DC Murals: Spectacle and Story AeroSoul – Murals for Our Time

By Editorial Team on June 14, 2021

Panel Discussion: Thursday, June 17th at 6:30 pm

DC Murals: Spectacle and Story announces AeroSoul – Murals for Our Time, which explores the deep connection between illegal graffiti of the past, and the sanctioned Street Art murals of today. The exteriorexhibition is presented in partnership with the newly renovated Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, located at 901 G St., NW.

A panel discussion will take place Thursday, June 17th at 6:30 pm on the topic of “Early Murals,” in front of the exhibit. Moderator George Koch will speak with muralists Rik Freeman and G. Byron Peck about their iconic mid-‘90s works from the corner  of 13th and U Sts,, NW, which brought large-scale public art to DC. Exhibit Curator Cory Stowers will discuss the rise of Street Art in the years that followed.

The 8 ft x 66 ft exhibition is presented as eight captioned panels on the front windows of the left-hand side of the library. The exhibit features QR code triggers that allow viewers to interact with the exhibit and view additional content that will be made available prior to the panel discussion.

Street Art—public murals produced with spray paint and ultimately derived from graffiti—has blanketed the city
in the last few years, producing riveting yet elusive images. The exhibition unravels the origin and meaning of this
popular trope and includes murals from throughout the city. The event will delight youth and mural fans of all ages.
To commemorate the exhibition DC Murals will publish a 75-page museum-quality booklet that includes informative
essays and images from the project.

The exhibition is anchored by a team that includes Cory Stowers (Curator–Associate Director, DC Murals: Spectacle
and Story); Blair Ruble, PhD (Project Historian–Distinguished Fellow, Wilson Center); George Koch (Special Advisor–Founder and CEO, Center for the Creative Economy); and Perry Frank, PhD (Project Director– Founding Director, DC Murals: Spectacle and Story). The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Project Director is Monica Miller.

This exterior exhibit is accessible by bus or metro, 24-hours a day. The AeroSoul exhibition will run from June 10-July 22 and will include six public programs at various locations around the city.

The event is partially funded by a Vision Partnership Grant from HumanitiesDC and supported by the city through the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. This grant requires DC Murals, a 501c3 organization located in Washington, DC, to provide matching funds.

We accept all donations to meet this requirement at www.dcmurals.org. Donations are fully tax deductible.