ivanka Vacuuming. A Q&A portion with the live audience follows. CulturalDC, as part of its 20th Anniversary Season presented this limited engagement performance art piece in early February 2019. 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 was 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.


PROGRAM ARCHIVES

 

ivanka vacuuming by jennifer rubell (february 2019)

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

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Ryan Maxwell Photography

Ryan Maxwell Photography


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.