Gallery opening of the week: Jacolby Satterwhite
The Washington Project for the Arts showcases a rising art star in its new video-art series.
By Michael O’Sullivan
Friday, February 7, 2014
Although artist Jacolby Satterwhite has regional roots ---- he did his undergraduate art studies at Baltimore’s Maryland Institute College of Art ---- he’s not well known here, having moved on from this area almost immediately after his 2008 graduation. Now based in New York, the interdisciplinary artist is a hot enough commodity to have been selected for the prestigious Whitney Biennial, which opens March 7. His work incorporates video, performance, animation and printmaking, and it touches on themes of racial and sexual identity and personal history.
Local art lovers planning to make the pilgrimage to Manhattan for that show will get a taste of what to expect when Satterwhite kicks off a new video--art series organized by the Washington Project for the Arts, with an opening and performance Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. The first contribution to the WPA’s “Hothouse Video” program, Satterwhite’s installation will be on view 24 hours a day in the lobby of the artsy Capitol Skyline Hotel, where the WPA is headquartered.