Artist • André Kertész
Curator, Researcher • Shengyuan Liu
*best viewed on a computer screen*
1. ACKNOWLEDGE loss • COVID Survivors for Change
2. TOGETHER uplift • Think Local First DC
3. RECOGNIZE understand • Dreaming Out Loud
4. CONNECT change • Unemployed Workers United, 730DC
5. AWAKEN adapt • Loyalty Bookstores
6. REJOICE revive • Busboys & Poets
7. RELEARN metamorphosis • Support for Piscataway
8. POSSIBILITY resilience • Asian Pasifika Arts Collective
Class by Dr. Lisa Lipinski, The Corcoran School of Art & Design 2020
Photography curated from the Corcoran Study Collection for the Luther W. Brady Art Gallery
Curation & Research by Emmy Eggerman, Saskia Giramma, Mike Guy, Heather Herbstritt,
Andrew Kastner, Hannah Kim, Danielle Lane, Shengyuan Liu, Alisoun Meehan, Nora Neely, Megan Storkan
Project Management, Art Direction, Web Design by Nora Neely
Programming, Marketing by Mike Guy
Edited by Olivia Kohler-Maga
We are a group of 12 designers, scholars, meeting online, wearing nice tops and pajama bottoms, creating an exhibition from home. We are a collective that has never really met. We are collaborators in very different places. Most of us are in Washington, DC, where our school, the Corcoran School of Art and Design, is located, and few of us are in other time zones -- as far as South Korea! We are looking for ways to come together in the face of change. Together we have conversations about the traditional ‘white cube’, the ideologies that make up the traditional gallery space. We question the current moment and address the necessity and urgency of change.
The year was 2020.
We had reached a fork in the road.
Looking to exhibitions of the past, collections of old photographs, moments frozen in time before us, we understand that every photograph has been framed particularly, each containing narratives, simultaneously pre-determined and open for interpretation. This is the constant experience of life. This recollection of photographs is told with a contemporary perspective.
We selected 27 works from the Corcoran Study Collection based on an exploration of the themes of isolation, social, and hope. The product of this exploration is presented in eight distinct groups, each one a step in an evocative journey that parallels the universal experiences of life. We want this exhibition to communicate as a place of reflection and dialogue. This exhibition will be one of the first held in the Luther W. Brady Art Gallery, Corcoran Flagg Building in a post-2020 world.
"We sit in awe of the spirit of place, of intention, realizing we are not separate from but deeply rooted within our environment, our community, our culture, our world. We acknowledge the different contexts from which we come. We are learning to listen to each other, to help each other grow, to seek out and uplift one another’s voices and look through one another’s lens, to share opportunities. We are learning to give these platforms a life, a story that changes when met with its teller, away from the confinement of structure. We acknowledge this space as an opportunity to learn about new worlds within worlds, within communities, under the cosmos, together, apart."
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• uplifting COVID Survivors for Change •
• uplifting Think Local First DC •
• uplifting Dreaming Out Loud •
• uplifting Loyalty Bookstores •
• uplifting Busboys and Poets •
• uplifting Support for Piscataway Tribe •
• uplifting Asian Pasifika Arts Collective •