Washington Project for the Arts is pleased to announce an ambitious 2012-2013 season, including three major group exhibitions, a series of site-specific performances and installations, innovative member artist-run programming, high-profile public art installations, and valuable networking opportunities for area artists. To present this vibrant and diverse array of programs, exhibitions, and opportunities, WPA is honored to work with important DC-area institutions, including Arlington Art Center, Art Museum of the Americas,the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, DC Department of Parks and Recreation, and The Washington Post.
Additional programs currently under development will be announced in the coming months, including Professional Practices, a series of professional development workshops for artists (formerly No Artist Left Behind) and InfoEx, public talks and individual WPA member meetings with international curators in residence at the International Studio and Curatorial Program in Brooklyn, NY.
Awning Studies: Marvin Gaye Park
July 12 - September 30, 2012
Location: Marvin Gaye Park, 6201 Banks Place NE, Washington, DC
This project was made possible with the support of the Bernstein Family Foundation, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities' DC Creates! Public Art Program and the DC Department of Parks and Recreation.
Take It to the Bridge
July 18 - September 15, 2012
Location: Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW, Washington, DC, 17th St. Entrance
Public Talk with Esa Nickle, Managing Director/Producer, Performa: Thursday, August 9, 2012, 7:00pm
Location: Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW, Washington, DC
Individual Meetings with Esa Nickle for WPA Member Artists: Friday, August 10, 2012
Location: WPA, 2023 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC
Take it to the Bridgeis a nine-week series of installations and performances taking place July 18
See the full Take It to the Bridge schedule at www.wpadc.org
Image left: Kathryn Cornelius, Save the Date, Saturday, August 11; Image right: Maida Withers, This Space Occupied (by Maida), Saturday, September 15
Monument to the Unelected
September 10 - November 9, 2012
Project on view in the street level windows of The Washington Post, 1150 15th St., NW, Washington, DC
Public Talk with the Artist:
Monday, September 10, 2012, 6:30pm
Location: The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW
The Role of Art Fairs in Building a Contemporary Collection
Location: UBS Financial Services, 1501 K St, NW, Washington, DC
A moderated panel discussion with collector Dani Levinas, curator Joanna Marsh (Smithsonian American Art Museum), and gallerist Amy Raehse (Goya Contemporary) discussing their experiences with art fairs, tips for negotiating them, and their role in building a contemporary collection.
October 4-7, 2012
Location: Capitol Skyline Hotel, 10 I Street Southwest, Washington, DC
(e)merge Friends and Press Preview: Thursday, October 4: 5pm - 7pm By invitation only
Opening Preview: Thursday, October 4, 7pm - 9pm
Fair Hours: Friday and Saturday, October 5 & 6, 12pm-7pm; Sunday, October 7, 12pm-5pm
WPA is pleased to return for the second year of DC's (e)merge art fair at the Capitol Skyline Hotel. WPA's room at the fair will feature DC-based artist Jimmy Miracle, alongside a rotating installation of works on paper by WPA member artists.
Jimmy Miracle, WPA's featured artist, works with mundane materials to construct sublime tableaus from the detritus of everyday life. His artifacts and installations transcend material reality, unsettling the viewer's perception of the physical world. This stunning shift in perceived meaning and value - from worthless physical material to transcendent object - would be impossible without the meticulousness of Miracle's craft.
Image: Jimmy Miracle, Calling Japan, 2010, Found objects and filament, 40" x 34" x 9"
Coup d'Espace: Palimpsest is an exploration of layering and digital representation of information. Selected works will be photographed and these images will be uploaded to the web and linked to a QR code. Then the work will be white-washed, scraped away or otherwise covered over, leaving few remnants of the original. The appropriate QR code will be transferred to the original "surface" of the obliterated artwork. The new work will be an abstract geometric form, a digital representation of the original artwork. It is these new, altered works that will be exhibited, while representations of the original work are only available with the aid of technology.
Palimpsest is part of Coup d'Espace, WPA's member-generated programming series. Coup d'Espace invites artists and curators to utilize the WPA office as a laboratory or workshop space, to introduce new and in-process projects and present challenging ideas.
WPA's Professional Practices Series Presents
Location: National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
St. Louis based artist and Washington University School of Architecture Professor Ben Fehrmann will present a free participatory lecture to help artists and their patrons (developers, urban planners, private and public agency administrators) to better understand and improve their response to public art opportunities. This program, part of WPA's ongoing professional development series for artists, is presented in collaboration with Arlington Public Art. AIA and AICP CEU credits will be offered. RSVP to Christopher Cunetto firstname.lastname@example.org to attend.
image: Ben Fehrmann, artist and Washington University School of Architecture Professor
October 25, 2012 - February 24, 2013
Curated by Raquel de Anda, Independent Curator
Presented in partnership with AMA | Art Museum of the Americas
Location: Art Museum of the Americas, 201 18th St., NW, Washington, DC
Participating Artists: Annie Albagli (Gaithersburg, MD), The Aschoy Collective (La Paz, Bolivia), The Floating Lab Collective (Washington, DC), Ghana Think Tank (New York, NY), Olivier Giron (Arlington, VA), Miguel Luciano (Brooklyn, NY), Pedro Reyes (Mexico City, Mexico), Mark Strandquist (Richmond, VA), and Lina Vargas de la Hoz (Silver Spring, MD)
Presented by WPA, in partnership with AMA | Art Museum of the Americas, The Ripple Effecthighlights social practice and collaborative works produced within the United States and Latin America. The exhibition reflects the growing interest among artists in engaging with members of diverse communities, prioritizing the creation of dialogue as an integral part of their artistic practice, and effecting change in their communities and the world at large. The Ripple Effectfeatures artists whose work explores such issues as the environmental blight of illegal dumping, the social stratification of Washington, DC, and the ongoing fight against gun violence in Mexico. By bringing together artists based in the DC area and artists from across the Americas, the exhibition provides an opportunity for cultural exchange, reflecting the emphasis within contemporary art on both local and global relationships.
SELECT: WPA Art Auction Exhibition and Gala
Gala: March 16, 2013
Exhibition dates and location: TBD
Auction co-chairs: Robert Shields and Jessica Naresh
The 32nd iteration of WPA's annual art auction exhibition will highlight some of the region's most talented artists, presenting a broad range of media and styles of work by both new and emerging artists as well as more established career artists. As an annual WPA presentation, the auction exhibition is one of the most prestigious and recognizable art showcases of its kind, with a high caliber of work selected by notable curators from some of our region's top arts institutions.
Presented by WPA at Arlington Art Center, OPTIONS 2013 is the fifteenth iteration of WPA's biennial exhibition of works by emerging and unrepresented artists from DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Begun in 1981, the OPTIONS biennial has a thirty-two-year history of showcasing vibrant, challenging, and innovative work and providing a much-needed platform for emerging and unrepresented talent from the region. A call for entries for OPTIONS 2013 will be released in the fall of 2012.
Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) is an independent, nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization that serves as a catalyst for contemporary art. WPA supports artists at all stages of their careers and promotes contemporary art by presenting exhibitions, issues, and ideas that stimulate public dialogue on art and culture. www.wpadc.org.
WPA is supported by its members, Board of Directors, invaluable volunteers, and by generous contributions from numerous individuals and the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, William C. Paley Foundation, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Susan and Dixon Butler, Abramson Family Foundation, Ray Garcia, Carol Brown Goldberg and Henry H. Goldberg, Haleh Design, Hickok Cole Architects, Giselle and Benjamin Huberman, Betsy Karel, Russell and Randy Katz, Yvette Kraft, Marshfield Associates, Richard Seaton and John Berger, MD, TTR Sotheby's International Realty, UBS Financial Services Inc., Sarah Valente, Vivo Design, Alexia and Roderick von Lipsey, and The Washington Post Company.