Tag Archives: Corcoran Gallery of Art

MAYA FREELON ASANTE Ubuntu Installation at MFA

2 Aug

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MAYA FREELON ASANTE’s Corcoran Gallery of Art Installation Moves to Morton Fine Art

26 Jul
MAYA FREELON ASANTE's Installation at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, photo credit: Jason Tucker

MAYA FREELON ASANTE’s Installation at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, photo credit: Jason Tucker

MAYA FREELON ASANTE’s Ubuntu Installation for Corcoran Gallery of Art’s Take It to the Bridge Moves to Morton Fine Art

July 25, 2012 – on

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ON DISPLAY at   Morton Fine Art

1781 Florida Ave NW

Washington, DC 20009

**This piece is moving from the Performance Bridge inside the Corcoran’s glass entryway on 17th Street, Washington, DC.

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Video link to Corcoran Installation by MAYA FREELON ASANTE

21 Jul
MAYA FREELON ASANTE / photo credit: Jason Tucker

MAYA FREELON ASANTE / photo credit: Jason Tucker

Amazing video footage of MAYA FREELON ASANTE installing her Ubuntu tissue paper sculpture at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.  Enjoy!

http://vimeo.com/45939223

MAYA FREELON ASANTE’S Installation at Corcoran Gallery of Art

18 Jul

Don’t miss the chance to view MAYA FREELON ASANTE’s Ubuntu tissue paper installation at the Corcoran Gallery of Art!  Currently on display through Sunday, 22 July, 2012.

Here’s a sneak peek of photos taken by MFA’s Jason Tucker:

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We are so proud of you, Maya!!

Countdown to MAYA FREELON ASANTE’s Installation at Corcoran Gallery of Art

16 Jul

MAYA FREELON ASANTE’s Ubuntu tissue paper installation will be on view at the Corcoran Gallery of Art starting this Wednesday, 18 July – Sunday, 22 July.  If you wish to catch a glimps of the artist in action, please walk by the main entrance on 17th Street this Tuesday afternoon. 

Her installation “Seedling” can be viewed at Morton Fine Art (see image below).  Dimensions and price variable & installation specific.  Enjoy!

Maya Freelon Asante, "Seedling", tissue paper installation, dimensions variable

Maya Freelon Asante, “Seedling”, tissue paper installation, dimensions variable

 

MAYA FREELON ASANTE’s Ubuntu Installation in Corcoran Gallery of Art’s Take It to the Bridge 7/18-7/22

19 Jun

MAYA FREELON ASANTE’s Ubuntu Installation in Corcoran Gallery of Art’s Take It to the Bridge 

July 18 – July 22, 2012

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ON DISPLAY at Corcoran Gallery of Art 500 Seventeenth Street NW Washington, DC 20006 **In the Performance Bridge inside the Corcoran’s glass entryway on 17th Street, Washington, DC. Open 10am – 5pm.

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Morton Fine Art (MFA) is pleased to announce artist Maya Freelon Asante has been selected to create an ubuntu tissue paper installation for the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s Performance Bridge.

About MAYA FREELON ASANTE’s Ubuntu Tissue Paper Installation:

Baltimore-based artist Maya Freelon Asante creates a site-specific tissue paper installation around the outside of the Corcoran Museum’s performance bridge, giving the illusion of a weightless floating sculpture. The vibrant tissue will invite viewers to inspect the tissue sculpture closely as they enter the museum. Many will question the material, fragility and security of the artwork. The installation intends to push artist, artwork and audience.

About the UBUNTU Tissue Paper Installation:

Ubuntu is a classical African concept that means I Am Because We Are. This notion of togetherness and solidarity resonates through Asante’s sculpture, as the joining of the tissue paper illustrates the power of unity. Independently, a torn piece of paper seems insignificant, but once those pieces are combined with others, the force is overwhelming. By creating a monumental, vibrant, sculpture out of tissue paper Asante asks the viewer to acknowledge the fragility of humanity and the importance of working together towards a peaceful and harmonious existence.

About Take To the Bridge:

The Corcoran Gallery of Art and Washington Project for the Arts presents temporary exhibitions, performances, installations, and interventions in the Performance Bridge inside the Corcoran’s glass entryway on 17th Street for Take it to the Bridge.

Featured art work explores the concept of space and place utilizing the unique properties and location of the Performance Bridge. The work varies in its respective response to the collection, history, or architecture of the museum itself, to the city of Washington, DC, or find resonances with the Richard Diebenkorn exhibition which will be on view during the Take it to the Bridge series.

Corcoran Gallery of Art wants to hear from public on relocation

12 Jun

June 11, 2012 — 8:00 PM
by Lisa Farmer for The Examiner

The Corcoran Gallery of Art is holding a string of public meetings — beginning Thursday — on the board of directors’ recent announcement that it is considering selling the museum and moving it out of the District.

“We wanted to show the community is important to us just as the Corcoran is important to the community,” said Rachel Cothran, the gallery’s director of public relations. “This process isn’t just going to be a couple of weeks,” she added. “No decision has been made [on whether to sell the building], and we want this to be open and transparent.”

The museum’s trustees voted last week to explore the feasibility of relocating to a more “cost-effective” facility for the collection and the College of Art + Design, as the institution has been losing money in recent years and leaders say it’s too expensive to stay at their current location. The gallery has been housed in its historic Beaux-Arts building at New York Avenue and 17th Street Northwest since 1897.

Cothran added that the institution might even establish a community board that works directly with the Corcoran.

As a private institution, the gallery is not obliged to hold community meetings for input — but it does make for good public relations. Just 140 miles north in Philadelphia, the Barnes Foundation learned that the hard way when it was sued by museum members and supporters after plans to relocate were made public.

That museum, which was also founded by a wealthy art lover and has the world’s largest collection of Pierre-Auguste Renoir paintings, faced a similar situation as the Corcoran: The foundation wanted a larger building for its collection and educational arts component. The museum moved from the outskirts of Philadelphia into the city and opened its doors three weeks ago.

“It’s traumatic any time you want to change something, especially when people have grown to love it,” said Cara Schneider, a media relations representative for Philadelphia’s tourism bureau.

Thursday’s community meeting will be held at the Corcoran at 6:30 p.m. Future meetings dates are to be determined.

lfarmer@washingtonexaminer.com