Fall 2018: Corcoran News Update

A Brief Recap Regarding Exhibits and Programming, New Faculty and Student Accomplishments

Guests view Rogers' work at opening night of "Spiked" exhibit.
Guests view Rob Rogers’ cartoons at the opening reception of “Spiked: The Unpublished Political Cartoons of Rob Rogers” in the Flagg Building’s Atrium Galleries.
October 25, 2018

The Corcoran School had an exciting summer full of new exhibitions and community programs as well as welcoming new faculty members and celebrating student accomplishments.

“Spiked: The Unpublished Political Cartoons of Rob Rogers” opened at the Corcoran on July 18, featuring 18 of Rogers’ unpublished works spiked by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette this past spring.

The exhibit will run at the Corcoran until Oct. 28, and then move to join an even larger show at the University of Pittsburgh.

Rogers was fired by the Post-Gazette for his critical perspective on the current administration. His experience inspired a partnership between the Corcoran and GW’s School of Media and Public Affairs, and the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists to host discussions this fall about censorship, freedom of the press and the importance of truth to democracy.

“Truth Be Told,” a panel discussion with artistic duo LigoranoReese, examined the state of truth in America on Sept. 23 and “Spiked,” a conversation with Rob Rogers, Ann Telnaes (political cartoonist for the Washington Post) and Corcoran Director Sanjit Sethi, took place on Oct. 3. Both events were hosted in the Flagg Building’s Hammer Auditorium.

Rogers discusses freedom of the press with Telnaes and Sethi in the Hammer Auditorium.

Rob Rogers and Ann Telnaes discuss censorship and freedom of the press with Corcoran Director Sanjit Sethi during the “Spiked” conversation in the Hammer Auditorium.


In addition, after being relocated to the Corcoran Flagg Building, The Luther W. Brady Gallery hosted its first exhibition this summer since moving to the new space.

“Full Circle: Hue and Saturation in the Washington Color School” opened at the Brady Gallery on June 14 and ran through Oct. 24, featuring works from the mid-century abstract arts movement.

Guests view paintings from first Brady Gallery exhibit in new space.

Guests view vivid, abstract works on display at "Full Circle" in the Brady Gallery's new Flagg Building home. (Sydney Elle Gray/GW Today)


This fall the Corcoran has also welcomed five new faculty members to our community including Jae Rhim Lee, Assistant Professor of Interaction Design.

Professor Lee’s work approaches death and decomposition with a sustainable mindset. To learn more about her philosophy concerning her Infinity Mushroom Project, watch her TEDtalk here.  

Professor Jae Rhim Lee conducting research for her Infinity Mushroom Project.

New Assistant Professor of Interaction Design Jae Rhim Lee combines scientific knowledge with artistic imagination with her Infinity Mushroom Project, a new way of thinking about death and decomposition.


Corcoran Professor Benjamin Tankersley and his studio lighting class worked diligently throughout the Spring 2018 semester on a comprehensive video project, exploring the experiences of several Corcoran students and sharing the ways in which the school has impacted their lives.

Lighting students interviewing theatre major for their video projects.

Professor Tankersley’s studio lighting class, including second-year Adil Siddiqui (Camera C), first-year Graeme Sloan (Cameras A&B), first-year Andrea Garcia (interviewer) and second-year Joy Bullock (sound), interview senior Kaiylah Watts.


The final products from the effort provide unique, personable perspectives to the Corcoran’s degree programs, and demonstrate numerous opportunities for students, all available at the Corcoran. The videos are now ready to view.