Friday, August 26, 2011

Carolina Mayorga | Art After Dark @ AMA | Artist 7 of 10

Carolina Mayorga |

Carolina Mayorga
Sat. September 1, 2011 from 8pm to 12am at AMA | Art Museum of the Americas

Carolina Mayorga explores religious rituals, migration, and conflict with a tasteful blend of poignancy, irreverence, and humor.  She writes "Social issues related to my culture have always been the theme of my art: My culture related to Catholic rituals, the political situation of my native Colombia, issues of migration as a response to my bi-cultural experience of living in Colombia and the United States, and most recently, my perspective on the current global war that has shaped the beginning of the 21st Century."

For AAD, she will be hawking fruits and other “delights of South America.”

Thursday, August 25, 2011

DJ Smudge | Art After Dark @ AMA | Artist 6 of 10

DJ Smudge

DJ Smudge
Sat. September 1, 2011 from 8pm to 12am at AMA | Art Museum of the Americas

DJ Smudge has been blessing the decks for more than a decade.  He currently holds residencies at DC’s newest hotspot Little Miss Whiskeys, 9:30 Club, Velvet Lounge, Asylum, MARVIN, and SOVA.  Smudge has spun all over DC from Black Cat to Jimmy Valentines, from Cafe St. Ex to Wonderland Ballroom.  He looks forward to rocking the AMA.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Birds Watch Out: There's a New Glass Door in Town

We are very happy to report that AMA has a new glass door at the entrance to the museum. I think it makes a much more inviting facade to the museum.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Billy Friebele | Art After Dark @ AMA | Artist 5 of 10

Billy Friebele |

Billy Friebele
Sat. September 1, 2011 from 8pm to 12am at AMA | Art Museum of the Americas

Billy Friebele's work examines the intersection of new media and public space, making him a most suitable fit for Art After Dark. He has a forthcoming exhibition at the Orlando Museum of Art and has exhibited at the Baltimore Museum of Art as well as in Sarajevo, New York, Colorado, St. Louis, Detroit, and right here in DC.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Ricardo Alzati | POSSIBLE WORLDS @ AMA | Artist 9 of 9

Ricardo Alzati

Ricardo Alzati
Photography and Fiction in
Mexican Contemporary Art Exhibition

Open through August 28th at AMA | ART MUSEUM of the AMERICAS

Ricardo Alzati was born in Mexico City in 1974. He received his education in History and Visual Arts at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and in Photography and Visual Arts at the Centro de la Imagen and Centro Nacional de las Artes.  In 2001-2002 he also attended the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam.

Alzati’s photography, video, installations, paintings, and drawings have been exhibited in Mexico and the United States, including solo exhibitions at the Museo del la Ciudad de México (Mexico City), Casa Vecina (Mexico City), Fototeca de Veracruz (Verazcruz, Mexico), 111 projects (Mexico City), and group exhibitions, such as the 2001 Visions: Contemporary Mexican Photography show at the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York, and the 2008 Proyectos para descontrucción at the Museo Universitario de Ciencias y Artes MUCA Roma in Mexico City.

In 2007, Alzati was recipient of the Jóvenes Creadores art production grant and in 2008, he was selected as part of the core group participants at United Nations Plaza Mexico City and was also awarded artist residencies at the Triangle Artist’s Workshop (New York), and the 26th International Symposium of Contemporary Art, Baie St. Paul (Quebec, Canada). Alzati also writes for Rim Magazine (Los Angeles), and Arte MX (Mexico City).  He currently lives and works in Mexico City.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Matthew Hemerlein | Art After Dark @ AMA | Artist 4 of 10

Matthew Hemerlein |

Matthew Hemerlein
Sat. September 1, 2011 from 8pm to 12am at AMA | Art Museum of the Americas

Multi-instrumentalist Matthew Hemerlein has drawn comparisons to Jeff Buckley with his subtle rhythmic pulses and trance-inducing layers of  loops replete with plucked and strummed violins and guitars and evocative vocal delivery.  He utilizes his classical training not as a crutch but as a jumping-off point to convey complex emotions with just the right blend of subtlety and upheaval.

Matthew Hemerlein

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Wilmer Wilson IV | Art After Dark @ AMA | Artist 3 of 10

Wilmer Wilson IV | From the Series, Bundles

Wilmer Wilson IV
Sat. September 1, 2011 from 8pm to 12am at AMA | Art Museum of the Americas

Wilmer Wilson IV is a daring DC-based multi-media artist whose aims include causing the viewer to walk away feeling a “subtle uneasiness.”  

Wilmer Wilson IV | From the series, Paper Bag Pieces
He will create an installation of destroyed plastic ware for Art After Dark based on his series, Bundles.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Mauricio Alejo | POSSIBLE WORLDS @ AMA | Artist 8 of 9

Mauricio Alejo

Mauricio Alejo
Photography and Fiction in
Mexican Contemporary Art Exhibition

Open through August 28th at AMA | ART MUSEUM of the AMERICAS

Mauricio Alejo was born in Mexico City in 1969.  He attended the Universidad Nacional Autonóma de México (UNAM) where he studied communication.  His carrier in photography started as a hobby. Alejo is a recipient of a Fulbright scholarship, which allowed him to obtain his Masters in Art at the University of New York.  

His photographs and videos record everyday objects, sometimes cut, painted, or set up in absurd arrangements.  During his career he has demonstrated an intense interest and a predisposition towards the object; his work deals with the re-signification of forgotten objects that he has rescued from the accumulation around us, revealing their aesthetic worth.  Alejo is interested in objects that reference childhood and inspire reflection about memory and the qualities which we associate with such objects. As a result his photographs suggest certain nostalgia, implying that a better world may exist in our collective imagination rather than in everyday reality. 

Bubble (2009) by Mauricio Alejo

Alejo is now living and working in New York City. His solo shows have included Faleria OMR, Mexico City (2007), Galeria Ramis Barquet, Mexico (2005) and Galeria Ramis Barquet, New York (2004). He has also been in group exhibitions at the Bronx Museum of the Arts at New York, Miami Art Central, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina at Sofía, Madrid, and the 8th Havana Biennial. One of his images graced the cover of the April 2006 issue of Wallpaper*. 

Monday, August 15, 2011

Kristina Bilonick | Art After Dark @ AMA | Artist 2 of 10

Kristina Bilonick |

Kristina Bilonick
Sat. September 1, 2011 from 8pm to 12am at AMA | Art Museum of the Americas

Kristina Bilonick is a native Washingtonian who uses screen printing, video, and other media to create art installations that are often interactive.  She has shown her work at local art spaces including TransformerHonfleur Gallery, and Gallaudet University, and has curated and co-curated exhibitions at  DC Arts CenterArtisphere, and Civilian Art Projects.
Artwork by Kristina Bilonick

After studying printmaking and painting at the University of New Hampshire, Kristina returned to DC where, in addition to her studio practice, she has worked as an arts administrator for over ten years- running programs at organizations including the Washington Glass School,   DC Arts Center and most recently atWashington Project for the Arts.
In 2010, Kristina opened Pleasant Plains Workshop -  which functions as a shared art studio,  project space, and shop located on Georgia Avenue in Northwest DC.
She will be presenting a site-specific silk-screen installation for Art After Dark in the museum's loggia.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Screen Vinyl Image | Art After Dark @ AMA | Artist 1 of 10

Screen Vinyl Image |

Screen Vinyl Image
Art After Dark: 2011
Advance e-tickets now available

Sat. September 1, 2011 from 8pm to 12am at AMA | ART MUSEUM of the AMERICAS

Since their inception in the spring of 2007 out of the ashes of influential DC shoegaze band Alcian Blue, Screen Vinyl Image have released a string of innovative full-length albums, extended-plays, and singles under fiercely independent record labels Fan Death Records, Custom Made Music, and their own Safranin Sound.  

The husband-and-wife duo have gained notoriety as well as earned a solid fan base by exposing local, national, and international audiences to their unique vision of Bomb Squad beats, atmospheric walls of guitars, analog synthesizers, and John Carpenter horror soundtrack textures.  

For AAD, Screen Vinyl Image will be playing one set consisting of songs from their 2009 debut full-length Interceptors and one set performing their forthcoming album Strange Behavior in its entirety. They will also be performing with original video art projections, as well.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Fernando Montiel Klint | POSSIBLE WORLDS @ AMA | Artist 7 of 9

Fernando Montiel Klint |

Fernando Montiel Klint
Photography and Fiction in
Mexican Contemporary Art Exhibition

Open through August 28th at AMA | ART MUSEUM of the AMERICAS

Fernando Montiel Klint was born in México city in 1978.  He studied Communications at the Iberoamerican University. He also attended the Escuela Activa de Fotografía and El Centro de la Imagen where he studied photography. There is a strange aura that surrounds Ferna­ndo’s works; his shockingly bright colors, his classical posturing, cinematic lighting, and the complex emotional range of the participants, construct Fernando’s images in an incredibly theatrical manner. To watch them in their creation is to watch the photographer dance with light, participate and engage in disguise, allowing himself to be seen as he literally moves into the space of the scene. They are theatrical, bizarre, fictional performances, staged for the camera and constructed and finished in the computer.

So many of Fernando’s images hover on the edge of dysfunction, loss, suicide, and madness. The artist crosses a multitude of taboos. The majority of these images are tragic, unrelenting fictions. No one, male of female, appears redeemable.

Fernando was a grant recipient in 2004-05 for Young Creators and an Honorary Mention in the 12th annual Biennale of Photography (Mexico). He is represented in the collection of Museum of Guangdong (China), Texas State University (USA), and the Museum of Modern Art (Mexico).