What do you want in a president? What experiences should be reflected? What do you wish to see in government that seems impossible from where we stand now?
These are some of the questions being posed as part of the public art project I want a president … (a collective reading—DC) that will take place, in part, at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design.
As a scholar of cultural performance, Jodi Kanter, associate professor of theater, wanted to explain how presidential libraries generate narratives about individual presidents, historical events and who we are as Americans.
Her latest book, Presidential Libraries as Performance: Curating American Character from Herbert Hoover to George W. Bush, examines the funding, setting, architecture and exhibitions of presidential museums as performances and argues that these libraries not only shape our understanding of the president’s character, but create radically divergent roles for American citizens in public life.
Inaugural Visiting Professor of Community Engagement and artist Mel Chin’s collaborative project In the Name of Place, which insinuated art into the popular ‘90s TV show Melrose Place, will be the subject of a retrospective exhibition at Red Bull Studios in New York this fall.
“ReSound,” the 2016 Art and the Book graduate program's collaborative artist book project was recently placed in Yale University's Haas Arts Library Special Collections.
Exhibition Design student Emily Lin’s work is currently featured in an exhibit celebrating the importance of scale models and the role they play as communication tools and creative objects in the development of design projects.
As a photojournalism student at the Corcoran more than a decade ago, Jessica Koscielniak read the writing on the wall: The journalism industry was headed in a more digital direction.
What’s in store for the next generation of experience designers?
That’s a question professor Clare Brown, program head for the MA in Exhibition Design program, will aim to answer during a session at the Society for Experiential Graphic Design’s (SEGD) 2016 Exhibitions & Experiences Event in August.
For the first time in almost 10 years, researchers and the public will be able to get a glimpse of materials documenting the nearly 150-year history of the Corcoran Gallery and the Corcoran College of Art and Design—now the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design.
Questions and Answers Regarding Faculty Non-Renewals and the Future of the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design
As many in the Corcoran community know, several weeks ago I made critical decisions regarding the non-renewal of Corcoran faculty. Since that time, I have received many throughtful and passionate responses to the recently announced changes. As I have said to those of you who have written to me, I appreciate the conviction that accompanies these concerns. Below are answers aimed at addressing many of the questions I have been receiving. As you can imagine, these questions and answers are not intended to end discussions but rather provide a point of departure for future community-driven conversations about the future of the Corcoran.
Dear Corcoran Community,
As the academic year closes and you embark on your summer, I wanted to take a moment to share with you a few updates:
Artist Mel Chin will join the Corcoran as the inaugural William Wilson Corcoran Visiting Professor of Community Engagement.
For Alyssa Wilmoth Keegan, pursuing an MFA in Classical Acting at George Washington University was a catalyst for a career breakthrough.
After trying to make it in New York without much momentum, Keegan decided that she needed to try a different tactic, she told the Washington Post Express. “I was doing all of these things to pay rent to live in New York City,” she said. “I was actually passing up auditions because I had to work. I woke up one day and thought, ‘I think I need to restart.’”
The George Washington University's Seminar on Mental Health and the Arts is hosting the First Annual Arts and Health Showcase to foster relationships and collaborations between arts and health organizations at GW and the larger Washington, D.C., community. Taking place on June 10 from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM, the showcase will feature short, six-minute presentations by 20 individuals and groups doing work at the intersection of the arts and health.
Los Angeles-based artist Edgar Arceneaux, whose work explores the relationship between art and social space, will be the featured guest speaker at the Corcoran’s Graduation Ceremony on May 14. A graduate of the Art Center College of Design and the California Institute of the Arts, where he received a BFA and MFA respectively, Arceneaux’s drawings, installations, video and film works examine disparate histories.