The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Announces the Second Iteration of 5×5

By East City Art Editorial Team on February 24, 2014


5 curators, 25 artists, 8 wards, 16 weeks, 1 cultural capital, coming fall 2014

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities announces the second iteration of 5×5, A Project of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Five highly-experienced and innovative contemporary arts curators will each select and work with five artists or artist teams to develop and present 25 exciting, temporary works of art in public spaces throughout all wards in the fall of 2014. This creative DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities video shows how the District is a thriving city for the arts, which will be enhanced with the 5×5 Project.

The five selected curators include:

Lance Fung

Lance Fung is the chief curator for Fung Collaboratives, an organization that conceives and realizes art exhibitions around the world. Fung has been curating large-scale public art exhibitions for decades after closing his successful NYC gallery to pursue a career in the not for profit sector. Most recently, Fung is transforming vacant lots in Atlantic City into a much-needed park system through his exhibition Artlantic. These “giant living sculptures” attracts local residents and visiting art enthusiasts to experience art in “green” settings designed by Fung and the participants Diana Balmori, Robert Barry, Peter Hutchinson, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov and Kiki Smith. With his unique curatorial eye, Fung has curated internationally-recognized exhibitions such as The Snow Show in 2003, 2004 and 2006, Lucky Number Seven (2008) for the seventh SITE Santa Fe International Biennial and Wonderland (2009-2010).

He has created other important exhibitions such as Revisiting Gordon Matta-Clark at Next: The Venice Architectural Biennale in Venice, Italy; The Snow Show: Venice at the 50th International Art Exhibition/La Biennale di Venezia; The Ship of Tolerance by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, in Siwa, Egypt and Dreams and Conflicts-The Viewer‘s Dictatorship, in Venice, Italy; Crossing Parallels at the SSamzi Space in Seoul, Korea and Going Home at the Edward Hopper Historical Museum in Nyack, New York.

Most importantly, Fung Collaboratives has had the pleasure to commission many artists and architects to realize new, site specific works. Norman Foster, Williams & Tsein, Tadao Ando, Kiki Smith, Cai Guo-Qiang and Yoko Ono are only a few of the visionaries that Fung has worked with. He is currently developing a cultural village in Bali as well as Sink, an underwater exhibition about marine conservation.

Fung is a member of the International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art (IKT).

Shamim M. Momin

Shamim M. Momin is the Director, Curator, and co-founder of LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division), a non-profit public art organization committed to curating site- and situation-specific contemporary art projects, in Los Angeles and beyond.  LAND was founded in 2009 and has since presented over fifty discreet exhibitions and programs with contemporary artists.  LAND was founded in 2009 and has since presented over fifty discreet exhibitions and programs with contemporary artists. Momin’s most recent projects include The Manifest Destiny Billboard Project (2013-2015): a series of artist-produced billboards and activations that will unfold along Interstate 10 Freeway from Florida to California; Painting in Place (2013), a group exhibition of contemporary painting presented in the historic Farmers and Merchants Bank in Downtown Los Angeles; Perpetual Conceptual: Echoes of Eugenia Butler (2012), an exhibition about Eugenia Butler Gallery as part of Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980; and Nothing Beside Remains (2011-2012), a multi-site, multi-artist exhibition in Marfa, TX.  Momin often contributes to exhibition catalogues and publications, including most recently an essay on artist Melanie Schiff for Melanie Schiff: The stars are not wanted now at the University Galleries of Illinois State University and an essay on artist Sarah Cain for LAND’s recently published monograph on the artist. Previous to founding LAND, Momin was Associate Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art where she co-curated both the 2008 and 2004 Whitney Biennial exhibitions, as well as numerous solo exhibitions.  As Branch Director and Curator of the former Whitney Museum at Altria, she was responsible for organizing exhibitions and commissioning more than fifty new projects by emerging artists for both solo and thematic presentations.

Stephanie Sherman

Stephanie Sherman curates, writes and organizes projects that collaboratively configure new visions for society. She is the co-founder of Elsewhere, a living museum, international residency program and education laboratory set in a former thrift and surplus store in revitalizing downtown Greensboro, NC. From 2009-2012 she co-produced Kulturpark–an initiative exploring an abandoned amusement park in eastern Berlin, and is co-founder of Provisions Library’s residency program, which brings artists to the capital for creative research projects and partnerships. Through these and other initiatives, she has collaborated with artists to produce hundreds of time-based events, interactive public exhibitions and storytelling platforms that mobilize artists, critical thinkers and global and local neighbors to experience alternative social formations and experiment with other orders of making, thinking, being and knowing in the contemporary world. Stephanie’s projects have been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Warhol Foundation, Art Matters Foundation, the Ackland Museum of Art, Headlands Center for the Arts, Philadelphia Museum of Art, amongst others. She is currently based in San Diego, CA, where she is working on a Phd in Cultural Practice at UCSD’s Art History, Theory and Criticism department to research connections between technology, sites, and storytelling.

Justine Topfer

Justine Topfer was born eternally optimistic on the day that Stevie Wonder released “You are the Sunshine of my Life.” Her formative years were spent in Australia between the arid outback and urban Sydney, the heritage of her native land rooted in the opposing identities of British convicts and German aristocracy. Today, Justine is based in San Francisco, where she works as a Project Manager for the San Francisco Arts Commission’s Public Art Program, and as an independent curator with Out of the Box Projects. Her current curatorial forays in the public realm include Cinema Ombligo, a dime-sized peephole on the exterior of her Victorian cottage and through which the public can watch short films 24 hours a day. She is also currently collaborating with Seattle-based artist Susan Robb on an unscripted work of land art, Wild Times, which aims to cultivate and share the wild terrain that resides in us all. Recent projects further afield include Design Renegade in Hong Kong, The ZERO 1 Biennial in Silicon Valley, The DC Commission on Arts and the Humanities’ 2012 5×5 Project and Sydney’s Art & About festival. Justine is inspired by unmapped landscapes, offbeat spaces, and bold statements. Justine’s life is a journey made sensical and non-sensical through contemporary art.

A.M. Weaver

A.M. Weaver is a curator and writer. Having worked with both traditional and alternative art and culture institutions, she remains dedicated to promoting cutting-edge visual, performance and literary arts. With a background in the history of American contemporary art and culture, Weaver has curated several significant exhibitions, including a multimedia series featuring art by women from diverse cultures entitled “Whose Vanguard” that culminated in a Lesbian Film Festival (1998); a block buster exhibit for Morgan State University, “Convergence” (2002) and a photo based project “Screenings: Public and Private” (2004). For eight years, she served as the Director of Visual and Media Arts at the Painted Bride Art Center, an alternative art center in Philadelphia that promotes art as a catalyst for social change. From 2003 to 2006, she was the Curator of Exhibitions and Collections at The Noyes Museum of Art in southern New Jersey. Through the years, she has presented and documented internationally-acclaimed artists from North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia.

As a journalist, A.M. Weaver continues to examine the work of diverse groups of artists whose concerns range from modernism to socio-political percepts. Her articles and reviews have appeared in Art in America, Frieze Magazine, Artvoices, Art South Africa, Art Papers, Surface Design Journal and Bomb. She is currently working on the project “In Their Midst” that features the photography and films of international artists from Africa, Europe the Caribbean and the United States.

In recent years, A.M. Weaver received a number of awards for her writing and curatorial practices, including the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship for Art Commentary, the “Transformation Award” from the Leeway Foundation and a NEA Arts Journalism Institute Residency at American University. She holds an MFA from the Hoffberger School of Painting and attended the University of the Arts for her BFA. With a major in painting, A. M. Weaver studied photography and conducted independent research on African art and aesthetics.