HUSK: new installation opening at the Arlington Arts Center


an installation by J.J. McCracken,

in the lower level galleries at the Arlington Arts Center

January 25-April 13, 2014

Husk is part of the exhibition

CSA: Forty Years of Community-Sourced Art,

curated by Laura Roulet

CURATOR’S TALK: Saturday, April 5 from 1-4 pm

Husk is ever-changing and best viewed over multiple visitations to the exhibition CSA: Forty Years of Community-Sourced Art,

celebrating 40 years of AAC’s vital role as an incubator of regional talent, featuring the work of Ken Ashton, Martha Jackson-Jarvis, Soledad Salamé, Erik Thor Sandberg, and Foon Sham,

alongside Tariq Tucker, J.J. McCracken, Nikki Painter, Alex Podesta, and Dane Winkler

Arlington Arts Center

3550 Wilson Blvd.

Arlington, VA 22201

(703) 248.6800

gallery hours: Wednesday-Friday, 1-7 pm; Saturday & Sunday, 12-5 pm; metro: Virginia Square station (orange line)

New Exhibition: Foosaner Art Museum at FIT

January 25 - March 16, 2014

Foosaner Art Museum

at the Florida Institute of Technology
1463 Highland Avenue
Melbourne, FL 32935
(321) 674-8916

InCiteful Clay, curated by Judith Schwartz, offers an unparalleled overview of an emergent movement in contemporary ceramics dedicated to social commentary. Artists have long used their creations as powerful vehicles to confront society with major problems of the day, expanding from paintings, sculptures, prints, and photographs to installations and electronic media over the last century. Social concern has also become an area of increasing interest in contemporary craft.

GREEN ACES exhibition

Half of the Green Acres exhibition (curated by Sue Spaid) opens at the Arlington Arts Center in Arlington, VA

June 29-October 13, 2013

and the other half at the Katzen Arts Center Museum at American University in Washington, DC

September 3-October 20, 2013

GREEN ACRES: Artists Farming Fields, Greenhouses, and Abandoned Lots, curated by Sue Spaid

Following its run at Cincinnati's Contemporary Art Center, GREEN ACRES arrives in the Washington, D.C. area: to AAC in June and to American University’s Katzen Art Center in September. 

Developed by independent curator Sue Spaid, the exhibition explores a global art movement that has been developing over the past 40 years, wherein artists have developed and realized novel farming practices to inspire self-reliance, improve food quality, demonstrate sustainable farming techniques, engender community actions, and foster local identities.

AAC will include the historically significant refabrication of Newton and Helen Harrison’s Survival Series (1970—1973), projects from Permaganic Co., as well as the work of artists  J. J. McCracken, Mei-ling Hom, Anya Gallaccio, Dan Devine, Mara Scrupe, Patricia Johanson, Matthew Moore, Ecological Greenhouse, the Land Foundation, and Sakarin Krue-On.

This exhibition is made possible by an Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award. The Exhibition Award program was founded in 1998 to honor Emily Hall Tremaine. It rewards innovation and experimentation among curators by supporting thematic exhibitions that challenge audiences and expand the boundaries of contemporary art.


THE STILL POINT, new performance at SuperNOVA

"the still point"

a new performance by J.J. McCracken 

June 7-8 in Dark Star Park (1655 N. Ft. Myer Drive, Rosslyn, VA)

J.J. McCracken will perform "the still point,” beginning at 5 pm on Friday, June 7 and running through 5 pm on Saturday, June 8 in Dark Star Park (1655 N. Fort Myer Drive, Rosslyn, VA) for the SUPERNOVA performance art festival.

Borrowing its title from the text of the first of T.S. Eliot's 4 Quartets, this 24-hour endurance performance draws on what the artist has learned while studying Nancy Holt's design for the park. McCracken reads Dark Star Park as an observatory, built to reflect on human perception of both terrestrial and celestial landscapes, the passage of time, and the act of observation itself. Her performance uses the park as a platform for cycles of activity that mark the movement of time while highlighting the act of observation. She attempts to locate rhythm in a continuum that includes movement through the body, the park, the city, and the larger universe.

"the still point” will be live-streamed into the gallery as it is performed, at Hillyer/ International Arts & Artists in D.C. during the opening reception of A Recursive Lens, an exhibition of McCracken's work showing there June 7-28.

Stay tuned for more programming at Hillyer throughout June, including an investigation of the artist's interpretation of Nancy Holt's ideas, and Soapbox on Thursday, June 20.

A RECURSIVE LENS, solo exhibition at Hillyer

A Recursive Lens: J.J. McCracken

opens at Hillyer Art Space/International Arts & Artists

June 7-June 28, 2013

As performance art receives a groundswell of support and attention in the Washington, D.C. region this spring with Laura Roulet/Wilmer Wilson IV's Aftermath at Artisphere in Rosslyn and the inaugural SUPERNOVA International Performance Art Festival, 

Hillyer/International Arts & Artists (known in part for Soapbox, a monthly performance art series run by Eames Armstrong) shows new and earlier work by J.J. McCracken 

  • featuring images and performance residue from Thirst, and the Martyr, originally performed during the (e)merge Art Fair in 2011
  • and live-streaming "the still point" into Hillyer during the exhibition's opening reception while this new piece is being performed in Dark Star Park 

J.J. McCracken

Stay tuned for more programming connected to A Recursive Lens at Hillyer later in June, including an investigation of the artist’s interpretation of Nancy Holt’s ideas, and Soapbox on June 20.

Hillyer Art Space/International Arts & Artists

9 Hillyer Court NW 

Washington, DC 20008

(202) 338.0680

Gallery Hours: Mon. 12-5; Tues-Fri. 12-6 pm; Sat. 12-5 pm; and by appointment

PLOT, new performance at Artisphere

a performance by Eames Armstrong, J.J. McCracken and Ian McDermott
featuring Marc Blackwood and Sy.Newt McCracken

Thursday, May 16
7 pm at Artisphere

Second Forum on performance art, curated by Laura Roulet
In Conjuction with Wilmer Wilson IV: The Forever Aftermath

GREEN ACRES book release party & book signing

Plus: A Public Discussion regarding Artist Initiatives that Impact their World 

moderated by Green Acres curator/author Sue Spaid

Panelists= artists J.J. McCracken and Mark Cooley, and book designer Kristian Bjørnard

Friday, January 18, 2013, 7 pm

Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 800 St. Paul Street, Baltimore

The Green Acres exhibition closes this month at the Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati and prepares to head to Washington, D.C. next, coming summer 2013...