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PSA: (e)merge art fair starts tomorrow! Pretty much every DC gallery is participating, so be excited to roam the Capitol skyline hotel and explore and there is great programming throughout the four days. Below you can find some panel discussions and special events we recommend. Daily admission is $15 ; $10 for Seniors and Students with valid ID.


  • Emerging Art / Emerging Practices

Friday, September 23 at 2pm @ Capitol Skyline Hotel – Room 1
Moderator: Claire Breukel (Contemporary Art Curator and Writer)
Panelists: Matthew Higgs (Director/Chief Curator, White Columns), Kristen Hileman (Curator, Baltimore Museum of Art), JJ McCracken (Artist), and Walter Robinson (Editor, Artnet Magazine)

  • Collecting for the Future

Saturday, September 24 at 2pm @ Capitol Skyline Hotel– Room 1
Moderator: Karen Sommer Shalett (editor-in-chief, DC Magazine)
Panelists: Ann Garfinkle (Art Attorney, Whiteford, Taylor and Preston LLP), Dorothy Kosinski (Director, The Phillips Collection), Tony Podesta (Collector) & Mera Rubell (Collector)

  • Current Directions in Video Art

Sunday, September 25 at 2pm @ Capitol Skyline Hotel – Room 1
Moderator: Todd Smith, (Director, Tampa Museum of Art);
Panelists: Anita Beckers (Galerie Anita Beckers), Janet Biggs (Artist), Jonathan Monaghan (Artist), and Manuel de Santaren (Collector)

All panel discussions are open to the public on a first come, first serve basis. Podcasts will be available in October 2011.



  • Kristina BilonickDC Cheer! . DC Cheer! is a community based performance led by Kristina Bilonick, who put out a call to local artists and supporters to join a cheerleading squad. Inspired by Judy Chicago’s ‘Cunt Cheerleaders’, the DC Cheer! squad will post up at (e)merge to encourager the growing artist community in DC.
    Performed throughout the grounds of the hotel. 5pm – 9pm
  • Chukwuma Agubokwu Cross Adams (Triptych)- In the Shadow of a Blank State The Cross Adams (Triptych) is a non-linear story of its titular main character’s experiences as he attempts to approach life with a Post-Black mind frame. Adams elects to self-determine his image as opposed to passively falling into any prefabricated, monolithic tropes of blackness.
    Room 2. 6pm
  • 7pm – 11pm / OPENING NIGHT: Preview the exhibition and enjoy a concert by the pool with: LouLou and the Disappointer Sisters(featuring members of Thievery Corporation, Fugazi, French Toast and The Deadmen)
    $25 advance purchase ($30 at the door) To purchase tickets in advance: CLICK HERE


  • James J. Williams III Wandering Hearts Are Fond. As a companion piece to his installation, They Break Horses, Don’t They, James J. Williams III will present, Wandering Hearts Are Fond, a 20-25 minute continuous multimedia performance that builds on the theme of relationships and power struggles. The elements of this work include video, music, and spoken word
    Pool Deck, south. 1pm
  • 2pm / panel discussion @ (e)merge: Emerging Art / Emerging Practices. Capitol Skyline Hotel
  • Melissa IchiujiEverything to Lose. The artist conceived Everything to Lose as a work of total self-absorption. She describes this performance as a symbolic act of “I” suicide performed in public, explaining that communion with God requires the surrender of identity, delusions, ego, and worldly attachments. Through the use of movement, costume and sound, the artist metaphorically discards layers that separate her from others and from the divine universal spirit that comprises everything.
    Pool Deck, south 3:30 pm


  • 12pm – 7pm / (e)merge art fair. open to the public. Capitol Skyline Hotel
  • Jeffry Cudlin & Kathryn CorneliusTriathlon of the Muses.The performance is titled after artistic contests held in conjunction with the Olympics in the early twentieth century. At (e)merge, Cornelius and Cudlin will compete head-to-head in an art world triathlon mixing real tests of physical stamina with the trappings of contemporary gallery culture.. Pool Deck, west. 12pm – 2pm
  • JJ McCrackenThe Martyr. In this all-day endurance performance, two women who are tethered together, each struggle under the weight of a leather harnesses laden with dozens of handmade bowls. The thirsty women compete to reach water sources, though their cumbersome apparatuses prevent them from drinking.
    Pool Deck, east. 12pm – 7pm
  • Bradley ChrissMeat Poem: for Georges. The artist will host a banquet for Georges Bataille’s ghost in this performance and installation. The artist will read of selections of Bataille’s writings and summon the author’s ghost to haunt the Capitol Skyline Hotel.
    Room 3. 5pm – 7pm
  • 2pm / panel discussion @ (e)merge: Collecting for the Future. Capitol Skyline Hotel
  • 7.00pm – 11pm / DC BLOCK PARTY 1300-1358 Florida Ave. NW
    Hosted by: G Fine Art, Industry Gallery and Conner Contemporary Art. Event sponsored by: Marvin Restaurant, DCCAH, The National Gallery of Art, The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Pink Line Projects and (e)merge art fair


  • 12pm – 5pm / (e)merge art fair. open to the public. Capitol Skyline Hotel
  • Holly BassMoneymaker . This performance combines an endurance performance and a conceptual hip-hop art piece consisting of ‘Jukeboxes” made from Sambo-style penny banks and a wearable “bootyball” that generates and harnesses electric power. This work builds on Bass’s exploration of images of black women in popular media, commercial hip-hop, and financial transactions between the artist and viewer.
    Pool Deck, west. 12pm – 5pm
  • 2pm / panel discussion @ (e)merge: Current Directions in Video Art. Capitol Skyline Hotel

VISIT: http://www.emergeartfair.com/ for more details