NOVA Photo Prof Gail Rebhan premieres her Tenleytown collages at Katzen

Enough about me, Gail Rebhan has a collaboration with the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center and Iona Senior Services to create a public art project and exhibition on the cultural history of the Tenleytown neighborhood. Four large photo-collages can be seen in the windows of the old Babe’s Billiards at Brandywine Street and Wisconsin Avenue, NW. These will be displayed until the building is renovated/demolished.  Fifteen smaller photo collages will be displayed at the American University Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW, April 2- May 15.

This project includes several events:

April 2 opening (6 to 9 PM) at the Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Exhibition continues through May 15, 2011.

April 9 at 2 PM talk at the new Tenley library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW.  After a short presentation on the project, participants will walk over to see the photo-collages at Brandywine and Wisconsin Avenue NW.

May 1 at 3:30 PM there will be a “meet the artist” reception at Brandywine and Wisconsin Avenue NW.

May 16-28 Gail will collect oral histories at Iona Senior Services. These oral histories will form the basis of new artwork.

Personally, I’m pretty interested to see how she combines oral history and collage, and to find out if Tenleytown had a more interesting history than the big box stores that currently dominate. See you there!

Radio Silence Broken: Corridor Opens Thursday 3/24 at the Art Museum of the Americas

Children of Cajamarca, Huanchaco, Peru, 2011 © Susana Raab

The blog and meself has been overly dull of late due to the old proverb being true: all work and no play make Jack a dull boy.  Since coming back from my peru trip in late January, I’ve been busy making selects, scans, toning, exhibition prints, and sequencing, and a small fruit of my labor gestates fully this Thursday at a fabulous group show of 12 DC/Baltimore artists opening at the Art Museum of the Americas in the name of Corridor, as in I-95, that concrete umbilical cord that connects charm city to , um, DC.  I’ve got 13 pieces in the show, half of which are new and never to be seen before, thanks to the fact that I haven’t updated my website since c. 1999. (Had to rush the materiel to the copyright office, don’t ya know, before Richard Prince absconds with it).

I previewed a small bit of the show and couldn’t be more delighted. The other fantastic artists are:  D.C. artists Martha Jackson Jarvis, Brandon Morse, Phil Nesmith, Michael Platt, and Jeff Spaulding; and Baltimore artists Oletha DeVane, Bernhard Hildebrandt, John Ruppert, Soledad Salamé, Joyce J. Scott, and Sofia Silva. The selected artists’ work represents a wide range of media and approaches, from sculpture, installation, printmaking and photography to video. The resulting exhibition showcases exceptional examples of some recent trends in art from the region. (OK that is from the press release, no brain juice left right now).

If you are in the fair District and can direct yourself towards 18th and Constitution Aves NW, please do stop by and introduce. I’ll be in residence on the 2nd floor.  There is a curator talk from 5.30-6.30 and then the opening proper at 6.30 – 8 pm.

Twill be up till June 24 so plenty of time to peruse if you can’t make it Thursday. Here’s the exact address:

Art Museum of The Americas

201 18th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
Hasta Viernes!

Not to Miss: Bill Cunningham New York The MOVIE at the Hirshhorn Thursday March 10 8 PM

Here’s DC’s chance to view the documentary on the reclusive and enigmatic NYTimes shooter, Bill Cunningham. Not to be missed!:

Twice weekly, there are photo essays in the New York Times that double as cultural anthropology. On the Street makes a case for the fashion trend of the moment, and Evening Hours covers power brokers, swells, and celebs out on the town. Richard Press’s first feature is a portrait of Bill Cunningham, the photographer who produces these eye-popping chronicles. The octogenarian bikes to his assignments on his Schwinn, attired as always in a stylish yet utilitarian outfit: oversize lab coat, pinwale cords, black shoes, thick socks. “We all get dressed for Bill,” says Anna Wintour.

Alice Neel. Words

If you are sufficiently tenacious and interested you can accomplish what you want to in this world.

Alice Neel