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Meet Erika Nizborski! After graduating from the Corcoran College of Art and Design in 2010 with a BFA in photojournalism, Erika went on to pursue a successful career in wedding, event, and portrait photography. Recently we got to catch up with Erika to congratulate her on winning Read more →

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NEXT 2014 is finally here. This annual exhibition celebrates work by the graduating students of the Corcoran College of Art and Design. About this time each year, the gallery corridors fill with students finalizing their artworks, Read more →

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Tonight, visitors to the gallery will be treated to an extra special Wednesday evening as the North Atrium is taken over by Baltimore-based artist Renée Rendine and her new, site-specific performance entitled billow. Part of the NOW Performance series, Read more →

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Throughout February and March, some of D.C.’s hottest bars have been locked in competition to create the most artistic cocktail, inspired by the Corcoran Collection as part of the Gallery’s annual ARTINI competition. On March 22nd, that competition Read more →

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From Paris to New York to the Wild West, young explorers at the Corcoran’s Family Day had a journey around the world with art, music and performance as their wandering guide. Along the way, our Great Escapes Photobooths Read more →

Corcoran Gallery of Art Family Day: The Great Escape

It’s been a long winter in D.C., but this weekend the Corcoran can take you on an art adventure to exotic and faraway places during the Corcoran’s Family Day: The Great Escape! On Saturday, March 8th, the Corcoran will open its doors to welcome families with children of all ages looking to travel to Paris, New York, and the Wild West all without leaving the city!

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This FREE celebration for the entire family will be full of fun and includes live performances, in-gallery activities, face painting, hands on art workshops, and more. Guests will also have a chance to check out American Journeys — Visions of Place, a re-installation of the Corcoran’s renowned pre-1945 American art collection and the inspiration for the day’s activities. Featuring special performances of My Grandfather’s Circus by Zany Umbrella Circus, this celebration will highlight some of D.C. area’s best dance, art, and music:

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3038005417_48672a84e1Create your own travel souvenirs by participating in drop-in art workshops throughout day. In Paris, prepare for a Masquerade Ball by creating and decorating a unique and mysterious mask in the Masquerade Mask Making workshop. In New York, build your own Terrific Tinker Toys out of marshmallow and straw,

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and play with them just like kids did in New York in the 1900′s. And in the Wild West, catch some sweet dreams after making your very own Dream Catchers.

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Travel across time and space while learning about history and art as you follow a Kid’s Gallery Tour through the Corcoran’s colorful collection. While on your adventure, stop by the Fun & Fanciful Face Painting station where you can get a New York “big apple”, cowboy hat, cactus, Eiffel Tower, or many other images that will reflect the kind of journey you want to take. Then, take a break from the activities and go to the Book Nook, where you can relax, read a book, or even catch a story or two about art during Story Time. Finally, capture the best moments from all your travels at the Family Photo Booth.

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See a circus show based on everyday objects coming to life and find excitement in unexpected places. Zany Umbrella Circus’s very own Ben Sota will dazzle you with acts inspired by his grandfather and create a circus out of an unlikely situation in My Grandfather’s Circus. Then visit the Zany Umbrella Circus Workshop where you can learn some tricks from the circus trade yourself. Finally, watch a Parisian Masquerade Salon come to life! With the help of McLean High School’s Historical Reenactment Society you will travel back in time to visit a real salon with music, dancing, and much more!

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and into a new world! To help set the tone of your adventurous day, Maret School’s melodious group, Alpha Males, will be stationed at the museum entrance to greet visitors with their Amazing A Capella tunes. Cowboy Mike and Cowboy Bob will also be outside wrangling it up, with Cowboy Lessons and campfire stories wild enough to make any little boy or girl imagine themselves as a cowboy or cowgirl for a day.

Doors open at 10 a.m. and no registration is required. All activities are FREE! More information here.

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INTERVIEW WITH DR. MARIBEL O. GRAY, ADJUNCT INSTRUCTOR OF DIGITAL MEDIA AND BFA GRAPHIC DESIGN CLASS OF 2013

For a select group of Corcoran College of Art + Design undergraduate students, Design Lab offers the unique opportunity to experience real world applications of learned skills. Throughout this year long course, students design and oversee the production of the NEXT at the Corcoran exhibition identity and collateral for the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art and Design. Read more →

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It’s officially a snow day here in D.C. and for the Corcoran Gallery and College of Art + Design. Need a few ideas on how to stay busy? We’ve got them!

Work on your grad application. If you’re considering a creative career, there’s no better way to get started than a graduate degree from the Corcoran. Degree programs and application information is available online, making today a perfect day to cozy up and get started.

Dream about summer. We know the winter cold is getting tiring at this point, and many of us are already fantasizing about warmer weather. ARTINI Sponsoring Partner Celebrity Cruises has dozens of tropical getting aways that will keep you thinking warm thoughts, even through the cold temps.

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Catch up on some reading. Question Bridge: Black Males was recently featured on The Root, in a piece “Exploring the Double Consciousness of African-American Males.” Have a read, then visit the exhibition web site this weekend before it closes on Sunday, February 16th.

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Most of all, stay safe, stay warm, and enjoy!

 

Photo Credit:

  • Snow Ugly by Nomadic Lass.
  • Caribbean destination by Celebrity Cruise
  • ARTINI drinks by Daniel Swartz
  • Question Bridge at the Brooklyn Museum in 2012 by Yosra El-Essawy
Corcoran Gallery of Art DC Now at the Corcoran Mia Feuer An Unkindness Public Program Artist lecture

Artists reflect the world they see and feel with results that are often wonderfully synthesized for patrons and galleries. But what happens when artists become catalysts for change—when they’re the ones who take actions that require reflection? In preparation for “Artists on the Line: A Conversation on Art, Activism, and the Keystone XL Pipeline” (happening TONIGHT, Thursday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m.), our guest moderator Michael McCarthy, editor-in-chief of DC Modern Luxury magazine, asked artists Franke James and David Dufresne to share their experiences in the brave new world of artistic activism.

McCarthy: Franke, why is art–whether it’s fine art, film, literature or music–a lightning rod for change? What is it about creativity that makes it the best catalyst for changing minds?

James: Art can help you to see—and feel—the world differently. It can be a great catalyst for change because it speaks directly to the heart, the mind, and the gut—it can make people feel deeply about a cause and move them to action.

The big change happened for me when I decided to tell visual stories about actions I was taking in my own life—like “doing the hardest thing first” by selling our only car, an SUV. All of a sudden, people could relate to the concern I was feeling about the planet! And they could see it was genuine because I took action and actually did the hardest thing first.

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McCarthy: How can the artistic community and an army of “anybodies” provoke change?

James: Artists can be the change-leaders shaping society. But we need to speak up! Too many people are complacent in the face of social injustices. But complacency is complicity. Use your voice — fearlessly. Exercise your right to free expression and you will stand out. Believe me.

I think the democratization of the internet gives politically-minded artists tremendous power. We can create art that changes people’s minds—which is why we see some governments censoring our art. Artists can really throw a wrench in the system by speaking the truth that nobody else wants to admit.

The transformative power of art is amazing—especially when you consider that all of us (in modern society) are bombarded by the noise and clutter of mass media. Even so, art can break through—if it’s authentic. Art can cut to the heart of what really matters in life. We can have FUN saying what others are afraid to say.

McCarthy: What do you hope audience members will walk away with Thursday night?

James: Art is fun. Art is powerful. Art is politics.

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McCarthy: David, your game-within-a-film concept provokes reaction as all great art does. What has been the reaction so far?

Dufresne: Fort McMoney has received a lot of positive feedback from the players themselves and we have been (happily) surprised by the numbers of players— 309,000 players for the first round! We never imagined so many people would participate. To be honest, some people didn’t understand what the goal was at first. In terms of reaction from the oil industry, it was like a blackout.

McCarthy: Why did you decide to create a “game” instead of a traditional documentary?

Dufresne: It is time to create new ways of telling stories. The web gives us a lot of tools to create and innovate. And the game is a very good learning tool. The entire project was driven from the start by the idea of combining documentary film and video games, auteur perspective, and spectator freedom. Several factors pushed us in that direction: the desire to innovate, explore new forms of narration and involve the public.

ARTS-Doc-Game-2-207x300The world’s future is being shaped by energy issues, and we saw gaming as a lever for raising awareness. I’m totally convinced that the web can regenerate the documentary genre. As for video-game writing, what has contributed to narration more than gaming in the past 20 years?

McCarthy: Do you think the interactive nature of the piece will compel more viewers/players to take action since they’re “invested” in the decision-making process…rather than the passive nature of watching a documentary?

Dufresne: Absolutely, that’s the idea. For the moment, fewer people have seen the project than if it were a traditional documentary, but those who have played are much more involved. A lot of people told us they came first for the format, then stayed for the subject.

McCarthy: What do you hope audience members will walk away with Thursday night?

Dufresne: I hope that people will leave with the energy to try new ways of expressing their activism, I hope they will see that there are many new possibilities through the web.

 

Artists on the Line: A Conversation on Art, Activism, and the Keystone XL Pipeline‘ will be held on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 at 7pm; members $8 , public $10, tickets available here. Viewing of NOW at the Corcoran exhibition, Mia Feuer: An Unkindness, follows the program