making america
Photo by Miki Jourdan

From an email:

“I wanted to let you know about an exhibit of some of my street portraits at Sidamo Coffee & Tea (417 H St. NE).  I pulled together this exhibit following the 2016 election, and choosing the photos was part of my way of coming to terms with the thought of a President Trump. I also wanted to respond to the slurs Trump heaped on so many during the campaign, from women to Muslims to Latinos.  For more on what I was thinking as I made my selections, see this post on DC Focused.   You can see all of the exhibit photos here. It will likely be up at Sidamo for 2-3 months.”

we the people
via kickstarter

So far $1,079,896, and rising fast, has been raised.

From the Kickstarter fundraiser:

“WE BELIEVE ART HAS THE POWER TO WAKE PEOPLE UP.

Eight years ago, the artist Shepard Fairey made the iconic image that captured a period of HOPE in America. Today we are in a very different moment, one that requires new images that reject the hate, fear, and open racism that were normalized during the 2016 presidential campaign. So on Inauguration Day, We the People will flood Washington, DC with NEW symbols of hope.”

“This art has been already been commissioned by the Amplifier Foundation. Some of the greatest activist artists working today, including Shepard, Ernesto Yerena, and Jessica Sabogal, have collaborated with photographers to create a series of images that capture the shared humanity of our diverse America.”

all posters
via kickstarter

“Now the tricky part: printing and distributing these images on a massive scale in time for Inauguration. (more…)

exhibit-poster

From an email:

“We’re only a few days from the opening of The Triangle Known as Truxton Circle at 410 GooDBuddY (410 Florida Ave NW) on Friday the 13th from 6-8pm. But I really want to stress that we’ll have a few gallery hours including the day of the inauguration (1/20 Noon to 3PM), for locals who haven’t skipped town as well as an artists talk on February 11 from 2-4PM where we’ll explain our work in greater depth.

So what’s it about? Truxton Circle, the people and the traffic circle fountain. It is also about change and loss. My part focuses on the history of the neighborhood told through the story of maps, which show change in the neighborhood, from the physical environment to the changing demographics. With change there is loss. Ira Tattelman’s “Fountain” installation explores the lost fountain that once sat in the former Truxton Circle at North Capitol and Florida Avenue. Brian Bakke examines the people forgotten and lost in the changing landscape and tells their stories with small vignettes and etchings.”

truxton
“Son of Frankenmap” a composite of a few 1919 plat maps piecing together the neighborhood”

Ed. Note: I found this old photo below from an old PoPville post back in 2009.

truxton-circle-fountain
Undated, Via National Archives in College Park

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Brian Farrow. Photo by Ron Cowie

As America’s next president is inaugurated, all eyes will be on DC. Many artists will be asking themselves what America means to them. For this one-night-only event, DC’s creative community won’t hold back.

A unique DC arts festival will take place on inauguration weekend at the new Edgewood Arts Center at 3415 8th St NE. MY AMERICA: DC Creates – Innovates – Unites will feature musical performances and visual art from artists based in the DC metro area. This evening festival will be open to all ages from 7-10pm on Saturday, January 21st, 2017. (more…)

books
Courtesy @caphillcreates

I love this idea.

From an email:

“I am launching a community art project/experiment with three sketchbooks and the Little Free Libraries system. The goal is to encourage people who live on Capitol Hill to find a book in a Little Library, make some art, return the book to another library.

I’m hoping that when people find the book and return the book, they will announce its location via twitter (@caphillcreates) or Instagram and once the book is filled, they will let me know if it’s final location.

Once all three books are filled, I will find a location to mount a show of pieces from the books.

Right now book #1 is at 803 East Capitol St SE. Book #2 is at 1229 Massachusetts Ave SE and book #3 is at 909 F St NE.

dupontunderground-southtunnel
Courtesy Dupont Underground

From an email:

“After months of anticipation, we are excited to reopen the doors of Dupont Underground to the public for tours. Since the success of Raise/Raze creative minds have been inspired by the potential of this 75,000 sq/ft space. These tours will explore the living history and conceptual reinvention of a DC hidden gem. Each tour will consist of a guided hour long experience through the tunnels under Dupont Circle, that once served as the neighborhood trolley system over fifty years ago. Tickets are $15 per person.

Due to the nature of the space, we are limiting the tours to 30 persons, including children. All children must have tickets, so that we may maintain the correct occupancy limits. Children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult at a ratio of no more than 3 children to 1 adult.

The Dupont Underground is a raw industrial space made of hard, uneven surfaces and old and decomposing materials. Please respect the space and explore at your own risk.

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Please note: Our official address is 1900 Massachusetts Avenue NW, but our entrance is at New Hampshire Avenue in front of 11 Dupont Circle.

Last time we opened we limited people to just the 15,000 sq ft platform. This time people are seeing the whole space. And we have some surprises along the way…I will say there is an installation at the end of the south tunnel called the iGlow by an artist Hiroshi Jacobs that most have never seen.

artomatic

Great news!! From a press release:

“Building on a partnership that started in 2007, Artomatic will return to Crystal City
to host a signature event in the spring of 2017. We anticipate attracting a large and diverse crowd showcasing a variety of creative work, including visual art, music, film, live performance, fashion, and more.

Look for more information about the next Artomatic in January when we kick off the New Year with a spring event in Crystal City!

Come on out and join us for Meet the Artists Night – Part 2 on Saturday, December 3 from 7pm until midnight.

The first one was so successful that we decided to do it again! Tell your friends, family, and anyone else who loves art to join us for this special evening.

Mission (more…)