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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

 

FALL 2019

Fast Fashion

Fast Fashion/
Slow Art

Thu, August 8, 2019 to Sun, December 15, 2019
Exhibition open to the public Tuesday – Sunday 1 – 5 p.m.

Students will be providing tours of Fast Fashion (meet in the gallery space) many Saturdays, starting at 1 p.m., on these dates.
No RSVPs necessary; please just show up and enjoy! Tours are on Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23, Dec. 7, 14

Fast Fashion/Slow Art comprises 11 films, videos and video installations by a diverse group of emerging and established contemporary artists and filmmakers that, collectively, encourage scrutiny of today’s garment industry.

Photo: Wang Bing, 15 Hours, 2017, 16:9 film, colour, sound - in two parts (7 hours, 55 minutes each), Edition of 6 + 2 AP.  Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris

Flagg Building
500 17th Street NW
The Galleries off of the Atrium
Washington, DC 20006

Photo of a family in fetish costumes

FROM THE MARGINS

Monday, Sept. 16 – Friday, Nov. 15, 2019
Gallery Hours:
Monday – Friday
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 20, 6 – 8 p.m. – Join us for the opening night reception. Light refreshments will be served. The gallery is ADA accessible; the event is free and open to the public; all are welcome to attend. To RSVP click here.

2019 marks thirty years since the cancellation of The Perfect Moment: Photographs of Robert Mapplethorpe at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. And in this new perfect moment, this appealing anniversary wrapped neatly in black and white, it is easy to draw a line directly from the present back to one point in the past. However, when time is compressed as such, what happens to the in-between? From the Margins aims to examine the foreclosure presented by Mapplethorpe’s legacy by pivoting towards Glenn Ligon’s response to Mapplethorpe. In this way, Ligon’s Notes On the Margins of the Black Book serves as a guide to generating critique.

In addition to the sixteen artists on view, From the Margins includes a resource library and a fully illustrated catalog with over ten contributors.

Smith Hall of Art
801 21st St., NW
Gallery 102
Washington, DC 20052

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Intimate Systems

intimate systems

Friday, Oct. 11 – Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019

Reception: Oct. 11,
6 – 9 p.m.

An MFA exhibition featuring the works of Mina Nasr, Jamille Wallick, Lianna Zaragoza & Kamille Jackson.

Flagg Building
500 17th Street
West Gallery
Washington, DC 20006

Image of a house

HOME: Selections from the Corcoran Study Collection

Nov. 14 – Dec. 15, 2019
Tuesday – Sunday
1 – 5 p.m.

Exhibition is free and open to the public

Is a home just the physical dwelling or is it really where the heart is? How do we depict home? Is it a place, a person, or something indescribable? HOME: Selections from the Corcoran Study Collection seeks to show many facets of home through photographic works recently returned to the Corcoran Flagg Building from works exploring Washington, D.C., the city many of us call home, to more intangible feelings of where we find comfort, to the idea of the Corcoran Flagg Building as a dedicated home for art.

The Luther W. Brady Art Gallery has collaborated with the Corcoran Study Collection and a GW Art History class, taught by Assistant Professor of Art History Lisa Lipinski, to research and write wall labels for the works in this exhibition. The project provides both hands-on research experience for students while adding to the continuing scholarship on the works in this exhibition, both goals of the Corcoran Study Collection.

Flagg Building
500 17th Street NW
Luther W. Brady Art Gallery (galleries off of the Atrium)
Washington, DC 20006

Creole man on the beach

INTER | SECTIONALITY: Diaspora from the Creole City

Nov. 14, 2019 – 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

Venus and Adonis

CORCORAN MUSIC FESTIVAL

Thursday – Saturday, Nov. 15 – 23, 2019

Master Class with counter)induction

Friday, Nov. 15, 2019

Phillips Hall
801 22nd St., NW
Washington, DC 20052
No RSVP necessary

counter)induction: Futures Past

counter)induction contemplates the simultaneity of the historical and the contemporary in a concert of music emphatically modern yet profoundly connected to the past. 

Friday, Nov. 15, 2019

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

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Opera Lafayette: John Blow's Venus and Adonis

Nov. 21, 23
at 7:00 p.m.

Opera Lafayette opens its 25th anniversary season featuring the 21st century’s next generation of leadership in early music and dance. These brilliant young artists present Venus and Adonis, the French-inspired chamber opera which prefigured Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas.

In librettist Anne Kingsmill Finch’s version of this pastoral myth, Venus, the goddess of Love, encourages her lover Adonis to heed the call of the hunt, which he does only reluctantly. Created for the English court, where Venus was played by the king’s mistress and Cupid by their daughter, this ultimately tragic tale is interspersed with humorous scenes that poke fun of courtiers while extolling the virtues of shepherds and true love.

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

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GW Bands

GW BANDS: New Beginnings

Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019
1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Join the GW Bands for their fall concert, featuring the debut of GW’s new band director, Michael Schmitz. The repertoire for this concert draws from the traditional English rhyme “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue,” which details what a bride should wear on the day of her wedding, a new beginning in life. Inspired by the rhyme, the concert will include traditional wind band music, contemporary works, transcriptions of works originally written for other ensembles and blues-inspired works.

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

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Kaywin Feldman VASC Speaker

VASC Speaker: KAYWIN FELDMAN

Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019
6:30 p.m.

Join us to hear a lecture from Kaywin Feldman, the fifth director of the National Gallery of Art. She will be speaking on her experience as the director of four different art museums across the United States and her commitment to connecting people to art in a globalized world through the power of wonder and accessibility.

Smith Hall of Art
Rm. 114
801 21st St., NW

Washington, DC 20052

Climate Change

Building Community on Climate Change

November 22, 2019 – January 23, 2020 *during business hours

This December, Chile will host the 25th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP-25). To commemorate this event, the Embassy of Chile to the United States has invited students from the Corcoran Continuing Education program to exhibit works inspired by our planet's climate and the effects of our collective human impact. Featuring both fears and hopes for our future, community artists attending the Advanced Abstract Painting classes have created works that highlight Earth's unique beauty.

Building Community on Climate Change will be exhibited at the Embassy of Chile from November 22, 2019 through January 23, 2020. This exhibition is free and open to the public during business hours.

Embassy of Chile
1732 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20036

Fast Fashion

Artist Interview: Fast Fashion on Film

Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019
6:30 – 8 p.m.

Filmmaker Wang Bing in conversation with Fast Fashion co-curator Phyllis Rosenzweig

Award-winning Chinese filmmaker Wang Bing will discuss his radical documentary 15 Hours with Phyllis Rosenzweig, curator emerita for the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and co-curator of the exhibition Fast Fashion/Slow Art. Wang's film documents, in real time, a work day at a garment processing facility in Huzhou, China. Visit the exhibition before the program to catch part of this film and others exploring issues of waste, consumerism, and the human cost of mass production.

This program is free, but please register online.

Photo: Wang Bing, 15 Hours, 2017, 16:9 film, colour, sound - in two parts (7 hours, 55 minutes each), Edition of 6 + 2 AP.  Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris

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

Percussion Camerata

Percussion Camerata

Monday, Dec. 2, 2019
7:30 p.m.

Our Camerata Recital series features curated student performances in a salon atmosphere presenting eclectic repertoire and ties together performance practice and scholarship.

Free and open to the public.

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

Jazz Camerata

Jazz Camerata

Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019
7:30 p.m.

Our Camerata Recital series features curated student performances in a salon atmosphere presenting eclectic repertoire and ties together performance practice and scholarship.

Free and open to the public.

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

Piano Camerata

Piano Camerata

Monday, Dec. 9, 2019
7:30 p.m.

Our Camerata Recital series features curated student performances in a salon atmosphere presenting eclectic repertoire and ties together performance practice and scholarship.

Free and open to the public.

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

Chamber Camerata

Chamber Camerata

Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019
7:30 p.m.

Our Camerata Recital series features curated student performances in a salon atmosphere presenting eclectic repertoire and ties together performance practice and scholarship.

Free and open to the public.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

SPRING 2020

Icons of Contemporary Art: Selections from the Luther W. Brady Collection

Icons of Contemporary Art: Selections from the Luther W. Brady Collection

On view Friday, January 17 – Friday, March 20, 2020
Tuesday through Saturday, 1 – 5 p.m.

Luther W. Brady, M.D. (1925-2018), the gallery's namesake and benefactor, was a world-renowned radiation oncologist who earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees at the George Washington University (GW). He also received the honorary degree of doctor of fine arts from GW in May 2004 and the President's Medal in 2015. In a lasting gift to the university, he left a number of works from his personal collection of artwork by renowned American and European artists including Richard Diebenkorn, Helen Frankenthaler, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, and Jules Olitski to the GW Collection. Over 50 works will be on view.

Flagg Building
500 17th Street
Luther W. Brady Gallery
Washington, DC 20006

Creole man on the beach

La Rampa: A Conversation with Chantal James

Thursday, Jan 30, 2020
6 – 8 p.m.

This Student Engagement Lecture with Chantal James includes discussion and a Hands-on Activity reacting to the La Rampa magazine, her project on decolonization. Chantal James, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is a Canadian of Guyanese and Welsh descent.

A graduate of The Parsons School of Design, she is co-founder and editor of the three previous issues and current editor-in-chief of La Rampa magazine.

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

Six Characters in Search of an Author poster

Six Characters in Search of an Author

By Luigi Pirandello
Directed by Jodi Kanter

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

During a theatrical rehearsal, six characters arrive on stage in a quest for immortal life- all they need is an author. As the company observes the characters, their story becomes more real than any actors could ever make it. Nobel Prize winner Luigi Pirandello’s examination of pretense and theatre is under the direction of Jodi Kanter.

This play includes mature subjects such as incest and suicide.

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

Ticket link tba

Creole man on the beach

THE MAJOR MINORITY: An Evening with Octavia Yearwood

Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020
6 – 8 p.m.

The Major Minority is an interactive workshop 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 Street
The Bridge (2nd Floor)
Washington, DC 20006

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 Art History

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
7 – 8 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 Street
Hammer Auditorium
Washington, DC 20006

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Heathers The Musical poster

HEATHERS The Musical

Music, Book & Lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe & Kevin Murphy
Directed by Tom Jones

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 image, school violence, suicidal ideation, and Slurpee’s.

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

Ticket link tba

Dancers on stage

NEXT DANCE CONCERT SPRING 2020

Artistic Director Maida Withers
Guest Artist TBA

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

Featuring internationally acclaimed guest artists and faculty as well as student choreographers.

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

Ticket link tba

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 – 8 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
Atrium Galleries
Washington, DC 20006

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
Atrium
Washington, DC 20006