"INVEST" celebrates the investment that artists in the inaugural Urban Culture Project Studio Residency made in their work, as well as the culture of downtown Kansas City. The artists selected for this exhibition are all former UCP Bank studio residents that have taken their work and careers in divergent directions, but each demonstrates a level of commitment and focus on their artistic practice that has proven to have paid off.
Place: Hamiltonian Gallery, Washington, DC
From August 13 - September 10, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 13th. 630-10pm
Taking its namesake from the notion of 'Permaculture', an agricultural system characterized by its reciprocal self-sufficiency and community ethics, this exhibition creates a unique ecosystem revolving around the U Street community, DC's punk scene and urban farming
Hamiltonian Gallery will be transformed into a music venue, in which a series of punk shows will be hosted inside a garage-like structure that doubles as a greenhouse for growing wheatgrass. Sound waves from the punk music coupled with the increased exhalation of carbon dioxide from the showgoers will circulate air around the plants. In return, the plants will accelerate the production of oxygen for the punk celebration. The plants will then be converted into nutritious wheatgrass shots that will be offered to the public on a weekly basis.
By drawing from the shared intensity and raw energy of wheatgrass and punk culture, “Permacounterculture” highlights the mutually beneficial ecosystem formed by the two, which in turn extends to our everyday life. Simultaneously, we inclusively energize the wider DC community as they partake in the holistic benefits of this communal wheatgrass shot.
The Permacounterculture punk show series will be open to all ages. Doors at 6:30PM, shows 7:00PM. Suggested donation of $5 - 10 for local bands is appreciated.
Sarah O'Donoghue, Chris Moore, Kohei Urakami, Alexander Dowd, Sarah Puralewski, Tef Reese, Emanuel Cooper, Beck Levy, Hannah Eliasoph, Kenzi Waddell, Hillary Rochon, Andy Clark, Joana Stilwell, Farrah Skeiky, Joseph Shaikewitz and many more!
Place: National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC
From March 12, 2016 - January 8, 2017
The Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition invited artists from across the country to submit their best works in the art of portrayal. The dazzling variety of media and diverse approaches to the exploration of "self" and "other" challenge preconceived notions of portraiture and expand visitors’ imaginations. This competition and resulting exhibition "The Outwin2016: American Portraiture Today" will showcase excellence and innovation with a strong focus on the variety of portrait media used by artists today.
Place: Hamiltonian Gallery in Washington, DC
From November 14 - December 19. 2015
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 14 from 7-9pm
Featuring new work by Nancy Daly, Lisa Dillin, Dan Perkins,
Will Schneider-White, Allison Spence, Dane Winkler, and Naoko Wowsugi.
Fellows Converge is an annual exercise in which Hamiltonian Fellows create new work around the premise of an invited guest curator. This year, we invited Jennie Carlisle, Program Director at Elsewhere, a living museum inside a three story thrift store in Greensboro, North Carolina.
The exhibition largely examines the multifacetedness of objects; their assigned usages; and how an object’s meaning can shift depending on context, ownership, and history. Hamiltonian’s artists spent a weekend at Elsewhere partaking in activities that allowed them to consider how objects mediate our experiences; function in our daily lives as objects of history, memory, and utility; and contribute to identity.
Following the visit, Carlisle assigned the seven participating artists with the following directive:
Step 1: Give a gift. Make it meaningful. Wrap it nicely.
Step 2: Receive a gift.
Step 3: Create a new artwork based on the gift.
The result is an exhibition that challenges each artist with the exchange of objects whose meanings emanate from their personal use and existing significance. When gifted to a fellow artist, these earlier meanings take on new associations as personal connections re-define how the thing is subsequently perceived and deployed. Here, a mouse trap, a memoir, a cassette tape, a sonic amplifier, a stamp collection, a souvenir, and a bottle of whiskey all undergo a semantic shift, spurring original paintings, sculptures, and installations that record these re-assigned possibilities.
Place: VisArts, Rockville, MD
Open: October 28 through December 13, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, October 30, 7 - 9 PM
Project 837, Part 2 is an exhibition series* designed to start a conversation about the definition of home and homelessness. The exhibition brings together a diverse group of contemporary artists, the public, activists and organizers for workshops, gallery exhibition and symposium.
***The number 837 refers to the space, in square meters, that each homeless person could occupy if Baltimore’s vacant buildings were renovated into adequate housing. The figure is equivalent to 9,009 square feet per person.
Personal Tour and Conversation with Naoko Wowsugi
Happy Happy Happy Hour
Wednesday, February 4 from 6 - 8 pm
Wednesday, February 11 from 6 - 8 pm
An after-hours viewing of "Assignment: Happy Birthday" featuring work from Wowsugi's students from 2011 through 2014.
Light refreshments will be served.