Washington Sculptors Group and IA&A at Hillyer Present MICRO-MONUMENTS II: UNDERGROUND Group Exhibition

By Editorial Team on August 31, 2018
Photo courtesy of IA&A at Hillyer and Washington Sculptors Group.
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Opening Reception: Friday, September 7 from 6pm to 9pm
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Curator/Juror/Artist Talk: Thursday, September 20th, 7pm

Participating Artists: Ursula Achternkamp, Alan Binstock, Janet Brome, Marc Fromm, Judith Goodman, Caroline Hatfield, Linda Hesh, Simon Horn, Margit Jäschke, Michael Krenz, Esther Eunjin Lee, Jacqueline Maggi, Georg Mann, Joan Mayfield, Nina Viktoria Naussed, Sara Parent-Ramos, Alim Pasht-Han, Kristina Penhoet, Judith Pratt, Diane Szczepaniak, Marilyn and Gil Ugiansky, Steve Wanna, and Janet Wittenberg.

Description: In partnership with Hillyer, Washington Sculptors Group presents MICRO-MONUMENTS II: UNDERGROUND opening on September 7, 2018 during Dupont Circle’s First Friday Gallery Walk. The exhibition brings together 15 Washington, DC and 8 German artists to focus a contemporary lens on topics such as the cosmos, nature, deep time, and more, to serve as a catalyst for exploration into enduring questions about our history and place in the world.

MICRO-MONUMENTS II: UNDERGROUND uses the Nebra Sky Disc as a reference point—a German archaeological find that depicts a Bronze Age creator’s vision of the cosmos—all of the selected artworks are no larger than the Disc’s diameter of 12.6 inches. This artifact is an evocative touchstone that invites artists to contemplate enduring questions about our history and place in the world. Can reflecting upon the past help broaden our understanding of ourselves and our relationship to one another? Can rethinking how we study and understand the past give us insight into navigating the future? These are some of the questions examined by the artists that bring global perspectives to shared human experiences.

The theme for this exhibition came from the vision of our coordinating curator, Artemis Herber, who, with the assistance of her German counterpart, Dr. Ines Janet Engelmann, invited the eight German artists to take part in this trans-Atlantic project. A call for entries was organized by the Washington Sculptors Group for the selection of the 15 Washington-area artists, with independent curator Laura Roulet serving as the juror. The exhibition aims to generate a dialogue regarding sacred places, sanctuaries, native lands, excavation sites, and extraordinary scientific findings in the overall context of prehistoric, historic and contemporary monuments across cultures.

This exhibition aims to reveal a deeper understanding of people’s lives in history, and to allow contemporary artists to express their interpretations on topics of the cosmos, nature, current culture, and world heritage. Reflecting on the archeological site where the Nebra Sky Disc was discovered, the sub-theme “underground” allows the artists to investigate deep time, and to explore the idea of what is hidden below ground as well as what will be rediscovered, unearthed, and revealed.

About the Juror: Laura Roulet is an independent curator and writer, specializing in contemporary and Latin American art. She was one of five international curators chosen for the citywide public art project, 5×5, a major initiative sponsored by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities in 2012. She has organized exhibitions in Mexico, Puerto Rico and the U.S., including at the OAS Art Museum of the Americas, the American University Museum, Katzen Center, the Mexican Cultural Institute, Artisphere, Hillyer Art Space, Project 4, Fusebox, and the DC Art Center. Recent exhibits and programming include A Dark and Scandalous Rockfall (Mexican Cultural Institute), Foon Sham: Escape (Katzen Center), Come Back to Rockville! a participatory, public art project for VisArts (Rockville, MD), Washington Produced Artists (40th anniversary for Washington Project for the Arts), the National Drawing Invitational (Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR), CSA: 40 Years of Community-Sourced Art (Arlington Arts Center, VA), and Medios y ambientes in Mexico City. She was a mentoring curator for DCAC and the first mentoring curator for VisArts in Rockville, MD in 2015.

Roulet is a frequent contributor to Sculpture magazine. Her other publications include many catalogue essays, encyclopedia entries, articles in American Art, Art Journal, Art Nexus, and the book Contemporary Puerto Rican Installation Art, the Guagua Aerea, the Trojan Horse and the Termite. She worked on the Ana Mendieta retrospective, organized by the Hirshhorn Museum in 2004, and contributed to that catalogue.

The Washington Sculptors Group (WSG) is a volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting awareness of sculpture and fostering exchanges among sculptors, sculpture enthusiasts, and the public. Organized in 1984, membership has grown to almost 400; WSG sponsors frequent public programs, and organize professional sculpture exhibitions juried by prominent curators.

IA&A at Hillyer (formerly Hillyer Art Space) is International Arts & Artists’ contemporary arts center based in Washington, DC. Committed to serving the public and supporting artists at all stages of their careers, Hillyer presents a series of exhibitions and programs that feature local, regional, and international artists. Founded in 2006, Hillyer continues to provide significant support to both local and international artists, as well as presenting programs that reach a broad audience and create a platform for dialogue.

Gallery Hours:

  • Tuesday-Friday: 12pm to 6pm
  • Saturday-Monday: 12pm to 5pm
  • and by appointment

IA&A at Hillyer is located at 9 Hillyer Ct. NW. For more informaiton, visit http://athillyer.org/.