Author Archive for Kriston Capps

Are 25 Temporary Installations Too Scattershot for the Money?

The 5x5 Project, reviewed.

Six Steps to Restore Our Faith in the Corcoran

When Roy Slade came to the Corcoran College of Art + Design as dean in 1970, he found an institution at rock bottom. “The facilities and equipment of the school were poor if non existent,” he wrote in his recollections from the era. Some of his complaints will sound familiar to Washingtonians who love the [...]

Low-Gallery Diet: Can D.C.’s Art Scene Survive Without Traditional Spaces?

Who’s bothered by the fact that House of Cards tapes in Baltimore, not in D.C.? Let’s see. Folks who work at the District’s Office of Motion Picture and Television Development, for sure. Young aspirational residents of Capitol Hill, too, I’m betting. The D.C. art world? After last week, when Pussy Riot joined Kevin Spacey and [...]

Our Fantasy Board of Directors for an (Imaginary) New Corcoran

Among the most entertaining details to emerge from last week’s court hearings over the future of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design were visions of an alternative future heralded by philanthropist Wayne Reynolds. While Corcoran trustees are in court to pursue a cy-près petition to alter the institution’s charter and [...]

A D.C. Judge Accepted a Challenge to the Corcoran’s Partition. What Happens Next?

Advocates who aim to preserve the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design won a major victory in court yesterday. As the Washington Business Journal reported, D.C. Superior Court Judge Robert Okun awarded standing to several members of the Save the Corcoran group that filed a motion to intervene in the legal proceedings to [...]

Advocacy Campaign Files Motion to Stop Corcoran Dissolution

The advocacy group Save the Corcoran filed a motion today in D.C. Superior Court to intervene in  proceedings that would result in the dissolution of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design. With this motion, which consists of a complaint and a petition, the group formally opposes a cy-près petition filed by [...]

American University Museum Launches Gallery for D.C. Art, Aims to Absorb Some of the Corcoran Collection

The American University Museum is expanding its focus on Washington artists, positioning itself as a research center for D.C. art thanks to a substantial new gift. The study gallery, as the museum director refers to it, will support historic and thematic exhibitions on local art and artists as well as films, lectures, and other programming.
With the [...]

Pain in the Grass: New National Mall Regulations Force Big-Name Events Off the Lawn

Weeknights on the National Mall once meant scattered picnickers and scheduled protests. Today, you’ll find any number of intramural league games taking shape in the heart of D.C.’s memorial core every night of the week. From soccer to ultimate Frisbee to kickball, these sports are newish uses for the country’s busiest national park, devised by [...]

Washington Project for the Arts Moving to V Street NW

The Washington Project for the Arts is moving into a new permanent space adjacent to the 9:30 Club as part of the in-progress Atlantic Plumbing development. The artist organization's new headquarters will include a gallery space and office.
The WPA is moving from its current temporary location in the Capitol Skyline Hotel in Southwest to 1,500 square feet [...]

The Corcoran Still Needs Permission to Dissolve Itself. Here’s Its Court Filing, Annotated.

Trustees of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design filed a cy-près petition to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia seeking formal approval to revise the Corcoran's federal charter. National Law Journal reporter Zoe Tillman spotted the filing yesterday. The petition would enable the Corcoran to go through with [...]

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