Curator’s Talk: Saturday, May 6 at 4pm
The Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) announces an exciting new program of public events sponsored by Reston Community Center (RCC) in conjunction with Radcliffe Bailey: The Great Dismal Swamp, on view from April 21 through August 18, 2017. Radcliffe Bailey (b. 1968, Bridgeton, New Jersey; lives and works in Atlanta) is a nationally-recognized painter, sculptor, and mixed-media artist who layers imagery, culturally resonant materials, and text to explore themes of ancestry, race, and memory. The Great Dismal Swamp is the artist’s first solo exhibition in the DC metro area. He has previously participated in group exhibitions at the Smithsonian Institution, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland.
Join them on the last Thursday of each month (April-July), 6-7pm, to hear a creative professional respond to the work on view in the gallery. The short presentation will be followed by open conversation. Free and open to the public. No registration required.
Dates and Speakers:
- April 27, 6-7pm: Boris Willis
Boris Willis holds an MFA in dance and technology from Ohio State University. His MFA thesis focused on the interaction between computer games/gaming, storytelling, video, animation, and human movement. Willis is the Chief Artistic Officer of Boris Willis Moves, through which he designs games for live and web-based performances.
- May 25, 6-7pm: Michael A. Booker
Michael Booker is an American painter who holds an MFA in Studio Art from the University of Maryland. His paintings, often cut apart and reconstructed into quilt-like narratives, combine his personal history and memory with the history of painting and African American culture. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at Montgomery College in Takoma Park, MD.
- June 29, 6-7pm: E. Ethelbert Miller
E. Ethelbert Miller is a writer and literary activist. He is the board chair of the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), a progressive think tank located in Washington, D.C. For ten years he has been the editor of Poet Lore, the oldest poetry magazine published in the United States. Miller is the author of several collections of poetry, and has written two memoirs. He is often heard on NPR, is host and producer of The Scholars on UDC-TV, and writes a regular monthly column, E on DC for Capital Community News. On April 19, 2015, Miller was inducted into the Washington, D.C. Hall of Fame.
- July 27, 6-7pm: Michael J. West
Michael J. West is a jazz journalist in Washington, D.C. and a contributor to Washington City Paper, JazzTimes, Down Beat, NPR, Slate, and the Washington Post. He is a board member of the Jazz Journalists Association.