DC Arts Center Presents Open to All: 30 Years from the DCAC Archives Group Exhibition

By Editorial Team on June 24, 2019
Courtesy of DCAC.
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Opening reception: Friday June 28 from 7pm to 9pm
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Curator talk and closing reception: Sunday, July 21

The innate value of independent arts spaces cannot be overstated. In cities such as Washington, DC, rapid commercial and real estate development is ubiquitous. Despite this, the District of Columbia Arts Center (DCAC) has remained at 2438 18th Street NW since its opening June 16, 1989. From that time forward, DCAC has consistently offered artists — with an emphasis on emerging, DC-area artists — of all stripes a place to exhibit thought-provoking work, regardless of medium or message.

Through a unique collaboration with the Special Collections department of the Washington, DC Public Library, the exhibition highlights this history, using materials culled from the dark recesses of the DCAC archives, and places them into broader themes. The exhibition includes materials created during the formative stages of DCAC that preceded its opening; ongoing initiatives such as Sparkplug, the Curatorial Initiative, and the 1460 Wallmountables are placed in historical context; promotional flyers from A Day Without Art, and Queerfest, show DCAC as a community space engaged with current issues in Washington, DC,and the world-at-large; and a survey of exhibition and performance history highlights the breadth and depth of the shows exhibited and performed over the years. All of these materials are presented together for the first time, selected with purpose and intent.

Curated by Lauren Abman, Ray Barker, and Michele Casto

Gallery hours are Wednesdays through Sundays from 2 to 7 pm. All events are free and open to the public at DC Arts Center (DCAC), 2438 18th Street NW, Washington DC. For more information call 202-462-7833, email info@dcartscenter.org, or visit dcartscenter.org.