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Through the 4th Wall presents “19” – Staged Reading

Immersive theater company Through the 4th Wall  (Creators of the Poe production Dream within a Dream: Madness) return to the Art Center to they bring their latest play to life.

The musical 19 celebrates the dynamic and little-known story of Alice Paul, suffragists and the fight to get women the right to vote— the 19th Amendment. The inspirational story of these fearless women is brought to life through jazz, spoken word, dance and audience interaction.

Book and Lyrics by Jennifer Schwed & Doug Bradshaw

Music by Charlie Barnett


Performance dates:

  • Wednesday, September 12 – Cancelled due to high water in Old Town
  • Tuesday, October 16
  • Wednesday, November 28

Show Information:

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (doors at 7:00 pm, show starts at 7:30 pm)
Tickets: $10

Purchase Tickets Now

Be sure to also visit the Through the 4th Wall table at the following three Late Shifts for more information about this exciting new play, as well as pop-up performances throughout the evening’s activities.

  • Friday, September 14 – Late Shift: Culture ALX – Cancelled due to high water in Old Town
  • Friday, October 12 – Late Shift: Folklore
  • Friday, November 9 – Late Shift: 100

About Through the 4th Wall

As filmmakers and multimedia storytellers, TT4W brings fantasy worlds to life. They build an elaborate “mythology” and then create an experience centered around audiences, while simultaneously engaging them to become a part of the story. They design immersive experiences that place audience not just in the front row, but through the imaginary “4th Wall” of the performance. Through these productions, they build a unique relationship with each audience member by changing them from a “passive viewer” into an “active participant.” The goal is always to make you a part of the story.

TT4W’s most recent collaboration at the Art Center was A Dream Within A Dream: Madnessa two-month sold out run in 2016 – a surreal and romantically macabre show that explored the twisted mind of Edgar Allan Poe.

Small Business Saturday

After Black Friday and before Cyber Monday, there’s Small Business Saturday. All artists in the Art Center are also small, independent business owners and they help shape the distinctive and creative personality of Old Town Alexandria.

Give creatively this year and give art. Torpedo Factory Art Center is the region’s best place to find unique gifts, from handmade jewelry and ceramics to paintings and custom ornaments. Shop small and buy local from nearly 200 artists on all three floors. Hours are extended until 8 pm.

  • 2- 6pm: “Build Santa’s Chair!” Community Workshop with UpCycle: Visitors are invited to help staff from UpCycle Creative Reuse Center and participating artists design Santa Claus’ Holiday Festival chair using reused materials and other items. The finished work will be on display in front of the spiral staircase for the entire week before Santa’s visit to the Art Center at the Holiday Festival, Saturday December 1.
  • 12 – 4pm: Free Gift-Wrapping Station with Safe Space NOVA: After purchasing holiday gifts from artists studios and galleries, visitors are encouraged to have their items gift-wrapped for free by volunteers from Safe Space NOVA, an organization dedicated to providing a safe, accepting, and supportive environment to combat social stigmas, bullying, and other challenges faced by LGBT+ youth.
  • 2 – 4pm: Interactive Art-Making with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts: Be inspired; create a mask that reminds you of your community while listening to Congolese music. Provided by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, this traveling pop-up art space is in support of their current exhibition, Congo Masks: Masterpieces from Central Africa on view now through February 24, 2019 at the Richmond-based art museum.
  • 10 – 8pm: DIY Art-Making Tables and Additional Seating: Need a break from exploring? Hands-on drawing projects will be available for visitors on the 1st and 3rd floors. Pull up a seat and get creative!
  • 10 – 8pm: Coffee and Snacks with Bread and Water Company: Visitors can stop and take a break from their holiday shopping to visit our newly-opened cafe, Bread and Water Company, located on the first floor. Recharge with a bite to eat or a cup of coffee as you visit all the wonders our three floors of art has to offer.
  • Vendor Stations by Board Bus and Living Threads: Popular local small businesses Board Bus and Living Threads Co. will be present inside the Art Center and out front on Union Street. Learn more about their community-focused missions while shopping local.
  • Live Music: Enjoy music selections throughout the day to liven up your Art Center adventures.
  • Special Offers in Select Studios: All throughout the day, select artist studios will offer specials and other exciting incentives. A full list will be available to pick up at the Art Center to help you explore.

POSTPONED: Torpedo Talk with Marian Van Landingham

POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER. New date coming soon.

Torpedo Talks is the Art Center’s monthly conversation series highlighting the unique voices that make the Torpedo Factory Art Center such a dynamic institution.

FREE, ALL AGES

 

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In honor of the 100th anniversary of the groundbreaking for the building, the Torpedo Factory Art Center hosts a special Torpedo Talk with Art Center founder Marian Van Landingham and historian David F. Winkler from the Naval Historical Foundation. Join us for a unique conversation focused on both the history of the building as a naval ordnance plant during the first part of the 20th century and its transformation into the vibrant arts space that has thrived at the Alexandria Waterfront for nearly 45 years.


About Marian Van Landingham

Marian Van Landingham is the founder of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, which opened on the waterfront in 1974. She also represented the 45th District in the Virginia House of Delegates for 24 years, from 1982 to 2006. During all that time she was also a working artist with a studio in the Art Center.

 

 


About the Naval Historical Foundation

The Naval Historical Foundation is dedicated to preserving and honoring the legacy of those who came before us. Working closely with the U.S. Navy, the Naval Historical Foundation ensures that naval history remains in the forefront of American thought.

 

 

 

The Late Shift: 100

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

November 12, 1918–the day after Armistice Day ended WWI–was the official groundbreaking for the U.S. Naval Torpedo Station in Alexandria. With an eye toward our future, we’re celebrating our past and our military history.

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Full Schedule

Target Gallery

Target Gallery presents the Opening Reception for Art of Armistice, a group exhibition that explores the after effects of war. This exhibition will focus on the physical, mental, and cultural effects war has on the world through the perspective of both civilians and veterans alike. This exhibition will be paired with different public programs in honor of the 100th year anniversary of the ground breaking of the former munitions plant that the Torpedo Factory Art Center now calls home. Reception, 7-10 pm, Artist and Juror Talk, 8 pm.

Live Performance

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

Beginning at 1 pm, the artist drags a crate for a total of 4500 yards — the launch range of the torpedoes made at the factory. Viewers are invited to assist the artist in the completion of this memorializing act. The performance will continue through to the close of The Late Shift at 10 pm.

Excerpts from Erin Devine’s Contrab®and statement:

The site of the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria has a long and complex story. This performance reflects on Alexandria’s intersecting histories of slavery and the manufacturing of weapons, both of which are arguably unified by the objectives of capitalism … The lives lost as a result of slavery, and those who were killed at sea by the torpedoes made here, are inestimable and ultimately the casualties of man’s insatiable desire for dominance and resources. To mark a memoriam, for a total of 4500 yards the artist drags a crate of rock and detritus — suggestive of the scuttled ships and “fill in” (wooden crates filled with debris) that make the framework of banked out land where the factory sits.

Read the full artist statement here.

Waterfront and Factory History

The Office of Historic Alexandria brings their Portside History to the Late Shift. Visit various tables featuring projects and activities focused on the Waterfront history and torpedo factory history.

Grand Hall

Healing the Body leads micro hands-on workshops. They aim to promote painting as a mental wellness tool accessible to everyone. Participants are encouraged to use movement, art-making, body-centered mindfulness practices, and women’s community as the main healing modalities. After, stop by Healing the Body in Site 2 Community Gallery.

Torpedo Row returns featuring artists from across the DC/Maryland/Virginia area.

 

Be sure to also explore three floors of open artist studios and galleries all night!

Yoga & Sound

Local sound artist, yogi and meditation guide, Jeneen Piccuirro, will lead her signature one-hour class carefully guiding a gentle yoga series with a crystal bowl accompaniment and closing with a gong meditation. Jeneen’s authentic integrated holistic offerings are designed with comfort, health and ultimate rejuvenation in mind. It’s a great start to the weekend for mind, body and soul while surrounded by the art and creativity of the Torpedo Factory.

Doors open at 8:30 am. Class starts promptly at 9 am. Please arrive with time to settle in and bring a yoga mat and water bottle. (A limited number of mats will be available for rent by the teacher for $5.)

Price: $10 advance ticket sale online. $15 at the door.

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Organized by the Friends of the Torpedo Factory Art Center. 


Class outline

Class begin with a crystal bowl meditation and will include gentle movement for circulation and flow and move in to a few accessible seated Asanas (poses) for stretching and release. Options for all levels will be offered. Chairs will be available for those who would like them. Class will end with a 15 min Savassana, in which students will be invited to lie down and listen to the gong.

Crystal Singing Bowls are made of quartz and resonate to specific frequencies. They create a clear “toning” that brings a state of calm and centeredness to the body. This vibrational sound is heard and felt through the whole body and assists in the process of relaxation which can be very helpful in yoga asana or meditation practices.

The Symphonic Gong in contrast, made of a brass compound, belongs to some of the oldest musical instruments known. It has complex harmonics with a clear fundamental tone and rich dynamic overtones that literally wash over and through the body. Due to the complexity and totality of this sound, the effects are quite comprehensive and the sound in affect “re-sets” the body and mind to a state of neutral.

Instructor Bio

Jeneen Piccuirro, MFA, has over 25 years of experience leading original Art, Meditation, Yoga, Dance, Sound Healing and Movement based offerings, and is a pioneer in integrating and genuinely combining these modalities to bring the body & mind into balance for long term well-being. Her skillful approach gently shifts people out of habits of escapism and avoidance into healthier patterns of acceptance and understanding, paving the way for a deeper residing peace and joy.

Art of Armistice

Reception: Friday, November 9, 2018 | 7-9 pm

Target Gallery presents Art of Armistice, a group exhibition that explores the after effects of war. This exhibition will focus on the physical, mental, and cultural effects war has on the world through the perspective of both civilians and veterans alike. This exhibition will be paired with different public programs in honor of the 100th year anniversary of the ground breaking of the former munitions plant that the Torpedo Factory Art Center now calls home.


Participating Artists

Katherine Akey
Jason Bly
Mikhail Bolkhovitinov
Martin Cervantez
Irene Clouthier
Roy Comiskey
Michael Fischerkeller
Rachel Garcia-Palmer
Kay Gordon
Tom Greaves
Lucy Julia Hale
Lee Halvorsen
Amy Helminiak
Everett Kane
Jeff Lassahn
Colin McMullan
Chris Revelle
Justin Sadegh
Elin Slavick
Onnie Strother
Henrik Sundqvist
Ron Testa
Patricia Anderson Turner


About the Juror

Spencer Dormitzer attended the school of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1986 and has been a working artist for over twenty-five years. Dormitzer has also worked as Studio Manager for New York abstractionist David Reed and as an Executive Producer for the New York Cosmos.

Dormitzer has had over 50 solo and group shows in his career, from such places as Chicago, Illinois; Antwerp, Belgium; Santa Fe, New Mexico; and New York City. His work also belongs in over 100 private and museum collections. Spencer’s work has been featured in the new art examiner, Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Enquirer, Chicago Reader and New City Chicago Magazine.

Dormitzer currently resides in Washington D.C, with his wife and two sons.

 

Image Credit: Roy Comiskey, Reconstruction, Mixed-Media Collage on Wood Panel, 2018

The HRCHY presents “Connecting the Dots”: Creative Artist Panel

 

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Panel 7-9pm

FREE, but RSVP required

 

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In celebration of the opening of the Connecting the Dots 2 exhibition in the New Project Studio (Studio 8) and in conjunction with Howard Universitys Homecoming Week, the HRCHY, an all-women DC creative agency (and Howard Alumni), partners with the Torpedo Factory Art Center to extend the “Dots” exhibition beyond its four walls for one night to display additional works of art in the Art Center halls.
 
Enjoy a lively panel discussion with DMV creatives Shadé Reneé, Jamilla Okubo, among other CTD2 talents from 7-9pm.

 

Panelists

Asha Hanna
Dani Smith
Jamilla Okubo
Jordan Ross
Shade Renee
Nia Keturah 

Special Performance by Nia Keturah at 7pm in the New Project Studio (Studio 8)

 

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.

Torpedo Talks: Marisela Rumberg

Torpedo Talks is the Art Center’s monthly conversation series highlighting the unique voices that make the Torpedo Factory Art Center such a dynamic institution. Find them on third Thursdays of each month at 7:30 pm.


LEGENDS, STORIES, TRADITIONS AND QUILTS

Did you know the celebration of the “Day of the Dead” is actually a happy holiday in Mexico? Who is La Catrina? And how is she related to Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera? Have you ever visited Cancun or the Rivera Maya? Did you hear about Princess Nicte-Ha? In this lecture artist Marisela Rumberg will answer those questions and more. From Mayan legends to folksy sayings to Proverbs – she will share with you some of the fabulous legends, romantic stories and treasured traditions behind some of her quilts that have been exhibited in quilt shows around the world.

 

About Marisela Rumberg

Marisela Rumberg is a Fiber-Artist, Award-Winning Quilter and Certified Zentangle Teacher. She is an instructor at Glen Echo Park and at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, VA, where she is a member of the Studio Fiber Arts co-op. She is a member of the Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery in Studio 29 at the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Marisela finds inspiration for her art in nature and the history, legends, traditions and stories of her native Mexico; she also enjoys Zentangle abstract art. Her work has been exhibited at several venues in the US including the Houston International Quilt show, and around the world in Mexico, Brazil, France, England and Russia. Learn more about her and her work at www.MariselaRumberg.com

Through the 4th Wall presents “19” – Staged Reading

Immersive theater company Through the 4th Wall  (Creators of the Poe production Dream within a Dream: Madness) return to the Art Center to they bring their latest play to life.

The musical 19 celebrates the dynamic and little-known story of Alice Paul, suffragists and the fight to get women the right to vote— the 19th Amendment. The inspirational story of these fearless women is brought to life through jazz, spoken word, dance and audience interaction.

Book and Lyrics by Jennifer Schwed & Doug Bradshaw

Music by Charlie Barnett


Performance dates:

  • Wednesday, September 12 – Cancelled due to high water in Old Town
  • Tuesday, October 16
  • Wednesday, November 28

Show Information:

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (doors at 7:00 pm, show starts at 7:30 pm)
Tickets: $10

Purchase Tickets Now

Be sure to also visit the Through the 4th Wall table at the following three Late Shifts for more information about this exciting new play, as well as pop-up performances throughout the evening’s activities.

  • Friday, September 14 – Late Shift: Culture ALX – Cancelled due to high water in Old Town
  • Friday, October 12 – Late Shift: Folklore
  • Friday, November 9 – Late Shift: 100

About Through the 4th Wall

As filmmakers and multimedia storytellers, TT4W brings fantasy worlds to life. They build an elaborate “mythology” and then create an experience centered around audiences, while simultaneously engaging them to become a part of the story. They design immersive experiences that place audience not just in the front row, but through the imaginary “4th Wall” of the performance. Through these productions, they build a unique relationship with each audience member by changing them from a “passive viewer” into an “active participant.” The goal is always to make you a part of the story.

TT4W’s most recent collaboration at the Art Center was A Dream Within A Dream: Madnessa two-month sold out run in 2016 – a surreal and romantically macabre show that explored the twisted mind of Edgar Allan Poe.

23rd Annual Art Safari

An Alexandria tradition for more than two decades, Art Safari returns for a day of hands-on activities for kids and families. Dozens of artists lead budding arts enthusiasts in hands-on projects throughout the building. Children should wear clothing that can get a little dirty. Most activities are appropriate for ages 5 – 11. Some parental participation may be required.

This year, scientists affiliated with the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) will work alongside artists to help participants understand and appreciate the interplay of art and Earth-system science. Art Safari takes place on the eve of AGI’s Earth Science Week, which runs October 14–20. This year’s theme is “Earth as Inspiration.” Earth Science Week reaches more than 50 million people worldwide, offering free education resources, information, and activities on earth science and art. This year, former Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell is AGI’s 2018 Earth Science Education Ambassador.

List of Activities

  • Grand Hall – Giant Papier-Mâché Dinosaur – Led by Lisa Schumaier
    Inspired by Earth Science Week and in partnership with AGI, children use simple paper and paste to transform a wire frame into a mighty T-Rex. As an extra incentive at this year’s Art Safari, many of Schumaier’s previous Art Safari sculptures, along with additional animal-themed artworks by studio artists, are on view in Site 3 (on the third floor) through the remainder of the year.
  • Various Locations – Earth Science Scavenger Hunt – Led by the American Geosciences Institute
    Explore the three levels of the Art Center to find scavenger hunt clues provided by AGI. Each clue is inspired by an element of earth science (air, metal, water) while also celebrating the arts and culture of Alexandria’s most iconic building.
  • Various Locations – STEAM-Powered Art Projects – Led by the American Geosciences Institute
    Discover the various STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) projects powered by AGI at this year’s Art Safari. Pick up our program map for all the pop-up locations.
  • Sand Paint Stratum – Led by Alison Sigethy
    Play with different colors of sand and aquarium gravel to create your own work of art, inspired by Earth Science and AGI.
  • Third Floor – Scrap City – Led by AIA Northern Virginia
    Celebrate the month of Arch-tober with our friends at the American Institute of Architects (AIA)! The popular Scrap City project returns. Build your own buildings and insert them into a tabletop city grid to reimagine Alexandria. 
  • South Hall – Painting Gemstones  – Led by UpCycle Creative Reuse Center
    Visitor are encouraged to create their own gemstones using watercolor paints made from old recycled markers.
  • Studio 21 – Gallery scavenger hunt – Led by The Art League Gallery
    The Art League’s scavenger hunt explores their current exhibition. Each completed scavenger hunt can be shown at the gallery desk to receive a special prize.
  • Studio 22 – Clay Experience – Led by Tracie Griffith Tso
    Children play and experiment with a piece of wet clay to mold and shape into any form they can imagine. Potters will demonstrate their technique for throwing clay on a pottery wheel.
  • Studio 29 – Fiber collage – Led by Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery
    Artists help children create a dynamic collage using bits of fabric and fiber.
  • 2nd Floor Hall – Easel stations – Led by Christine Cardellino
    With acrylic paint and paper, children paint anything they can imagine at the easel stations located on the 2nd floor.
  • All 3 floors and Studio 325 – Silk screen printing – Led by Patrick Sargent of Printmakers Inc and Andrea Gettings of Discover Graphics Atelier 
    Children progress through four different color stations to create their own full-color silk-screen image, inspired by elephants and the ongoing work of Save the Elephants
  • Waterfront – Portside History – Led by the Office of Historic Alexandria
    Stop by the Waterfront side of the Torpedo Factory Art Center and visit the many booths and activities celebrating Alexandria’s vibrant waterfront history. Check out the tall ship the Godspeed as it makes a weekend visit to Old Town during the Portside in Old Town Festival.
Photos by Jingwei Li/Villa Li Photography