The Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery Presents Breathe: Embracing the Uncertainties of the Human Condition

By Editorial Team on November 8, 2021

Wed, 03 November 2021 - Thu, 24 February 2022

Faith Ringgold, Wynton’s Tune, Serigraph, 30” x 22”, Ltd. Edition 100, 2004. *Faith Ringgold prints are provided by Raven Fine Art Editions of Easton, PA.
On View: November 3, 2021 – February 26, 2022
Performance: Saturday, December 11 from 12pm to 1pm

Exhibition Curated by Cheryl Edwards
Participating Artists Jase Clark, Tim DeVenney, Nestor Gil, Mary Higgins, Curlee Raven Holton, Lisa Rosenstein, and Michelle Talibah

Performance
December 11 Performance by Nestor Gil: El Panadero (llega al capitolio en busca de su madre para llevarle el pan) is an interactive walking route beginning at the Washington National Monument and ending at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery. Meet us along the way or join Nestor for the entire journey through the city.

The concept of ‘breath’ requires exploring  how it brings all things to life. Breath is an unmeasured paradigm and is not as simple as it may seem. “…(N)ot only must one breathe in before they can breathe out, but they must also breathe out before they can breathe in again. Superimposed on the breathing cycle, is humanity’s take on the second law of thermodynamics: Life must be lived forward but can only be understood backwards.” (“The Art of Breathing | European Respiratory Society”)   The exhibit addresses the deeply emotionality of breath as it resonates to our shared humanity.

The work presented in this exhibit explores the value of breath as a metaphor to examine human existence and personal views of multidimensional manifestation. The work delves into themes of philosophy, emotion, physicality, mourning and celebration.  The exhibit asks the viewer to consider breath to be understood as fundamentally and comprehensively intertwined with human life and experience.

Remarkably diverse, the work includes printmaking, drawing, sculpture, new media, installation, painting, and performance art. The viewer is presented with a range of visuals to ponder, consider and contemplate.  The exhibit is wide-ranging in topics of poetry, theater, environmental issues, health, and media studies.

Offering Limited Edition Prints by Faith Ringgold*

By Appointment Only. Please contact gallery@smithcenter.org.  The gallery is located at 1632 U St NW.