June 28 marked the opening of American Metal: The Art of Albert Paley here at the Corcoran, a highly-anticipated retrospective that showcases the 50-year career of a remarkable metalsmith. We sat down with artist Albert Paley himself and exhibition curator, Eric Turner, of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, to gain insight on a few of their favorite aspects of American Metal. Read more →
By: Diana Lautenberger, Masters of Arts in Teaching, Art Education, Corcoran College of Art + Design, Class of 2014
With papers turned in, final projects presented, and one wrinkle and ulcer-inducing thesis accepted, I find myself at the end of my masters program Read more →
The Dudley Memorial Lecture was established in 1984 by Robert Whittier Dudley and his six children with wife Argentina “Argie” Copello Dudley as a way to commemorate and perpetuate Argentina’s life’s work and interests following her death. Since its inception, the lecture has brought leaders in the Read more →
By: Philip Brookman, Chief Curator and Head of Research, Corcoran Gallery of Art
The Krazyhouse (Megan, Simon, Nicky, Philip, Dee), Liverpool, UK, is a four channel video installation created in 2009 at a popular dance club in Liverpool. It presents in sequence a group of five young people in their teens and early twenties dancing Read more →
NEXT 2014 is Corcoran’s annual celebration of the brilliance and promise of its students. From now until May 18th, the finished thesis presentations of the graduating class will be on display at the Corcoran Gallery of Art for all to view and enjoy. Before you come to the exhibition, take a behind-the-scenes look at a selection of NEXT artists and the inspiration that went into their final presentations.
Jamie Lynn Shafer is a graduating MA Art and the Book student at the Corcoran College of Art and Design who is presenting her thesis at NEXT 2014. We got to catch up with Jamie and take a look at her design process, her completed final project, and find out what participating in NEXT 2014 means to her.
Jamie’s thesis work, titled In Your Hands, focuses on how relationships and interactions shape people. “With each relationship we change a little and carry those changes forward into our next experience,” Jamie says. “Sometimes we change so drastically we do not recognize the person we have become. Sometimes it is small changes that we don’t notice until months or years later.
Jamie’s written thesis work is about long-term, same sex couples. She researched different couples from different time periods. Originally Jamie set out to prove that same sex relationships are different from opposite sex relationships, but after researching, she realized that “it isn’t about gender—rather it is about finding the right person regardless of gender.” This change forced her to re-examine her life, and now Jamie hopes that her art will encourage people to rethink or at least question their present belief systems as well.
NEXT 2014 is on view at the Corcoran Gallery of Art now through May 18, 2014. Admission is free to the public.
For more than 50 years, the Corcoran has been known to throw the best party in town, and this year was no exception. With the help of more than 12,000 flowers and elegant decorations, the Women’s Committee transformed the Corcoran Read more →