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Eastern Market Metro Park Phase 1 Completed

Eastern Market Metro Park Phase 1 Completed

On July 8, 2020, Moya Design Partners announced the completion of the new Eastern Market Metro Park–Phase 1, for the Department of General Services (DGS) in Southeast Washington DC.

Moya Design Partners, the Architect of Record on this project, joins the DC Department of General Services, Keystone Plus Construction, and the Capitol Hill community in celebrating the opening of Phase 1 of the all-new, renovated Eastern Market Metro Park (EMMP). Eastern Market is one of the few historic public market buildings left in Washington DC. The surrounding neighborhood, which also houses Barracks Row Main Street, is composed of six disparate parcels of land under complex ownership and management. In 2013-14, Barracks Row Main Street commissioned a community-led master plan that called for public space improvements surrounding the Eastern Market Metro station.

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National Gallery of Art Announces Appointment of Michael Lapthorn as New Chief of Design

National Gallery of Art Announces Appointment of Michael Lapthorn as New Chief of Design

On July 2, 2020, The National Gallery of Art announced the appointment of Michael Lapthorn as chief of design. Lapthorn is currently the exhibition designer at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia), where he has been creating innovative installations and exhibition design since 2014. Prior to Mia, Lapthorn was an exhibition designer and manager at The Metropolitan Museum of Art for nine years. When Lapthorn begins his tenure on July 20, he will become the Gallery’s third chief of design since the museum opened in 1941 and will succeed Mark Leithauser, who retired on July 1.

“Through his critically acclaimed work at The Met and Mia, Michael has enlivened the experience of art for millions of museum visitors. I am thrilled that he is bringing his talents to the Gallery. His experience with a wide range of art—from ancient to contemporary and from cultures around the world—will enrich and expand on the Gallery’s long legacy of exquisite exhibition and installation design,” said Kate Haw, executive officer for collections, exhibitions, and programs at the Gallery.

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Major Painting by Native American Artist Jaune Quick-To-See Smith Acquired by National Gallery of Art

Major Painting by Native American Artist Jaune Quick-To-See Smith Acquired by National Gallery of Art

On June 24, 2020, The National Gallery of Art announced the acquisition of I See Red: Target (1992) by Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, the first painting by a Native American artist to enter the collection. Smith, an enrolled Salish member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nation in Montana, is one of the most highly respected artists of the past 40 years. An impressive 11-foot-tall mixed-media work on canvas, I See Red: Target addresses both local and national conversations around the commercial branding of Indigenous American identity through Smith’s deftly layered assemblage of printed ephemera and painterly touches.

The acquisition was made possible by Mitchell and Emily Rales.

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HumanitiesDC awards over $378,000 in Emergency Relief to Humanities Organizations in Washington DC

HumanitiesDC awards over $378,000 in Emergency Relief to Humanities Organizations in Washington DC

The week of July 6, 2020, HumanitiesDC awarded over $378,000 in emergency relief to humanities organizations in Washington DC to help them contend with the challenges they are facing due to the covid-19 pandemic. Funding for these grants has been provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act economic stabilization plan. HumanitiesDC selected the awardees competitively based on the applicant’s emphasis on the public humanities in their overall mission, their immediate needs created by the covid-19 pandemic, and the expected impact of the award on their organization and its constituents.

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National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Reopens June 20; Visitor Guidelines and Phased Museum Reopening Announced

National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Reopens June 20; Visitor Guidelines and Phased Museum Reopening Announced

The National Gallery of Art, Washington, announced today that the Sculpture Garden will reopen to the public on Saturday, June 20, with reduced daily hours (11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.), limited capacity, and one gate each for entry and exit. Visitors may enjoy the lush, 6.1-acre garden; meander along the curvilinear pathways; find shade and ample seating around the sprawling fountain; and discover 21 modern and contemporary outdoor sculptures. The Pavilion Café will offer prepackaged salads, sandwiches, and beverages for credit card–only purchase just outside the doors of the restaurant. The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden is located between 9th and 7th Streets NW on the National Mall.

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ARTSFAIRFAX Artist Grants Honor Innovative Artists  Sarah Hardesty and Diana Zinna

ARTSFAIRFAX Artist Grants Honor Innovative Artists Sarah Hardesty and Diana Zinna

ARTSFAIRFAX announces the award of the prestigious 2020 Artist Grants to — visual artist Sarah Hardesty and writer Diane Zinna. The highly competitive individual Artist Grants recognize the exceptional work of Fairfax County artists across a range of disciplines including visual arts, creative writing, theater, dance performance and choreography, film and new media. Each $5,000 award is both a high honor and an investment in artists at critical stages in their creative lives and careers.

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Newly Dedicated Arlington Sculpture  Luminous Bodies by Cliff Garten Honors COVID-19 Frontline Workers

Newly Dedicated Arlington Sculpture Luminous Bodies by Cliff Garten Honors COVID-19 Frontline Workers

Marking a major milestone in the completion of the Corridor of Light, a 13-year effort to create a vibrant gateway for Rosslyn’s central corridor, the installation of Luminous Bodies by Cliff Garten is set to conclude on Monday, June 1, 2020. Located at the Esplanade Bridge, North Lynn Street and Lee Highway (above I-66 and adjoining the approach to Key Bridge), these monumental sculptures mark a major entrance into Arlington from Washington DC.

In honor of America’s essential workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Luminous Bodies sculptures initially will be illuminated with a changing array of blue to blue-green light each evening (8 -10 p.m.). This #LightItBlue display will continue until the pandemic allows the artist to travel for the final programming and dedication of the sculptures.

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DC Historic Preservation Review Board Reassesses Vote to Demolish MARABAR Site-Specific Installation

DC Historic Preservation Review Board Reassesses Vote to Demolish MARABAR Site-Specific Installation

The District of Columbia Historic Preservation Review Board’s decided on May 28, 2020 to revisit its August 1, 2019, 7-0 vote that would result in the demolition of the site-specific installation MARABAR on the National Geographic Society’s (NGS) campus. NGS’ plans to renovate the M Street plaza on their campus includes the demolition of the installation created by New York-based artist Elyn Zimmerman.

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Driskell Center Launches New Website

Driskell Center Launches New Website

The Driskell Center has announced that the launch of a new website. The web address will remain the same, but the new site will be easier to navigate and showcase the many features of the Driskell Center. The new site, will feature programming tentatively scheduled for 2021 due to the unexpected death of Professor Driskell earlier this year.  The programming is dedicated to celebrating his life and legacy.  However, because of the uncertain nature of COVID-19, the programming remains a work in progress. The new website will provide timely and updated event information.  The center’s website URL is www.driskellcenter.umd.edu

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National Museum of Women in the Arts Wins Webby Award

National Museum of Women in the Arts Wins Webby Award

On Tuesday, May 19, 2020, The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) won the Webby People’s Voice Award for Best Social Media Account in the Art and Culture category in the 24th Annual Webby Awards. This is the museum’s first nomination and win at The Webby Awards. NMWA won for its overall presence on Instagram. With its account @WomenInTheArts, the museum addresses the gender imbalance in the presentation of art by bringing to light important women artists of the past while promoting great women artists working today.

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Elyn Zimmerman’s MARABAR at National Geographic Society HQ Threatened with Demolition

Elyn Zimmerman’s MARABAR at National Geographic Society HQ Threatened with Demolition

The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) released a letter written by Marc Treib, Professor of Architecture Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, concerning the national importance of the New York-based artist Elyn Zimmerman’s site-specific installation MARABAR, located on the campus of the National Geographic Society in Washington, DC and threatened with demolition. In the letter, Treib said: “’Marabar’ is a key representative of American site-specific art, (more…)

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David C. Driskell, African American Art Pioneer, Dies at 88

David C. Driskell, African American Art Pioneer, Dies at 88

David C. Driskell, the legendary artist and Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland (UMD) recognized worldwide for his scholarship and expertise in African American art, passed away on Wednesday from complications of COVID-19. He was 88.

A giant in the art world, Driskell transformed the field of African American art through his scholarship, innovation and humanity. He played a critical role in bringing awareness to the art of African American artists at a time when these artists were overlooked. His work made it clear that African American art is essential to the American art canon.

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