Jefferson Pinder, a Washington-based video and performance artist whose work has been exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery and the Studio Museum in Harlem, is known for the mordant social commentary of his art, which often revolves around the theme of black identity and is sometimes softened with a pinch of humor. So he seems like the perfect person to jury a exhibition called “Bite: Identity and Humor.”
The show — which opened Thursday at the Greater Reston Arts Center — will fete the 18 mid-Atlantic artists chosen for the wit and absurdity of their work with a free public reception Saturday, June 25, from 5 to 7 p.m. Come early: Pinder will give a brief talk about the work and his selection process at 5:30 p.m. If you can’t make it, stop by July 11 at 7:30 p.m., when Philippa Hughes, a collector and founder of the Pink Line online arts guide, will moderate a free panel discussion with several of the show’s artists.
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