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Opening/Call for Art: RETRO[per]SPECTIVE: Artist-Run Spaces in DC


Friday October 5 * 7pm

“RETRO [per] SPECTIVE: Artist-Run Spaces in Washington DC” is a month-long collaborative program between Rhizome and the DC Public Library Special Collections, featuring live performances every Friday night through the month of October, representing select artist venues: The Museum of Temporary Art (MOTA), d.c. space, Union Arts, and the DC Arts Center. The exhibition includes materials on loan from the personal archives of venue founders; from DCPL Special Collections; the Archives of American Art; and excerpts from historical audio and video recordings from the past.

Opening night is the Museum of Temporary Art Night, with an interpretation of former director of the Corcoran and of the Washington Gallery of Modern Art, Walter Hopps’ original MOTA event held December 7, 1978, titled “36 Hours,” where Hopps opened the doors of MOTA [originally located at 1206 G Street NW] for an anticipated 36 hours, for all artists everywhere to bring their artwork for hanging. Our selected curator will hang the works, to directly quote Hopps, "as thickly as possible, floor to ceiling, wall to wall” on the bottom floor of Rhizome. All artists are encouraged to bring their work; art is hung first come, first served until the space is filled. (We won't be there for 36 hours. One night only! And then the show will be up all month.......)

Saturday and Sunday 1-6pm plus during evening events

Stay tuned for more updates as Friday evening live performances--in celebration of the selected venues--and related activities are confirmed throughout the month.