DCCAH Presents 5×5: District Transformations through Public Art at 200 Eye Street Gallery

By Editorial Team on October 6, 2014
Photo by Joshua Cogan.  Courtesy of the DCCAH.
Photo by Joshua
Cogan. Courtesy of the DCCAH.


On view through October 15.

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) presents a gallery exhibition, 5×5: District Transformations through Public Art, which chronicles the creation of the 2014 5×5 Project. The exhibition, open through October 15, and all 5×5 programming are free and open to the public.

The 5×5 Project is the District’s largest public art project and is on view through December 31, 2014. See the5x5project.com or http://dcarts.dc.gov for additional information.

The foundation of “5×5: District Transformations through Public Art” is a series of spectacular photographs by the award-winning Joshua Cogan, documenting the earliest installations, community engagements and performances launching the 2014 5×5 Project. These photographs have been enlarged into murals, onto which the exhibition items are displayed. Together, the mural backdrops give context to the art and installation pieces from the 5×5 Project.

Community Partner Washington Project for the Arts generously loaned works, materials and photographs from the organization’s 5×5 projects.  One of the exhibits showcases  winners of the citywide youth art contest, challenging artists from kindergarten to high school to Create a Nonument.

“‘5×5: District Transformations through Public Art’ is another wonderful opportunity for District residents and visitors to experience world-class contemporary art, says Judith Terra, Chair of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. “As a cultural capital, the District has a world-class public art show in 5×5. We hope art lovers will see this exhibition and then continue to enjoy the installations, performances and events through December.”

“This exhibition shows the process and passion behind the creation of an amazing public art project,” said Lionell Thomas, Executive Director of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. “‘5×5: District Transformations through Public Art’ not only documents the ambitious 5×5, but also shows Washington, DC, as a wonderful place to live, work and play.”

Curated by DCCAH Resident Curator Zoma Wallace, the exhibition started with a significant ask, posed to each curator, for items that either represented each of their five artist projects , or spoke to their own curatorial concept or process for 5×5. Schematic drawings of works in situ, artist Kota Ezawa’s CAD files that accompanied cut-out remnants from the fabrication process of his Hand Vote installation, and a 3D model of artist Glenn Kaino’s Bridge are included. Curator Lance Fung provided an array of images, ranging from renderings of each work to an aerial site map of his Nonumentpark and finally photographs of each of the final works.

Gallery Hours:

  • Monday-Friday: 9am to 6pm

The 200 I Street Gallery is located at 200 I Street, SE.

About 5×5, a Project of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
5×5 is an ambitious District-wide program of contemporary, temporary public art dedicated to exploring new perspectives on our city through the lens of five curators. In fact, it is the largest, temporary public art project in the District. The project began in early September and ends by December 7, 2014.

To achieve the 5×5 objectives, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) commissioned five highly-experienced and innovative art professionals, who each selected five artists to develop and present exciting, publicly accessible art works. The result is twenty-five projects that activate and enliven the entire city and add a layer of creativity and artistic expression to the District’s neighborhoods. This unique curatorial approach allows each curator to establish a  unique artistic viewpoint, resulting in a wide range of diverse, compelling installations and performances.

Through 5×5, DCCAH continues to develop opportunities for curators and artists to engage in the experimental and to further their artistic development through authentic relationship building with members of the community, actively using the environment and its materials in the creation of artworks, and exploring themes of social justice.

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 as well as other places around the globe.

About the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities provides grants, professional opportunities, education enrichment, and other programs and services to individuals and nonprofit organizations in all communities within the District of Columbia. The Arts Commission is supported primarily by District government funds and in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.