Posts Tagged ‘Fotoweek’

FotoWeekDC Opening Party

FotoWeek D.C.: D.B. Stovall at Hillyer Art Space, Reviewed

D.C. native D.B. Stovall gets unnecessarily defensive about his photography of vintage and aging architecture. “Calling it ‘old buildings,’” he writes in the wall text of his new exhibit at Hillyer Art Space, “is selling it far too short.”
But Stovall needn’t worry. While many photographers have made images of “old buildings,” from Walker Evans to [...]

The Big Picture

In its fifth year, citywide photography show FotoWeekDC has ballooned from a mostly local affair to a magnet for international work. Naturally, it’s been dogged by allegations of snubbing local artists. But an early glimpse at some of this year’s photos shows that D.C. photogs have plenty of strong stuff on view this year—they just [...]

Arts Roundup: Mrs. Know-It-All Edition

Bounce Back Kingz: On its blog, go-go outfit TCB posts an update on Polo, its lead talker who was hospitalized following a concert year and spent some time in a coma:
Polo is no longer in what they call "end of life"care which means he  has been removed off of hospice. He is no longer in [...]

This Week in WCP Arts: Arthur Miller, Lars von Trier, Victoria F. Gaitán

Chris Klimek leads this week's arts section with his appreciative review of After the Fall—the cerebral, historically problematic Arthur Miller play that's in good hands at Theater J—and The Golden Dragon, a stacked-narrative German play involving one particularly impressive feat of dentistry. I chat with a bunch of particularly hardworking local literary geeks. Tricia Olszewski [...]

Don’t Be Bored: How to Lecture With A Salmon

Long before Dan Brown had dreamed up the “symbologist” that Tom Hanks would play on screen, Umberto Eco had written The Name of the Rose and Foucault’s Pendulum, novels that play with semiotics without the clumsy plot twists, hackish narrative, or made-for-Hollywood dialogue that litters The Da Vinci Code. In those first two books, Eco’s characters find themselves [...]

Don’t Be Bored: Bossalingo Beyond

Local outfit Bossalingo earned a following with its Monday night gigs at the Chi Cha Lounge from 1998 to 2005, but after that run ended, its members pursued other projects. Now, with a new album, Steps Beyond, bandleader and guitarist Michael Joseph Harris is working on re-establishing Bossalingo’s name. Inspired by the jazz-samba style of D.C. [...]

Reviewed: Joshua Cogan at 6th and I Historic Synagogue

Joshua Cogan, a D.C.-based photographer, barely empties his own extensive vaults in a FotoWeek exhibition at the 6th and I Historic Synagogue. Using both color and black-and-white, Cogan has documented street and village life from Louisiana to Jamaica and from Vietnam to Zanzibar, producing an ambitious portfolio that is at turns gritty, heartbreaking and joyous, [...]

FotoWeek: Documentary Photography at Goethe-Institut

The four photographers in the Goethe-Institut’s documentary photography show share little in common except for being based in Germany and having won the same award from the Wustenrot Foundation. Even so, their work shares a fascination with states of transition. Kirill Golovchenko tracks the shift of Ukraine from communism to western-style capitalism, embodied in (rather [...]

FotoWeek: Camera Obscura?

Over at TBD, Maura Judkis shares some thoughts on FotoWeek and its discontents. Judkis interviews FotoWeek contributors past and present to convey how the festival has gone off the rails—seemingly, according to plan.
Her story examines all angles of the problem of FotoWeek—or, if you prefer, the problem that FotoWeek solves. Just by naming the past [...]