Gallery Openings and Events

We Got Next: Young Contemporaries Group Exhibition

Courtesy of curator Deirdre Darden.

Opening Reception: Friday, May 25 from 6pm to 8pm

We Got Next, is the Spring exhibition made possible by the Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) 2018 Curatorial Grant. Grant provides funds to two winning exhibition proposals, each taking place at the I Street Galleries in the lobby of CAH headquarters at Navy Yard.

Exhibition Overview – We Got Next: Young Contemporaries features a group of black artists, all millennial, from the area and slightly beyond. “Having next” is a colloquial term used to place one’s self in the lineup of a game, but here it is applied to the queue of life. These artists have next because they are embracing a new phase of their work, their career and ultimately themselves. Learning new things and using old techniques and inspirations to develop newness.

Artists: Alanna Reeves, Aliana Grace Bailey, Ashley Ja’nae, Ayana Zaire Cotton, Ayanna Long, Brittney Sankofa, David Ibata, Elana Casey, Handirubvi Indiigo Wakatama, Imani Shanklin Roberts, Khadija Nia Adell, Kyle Hackett, Kyrae Cowan, Lionel Fraizer White, Lloyd Foster, Samera Paz, Will Watson, Grant Strudwick

Programming: Artists Talk & Closing Event, June 15th Canal Park

This exhibition will close with a multi-generational Artist Panel to discuss what previous generations hope to pass down and see from those that “got next.” Panel will take place alongside a closing party in neighboring Canal Park. Time TBD.

About Deirdre Darden:
Deirdre Darden is an independent curator born and raised on art in Washington DC. Since beginning her practice in 2014 with Black Artists of DC, Darden has curated and collaborated with some of DC’s best artists, organized thoughtful panel discussions and exhibition talks touching on themes of race, societal pressures, black womanhood and the power of art. Notable shows include Black Lives / White Light at ReCreative Spaces, Pressure Points at DCAC, Lest We Forget at Galerie Myrtis (Baltimore), and Us + Them = U.S. at Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Center. Most recently Darden has joined the team for Art on the Vine, an annual art fair in Martha’s Vineyard organized by The Agora Culture. She continues to develop exhibition ideas, work freelance throughout the region and manage the studio of performance artist Sheldon Scott.

About CAH Curatorial Grant:
The Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) solicited grant applications from qualified individual curators in the visual arts for exhibition proposals intended for presentation in CAH’s 200 I Street Galleries, Lobby Gallery, which is a District-owned exhibition space located at 200 I (Eye) Street, SE Washington, DC, 20003. Two (2) exhibition proposals will receive a grant for installation during FY18. This grant is competitive and funding for this program is authorized from: Neighborhood Arts Projects – Curatorial Grant Program.

The opening is at I Street Galleries -CAH Headquarters at 200 Eye St. SE.