Washington DC exhibition Nonuments opens on September 6th and runs for one month.
John Talley, Executive Director of Fung Collaboratives
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Washington DC – The exhibition Nonuments opens on September 6th and runs for one month. Part of the second installation of the public art initiative 5 x 5, organized by the Washington DC commission for arts and humamities, curator Lance Fung has invited six visionary artists to create 5 ambitions, large-scale artworks. These visually stunning yet conceptually challenging nonuments will be situated on an empty lot in the SW neighborhood of Washington DC. This 1.5 acre empty lot was generously provided by the city to be transformed by the Fung Collaboratives team into a temporary park. Artists from across the country will create projects engaging the complexities of the neighborhood as well as social issues across the country. The projects embrace all aspects of the city, including its remarkable history, environmental concerns, migration, the devaluing of hard labor, and human trafficking.
In addition to the invited artists, many local artists, residents and business owners from the SW neighborhood will partner with Fung Collaboratives to make this a grass roots success as well as an art exhibition with the highest standards. Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) will lend its expertise and contacts to reach out to the local community and bring the most appropriate partnerships as well as encourage volunteerism. In short, Nonuments is about community, collaboration and social exchange.
As stated in Fung’s curatorial statement, “Washington DC, our nation’s capital, is renowned for its grand monuments honoring the history and achievements of great Americans. But behind the federal face of official Washington, there is a real city with distinctive neighborhoods filled with passionate citizens living their lives. For my curatorial contribution to 5 x 5, I envision Nonuments— a temporary sculpture park featuring ‘monuments’ devoted not to the great but to ordinary people, to the ideals of democracy, and to the common struggles of humanity.” He continues to say, “The more that I work in the public realm, the more I realize that I want my projects to be more than window dressing for neglected urban areas—for me, it is more important to create projects that are useful and appreciated by local residents. The biggest challenge is finding a way to make projects that not only fulfill this goal, but also pres ent challenging art exhibitions featuring works of the highest artistic standards.”
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For more information: http://www.fungcollaboratives.org