Saya Woolfalk, Chimera, 2013, digital video. © Saya Woolfalk, Courtesy Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York

Dates: September 20 – November 14, 2014
Location: Capitol Skyline Hotel Lobby, 10 I st. SW, Washington DC 20024
Opening Reception & Artist Talk: September 20, 2014, 6-8pm

Saya Woolfalk is a New York-based artist who uses science fiction and fantasy to re-imagine the world in multiple dimensions.  In this exhibition, Woolfalk presents video projects from the last 10 years of her practice, Winter Garden Hybrid Love Objects, Ethnography of No Place, and selections from her most recent video series, The Empathics and ChimaTEK.

Combining live action footage with elaborately constructed installations, costumes, and stop-motion animation, Woolfalk’s videos transport viewers to a fantastical, alternative universe.Winter Garden Hybrid Love Objects was produced while Woolfalk on a Fulbright scholarship in Brazil and was commissioned by PS1/MoMA.  Ethnography of No Place presents a fictional future where plant and humans change gender and color, and transform into the landscape when they die.  The Empathics depicts a group of women who physically and culturally metamorphose as they merge identities and cross species. ChimaTEK is a video for an empathic corporation—as dreamed by Woolfalk—designed to sell products that give users access to a chimeric existence through the creation of personalized virtual avatars.

About the Artist
For the past 7 years, Woolfalk has collaborated with an anthropologist to actualize her fictional cultures in museums across the U.S. and around the world. Ethnography of No Place was created while in residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem. The Empathics was featured in Woolfalk’s first solo museum exhibition at the Montclair Art Museum in New Jersey in the Fall of 2012. ChimaTEK will be presented in Woolfalk’s upcoming solo exhibitions at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, VA and Smack Mellon in Brooklyn, NY in the Fall of 2014.

About Hothouse Video 
As a natural extension of its long running Experimental Media Series, WPA launched Hothouse Video, a series of contemporary video works by local, national, and international artists to be presented in the hotel lobby.  Part of WPA’s Hothouse series of exhibitions and events at the Capitol Skyline Hotel, Hothouse Video introduces 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 runs approximately 6 weeks.


Washington Project for the Arts invites you to

CigART Night
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Capitol Skyline Hotel Lounge & Pool Deck
10 I (eye) Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

Sponsored by La Palina Cigars, Copper Fox Distillery, MurLarkey Distilled Spirits, and Bloomery Plantation Distillery.

Join us for an evening of cigars, single malt whisky and vodka tastings, hand-crafted SweetShine cocktails, and a poolside performance of live Cuban music.

Tickets are $125 per person and include:

    • La Palina El Diario Torpedo cigars
    • Wasmund’s Single Malt Whisky tasting
    • MurLarkey Distilled Spirits Vodka and Whisky tasting
    • Bloomery SweetShine selection of hand-crafted cocktails
    • Live Cuban Music featuring Ernesto “El Gato” Gatell
    • Gift bag (including samples from The Grooming Lounge, Wasmund’s Whisky, MurLarkey Distilled Spirits, and La Palina Cigars)

This event will sell out! Only 75 tickets available. Reserve yours today!


For more information, contact Nathalie von Veh, Development Assistant at 202-234-7103 x5.

Special edition artwork by Tim Conlon, Jimmy Miracle, and Dennis Lee Mitchell will be on view and available for purchase.

All proceeds support WPA, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.


Special thanks to CigART Night sponsors Judy and Andrew Sherman, Bill Paley, Rick Wasmund, Rob Losely, Tom Murray, and Mike Gilman.


La Palina 

The La Palina El Diario is a richly flavored, medium-bodied cigar. The sweet characteristics of the Honduran rosado wrapper round out the spicy Nicaraguan corojo and criollo filler. The double binders from Honduras refine and complete the blend, creating beautiful balance. The La Palina El Diario is a straightforward blend with a harmony of sweet and spicy notes that you will find is the ideal choice for daily enjoyment.

Copper Fox® Distillery

Rick Wasmund, Master Distiller, formed Copper Fox® Distillery in January of 2000. Copper Fox, located in Sperryville, VA, produces Single Malt Whisky, Rye Whisky, Distiller’s Art™ Series, Single Malt Spirit, Rye Spirit, Bourbon Spirit, barrel kits, and barrels. Take a tour of the Distillery and see for yourself how this gold medal winning* whiskey is produced!

*Beverage Testing Institute The 2013 International Review of Spirits Wasmund’s Single Malt Whisky Gold Medal — 92 Points “Exceptional”


For centuries the Irish have inspired the world with their literature, poetry, song, tenacity and of course their sense of humor. At MurLarkey we embody these traditions and put them in each and every one of our Handcrafted, Small Batch Spirits. Made from the finest all-natural ingredients, Distilled to perfection; packaged with pride and delivered with cheer. Our legacy to your lips. We hope you will share in our “MurLarkey”

Bloomery Plantation Distillery

Bloomery Plantation Distillery opened as a mini-distillery in the agri-tourism industry on September 17, 2011. With a sweet spin on moonshine, we make moonshine drinkable through our hand-crafted, award-winning SweetShine® liqueurs from farm-fresh fruits, roots, and nuts. And in 2.5 years, open two days a week, 35,000 visitors agree. 

CigArt Night 2013, photos courtesy Tony Hitchcock