Sweet Art Going Up At Eatonville (14th and V)


This is gonna be sweet.


Mural Artists to Commemorate Zora Neale Hurston with Unique Installation

Live Art Presentation and Art Exhibit

(Washington, DC) Another renaissance is coming to U Street. Muralists and performing artists will celebrate the Harlem Renaissance and the life of Zora Neale Hurston in a “New U” space that will be home to the restaurant Eatonville. Murals to Zora is an event where artists are re-envisioning a piece of profound artistic history and making it their own.

Who: Visual Artists: Chanel Compton, Decoy, RVLTN, OWEL, Peter Krsko, Leon Rainbow, Eric Kennedy, Charles Jean Pierre, Rachel Crouch, Shaanon Lindauer, GA Gardner, Cory Stowers, Tim CON, Imani Brown, Kelly Donnelly, Gerald Watson, and more…

Performing Artists: Noon: 30, DJ Natty Boom, Cara Fleck, Too Deep, Jessica Chambliss

What: Uniquely curated exhibit of large-scale art created at the installation site to celebrate Harlem Renaissance author and folklorist Zora Neale Hurston.

When: Saturday, March 14, 2009 from 9:00pm to 12:00am – Opening reception featuring performance art, music and refreshments. Open to public. $10 suggested donation.

Sunday, March 15, 2009 from 10:00am to 4:00pm – The exhibition space will be open for public viewing.

Where: Eatonville, owned by Andy Shallal, 2121 14th St NW, Washington, DC (intersection of 14th Street NW and V Street NW)

Background: The artists will be creating individual murals in a vacant space which will soon be home to a new restaurant Eatonville. The restaurant will be inspired by Zora Neale Hurston, the most dynamic female writer of the Harlem Renaissance, and her home town of Eatonville. The task of creating a mural in commemoration to such a strong artistic figure, such as Zora, will make for some powerful interpretations.

More photos after the jump.






5 Comment

  • wow, i actually find the last one pretty offensive. it looks like a stereotype.. a comic in drag. i have looked through hundreds of pictures of her and never found one where she sports a curl like the one depicted above. was any research or proposal required by the ‘artists’ or they just picked people at random?

  • Yeah, it should be good. A friend of mine is one of the artists doing a mural there.

  • @ANON 11.30
    And let’s not overlook that the artist chose to have her writing on WHITE paper! OUTRAGEOUS! WHEN WILL THESE HORRENDOUS RACIST UNDERTONES EVER END?

  • That last one looks like me when I’m riding a bike and typing at the same time. Forgive me when I’m littering, it’s only because I’m super happy about my pink dress and pearls.

  • After reading the comments on this blog I ask myself, “why are people so negative and complicated”? This mural project is such a good idea as you have Artists expressing their talents. Note the Artists are of all races and from around the world. Why do people find offense in the last mural? It is the Artist’s style and he would have done the same be the writer white. I am new to Washington and the States and I find this constant “on the defensive” attitude and “negativity” very sad. Why don’t you people wake up and smell the coffee, its all in your heads. You try and look into things too much. Get a gripe and start living life by supporting your neighbors especially those poor Artists who are going through the recession more than anyone.

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