On Monday, April 8, Yo-Yo Ma delivered the 26th Annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy.
Joining a long tradition of individuals who are passionate about and influential in the intersection between public policy and the arts, such as actors Alec Baldwin and Robert Redford, playwright Wendy Wasserstein, and poet Maya Angelou, Ma gave a persuasive argument for arts as the principle core to education, healing and better collaboration in society in his lecture titled, “Art for Life’s Sake: A Roadmap from One Citizen Musician.”
ArtSee and Hillyer Art Space continue the conversation with Art AdvocaSee TONIGHT, Wednesday, April 17 from 6 pm to 8 pm at Dupont Circle’s Hillyer Art Space.
Represented by Hemphilll Fine Arts, painter Steven Cushner, is inspired by the human instinct to identify patterns in daily life. Panda Head Magzine founder, Morgan Hungerford West, recently completed the 7th issue of her online magazine, which became a collaborative effort between nearly 70 photographers, illustrators, chefs, stylists and local shops.
The Fridge DC Assistant Gallery Director, Emma Fisher, successfully produced the five-week arts festival, Fresh Produce last fall, when she worked with more than 60 artists and five art collectives including Impossible Theater Company and Bourgeon Writes.
Cushner, West, and Fisher will be on a panel to discuss advocacy through their unique niches within the art world–as an artist, online magazine founder, and gallery director. Joining the panelists will be DC-based artists Matthew Malone, Leah Appel, Jerry Truong, James Campbell and Brian Petro.
Art AdvocaSee is TONIGHT, Wednesday, April 17, 6:00- 8:00 PM at Hillyer Art Space, 9 Hillyer Court NW.
Bringing the Art in DC to You – Roxanne Goldberg
As the cherry blossoms begin to bloom, so does DC’s spring art schedule, beginning with this month’s round of First Friday openings.
On the top of ArtSee’s list of must-see shows this month, stands Contemporary Wing’s “MUMBO SAUCE.” Curated by Lauren Gentile, Contemporary Wing owner, and Roger Gastman, curator of the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s recent exhibition, “PUMP ME UP – D.C. subculture of the 1980s,” this survey of artists with roots as deeply embedded in Washington, D.C. as is the sweet and tangy sauce that the show derives its name from, “MUMBO SAUCE” explores the relationships and experiences shared by people working and living in this strange little city that is the nation’s Capital.
The Foundry Gallery’s exhibition “OUTLOUD,” features the work of 12 artists who began painting together twelve years ago. Exploring themes of non-representation and intuition, these works have a beautiful airiness that translates into both a calming aesthetic, and a curious emotive awareness.
On the cutting edge of the DC emerging art scene, Hillyer Art Space opens this Friday with Heather Day’s “Sideways” and Fawna Xiao’s “LOST LAND.” Though employing very different visual modes, works of paint, fiber and line by Day and print abstract landscapes by Xiao ebb and flow with one another to create an environment that challenges the eye to focus on details while simultaneously absorbing the greater image.
Bringing the Art in DC to You – Roxanne Goldberg
Garth Fry pushes the limit in his solo show at Hillyer Art Space by taking his delicate technique of coiled paper to the next level with both large and small scale exhibitions. In “A deeper look inside” Fry revisits this technique with an emphasis on the viewing experience, focusing on the ethereal, delicate properties of paper coils.
The imagery he creates with paper coils are inspired by events that have occurred through Garth’s everyday life; from everyday occurrences to life changing moments. His discovery of the technique has evolved from a routine life event when he discovered a natural coil on some torn paper in his studio and immediately appreciated it’s aesthetic value.
Fry’s earlier work depicts more objective subject matter using coils, but in his exhibition, “A deeper look inside,” he abstracts the form, focusing on the impact of the medium.
The solo exhibition at Hillyer Art Space, which closes this Friday March 29, showcases Fry’s push to enhance his work by reexamining the coiled paper technique and by creating works that can be viewed independently while providing an impactful viewing experience for the viewer.
“A deeper look inside” is open until Friday, March 29, at Hillyer Art Space, 9 Hillyer Court NW in Dupont Circle. Hillyer Art Space is open noon to 6 pm Tuesday through Friday, and noon to 5 pm Monday and Saturday.
Bringing the art in DC to you – Roxanne.
First Friday is the DC arts patron’s steady date. Always accountable, eternally pleasing and ceaselessly entertaining, the informal evening of gallery hopping and exhibition viewing offers a delightful break at the end of the humdrum workweek.
ArtSee recommends beginning February’s First Friday at Hillyer Art Space, where Denmark-based artist John Reuss will be showing provocative works on paper, described as “existential surrealism” and “psychological realism,” and Maryland Institute College of Arts (MICA) graduate Marcia Wolfson Ray will be displaying sculptural works constructed from natural forms and materials, each inspired by the material’s intensely personal beauty and physical properties.
Studio Gallery will be showing for the first time, Peter Karp’s Solo Show: Shadows. The artist who cites Kurt Schwitters and other Dada masters, as well as Man Ray, and Joseph Cornell as his greatest influences, will be juxtaposing photographic images with found objects, cutouts and geometric shapes, in order to expose the ambiguity of what we perceive as real, objective, and true.
And don’t forget that one of DC’s most respected artists, Steven Cushner, has brought back a series of shaped paintings that he executed in the early 90s, to Hemphill Fine Art. Steven Cushner: The Shaped Paintings, 1991- 1993 challenges viewers to consider the irregularly constructed canvases and structural forms as inspired by such pioneering minimalist artists as Frank Stella, and Washington Color Field Movement painters like Thomas Downing.
On Saturday, September 8, Hillyer Art Space (9 Hillyer Court NW) will abandon its daily gallery façade and transform into a unique art market, featuring the work of more than 20 local artists.
At the “Back to School Artisan’s Bazaar” locally produced clothing, fine art, ceramics, glassware, home décor, accessories and photography, etc. will be sold for under $100.
The Artisan’s Bazaar runs from 2 until 6 pm; admission to the event is free and open to the public. More information is available on the event’s Facebook page. Where exactly is Hillyer Court? Find it on Google Maps.
What’s better than a fashion show and sample sale at a trendy Dupont art gallery? How about one that donates all of its profits to a local child advocacy group?
On June 28, G.L.A.M. (Giving Labels A Meaning) will host an evening of fashion at the Hillyer Art Space and Gallery to benefit CASA DC, a community-based organization that works to ensure children in foster care find permanent homes faster and get the life-changing services they need.
General admission tickets to the fashion show and sample sale are $10; VIP tickets are $30 and come with a SWAG bag and automatic entry into the evening’s raffle. Visit the event’s website for more information and to purchase tickets.
The show starts at 7 pm and goes until 9 pm. Hillyer Art Space and Gallery is at 9 Hillyer Court NW, west of Connecticut Avenue and just off Florida Avenue NW.