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The Late Shift: The Art of Questioning

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

Second Fridays through October 

The Art Center’s signature evening series returns with eclectic art and activities. In among three floors of open artists’ studios, find gallery receptions, stimulating artist talks, pop-up performances, hands-on projects, lively music, and more. 

Celebrate the final Late Shift of the season with THE ART OF QUESTIONING. This is a night for research, exploration, and most importantly, uplifting the arts and imagination. Target Gallery presents an artist reception for the new exhibition “Hypotheses.” Alexandria’s Poet Laureate KaNikki Jakarta presents three of the DMV’s finest poets for a live performance. The Alexandria Archaeology Museum provides a hands-on project focused on their history of research and experimentation. DJ One Luv spins beats all night. Plus: open studios on all three floors.

Masks are required for all visitors.

RSVPs requested. This event is free and open to the public. 





  • 7:30 – 8:00 pm: “Hypotheses” Reception and Artist Talk
  • 8:30 – 9:30 pm: Live Poetry Performances curated by KaNikki Jakarta
  • 7 – 10 pm: Hands-on project with Alexandria Archaeology Museum
  • 7 – 10 pm: Live Music by DJ One Luv



Image Credit: Fanni Somogyi, Cross Species Connection, 2021.

7:30 – 8:00 P.M.
Grand Hall


Target Gallery presents a new group exhibition Hypotheses. This exhibition is all about the process of intellectual experimentation and/or the exploration of new ideas and techniques in an artist’s practice.

The goal of this theme is to create a dialogue of work in conversation with each other about embarking outside one’s traditional boundaries of understanding. Whether it be based in cerebral or scientific research or experimenting with a new technique or conceptual idea, each work in the exhibition will embody this concept of questioning and discovery.

Participating Artists:
Adam Bradley
Thea Clark
Julia Clouser
Sasha de Koninck
Gregory Logan Dunn
Mira Hecht
Samantha Holmes
Yingheng Huang
Jang Soon Im
Dave Kube
Jayne Matricardi
Stephen Nakatani
Tamao Nakayama
Julia Paul
Mia Rollins
Fanni Somogyi
Liz Stewart
Joshua Unikel
Barg Upender
Winnie van der Rijn
Jeff Che Yeh
Anne Yoncha


8:30 – 10 P.M.
Grand Hall


Explore the creativity of poets in the DMV with this selection of performers, curated by Alexandria’s Poet Laureate KaNikki Jakarta.

About the Poets


13 of Nazareth

13 of Nazareth is a convergence of Hip-Hop culture, old school R&B/Soul music, scientific spirituality and a child-like love of language. Rhythms that are warm to the heart embedded with lyrics that are challenging to the ear often emerge from this intersection and have resulted in him being labeled a “poet’s poet.” His writing is elevated without being condescending as it invites seeing from his vantage point without dismissing that of others. 13 of Nazareth encourages each listener/reader to apply what is useful from his work while discarding what is not.

C. Thomas

C. Thomas amplifies his voice through his art, teachings, and advocacy work for the benefit of Child Abuse Prevention Awareness, Mental Health, Black Lives Matter, Mental Health, and the LGBTQ+ community which he is proud to be a part of.



Kim B. Miller

Kim B. Miller is a native New Yorker, born in Brooklyn, New York. Her family later moved to Long Island, NY. Kim later moved to her “forever home” in PWC Virginia. She is the First African American Poet Laureate for PWC, VA. She has performed at The National Black Theater in New York, Northern Virginia Community College, Atlas Performing Arts Center and The Black Box Theater in DC and many other venues. She has performed nationally in person and internationally online.

Kim B Miller is an award-winning spoken word poet. She is the 2019 Southern Fried Poetry Haiku Champion and 2018 Black Poetry Café Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is slam champion.

Curated by KaNikki Jakarta

KaNikki Jakarta is the First African American Poet Laureate of Alexandria, Virginia. She is an Award Winning Performance Poet who has toured the US and the UK. KaNikki is the author of three novels, two poetry collections, a memoir, a short story, poetry collection entitled ALABAMA GIRL, VIRGINIA WOMAN and the co-author of THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO SELF HEALING VOLUME II. Ms. Jakarta has been interviewed and featured in newspapers and magazines to include Alexandria Times, Alexandria Gazette, Patch, and Northern Virginia Magazines. She’s been featured on Podcasts, radio stations and TV stations to include WUSA9 and Comcast. She hosts #KaNikkiHarmony 1st Mondays Open Mic Night at Busboys and Poets Virginia. She facilitates a quarterly workshop entitled: WRITE LIKE A WOMAN in Alexandria, Virginia, a virtual, monthly workshop entitled PREP TO PUBLISH, and offers KANIKKI FOR KIDS, a virtual ASL and Affirmation class for children ages 6 – 11. She presents POETS AND PLATFORMS under the umbrella of a weekly, online womyn led artistic experience entitled KEEP THE MIC ON where she is the co-founder. If you think that something she says on the mic might change your life, you’re probably right.

“Drawing from the Past” – Hands on Project
7:00 – 10:00 P.M.
Grand Hall

Archaeologists have studied a variety of ceramic wares and decorative techniques in Alexandria ranging from the 18th – 20th century. Apply your own temporary tattoo in the style of transfer printed porcelain and create dendritic patterns similar to those on 19th century mochaware. City archaeologists will demo decorative styles and show similar artifacts found in Alexandria.

Untitled by Ryan Burnett, Virginia Tech

On View 
7:00 – 10:00 P.M.
Exhibition extended through September

Now through the end of September! The New Project Studio hosts an exhibition of the 2021 AIA Virginia Prize competition. The competition — which took place over the weekend of Jan. 22–25, 2021 — was inspired by the Equal Justice Initiative’s Community Remembrance Project and challenged students to design a pillar installation for the City of Alexandria’s Market Square. 

Conducted simultaneously at Hampton UniversityUniversity of VirginiaVirginia Tech, and the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center, the competition engaged students at all of the accredited schools of architecture in Virginia. Students were given the competition program on a Friday afternoon and had until the following Monday to submit their designs. Each school’s faculty reviewed the submissions and sent up to 10 finalists for final consideration by the jury. 



October 8
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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