Open Gallery Presents Ira Tattelman Surf – An Exchange About Climate Change

By Editorial Team on February 4, 2019

Thu, 07 February 2019 - Fri, 01 March 2019

Courtesy of Open Gallery.
Reception: Thursday, February 7 from 6pm to 8pm

The Open Gallery presents Ira Tattelman: Surf – An Exchange About Climate Changefrom January 22, 2019 to March 1, 2019. The exhibition explores climate change impact on coastlines and invites personal responses.  A reception will be held Thursday, February 7, 6–8 p.m. The event is located at the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafrits Foundation Arts Center. The artist will lead a panel discussion on February 13 from 4:30pm to 5:30pm in the Cafritz Lecture Hall. For more information, visit

Surf – An Exchange About Climate Change provides a place for contemplation without the pressure of solutions. The walls become a space for thoughts and opinions about climate change; part of the gallery floor becomes a memorial and homage to our surroundings. While the physical world is constantly changing, Tattelman uses installation, mixed media, and photography to document a moment in time. Floods, storms, and rising sea-levels is a part of a future that urban planners, scientists, authors, and artists see being shaped.  This exhibit provides the community a space to reflect on one’s intellectual and emotional understanding of place and to leave flowers and/or written notes about the situation. This delivery of visual messages invites the community to consider and homage the very real challenges of coastal alteration.

About the Series:

This year’s themed exhibition series, Soapbox. Historically, a soapbox doubled as an impromptu stage upon which someone could stand to deliver a speech, usually of a political or social nature. The artists exhibiting in this series will use the highly visible Open Gallery as their Soapbox.

About the Artist

Ira Tattelman is a multi-disciplinary artist. His work calls attention to the planned and unplanned outcomes of human actions,investigating and reflecting on moments common to us all. Mixed media, photography, and installation document observations of physical spaces where people gather and leave footprints. After completing his architectural studies at Harvard University, Tattelman has been involved with many facets of the art community around the D.C. metropolitan area. His work has been exhibited in numerous solo shows in galleries across the region and internationally and he has received multiple grants from the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities. As a recipient of the Sister Cities Grant, Ira’s work was also shown in Italy during 2017 to early 2018.