04/16/14 4:50pm

A Piece of Who I Am – Mathew Curran from Napoleon Wright II on Vimeo.

From a press release:

WHAT: Renowned LA-based artist Mathew Curran opens “SHRED” a solo exhibition on April 19th at Hierarchy, a special exhibition venue and project from Washington, DC based artist group No Kings Collective in partnership with Napoleon Bistro. Through his work, Curran brings stencil to life, creating unique large-scale murals in a process where he cuts away, shredding his chosen medium to get to the root of his art. As spaces become more urbanized with new homes and longer streets, wildlife and nature have receded. In “SHRED,” Matt Curran imagines the natural world pushing back into the city, back against the new homes, larger buildings, longer streets. He envisions birds soaring above factories, flowers breaking through the cracks of an old brick wall, fish making their way back through water systems. Curran captures the struggle for the historically natural to find its place in an unnatural landscape through his unique stencil work. “SHRED” will be on exhibit at Hierarchy through May 11th, 2014.

Designed as an ever-evolving, chameleon exhibition space, 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.

WHEN: “SHRED” grand opening Saturday, April 19th 7:00 pm to midnight
Gallery hours: Saturday and Sundays noon to 5pm

WHERE: Hierarchy, 1841 Columbia Road, NW Washington, DC 20009

04/15/14 10:55am

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From a press release:

“The NoMa Parks Foundation announces today an international design competition to transform four railroad underpasses in NoMa. The long hoped-for initiative will turn the underpasses at Florida Avenue, NE, and K, L and M Streets, NE, into stunning contemporary art installations, and further strengthen east-west connections in NoMa and to Capitol Hill.

Qualifications are due May 9, 2014 and will be followed by a formal RFP issued to qualified entrants. Neighborhood residents could begin to see installation start as early as 2015. Details about the competition can be found at www.NoMaUnderpasses.org.

By transforming these thoroughfares with a series of interactive design solutions, NoMa will ensure these spaces are vibrant, safe, dynamic and inviting for vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic moving through the neighborhood. As the NoMa Parks Foundation and the NoMa BID begin to implement projects from the 2012 Public Realm Design Plan, we are closely following the community input that played a strong role in the decision to move this particular project forward.

The NoMa Parks Foundation seeks artists and designers who will envision bold, creative approaches to the underpasses. Finalists will receive stipends to refine their ideas prior to final selection. The selected artists/designers will be responsible for final design and oversight of installation.

This design competition is the first project to be funded by the $50 million grant from the District of Columbia government to improve parks and public spaces in the NoMa neighborhood.”

03/24/14 5:00pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user ekelly80

“The sixth annual Cherry Blast: Art + Music Dance Party is Saturday, March 29 from 7:00pm-midnight at BLIND WHINO: SW Arts Club, a dedicated art space in Southwest Washington, DC (734 1st Street, SW). Blind Whino, formerly a church, is now a contemporary dedicated art space – the perfect setting for this multimedia, multisensory event. The National Cherry Blossom Festival partners with Art Whino for visual programming throughout the night. Art Whino curates a massive group art show featuring over 300 cherry blossom-inspired pieces, all available for purchase. A special Washington Project for the Arts exhibit showcases work inspired by the Festival. The microWave project curates 3-D art installations artists throughout the space. Performance artists, bands, and DJs keep the party going into the night.

Saturday, March 29th, from 7pm – Midnight

Location:
BLIND WHINO:Sw Arts Club
734 1st Street, SW

Tickets:
Tickets are $15 in advance for this 21-and-over event, and $20 at the door.
Tickets on sale now.”

03/17/14 11:00am

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829 Upshur Street, NW

From Pleasant Plains Workshop (PPW):

“PPW will be hosting a free art book swap in the Reading Room at Petworth Citizen on Monday 3/17 6-8pm. People can bring in coffee table books, art/craft instruction books, indie arts publications and the like and swap them out for new ones. Leftovers will become part of the Free Library there.

As a bonus, Petworth Citizen has an extended all-night happy hour on Mondays with $4 drafts, wine, and daily punch! It’s Saint Patrick’s Day too, so a good night to come out and try some of the nice whiskeys they have on hand.”

03/13/14 5:00pm

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Goodnight Moon courtesy of Kathryn Freeman

From an email:

“Magic Realist Paintings by Kathryn Freeman are up at the Jane Haslem Gallery 2025 Hillyer Place, Dupont Circle until March 31st. The show includes a series of moon lit interiors, one of which is inspired by the childrens’ poem “Goodnight Moon”. Also, “Moon River”, inspired by the song, and “Rabbit Summer”, inspired by garden consuming rabbits. There is also a room filled with paintings called “Stories from the Woods” which will make you look forward to hiking in Rock Creek Park when spring finally comes. If you want to bring the kids- have them count the animals in the paintings. hint- the count to date is 41!”

03/07/14 5:00pm

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Erin Kelly – Early Morning Fishing courtesy of Exposed DC

From a press release:

Exposed DC is pleased to announce its 8th annual Exposed DC Photography Show at  Long View Gallery, from March 19 to April 6, 2014. After seven wonderful years with DCist, we’re now closing in on our first year since we launched as an independent, year-round venture last June, and we’re proud to say it’s been a success. We’re working hard to cultivate the local photography community, from hobbyist to professional, with our website that features interviews with local talent, reams of informational guides for everything from studio rentals to photography classes, and a calendar highlighting every photography event in the region. We’ll continue to build on this community that our annual exhibition has created through exciting new features and events in the coming year.

Our 49 winning photographs were chosen from a contest for their unique view of the Washington area – not as a political venue or tourist destination, but as a place where we live and work and love every day. Six of those photographs will be awarded our inaugural Best in Show award and $100 prize, chosen by a panel of distinguished metro-area photojournalists, and made possible by the Corcoran College of Art + Design.

Our opening reception will be held in Long View’s newly expanded 9,000 square foot gallery space. Local businesses will complete our celebration of everything Washington, with beer from the new Bluejacket Brewery, wine from Boxwood Winery, Cavanagh Family Imports and A&M Imports, and a delicious selection of bites from Founding Farmers and Farmers Fishers Bakers, Tel’Veh Wine Bar, and Everlasting Life Vegan Restaurant. We’ve invited DJ Sequoia and v:shal kanwar back to spin tunes.

Tickets are $15 in advance, with limited $20 tickets at the door.

Join us for a free after party in The Passenger’s theater. 8 p.m. to close, cash bar.

Long View Gallery is located at 1234 9th St. NW, just a few blocks from the Mt. Vernon/Convention Center Metro. All photographs displayed will be for sale. Regular gallery hours are Wednesday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, 12 to 5 p.m. Free.”

03/06/14 5:00pm

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From a press release:

(re)activate is a one night public art exhibition that will take place in the empty parking lot at 1932 9th Street, NW and the southwest corner of U Street on Saturday, March 15th from 5:30pm – 9:30pm!

Featuring video and performance art by emerging and established DC artists, the outdoor exhibition will explore and reflect on the dynamics of space, while introducing alternative modes of exhibiting art and culture in our urban environment!

Celebrating the groundbreaking of a new mixed-use art space in the U Street neighborhood, the exhibition will take place on the future site of H-Space, a work-live studio and multidisciplinary project room for artists. In animating the currently vacant lot through video projections and performance art, (re)activate invites audiences to (re)consider the usage of space in the District of Columbia, how it relates to their personal experience, our collective histories, and the future identity of the city.!

While the individual works of art investigate our interactions in and relationships to space, at its core, (re)activate contributes to the critical dialogue on creative place-making and how to make more space for art in a rapidly growing city like Washington, DC.

Participating Artists include: Animals and Fire, Free Space Collective, James Huckenpahler, Patrick McDonough, Jonathan Monghan, Kendall Nordin, Jassie Rios and Jose Ruiz!