The Brush Off: D.C.’s New Murals
Mural art doesn't seem like the kind of discipline that should be broken into seasons, like fashion or the performing arts—not least because so many murals, with their all-together-now imagery and perennial visibility, seem lodged in a permanent Sesame Street-like past. But the District's MuralsDC program is calling its new slate of wall art a "season," and it formally kicked it off last week with the unveiling of a new piece in Shaw.
Friday, prolific local muralist Aniekan Udofia, 37, debuted "Reloaded" (top), a large work that sprawls across a wall adjacent to a liquor store parking lot at 3rd Street and Florida Avenue NW. The bright painting depicts a woman in hoop earrings cradling an enormous pencil like a Tommy gun. Udofia recently told the Washington Times that the image makes a statement about the power of wordsmithing.
In the next few weeks, MuralsDC plans to start work on its first collaboration with the Smithsonian Latino Center at the Latin American Montessori Bilingual charter school on Missouri Avenue NW. A depiction of the 1963 March on Washington, slated for Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE, is also planned along with several more murals all over the city. Here’s a look at all of the sites MuralsDC has selected for a fresh coat of paint in the coming months.
1. 312 Florida Ave. NW "Reloaded" (pictured, top) by Aniekan Udofia, on view now
2. 1513 Rhode Island Ave. NE
3. 1375 Missouri Ave. NW
4. 1101 Bladensburg Road NE
5. 2921 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE
6. 8 Florida Ave. NW
Map graphic by Jandos Rothstein