The Corner at Whitman-Walker Presents When We First Arrived…

By Editorial Team on March 6, 2020
Courtesy of The Corner at Whitman-Walker.
Currently on view through Sunday, March 29, 2020.

As of today, nearly 7,000 children seeking asylum are being detained by the U.S. federal government after crossing the US–Mexico border. Minimum standards of care, as defined in the 1997 Flores Settlement, are not being met. In many cases, lengths of detention exceed the legal limit. This is a humanitarian and public policy crisis that warrants much greater community awareness and discourse.

The Corner at Whitman-Walker, a new cultural center in Washington, DC for Art and LGBTQ communities, explores the human experiences of intersectionality, inequality, and social injustice through artistic expression. Given the urgency of this ongoing crisis, The Corner is staging a unique exhibition in advance of its formal opening later this spring.

As The Corner’s new executive director Ruth Noack explains: “It is our moral and ethical imperative to give an artistic platform to the accounts of detained children, as collected by lawyers and medical and mental health experts. We do this in a form befitting a cultural institution seeking to engage and educate community.”

Curated by Noack, the exhibition When We First Arrived…, opened on Saturday, January 25, 2020 and showcase over 100 works of art by leading visual artists, responding directly to the testimonies from children gathered by Flores investigators. It is organized in close collaboration with DYKWTCA (Do you know where the children are?), an initiative by artists, Mary Ellen Carroll and Lucas Michael, who invited artists to produce works with the Flores accounts that are part of the broader public awareness initiative, Project Amplify. The donated works of art will benefit Safe Passage with Terra Firma, Innovation Law Lab and Team Brownsville.

Continues Noack: “DYKWTCA remains at the heart of this initiative and we are very proud to be in partnership with them, by opening our doors before we officially launch The Corner at Whitman-Walker and lending our own vision, creativity and resources to creating a public platform for the children’s—and the artists’—voices to be heard.”

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS:
Cande Aguilar, Ricci Albenda, Bill Allen, Marina Ancona, Carolina Antich, Catalina Antonia Granados, Polly Apfelbaum, Michele Asselin and Glenda Carpio, Davide Balula, Walead Beshty, Paige K. B., Eric Brown, Robert Buck, Dietmar Busse, Ambreen Butt, Mary Ellen Carroll, York Chang, Mel Chin, David Colman, Beatriz Cortez, Tony Cox, Jessica Craig-Martin, Anna Daučíková, Shezad Dawood, Lorenzo De Los Angeles, Beto De Volder and Leon Villagran, Anne Delaney, Alyssa De Luccia, Liz Deschenes, Vikram Divecha, Cirilo Domine, Trisha Donnelly, Joanne Dugan, The Dufala Brothers— Billy Dufala and Steven Dufala, Jack Early, EIDIA House (Paul Lamarre and Melissa P. Wolf), Manuel Esnoz, Rochelle Feinstein, Patricia Fernández, Avram Finkelstein, Jean Foos, Eve Fowler, Ivan Gaete, Molly Gochman, Camilo Godoy, Terence Gower, Dan Graham, John Hanning, Graciela Hasper, Karolyn Hatton, Dana Hoey, Ashley Hunt, Samuel Jablon, Jesse Presley Jones, Rhea Karam, David Kelley, Maria Kent and Erin Leland, Jon Kessler, Elisabeth Kley, Alice Könitz, Josh Lehrer, Cary Leibowitz, Simon Leung, Siobhan Liddell, Matt Lipps, Tod Lippy, Mary Lum, Eva Lundsager, Brian Maguire, Yeni Mao, Jessica Mein, Julie Mehretu, Lucas Michael, Wardell Milan, Katrina Moorhead, Carlos Motta, Jason Murphy, Antony Nagelmann, Kambui Olujimi, Jeanine Oleson, Anneé Olofsson, Ruby Osorio, Spencer Ostrander, Arthur Ou, Paul Pfeiffer, Pope.L, Gala Porras-Kim, Liliana Porter, Luiza Prado de O. Martins, Barbara Probst, Rob Pruitt, Kim Pterodactyl, Adam Putnam, Michael Rakowitz, Paul Ramirez Jonas, Ugo Rondinone, Kay Rosen, Alejandra Seeber, Alexandro Segade, Kang Seung Lee, Anna Sew Hoy, Amy Sillman, Laurie Simmons, Xaviera Simmons, Pamela Sneed, A.L. Steiner, Berend Strik, Lisa Tan and Johnny Chang, Steed Taylor, Ana Tiscornia, Lincoln Tobier, Julie Tolentino, Fred Tomaselli, Boris Torres, Marguerite Van Cook, Rafael Viñoly, Lawrence Weiner, Judi Werthein, Barbara Westermann, Summer Wheat, Bob Witz

The Corner at Whitman-Walker is located at 1701 14th St. NW.