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The Late Shift: Summer Fling

August 10, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Close out summer with a good ol' fashioned dance party covering the nearly five decades of the Art Center. Enjoy classic summer treats and games, feel-good pop hits from the 70s, 80s, 90s, and more. Put on your boogie shoes or blue suede shoes and get footloose with us!  Retro dress highly encouraged.

CANCELED — The Late Shift: Culture ALX

Torpedo Factory Art Center

September 14, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Artists, poets, and performers showcase the vibrant cultures that have greatly contributed to the region’s remarkable tapestry. 

The Late Shift: Folklore

Torpedo Factory Art Center

October 12, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

October is the time for stories, traditions, and folklore. It's also National Arts & Humanities Month. Hear old familiar tales and create new stories. 

Erin Devine: Contrab(r)and

Torpedo Factory Art Center

November 9, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Performance artist Erin Devine debuts a new work in response to the 100th anniversary of the groundbreaking of the Torpedo Factory. Titled "Contrab(r)and" this piece focuses on the tragic story of slavery and capitalism during the age of war.

The Late Shift: 100

Torpedo Factory Art Center

November 9, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Celebrate 100 years since the groundbreaking of the building that made the Alexandria Waterfront. 

Connect the Dots 2: AfroDite

Torpedo Factory Art Center

December 7, 2018 - February 10, 2019

On View in Site Two Community Gallery. Opening Reception: Friday, December 14, during The Late Shift: Connect the Dots 2 Aphrodite (Hathor) is an ancient Kemetic goddess associated with love, fertility, beauty, pleasure, and procreation. She was stolen by the Greeks from ancient Kemet, then forced to believe that her beauty was a curse. Believing in this curse her bloodline now uses their beauty to hypnotize, entrance, and spellbind those who wish to harm their well-being. Presented by The HRCHY…

The Late Shift: Connect the Dots

Torpedo Factory Art Center

December 14, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 11:59 pm

The region is bursting with fresh talent and new artists from Virginia, D.C., and Maryland. They converge for a lively night of music and art.

The Late Shift: Art in Motion

Torpedo Factory Art Center

January 11 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Every second Friday, enjoy gallery talks, artist receptions, music, live performances, hands-on artmaking, and three floors of open artists' studios.  Shake off the frost and get moving this winter. Celebrate the art of motion with kinetic activities and performances by artists and local vendors. Bring your friends and start the year off creatively.

The Late Shift: Love & Ritual

Torpedo Factory Art Center

February 8 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Every second Friday, enjoy gallery talks, artist receptions, music, live performances, hands-on artmaking, and three floors of open artists' studios. In February, spread love through art, music, and healing arts.

The Late Shift: Strength in Unity

Torpedo Factory Art Center

March 8 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Every second Friday, enjoy gallery talks, artist receptions, music, live performances, hands-on artmaking, and three floors of open artists' studios. For Women’s History Month, hail the accomplishments of women in the arts and culture. Independent curator Amy Lokoff co-curates the evening. Also, sneak a peek and build your wish list for the 9th Annual March150 Special Exhibition and Art Sale.

March150: 9th Annual Special Exhibition & Art Sale

Target Gallery

March 9 - March 31

Target Gallery’s popular annual exhibition and art sale, March150, returns to the Torpedo Factory Art Center for the 9th year. Proceeds benefit future exhibitions and programs at Target Gallery and the Art Center.

The Late Shift: Art on the Horizon

Torpedo Factory Art Center

April 12 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Look towards the future with a night of new and innovative art and ideas. Meet up-and-coming talent during Target Gallery’s opening for the 2019 Emerging Artists exhibition. Explore Mirror Mirror, a new temporary public art installation at King Street Park at the Waterfront by New York based design studio SOFTlab.

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Alexandria, VA 22314
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Daily10 am - 6 pm*
Thursdays10 am - 9 pm
*The Torpedo Factory sometimes closes at 5 pm for private events. Check Today’s Hours to see if this could affect your visit. *Artists maintain their own studio hours. It's best to confirm availability before your visit. *The Torpedo Factory is closed for New Year's Day, Easter, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Target Gallery has limited availability during City holidays.

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Torpedo Factory Art Center is part of the City of Alexandria Office of the Arts, a division of the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities.