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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

Lay Dying

LAY DYING

April 8 – April 19, 2019

Closing Reception: Friday, April 19, 2019,
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Join us for the closing reception of Mei Mei's MFA Thesis Lay Dying. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public; all are welcome to attend.

“Ancient people believe that their souls will be transformed into animals, and their behavior in this life will determine what kind of animal they will become in the next. I use my work to redefine the concept of “karma” by extending it to the animal world and asking humans to reflect on the way their actions influence the animal’s fate." –Mei Mei

Image Credit: Mei Mei

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

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Echo Chamber

ECHO CHAMBER

Monday April 15, 3:00 pm & 5:00 p.m.; 6 – 8 p.m. &
Wednesday April 17, 2019, 6 – 8 p.m.

Echo Chamber is an interactive sound sculpture that encompasses public art, musical composition, and piano performance. It is a collaboration between site-specific artist Mark Reigelman, music composer David Bird, and pianist Ning Yu.

April 15, April 17:
Marvin Center
Columbian Square
800 21st Street NW
Washington, DC 20052

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NEXT 180

NEXT 180

April 25, 2019,
5 – 6 p.m.

Three–minute presentations by students exploring their work at GW.

This event is first-come, first-seated. No RSVP necessary.

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

Student installing her sculpture

NEXT Exhibition and Opening Night

Opening Night Reception
April 25, 2019,
6 – 9 p.m.

Light hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served.
Guests will receive two complimentary drink tickets.

The exhibition can be viewed from April 26 – May 20
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 art community the opportunity to see the latest in contemporary art from fresh perspectives.

Flagg Building
500 17th Street
Washington, DC 20006

Photo credit: BFA Fine Arts student Yacine Fall by Denny Henry

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Converging Flow

CONVERGING FLOW

April 25 – May 13, 2019

Opening Reception
Thursday, May 1, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

FLOW is total immersion in whatever activity you are performing, which for the artists in this exhibition is the process of creating. Although the media in which we work are diverse – photography, painting, design, and beyond – we all aim to get lost in the process of producing our work.

Exhibiting Artists: Juliana Bedoya, Jackie Caputo, Bridget Cassidy, Jordan Frank, Zachary Frisch, Gaby Gomez, Minjung Kim, Yuying Que, Emily Reilly, Nevada Tyler, and Minyu Zhang.

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

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Dance poster

NEXT Dance Concert

April 27, 28, 7 – 8 p.m.

Honor's Thesis Choreographer Morgan Furnari

Our are bodies are the poems that scream US

"A journey of community, self discovery, and the embodiment of freedom in artistry. We have a created a work that shows the pressure people feel to contain themselves and how breaking away from that structure allows us to find true support and feel what it is to be free."
–Morgan Furnari

Building J Dance Studio
2131 G Street NW (rear)
Washington, DC 20052

FREE

Percy Grainger

GW Bands Concert: The Genius of Percy Grainger

April 28, 2019
3 – 4 p.m.

The George Washington University Bands consist of students dedicated to enriching the University community through music. Members have the opportunity to perform in two concert ensembles: the Wind Ensemble is GW's premier wind band, and the Symphonic Band is the largest student ensemble and is open to all students. This concert will feature Percy Grainger's biggest hits, as well as works by Aaron Copland, John Mackey, and others.

Professor Robert Birch, conductor

Marvin Center
800 21st St NW
Grand Ballroom
Washington, DC 20052

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Students looking at a stained glass window

NEXT Symposium

April 29, 2019,
6 – 8 p.m.

Reception from 5 – 6 p.m. in Gallery 102.

The NEXT Symposium presents excellence in student scholarship across the closely-linked disciplines of Art History and Decorative Art & Design History. The close collaboration between these programs provides a platform for thinking through current issues and critical points of discussion as they pertain to scholarship in the arts. We invite students to present their research as a way to consider what is "next" in these exciting fields.

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

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Alumni Event: Fine Art Program Thesis Critiques

Monday April 29, 2019, 2 – 4 p.m.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 2 – 4 p.m.

All Corcoran and GW alumni invited! Please join Professor Janis Goodman and her graduating students for their final thesis critiques, which will take place in front of their works.

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

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NEXT Alumni Award Voting and Reception

May 1, 2019, 6 – 8 p.m.

Join Corcoran School and GW alumni to view NEXT 2019 and hear presentations from select students in the exhibition. Alumni will then cast votes for the top students; the top vote-getter will receive the NEXT Award prize money (the amount of which will be based on the funds raised this year).

Light refreshments will be served.

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

 

Two people standing in a tunnel

SEGD DCA Presents: Jan Lorenc - Orchestrating Project Vision & Experience

May 2, 2019,
6:30 – 8 p.m.

An evening with Jan Lorenc, founder of Lorenc + Yoo Design. Jan Lorenc will present his insight after more than 30 years in the field, and engage with students as they interview him about his career trajectory.

Snacks and drinks will be served.

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

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Melissa Miler

Museum Hazards

Thursday May 2,
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Think you may have hazards in your museum collections?  Not sure how to bring up health and safety concerns? Join us for a talk on potential hazards in museum collections!

Speaker, Melissa Miller is the Preparedness and Response in Collections Emergencies (PRICE) Program Assistant at the Smithsonian National Collections Program (NCP), where she facilitates pan-institutional professional development opportunities and emergency preparedness and response programs.

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

RSVP to Mary Coughlin:
[email protected]

Fine Art Program Thesis Critiques

Corcoran Awards Ceremony

May 3, 5 – 6 p.m.

Each spring, the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design honors its best students in an annual awards ceremony. Students studying in fields across the school are recognized. The awards include fellowships and awards across undergraduate and graduate programs.

After the ceremony, there will be a light reception in the Flagg Atrium to celebrate with students, friends, family and supporters.

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

Dancers in blue light

NEXT Dance Concert

May 3, 4, 7 – 8 p.m.

Honor's Thesis Choreographer Julia Scolapio

Soledad

"This dance is a culmination of research that I collected between 2017-2019 under the George Washington University Undergraduate Research Award, on the policy and practice of disability in rural zones of Coastal Ecuador and Southern Peru. As one of four recipients for a Fulbright award to Ecuador, I will be returning in the coming year." –Julia Scolapio

Building XX
814 20th Street NW
Blackbox Theatre (2nd Floor)
Washington, DC 20052

FREE

USingers on stairs

GW University Singers: Choral Journeys

May 5, 2019, 3 – 5 p.m.

The GW University Singers is a mixed choir of undergraduate and graduate students, with students from majors across the university participating. This concert, Choral Journeys, features works from the University Singers library selected by students. The works come from around the world, from the steppes of Mongolia and the coast of East Africa to the streets of Paris and New York City, each work finding its way to the University Singers library and, now, to this performance.

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

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Student smiling at graduation ceremony

Corcoran Graduation Celebration

May 17, 2019, 5 – 7 p.m.

Graduating students will take the first step of their lifelong journey as GW Corcoran alumni with their friends, family, professors and fellow students. Come raise a glass to the class of 2019! This event will have light appetizers and snacks.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

SUMMER 2019

Mapplethorpe 1989

6.13.89: The Cancelling of the Mapplethorpe Exhibition

Exhibition open to the public from June 13, 2019, to Oct. 6, 2019,
Tuesday – Friday
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Weekends
1 – 6 p.m.

Opening night party, June 13, 2019
6 – 8 p.m. in the Flagg Atrium

6.13.89: The Cancelling of the Mapplethorpe Exhibition will explore the highly politicized and publicized cancellation of the 1989 exhibition Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Moment. On June 13, 1989, the Corcoran Gallery of Art bowed to significant political pressure and canceled the retrospective less than three weeks before it was scheduled to open to the public.

Photo credit: Protest of the cancellation of Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Moment, June 30, 1989, Washington, DC. © Frank Herrera

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

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Fast Fashion

Fast Fashion/
Slow Art

Exhibition open to the public from Aug. 8, 2019, to Dec. 15, 2019
Tuesday – Friday
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.,
Weekends
1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

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.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

FALL 2019

Colonials Weekend 2019

COLONIALS WEEKEND 2019

Friday September 19 – Sunday September 22, 2019

For alumni and friends, Colonials Weekend is about reconnecting with the people and places that made GW unforgettable, and making new memories. For families, Colonials Weekend will provide an insiders GW experience, allowing them to connect with the university through the eyes of their students.

Our transformed Colonials Weekend 2019 will deliver a top-notch experience throughout the weekend by providing dynamic and engaging experiences for our visitors from the moment they step foot on campus. Colonials Weekend is an upbeat, informative, and immersive experience that allows alumni and families to have a one GW experience and share their GW pride!

For more about alumni programs, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 202.994.6435 or [email protected].

To learn more about the special opportunities for families, contact [email protected].

Costume Costume Ball

CORCORAN COSTUME BALL

Oct. 19, 2019,
8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Current students, faculty and alumni of the Corcoran College and GW are invited to our biggest event of the fall: a costume ball in the Atrium of the Flagg Building! The event will feature a DJ, live musical performances, theatrical intervention, readings and a dessert bar. The event is free. Admission by costume only. Costumes can be fancy dress or Halloween-style—you pick!

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

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15th Annual Transformer Silent Auction & Benefit Party

15th Annual Transformer Silent Auction & Benefit Party

Oct. 26, 2019,
8 p.m. – Midnight

This year, the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design will host the 15th Annual Transformer Silent Auction & Benefit Party, an event that showcases some of D.C.’s best contemporary visual art (including more than a few exhibits from Corcoran alumni). This “not to be missed” art event provides essential support for Transformer’s comprehensive year-round exhibitions and educational programming.

Image courtesy of Transformer 2018, photos by Nick Klein.

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

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