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Molly Rausch and a Short Sale

Molly Rausch is developing a project for HFA at the Corcoran. A Short Sale of artistic renditions from the Corcoran Gallery of Art's Collection.

For more information and to get involved see the project website.


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The beginning of Dagmar’s time at HFA

The view from the Studio, Monday morning

Dagmar outside the HFA Studio at TCG

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HFA @ Corcoran July 30th – Aug 11th

Here are the schedules for Artists that will be working with HFA at both the Corcoran Gallery of Art and THEARC in Anacostia.

July 30th to August  4th

Dagmar Swenson
Site: the Corcoran Gallery of Art Days: Monday thru to Saturday
Jessica Poser creating her Mending Wall
Site: the Corcoran Gallery of Art and THEARC Days: Tuesday to Saturday
Chere Krakovsky with her Kitchen Table performance
Site: the Corcoran Gallery of Art and THEARC Days: Thursday to Saturday

August 6 th to August 11th
Molly Rausch will be engaged in a topic of public relevance
Beth E Wilson will explore DC and the subject of Psycho Geography
Ward Tietz will be presenting a new installation
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Margo Elsayd – Statement

“The ‘voids’ that have been left after the riots in the USA are full with the consequences of racism, nationalism, and capitalism.  They are open museums of the evils of the 20th century, abolishing these places by re-planning, redeveloping, revitalizing and Renaissanciation, will not delete the systems that produced these ‘voids’ and waste”.

This is a quote by Gil Doran, in an article titled “The Dead Zone and the Architecture of Transgression.” I think of this quote often, particularly when I come across construction zones where beautiful row houses or boarded up storefronts once stood, which is a common image while walking through neighborhoods undergoing redevelopment in D.C.  Yet, Washington D.C. may just be the most powerful city in the world, but what happens to the urban lifestyle that drives us all to the city to begin with when we only cater to the middle and upperclass consumer culture?

All of my thoughts about gentrification that I have had for the last several months came full circle upon arriving at the habitats for my residency.  There I was, in a wealthy and political driven part of the city, across from the White House surrounded by security guards.  Nevertheless, here we are still faced with issues of racism, classism, and capitalism.  With these thoughts in mind, my goal was to create a scene that would not typically be seen in this part of the city.  Using the materials I had been collecting from neighborhoods undergoing gentrification and shipping pallet wood to symbolize consumerism, and help from local city children from KidPower and friends I sought out to create a poetic expression of some of my thoughts.

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Dagmar Swenson

I will be preparing the materials and creating small acrylic paintings that are responsive to my state of mind as I dwell in, and interact with, my new environment. The style of my paintings may be landscapes, portraits, or abstractions but always are filled with color and draw in the observer through my personal window via my works' Naïve and impressionist style.

It's a short-term artist's residence at one of HFA's signature 6 x 6 studios at the Corcoran Gallery of Art,17th and NY Ave.:

M, T, W: 10am-2pm;
Th: 5pm-9pm;
F, Sat: 10am-2pm

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Margo Elsayd at HFA Corcoran Day 1

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