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Torpedo Talks: The Art of Memory @ Second Thursday Art Night

January 11, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Art of Memory: Looking Beneath the Pictures

Join us for an evening of open studios and artist talks. Every Second Thursday of the month.


Ars Memoria in Early Law: Looking Beneath the Picture   
Jolande Goldberg, senior law classification specialist at the Library of Congress and artist in Studio 326

8 pm, Main Hall


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Born in Germany, Jolande Goldberg was educated and trained as a lawyer, including the field of legal history/archaeology, and as an artist. Goldberg joined the Library of Congress in 1967, and is today the Library’s Senior Law Classification Specialist. Prepared through her earlier work in Heidelberg/Germany as senior research associate to Law Faculty and as legal editor of the Encyclopedia of German Legal Terminology under the auspices of the Academy of Humanities and Science in Heidelberg, she developed for the Library of Congress (LC) the major part of the LC Law Classification. This system accounts for the laws of all regions of the world, including International, Religious, and Indigenous law. She shares her knowledge of the practice of ars memoria (or the art of memory) in the study of architecture, law, medicine, and the arts, and the Library of Congress’s efforts to preserve this history.



Presented in collaboration with the Friends of the Torpedo Factory.




About Torpedo Talks

Every Second Thursday of the month, join us at 8pm for a free discussion in the main hall. Created on the belief that the arts is for everyone, we invite a different contemporary artist, curator, or activist in the creative arts world to stop by and share their knowledge in a short power-packed talk. It’s a chance to get inspired while connecting with other open-minded folks in your area. To confirm your free seat, please register on this page. All are welcome (ie: share with your friends!)




Galleries and Receptions

6 – 9 pm: On View: “Interlude: Unfinished Works” – Target Gallery (Studio 2)
Unfinished artwork gives insight into the artist’s hand and methodology. The unresolved and open ended nature of the art gives the viewer new context of the themes and meanings of the works created. Juried by Curator Betsy Johnson, the exhibition creates a dialogue on what it means for art to be “resolved”. Interlude: Unfinished Works features the work of 21 artists from across the globe. It is on view Saturday, December 9, 2017 through Sunday, January 21, 2018.


5 – 7:30pm: Opening Reception: “Encaustic Endeavors – The Associates Gallery (Studio 311)

Lesley Clarke and Jamie Fine exhibit an exploration of their encaustic creations from 2017. Clarke, who typically works in acrylic and mixed media, and Fine, who is a ceramist, have been working on creating encaustic work every Thursday for several months. Their year-end show in TAG highlights their individual and collaborative work thus far.


7:30 pm: Opening Reception:  January Open Exhibit and Sally Canzoneri’s “Double Takes – The Art League Gallery (Studio 21). Awards will be presented at 7:30 pm.



All Evening


Meet the Artist: Suh Yongsun in the New Project Studio (Studio 8)
Over the course of three months, Korean painter and sculptor Suh Yongsun will transform the New Project Studio into a workshop and community space for discussions and creativity. He will explore public, social, and political issues in present-day Korea while developing a visual discourse of his time creating in Alexandria. Presented in partnership with the Korean Cultural Center in Washington D.C. and the Embassy of the Republic of Korea.

On View: Museum Exhibits at The Alexandria Archaeology Museum (Studio 327)
Visit the Alexandria Archaeology Museum to learn how the City’s archaeologists, volunteers and students work with residents and developers to study and manage archaeological resources important to the community’s past.



Upcoming Events

Friday, January 19: Late Shift – Brand New Day, 7 – 11 pm

Thursday, February 8: Second Thursday/Torpedo Talk: Kayleigh Bryant-Greenwell, 6 – 9 pm


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