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December 2017

Torpedo Talks: Desiree Venn Frederic @ Second Thursday Art Night

Torpedo Factory Art Center

December 14, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Enjoy a special Thursday after-hours event at the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Browse open studios and galleries, interact with artists, and enjoy special programming. Check out our December Torpedo Talk at 8pm in the Main Hall, featuring Sierra Leonean born immigrant, writer, and installation artist Desiree Venn Frederic.

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Encaustic Endeavors

Gallery 311

December 28, 2017 @ 11:00 am - January 21, 2018 @ 6:00 pm

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. A reception for the exhibition will be on Thursday, January 11 from 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm.

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January 2018

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

Torpedo Factory Art Center

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

Ars memoria, or the art of memory, associates emotionally striking and memorable images within a body of text. They have often be used in the study of architecture, law, medicine, and the arts. Jolande Goldberg shares an overview of the law book illustrations and the Law Library of Congress’s efforts to preserve this history.

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Target Gallery

January 27, 2018 - March 4, 2018

Target Gallery, contemporary exhibition space of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, presents this group exhibition that explores the lasting effects migration has on cultural identity from the perspective of immigrants and immigrant families from across the global diaspora.

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February 2018

Torpedo Talks: Diaspora in African-American Art @ Second Thursday Art Night

February 8, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A talk by Kayleigh Bryant-Greenwell, independent curator, public programmer, and activist. In collaboration with Target Gallery’s Passages exhibition, Kayleigh Bryant-Greenwell, discusses the effects and influence of diaspora in African-American art. 

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Second Thursday Reception with Artist Demos

February 8, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for the reception of pour on Second Thursday! Both featured artists will be demonstrating their unique processes on this night. Painter Jennifer Brewer Stone demonstrates her poured resin paintings. Brewer Stone’s pieces combine honey-like resin, sometimes in multiple layers, acrylic paint, and metallic pigment. The resin flows over the surface like water and cannot be controlled entirely–similar to nature. Certain colors bloom within the resin or create cells, replicating natural elements. Jeweler Whitney Staiger demonstrates cuttlefish casting. Cuttlefish casting…

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Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association

February 21, 2018 - March 13, 2018

TAGteam, a dynamic, mixed media exhibition featuring the work of 18 artists. Participating Torpedo Factory Artists have invited another artist to display a work of art that complements, visually flows, feels similar, or has the same subject matter as a piece of their own. The viewer is invited to discover both the obvious and the obscure connections that relate the two pieces of art to each other. Participating Artists: Veronica Barker-Barzel • Studio 320 Lesley Clarke* • Studio 341 Marcel…

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March 2018

Creating Engagement Among Arts Professionals

Torpedo Factory Art Center

March 8, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

8pm art discussion and Q&A with Ruth Abrahams and Jennifer Riddell of ArtTable DC
Torpedo Talks @ Second Thursday

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2018 Newly Juried Artist Show

March 17, 2018 - April 12, 2018

See work from the Torpedo Factory Artist Class of 2018! All nine new artists will participate in a group exhibition in TAG (Gallery 311). This talented group of artists includes painters, printmakers Opening Reception: March 18, 3-5 pm Closing Reception: April 12, 6-8 pm (Second Thursday) Featuring work by: Natalie Abrams Jennifer Allevato Berit Estabrook Patricia Howard Melanie Kehoss Patrick Sargent Irina Smirnoff George Tkabladze Priscilla Young  

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April 2018

Art and Social Impact with Halcyon

Torpedo Factory Art Center

April 12, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Halcyon promotes social good by encouraging socially engaged creatives to learn, freely experiment, sometimes fail, and advance their talents and visions. CEO and Co-Founder Kate Goodall shares how Halcyon Arts Lab incubator has impacted the greater metropolitan arts scene. Presented in collaboration with Halcyon.

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May 2018

Panel Talk: Emerging Artists of the DMV

Torpedo Factory Art Center

May 10, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A panel discussion with Ksenia Grishkova, Blair Murphy, and Jack Rasmussen 8 pm Talk; 8:45 pm Q&A Target Gallery’s exhibition, Emerging Artists of the DMV, features work by four up-and-coming artists from the region. The exhibition jurors will speak about the current state of the visual arts in the region and where it is going. Panelists are:   Ksenia Grishkova, Director of Touchstone Gallery Blair Murphy, Independent Curator Jack Rasmussen, Director and Curator at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center.…

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June 2018

Torpedo Talks: Comic Book Films

Torpedo Factory Art Center

June 14, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Christopher Irving, comic book and popular-culture historian for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, reveals the origins of comic books and how they have translated into film and TV over the decades. It showcases everything from the 1940s movie serials to the current blockbuster movies out today and how both media have helped change one another.  Featured are the classic Adventures of Superman TV show, Batman with Adam West from the 1960s, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the current DC Comics shows on network television.

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