Posts by Eric Hope

Eric Hope is a curator and writer based in Brookland. He moved to Washington DC in 1997 and a twist of fate found him a volunteer marketing job at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. In 2009, after ten years of marketing work at large museums in DC he moved into the realm of curating, staging a variety of solo, duo and small-group shows for the Evolve Urban Arts Project. He currently freelances as a curator and writes about local artists and the DC arts scene for a variety of online publications. Originally from Missouri, Hope holds degrees in International Relations and Public Service Administration from DePaul University in Chicago.

By Eric Hope on December 11, 2019

East City Artnotes—Floating Light by Diane Szczepaniak at Freight Gallery

Freight Gallery, a new exhibition space in northeast DC’s Langdon neighborhood, creates experiential moments by displaying works in a non-traditional environment. With the passing of the artist this fall, the installation represents her final, fully-realized solo exhibition.

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By Eric Hope on November 8, 2019

East City Art Reviews—Arabicity|Ourouba at MEI Gallery

What does it mean to have an Arab identity? Are there commonalities between regional identities as one journeys from the Atlas Mountains eastward to the Persian Gulf? This question is posed by the artists in the Middle East Institute’s inaugural gallery exhibition Arabicity|Ourouba.

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By Eric Hope on September 30, 2019

East City Art Reviews—Timber at the Mansion at Strathmore

 Timber, now on view at the Mansion at Strathmore, explores the versatility of wood as a medium of artistic expression.  The group show features both regional and national artists who place wood at the center of their practice. The exhibition is notable for the way in which it mixes works of fine art with those of fine craft.  By blurring the lines between “fine art” and “craft”, the exhibition highlights the similarities between these approaches to woodworking.

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By Eric Hope on August 13, 2019

East City Artnotes: America Is… at Touchstone Gallery

The continued fascination with the sociopolitical concerns that have come to prominence around and since the 2016 election is explored in America Is… on view at Touchstone Gallery. Artists explore, ask and answer: “What is America today?”. Here, the curatorial lens is focused on the way our recent political choices reverberate through the tenuous fabric of a multi-cultural society and is more concerned with broader issues such as racism, homophobia, gun violence and income inequality

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By Eric Hope on July 23, 2019

East City Art Reviews: Nancy Sausser and Madeline Stratton at IA&A at Hillyer

Works by Nancy Sausser and Madeline Stratton, now on view at IA&A at Hillyer, provide an ideal laboratory for discovering affinities between artists using dissimilar media to uncover those hidden memories or experiences that connect the individual to the world around them. While their bodies of work may have parted at a fork in the road, the paths they travel run remarkably parallel.

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By Eric Hope on July 23, 2019

East City Artnotes: Flesh and Bone III at IA&A at Hillyer

Flesh + Bone III, now on view at IA&A at Hillyer, presents a cross-section of approaches to capturing the human physique. Though national in scope (works come from as far away as Georgia and Oregon), half of the artists selected hail from the DMV area, giving viewers a sense of how our region’s artists participate in contemporary dialogues regarding the intersection of abstraction and realism in modern, figurative work.

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By Eric Hope on July 8, 2019

East City Art Reviews: Strictly Painting 12 at McLean Project for the Arts

Strictly Painting 12, the title of McLean Project for the Art’s current exhibition is something of a misnomer. A more apt title for the 63-work exhibition might well be Strictly Color 12. Jurist Adah Rose Bitterbaum has selected 56 artists whose approach to color (or even its creative absence) defines the visual forms displayed on canvas and paper.

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By Eric Hope on April 30, 2019

East City Art Reviews—Indelible: That Which Cannot Be Erased at Gallery OonH

Indelible: That Which Cannot Be Erased examines the toll racial animus has taken on this country, adding to the voices and experiences that have given rise to the #BlackLivesMatter movement. What seems to set Indelible apart from other exhibitions is its desire to ground contemporary injustices within an historical framework.

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By Eric Hope on April 16, 2019

East City Artnotes: Then/Again – A Gallery Exhibition 30 Years Later

For thirty years, the District of Columbia Arts Center has weathered the changing vagaries of the DC’s artistic landscape; few local arts organizations can lay claim to such an extensive history of showcasing visual and performing arts.  Then/Again: A Gallery Exhibition 30 Years Later marks this noteworthy anniversary, inviting artists who participated in the gallery’s inaugural exhibition to display works that document their current interests.

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By Eric Hope on April 9, 2019

East City Art Reviews: Ursula von Rydingsvard’s The Contour of Feeling at the National Museum of Women in the Arts

While known internationally for public, outdoor sculptural vessels that dwarf the human figure, this survey of von Rydingsvard’s recent work (the majority of which were produced in the last ten years) gives viewers a more complete picture of her artistic musings. Stand in front of these monoliths, she seems to say, and know there is a deeper, richer part of the universe beyond the visual spectrum waiting to be explored.

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By Eric Hope on February 19, 2019

East City Art Reviews: Sculpture Now 2019 at Brentwood Arts Exchange

An in depth review of the Washington Sculptors Group’s 2019 annual juried exhibition at the Brentwood Arts Exchange. This year’s exhibition focuses heavily on nonrepresentational work. As a result, the exhibition takes on distinctly architectural tones, with individual components of each sculpture building like blocks upon one another. The highlights of the exhibition weave the various threads of architecture, (non)representation and narrative to reach a harmonious conclusion.

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By Eric Hope on February 5, 2019

East City Art Reviews: Hill Center Galleries Regional Juried Exhibition

The 2019 Hill Center annual juried exhibition spreads across three floors of the Old Naval Hospital and features the work of more than 80 local artists. Works were judged by Caitlin Berry, Director of Hemphill Fine Arts in Washington, DC. Berry has selected a body of work noticeably free from commentary on current events; the mood is more pastoral than political.  The dominant themes of the show included representational scenes of nature as well as portraiture.

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By Eric Hope on November 15, 2018

East City Art Reviews: Moving Visuals at the David C. Driskell Center

Eric Hope’s review of Moving Visuals attempts to delineate the differences between the performative and narrative videos presented in the exhibition with an inquiry about what separates movies and documentaries from fine art.

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By Eric Hope on October 25, 2018

East City Art Reviews: Micro-Monuments II: Underground at IA&A at Hillyer

A review of “Micro-Monuments II: Underground” at IA&A at Hillyer featuring German sculptors alongside artists from the Washington Sculptors Group.

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By Eric Hope on October 17, 2018

East City Art Reviews: Matt Pinney Lost Time at Brentwood Arts Exchange

An indepth review of Matt Pinney’s current solo exhibition, now on view at the Brentwood Arts Exchange’s Lab Gallery. Pinney is interested in connecting ancient myths and archetypes to situations in the modern world. Though the cacophony of ideas is at times jarring, Pinney’s exuberance for his subject matter is visually palpable.

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