Arts Desk

FotoWeek Preview!

Matthew Black's photos are on display at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery

Forget the inane spelling, FotoWeek DC is a killer event showcasing that arguably most accessible form of visual art–photography, duh–at venues throughout the D.C. metro area. The third annual event officially kicks off tomorrow and ends next Saturday, but tonight, for $45, you can attend the launch party at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Attendees are advised to dress their best, as it is a photography party and "the paparazzi will be out in force." Um, sure. Fortunately, nearly all the other events are free–albeit probably less glamorous. Keep your eyes peeled for FotoWeek coverage on the blog next week from Lou Jacobson, Kriston Capps, Jonathan L. Fischer, and your truly. Here are some of the exhibits we're definitely planning to check out:

"imMigration" at Hillyer Art Space
Latino photographers from 11 countries explore the lives of migrants and immigrants across the globe.

"The Breadth and Beauty of Photography" at Studio Gallery
Fourteen photographers–ranging from photojournalists to portraitists–share their vision in one show.

"The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence: Identity Writ Large" at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery
Matthew Black's portraits of members of the Seattle chapter of the social activist group The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Members assume the identity of queer nuns to raise awareness for LGBT issues.

"Cross Water: Bridges in Focus" at the House of Sweden
Over the course of six years, Ewa K. Andinsson photographed 14 of Sweden's largest bridges, approaching them not only with an eye for their transportational functionality but also exploring how each interacts with its respective environment.

New Work by Recent Photography and Photojournalism Graduates at the Corcoran Gallery
Six faculty members from the photography department at the Corcoran College of Art and Design handpicked works from one of their former students, based on how these works reflected the working relationship between teacher and pupil.

We've already covered a few FotoWeek events, like the "Simply Beautiful" exhibit at the National Geographic Museum, and Bruce Davidson's appearance tomorrow at Corcoran. And there are many, many more FotoWeek events–most of them exhibits, but also a smattering of lectures, film screenings, and workshops. Wonder what form the next city-wide celebration of art will take–think "PerphormanceArtWeek" would fly?

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