Freight Gallery | Greta Pratt | The Interpreters

By East City Art Editorial Team on May 13, 2024

Sun, May 19 2024 — Sun, May 19 2024

The Interpreters (detail) Photo credit: Greta Pratt


Opening: Sunday, May 19 from 4 to 6 pm


Freight Gallery presents Greta Pratt’s installation The Interpreters  in the freight elevator on Sunday, May 19 from 4 to 6 pm.

“History is not stagnant and still. It moves and shifts with every decade. When I was a kid, our family vacations consisted of loading up the station wagon and hitting the open road. We would stop at all the historical markers along the way to read the plaques that record what had happened on that spot. As I got older, I started to wonder who had written the words etched into these historical memorials. Whose truth did they describe? My art practice centers on the appropriation of history and the production and consumption of myth. I address issues of memory, identity, patriotism, colonialism, and climate change.”
Greta Pratt

About the artist: Greta Pratt was just awarded a 2024 Guggenheim Fellowship for Photography. Pratt’s work explores ideas surrounding American myth, history, and identity. Pratt is the author of four books, In Search of the Corn Queen (Smithsonian National Museum of American Art, 1995), Using History (Steidl, 2005), The Wavers (Blue Sky Books, 2014), and Nineteen Lincolns (Peanut Press, 2020). Her work has been exhibited internationally and nationally at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, The Park Avenue Armory, Beirut Art Center, The Museum of Contemporary Photography, and Mattress Factory Museum, among others. Public collections include the Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Museum of Fine Art, Houston, Chrysler Museum, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Pratt was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and an Anonymous was a Woman award. She is the recipient of a New Jersey State Artist Fellowship. Her photographs have been featured in Art in America, National Geographic, The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, and Harpers, along with numerous books and catalogs.

About the gallery

Freight Gallery is an artist-run micro-gallery in a 1925 Hollister Whitney freight elevator in Washington, DC. The space is 75 inches wide, 95 inches high, and 85 inches deep–a perfect container for displaying sculpture and small installations. Its mission is to create community and provide more opportunities for artists.
Freight Gallery is located at 2414 Douglas Street NE in Washington, DC. There is plenty of on-street parking, although you may have to park a block or two away. Enter on the side of the building through the loading dock.

Text (202) 276-5430 if you need parking accommodations.
* Please note: The exhibition is on view and open to the public for the duration of the 2-hour reception only.