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Fall Exhibitions

Opening September 6

Hung Liu: Daughter of China, Resident Alien
September 6-October 23, 2016

Timed to coincide with the quadrennial frenzy of the national presidential election, Liu’s exhibition reflects upon two themes—refugees and heroines—that, while politically topical, are also deeply woven into her experience as a Chinese émigré, as an American citizen, and as a woman. Liu’s painting style is rooted in Socialist Realism which she learned in China in the 1970s prior to coming to America in the mid-80s, where she has since created a stripped down Socialist Realism, removing the propaganda and creating a catalog of her history.

It Takes a Nation: Art for Social Justice with Emory Douglas and the Black Panther Party, AFRICOBRA, and Contemporary Washington Artists
September 6-October 23, 2016   

Curated by Sandy Bellamy

In the Alper Initiative space, Washington artists respond to the graphics of Black Panther artist Emory Douglas with sculpture, paintings, photography and multi-media installations. The exhibition features Emory Douglas and Howard University colleagues and members of the African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists (“AFRICOBRA”): Jeff Donaldson, Akili Ron Anderson, James Phillips, Jae Jarrell and Wadsworth Jarrell. Collectively, they create a powerful lens to the socio-political landscape of the late 1960s and 70s that helps to visualize the 1967 Black Panther Party 10-point platform addressing issues of freedom, employment, economic exploitation, affordable housing, education, war, police brutality, prison, due process, and access. The exhibition also includes artists examining these same issues 50 years later within a contemporary context, including: Holly Bass, Wesley Clark, Jay Coleman, Larry Cook, Tim Davis, Jamea Richmond Edwards, Shaunte Gates, Amber Robles-Gordon, Njena Surae Jarvis, Simmie Knox, Graham Boyle, Beverly Price, Jennifer Gray, Sheldon Scott, Stan Squirewell and Hank Willis Thomas. 


September 6-October 23, 2016

Curated by Jeffreen M. Hayes, PhD

As a microcosm of our society, the art world maintains a system of marginalization based on racial and cultural difference. Artists identified as “other” function in silos, just as they do in society. This exhibition presents eight artists who examine these silos, otherness, and the cultural and social ramifications of marginalization based on one’s identity, whether self-defined or inscribed. Bearing witness, as these artists do, not only identifies the pressing issues of our time but also challenges the norm of marginalization, absence, and exclusion. Through the work of Wanda Ortiz, Duron Jackson, Yaw Agyeman, Wesley Clark, Wilmer Wilson IV, Stacy-Lynn Waddell, Ellington Robinson and Nathaniel Donnett, Silos gives voice to the silence(d).

Portal Screens: DC to Milwaukee's Amani Neighborhood

September 6 - October 23, 2016

A Channel at the museum’s entrance, a live bi-directional video wall, will act like an open window connecting two locations across the world: Northwest Washington, DC, and Milwaukee's Amani Neighborhood. Through the Channel, museum visitors will communicate with Moody Park, located in the Amani Community, which is grappling with issues of criminal justice. It has the highest rate of incarceration for African American males in the US.

Shared_Studios is a multidisciplinary art, design, and technology collective created by Amar Bakshi and focused on carving wormholes throughout the world. Since launch in 2014, their first global initiative, Portals, have connected more than 15,000 people in dialogue across more than two dozen sites, including President Barack Obama.

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Updraft America
September 6-October 23, 2016

Washington, DC, sculptor (and former Senate aide) Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg manifests Americans’ frustration with our gridlocked partisan politics by taking an entire year of the official proceedings of the United States Congress, as documented in the Congressional Record, and folding each page into a paper airplane. From this mass of over 10,000 airplanes, striped red or blue to connote the political divide, the uppermost planes will rise into the air, as if taking flight, and as they do, their hues will combine to become purple - the color of hope that we may bridge the political divide.


Todas las Manos
September 6-October 23, 2016  

This exhibition is an interdisciplinary public art project that celebrates human rights and global justice, commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the deaths of former Chilean Ambassador Orlando Letelier and co-worker Ronni Karpen Moffitt in Washington, DC on September 21, 1976.

Muralist Francisco Letelier, son of Orlando Letelier, worked in collaboration with youth participants from the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) to create a large-scale mural in the Museum’s sculpture garden. Todas Las Manos encompasses the participation of youth and adult collaborators in a month long exchange that includes academics, researchers, visual artists, and poets.


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Hung Liu, Twelve Hairpins of Jinling

From Hung Liu: Daughter of China, Resident Alien
Hung Liu, Twelve Hairpins of Jinling


Njena Surae Jarvis, E, Gun Gun

From It Takes a Nation
Njena Surae Jarvis, E, Gun Gun


Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz, Detail of TristeReina (Sorrow Queen)

From Silos
Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz, Detail of TristeReina (Sorrow Queen)

Late Fall Exhibitions

November 12 - December 18, 2016

Five solo-exhibitions open in the Late Fall, featuring the work of Squeak Carnwath, Alex Katz, Mellissa Ichiuji, Sylvia Snowden, and Martha Wilson.