On December 28, 2020, The National Gallery of Art announced a major acquisition of 40 works from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation by 21 African American artists from the southern United States.
Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE), a 501c3 nonprofit located in Reston, Virginia, has announced a significant rebrand, introducing the organization as Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art (Tephra ICA). The repositioning emerged as the institution’s programs, audience, and impact continued to evolve over the past several years, and the original name and acronym no longer aligned with the organization’s reach and vision.
Twelve DC-based artists receive $5,000 grants in support of collaborative research and idea development.
On May 21, 2019, East City Art reported that The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) designated the Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden as a threatened and at-risk landscape as part of its Landslide program. A proposed redesign by the Smithsonian would eradicate the work of landscape architect Lester Collins. The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden was designed by architect Gordon Bunshaft with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and opened in 1974. Following negative reviews (the New York Times described the Bunshaft-designed sculpture garden as “a gravel pit”), the Smithsonian engaged landscape architect Lester Collins to redesign the garden in 1977; the Collins design, which was done within the framework of the Bunshaft original, opened in 1981. (more…)
The Phillips Collection announces its centennial year celebration in 2021. America’s first museum of modern art, founded in 1921, will feature Seeing Differently: The Phillips Collects for a New Century, a special exhibition drawn from its growing permanent collection of 4,700 works, a juried invitational for artists of the DMV, as well as a rich array of exhibitions by renowned artists, including Jacob Lawrence, David Driskell, Alma Thomas, Marley Dawson, and Sanford Biggers. The 100th year celebration will encompass engaging programs and new initiatives in partnership with local artists and the museum’s many community partners, including THEARC and the University of Maryland. The centennial year will represent 100 years of the Phillips as a welcoming space for community and dynamic innovation, and invites dedicated patrons and first-timers alike to join the museum for the next 100 years of experimentation and impact through art.
The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) welcomes Mills Brown for its November Inside the Artist’s Studio, a monthly virtual residency series. Mills is a visual artist working primarily with painting and collage. From Monday, November 16th through Friday, November 20th, Mills will take over CHAW’s instagram @CHAWinDC to bring us into her studio. This virtual experience will offer insight into her influences, processes, and materials. For more information, please visit www.chaw.org.
The National Museum of the American Indian will open the new National Native American Veterans Memorial Wednesday, Nov. 11. The moment will be marked with a short virtual message to honor the service and sacrifice of Native veterans and their families. The message will be on both the museum’s website and its YouTube channel.
The Phillips Collection has announced major new acquisitions including a video by John Akomfrah, a two-panel fabric work by Benny Andrews, a large-scale wall-hanging by Aimé Mpane, and others. These new acquisitions reflect the museum’s efforts to enhance and diversify the collection by embracing works that reflect a narrative of modern and contemporary art beyond the traditional focus on European and American art, and also speak to the communities we hope to serve.
The Board of Directors of Dupont Underground formally installed Oliver Clemmons and Nora van Trotsenburg as CEO and COO, respectively, and named outgoing CEO Robert W. Meins CEO Emeritus. Clemmons has been with the organization since 2016, most recently serving as Chief Financial Officer. Van Trotsenburg has served as Director of Programming since 2019.
The Arts Forward Fund awarded a $25,000 grant to ArtsFairfax to support a diversity, equity, inclusion, and access initiative for the 2021 WORK-SMART workshop series. The Arts Forward Fund, a partnership between the Greater Washington Community Foundation, The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, and 16 other foundations and individual donors, announced over $1 million in grants to 43 arts and culture organizations in the DC region.
Georgetown GLOW—the popular holiday celebration in Georgetown featuring public light art installations—will return for its seventh edition as an extended two-part series in Spring and Summer 2021, featuring a total of eight art works by local DC artists. The 7th annual light art exhibition, traditionally held every December, will move to an extended two-part series next year to ensure a safer and more comfortable visitor experience.
Critical Exposure’s Board of Directors and staff has announce Nicole Newman as the organization’s next Executive Director, effective November 16th. Nicole was unanimously selected for this position after a recruiting process led by an outside consulting firm that included the organization’s Board, staff, and youth.
On October 19, 14th Street Graffiti Museum, in collaboration with Murals for Humanity, Uptown Main Street, Art BLOC DC, Murals DC, Studio 47 DC, DC Latino Caucus and urban legends Lady Pink, Smith, Peat Eyez, and Ron English will create a mural to influence first-time voters and all voters. The non-partisan Get Out The Vote (GOTV) initiative from Project 270, is an effort to increase voter awareness and turnout, particularly amongst young voters, by flooding the country with GOTV images, posters, billboards, and other art in the weeks leading to election day. The project will cover all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
A nationwide public art initiative and non-partisan voter awareness campaign featuring artists Jenny Holzer, Carrie Mae Weems, Jeffrey Gibson, Tomashi Jackson, and more. Running on more than 350 digital screens in 16 cities, the campaign will be seen by more than 105 million potential voters including key battleground states such as Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and Georgia.