Art Club of Washington DC Presents Maureen O’Leary Record – a Photographic Meditation on DC’s Federal Buildings

By Editorial Team on November 8, 2021
Untitled photograph from Record. Copyright Maureen O’Leary.
Discussion : Thursday, November 11 at 6:30pm

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Free and open to the public (RSVP required; use link above)

Enjoy an evening of conversation between artist and art historian on a new book of disarmingly quiet photographs capturing the sacred and the mundane in our DC federal structures and prompting new ideas about photographs as a literary genre.

The book has received enthusiastic reviews from The Washington Post and The Brooklyn Rail:

THE WASHINGTON POST – D.C. is a city of grand monuments and federal buildings. These photos capture the often unseen poetic details. O’Leary’s photos have the poignancy of Edward Hopper’s emotionally charged paintings, but without the people…

THE BROOKLYN RAIL – Reverential photographs that are meditations on the systems, structures, functions, and duties of government. Details of bureaucratic filing cabinets, austere door knobs, and office windows filtering fluorescent light are dovetailed with scenes of empty benches, water fountains, and infrastructure bathed in late afternoon sunlight…

The cover of the book RECORD by Maureen O’Leary is appropriately unrevealing – as if suggesting locked files in a Federal Government cabinet. But you can peek inside by this link to its full Washington Post Review, including a generous sampling of O’Leary’s intriguing photos.

The evening event will be a conversation between artist O’Leary and architectural historian Jennifer Hock about the book. It will be followed by an optional open bar reception and buffet dinner.

Maureen O’Leary, the artist who produced Record, has participated in over 60 art exhibitions in the US, Europe and Asia, and is a former recipient of an artist fellowship from the Fondation des États-Unis, Paris. She is represented by the gallery Cristin Tierney, New York, New York.

Dr. Jennifer Hock is an architectural historian who specializes in the history of twentieth-century architecture and urbanism. A faculty member at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland, Hock is an expert in architectural history and the construction of social identities. She earned a Ph.D. in architecture from Harvard University, an MA in art history from the Courtauld Institute at the University of London, and a BA in English and art history from Yale University.

Registration is required to attend either the conversation or the conversation plus dinner reception. Inquires: Michael Whelan:

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