Monday, July 06, 2009

A Priori/A Posteriori

On July 8, the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s exhibition space dedicated to the Corcoran College of Art + Design, Gallery 31, will open the three-part show A Priori/A Posteriori. The show contains work from current students and recent graduates, and is the result of an experimental class conducted in the spring 2009 semester, taught by Professor Margaret Adams. The show was created around a single concept decided on by the class.

A Priori/A Posteriori concept explores the root of ideas and knowledge based on perception, instinct, implicit and explicit memory. A priori suggests defining ideas as inherent, while the posteriori identifies learning through the act of experience. The discovery has been that the group’s work speaks from a central point, or slash between, the priori and posteriori process.

The show is broken into three installations: Instinct, Vision, and Time, each representing a different response to the group’s philosophical experiment. Dates and times are as follows:

Instinct: July 8 – July 11. Opening July 9 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Time: July 15 – July 18. Opening July 16 from 6p.m. – 8 p.m.
Vision: July 22 – July 25. Opening July 23 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Gallery 31 is located at the New York Avenue entrance to the Corcoran Gallery. Hours are from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Wednesday – Saturday, and until 9 p.m. on Thursdays. Admission is free. For additional information about Gallery 31, or for more information about the college, please visit