MPA to Feature Site-Specific Dance Performance, Panel Discussion as Part of Nature as Prototype Exhibition

By East City Art Editorial Team on December 15, 2017
Image Courtesy McLean Project for the Arts.

Event: Tue., December 19 at 7pm

Sarah Beth Oppenheim to perform special, one-time choreography.

Presented in complement to its current exhibition, Nature as Prototype, McLean Project for the Arts (MPA) will offer a one-time, site-specific dance performance and panel discussion on December 19, 2017 at 7:00 pm.

Performed by choreographer Sarah Beth Oppenhim, the dance will take place in the Bullock | Hitt Gallery at MPA@ChainBridge (1446 Chain Bridge Road, McLean).  Ms. Oppenheim’s piece will be immediately followed by a panel discussion featuring Jade Garrett, former general manager of the recently closed TechShop maker space in Crystal City; as well as exhibition co-curators Elsabé Johnson Dixon and Betsy Johnson; and exhibition artists Adam Nelson and Yoko K.

An exhibition of works by Adam Nelson, Grethe Wittrock, and sound artist Yoko K., Nature as Prototype runs through December 23, 2017, offering harried holiday shoppers a peaceful respite from the holiday hustle and bustle.

Enticed by the many layers of Nature as Prototype’s installation, Oppenheim will choreograph a site-specific dance that exposes the raw edges of the exhibit’s making. In the immersive environment created by Nelson, Wittrock, and Yoko K., Oppenheim’s performance—which was developed over the course of the exhibition—will focus as much on what is absent as it does on what is present.

Nature as Prototype aims to examine the role of nature and biology as a source of inspiration for art and design. MPA received a $10,000 Arts Engagement in American Communities grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in support of this exhibition.

The featured artists collaborated with co-curaters Elsabé Johnson Dixon and art historian Betsy Johnson to create an immersive environment that explores the changing nature of our relationship to the natural world. Continuing the conversation about how we choose to co-exist in what is described today as the Anthropocene, the exhibition examines how art and design are fundamentally linked to scientific, biological, mathematical, philosophical, and social investigations.

The Nature as Prototype dance performance and panel discussion are FREE and open to the public, but space is limited. Please RSVP to secure your spot here:

To learn more about Nature as Prototype, please visit

MPA is located at 1446 Chain Bridge Road,  McLean, VA 22101.  Reach the organization by phone at 703-790-1953