video art

Night Owl: AMA's Art After Dark

Art After Dark, 2011
If you're looking for the most epic art night out, you seriously do not need to look any further than this Thursday after sundown. In its fourth year, the Art Museum of the America's "Art After Dark" melds philanthropic values with video art, installation work, food trucks, drinks, DJ's and of course the art from AMA's current exhibit.

This year, the event promises to be the largest of all, with performances from Dangerous Muse,  an ultra trendy "electronic rock project" led by '80's transplant songwriter and vocalist Mike Furey, a slew of locally based food trucks and exclusive VIP access for only 45 bucks a pop (that includes drinks, my friends!). And like every year, video art will be projected on the exterior walls of OAS Headquarters (maybe we're lame art geeks, but we can't resist electronic graffiti...).  Proceeds from ticket sales ($25 for general admission and $45 for VIP) help support the AMA's effort to engage communities and promote the spread of democratic values through art and art education.

So if you couldn't have guessed, you'll know exactly where we'll be Thursday night (tweeting and instagraming away!). Just remember to leave your heels at home--they have pebbled gardens, after all.

Art After Dark runs from 8pm-12am at Art Museums of the Americas, 201 18th street NW. For more information on the event, artists participating and to buy tickets click here.

Janet Biggs’ Kawah Ijen - Now Showing At Conner Contemporary Art

On Saturday, March 17, Conner Contemporary Art opened its doors to the public for a reception to celebrate and welcome the gallery’s two newest exhibitions, including Janet Biggs and her video installation, Kawah Ijen.

The New York-based artist, known primarily for her work in video, photography and performance art, is currently exhibiting her multi-channel installation and single-channel video, “A Step on the Sun,” alongside performance and sculpture artist, Wilmer Wilson IV’s Domestic Exchange. Both exhibits run though May 5, 2012.

Biggs’ documentary-style installation, Kawah Ijen, evokes a mixture of “natural beauty and human exploitation,” as it chronicles the laborious tasks of a sulfur miner in the breathtakingly beautiful, yet perilous, Ijen volcano in the East Java province of Indonesia. The piece is accompanied by a soundtrack of noises recorded inside the volcanic mine, and the video depicting the sulfur miner at work is juxtaposed with images from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and MIT photos of an experimental weather balloon launch.

Biggs’ work has been exhibited, among other institutions, at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Ithaca, NY; Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY; Gibbes Museum of Art, South Carolina; Rhode Island School of Design Museum; Vantaa Art Museum, Finland; Linkopings Konsthall, Passagen, Sweden; the Oberosterreichisches Landesmuseum, Austria; and the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Australia.

She recently had solo exhibitions at The Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC and the Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL and will show at the Musée d’art Contemporain de Montréal in the Fall of 2012. Perhaps this show will keep Biggs working in DC more? We hope so! 

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A Step on the Sun (installation view), 2012
5 channel video installation, 9 minutes 22 seconds
Copyright Janet Biggs, courtesy Conner Contemporary Art