(e)merge Program Roster- Performances & Panel Discussions

By Editorial Team on September 23, 2014
Photo courtesy of (e)merge.
Photo courtesy of (e)merge.


Events: Thursday, October 2 through Sunday, October 5


(e)merge announces the line-up of panel discussions and performances that will take place during the art fair. The fair’s programming complements the dynamic roster of artists exhibiting and performing in the gallery and artist platforms.

For the latest information during the fair, follow e)merge on Twitter and Instagram.

To purchase tickets in advance: click here.

2014 (e)merge panel discussions presented by: The Washington Post

Connect: Social Practice
Friday, October 3rd: 2-3pm
Capitol Skyline Hotel – Room 1
Moderator: José Ruiz, artist/curator, Present Company (Brooklyn).
Panelists: Deborah Anzinger, artist/director NLS (Kingston, Jamaica); Heidi Fancher, artist (Washington, D.C.); Sha Sha Feng, artist/co-founder, DIVAS for Social Justice (Brooklyn); Tami Gold, artist/filmmaker (Brooklyn).

Collect: Emerging Markets
Saturday, October 4th: 2-3pm
Capitol Skyline Hotel – Room 1
Opening remarks by invited speaker: Muriel Bowser, Democratic mayoral nominee (Washington, D.C.)
Moderator: Vesela Sretenović, Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, The Phillips Collection (Washington, D.C.).
Panelists: David Grosso, Councilmember (Washington, D.C.); Mohini Malhotra, collector (Washington, D.C.); Mariano Ugalde, director, Salar Galería de Arte (La Paz, Bolivia).

The Philips Collection Emerging Artist Prize
Saturday, October 4th: 3pm
Capitol Skyline Hotel – Room 1
The Phillips Collection Director Dorothy Kosinski and Curators Klaus Ottmann and Vesela Sretenović will select the winner from works on display at the (e)merge art fair. The Phillips Collection Emerging Artist Prize is made possible by the generous support of Hank and Carol Brown Goldberg.

2014 Performances:

Visit the website for a full schedule.

Holly BassBlack Space
Black Space Rent Party
This performance draws inspiration from house-rent parties that flourished in the black neighborhoods of Washington, D.C., and other cities, during the 1920s -1940s, and later decades. For a small fee, neighbors enjoyed music, cheap booze and good company. Black Space Rent Party will feature a dance performance, a special music mix, and informal games of bones (dominoes) and spades.

Black Space Housewarming
This house blessing is a participatory ritual combining African ceremonial traditions, poetry, song and movement. An intimate, facilitated dialogue follows the invocation. Housewarming gifts, such as black cultural artifacts, scented candles, and houseplants are welcome.

James Bernard ColeThat Corcoran Status
That Corcoran Status is a reflective interpretation of the current status of The Corcoran College of Art + Design. Using plastic duck decoys, the artist will fabricate a bridge of similarities between the performance and the recent transactions between The Corcoran and The George Washington University.

Madeleine CutronaBargain Basement University
Bargain Basement University’s team of college administrators will roam the fair and solicit students to enroll in our innovative approach to education. Let us hand-print your degree on site, as we streamline your admission, matriculation, and graduation. Get ready to soar.

Heloisa EscuderoBackPack Gallery Project Performance
The BackPack Gallery is a series of sculptures that are wearable art galleries in the form of backpacks. The performance takes art out of confinement and into the mobile realm, where art and artists come to the viewer. Artists will create an installation inside the BackPack Units and perform while carrying the sculptures.

Karine FalleniContinuance
Continuance is a study of movement. The simplicity of a line of tape represents a sequential stream of moments in time. As the artist applies layers of tape, the movement will shift visually. Viewers are invited to experience the process of continuing change until the project is completed on the final day of the fair.

Stephen Hendee A Democracy of Averages
A Democracy of Averages is a highly reflective sculptural object on the hotel pool deck, but it is also a site for a performance event. Music, sound recordings, experimental noise, and interactive works will be presented by artists David Sanchez Burr, Carrie Fucile, Sorcerer, Cecilia Vidal, and Allison Yasukawa.

Sheldon ScottA Man Ain’t Nothing But A Man
A Man Ain’t Nothing But A Man, a performative installation inspired by the legend of John Henry, is a survey of man as machine and the limitless black male body. The performance takes the contest of steel-driving into rock as commentary on internal and external pressures to extend the body as a fatally useful tool.

Rachel Schmidt + André SingletonI Love You, My Deer
The artists, both native Mid-Westerners and East Coast transplants, will create a collaborative sculptural installation and performance that examines an exodus of original place to the contemporary realities of an urban landscape. This movement-based, multimedia performance explores concepts of endurance, confrontation, memory, and love.

Mercedes TeixidoNotes for the Capitol
In this audience-activated performance, visitors are invited to browse a “library” of selected books. As participants read aloud, an improvisational drawing/writing will be created on a drawing mechanism modeled after Thomas Jefferson’s letter writing machine. The machine creates two identical drawings, one of which will be given to the reader.

Andrey Ustinov – Voice of America: Live-streaming performance Cologne, Germany – Washington, D.C.
This interactive performance features a television on which viewers at the fair will be able to see the picture and change the channels, but will not be able to hear the sound. The audio signal will be re-routed to headphones worn by the artist in Cologne, Germany. The artist will relay what he hears into a microphone with his own voice. The audio and video of the live-streaming performance, happening in real-time in Cologne, will be presented along side the television at the fair. The artist, a Russian citizen residing in Germany, created this performance in response to being denied a visa to travel to the US to attend the fair.

Fair Hours and Admission:

Thursday, October 2:

  • 5 – 7pm / (e)merge VIP & Press Preview. By invitation only.
  • 7 – 9pm / Opening Night Preview
  • 9 – 11pm / Concert by the Pool with Furniteur, Pleasure Curses, and Chris Burns (dj set), musical talent curated by Brightest Young Things

Admission is $45 advance purchase, $55 at the door.

To purchase tickets in advance: click here.

Friday, October 3: 12 – 7pm

  • Students with valid ID free: 12 – 3pm

Saturday, October 4: 12 – 7pm
Sunday, October 5: 12 – 5pm

Daily admission is $15; $10 for Seniors and Students with valid ID.

Capitol Skyline Hotel is located at 10 I (eye) St. SW.

Cultural Partners
The National Gallery of Art, The Phillips Collection, National Portrait Gallery, National Museum of Women in the Arts, and The Kreeger Museum.

Partners, Sponsors, and Host Committee:
(e)merge would like to thank their supporters for their commitment to the advancement of emerging art.

  • Presenting Sponsor: The Washington Post
  • Sponsors: The Lincoln Motor Company, U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management, Destination DC, Stella Artois, Marvin, Uber, American for the Arts Action Fund, exhibit-E, MICA, HapstakDemetriou, Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, LLP, galleryManager, General Imaging, kaze design, and MapHook
  • Media Sponsors: The Art Newspaper, Washington City Paper, DC Magazine, Brightest Young Things, Whitehot Magazine, Quiet Lunch, Culturehall, Bmore Art, ArtSee, East City Art, and Pink Line Project
  • Host Committee: Anonymous, Jane and Calvin Cafritz, Dr. Paul Carter and Rose Nossier, Andrew Fallon, Carole Feld and David Levy, Izette and Neil Folger, Hank and Carol Brown Goldberg, Giselle and Benjamin Huberman, Janice Kim and Tony Otten, Lichtenberg Family Foundation, Linda and Beau Kaplan, Mohini Malhotra, Manuel de Santaren, Rob Shapiro, Lewis and Barbara Shrensky, Sid Stolz and David Hatfield, and Rod and Alexia Von Lipsey