Editors' pick

Connersmith

Gallery
Connersmith photo
Maria Friberg/Conner Contemporary
Through 8/16

Academy 2014

An annual MFA/BFA invitational.
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Editorial Review

Since relocating in 2008 from Dupont Circle to Trinidad -- setting up in a converted auto-body shop in a neighborhood not known for cultural offerings -- Conner Contemporary Art has come into its own. And the Atlas District, a stone's throw from the commercial gallery, has blossomed into one of the city's most hopping destinations. Conner deserves its reputation as Washington's best (or at least most popular) contemporary art space, with regular throngs of opening-night visitors. That's true even for - heck, maybe especially for - shows involving performance art, nudity and (as in one notable recent exhibition) live chickens.

Conner's next offering, a twofer featuring new work by returning gallery artist (and undisputed local king of the art video) Brandon Morse, should be no exception.

Good neighbor: G Fine Art. Don't miss Graham Caldwell's glass sculpture, on view through Feb. 5. On Saturday, the gallery will host a reception coinciding with Conner's opening.

-- Michael O'Sullivan (Jan. 14, 2011)

Note: In August, 2012, Conner Contemporary Art changed its name to Connersmith.