Target Gallery’s 2021 solo exhibition recipient is artist Ọmọlará Williams McCallister (pronouns: O/love/beloved) who will be presenting a multisensory installation, “We, Too, Sing America”, which will include visual, sound, and interactive elements including durational performance. The installation is a continuation of the artist’s ongoing fiber-based series Domestic Work, which confronts the extraction of emotional labor, caretaking and other domestic work from Black women that is expected, depended upon, normalized and then erased in public and private spaces.
“We, Too, Sing America will be a memorial to the small everyday acts that we have undertaken to support ourselves and each other as we have collectively moved towards building a better future and weathered the storms of COVID, of white supremacist anti-Black terror, of all of the intersecting forms of oppression that we face/d over these past many months. In this work I will use accumulation and repetition of ritual acts, art objects, images, and sound to explore the relationship of the individual act, individual person, individual moment to the collective, and to collective world building.”
— Ọmọlará Williams McCallister
The jury panel for this exhibition was: Antonius-Tin Biu, Michele Carlson, and Deirdre Darden.
This month we celebrate the new exhibition in the Target Gallery, Those Spaces Between Us, while also saluting our service men and women through music and poetry with our partners at Community Building Art Works, as well as a celebration of the 5th Anniversary of the Highest Honor Banner in advance of its grand return to the Art Center at the end of the month.
7 pm: Those Spaces Between Us – Virtual Tour with Juror Nikki Brugnoli
The new show in Target Gallery, the contemporary exhibition space of Torpedo Factory Art Center, takes an introspective view of how space is occupied or left alone. Those Spaces Between Us considers the distances between people and their surroundings and how that divide becomes its own character in art, history, memories, and the stories people tell about themselves.
Nikki Brugnoli juried this exhibition. An artist and arts educator based in Northern Virginia, Brugnoli’s own work often explores ambiguity in physical space.
7:30 pm: Music & Poetry with Community Building Artworks
Community Building Art Works is a 501(c)3 charitable organization committed to building healthy and connected communities where veterans and civilians share creative expression, mutual understanding, and support. Enjoy a music performance and poetry reading by two veterans affiliated with CBAW’s creative mission and workshops.
Five years ago, artists Andy Yoder and Pat Sargent constructed a site-specific, suspended, 25-ft triangular banner for the Torpedo Factory Art Center’s atrium. Watch a brief screening of the historic event in anticipation of the banner’s return to the Art Center from Memorial Day (Monday, May 31) through Veterans Days weekend (Sunday November 14).
Titled “Highest Honor,” this banner created from sheets of handmade paper was an oversized version of the Army-Navy “E Award,” which took the form of a swallowtail pennant, and was presented to companies during World War II for excellence in the production of war equipment. The U.S. Naval Torpedo Station, as it was known during that time, received this award. It was an honor reflecting the hard work and collective excellence of the factory’s employees, each of whom received a lapel-pin version of the pennant.
Target Gallery presents a digital and in-person exhibition Those Spaces Between Us. This show considers the distances between people and their surroundings and how that divide becomes its own character in art, history, memories, and the stories people tell about themselves.
This exhibition was juried by VA-based artist and educator, Nikki Brugnoli.
Participating artists are:
Laura Beth Davidson
Zachary Z. Handler*
Ceci Cole Mclnturff
Ruby Andromeda Miller
Allyssa Ray Yamaguchi-Juarez
Image Credit: Allyssa Ray Yamaguchi-Juarez, “Maybe I Am”, 2019. Digital Collage.
*Artwork on view as a part of the digital exhibition only.
Torpedo Factory Art Center kicks off its 2021 season of The Late Shift in partnership with the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Experience a medley of virtual online programs scheduled throughout the evening.
Access all of the fun via Facebook Live on Friday, April 9 starting at 7 p.m.
Entrance and exit are via sliding doors on the Waterfront and Union Street only. No capacity limit, but masks are required for admittance and social distancing should be observed for the duration of the visit. Check Today’s Hours for expanded information.