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The epic beach exhibit from the building museum is coming to the potentially epic Dupont Underground and they need your help making it happen:

“You might have heard or read somewhere that the Dupont Underground is taking the 650,000+ plastic balls from the National Building Museum’s blockbuster BEACH installation. It’s true! We’ll be holding a competition for a site-specific installation in our space that will use the balls as both inspiration and artistic/design medium.

FIRST, however, we have to transport the balls from the museum to our space. And that’s where YOU come in. We need people to devote a few hours on SEPTEMBER 7 and SEPTEMBER 8 helping us pack the balls, load them in moving trucks, unload them at the other end, and put the boxes in the Dupont Underground.

There are a number of different volunteer opportunities and times to work.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

—The Dupont Underground Team”

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2608 Georgia Avenue, NW

From the Pleasant Plains Workshop:

After 5 amazing years at our Georgia Avenue location, we will be consolidating our gallery and studio spaces at our workshop space in Brookland (703 Edgewood St NE #2). The Brookland space is where we’ve been working on our own artwork and teaching printmaking classes for a couple of years. We’ve decided to bring the gallery/shop over in an effort to focus on art making and streamline our business model. We’re pleased be joining the arts landscape that already exists here which includes Dance Place, The Monroe Arts Walk, and the Artspace Lofts. We’re also located above the new food incubator Mess Hall, around the corner from the new Dew Drop Inn, and conveniently situated between Brookland and Rhode Island Ave Metro Stations.

After Labor Day, we’ll have Saturday hours at our Brookland Space, with a focus on exhibiting and selling prints. We’ll also be continuing to teach screen printing and other classes by appointment, and offering additional artistic services (stay tuned!).

We cherish the time we’ve spent as a part of the Georgia Avenue Community, and the relationships we formed there are everlasting. We will continue to work with Georgia Avenue businesses on our annual temporary arts project, the Georgia Avenue Window Walk, and will host pop-up events (caroling!) along the corridor. Our roots on Georgia Avenue are deep, and the Pleasant Plains name follows us to Brookland…

Be on the lookout for another update in early Fall as we set up our new hours, classes, and exhibition schedule. We look forward to seeing you at our new space soon!”

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Dupont Underground has the potential to be truly epic. This new paint job/tease is already getting me psyched. For those not familiar – from their website:

“Mission
To revitalize the abandoned trolley station beneath Dupont Circle for presenting, producing, and promoting cutting-edge arts, architecture, design, and creative endeavors.

Vision
To establish a cultural destination in the nation’s capital that partners with emerging voices in contemporary arts and architecture; encourages public participation, education, and engagement; and leverages development of the Dupont Underground as a catalytic force for the city in the 21st century.

The Dupont Underground is transforming a forgotten space beneath Washington, D.C.’s iconic Dupont Circle into a cultural destination.

Opened in 1949 as a trolley station, 75,000 s.f. of underground platforms and tunnels were closed off in 1962, when the city’s streetcar system shut down. Other than designation as fallout shelter in the late 1960s and hosting a short-lived food court on the west platform in the mid-1990s, the space has remained empty. Until now.

In late 2014, the Dupont Underground signed a five-year lease with the District for the entire space. Now we are working to activate about one-third of it — the east platform, plus some of the tunnel space — to demonstrate what uses are best suited for the long-term buildout of all 75,000 s.f. Over the next five years we plan on activating the space in many ways:

art & design exhibitions
public arts performances
community events
educational events
pop-up retail & dining
creative economy incubators
demonstrations of emerging technologies
film shoots & commercial photography
rental space for private events

In addition, we will also be working on long-term plans to permanently redevelop all 75,000 square feet as a mixed-use cultural destination. Our objectives for the space:

Create a unique, centrally located venue for exhibitions and events.
Provide a democratic space for community groups, educators, and entrepreneurs.
Develop an institution that brings wider attention to the District’s arts and design culture.
Strengthen the social networks that patronize the arts and inform business interests in the city, the region, and across the nation.
Return a long-abandoned space back to the public realm.”

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Across from the closing July 18th Books a Millon:

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1530 14th Street, NW

A couple weeks ago we learned that Gallery Plan B had closed after 10 years in Logan Circle. Next up Gallery Neptune & Brown. From a press release:

“Neptune Fine Art and Robert Brown Gallery are pleased to announce the opening of gallery neptune & brown, located in the 14th Street Arts District of Washington, D.C.

The expansion of Neptune Fine Art and Robert Brown Gallery to a satellite space on 14th Street provides the opportunity to exhibit more fine art to a different audience in the Washington, D.C. and tri-state area. This second location grants street level access, 13 foot ceilings and an additional 800 square feet – creating more space to broaden our offerings of modern and contemporary fine art. (more…)