Sunday, October 11, 2009

Bilateral Engagement

Linda HeshAn artwork inspired by the 2008 Presidential Election will be on display at the Art Museum of the Americas in Washington DC as part of the Bilateral Engagement exhibition curated by my good friend Laura Roulet.

Last fall, local DC area artist Linda Hesh created an interactive temporary public art project to ask Americans what they wanted for our future as they awaited the upcoming election. She made two six foot benches, one in vibrant turquoise that had “FOR” cut out of the back and another in bright red that stated “AGAINST.”

Hesh thenset the benches in a dozen prominent local locations and asked people passing by what they were for or against. The results were over 1000 written opinions and 306 photographic portraits of everyday people captioned with what they are for or against. Whether they voiced a personal issue, or one on the world stage, people seemed eager to have this forum for expression.

The complete “FOR and AGAINST Bench Project” including benches, written opinions, and 306 portraits as a video will be on display as part of the “Bilateral Engagement” exhibition at the Art Museum of the Americas from October 16, 2009 until January 15, 2010. The exhibition consists of artists selected by curator Laura Roulet from the Washington Sculptors Group paired with the concurrent Latin American artists.

"Bilateral Engagement"
Oct 16 - Jan 15, 2010
Art Museum of the Americas
201 18th St. NW
Washington DC 20006
open tues-sat 10-5 pm

Special events:
Friday, October 16 at 12 noon: preview gallery talk with exhibit curator Laura Roulet
Friday, October 16 at 6pm: opening reception
Saturday, November 7 from 10 am to 12 noon: exhibit-themed family workshop
Saturday, November 14 from 12 pm to 2 pm: Linda Hesh continues her photographic portraits on her FOR and AGAINST benches (all welcome to participate)
Saturday, November 14 from 2 pm to 4 pm: artist-led panel discussion

Funding for those serving seniors

Deadline: Thursday, October 15, 2009

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities has a special grant that funds artists and arts organizations serving seniors, 60 and older in arts programs.

Grant Amount: Up to $5,000
Deadline: Thursday, October 15, 2009
Time: 7:00pm
For more information contact