Signals: Art From a New Washington School

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Carol Brown Goldberg

Editorial Review

By Michael O’Sullivan
Friday, October 12, 2012

You’ve got to love an art exhibition that comes with its own manifesto. Well, maybe not love, but at least acknowledge.

On Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. the D.C. Arts Center will host an opening reception for “Signals,” a group exhibition organized by J.W. Mahoney with two goals in mind, as expressed in the artist and critic’s provocative curatorial statement. The first goal is to showcase the region’s talent. The second, and perhaps more important, is to support Mahoney’s contention, which is probably more serious than it sounds, that there is an identifiable school of Washington art, which he calls “speculative symbolism.”

It’s a big idea, and an even bigger show. “Signals” will not just fill DCAC, salon style, but also the vacant former home of Cafe Lautrec, just across the street.