NEXT at Corcoran Gallery of Art Thursday, May 1

With all the uncertainty around the future of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Corcoran College of Art + Design, the name of the annual student show—NEXT—seems hopelessly ironic this year. But what about the art? Some photographic series take a straightforward approach. Bryan Dozier produces strong documentary images of homeless people using an inky black technique, while Taylor King channels Aaron Siskind and Minor White by producing black-and-white abstract photographs that appear to be of natural surfaces. Shelly Silva produces large-scale, brown-hued images that suggest Rorschach blots (shown). But what’s notable about several of the other photographic works on display is that careful and well-thought-out presentation outshines the content. Conor Martin displays his images as retro 35mm slides, arranged informally on a vintage lightbox, while Tracy Eustaquio mounts her series of windshield-taken photographs at a downward angle and nestled into both sides of a wall junction, effectively communicating a sense of movement. Even as the Corcoran’s fate blurs, the students it develops remain thoughtful creators. The exhibition is on view Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Thursdays through Sundays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $8–$10. (202) 639-1700.

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