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Nanas on New York Ave

The National Museum for the Women of the Arts, in conjunction with the Downtown BID and the Office of Planning, arranged to have four Niki de Saint Phalle sculptures installed on New York Avenue. Those sculptures, including Nana on a Dolphin, are being installed this week on a median near 11th and New York.

Image from womeninthearts.wordpress.com

Visit womeninthearts.wordpress.com for more images of the installation.

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Art Ribbon Cutting photo

Below is a snapshot courtesy of the MVTCID from today’s ribbon cutting ceremony for the public art at 5th & K. Gloria Nauden of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities wielded the scissors while artists Ethan Kerber (Inspiration) and David Black (Lift Off) flanked her on either side. The event had over 50 attendees.

From Left to right: Patricia Zingsheim (Planning), Joe Carrol (Lowe), Rachel Dickerson (DC Creates), Lavinia Wohlfarth (DCAAH commissioner), Ethan Kerber (Artist), Gloria Nauden (DCAAH), David Black (Artist), Andy Shallal (Busboys), Rosalynn Hughey (Planning)

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More on Lift Off

The Lift Off sculpture installation is nearing completion despite being surrounded by caution tape. The lighting at the end of each of the horizontal beams appears to be the major outstanding item remaining.

Responses to this new artwork have been mixed. Fellow K at City Vista residents have comically started calling it “Big Bird” with one individual saying “if we don’t feed it maybe it will fly away.” Perhaps it will become landmark in DC like The Big Chicken is a point of reference for driving directions in the Atlanta area.

My condo listserv has been flooded with comments and jokes about the sculpture. And despite some negative feedback, someone pointed out that the new artwork is a great distraction from the strip club and parking lot at the 5th and K intersection.


Personally, I’m not a fan of the color (especially with a similar-colored building in the background), but overall I’m happy with the artwork and thrilled that the Master Plan is being implemented. I’d like to remind our readers that public art displays are part of the Mount Vernon Triangle Master Plan, which also includes the decorative grate artwork scheduled for installation in the coming months. While many of us were not yet residents of The Triangle in the spring of 2007, there was a two day community panel during which the artwork was selected.

What are your thoughts?

Image Credit: DCMud

Editor’s note: The MVT CID has published a press release on the sculpture.

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22nd Annual Washington Craft Show this weekend

Information Courtesy of Jo Ann Neuhaus at the Penn Quarter Neighborhood Association

This weekend Crafts America presents the 22nd Annual Washington Craft Show. The event takes place at the Washington Convention Center and showcases 190 Juried, Contemporary Craft Artists from 34 states and DC.

Top: Nancy Kubale; Bottom (left to right): Hideaki Miyamura; Ben Johnson; Robert & Barbara Matthews

Original pieces will be presented and available for sale in the following media: Basketry, Ceramics, Fiber, Furniture, Glass, Jewelry, Leather, Metal, Mixed-Media, Paper, Wearable Art, Wood

Hours:
Friday, November 6, 10:00am – 8:00pm
Saturday, November 7, 10:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday, November 8, 11:00am – 5:00pm

General admission $15, but discounted coupons are available here; No charge for children under 12

Saturday, 3:30pm

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and David McFadden, Chief Curator of New York’s Museum of Arts and Design, discuss Ms. Albright’s personal jewelry worn to communicate a message or a mood during her diplomatic tenure. Following the discussion, Ms. Albright will sign her book, Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat’s Jewel Box

For more information, visit the event website

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American Century Theater presents

The American Century Theater is bringing A Piece of My Heart, a celebration of women who served and sacrificed in the Vietnam War, to Washington D.C. this November 6th – 21st. They are performing at the historic theater space of the Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church, 900 Massachusetts Avenue, NW.


A Piece of My Heart is the story of six women– before, during and after the Vietnam War. Based on Keith Walker’s book of the same name, the play is a collage of sound and imagery pinpointing the significant moments in each woman’s journey. The reality of the play occurs at the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Wall in Washington, DC. At the moment of dedication, memories come flooding back, transporting the audience to the beginning. We see six young women make the choice to serve and the consequences of those decisions on the course and direction of their lives. They return different people who must reconcile their need to serve humanity with the horrors they experienced during war. It is a piece about transcendence that deals with the themes of service, heroism, life, death, trauma, forgiveness, sacrifice, despair, depression, rejection, friendship and rebirth. A Piece of My Heart features the unsung heroes often overlooked in history until now.

Running time: 2 hours, 15 minutes, with one intermission.

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