5×5 Public Art Takes over DC this Fall

By Editorial Team on September 3, 2014
Photo courtesy of WPA.
Nonuments rendering. Photo courtesy of WPA.


Opening Weekend: September 6 and 7, 2014


The 2014 5×5, a Project of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, launches its three-month, District-wide public art exhibition on Saturday, September 6 with free bus tours and art events for DC residents and visitors throughout the weekend according to the following schedule:

Public Bus Tours:
Saturday, September 6th
4th & I Street, SW, 11 AM – 1:30 PM

Saturday, September 6th
14th & U Street, NW, 2 PM – 4 PM

Sampling of 5×5 Events – For complete information, visit www.the5x5project.com.

I.R.A.N.U.S.A. Concert
A concert of traditional and contemporary Persian music.
Saturday, September 6, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
R. L. Christian Library, 1300 H Street NE

Nonument Park Opening Reception
Opening reception for Lance Fung’s Nonument Park. Performance artists Graham Boyle and Eames Armstrong will perform their respective pieces “End the Quota” and “I’m afraid to be alone at night ever since…” throughout the opening.
Saturday, September 6, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Nonument Park, 1000 4th Street SW

Print Workshop
Learn about screen printing with Oakland-based graphic artist collective Dignidad Rebelde and take home free poster prints featuring images from their new NoMA print works mural. The mural looks back on NoMA’s indigenous histories, and considers how today’s gentrification and housing policies affect futures for neighborhood youth.
Saturday, September 6, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
NoMA, 1st and N St. NE

LAND Opening Reception
LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division) will host an opening reception to celebrate the launch of the 5 installations as part of 5×5:2014 on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at artist Glenn Kaino’s installation.
Saturday, September 6, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Naval Building 170, 200 Tingey Street SE

Afternoon of Poetry & Open Mic
Hillyer is partnering with The 5×5 Project to collaborate with Curator A.M. Weaver, and her public art project Ceremonies of Dark Men. Join us to kick-off the project on Sunday, September 7th at 2 PM for an afternoon of spoken word, open mic and to learn more about the project.
Sunday, September 7, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Hillyer Art Space, 9 Hillyer Court NW

Five curators, Lance Fung, Shamim M. Momin, Stephanie Sherman, Justine Topfer and A.M. Weaver, were each commissioned to initiate five art activations, resulting in a total of 25 ground-breaking public art installations. These highly experienced and innovative contemporary arts professionals each selected and worked with five artists or artist teams to develop and present exciting, ephemeral works of art in public spaces throughout all wards this fall. Now in its second iteration, 5×5, the District’s largest public art project to date, showcases contemporary public art for all residents, visitors and art enthusiasts.

“Thriving public arts programming has always been a hallmark of a world-class city,” noted Mayor Vincent C. Gray. “I am particularly proud of our continuing efforts to lead the way in integrating the arts into communities all across the District of Columbia.”

The 5×5 Project offers up the District as a canvas for innovative curators and artists to create public works throughout the city. The artwork reflects on the District of Columbia’s dual meaning as both the nation’s capital and a hometown to hundreds of thousands of people. Artists are from the District, New York and places as far away as Argentina and Australia. The 25 selected artists represent many genres, from visual arts of all types to poetry, arts and activism and sound art. The 5×5 artists have shown in Paris, Poland, London and India and other places around the globe.

“The 5×5 Project is a great opportunity for District residents and visitors to experience world-class contemporary public art in the community,” says Judith Terra, Chair of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. “As a cultural capital, the District has its own world-class public art show in 5×5. Art lovers will enjoy installations, performances and events until early December.”

The 5×5 Project opens September 6 and closes December 6, 2014. Landmark locations for artworks will include the SW Waterfront, St. Elizabeths East, National Gallery of Art, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Arena Stage and the Reeves Center, among others. Programming partners, Hillyer Art Space, Furthermore, Hamiltonian, Pleasant Plains Workshop and Washington Project for the Arts, are planning a diversity of public programs that highlight the meaning and vitality of each of the 5×5 projects. The aim of the programming is to augment the curators’ visions by engaging local artists and community members and thus furthering the impact of 5×5. The programming includes a variety of tours, panel discussions, performance pieces and workshops. All events are free and open to the public.

“5×5 places artworks throughout the city, drawing residents and visitors to new locations and communities,” says Lionell Thomas, Executive Director of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. “The project is the vanguard of creative place-making in our nation’s capital.”