On Saturday, April 20, from 6 to 8 pm, doris-mae gallery is holding an opening reception for local artists Sean Smith and Dafna Steinberg. doris-mae gallery opened late last year as curatorial project by Thomas Drymon. The gallery is at upstairs at 1716 14th Street NW,
Drymon says about the show: “Questions about gender identity and the masculine and feminine are big, so for the purposes of this latest exhibition at doris-mae, we’ve narrowed the conversation down to the presentation of the ideal and its effects on men and women today.”
Sean Smith’s ‘Million Dollar Cupcake,’ “subverts the masculine by coupling images of sensual frosted cupcakes topped with swirls of buttercream with vintage jockstrap- and speedo-clad bulging crotches. With a backdrop of lurid colors and graphic elements (and bow ties), the paintings confuse our notion of what the masculine archetype is and encourage us to examine how men have been defined since the 70s and before.”
While Dafna Steinberg’s ‘Eat What I Feel,’ “turns her attention to the mid- to late-century representation of the woman as home-maker as seen in cookbooks, diet books and magazines of the era. In this world, expectations of the feminine were set against a crowded background of table scapes and impeccable wardrobes. Steinberg examines the far-reaching effects of this type of presentation on contemporary women, openly examining her own relationship to food and her body.”
There will be an eating performance by Steinberg that will begin shortly after 7 pm in the project space.
Check the doris-mae blog at doris-mae.com for information about upcoming dinners with artist Dafna Steinberg in the space and to read about our ongoing programming and upcoming exhibitions and events.
- What: Opening reception for Sean Smith’s ‘Million Dollar Cupcake’ and Dafna Steinberg ‘Eat What I Feel.’
- When: Saturday, April 20, 6 to 8 pm.
- Where: 1716 14th Street NW.
Following are the top arts and entertainment stories each month on Borderstan in 2011. The top story each month was the one that was read by the most readers. The writer’s name is next to each story.
Top food story for the year in terms of reader views? The winner was Photos: Sunday’s Farewell Party at go mama go! by Luis Gomez, followed closely by Danny’s Top 10: D.C.’s Best 2010 Concerts from Danny Shapiro.
Of note: While one gallery closed on 14th Street NW in 2011, another gallery opened. See the August stories below: Irvine Contemporary closed in September and [email protected] opened in November.
- January: Danny’s Top 10: D.C.’s Best 2010 Concerts (Danny Shapiro)
- February: Biutiful One of the Best Films of the Year (Mary Burgan)
- March: Photos: Sunday’s Farewell Party at go mama go! (Luis Gomez)
- April: Gary Fisher: Art Changed My Life (Cecile Oreste)
- May: City Empties Out, But Galleries Full of Great Exhibitions (Jana Petersen); and Forgotten Dreams, Unforgettable Drawings in Cave (Mary Burgan). There was essentially a two-way tie between these two stories.
- June: New Exhibits Open at Irvine, Project 4 (Jana Petersen)
- July: The Art of Vandalism and the Launch of MuralsDC (Tom Hay)
- August: Irvine Contemporary Bids Farewell; Closing Party Saturday (Matty Rhoades)
- September: Your Ultimate Guide to Saturday’s 17th Street Festival (Laura Herman)
- October: At the Keegan: There’s a Witch Hunt on in Dupont Circle (Kate Hays)
- November: [email protected]: Regina Miele’s New Gallery on 14th Street (Kate Hays)
- December: “U Street Portrait Project” Closing and a “Don’t Miss” Exhibition (Luis Gomez)
There is plenty to see this weekend at the local galleries. Grab your coat and get ready to start your Holidays.
Opening Receptions this Weekend
- Saturday, December 3, 6 to 8 pm: “Year-End Group Show” at gallery plan b, 1530 14th Street NW.
- Saturday, December 3, 6 to 8:30 pm: “In Season” at Project 4 Gallery, 1353 U Street NW.
Closing Exhibitions this Weekend
- Closes Saturday, December 3 at harmon art lab: Works by artists Alexandra Silverthorne and Ira Tattelman.
- Closes Saturday, December 3 at Hamiltonian Gallery: “Elena Volkova In Between.”
- Closes Sunday, December 4 at Transformer: “Store Front Video Exhibition.”
Tom Wolff’s “U Street Portrait Project” at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, 1632 U Street NW. Wolff is a nationally recognized photographer and this exhibition features “the local business owners, residents and artists that together make DC’s U Street Corridor a rich and diverse cultural center.” The exhibition runs through December 17.
Get more details on the 11 galleries in the Logan-Shaw-U Street area below.
Adamson Gallery at 1515 14th Street NW
- Check back for upcoming exhibitions.
- Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 11:30 am to 5 pm; Saturday, noon to 5 pm.
Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery, DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th Street NW
- “One Foot In America: The Artwork of Eugeen Van Mieghem” runs through December 30.
- Overview: “Belgian artist Eugeen Van Mieghem (1875-1930) found inspiration in the men and women, many of them Jews, waiting at the Antwerp docks to board ships to take them to America. One Foot in America, opening September 22, features his works and creates a stunning visual record of those leaving behind one life as they search for a better life in a far away, unknown place.” (Bronfman Gallery)
- Gallery Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 10 am to 10 pm; Friday, 10 am to 4 p.m.
Curator’s Office at 1515 14th Street NW
- “Breck Omar Brunson: Churchin” runs through December 22.
- Overview: “The exhibition includes collage, sculpture, video and sound. Using found material and a raw, urban and quirky aesthetic, Brunson peels away the artifacts of the everyday world to find the mystery that fuels his artistic practice.”
- Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 6 pm.
gallery plan b at 1530 14th Street NW
- “Year-End Group Show” runs through Thursday, December 22.
- Opening Reception Saturday, December 3, 6 to 8 pm.
- Overview: “Featuring the work of 40+ artists and preview of our 2012 exhibition schedule.” (gallery plan b)
- Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 7 pm; Sunday, 1 to 5 pm
Hamiltonian Gallery at 1353 U Street NW
- “Elena Volkova In Between” runs through December 3.
- Overview: “Volkova presents a series of graphite drawings in which the subject matter is light. Seemingly fundamental, her drawings of folded paper and shadows on walls using a subtle value range are indicative of a systematic process-oriented approach to drawing, yet the result speaks more about the space around the actual drawn object.” (Hamiltonian Gallery)
- Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6 pm.
harmon art lab, 1716 14th Street NW, 2nd Floor
- Works by artists Alexandra Silverthorne and Ira Tattelman runs through December 3.
- Overview: “Silverstone Alexandra Silverthorne uses the camera as a means to understand and explore spatial environments and encounters. Tattelman is an artist and architect who has lived in Washington, DC for close to fifteen years. He has created site-specific installations, exhibited in galleries, participated in group shows, and presented slide shows about his work.” (harmon art lab)
- Gallery Hours: Call for an appointment; gallery staff is in the building Monday through Friday during business hours.
Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, 1632 U Street NW
- Tom Wolff’s “U Street Portrait Project” runs through December 17.
- Overview: “Nationally recognized photographer Tom Wolff is best known for his published work in the Washington Post Magazine, House & Garden, Garden Design, Smithsonian Magazine, and New York Times Magazine. This fall he focuses closer to home with his most recent series, ‘U Street Portrait Project,’ capturing the local business owners, residents, and artists that together make DC’s U Street Corridor a rich and diverse cultural center.” (Joan Hisaoka Gallery)
- Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Friday 11 am to 5 pm; Saturday, 11 am to 3 pm; and by appointment.
Lamont Bishop Gallery at 1314 9th Street NW
- “FLYY ON THE WALL Exhibition and Pop up Shoppe” opening reception, Saturday December 10, 7 to 11 pm.
- Overview:“Flyy on the wall is an exhibition that will feature the works of Rakiyt Zakari a high end street wear designer with the eye of a tailor, known for creating 3-d graphic designs with a surgeons precision and attention to detail, think Basquiat x Jeremy Scott. Flyy on the wall also will encompass The Original David pop up shoppe, their first ever experiential retail event!.” (Lamont Bishop Gallery)
- Gallery Hours: Thursday through Saturday, 1 to 7 pm; Sundays by appointment only.
Long View Gallery at 1234 9th Street NW
- Amy Genser’s “Coiled Terrain” runs through December 11.
- Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm; Sunday, noon to 5 pm.
Project 4 Gallery at 1353 U Street NW
- “In Season” with an opening reception on Saturday December 3, from 6 to 8:30 pm. Runs through January 7.
- Overview: “In Season will feature a variety of media and showcase works by Margaret Boozer, Beau Chamberlain, Christine Gray, Lisa Kellner, Tricia Keightley, Thomas Müller, Ellington Robinson, Foon Sham, Jill Townsley, and Paul Villinski.” (Project 4 Gallery)
- Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 6 pm.
Transformer Gallery at 1404 P Street NW
- Store Front Video Exhibition runs through December 4.
- Overview: “Transformer revisits the use of our storefront space as a way to interact with audiences through the sidewalk presentation & viewing of video. Working in collaboration with a diverse range of artists and organizations. Works will be on view 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.” (Transformer)
- Gallery Hours: Check website.
14th Street regulars know Regina Miele. A longtime DC resident, she inhabited Raven Arts as a studio space and framing shop. This Tuesday, she showed off her new gallery, framing, and studio space just across the street at 1830 14th Street NW.
The space at [email protected] is clean and spare, white from floor to ceiling. A moving wall at the back of the gallery space can push forward towards the front, to allow for more framing space, or backwards towards the studio, for a bigger gallery.
And currently on display? Regina’s own work, many pieces of which are studies of the very corridor where the gallery is situated. But her favorites in the show are her newer pieces, charcoal drawings of views from the train between DC and New York City.
The gallery will have regular shows, about eight weeks running; the next one opens in January, featuring Al Wildey. Miele has great plans for the space, including a preview of emerging artists in Summer 2012. Meander in and see her new digs, and check out paintings of our neighborhood.