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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

 

SUMMER 2019

Image of a mannequin

In Fashion: Selections from the GW Collection

Aug. 8 – Oct. 27, 2019,
Tuesday – Sunday
1 – 5 p.m.

Organized as a companion to the exhibit, Fast Fashion/Slow Art, this exhibition features works of drawing, sculpture and numerous photographs from the GW Collection. A number of the photographs on view are portraits of well-known designers, models or individuals in fashion. A number of the photographs on view are portraits of well-known designers, models or other people in fashion. They counter the glamorous side of the fashion industry. Works by May Wilson and Jody Mussoff give the impression of constriction and anxiety, while photographs by Steven Livick draw attention to the slim line between models and their inanimate foil: mannequins. 

Also on view will be three works from the Estate of Dr. Luther W. Brady, Jr.

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

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

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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

 

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.

Curator Tours:
Friday, August 23, 2019, noon
Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, noon
Free, but reservations are required and can be made at museum.gwu.edu/programs

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
The Galleries off of the Atrium
Washington, DC 20006

Sketching in the Galleries

Workshop: Sketching in the Galleries

Thursday, August 8, 2019
12:00 p.m.

Stephanie Travis, head of GW's Interior Architecture Program, will lead a two-part workshop focused on sketching artworks on display in the museum. The first part will include an introduction to onsite sketching, covering both tools and methods. Following this orientation, the group will head into the galleries to capture both the architectural perspective and the inspiring designs on display.

This program is part of the museum's weekly Textiles at Twelve series, which explores textile arts and global cultures through films, lectures, gallery talks, and more.

Free; no reservations required.

The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum
701 21st Street
Washington, DC 20052

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

Student playing a trumpet

Music Program Ensemble AUDITIONS

Tuesday – Sunday, Sept. 3 – 8, 2019

Auditions for the Music Program Ensembles (Band, Orchestra, Chorus, Chamber and Jazz) will take place during the second week of the fall semester. Audition requirements vary by ensemble. For further information about the ensembles and auditions, visit corcoran.gwu.edu/music-ensembles.

Phillips Hall
801 22nd St., NW
Music Program (B-1 Level)
Washington, DC 20052

Dancer bending back

Fall Dance Program AUDITIONS

Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019
7 p.m.

Do you want to dance in a guest artist, faculty and/or student work this semester? Program auditions will be held on September 5 for the Fall Dance Concert, the largest dance event of the Corcoran season.

Building J Dance Studio
2131 G St. NW
Washington, DC 20052

Molly Sturges

Getting Real in the Cauldron of Creativity
ARTIST TALK: William Wilson Corcoran Visiting Professor Molly Jane Udaya Sturges

Monday, Sept. 9, 2019
6 – 7 p.m.

Join us for a public talk and exchange with composer/artistic director Molly Jane Udaya Sturges as she reflects on 25 years of working at the radiant and messy crossroads of creativity, spirituality and social healing.

Sturges (a composer, social practice artist/director and performer) has created with individuals and communities around the globe, with a focus on creativity, healing, contemplative practice and social transformation. She is currently the William Wilson Corcoran Visiting Professor in arts and community engagement at the Corcoran School of Art and Design.

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

Purple yarn

TRUE COLORS: World Masters of Natural Dyes and Pigments

Book Signing and Lecture from a Color Forecaster

Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
(lecture begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by book signing)

Free and open to the public

Join us for a talk by Keith Recker, color forecaster and author of True Colors: World Masters of Natural Dyes and Pigments from Thrums Books. Keith will provide a walkthrough of the spectrum of botanical color that exists in the natural world and invite us to look at our own habits through the eyes of dyers and makers of pigment.

Photo credit: Marcella Echavarria for HAND/EYE

The George Washington University Museum & The Textile Museum
701 21st St. NW
Washington, DC 20052

Colonials Weekend 2019

COLONIALS WEEKEND 2019

Friday, Sept. 19 – Sunday, Sept. 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].

 

Syrian tunics

WORKSHOP: Motifs, Migrations and Misappropriations

Sept. 26, 2019,
3 – 6 p.m.

Frau Fiber, Fast Fashion artist

The International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union (ILGWU) campaigns to make transparent the cultural appropriation of motifs by migrants fleeing violence in their home countries. The Sewing Rebellion, under the leadership of Frau Fiber, will provide instruction for knocking off and adapting a Syrian tunic from The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum in Washington, D.C. The knock off will be made using t-shirts as a natural resource representing consumer culture of late western capitalism.

The George Washington University Museum & The Textile Museum
701 21st St. NW
Washington, DC 20052

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Painting of the ocean

“Spectacular holes in clouds, spotted”: Visiting Artist and Scholars Committee Lecture by Lisa Blas

Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019
6:30 p.m.

The Visiting Artists and Scholars Committee (VASC) will be hosting its first lecture by Lisa Blas, an American visual artist of Guamanian-Italian origin based in New York. Working in painting, photography and installation, she creates constellations that speak to recurrent environmental catastrophe and civil unrest — where the afterlife of images occupies the space of everyday life. Blas constructs her palette with transparent and reflective colors grounded in the light of Southern California, the region of her childhood and formation as an artist.

Smith Hall of Art
Room 114
801 21st Street
Washington, DC 20052

New Affiliates

Exhibition Design Fall 2019 Lecture: EXHIBITIONS AT HOME

Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019
6:30 – 8 p.m.

The history of exhibiting art has a long-standing relationship with domestic space from upscale salons to the apartment gallery, where one was accustomed to discerning between art and everyday objects, moldings and reliefs, and in rooms of various sizes, lighting conditions and decorative styles. This relationship commingled the informal with the formal, the personal with the public, the intimate with the spectacular — creating an interwoven relationship between audience and home, art and the private interior.

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

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Poster for Stop Kiss

STOP KISS

By Diana Son
Directed by
Matthew R. Wilson

Oct. 17, 18, 19
at 7:30 p.m.;
Oct 20 at 2 p.m.

West Village. 1998. Sara and Callie form a rapid, unexpected bond. But, when their first awkward kiss is met with a violent attack, they and those around them are united in ways they could never imagine and can never undo. A modern tale of cosmopolitan ambiguity, of belonging and erasure, and of love how you least expect it, Diane Son's Stop Kiss is an unabashed look at struggles of queer identity and longings for connection.

Be advised: Stop Kiss shines a light on themes of assault and homophobia.

Students/Seniors $10
General Admission $20

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

Ticket link tba

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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Waking the Oracle: A Project of Firerock

WAKING THE ORACLE: A Project of Firerock

Directed by William Wilson Corcoran Visiting Professor Molly Jane Udaya Sturges

Thursday – Saturday, Oct. 31 – Nov. 2, 2019.
7:30 p.m.;
Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019,
3 p.m.

Waking the Oracle is a family-friendly immersive ecological/social justice/mystical rave-ish event incorporating music, digital design, costumes, storytelling and dance, founded on sonic soils incorporating composed music (recorded and live), field biology recordings, spoken word, story and poetry. The creative materials will be created with students and community members over the semester and will include a variety of experimental and improvisational creative practices.

GW Students: The course associated with this performance (MUS 3174/TRDA 4595) welcomes students from all levels of experience and disciplines. For more information on the course and auditions, contact the Music or Theatre & Dance .

Location TBA

Design Lecture

GW Interior Architecture's 12th Annual Designer Lecture

Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)

GW’s Interior Architecture Program presents the 12th Annual Designer Lecture, with the featured speaker to be announced soon.

Free and open to the public. A reception will follow the lecture.

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

Equite Centered Design Workshop

EQUITY–CENTERED DESIGN WORKSHOP

Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019
1 – 5 p.m.

The Interaction Design program at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design is proud to present this workshop in partnership with Creative Reaction Lab. Applications are required and due by Oct. 1, 2019.
For more information, contact [email protected]. To apply, visit https://forms.gle/ZFx6539s5bmJqK468

*Attendees will be emailed the room number closer to the event.

What are the roles of equity, history and power in design? How might we design more equitable communities and systems through the lens of personal and organizational humility-building? In this interactive introductory workshop, participants will learn about and apply award-winning Equity-Centered Community Design strategies to examine how their own identities shape design and decision-making in collaborative processes.

Flagg Building
500 17th Street
Washington, DC 20006

Creole man on the beach

INTER | SECTIONALITY: Diaspora in 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 in the Creole City will be presented in our nation’s capital at a time when diaspora artists and voices are challenging social justice, celebrating identities, and reactivating and bridging communities through contemporary art and scholarship. The complexities and diversities represented by this exhibit are emergent and, in many cases, ascendant across the world.

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

Dance Concert poster

DANCE CONCERT FALL 2019

Artistic Director
Maida Withers
Guest Artist
Ann Carlson
Faculty Choreographer Dana Tai Soon Burgess
Student Choreographers

Nov. 14, 15, 16, 2019
at 7:30 p.m.

Student Dancers from the Program of Theatre & Dance take the stage in this audience favorite! Guest Artist, Ann Carlson, is an internationally acclaimed dancer, choreographer and performance artist whose work explores contemporary social issues. Faculty Choreographer Dana Tai Soon Burgess was named the Smithsonian's first-ever choreographer in residence at the National Portrait Gallery.

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

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Venus and Adonis

CORCORAN MUSIC FESTIVAL

Thursday – Saturday, Nov. 14 – 23, 2019

Master Class with counter)induction
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019
Phillips Hall
801 22nd St., NW
Washington, DC 20052
Updates and location

counter)induction: Furtures 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
Updates and location

Student orchestra playing

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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SPRING 2020

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.

Be advised: this play includes mature subjects such as incest and suicide.

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

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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 s 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
Director TBA

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

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Dancers on stage

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

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Student artist

NEXT Exhibition and Opening Night

Opening night party Thursday, April 23, 2020
6 – 8 p.m.
Open April 24 – May 18, 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