Since 1989, D.C. Arts Center has cultivated a creative ecosystem that develops and supports a spectrum of performance and traditional artists who challenge the definitions of experimental work. Anchored in Adams Morgan, DCAC’s cultural infrastructure has withstood waves of gentrification and erasure, and through that process, has become a dojo where artists hone their creative practice. Without imposing a vision that encumbers creative freedom, decades of radical work calling into question the human condition and societal constructs have amplified the creative spirit that permeates throughout the Arts Center and Washington, D.C. writ large. On Saturday, October 12 in collaboration with Uptown Art House and Pakke Social, DCAC will celebrate the thousands of curators, directors, painters, sculptors, actors, poets, patrons and all around creatives who have informed this fringe community for 30 years.
The 30th anniversary party is as much about honoring DCAC’s history as it is about laying the foundation for its future. DCAC has partnered with creative agency Uptown Art House and Pakke Social’s new DIY art space located in the alleyway of 18th Street, The Cheshire, to showcase a modern day look at D.C.’s like-minded art communities. During the evening, guests will be able to interact with archival images of past DCAC gallery shows and performances through Anti Hero’s projected recontextualization, along with a special video presentation of Holly Bass’ retrospective performances of Sherman Fleming’s ‘Something Akin to Living.’ Featured works from DCAC alumnae including Aziza Claudia Gibson-Hunter, Jung Min Park, Pat Goslee, Chris Combs and Joanne Kent will accentuate the wall space along with painter Esteban Whiteside while printmakers Nomu.Nomu and Absurdlywell offer unique memorabilia. Sonics from bands Park Snakes and Cigarette in addition to DJs No Intimate and Jessicunt will present a swatch of the city’s burgeoning music scene. Performance artist Ashley Shey will use her body to transmute the vibrations of the gathering into a movement piece. Part fundraiser, part exhibition, part concert, part testimonial, the soiree aims to be an immersive experience for all ages.
VIP tickets will be available before the event for an intimate viewing of the exhibition and performance piece (6-7pm).
General admission tickets will be sold online and at the door. Please stay tuned to our newsletter and social media channels for more information as sales open.