June 19 – August 22, 2009 (Reception: June 19)
PARADOX NOW! features contemporary artists who view history as a fluid dynamic, in dialogue with and affected by the present and subject to revision. These artists play with the audience's expectations and short-circuit accepted narratives through historical reenactments, parodies, anachronisms, and other seeming hiccups in the fabric of daily life. The artworks in PARADOX NOW! mimic the ways in which meanings are generated and preserved in our culture—thereby disorienting viewers and leading them to question how they have come to know what they think they know.
Featuring Josh Azzarella, A. Clarke Bedford, Megan Hildebrandt, Ding Ren, E. Brady Robinson, Mark Tribe, Erin Williams, and British artist and filmmaker Anna Lucas.
Curated by AAC Director of Exhibitions Jeffry Cudlin.
Sparkplug: NEW WORK
A show by the DCAC arts collective; curated by Lea-Ann Bigelow and Blair Murphy. From the curators' statement:
"Sparkplug is, at present, a spirited gathering of ten artists and curators who meet twice a month to discuss their work, explore the arts in the nation’s capital, grow their community, and dream up creative engagements in DC and around the globe. In the context of this closely-focused show, Sparkplug’s mission will be to testify to its own mutable now: the now of its production, the now of its collective exchanges, the now of individual stances outside of the collective, the now that will inevitably be then soon. For a collective whose very existence is based on a charter of becoming, of sharing, of transitions, of emergence, of change…the privileging of a specific Sparkplug moment presents a persistent (albeit purposeful) challenge.
The show will highlight painting, drawing, video, photography, and mixtures thereof by: Deborah Carroll-Anzinger, Peter Gordon, Lisa McCarty, Kathryn McDonnell, Michael Matason, Mark Planisek, Karen Joan Topping, and Jenny Walton."
Artist's talk: Wednesday, July 22, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Scott Hutchison: DRAWINGS
Brand new drawings and video from AAC's resident painter, draftsman, and animator.