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Exhibitions, Performances & Conversations

The Corcoran School of the Arts and Design provides a year-round forum for the exhibition of work by students and visiting artists. In addition, graduating seniors and graduate students have the opportunity to exhibit the culmination of their Corcoran School studies in a thesis exhibition titled NEXT at the end of the academic school year. Most of these events and exhibits are open to the public.

Stay in touch! Sign up for email announcements a few times a year so you are first in line for our openings. If you are a GW student, you can sign up for our twice a month emails to get invited to all events and openings.

 

CURRENT AND UPCOMING EVENTS

 

SPRING 2020

Poster for Unearthing

UNEARTHING

Friday, Jan. 24 – Friday, Feb. 21, 2020

Join us for the opening reception, Friday, January 24, 2020
6 – 8 p.m.
Light refreshments will be served.

A group exhibition featuring works from Corcoran Scholars students studying across disciplines within studio arts. The works included present varying investigations into identity, place, and reality. This process of exploration through artmaking is a kind of archaeology, a study of humanity by digging deep below the apparent and seeking out what lies beneath.

This exhibition is organized and curated, as part of the Corcoran Scholars program, by Visiting Assistant Professor of Studio Arts, Katherine Lee. The works represent a variety of artistic media, such as painting, photography, and printmaking.

Exhibiting artists include: Jenna Banks, Reilly Cornwall, Camille Drury, Olivia Henderson, Isabel Humphrey, Nahyun Kim, India Mawn, Amanda Mchardy, Athena Poulos Iliakopoulou, Lindsay Siff, Katharine Sory, Maansi Srivastava, Megan Tomasi.

Gallery 102
Smith Hall of Art
801 22nd Street NW
Washington, DC 20052

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Creole man on the beach

INTER | SECTIONALITY: Diaspora from the Creole City

On view through March 20, 2020
Tuesday – Friday
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Weekends 1 – 6 p.m.

Inter | Sectionality: Diaspora Art from the Creole City is a bold, multidisciplinary exhibition featuring predominantly Miami-based artists from across the Caribbean, with work ranging from photography to site-specific installations with luminescent sand and a towering sculpture.

The exhibit, featuring 25 Miami-affiliated artists and two guest artists, challenges social justice, celebrates identities, and bridges communities through contemporary art and scholarship.

Flagg Building
500 17th Street NW
Atrium Galleries
Washington, DC 20006

The Blind Man No. 2, 1917

VASC Lecture Series: The story of FOUNTAIN – Hard Facts and Soft Speculation

Speaker: Thierry de Duve

Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020
6 – 7 p.m.

The one and perhaps only hard fact that we possess regarding the story of Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain is its photo in The Blind Man No. 2, 1917, and the editorial on the facing page, titled “The Richard Mutt Case.” The photo is triply captioned “Fountain by R. Mutt,” “Photograph by Alfred Stieglitz,” and “THE EXHIBIT REFUSED BY THE INDEPENDENTS.” Historian and philosopher of art Thierry de Duve shall examine what kind of agency is involved in that triple “by” and revisit Duchamp’s intentions and motivations when he created the fictitious R. Mutt, manipulated Stieglitz, and set a trap for the Independents. He shall conclude with an invitation to art historians to abandon the “by” questions (attribution, etc.) and to focus on the “from” questions that arise when Fountain is seen less as a work of art than as the bearer of the news that the art world has radically changed. 

The Visiting Artists and Scholars Committee brings respected established and emerging practitioners in the arts to present public lectures, conduct one-on-one critiques, lead small seminars or reading discussions, and share informal meals with students. All VASC lectures are free and open to the public.

Smith Hall of Art
Rm. 114
801 22nd St., NW
Washington, DC 20052

Fridays at 5

Music Faculty Incubator Series: Heather Stebbins and Douglas Boyce

Friday, Feb. 7, 2020
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Join Music for the Music Faculty Incubator Series with Heather Stebbins and Douglas Boyce.

This event is open to all GW students and the public; free. 

Mount Vernon Campus
Post Hall
2100 Foxhall Road NW
Washington, DC
20007

Dialogue: Art Students’ Works and GW Collection Paintings’

DIALOGUE: Art Students’ Works and GW Collection Paintings

Friday, Feb. 7,
Friday, March 20, 2020

Gallery hours: Tuesday—Saturday: 1 – 5 p.m., Closed Sunday and Monday.

Students from the George Washington University’s Corcoran School of the Arts and Design will see their works on display alongside pieces from the GW Collection, including artists such as Lowell Nesbitt, Alfred McAdams, James Twitty and Franklin White. The exhibition also includes two new gifts of artwork by B.K. Adams and John Singer Sargent, is on view through March 21, 2020.

In an effort to draw comparisons between contemporary artwork of Corcoran School students and that in the GW Collection, the chosen students’ art will hang near related pieces. The exhibition will continually evolve as comments and correspondence may be placed next to the pairing.

Flagg Building
Luther W. Brady Art Gallery
500 17th St. NW
Washington, DC 20006

Funding for this exhibition was provided by the Frances and Leonard Burka Fund for the Arts and the Cecille R. Hunt Fund.

Well play poster

WELL

By Lisa Kron
Directed by
Jodi Kanter

Feb. 13, 14, 15
at 7:30 p.m.;
Feb. 16 at 2 p.m.

Well explores the dynamics of health, family and community with the story of Kron's mother’s extraordinary ability to heal a changing neighborhood, despite her inability to heal herself.

Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre
800 21st St. NW
Washington, DC 20052

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Fridays at 5

Friday Morning Music Club: Cavani Quartet

Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020

PERFORMANCE
at 3 – 5 p.m.
Flagg Building
500 17th Street NW
Hammer Auditorium
Washington, DC 20006

Join Music for a special performance of the Cavani Quartet, part of the Friday Morning Music Club.

This event is open to all GW students and the public. Stay tuned for ticket information!

Founded in 1886 as a community of music lovers and musicians, the Friday Morning Music Club has promoted classical music in the Washington area for over 130 years. FMMC’s public concerts—now held throughout the week and no longer just on Friday mornings—provide performing members with a host of outlets for their talents and delight audiences in Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia.

Pixar's Onward

Onward: Meet and Greet with Pixar's Head of Story, Kelsey Mann

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020
4 – 5 p.m.

Meet Kelsey Mann, Head of Story at Pixar. Kelsey was the story supervisor on the 2013 feature film, Monster's University and has worked on Toy Story 3 and The Good Dinosaur. He will be talking about Onward, released in theaters on March 6, 2020.

This event is open to all GW and Corcoran student, faculty members and staff.

Set in a suburban fantasy world, Disney and Pixar’s Onward introduces two teenage elf brothers (voices of Chris Pratt and Tom Holland) who embark on an extraordinary quest to discover if there is still a little magic left out there. This all-new original feature film is directed by Dan Scanlon and produced by Kori Rae—the team behind Monsters University.

Flagg Building
500 17th St. NW
Hammer Auditorium
Washington, DC 20006

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Creole man on the beach

Libations: Seen & Felt – An Evening with Octavia Yearwood

Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020
6 – 8 p.m.

Libations: Seen & Felt is a performance art piece that navigates how art practices participate in intersectionality with freedom, time, and space as the focal point. Octavia will engage participants in various activities anchored in performance, the literary arts, and visual art as tools to embed the conversation in the body. Participants will engage in dialogue around the experiences thereafter as it relates to being black, and/or overall marginalized. The goal is to have participants think about how their practice can speak with multiple tongues.

Flagg Building
500 17th St. NW
Center Atrium
Washington, DC 20006

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Roman garden fresco

Planting Paradise: Landscapes of Luxury in Ancient Rome

Annette Giesecke, Ph.D.

Monday, March 23, 2020
5 – 6:30 p.m.

Mention of ancient Roman gardens conjures images of lavish estates outfitted with sprawling gardens containing specimen plantings from around the world, aviaries and fishponds, pergolas for outdoor dining, and sculpture-lined swimming pools such as those described by the younger Pliny in his letters or evidenced by the remains of Hadrian’s villa at Tivoli. This lecture, given by Annette Giesecke, Ph.D., examines the debt of such luxurious landscapes to the much older royal garden traditions of Persia, Mesopotamia, and Egypt.

The lecture is free and open to the public, no RSVP necessary.

Sponsored by Corcoran's Art History Program

Smith Hall of Art
801 22nd St. NW
Room 114
Washington, DC 20052

Sargent painting

Sargent and Spain: The Development of an Exhibition

Wednesday, March 25, 2020
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Visiting Artists and Scholars Committee (VASC) Lecture

In this lecture, National Gallery of Art curator Sarah Cash will present her past and present work on the artist John Singer Sargent. In particular, she will discuss the evolution of her current exhibition project, Sargent and Spain, which she is developing with fellow Sargent scholars Richard Ormond and Elaine Kilmurray.

Smith Hall of Art
801 22nd St. NW
Room 114
Washington, DC 20052

Hearts of Gold: Buttonwillow Rest Area, 2018

Exhibition Design Spring 2020 Lecture: PROBABLE CAUSE

Thursday, March 26, 2020
6:30 – 8 p.m.

Lately, SPORTS Collaborative has been preoccupied with the elasticity of the built environment. How can the world of objects and spaces alternate between the functional and ordinary on one hand and the playful and poetic on the other? In this talk, SPORTS will discuss their ambition to flexibly flicker between these states in their work and in doing so, embrace ideas of ambiguity, novelty and discovery.

SPORTS Collaborative is the award-winning multidisciplinary architecture and design collaborative of Molly Hunker and Greg Corso, based in Syracuse, New York.

Flagg Building
500 17th St. NW
Hammer Auditorium
Washington, DC 20006

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Students playing musical instruments

GW Bands Spring Concert

Saturday, March 28, 2020
3 – 5 p.m.

Join the George Washington University Bands for our spring concert. The GW Bands consists of students dedicated to enriching the community through music. Members have the opportunity to perform in a variety of ensembles including Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, and our renowned pep band, the Colonial Brass.

This event is open to all GW students and the public.

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Lisner Auditorium
730 21st St. NW
Washington, DC 20052

Heathers The Musical poster

HEATHERS The Musical

Music, Book & Lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe & Kevin Murphy
Directed by Thomas W. Jones, II

April 2, 3, 4
at 7:30 p.m.;
April 5 at 2 p.m.

There are three of them, and the three Heathers rule Westerburg! Veronica is torn—to be popular or to, well, do what? Luckily, J.D. arrives with answers; but this Prince Charming has a deep, dark side.  Based on the cult-hit movie, this Off-Broadway Musical is a co-production with the Program of Music. High School-- it’s not for kids anymore! Be advised: as Heathers is set in a high school, it has strong language, bullying, body-shaming, violence, suicidal ideation, and Slurpee’s.

Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre
800 21st St. NW
Washington, DC 20052

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Dancers on stage

NEXT DANCE CONCERT SPRING 2020

Artistic Director
Maida Withers
Guest Artist: Artesaos do Corpo, Sao Paulo, BRAZIL

April 16, 17, 18
at 7:30 p.m.

Featuring internationally acclaimed Dance Company, Artesaos do Corpo from Sao Paulo, BRAZIL
(Mirtes Calheiros, Ederson Lopes, Dawn Fleming), as well as GW Honor’s Thesis Choreographers: Berkley Lane, Nisani Lopez, Monique Martinez, Claire Siwulec and Sakiya Walker.

Maida Withers, Dance Faculty, presents GOING SOLO, four historic solos performed by:

Giselle Ruzany, GW Dance Alumni and Adjunct Dance Faculty, Stone Ring, Multimedia performance (Excerpts - 1995)
Erica Rebollar, GW Adjunct Dance Faculty, Time Dance (Excerpts – 1976)
Monique Martinez, GW Senior Dance Major, Time Dance (Excerpt – 1976; Woman See (Excerpt – 1980)

Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre
800 21st St. NW
Washington, DC 20052

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Classical orchestra on a stage

GW Orchestra Spring Concert

Sunday, April 19, 2020
3 – 5 p.m.

Join Music for the GW Orchestra Spring Concert. As GW's largest symphonic ensemble, the orchestra strives to produce high quality music with an enjoyable and collaborative group. This event is open to all GW students and the public. 

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Lisner Auditorium
730 21st St. NW
Washington, DC 20052

Dancer performing

Design and Management of Visões Urbanas International Dance Festival

Tuesday, April 21, 2020
12:45 – 2 p.m.

Open to all GW students.

Learn about the Design and Management of Visões Urbanas International Dance Festival, Sao Paulo, Brazil with Ederson Lopes of internationally acclaimed Dance Company, Artesaos do Corpo from Sao Paulo, BRAZIL.

Building J–Up
2131 G St. NW (Rear)
Washington, DC 20052

Piano Camerata

Piano Camerata

Tuesday, April 21, 2020
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Curated student performances in a salon atmosphere presenting eclectic piano repertoire.

This event is open to all GW students; free.

Flagg Building
500 17th Street NW
Hammer Auditorium
Washington, DC 20006

Student dancer

NEXT 180

Thursday, April 23, 2020
5 – 6 p.m.

Before the festivities begin at 6 pm for the NEXT opening night party, join your classmates for NEXT 180! NEXT 180 features a series of rapid-fire creative presentations from graduating students across the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design. Each student has three minutes and nine slides (which automatically advance every 20 seconds) to enlighten, inspire and entertain. These can be dance performances or talks about any topic.

There will be voting and prizes. The event will be first-come, first-seated, with no RSVP necessary, so come early to cheer them on. Doors open at 4:45 p.m.

To apply to present at NEXT 180, stay tuned for emails.

Flagg Building
500 17th St. NW
Hammer Auditorium
Washington, DC 20006

Student artist

NEXT Exhibition and Opening Night

Opening night party Thursday, April 23, 2020
6 – 9 p.m.
Open April 24 – May 16, 2020, Tuesday – Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Weekends 1 – 6 p.m.

Held every spring, NEXT is a dynamic, interactive and innovative end-of-year show that gives D.C.'s visual and performing arts communities the opportunity to see the latest in contemporary art from fresh perspectives.

Flagg Building
500 17th Street NW
Atrium Galleries
Washington, DC 20006

NEXT Capstone Music Recital singing

NEXT Capstone Music Recitals

Friday – Sunday,
April 24 – 26, 2020
*Various locations,
various times

Join Music at the Corcoran for NEXT Capstone Music Recitals.

Stay tuned for details!

Photo credit: Nicole Kremin (B.A., '19) at her senior thesis recital, Renovations: Investigating the Boundaries of Repertoire Ownership.

Chamber orchestra on a stage

Chamber Camerata

Monday, April 27, 2020
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Curated student performances in a salon atmosphere presenting eclectic chamber repertoire.

Free and open to the public, no RSVP necessary.

Flagg Building
500 17th St. NW
Hammer Auditorium
Washington, DC 20006

Fridays at 5

Electronic and Computer Music (ECM) Camerata

Thursday, May 7, 2020
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Join Music for the Electronic and Computer Music (ECM) Camerata.

This event is open to all GW students; free.

Phillips Hall, Room B-120
801 22nd St. NW
Washington, DC 20052

NEXT graduate walking

CORCORAN Graduation Party (2020)

Friday, May 15, 2020
5 – 7 p.m.

Graduating students will take the first step of their lifelong journey as GW Corcoran alumni by celebrating with their friends, family, professors and fellow students. Come raise a glass to the class of 2020!

The event will have light appetizers and refreshments.

Flagg Building
500 17th Street NW
Atrium
Washington, DC 20006