Current Exhibitions

WSG Current Exhibitions

Landmarks
King Street Gallery


Presented by the Washington Sculptors Group
and the Department of Visual and Performing Arts, Montgomery College,
Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus

LOCATION:
King Street Gallery
The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center
930 King Street
Silver Spring, MD 20910
www.montgomerycollege.edu/arts

Gallery Hours:
Monday - Friday8am - 4pm

EXHIBITION DATES:
October 24 - November 22, 2016

JUROR:
Claudia Rousseau, PhD.

OPENING RECEPTION:
Thursday, October 27, 20166-8 pm
Gallery Talk at 5pm

Participating Artists
Jan Paul Acton, c.l. bigelow, Alan Binstock, Nizette Brennan, Jacqui Crocetta, Alonzo Davis, Joel D’Orazio, Kate Doyle, Jeffery Cooper, Annie Farrar, Martin Feldman, Mary Annella Mimi Frank, Marilyn Geldzahler, Linda Hesh, Penny Jacoby, Craig Kraft, Ruth Lozner, Rosemary Luckett, Gordon Lyon, Joan Mayfield, Kass McGowan, Rob Muir, Iris Posner, Christopher Romer, Mike Shaffer, Diane Szczepaniak, L. S. Watson, Roy Ysla, Julie Zirlin

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
What is a landmark?  It may be something built by human hands, or be something that exists in nature.  It often connotes the idea of place, of a direction or a turning point.  It could be a totem, a flag, or a magic symbol marking a liminal threshold.  It could be a mark on the ground or on a wall, or it could be a tall structure.  It could be a memorial or a monument.  Landmarks can also be understood in terms of time; a moment between one period and another, or historically between one people and another.  It can be seen as a sign of the times, a moment of crisis or change such as a “landmark decision” or “landmark legislation”.  Landmarks are everywhere in our world and in our language.  
    - Claudia Rousseau

ABOUT THE CURATOR
Claudia Rousseau completed her PhD at Columbia University in New York, and has taught at Montgomery College since 2003. An internationally published scholar, she is also a recognized critic of contemporary art and a curator of art exhibitions in the region. In 2010, she earned membership in the prestigious International Association of Art Critics (AICA) for her writing on art including 11 years of monthly reviews as art critic for the Gazette newspapers, Dr. Rousseau currently serves as a panel member of the Public Arts Trust Steering Committee of the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, as well as the Art Review Panel for the Maryland-National Capitol Parks and Planning Commission for public art.

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MICRO-MONUMENTS

Micro-Monuments Reviewed by by Mark Jenkins in the
Washington Post, Arts & Style, September 25, 2016


Presented by the Washington Sculptors Group
in Collaboration with the Center for Hellenic Studies

This exhibit has a companion event, "Monuments in Flux", a panel discussion, on our Programs page

LOCATION:
Center for Hellenic Studies
3100 Whitehaven Street, NW, Washington, DC 20008

EXHIBITION DATES:
May 27 – October 15, 2016
Please note that the Exhibition has been Extended through October 31, 2016

JUROR:
Anne Reeve

CURATOR:
Artemis Herber

OPENING RECEPTION:
May 27, 2016 from 7-9pm

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

The concept of “Micro-Monuments” conveys a global perspective through miniaturization as a symptom of our times that derived from diverse cultural backgrounds of the exhibiting artists.

The exhibition explores the omnipresence of monuments as a universal idea in art within a trans-disciplinary and trans-cultural context of today. As a returning exhibition from Germany to the United States and its place of origin, the city of Washington, D.C., the Center for Hellenic Studies (CHS) creates an even more interconnected field between cultures, societies, and time through a cross-cultural collaboration.

Arranged in a multi-contextual exhibition design, each Micro-Monument represents diverse and various perspectives with arbitrary viewpoints from afar, and at the same time suggest a relationship within the specific installation milieu. The exhibition conveys the impression of Cabinets of Curiosities, representing a collection of worldviews of cultural heritages contributing to the depiction of a global perspective within an array of wonders.

Micro-Monuments features works by selected artists of the Washington Sculptors Group, as well as a stunning selection of artifacts as a crossover exhibition with references across time, place, and cultures in the interior of the Center For Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C. As a traveling and returning exhibition from Germany, it creates a different statement showing the same artworks within the context of the Center of Hellenic Studies than originally presented in the Salzland Museum in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. Originally motivated by local excavations of a four circular grave system, the ancient monumental sanctuary now is seen in the new context of the Center of Hellenic Studies located in the nation’s capital, the city of monuments and monumental architecture. The artworks and the concept of the exhibition itself undergo a transformation. However the contextual analysis and exploration of deep time art projects still reveal a deeper understanding of people’s lives in prehistoric times, and will allow artist’s interpretations on topics of the cosmos, nature, and contemporary culture, as well as past and future societies.

Juried by Anne Reeve, 32 selected small-scale sculptures created within a “micro” format convey a global perspective that is informed by either the artist’s own personal background, or by experiences with other cultures and peoples, internationally or locally. Their global perspectives create references for Micro-Monuments.

About the Juror: Anne Reeve serves as assistant curator at the Glenstone Museum in Potomac, MD. Her writing has appeared in Art in America and Art Papers, and she is currently at work on a publication to accompany Glenstone's upcoming exhibition of works by late American artist Fred Sandback. 

About the Curator: Artemis Herber was appointed as the curator for Transatlantic Cultural Projects Saxony-Anhalt to realize cross-cultural projects. She currently serves as the President of the Washington Sculptors Group.