The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Presents Our City, Ourselves: Women Photograph Washington Group Exhibition

By Editorial Team on March 29, 2021
Lely Constantinople, World Class Cuts, 2016, Digital print, 30 ½ x 20 ½ in.
On View: March 29 – May 21, 2021

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A virtual platform is being used as a supplement to the brick and mortar gallery space, which is closed to the public due to COVID-19 health protocols.

Opening Event: Tuesday, March 30, 2021 from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm ET via Webex

  • Join a panel discussion with influential women photographers on what it means to be a photographer in Washington, DC, today.
    Panelists: Sharon Farmer, Kate MacDonnell, Susana Raab
    Moderator: Leslie Ureña, Curator of Photographs, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
    CAH Host: Sarah Gordon, Curator
    This online event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required. Click here to register.
    This event will be recorded and available for viewing online after its conclusion.

Exhibition:

Washington, DC, is a city of photographers—photojournalists, multi-media and conceptual artists, landscape and portrait photographers—many of whom train their camera on the city itself. This exhibition features work by women photographers who capture the heart and soul of Washington, DC: the people, places, and interactions that define the District.

The exhibition features approximately 50 photographs by 25 artists. All artworks belong to the District’s Art Bank Collection.

Artists:

Maria Bryk, Sally Canzoneri, Lely Constantinople, Sharon Farmer, Peggy Fleming, Roxana Alger Geffen, Tatiana Gulenkina, Linda Hesh, Lynn Kanaskie, Gloria Kirk, Katie Kirtland, Maggie Knaus, Roshani Kothari, Gwen Lewis, Kate MacDonnell, Cheryl MacLean, Susan Muniak, Heidi Nielsen, Caitlin Teal Price, Susana Raab, Alexandra Silverthorne, Clarissa Sligh, Martha Tabor, Diane Tuckman, Deborah Willis

Programs:

  • Opening Event (in conjunction with Women’s History Month)
    Tuesday, March 30, 4:00 – 5:30 pm
    Via WebEx
  • Women Photograph Washington: Featuring influential Washington women photographers discussing what it means to be a photographer in Washington, DC.
    Moderator: Leslie Ureña, Curator of Photographs, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
    Panelists: Sharon Farmer, Kate MacDonnell, Susana Raab
    Register here

Closing Event

Thursday, May 20, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

The closing event will be the culmination of a three weeks of community photography activity. We will invite photographers to take pictures across the District inspired by the exhibition and share them on social media with a common hashtag. On the evening of May 20, we will showcase some of the most powerful images and hear from their creators. This event is a community celebration of photographers, their images, and the inspiration offered by our city and its people.

Event Organizer: Roshani Kothari

Art Bank Program:
In support of local visual artists, District art galleries, and District art nonprofit organizations, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) acquires fine art from metropolitan artists to grow the Art Bank Collection. Artwork in the collection is owned by CAH and loaned to District Government agencies for display in public areas and offices of government buildings. The Art Bank Collection, which started in 1986, has nearly 3,000 artworks. The collection can be accessed at dcarts.emuseum.com.

About the Commission
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities is an independent agency within the District of Columbia government that evaluates and initiates action on matters relating to the arts and humanities and encourages the development of programs that promote progress in the arts and humanities. As the official arts agency for Washington, DC, CAH is supported by District government funds and in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.