Hamiltonian Artists at The Creative Time Summit

Hamiltonian Artists at The Creative Time Summit

What is the State of Gender Equality in the Arts?

On Sunday, October 16 Hamiltonian Artists, in partnership with ArtTable DC, will be hosting a breakout session on the state of gender equality in the arts at the Creative Time Summit. The open discussion will take place during both afternoon sessions (2pm and 3:30pm) at the Corcoran College of the Arts + Design, 500 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20006. 

Geared toward arts administrators and artists alike the discussion will focus on how women working in the arts experience, confront, and resolve gender issues in their fields. Whether issues manifest through policy challenges, generational roadblocks or direct discriminatory behavior, we will share experiences and discuss how various types of environments and models affect women's artistic career paths. The outcome of the session will serve to develop discussion questions for ArtTable DC's third State of Art DC event on Monday, October 24 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Register for Creative Time here. Then sign up for a session time.

new. now. 2016

new. now. 2016

Please join us Saturday, September 17 from 7-9 pm for the opening of our annual group exhibition new. now. in which we debut the work of our six new, distinguished Hamiltonian Fellows for 2016. We are thrilled to introduce:

Kyle Bauer (MFA, Louisiana State University)
Aschely Cone (MFA, Maryland Institute College of Art)
Rachel Guardiola (MFA, Maryland Institute College of Art)
Magali Hébert-Huot (MFA, Maryland Institute College of Art)
Paolo Morales (MFA, Rhode Island School of Design)
Rives Wiley (BFA, Rhode Island School of Design)

Informal artists talks will be conducted with each of the new fellows throughout the exhibition on the following days:

Wednesday, September 28, 7 pm: Paolo Morales + Rives Wiley

Tuesday, October 11, 7 pm: Magali Hébert-Huot + Kyle Bauer

Wednesday, October 26, 7 pm: Aschely Cone + Rachel Guardiola

Naoko Wowsugi: Permacounterculture

Naoko Wowsugi: Permacounterculture

Permacounterculture | Orchestrated by Naoko Wowsugi

Hamiltonian is pleased to present “Permacounterculture”, a new exhibition orchestrated by artist Naoko Wowsugi. The exhibition will run from August 13 – September 10, 2016 with an opening reception and punk show on Saturday, August 13 from 6:30 – 10 pm. Taking its namesake from the notion of “Permaculture”, an agricultural system characterized by its reciprocal self-sufficiency and community ethics, this exhibition creates a unique ecosystem revolving around the U Street community, DC’s punk scene and urban farming.

Hamiltonian Gallery will be transformed into a music venue, in which a series of punk shows will be hosted inside a garage-like structure that doubles as a greenhouse for growing wheatgrass. Sound waves from the punk music, coupled with the increased exhalation of carbon dioxide from the show-goers, will circulate air around the plants. In return, the plants will accelerate the production of oxygen for the punk celebration. The plants will then be converted into nutritious wheatgrass shots that will be offered to the public on a weekly basis.

By drawing from the shared intensity and raw energy of punk culture and wheatgrass, “Permacounterculture” highlights the mutually beneficial ecosystem formed by the two, which in turn extends to our everyday life. Simultaneously, we inclusively energize the wider DC community as they partake in the holistic benefits of this communal wheatgrass shot.

The “Permacounterculture” punk show series will be open to all ages. Suggested donation of $5 – $10 for local bands is appreciated!

Featured photographer: Farrah Skeiky
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Featured photographer: Alex Schelldorf

Featured photographer: Chris Suspect
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Contributions by:

Sarah O’Donoghue, Chris Moore, Kohei Urakami, Alexander Dowd, Sarah Puralewski, Tef Reese, Emanuel Cooper, Beck Levy, Hannah Eliasoph, Hillary Rochon, Kenzi Waddell and many more!

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About the artist:
Using art as a form of communication, Naoko Wowsugi, an artist of Korean-Japanese descent, creates playful interactions between various local communities. She received her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and her BFA from both the Kansas City Art Institute and Osaka University of Arts in Japan. Notable recent exhibitions include “Come Back to Rockville” at VisArts, Rockville, MD (2015) and “The Outwin 2016: American Portraiture Today,” which will travel from the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C. to the Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA, The Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX, and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO (2016-2018). Her works have been reviewed in The Washington Post, Washington City Paper, Smithsonian Magazine, and Photograph Magazine. Wowsugi will be an Artist-in-Residence at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation in 2017.

Artist Talk: Christie Neptune in conversation with Rhea Combs

Artist Talk: Christie Neptune in conversation with Rhea Combs

Christie Neptune in dialogue with Rhea Combs, Curator of Film & Photography at Smithsonian's National Museum of African-American History and Culture. Combs and Neptune discuss the themes and inspiration behind the artist's newest body of work on view at Hamiltonian Gallery.

"She Fell From Normalcy" is the third and final installment of Christie Neptune's multi-media series "Eye Of The Storm", a body of work that examines how constructs of race, gender and class limit the personal experience. Working across photography, film and new media, Neptune challenges the hegemonic system of whiteness that shapes our definitions of the "self", and in "She Fell From Normalcy", places particular emphasis on its effect on the emotional and mental health of people of color.

In "She Fell From Normalcy", Christie Neptune uses sound, installation, original writing and video throughout the gallery to build a world stripped of the limitations of race, gender and class. As subject, Neptune employs two females trapped in a sterile, white environment in which they are controlled by an unseen presence; it is only after a cataclysmic break in the system that the females are granted clarity and self-recognition.

Neptune is a graduate of Fordham University and has been featured in publications including Les Femmes Folles, HYSTERIA: What Was Taken, Psychology Today and Juxtapoze Magazine. Recent shows include a solo exhibition at Five Myles Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (2015). She has been included in group exhibitions at the Queens Museum of Art, Queens NY (2016); A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (2016); Yeelen Gallery, Miami Fl (2015); The Hamiltonian Gallery, Washington, DC (2015); UnionDocs, Brooklyn, NY (2015); the Momentum Technology Film Fest at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ (2014); and 440 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (2011).

Introducing the 2016 Hamiltonian Fellows

Introducing the 2016 Hamiltonian Fellows

As we close out our eighth year of artist-centered activities and programming, Hamiltonian is proud to announce the six new, distinguished 2016 Hamiltonian Fellows to join our existing artists.  We are pleased to introduce:

  • Rachel Guardiola (MFA, Maryland Institute College of Art)
  • Aschely Cone (MFA, Maryland Institute College of Art)
  • Kyle Bauer (MFA, Louisiana State University)
  • Magali Hébert-Huot (MFA, Maryland Institute College of Art)
  • Paolo Morales (MFA, Rhode Island School of Design)
  • Rives Wiley (BFA, Rhode Island School of Design)

The 2016 Hamiltonian Fellows were selected from a competitive pool of 131 very talented artists. The External Review Panel, comprised of six art professionals, evaluated every application and gathered to discuss each artist based on criteria regarding artistic merit and relevance to today's art world.  We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the panelists for their generosity and enthusiastic support of this endeavor:

  • Jessica Beck, Associate Curator of Art, The Andy Warhol Museum
  • Omar Lopez Chahoud, independent curator and artistic director of UNTITLED Art Fair
  • Adriel Luis, Curator, Digital & Emerging Media, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center
  • Matthew Mann, artist and Hamiltonian alum
  • Danielle Mysliwiec, artist and Assistant Professor, Department of Art, American University
  • Sanjit Sethi, artist and Director of the Corcoran School of the Arts + Design at the George Washington University

Artwork by all six new fellows will be on view in the debut group exhibition new.now., opening at Hamiltonian Gallery on Saturday, September 17th from 7-9 pm.