January 23 through March 13, 2015
Renée Stout –Tales of the Conjure Woman
The exhibition features recent work by Washington, DC-based Renée Stout, who is best known for her exploration of vestigial retentions of African cultural traditions as manifested in contemporary America. For many years, the artist has used the alter ego Fatima Mayfield, a fictitious herbalist/fortuneteller, as a vehicle to role-play and confront issues such as romantic relationships, social ills, or financial woes in a way that is open, creative, and humorous. The exhibition focuses on the artist's assumed role through an array of works in various media. As Stout explains;"The common thread running through bodies of my work of the past several years is the continuing need for self-discovery and the need to understand and make sense of human motives and the way we relate and respond to each other."
Circle of Friends
In conjunction with Renée Stout Stout: Tales of the Conjure Woman, the inaugural exhibition of the Alper Initiative for Washington Art, focuses on the community of support that artists gather around themselves as they make their way towards artistic maturity and relevance.
Impact!: The Legacy of the Women's Caucus for Art
Impact: The Legacy of the Women's Caucus for Art (WCA) celebrates the impact of the WCA Lifetime Achievement Awards presented annually to artists, art historians, and curators since they were first presented at the White House in 1979. The WCA awards ceremony takes place during the annual conferences of the College Art Association and its affiliate WCA. The exhibition curated by awardee and former CAA president, Leslie King-Hammond, will focus on the impact of and connections among the awardees themselves.
Maggie Michael: A Phrase Hung in Midair as if Frozen
Over the past fifteen years, Maggie Michael has become one of Washington, DC's most significant artists, making paintings that are at once intuitive and conceptual. Her work is a direct response to the world around it, serving as a platform for exploring physicality, the workings of language, literature, and the vagaries of experience. This mid-career survey showcases her approach to reckoning with the place of painting in contemporary life. The exhibition is curated by Sarah Newman, Consulting Curator, Modern Art at the National Gallery of Art.
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