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Connecting the Dots 2: Dot’s Beauty Salon

October 6, 2018 - December 28, 2018

The Torpedo Factory Art Center welcomes back The HRCHY C.I.A. to the New Project Studio for a follow-up to their successful 2016 project, “Connecting the Dots,” an ongoing exhibition dedicated to highlighting artists from diverse backgrounds living in the DC, MD, and VA metropolitan area.

Connecting the Dots 2: Dot’s Beauty Salon

CONNECTING THE DOTS is an ongoing exhibition dedicated to highlighting urban artists from unique backgrounds living in the DC, MD, and VA metropolitan area presented by The HRCHY C.I.A

• This year’s 2018 Connecting The Dots 2 is inspired by Gentrification, “The Culture of Black Beauty,” and how the first affects the second in regards to the dynamics of unity, confidence, and pride in its communities.

• The purpose of this year’s exhibition is to encourage and promote a strong sense of culture, pride, and confidence to young girls of color as well as promoting entrepreneurship, business, ownership, and financial well-being at a young age.


CTD2: Dot’s Beauty Salon is a pop up community retail space based in Washington, DC in 1980. A time when DC was known as the “Chocolate City” and DC solely thrived off urban culture, black business, and building and unifying the community. CTD2: Dot’s Beauty Salon is an exhibition in the form of an upscale black beauty shop/salon/community hub. The Exhibition itself is an installation piece and chosen works will be curated on the “salon” walls.

Beauty + Barber Shops have always been a staple in the black communities offering and sharing business, work, news, gossip, and support. Despite their importance, Black Beauty Shops and supply stores are usually the first to be removed from these communities when Gentrification takes place. The Beauty shop is the social focus and the art presented in the beauty shop will help depict ethnic and urban culture in DC, MD, VA.

Watch the Artists Panel

Related Events

 – Exhibition Dates: New Project Studio: Saturday, October 6th – Friday, December 28th, CTD2 Annex Site 2: Friday, December 7 – Sunday, February 10
Opening ReceptionFriday, October 12th (part of the October “Folklore” Late Shift, 7 – 10 pm)
Beauty Gala: Creative Artist Panel and Soiree/Mingle Thursday, October 25 (in conjunction with Howard University’s Homecoming Week)
– Closing Reception: Friday, December 14th (part of the December “Connecting the Dots II” Late Shift, 7 – 10 pm)

The Exhibiting Artists











Curated Artists

  • Asha Hannah
  • Nia Keturah
  • Jordan Ross
  • Lionel White
  • Lloyd Foster
  • Conrado Muluc
  • Jamon Jackson
  • Ania Siniuk
  • Kiery Benitez
  • Julie Sheah


About the HRCHY

THE HRCHY C.I.A is a start-up creative intelligence agency that specializes in branding and campaigning. We offer many creative solutions and services that enable our clients to promote their brand and/or product in new and innovative ways. These services include, but are not limited to, conceptions, event planning, web and graphics design, commercial filming, & product seeding.







About the Juror

Jamilla Okubo is a mixed-media artist. Washington, D.C. raised, Okubo earned her BFA in Integrated Design at Parsons School of Design. Her work has a consistent theme of exploring the intricacy of belonging to an American, Kenyan, and Trinidadian identity and aims to use her interdisciplinary concentration as a medium to address topics within her culture. Rotating between collage, painting, fashion design, and printmaking her work is heavily inspired by the art of storytelling through textiles and fashion.

Her work has been exhibited at Milk Gallery, Calabar Gallery,  Weeksville Heritage Center, and the Dray Walk Gallery.



October 6, 2018
December 28, 2018
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