Corcoran and WPA seeking artists to ‘Take It To The Bridge’

The Corcoran Gallery of Art and the College of Art + Design and the Washington Project for the Arts are searching for the best in visual and performing arts to feature in their new temporary exhibition initiative “Take It To The Bridge.” The series will feature a new artist showcasing his or her work in the gallery’s glass performance bridge placed in the front entry every Saturday from July 7 to Sept. 1 during the Corcoran’s Free Summer Saturdays Series, which begins May 26.


Holly Bass performing her endurance piece "Moneymaker" at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Feb. 11, 2012. Bass is one of three judges who will be evaluating submissions for the summer temporary exhibition “Take It To The Bridge.” (Photo by Kate Warren)

Those chosen will be given a $500 artist fee; and may have their work installed one week prior to the live demonstration. Artist submissions will be juried by executive director of Washington Projects for the Arts Lisa Gold; curator of Contemporary art at the Corcoran Sarah Newman; and performance artist Holly Bass, who exhibited her “Moneymaker” performance piece in the box at the Corcoran for a full seven hours in February. “All day long, people kept coming in and out — I would interact with people who were just passing by on the sidewalk,” Bass says of her above-air exhibition.

“One of the things that really struck me is how long a lot of people stayed to watch — I felt so appreciated; that the work was really appreciated in a very deep way, and that was profoundly moving.” For artists who are planning to enter, Bass advises them to think of something that “not only transforms the space, but transforms the viewer when they see it and when they enter the space,” and hopes that the project will get rid of any intimidation that visitors to the museum might have. “If you’re not accustomed to going to the Corcoran I think it can be very imposing when you walk up, and if you see some sort of interesting or playful installation or performance right at the doorway, I think it will make [visitors] go ‘Huh!’”

Those interested should visit the Washington Project for the Arts Web site for more information. Deadline for submission is 5 p.m., May 21. The Corcoran is located at 500 17th St. NW.

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