There's always a spectacle at the (e)merge art fair, which opened last night and continues throughout the weekend. The international art fair turns the Capitol Skyline Hotel's guest rooms into galleries, and encourages performance artists to use the pool deck as their stage. You can read more about the fair's history in Michael O'Sullivan's excellent preview.

So what can you expect from this year's (e)merge? Art about childhood, campaigning, and the Constitution are a few examples, here.

A performance by Armando Lopez Bircann (Maura Judkis/The Post) A performance by Armando Lopez Bircann (Maura Judkis/The Post)

1. Looks like a Lady Gaga costume, but it's actually a performance by Armando Lopez Bircann of Animals & Fire, a performance art group in D.C. His work addresses the activation of performative sculpture.

Camden Place, "Tested Courage." Courtesy of the artist. Camden Place, "Tested Courage." Courtesy of the artist.

2. Hillary's 2016 campaign has already begin, thanks to a jump-start from artist Camden Place, who will be passing out Clinton campaign materials all week. Hillary's faux-campaign slogan? "Bringing Us Closer."

3. Andrew Wodzianski's “Self-Portrait as Jack Torrance” is a reenactment of the famous scene from "The Shining" in which Jack Nicholson types "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy," in the hotel's lobby. He'll be typing the phrase for every hour that the fair is in session. He never looks up from the typewriter.


For his performance piece "Self-Portrait as Jack Torrance," Wodzianski will stand in for the antihero of the "The Shining," typing the phrase "All work and no play make Jack a dull boy" ad infinitum. (Courtesy Andrew Wodzianski)
Two guests participate in Borjana Ventzislavova's art action "15 Minute Conditional bed Stories" (Maura Judkis/The Post) Two guests participate in Borjana Ventzislavova's art action "15 Minute Conditional bed Stories" (Maura Judkis/The Post)

4. The shutdown adds extra meaning to Borjana Ventzislavova's "15 Minute Constitutional Bed Stories," in which guests are asked to lie in bed and read the U.S. Constitution, while others can watch and listen on a TV upstairs. The piece asks visitors to compare the relevance of our most important document to a bedtime story.

5. In the Aureus Contemporary room,  Peter Cole's whimsical tchotchke sculptures are a commentary about childhood nostalgia and advertising.


Another work by Peter Cole in the Aureus Contemporary room (Maura Judkis/The Post)

Correction: An earlier version of this post referred to Borjana Ventzislavova's work as "15 Minute Conditional Bed Stories."