January Events and Programs at the Torpedo Factory Art Center

By Editorial Team on January 8, 2018
Washington giving the laws to America, circa 1800. Library of Congress collection.

Throughout the month of January, the Torpedo Factory Art Center offers a diverse line-up of programs, events, and exhibitions.

Ars Memoria in Early Law: Looking Beneath the Pictures
Torpedo Talks @ Second Thursday Art Night
Thursday, January 11 at 8pm
Ars memoria, the art of memory, uses imagery to externalize memory and organization. Jolande Goldberg (Studio 326) is a senior law classification specialist at the Library of Congress and a Torpedo Factory artist. At 8 pm during Second Thursday Art Night, she shares an overview of law book illustrations and the Law Library of Congress’s efforts to preserve this history. This talk is in collaboration with the Friends of the Torpedo Factory.

Torpedo Talks are part of monthly Second Thursday Art Nights, which features after-hours receptions and open studios throughout the building’s three floors, 6 – 9 pm.

The Late Shift: Brand New Day
Friday, January 19 from 7pm to 11pm
Welcome 2018 with the first Late Shift of the year. Warm up with an indoor art market, live performances, and pop-up activities throughout the building. Dance into the night with a free silent disco, in collaboration with the City of Alexandria’s Mobile Art Lab. All music is played through wireless headphones. Dancers can swap between three DJs, and headphones change color based on the selection. Watch headphone colors change and morph as the night goes on. The evening will also feature pop-up demonstrations in the Grand Hall, DIY art making, a welcome reception for Winter 2018 Post-Graduate Resident, Lyric Prince, and a selfie station. It’s an art happening to celebrate a new beginning.

Interlude: Unfinished Works
Target Gallery
Through January 21, 2018
Target Gallery, the contemporary exhibition space of the Torpedo Factory, spotlights the artistic process in Interlude: Unfinished Works. Art has been left unfinished, both intentionally and unintentionally, and creates a dialogue on what it means for art to be “finished.” The exhibition features 21 artists from across the globe, including nine artists from the region

Target Gallery
January 27 – March 4
Target Gallery’s next exhibition, Passages, explores the lasting effects migration has on cultural identity from the perspective of immigrants and immigrant families from across the global diaspora. The juror for this exhibition was Adriana Ospina, curator of the Permanent Collection and Education at the Art Museum of Americas.

Suh Yongsun in the New Project Studio
Studio 8 through February 28
Over the course of three months, Korean painter and sculptor Suh Yongsun will transform the New Project Studio into a workshop and community space for discussions and creativity. He will explore public, social, and political issues in present-day Korea while developing a visual discourse of his time creating in Alexandria. Presented in partnership with the Korean Cultural Center in Washington DC and the Embassy of the Republic of Korea.

Located in Studio 8, the New Project Studio is a community-focused arts incubator offers short-term space for creatives to test new program ideas, spotlight underrepresented voices, and enhance visitor engagement.

Torpedo Factory is located at 105 N. Union St., Alexandria, VA.