British Trend “Pops Up” in DC

The Associated Press featured an article today on a growing trend in New York City: Pop-Up Galleries.

British art concept taking hold in the Big Apple during recession
October 14, 2009 01:51 EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The recession may be turning out OK for art as it begins to pop up in some unexpected places.
The pop-up gallery, where an art installation takes over an empty storefront, is a concept well-known in Britain — and it’s now taking hold in recession-wracked New York City.
Curator Manon Slome at No Longer Empty says for the moment, finding space is no problem. And getting out of the museum and the gallery turns out to be good for art.
Another curator reports getting calls every day from property owners eager to turn their spaces over to artists for the time being. Slome says with hundreds thronging to her group’s openings, neighboring stores that are still in business are happy for the traffic.

9927_143278571767_48643806767_2490044_1224627_nWhile this is fantastic news for the economy in New York, the District is doing the exact same thing! In fact, DC had its very own pop-up gallery installed just a few weeks ago at the Convention Center. Windows into DC, a project sponsored by the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and the DC Creates! Public Art Program of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities showcases 14 of DC’s hottest young artists in the retail spaces of the Convention Center. Simply start on the corner of 7th and L Streets NW and walk toward M Street, where you’ll step into a walking gallery of artists like Tim Conlon, Liani Foster and Anne Marchand. Continue on 9th street to N street and you’ll see works by local favorites Aniekan Udofia and Cory Oberndorfer. This is an ongoing installation, but it’s only up until January 2010.

So if you haven’t already, go check out this fantastic opportunity to experience the newest trend in the creative economy right here in DC!

Photo: Mike Iacovone discusses his work with Mayor Fenty; credit: Vikrum Aiwer

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One Response to British Trend “Pops Up” in DC

  1. This Pop-Up concept is also similar to what the Capital Fringe Festival has been doing with venues; even their headquarters now is in the old AV space that the Douglas Bros. plan to redevelop, presumably when the economy gets better.

    Reminds me of those Squat Shops that first appeared in the UK some decade or two ago.

    We love DCARTS creating public art!

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