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Watch This at SAAM

March 7, 2018

Watch This! New Directions in the Art of the Moving Image is a series of rotating exhibitions drawn from the Smithsonian American Art Museum's (SAAM) permanent collection on view March 11 through March 18, 2018.

 

The works of art featured in this installation identify a complex relationship between still photography and moving images. These artistic engagements with captured and recorded pictures examine notions of storytelling and processes of interpretation, underscoring just how relative meaning can be, and urging viewers to question where the power of imagery might reside. Taken together, the arrangement traces a vibrant call and response between artists and pictures, narratives, and interpretation.

 

This presentation of Watch This! is the sixth in the series. It features Alex Prager’s digital cinema installation Face in the Crowd (2013), recently acquired by SAAM. Projected across three walls in a screening room, Face in the Crowd traces a spectrum of concerns—a fear of crowds and the desire to stand out amongst them, voyeurism and exhibitionism, the spectator’s gaze, and the inability to live up to expectations. But it more acutely identifies the anxiety of being swept up by the masses while trying to create and maintain a sense of self; conditions long present in the physical world, but amplified in the virtual spaces we inhabit today.

 

Also on view are John Baldessari’s Walking Forward – Running Past (1971), Peter Campus’s Head of a Misanthropic Man (1976–1978), Nancy Holt’s Underscan and Prager’s Crowd #5 (Washington Square West) (2013).

A rotating display of time-based art is an important aspect of the media arts initiative at the museum, which includes acquisitions, exhibitions, educational programs, and archival research resources related to film, video, and the media arts.

 

Smithsonian American Art Museum is located at 8th and F Streets NW.


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Tudor Nights in the City of Light March 8

February 6, 2018

Join Tudor Place on March 8 from 6:30-8:30 pm for an evening in the City of Light, where newlyweds Armistead 3rd and Caroline Peter painted and socialized in the 1920s among artists and writers of the so-called lost generation.

 

Enjoy a close look with the curator at French objects and reflections of French style in the Collection, under the fond gaze of that esteemed French ally of American patriots and friend to the Peter family, the Marquis de Lafayette. In the Dower House, partake of beverages, a specialty cocktail, and a "non-moveable" feast of French-accented appetizers and sweets.

 

Ages 21+. Admission includes seeing the historic house and a mini-exhibit presented by the curator, and in the Dower House, hors d'oeuvres, soft drinks, wine, beer and a specialty cocktail.

Tudor Nights quarterly parties are free to members, one of many benefits of joining.  Register here.


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Pop Icons at Artist's Proof

January 18, 2018

Artist’s Proof is pleased to announce the group exhibition POP ICONS by French sculptor Helder Batista and American painter John Stango.

 

All thing pop, John Stango with his distinctive American Muscle Car Style, and Helder Batista’s engaging use of found objects with resin sculpture.

 

These artists carry the Pop Art movement into the 21st century.

Opening reception is Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at Artist’s Proof Gallery. The exhibition runs from Saturday, January

 

20th, 2018 from Sunday, February 18th, 2018.

 

Artist's Proof Gallery is located 1533 Wisconsin Avenue in Georgetown.  

 

Please email mackenzie@aproof.net to RSVP. 


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