Journey to NO MAN’S LAND: Celebrate the opening of an exciting new contemporary art exhibition at the National Museum of Women in the Arts

The National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. is hosting an exhibition titled “No Man’s Land: Women Artists from the Rubell Family Collection” from September 30, 2016, through January 8, 2017.

Established in 1964 in New York City, the Rubell Family Collection (RFC) is one of the world’s largest privately owned contemporary art collection. The exhibition showcases the works of 37 contemporary artists from 16 nations who have used their aesthetically diverse ideas to address various political and intellectual themes. The presentation focuses on the process of art making as well as images of female body as an extension from the feminist art movement in the 1970s.

Cecily Brown, Service de Luxe (detail), 1999, Oil on linen, 75 x 75 x 2, Courtesy of the Rubell Family Collection.

Cecily Brown, Service de Luxe (detail), 1999, Oil on linen, 75 x 75 x 2, Courtesy of the Rubell Family Collection.

National Museum of Women in the Arts curators worked with RFC to choose a highly focused group of paintings and sculptures that center on the process of making as well as images of the female body, both topics that extend from the feminist art movement of the 1970s. Many artists in the exhibition use labor-intensive techniques to alter conventional notions of “women’s work” and handcraft. Some sculpt or paint semi-abstract shapes that reference the body obliquely, while others depict the female form directly, forcefully reclaiming its visualization and interpretation.

Painting and sculpture are among the oldest and traditionally most revered mediums of fine art, yet in the hands of many contemporary artists, they are avenues for experimentation, play, and subversion. Artists in NO MAN’S LAND paint with neon, weave with Carnival beads, and glue metal bread baskets into their assemblages.




DC Shorts Returns to Celebrate the Art of Short Film

The DC Shorts Film Festival is Washington, DC’s only film festival dedicated to showcasing and discussing short films from around the world. The lineup covers a variety of genres: dramas, comedies, animation, sci-fi, documentaries, and creative experimental films. All films are 20 minutes or less. The DC Shorts Film Festival includes 131 films and 6 screenplays from 33 countries. The 11-day event will include film screenings of shorts in every conceivable genre and style, Q&As, filmmaker workshops and parties.


Joe Bilancio, Director of Programming for the DC Shorts Film Festival and Associate Programmer Derek Horne viewed 1,368 submissions for this year’s festival, culling the final number down to 131. Bilancio bemoans that they could have added another few hundred to that final tally. “There’s literally at least another 200 films that were so good, you’re almost crying that you can’t screen them,” he says.  Special this year is the amount of films that have been critically acclaimed at other festivals around the world including Sundance, Tribeca, SXSW, Telluride, Toronto, Berlin, and Cannes and are making their DC premiere.

The DC Shorts Film Festival runs Sept. 8 to 18 at various locales throughout the city (though most of the Showcases are at the Landmark E Street Cinema). Tickets are $12 to $15 with all-access passes available for $125. Seventy-five of the shorts are available for online viewing for $30. http://festival.dcshorts.com