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From a press release:

“The larger-than-life sculptures by internationally renowned artist Magdalena Abakanowicz (b. 1930) will be on view beginning September 27 as part of the New York Avenue Sculpture Project, the only public art space featuring changing installations of contemporary works by women artists in Washington, D.C. Organized by the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA), the New York Avenue Sculpture Project is a collaboration between the museum, the Downtown DC Business Improvement District (BID), the DC Office of Planning and other local agencies. The Sculpture Project illustrates the museum’s long-term commitment to the artistic beautification of New York Avenue, fostering a vibrant new identity for the neighborhood just east of the White House. Located in the median of New York Avenue between 12th and 13th Streets, NW, the installation will be on view from Sept. 27, 2014 through Sept. 27, 2015.

The Sculpture Project will include a range of figurative works by Polish artist Abakanowicz. Her monumentally-scaled sculptures of grouped human figures and birds in flight exemplify issues universal to humankind: the power of nature, the force of destruction and the resiliency of hope. Abakanowicz’s art is often inspired by her experiences and observations during World War II and its repressive postwar climate.

“This installation will honor one of the greatest monumental sculptors of our time. Her works’ placement within the capital city of our republic will be compelling,” said NMWA Director Susan Fisher Sterling. “Abakanowicz’s sculptures of figures atop wheel axles relate to her childhood memory of traveling with coins sewn into her clothing while escaping advancing military troops. When viewed in the context of New York Avenue, with drivers and pedestrians moving by, these sculptures will allude more generally to human journeys, both actual and metaphysical.”

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From Art All Night’s website:

“Art All Night : Nuit Blanche DC was founded by Ariana Austin in 2011. The festival is an all-night exploration and celebration of contemporary art, encompassing five of DC’s most vibrant neighborhoods: Dupont Circle, Shaw, North Capitol, H Street NE, and Congress Heights.

Watch as DC’s creative community re-imagines public and private space and invites us all to see our city anew. Indoor and outdoor venues will showcase work by artists in a diverse range of media – with vibrant visual arts, street performances, live music, and DJs contributing to an unprecedented mash-up of cultural experiences in the nation’s capital.

When will Art All Night : Nuit Blanche DC take place?
From 7pm on Saturday, September 27th to 3am on Sunday, September 28th.

Where will the event take place?
Select venues in:
Dupont Circle
Shaw
North Capitol
H Street NE
Congress Heights

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From 13th and H Street, NE.

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From 5×5:

“U.S.A.I.R.A.N obscures the perceived divide between Iranian and US identities. By reappropriating the exterior of a vacant building in D.C.’s thriving H Street corridor, artist Sanaz Mazinani creates a sculptural symbol for the transference of culture in which one’s personal politics are recontextualized and cross-examined.

The installation brings attention to the void of Washington D.C.’s official Embassy of Iran, which has stood regal yet vacant on Massachusetts Avenue NW since 1980. Mazinani wraps a quintessential mid-century American building — the site of the former Robert L. Christian Community Library — in intricate Islamic patterns. Articulating the nebulous sense of place from the perspective of an emigrant, muraled windows and walls reference the architectural details of the former Embassy. Upon close inspection, one will see that these patterns are comprised of mass media imagery, composed in both parallels and contradictions. U.S.A.I.R.A.N examines absence and placelessness, while at the same time explores the potential for harmony. It is a site from which to build mutual respect and activate cultural exchange.”

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1841 Columbia Road, NW

From an email:

“WHAT: Hierarchy Gallery launches its 2014 fall exhibition season with the opening of WHISKEY / DELTA / CHARLIE, a collection of new works by DC-based artist James Kerns. Opening Friday, September 12th, WHISKEY / DELTA / CHARLIE features mixed media sculpture, found objects and functional art works created from 2012 to the present. Grounded in the tradition of American craft, Kerns questions the traditions of form and function, creating works that explore the history of and change in the District’s urban landscape. Framed as a fictional flea market, and like the exhibition title implies, in WHISKEY / DELTA / CHARLIE the objects shown are place holders evoking time, culture and place. Using wood, found materials, and welded metal, Kerns creates both complex and simple works that pay homage to the District from the street to the living room. Kerns is a self-taught mixed-media sculptor, wood worker and industrial designer living and working in Washington, DC. His use of former industrial and commercial products from a bygone era are the backbone of his work. Working in the District for over a decade, his work can be seen at renowned D.C. restaurants including Toki Underground, Boundary Stone, Teddy and the Bully Bar, Chaplin and RedLight.

In the fall exhibit, Kerns builds large complex works from commonly anonymous objects of years past, creating modern totems meant to evoke feelings of nostalgia throughout this fictional Flea Market, “the story of stuff is the story of us,” says Kerns. Whiskey Delta (WDC) represents Washington District of Columbia using the phonetic alphabet. WHISKEY / DELTA / CHARLIE opens at Hierarchy Galley on Friday, September 12th, the exhibition closes on Sunday, October 5th. Register for the opening event on Friday, September 12th at 7:00 p.m. by visiting here.

Designed as an ever-evolving, chameleon exhibition space designed by the artist group No Kings Collective in partnership with Napoleon Bistro and the Popal family, Hierarchy opened in February 2014 and is located at 1841 Columbia Road. Hierarchy features monthly artist exhibitions and weekly cultural programming and serves as the latest incarnation of a long standing creative relationship between the artist collective and the Popal family which began in 2012 with the pop-up art project, The Water Street Project, now Malmaison, the restaurant located on the Georgetown waterfront.”

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From an email:

“A dash of Iron-Chef with a hint of Project Runway, SCRAP DC presents Rebel Craft Rumble, a live crafting competition, on Saturday, September 27th, 7pm at Columbia Heights’ rowdiest hub, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church . Four teams will take on creative reuse challenges and compete for the Extreme Ultimate Supreme Craft Master title:

Craftaholics Anonymous: Liz Balchin and Alex Chaikin

Harry Wardman’s Rust Wranglers: James Kerns and Noah David

Team Radish: Melina Rauskolb and Laura Bill

Tomato & Asparagus: ChristieLyn Diller and Jill Weaverling

Teams will be judged by the retro and whimsical Artist and Illustrator, Claudine Hellmuth, and DC Ward 5 Councilmember, Kenyan McDuffie. Hosted by improv master, Stanley Seiden, and supported by DC Lady Arm Wrestlers, this event is the first of what will surely become DC tradition. Early bird tickets are $10 through September 21, regular tickets at $15 and are available at online at scrapdcrcr.brownpapertickets.com. More information can be found at www.scrapdc.org. Rebel Craft Rumble supports SCRAP DC’s mission to inspire creative reuse and environmentally sustainable behavior.”