ArtWalk Dupont takes place on the third Thursday of each month and features the Dupont Circle arts community, as well as BID businesses. The monthly event includes a gallery walk, live performances, and public art activations. This month's programming includes a musical performance by harpist Iliana Garabyare, a live painting by Claire De Pree, and more. We hope you will join us on Thursday, August 18th as we celebrate the arts!
IA&A at Hillyer is International Arts & Artists’ contemporary art center based at our headquarters in Washington, DC. Committed to serving the public and supporting artists at all stages of their careers, Hillyer presents a series of exhibitions and programs that feature local, regional, and international artists. Founded in 2006, Hillyer continues to provide significant support to both local and international artists, as well as presenting programs that reach a broad audience and create a platform for dialogue. Masks are recommended, but not required. For more information, call (202) 338-0680.
Studio Gallery is the longest running artist-owned gallery in Washington, DC. It features contemporary art in a wide variety of media by emerging and established artists. The Gallery was founded in 1956 by artist Jennie Lea Knight, whose work is in The National Gallery of Art, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Philips Collection, and the Smithsonian Museum of American Art. Studio Gallery is housed in an elegant town house located near Dupont Circle and Washington’s Embassy Row. The Gallery includes over 2300 square feet of exhibition space on two light-filled floors and a rear sculpture garden. Studio Gallery is active in area art celebrations, performances, and lectures. This continues the Gallery's focus on being a vibrant part of the community through outreach, teaching, internships, and public art exhibitions. Studio Gallery's current exhibitions include Crossings by Micheline Klagsbrun, Impact by Elizabeth Curren, Something Old, Something New by Carolee Jakes, A lineage of Three - Love, Joy, and Compassion by Suliman Abdullah, and Woven by Carol Rubin. For more information, head to: https://www.studiogallerydc.com
America’s First Museum of Modern Art
Founded by art collector and philanthropist Duncan Phillips in 1921, The Phillips Collection has been collecting modern and contemporary art for one hundred years. Duncan Phillips’s former home—and additions to it—in Washington’s historic Dupont Circle neighborhood provides a unique setting for the growing collection of over 5,000 works. Following Phillips’s unconventional approach to exhibitions, The Phillips Collection galleries are frequently rearranged to facilitate new conversations between artworks and fresh experiences for visitors.
In addition to presenting selections from the permanent collection and special exhibitions, The Phillips Collection also offers award-winning education and community engagement programs for audiences of all ages and backgrounds, including initiatives at its satellite campus Phillips@THEARC.
The Phillips Collection is a private, non-government museum, supported primarily by donations.
The Ven at Embassy Row is part of Marriott’s Tribute Portfolio and is in the heart of Dupont Circle at 2015 Massachusetts Ave NW. The recently renovated hotel offers an in-house Art Gallery featuring a rotation of artists.
Ìpàdé (“meeting” in Yorùbá) is DC’s first co-working space and community of support designed for Black women and femme of color entrepreneurs, professionals, and creatives. Ìpàdé was designed by Black women and each piece in the space was hand-selected for beauty, inspiration, and luxury, making it a truly unique venue. Ìpàdé features artwork by women of color artists and creatives. Through September, visitors will be able to see a special photography exhibit featuring two collections from Ashley Arnold, Finding Paradise and Finding Peace. This is Ashley’s first exhibit.
Artist statement: “Freedom has always been my guiding light with photography. Almost every image I've made is meant to show that emotion in some way. When I created the images for Finding Paradise and Finding Peace, I was in two different mindsets. In Paradise, bright colors in contrast with the environment meant freedom of expression, showing beauty and connection to the world around us. In Peace, I wanted to show the freedom in vulnerability. Both sets of images have the common element of green space because nature, to me, is freedom in its ultimate form. These images are a short love letter to freedom for Black women, whether it is found shining bright with great vibrance or in quiet moments alone.”
Food is a form of art and the FRESHFARM Dupont Circle Thursday Market is open every Thursday from 3-7pm along the 1900 block of Massachusetts Ave NW. The market features a lineup of 7 farmers and producers, offering everything from local fruits/vegetables to artisanal cheeses and prepared foods. For more information, head to: https://www.freshfarm.org/markets/dupont-circle-thurs
The Heurich House Museum is located on the historic home and grounds of DC’s largest brewer, Christian Heurich. Visit their biergarten, called 1921, which is open from 4-8pm and includes the opportunity to view an exhibition about the Chr. Heurich Brewing Co. (1872-1956) called HOME/BREWED. 1921 has a rotating menu of local craft beers from DC breweries and beer brands, local craft batch cocktails, and Virginia wines. 1921 Biergarten and the HOME/BREWED exhibit is located in the Carriage House in the Heurich House Museum’s Castle Garden at 1307 New Hampshire Ave NW. Tours of the mansion are also available at 4 and 5:30pm through pre-registration on their website (no walk-ins at this time) and cost $10 per person. Proof of vaccination and masks are required in indoor spaces. For more information, visit https://heurichhouse.org/
The Embassy of Argentina is currently displaying two exhibitions curated by Gabriela Mizes:
TEXERE - Calligraphy & Textile Art By Marina Soria
As a world renown calligrapher, Marina Soria considers that calligraphy is a metaphor for weaving; letters as stitches and text as if it were a textile.
Just like calligraphy, the act of weaving has traditionally been carried out in a female environment. Both the calligrapher and the textile artist perceive a pleasant satisfaction in the relationship between the eye, hand, tool, and the message they want to convey. In the exhibition, Ms. Soria shows the ‘thread’ between weaving and writing, by presenting Andean textiles matching their paired calligraphic pieces, mostly art books or separate sheets. Inspired by the famous Argentine historian Ruth Corcuera’s text in the book "Teleras, Memoria del Monte Quichua", Ms. Soria reconnects with what is hand-made and reveals how textiles, with their designs, structures and colors can be read as a written text with signs that words cannot express.
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Ms. Soria is a seasoned artist and educator with degrees in Fine Arts and Graphic Design, she lectured on Graphic & Editorial Design in the University of Buenos Aires, and later as an Associate Professor in Typography.
BEHIND THE WORDS – a two-series photo exhibition by Carolina Gutiérrez
The concept of this two-series exhibition is the lack of words--the unsaid, the forbidden words, the silence, the secret, what cannot be said, what we do not dare to talk about. And on that idea, Carolina Gutiérrez uses sheets of books, which are the written word but they are trapped, tied, burned, broken or unfulfilled.
Gutiérrez also reflects on the role of women scientists who have been barely recognized throughout history and deserve to be vindicated for their effort and tenacity despite the adversities of their time. They are portrayed with exotic wigs showing their powerful thoughts.
She lives and works in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She uses digital and analogic black and white photography, which she develops and copies herself. She also works with photogravure Intaglio type, using a non-toxic technique, taking care of the environment.
She has participated in various exhibitions in Buenos Aires, Santa Fe, Montevideo, Santander, Barcelona and received First Mention of Engraving at the Salón Nacional, Buenos Aires, in 2013.
The MEI Art Gallery is excited to welcome visitors on Thursday, August 18th from 6pm-8pm as part of Dupont Circle’s Third Thursday Art Walk tradition.
We invite you to come and view our current exhibition More Than Your Eyes Can See: Contemporary Photography from the Arab World, which features the work of 15 photographers from the Arab world and its diaspora exploring a wide range of topics from the devastating effects of climate change to notions of public space, identity and LGBT communities. Using genres that include photojournalism and fine art photography, the artists provide highly personal reflections on the daily lived experiences of individuals in the Middle East today.
The exhibition is curated by Laila Abdul Hadi Jadallah and organized in partnership with Tribe, a non-profit publication and platform focused on documenting photography, film and video from the Arab world.
If you are unable to attend the open house, you can visit the exhibition Monday through Friday from 10-5pm. Please make a timed appointment to visit the MEI Gallery (1763 N Street NW, Washington, DC 20036). The exhibition is also available to view online on MEI's Arts and Culture page. The exhibition will run through Friday, October 21, 2022.
Artists: Mohammad Alfaraj (Saudi Arabia), Eman Ali (Oman), Amr Attamimi (Yemen), Zied Ben Romdhane (Tunisia), Imane Djamil (Morocco), Farah Foudeh (Jordan), Rula Halawani (Palestine), Yasmine Hatimi (Morocco), Samar Hazboun (Palestine), Amir Hazim (Iraq), M'hammed Kilito (Morocco), Seif Kousmate (Morocco), Fethi Sahraoui (Algeria), Najla Said (Egypt), and Ismail Zaidy (Morocco).
This event is free and open to the public.
The Pen Arts Gallery will be showing art works from distinguished Pen Women artists from across the United States that were juried into the League’s 50th Biennial Art Competition. Winning works have been selected and are noted. The show is eclectic in subject matter and mediums. These pieces are a representative sampling of the quality of the artwork that emanates from the nationally and internationally known artists of the National League of American Pen Women, Inc., a non profit organization that has been supporting professional women in the arts for 125 years. Local artist and Pen Arts Gallery curator, Timoteo Murphy, will be in attendance to answer questions.