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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.

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CURRENT AND UPCOMING EVENTS

 

SUMMER 2019

Sobia Ahmad: Imbrications

Sobia Ahmad: Imbrications

Exhibition open to the public from June 3 – 28, 2019,
Monday – Friday
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
(Except for special events, programs, lectures, or performances.)

Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Light refreshments will be served.

Gallery 102 presents Sobia Ahmad: Imbrications, an exhibition of recent work by DC-based artist Sobia Ahmad. Through distinct bodies of work Ahmad explores how our deeply intimate struggles of belonging can inform larger conversations about national identity, notion of home, cultural memory, and gender. Her recent body of work grapples with nuances and complexities of the idea of home as an immigrant through socio-political commentary.

Gallery 102
Smith Hall of Art
801 21st Street
Washington, DC 20052

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Joshua Citarella: Forward-Facing Politics

Joshua Citarella: Forward-Facing Politics

Exhibition open to the public from July 8 to Aug. 2, 2019
Monday – Friday
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
(Except for special events, programs, lectures, or performances.)

Opening Reception: Monday, July 8, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Gallery 102 presents Joshua Citarella: Forward-Facing Politics. The exhibition is an exercise in photographing the future. The works tell narratives of imminently unfolding dystopias. A micro-apartment renter stockpiles dried goods while high rise dwellers Uber-chopper from superstar architect buildings across the skyline of a flooded city. An isolationist state atop a man-made island imports all its goods as residents are luxuriously waited on by automated robot servants.

Gallery 102
Smith Hall of Art
801 21st Street
Washington, DC 20052

Yacine Fall

Yacine Fall

Exhibition open to the public from Aug. 12 to Sept. 6, 2019
Monday – Friday
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
(Except for special events, programs, lectures, or performances.)

Opening Reception: TBA

Gallery 102 presents Yacine Fall. Fresh off her acclaimed performance at NEXT 2019, Fall further investigates the limits of labor, the human body, and its relationship to history. Combining installation and durational performance, the work addresses the significance of black bodies in our social subconscious and the histories activated through the continuous labor of the black body.

Gallery 102
Smith Hall of Art
801 21st Street
Washington, DC 20052

Mapplethorpe 1989

6.13.89: The Cancelling of the Mapplethorpe Exhibition

Exhibition open to the public from June 13 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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A Time for Action

A TIME FOR ACTION: Washington Artists circa 1989

Exhibition open to the public from June 13 to Oct. 5, 2019
Tuesday – Saturday
1 – 5 p.m.

This companion exhibition to the Corcoran exhibition 6.13.89 will exhibit paintings, drawings, and prints from the GW Collection by artists who registered their protest of the volatile cancellation of the exhibition of photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe. Also included are selected reminiscences of artists who were in Washington, D.C. at the time experiencing the upheaval as it occurred. Artists include Clark V. Fox, Andrew Hudson, Eric Rudd, Ann Purcell, and William Newman.

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

Work Study

Kelli Rae Adams: work / study

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

With this mixed-media installation, Kelli Rae Adams calls attention to the magnitude and urgency of the student debt crisis in the U.S. Utilizing several hundred handmade ceramic bowls, a quantity of steadily accumulating coins and a wall-hanging triptych composed of dollar bills, Adams renders legible the physical volume of this collective burden while also shining light on the insidious practical and psychological implications of educational debt.

Image info: Forever in Your Debt, 2019 (photo credit: Kelli Rae Adams)

kelliraeadams.com

Flagg Building
500 17th Street
Rotunda
Washington, DC 20006

 

Black Girl Ventures

Black Girl Ventures Pitch DC

Thursday, June 20, 2019
6 – 9 p.m.

Black Girl Ventures works to create access to capital for Black and Brown women founders. The BGV Pitch Competition flips the traditional pitch competition on its head: we allow the audience to donate, eliminate the panel of judges, and empower the community (audience) to ask questions and vote for the winner.

Light food and drinks will be served. [Please bring a valid ID]

This event is open to the public.

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

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Fast Fashion

Fast Fashion/
Slow Art

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

Corcoran Continuing Education Open House

Corcoran Continuing Education Open House

Thursday, August 15, 2019
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Join us for the Corcoran’s Continuing Education Open House – an event open to everyone of all ages and backgrounds in the community! Learn about the Continuing Education classes running this Fall 2019. You will also have an opportunity to watch live demonstrations, meet our faculty and staff, have access to current exhibitions on display, and enjoy music and light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments!

The Corcoran’s Continuing Education program has been a staple in the DC metropolitan area for a decade, offering a dynamic environment for individuals interested in arts and design. In 2017, we were voted Best of DC in the category of Best Art Class in the Washington City Paper. After many transitions in the last few years, we are happy to say that we still provide quality courses by quality instructors at an affordable price and remain a valued resource in the art community.

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

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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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