ORGANIZED BY WASHINGTON PROJECT FOR THE ARTS
CURATOR: Blair Murphy, Independent Curator, New York, NY
ELIGIBILITY: Open to all artists regardless of media
ENTRY FEE: None
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: June 6, 2014 by 5:00pm
EXHIBITION DATES: October 17 - November 2, 2014
LOCATION: VisArts at Rockville, 155 Gibbs St., Rockville MD 20850
ONLINE SUBMISSION HERE
The notion of intimacy is simultaneously idealized and fraught. It describes human relationships, acting as a metric of the physical closeness, emotional bonds, or personal knowledge shared by two people. It can refer to the accumulation of knowledge about complex topics or--as in the phrase intimately aware--a familiarity with difficult truths. Though we strive for it, it can be difficult to achieve and painful to sustain. It provides us with unbelievable joy and immense disappointment.
Strange Bedfellows will explore intimacy in its various incarnations, approaching the topic from a variety of angles. What do we expect from our closest relationships and how have those expectations changed over time? How are knowledge and intimacy intertwined? How does technology impact the way we build connections and what we expect from relationships? How do we build deep knowledge of other times and places? How do our political and civic institutions cultivate closeness (or, alternately, distance)?
The call is open to all artists regardless of media used or geographic location. Artists do not need to be WPA members and there is no submission fee.