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.
PLOT (excerpts), a performance at Hillyer/Soapbox
June Soapbox at Hillyer Art Space: Plot (excerpts),
and a public discussion of local performance art with J.J. McCracken, Laura Roulet & Eames Armstrong
Thursday, June 20 from 7-9 pm
J.J. McCracken, Eames Armstrong, and Ian McDermott reconstruct portions of the soundscape from Plot, their collaborative performance, originally staged in May 2013 at Artisphere in Rosslyn, Virginia, featuring sound engineer Marc Blackwood. Plot was the second forum in the series Performance: Aftermath organized in conjunction with the exhibit Wilmer Wilson IV: The FOREVER Aftermath.
Following this performance, J.J. McCracken will be joined by Aftermath curator Laura Roulet and SuperNOVA curator Eames Armstrong in a public discussion on the inaugural SuperNOVA festival and the current state of local performance art.
image above: Frank Hallam Day
Hillyer Art Space/International Arts & Artists
9 Hillyer Court NW
Washington, DC 20008
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
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
Gallery Hours: Mon. 12-5; Tues-Fri. 12-6 pm; Sat. 12-5 pm; and by appointment
PLOT, new performance at Artisphere
Plota performance by Eames Armstrong, J.J. McCracken and Ian McDermott
featuring Marc Blackwood and Sy.Newt McCracken
Thursday, May 16
Second Forum on performance art, curated by Laura RouletIn 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 www.redemmas.org
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...
THE HUNTRESS, a new performance at (e)merge 2012
The Huntress, a new performance at the (e)mege Art Fair
in the Capitol Skyline Hotel in Washington, D.C.
October 4-7, 2012
A new solo performance debuts at the fair on
Sunday, October 7 at 1 pm
Built of details mined from local Washington, D.C. history, a sketch of a character emerges through performative gesture. Shifting ideas of civic servitude intermix with the residue of a wider history of free speech. The Huntress constructs a portrait of a woman punished for voicing political opinion in the Capitol Hill neighborhood less than two centuries ago.
duration on the performance stage: 1 hour
(e)merge Art Fair
Capitol Skyline Hotel
10 I (Eye) Street SW
Washington, D.C. 20024
Admission fees and info at
A CONTEMPORARY RESPONSE TO ANCIENT IRANIAN CERAMICS at the Smithsonian's Freer Gallery
J.J. McCracken: A Contemporary Response to Ancient Iranian Ceramics
a public discussion for the Smithsonian Institution,
at the Freer & Sackler Galleries
September 30, 2012 at 2 pm in the Freer Gallery Conference Room
As part of Smithsonian's Contemporary Voices series, Mt. Rainier, MD/Red Dirt Studio artist J.J. McCracken and Smithsonian Near East Curator Alex Nagle discuss the weighty resonance of historic artifacts and their influence on a contemporary artist's practice.
GREEN ACRES at the CAC, Cincinnati
Green Acres opening this month at the
Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati Ohio
September 22, 2012-January 20, 2013
A group exhibition that puts into context the nearly 40 year phenomena of farming as art, curated by Sue Spaid with support awarded from the Tremaine Foundation. This show will travel, and Sue will be releasing her new, accompanying book on artists who employ farming practices this fall.
Kim Abeles, Agnes Denes, Dan Devine, Field Farming, Futurefarmers, Anya Gallaccio, Avital Geva, Lonnie Graham, Harrison Studio, Mei Ling Hom, Homemeadow Song, Patricia Johanson, Sakarin Krue-On, J.J. McCracken, Matthew Moore, N55, Permaganic Eco Garden, Mara Adamitz Scrupe, Bonnie Ora Sherk, Asa Sonjasdotter, Susan Leibovitz Steinman, Tatfoo Tan, & Shannon Young
EARTH & ALCHEMY at MassArt
Earth & Alchemy opening this month at MassArt
in Boston, Massachusetts
September 24-November 24, 2012
A group exhibition that celebrates contemporary ceramic sculpture, exploring the depth and range of ceramic practice today from humor and materiality to social activism and the conceptual. Exhibition catalog available.
Yo Akiyama, Susannah Biondo-Gemmell, Syd Carpenter, Sam Chung, Mark Cooper, Laurent Craste, Bean Finneran, Klara Kristalova, Kate MacDowell,Warren Mather, Naoko Matsumoto, J.J. McCracken, Megumi Naitoh, Valéria Nascimento, Kamio Ogata, Elizabeth Orleans, Annabeth Rosen, Takayuki Sakiyama, Linda Swanson, Paul Swenbeck, Akio Takamori, Xavier Toubes,Eugene Von Bruenchenhein, Jason Walker, Kurt Weiser
RENTING THE RAIN at Watershed in Newcastle, Maine
J.J. McCracken, Margaret Boozer &
Erwin Timmers collaborate
Renting the Rain
a coin-operated shower fed by a rainwater catchment system, built in response to Maine's water wars: Maine residents concerned about the future of local resources battle Nestle Waters North America/Poland Spring bottled water
Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts
Watershed's 25th Year Anniversary Symposium
Wednesday, July 11-Saturday, July 14, 2012
(only excellent Maine well water will be served during the symposium!)
Friday, July 13 from 10:15-11:45 am
Panel: Artists in Culture
Rob Forbes (Moderator), J.J. McCracken, Arnie Zimmerman, George Mason
WAITING FOR RAIN at VisArts in Rockville, Maryland
Margaret Boozer & J.J. McCracken collaborate
on an installation for FIELD WORK, an exhibition
curated by Susan Main
VisArts, Rockville, MD
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