all photos: Dakota Fine
With an opening party last night, the 2nd annual (e)merge art fair is now officially open for business (and pleasure) at the Capitol Skyline hotel and will remain so till this Sunday, October 6th. And after our interviews with the founders, ART GUIDE inclusions, Best Weekend Bets and more, consider this the final piece of our “go visit” puzzle. For one, this is the first thing you’ll see as you walk in:
That’s Andrew Wodzianski, in his performance piece “Self-Portrait as Jack Torrance”, inspired by The Shining, naturally. What better way to set the tone for a hotel where surprises await around every corner? (click here for a full list of performance art to expect)
As with every year, the fair spreads across the premises of Capitol Skyline. The gallery exhibitors occupy the upstairs. And while there are some great international high-lights (Belgium’s Nomad is back for the 3rd year in a row and Cynthia Corbett Gallery from London is on hand with some of our favorite art we saw at VOLTA Art Fair in NYC this winter) make sure you check out the locals too: Transformer, Hamiltonian, Washington Project For The Arts and Connersmith (the gallery owned by the fair co-founders Leigh Conner and Jamie Smith) all stand tall among others.
The basement is occupied by artist run collectives in the area such as the performance art centric Animals and Fire or the co-working/gallery space Pleasant Plains Workshop, as well as more performance art pieces like Borjana Ventzislavova’s 15 min conditional bed stories which are bound to attract a fair amount of attention over the weekend.
In addition to checking out all that great art, the opening night, naturally, spiralled into a party with pretty much anyone who’s visible on the DC art scene stopping by for a drink, a hug, and some dancing to a DJ set by John Thornley from US Royalty and a live performance by Maimouna Youssef. Play the namedrop/spot game below and MAKE SURE YOU STOP BY (E)MERGE this weekend.