Opening Reception: Saturday, January 19 from 2pm to 4pm
Reception and Artist Talk: Wednesday, January 23 from 5pm to 7pm
The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center in collaboration with the Photography and Media department of the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College is pleased to present two major projects by the artist Brian Dailey, the video installation WORDS and the America in Color series. This co-located exhibition on the Northern Virginia Community College Alexandria Campus will have several events that are free and open to the public.
At the AFA Fine Art Building, Brian Dailey’s multi-screen video installation WORDS is the artist’s investigation into the relationship between language, culture, and national identity and the challenges we face in our efforts to communicate key concepts across linguistic boundaries and national borders in the age of globalization.
Over the course of a two-year period, Brian Dailey traveled across the country with the objective of capturing individual portraits of the uncelebrated American electorate. He organized impromptu photo shoots with more than 1,200 citizens, including those with no interest in politics or voting. In the portraits, each individual expresses their personal identity casually in dress and pose, while their political identity is a chosen backdrop: blue for Democrat, red for Republican, grey for Independent, green for the Green Party and orange for those who do not vote. The resulting body of work, America in Color challenges our perceptions of the many components and individuals that shape the American political process.
The Forum Gallery is located on the second level of the Schlesinger Center. The artists’ reception is free and open to the public. The galleries at the Schlesinger Center are open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and during concert hall performances and public events. The Schlesinger Center is located at 4915 East Campus Drive, Alexandria, VA, 22311.