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

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. Read More
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East City Art Reviews: NOMAD: The Art of Alonzo Davis

East City Art Reviews: NOMAD: The Art of Alonzo Davis

A remarkable two-part exhibition of recent work by Washington DC artist Alonzo Davis is currently in the art galleries of the Rachel Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center of the Northern Virginia Community College Alexandria campus. Comprised of Davis’ Navigation and Migrant series, the underlying and unifying theme of the exhibition is travel, of “finding one’s way in unfamiliar territory,” whether that territory is in the vastness of the sea, the fearful emptiness of the desert, or in the changes in one’s life. Read More
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East City Art Reviews: Ursula von Rydingsvard’s The Contour of Feeling at the National Museum of Women in the Arts

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. Read More
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East City Art Reviews—Carolina Mayorga: PINK Ranchos and Other Ephemeral Zip Codes

East City Art Reviews—Carolina Mayorga: PINK Ranchos and Other Ephemeral Zip Codes

Mayorga has made pink her brand. Her exhibit PINK ranchos and other ephemeral zip codes refers specifically to the oppression of women and girls, but more generally, to large portions of the populations of Latin American countries, especially those where the split in living conditions between the wealthy and the poor is extremely sharp, and where the violence and terror inflicted by governments and/or gangs is most commonly directed at families with children living in ephemeral housing and economic deprivation. Read More
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Nancy At Ninety: A Retrospective of Form and Color

Nancy At Ninety: A Retrospective of Form and Color

All of Nancy Frankel’s work holds a quiet persistence. Her work remains grounded in abstraction. Studying at a time when education institutions, and the art world, did not welcome women, Frankel pursued her craft as sculptor with a great mindfulness of what was happening around her. Each of her works seems to represent a narrative in a three-dimensional journal entry, describing her Zeitgeist and her intellectual musing about art as a formal practice. Read More
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East City Art Reviews: To Eat or Not to Eat at Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery

East City Art Reviews: To Eat or Not to Eat at Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery

A thought provoking exhibit curated by Maria Karametou is at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery on U Street, NW. Its title, To Eat or Not to Eat has more to do with Karametou’s vision for the show than what is actually exhibited. Nevertheless, what is included is not only interesting from a political, environmental and theoretical point of view, but also from an aesthetic one. Read More
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East City Art Reviews: Sculpture Now 2019 at Brentwood Arts Exchange

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. Read More
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East City Art Reviews: Hill Center Galleries Regional Juried Exhibition

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. Read More
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East City Art Reviews: Isabel Manalo Adrenaline

East City Art Reviews: Isabel Manalo Adrenaline

New paintings by Isabel Manalo at Addison/Ripley are a departure for her, exploring large format gestural compositions in bright colors. Yet they represent a continuation of the themes of Filipina identity and conceptual self-portraiture that remain central to her thinking. Called Adrenaline, the show’s title refers to powerful energies released in response to current events. Worked in a variety of media, they are the result of an emotional encounter with the canvas, painted on the floor in a process that recalls the Abstract Expressionist idea. Yet, for Manalo these paintings express her identity in a way exclusive to the Philippines, as each work begins with a character from the Baybayin script. Read More
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