Posts Tagged ‘murals’

D.C.’s Historic Murals Are Disappearing

As public works of art are torn down or disappear behind new developments, a vital part of District culture vanishes.

Four New Public Art Pieces in D.C.

A timeline of Paul Robesons life, a symbol of "Hipster Fascism," another tribute to Duke Ellington, and deer frolicking in the city

New Interactive Maps Track Latino Murals in D.C.’s “El Barrio”

Track the familiar paintings you've seen in Columbia Heights, Adams Morgan, and Mount Pleasant.

Marvin Gaye Mural in Shaw Is Being Built Over

If you prefer to pay your respects to late music greats at rainbow-hued building facades, your days to salute the memory of Marvin Gaye in Shaw are numbered. A colorful tribute to the homegrown soul crooner at 7th and S streets NW is on its way out.
The mural was commissioned by the Heineken Mural Project and painted in [...]

Poolhouse Blues: Aniekan Udofia’s New Mural in Eastern Market

One of D.C.’s best-known muralists, Aniekan Udofia, is taking his work in a new, conceptual direction. His past pieces have kept to a literal scope: the pro-statehood U Street NW mural of a gagged George Washington; the portraits of Chuck Brown, Bill Cosby, Donnie Simpson, and Barack Obama on the side of Ben’s Chili Bowl; [...]

Potter’s House Mural Faces Possible Destruction

One of the most recognizable (or, at least, colorful) markers of Adams Morgan might not be around much longer. The new board of directors of the Potter's House—a half-century-old progressive bookstore, gallery, and cafe on Columbia Road NW—plans to paint over the rainbow-hued candle mural that's occupied the wall above its entrance since 2010.
Artist Karla "Karlisima" Rodas-Israel, who [...]

Fort Fringe Gets a Makeover

Each spring, when Capital Fringe is nigh, CEO Julianne Brienza and her team give the festival’s New York Avenue NW headquarters the gritty, performance-art-geek equivalent of an extreme home makeover. Far beyond a little sprucing up or a fresh coat of paint, Fort Fringe gets an updated new color scheme, branding concept, and even a [...]

Paint it Black: U Street’s Newest Tribute to History is a Mural

Walk past Jumbo Slice on U Street NW on a Saturday night, and you might catch a glimpse of a dude peeing in an alley or a pack of strung-out clubgoers tottering by in 5-inch heels—but you’ll see few vestiges of the corridor that once rivaled Harlem as a center of black culture in the [...]

Adams Morgan Mural Restoration Begins

D.C. has been losing murals due to development lately (R.I.P., mustachioed guy at 14th and Florida NW) but one of the city's oldest and best loved murals will get a facelift beginning this week. Local artist Juan Pineda will restore the piece titled "Un pueblo sin murales es un pueblo desmuralizado" ("A people without murals are a [...]

In Edgewood, an “American Genocide” Mural Takes Aim at the Pigskins

When Pigskins owner Dan Snyder and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell say that the name of Washington's football honors Native Americans, Gregg Deal doesn't buy it.
“People have the audacity to say this name is an honor, but I find it hard to believe that the moment a touchdown is made, and people start singing ‘Hail to the [Pigskins],’ everyone is thinking about [...]