Georgetown University Art Galleries Present Mary Kelly To Witness the Future & Adéla Babanová Projected Trilogy

By East City Art Editorial Team on October 17, 2022

Thu, September 22 2022 — Sun, December 11 2022

Credit: Gregory Staley

Mary Kelly: To Witness the Future opens at Maria & Alberto de la Cruz Art Gallery, Georgetown University

The Maria & Alberto de la Cruz Art Gallery at Georgetown University is pleased to present a special collaboration with one of the world’s most recognized artists, Mary Kelly (American b. 1941, lives Los Angeles, CA). Kelly has influenced conceptual and feminist art practices and shaped the way art is taught for decades. Mary Kelly: To Witness the Future marks the beginning of an academic year devoted to exhibitions and programs featuring women-aligned artists. This exhibition is the first to specifically explore Kelly’s long engagement with political movements. The works exhibited were produced between 2005 and 2020, but they reference the responses of women and women-aligned activists to key issues of equal rights in the United States and Europe since the 1960s. On view will be works she made with a range of collaborators, methods, and materials including projected video, lightbox photographs, live happenings, and “paintings” made of household dryer lint. To create these works, Kelly mined historical archives examining recurring themes of gender discrimination, racism, nuclear war, and the climate crisis, and the forms of resistance they have generated.

Kelly’s work revisits and conceptually frames protests that have effected change, opening a multi-generational dialogue about the evolution of these demands, and offering a poetic way to witness the future. “As both an art professor and art maker, Mary continually inspires critical conversations. Her artwork is more relevant today than ever before, as a new generation embraces activism and examines the role of identity in our lives and society. We are honored to bring such an influential artist and her ideas to the Hilltop,” says the Galleries’ Founding Director and curator of the exhibition, Al Miner.

Mary Kelly: To Witness the Future will be on view from September 22, 2022 – December 11, 2022. ​​Mary Kelly: To Witness the Future is generously supported by the Georgetown Women’s and Gender Studies Program. All exhibitions and programs at the Georgetown University Art Galleries are free and open to the public.

This exhibition supported by Helaine Posner (C ’75)

View more information on the de la Cruz Gallery website.

Adéla Babanová: Projected Trilogy opens at Spagnuolo Gallery, Georgetown University

In the University’s Lucille M. and Richard F. X. Spagnuolo Art Gallery, Adéla Babanová: Projected Trilogy/ Historická trilogie – a video exhibition – will captivate viewers and confront both the legacy of communism and today’s world of “fake news.” Esteemed Guest Curator Milena Kalinovska says her films, “… address the current situation of political and moral turmoil. She is not afraid of dealing with complexities, which leads her to look at consequences of disinformation in novel ways.” This Czech-based artist’s immersive and entrancing films Neptune, Where Did the Stewardess Fall From?, and Return to Adriaport will transform the Gallery into a contemplative space. This exhibition is on view from September 22, 2022 – December 11, 2022.

Upcoming Public Programs:

  • October 20, 2022 –   Artist talk: Amanda Williams. The Georgetown University Art Galleries and the Georgetown University Lecture Fund are pleased to bring this Chicago-based artist to campus. 6:00 pm.
  • October 27, 2022 –   Tania Bruguera & Fazal Sheikh in Dialogue: Picturing Displacement. Join politically-motivated performance artist Tania Bruguera and photographer Fazal Sheikh for a virtual conversation. Presented in partnership with the Georgetown Humanities Initiative’s seminar: Humanities Responses to Forced Migration. 3:30pm on Zoom.
  • November 3, 2022 – Artist and Curator Conversation: Adéla Babanová and Milena Kalinovska. 6:00-8:00 pm.

Future programs will be announced on the Galleries’ website.


  • Wednesday-Saturday: 10am-6pm
  • Sunday: 1pm-5pm


Maria & Alberto de la Cruz Art Gallery
3535 Prospect St. NW

Lucille M. and Richard F. X. Spagnuolo Gallery
1221 36th St. NW