CURRENT EXHIBITIONS & PROGRAMS

2A_RainbowNarcosis_MonaghanJonathan Monaghan, Rainbow Narcosis (video still), 2012. CGI animated HD video, 9 min., Image courtesy of Curator’s Office

Dates: April 3 – May 9, 2014
Location: Capitol Skyline Hotel, 10 I (eye) St. SW, Washington DC, 20024
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 12, 2014, 7-9pm

Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) is pleased to announce an exhibition by DC-based artist, Jonathan Monaghan, the second in its Hothouse Video series at the Capitol Skyline Hotel.

Monaghan will present five computer-animated films created between 2010 and 2013 that challenge the boundaries between the real, the imagined, and virtual. Pulling from wide-ranging sources such as science fiction and baroque architecture, the works reveal bizarre, yet compelling, 3D environments and stories created with the same high-end technology used by Hollywood and video games. The films deal with topics including wealth, power and authority, but assert no clear moral or meaning. His sleek and realistic animations offer a nightmarish edge in which the viewer remains trapped in an endless loop of seductive, but ultimately vacuous, simulation where meanings don’t quite materialize.

The exhibition will remain on view 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in the hotel lobby from April 3 through May 9, 2014. Admission to the exhibition and opening reception are free and open to the public.

About the Artist
Jonathan Monaghan (born 1986, Queens, NY) received his BFA from the New York Institute of Technology in 2008 and his MFA from the University of Maryland in 2011. He has completed residencies at MakerBot Industries in Brooklyn, NY; Seven Below Arts Initiative in Burlington, VT; Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, NY; and Culturia in Berlin, Germany. He is the recipient of a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant and was a U.S. Speaker and Specialist selected by the U.S. Department of State to speak on 3D printing abroad. He has given lectures and workshops at the Glasgow School of Art, the University of Denver, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Bennington College. Monaghan’s work has been featured in a range of media including The Washington Post, Metropolis M, The Huffington Post, TimeOut NY, the Colbert Report, ArtInfo and NYC TV. Monaghan’s work will be included in a number of exhibitions this spring at the American University Museum, Eyebeam Art & Technology Center, Salon Zürcher, Monkeytown 4, and Studio 1469. Jonathan Monaghan is represented by Curator’s Office in Washington, DC.

About Hothouse Video
As a natural extension of its long running Experimental Media Series, WPA is launching Hothouse Video, a series of contemporary video works by local, national, and international artists to be presented in the hotel lobby.  Part of the Hothouse series of exhibitions and events at the Capitol Skyline Hotel, Hothouse Video seeks to introduce exceptional artists and artworks to the DC community and to the substantial number of visitors, both national and international, who visit the hotel. Each Hothouse Video project will run approximately 6 weeks. Upcoming Hothouse Video exhibitions will feature works by Brandon Morse and Saya Woolfalk.

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Exhibition open to the public free of charge on  Sunday, March 30, April 6, April 13, and April 20 from 12-6pm

Location: Blind Whino, 734 1st St. SW, Washington DC 20024

Additional Programming: WPA Exclusive Champagne Tour: Sunday, April 13, 2014, 1-3pm

Participating Artists:  Saya Behnam, Amy Boone-McCreesh, Alexandra Chiou, Rhys Conlon, Joel D’Orazio, Michelle Dickson, Garth Fry, Marie Gauthiez, Elizabeth Holtry, Dalya Luttwak, Radio Sebastian, Marc Robarge, and Leslie Shellow.

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Images L to R: Leslie Shellow, Subtle Disturbance; Elizabeth Holtry, The Forest is Creepy Without You; Dalya Luttwak, Root of Winter Wheat: from 10 days old to full maturity; Rhys Conlon, Cherry Blossom II; Joel D’Orazio, Cicciolina

Washington Project for the Arts is pleased to present the exceptional work of 13 WPA member artists in a cherry blossom-inspired group show to celebrate Cherry Blast and the Cherry Blossom Festival.  Curated by WPA staff, the works selected for this exhibition highlight the fragility and symbolic beauty that can be found in the annual bloom of the cherry blossoms.  Far from a tourist snapshot of the iconic blossoms surrounding the Tidal Basin, the works in this exhibition get to the root of this ephemeral beauty in a contemporary and abstract way.

For a full exhibition checklist and high-res images contact Samantha May at smay@wpadc.org.

The exhibition is open to the public free of charge on Sundays from March 30 through April 20 from 12-6pm.

WPA EXCLUSIVE CHAMPAGNE TOUR OF CHERRY BLAST
Date: April 13, 2014, 1-3pm
Location: WPA Member room at Blind Whino, 734 1st St. SW, Washington DC 20024

Washington Project for the Arts would like to invites the public to celebrate the achievements of our member artists in a special tour of the latest member exhibition at Blind Whino as part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.  Join us for champagne, croissants, and cherry-inspired art!  Member artists will talk about their work and after join Shane Pomajambo, Director of Blind Whino, for a tour of the former church that is now a contemporary space for DC art.

Please RSVP to Samantha May at smay@wpadc.org by Friday, April 11.

ABOUT CHERRY BLAST

The sixth annual Cherry Blast: Art + Music Dance Party is Saturday, March 29 from 7:00pm-midnight at BLIND WHINO: SW Arts Club, a dedicated art space in Southwest Washington, DC (734 1st Street, SW). Blind Whino, formerly a church, is now a contemporary dedicated art space – the perfect setting for this multimedia, multisensory event. The National Cherry Blossom Festival partners with Art Whino for visual programming throughout the night. Art Whino curates a massive group art show featuring over 300 cherry blossom-inspired pieces, all available for purchase. A special Washington Project for the Arts exhibit showcases work inspired by the Festival. The microWave project curates 3-D art installations artists throughout the space. Performance artists, bands, and DJs keep the party going into the night.   For more information visit: http://www.artwhino.com/exhibitions-1/cherry-blast-2014

Black Mountains: Crown, 2013 Screenprint, 1/1, 44" x 38" x 3" $900.00

Black Mountains: Crown, Image courtesy of Fawna Xiao

Dates: March 5 – April 18 EXTENDED May 16, 2014 (Monday-Friday 8am-8pm)

Location: 1200 1st St. NE, Washington, DC 20002

WPA is pleased to announce that The Lobby Project has been EXTENDED and we will present a new installation by Fawna Xiao, entitled, Black Mountains, as a continuation of the project in partnership with NoMaBID. The exhibition will feature an installation of unique silkscreen prints inspired by black and white photographs of mountains covered in snow, with a focus on rocky faces and folds.  The series is an exploration in texture and shape; Xiao seeks to transform the natural landscape into unnatural geometry. Each of the works are displayed in handmade frames made by the artist and her father.

 

 

 

 

 

All works are framed and available for purchase. PURCHASE ONLINE or contact Samantha May at smay@wpadc.org

ABOUT THE ARTIST
Fawna Xiao is a printmaker based out of the Atlas District in Washington, DC. She first learned to screenprint through a process of trial and error. After hitting the mini-jackpot at a New Zealand casino, she promptly put her newly won funds to work. She built wooden frames, stapled some wedding veil fabric to them and started printing. Fawna recently launched herself into the DC art scene with a sold out solo show at Hillyer Art Space and has continued to exhibit her work around the city.

Press on Black Mountains

Art Beat, WAMU

Washington Examiner

DC Style is Real

ABOUT THE LOBBY PROJECT
Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) is honored to partner with the NoMa BusinessImprovement District (NoMa BID) to create a changing installation of artwork by outstanding artists for the NoMa Lobby ProjectThe Lobby Project, made possible by a grant from the Office of Planning, creates a new space in an existing place.  The project is an activation of an office lobby at 1200 First St. NE, with a ‘Nerds in NoMa’ speaker series, art, wifi, lectures, and the creation of a new social and professional gathering space. Previous installations have included work by Gabriel MellanAmanda Leigh Burnham, and Edmond van der Bijl.

About Hothouse Video
As a natural extension of its long running Experimental Media Series, WPA is launching Hothouse Video, a series of contemporary video works by local, national, and international artists to be presented in the hotel lobby.  Part of the Hothouse series of exhibitions and events at the Capitol Skyline Hotel, Hothouse Video seeks to introduce exceptional artists and artworks to the DC community and to the substantial number of visitors, both national and international, who visit the hotel. Each Hothouse Video project will run approximately 6 weeks. Upcoming Hothouse Video exhibitions will feature works by Jacolby SatterwhiteJonathan Monaghan, Brandon Morse, and Saya Woolfalk.

Hothouse Video exhibitions will remain on view 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in the hotel lobby. Admission to the exhibition is free and open to the public.

 

 Washington Project for the Arts and NoMa BID Presents

The Lobby Project
November 14, 2013-February 22, 2014 EXTENDED to April 18, 2014
at 1200 First St. NE, Washington DC 20002

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Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) is honored to partner with the NoMa Business Improvement District (NoMa BID) to create a changing installation of artwork by outstanding local artists for the NoMa Lobby Project. The Lobby Project, made possible by a grant from the Office of Planning, will create a new space in an existing place.  The project is an activation of an office lobby with a ‘Nerds in NoMa’ speaker series, art, wifi, lectures, and the creation of a new social and professional gathering space.  The project takes place in the lobby of 1200 First St. NE from early November to mid-April.  The physical space will be a comfortable and enjoyable place to collaborate, work, rest or connect with others. The design of the lobby has been provided, gratis, by Ayers Saint Gross.

The lobby is open M-F from 8am-10pm and the exhibition schedule is as follows:

Gabriel Mellan: November 14, 2013-December 7, 2014

Amanda Burnham: December 12, 2013-January 18, 2014

Edmond van der Bijl: January 23, 2014-February 28, 2014

Fawna Xiao: March 5, 2014-April 18, 2014

 

Some Recent Press on the Lobby Project

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ABOUT WPA

Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) is an independent, nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization whose mission is to serve 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.

Major support for WPA comes from its members, invaluable volunteers, numerous individuals, and generous contributions from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Brookfield Associates/64 New York Ave, Abramson Family Foundation, Susan and Dixon Butler, Clark Construction, Design Cuisine, Raymond Garcia, Hickok Cole Architects, Hop and Wine Beverage, The JBG Companies, Randy & Russell Katz, Kirkland& Ellis LLP, Yvette Kraft, Giselle & Ben Huberman, Marshfiled Associates, NoMa Business Improvement District, Peacock Café, Sonecon LLC, Robert Shields Interiors, TTR Sotheby’s International Real Estate, Taproot Foundation, Turner Construction, The Washington Post Company, William S. Paley Foundation, and WPA’s Board of Directors.

 

About NoMa

NoMa is a vibrant, growing neighborhood north of Union Station and the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. In the last seven years, private developers have invested more than $5 billion in the 35 blocks within the NoMa BID boundary, and have plans to develop more than 20 million square feet of office, residential, hotel, and retail space. With a capital investment of $50 million from the DC government, NoMa will soon have great new parks and public spaces as well. NoMa is now home to 40,000 daytime workers, with 4.5 million SF leased in the last 5 years. More than 3,900 apartments have been recently completed or are under construction. NoMa has 13 modes of transportation, including two Red Line Metro stops, and the best biking facilities in D.C., with the only East Coast Bikestation, the 8-mile Metropolitan Branch Trail, and access to six Capital Bikeshare stations. NoMa is the most connected neighborhood in Washington, D.C. The NoMa BID organizes more than 50 free award-winning community events each year to connect friends and neighbors. For more information about NoMa, visit www.nomabid.org and sign up for our bimonthly newsletter.

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