MICRO-MONUMENTS II: UNDERGROUND

September 7 – October 28, 2018

Presented by International Arts & Artists (IA&A at Hillyer) with the Washington Sculptors Group (WSG)

Image: Jacqueline Maggi, Starry Night, ebony wood, zirconia, acrylic rod, and marble, 12 x 12 x 8 in., 2016.

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS: Alan Binstock, Janet Brome, Judith Goodman, Caroline Hatfield, Linda Hesh, Esther Lee, Jacqueline Maggi, Joan Mayfield, Sara Parent-Ramos, Kristina Penhoet, Judith Pratt, Diane Szczepaniak, Marilyn Ugiansky and Gil Ugiansky, Steve Wanna, and Janet Wittenberg

JUROR: Laura Roulet, International Curator and Writer

OPENING RECEPTION:
Friday, September 7, 6-9 pm

CURATOR/JUROR/ARTIST TALK:
IA&A at Hillyer
Thursday, September 20th, 7-9 pm

ART ALL NIGHT AT HILLYER: CITYWIDE FESTIVAL:
Saturday, September 29, 7pm-midnight

PANEL DISCUSSION:
Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies
TBD

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION:
MICRO-MONUMENTS II: UNDERGROUND aims to reveal a deeper understanding of cultures throughout history, and to allow contemporary artists to interpret cultural changes in order to reimagine monuments in our current cultural context. The inaugural MICRO-MONUMENTS exhibition, which took place in 2015 at the Landesmuseum in Schönebeck, Germany, served as a collaboration and cross-cultural project with the Washington Sculptors Group. Building on the theme and success of the first exhibition, MICRO- MONUMENTS II: UNDERGROUND will incorporate prehistoric, historic, and contemporary monuments across cultures. Through MICRO-MONUMENTS II: UNDERGROUND, questions about how we impact the land we occupy, how we learn from deep time and history to understand ourselves in a larger context, and what we have learned from the past will be addressed.

Dr. Gunnar Schellenberger, State Secretary for Culture in the State Chancellery and Ministry of Culture of the State of Saxony-Anhalt, has supported MICRO-MONUMENTS. He continues to be instrumental in making this collaboration happen between IA&A at Hillyer and the Washington Sculptors Group. Artemis Herber, former WSG President and curator for the previous MICRO-MONUMENTS exhibition, will return and serve as the Coordinating Curator to create a new exhibition that combines the work of WSG artists with curated work by German artists.

ABOUT THE JUROR:
Laura Roulet is an independent curator and writer, specializing in contemporary and Latin American art. She was one of five international curators chosen for the citywide public art project, 5×5, a major initiative sponsored by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities in 2012. She has organized exhibitions in Mexico, Puerto Rico and the U.S., including at the OAS Art Museum of the Americas, the American University Museum, Katzen Center, the Mexican Cultural Institute, Artisphere, Hillyer Art Space, Project 4, Fusebox, and the DC Art Center. Recent exhibits and programming include A Dark and Scandalous Rockfall (Mexican Cultural Institute), Foon Sham: Escape (Katzen Center), Come Back to Rockville! a participatory, public art project for VisArts (Rockville, MD), Washington Produced Artists (40th anniversary for Washington Project for the Arts), the National Drawing Invitational (Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR), CSA: 40 Years of Community-Sourced Art (Arlington Arts Center, VA), and Medios y ambientes in Mexico City. She was a mentoring curator for DCAC and the first mentoring curator for VisArts in Rockville, MD in 2015.

Roulet is a frequent contributor to Sculpture magazine. Her other publications include many catalogue essays, encyclopedia entries, articles in American Art, Art Journal, Art Nexus, and the book Contemporary Puerto Rican Installation Art, the Guagua Aerea, the Trojan Horse and the Termite. She worked on the Ana Mendieta retrospective, organized by the Hirshhorn Museum in 2004, and contributed to that catalogue.

The Washington Sculptors Group and IA&A at Hillyer
The Washington Sculptors Group (WSG) is a volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting awareness of sculpture and fostering exchanges among sculptors, sculpture enthusiasts, and the public. Organized in 1984, membership has grown to almost 400; WSG sponsors frequent public programs, and organize professional sculpture exhibitions juried by prominent curators. Visit www.washingtonsculptors.org to join WSG, to view the Web Gallery of members’ work, and to subscribe to the WSG newsletter.

IA&A at Hillyer (formerly Hillyer Art Space) is the Washington-area initiative of International Arts & Artists, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing cross-cultural understanding and exposure to the arts internationally through exhibitions, programs, and services to artists, arts institutions, and the public. Hillyer fulfills this mission through a series of exhibitions and public programs that feature local, regional, and international artists. Hillyer’s exhibition series focuses on under-represented artists, both emerging and established, that have not had a major solo exhibition within the last three years.

Washington Sculptors Group
PO Box 42534
Washington DC 20015
(202) 686-8696
www.washingtonsculptors.org
Supporting Sculptors and the Arts Since 1984

IA&A at Hillyer
9 Hillyer Ct NW
Washington, DC 20008
Tel. (202) 338-0325
www.athillyer.org

 

  

MICRO-MONOUMENTS II: UNDERGROUND is presented by IA&A at Hillyer in collaboration with the Washington Sculptors Group and State Chancellery and Ministry of Culture of the State of Saxony-Anhalt.

This project is supported by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

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