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East City Art’s Mid-City Gallery Exhibitions and News - August 2019


Foundry Gallery
Foundry Gallery, DC’s oldest artist-run space, placed a call for artists to participate in a group exhibition on view this month. The group exhibition features several regional artists working in two-dimensional work, mostly drawing, painting and prints. Artists include Courtney Applequist, Elizabeth Casquiero, Jim Earl, Marlowe Emerson, Lori Katz, Sally Canzoneri, Jana Curcio, Delna Dastur, Camilla David, Martin deAlteriis, Kim DiDonato-Murrell, Octavia Frazier, Eleanor Glattly, Tom Greaves, Rebecca Hirsh, Courtney Kolker, Deborah Kommalan and Stephen Schiff.

Hamiltonian accepted the following applicants as part of its annual fellowship program: Amber Eve Anderson (MFA, Maryland Institute College of Art), Tommy Bobo (MFA, Maryland Institute College of Art), Akea Brionne Brown (BFA, Maryland Institute College of Art), Madeline Stratton (MFA, Maryland Institute College of Art) and Yacine Fall (BFA, George Washington University Corcoran School of Arts). Competition was rigorous, with 95 applicants requesting a fellowship. Jurors included Colette Veasey-Cullors, associate dean for design and media at Maryland Institute College of Art; Ryan Dattilo, an attorney, art collector and founder of De Novo Gallery; Nara Park, a sculptor and installation artist based in Washington, DC, who was also a past Hamiltonian fellow; and Springsteen, a contemporary art gallery in Baltimore founded by Hunter Bradley and Amelia Szpiech.

Paul Reed, “Green Disc,” 1965. Acrylic on canvas, 42 x 33 inches. Image: Hemphill Fine Arts

Hemphill Fine Arts
Hemphill Fine Arts’ “Summer Show” group exhibition features paintings and works on paper by several artists represented by the gallery including Rushern Baker IV, William Christenberry, Ryan Crotty, Steven Cushner, Thomas Downing, Linling Lu, Paul Reed, Robin Rose, Alma Thomas and Julie Wolfe. Readers will note that some of the artists exhibited, like William Christenberry, Paul Reed and Alma Thomas, are deceased; the works on display are from the gallery’s collection. This selection is an excellent sampling of the gallery’s represented artists, past and present. Of note, the gallery will exhibit a series of limited edition prints by Linling Lu, an artist, living in Washington, DC.

Yoce Ramirez, “Identidad,” 2016. Mixed media on canvas, 29 x 30 inches. Image: IDB Staff Association Art Gallery

IDB Staff Association Gallery
Following a current trend in the visual arts, Yoce Ramirez, a Dominican artist, examines her identity. What sets this examination apart from many of the similarly themed exhibitions in the region is that Ramirez goes beyond ethnicity in her description of self. Ramirez fuses her ethnicity with national identity into a series of self-portraits. But Ramirez goes one step further. According to the artist, her paintings are also the projection of social criticisms currently affecting her country, as seen through her being.

Long View Gallery
Long View Gallery’s “Against the Grain” is an exhibition of work by a Bay Area artist known simply as Lola. As the name of the exhibition implies, the artist juxtaposes opposites in her work both figuratively and literally. Figuratively, the artist uses natural elements, wood specifically, and resin (a type of malleable plastic) to create her sculptural work, which the gallery hangs as two-dimensional tableaus. Literally, the artist superimposes the resin against the grain of the wood, which she meticulously selects. Her travels to Bali kindled an interest in exotic woods, which she has used for this exhibition. The artist’s work balances between the opposites of the media to create an ensemble. 

Ti Rock Moore and Nic Brierre Aziz, “Gazing.” Image: Touchstone Gallery

Touchstone Gallery
Touchstone Gallery hosted politically themed exhibitions in August 2016, three months before the presidential election, and in August 2017, after the unexpected victory of Donald Trump. Both exhibitions examined political angst. This August, Touchstone presents “America Is … Artists Explore, Ask and Answer: What Is America Today?” and seeks to understand national identity in the face of divisive politics and radical social change. The exhibition, consisting of works by more than 30 artists from around the country, also drew jurors from across the country: Rachel Adams, chief curator and director of programs, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts (Omaha, Nebraska); Taylor Bythewood-Porter, assistant history curator, California African American Museum; Jen Mergel, independent curator, vice-president, programs, Association of Art Museum Curators and founding director, Curatorial Network Accelerator of Boston; and Jennifer M. Williams, public programs manager, New Orleans Museum of Art.


Gallery Neptune & Brown
1530 14th St. NW
202-986-1200 |
Hours: Wed. to Sat., 12-7 p.m., Sun. 1-4 p.m.
Extended through Aug. 3 (next exhibition starts after Labor Day)
“Smoke Drawings and Chinese Art Deco Posters: 1914-1935” by Dennis Lee Mitchell

Elizabeth Casquiero, “A Pause in the Day.” Acrylic on canvas, 24 x 18 inches. Image: Foundry Gallery

Foundry Gallery
2118 Eighth St. NW
202-232-0203 |
Hours: Wed. to Sun., 1-7 p.m.
Through Sept. 1
“Artist’s Choice” group exhibition

Hamiltonian Gallery
1353 U St. NW
202-332-1116 |
Through Aug. 3
Hours: Tues. to Sat., 12-6 p.m.
“Parallel Botany” by Brian Michael Dunn
“Bang Zha” by Ellen Xu

Hemphill Fine Arts
1515 14th St. NW
202-234-5601 |
Hours: Tues. to Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Through Aug. 23
“Summer Show” 2019 group exhibition

IDB Staff Association Art Gallery
1300 New York Ave. NW
Entrance on 13th Street
202-623-3635 |
Hours: Mon. to Sat., 1-7 p.m.
Through August
“Identity” by Yoce Ramirez

Long View Gallery
1234 Ninth St. NW
202-232-4788 |
Hours: Wed. to Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Through Aug. 18
“Against the Grain” by Lola

Touchstone Gallery
901 New York Ave. NW
202-347-2787 |
Hours: Wed. to Fri., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. | Weekends, 12-5 p.m.
Through Aug. 29
“America Is …” national juried show


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