September Can’t Be Missed at the Torpedo Factory Art Center
Nine programs promise something for everyone
August 26, 2015 – Alexandria, Va. – The Torpedo Factory Art Center will be the place to be in September. With a new exhibition opening, live opera performances, a micro-granting dinner, and more, there will be reason to come back again, again, and again.
Morrison House Presents: Betti Pettinati-Longinotti
Tuesday, September 1
6 – 8 pm
The Morrison House, 116 South Alfred St., Alexandria
During her summer stay, visiting artist Betti Pettinati-Longinotti has been creating a series of portraits with vitreous painting on glass. For the September Morrison House Presents program, she will talk about her series as well as the history of this technique. Pettinati-Longinotti, from Winston-Salem, N.C., has created glass art for almost 40 years. As a member of the Fraternity of St. Clare, her spirituality shines through her work. Her ecclesiastical, commercial, and artistic architectural glass installation have been internationally exhibited. She is a member of Piedmont Craftsmen, Artworks Gallery/Winston-Salem, and the American Glass Guild. She is working in Studio 316 until the end of September.
Morrison House Presents is a monthly salon series exploring Alexandria’s heritage and culture organized by the Friends of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, the Alexandria Archaeological Commission and the Morrison House Hotel. Guests can participate in a lively conversation with artists, authors, and archaeologists who live and work in Alexandria. New programs take place the first Tuesday of every month with cocktails available for purchase through The Grille at Morrison House Hotel, 116 S. Alfred St.
Angel Soldier Dance Sublime
Thursday, September 10 – Sunday, October 18
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 10; 6–8 pm with curator talk at 7 pm
Four women artists explore the sublime dance of archetypal masculinity and femininity in the new show at the Target Gallery. The body is a common theme in their diverse body of work, as each negotiate ideas of femininity in a purportedly postfeminist climate. Sam Jones’s hanging sculptures reference angels and soldiers, both ecstatic and wounded, feminine and masculine. Kari Van Tinedances with a charred staff and engages her full body in both a war dance and a dance of seduction to create her site-inspired floor drawings. Heather Lyon pairs rebar with delicate, more ephemeral materials to suggest strength and precarity. Anya Antonovych Metcalf’s accidental cell phone photos turn extreme close-up images of flesh into something abstract and ethereal.
Second Thursday Art Night: Sharpen Your Pencils
A blank notebook is full of creative potential waiting to be explored. Whether you’re in school or just love all of the back-to-school stationary, the September Second Thursday Art Night is for you. Personalize your own art journal and leave a sketch in the six notebooks scattered around the building for a community sketching project.
Target Gallery celebrates the opening for Angel Soldier Dance Sublime, which features the work of four women artists exploring the sublime dance of archetypal masculinity and femininity. The curator talk begins at 7 pm. Down the hall, The Art League celebrates openings for The Ring of Fire, which features Wijati Soemantoro’s abstract lithographs that respond to the energy, emotions, and aftermath of natural disasters. Also, the September all-media exhibition features juried work by The Art League members. Comments begin at 7:30 pm.
Come early and stay late to enjoy the warm acoustic guitar and foot-stomping rhythm of Casey Clark. His storytelling and alternative country sound will pull you right in.
DC Public Opera Presents Mozart’s Così fan tutte
Friday, September 11
Sunday, September 13
DC Public Opera presents a chic, contemporary production of Mozart and DaPonte’s comic opera masterpiece Così fan tutte (The School for Lovers). Inspired by Andy Warhol’s work and his infamous parties at his New York studio, The Factory, the performances take place in the Torpedo Factory Art Center as a live installation. Mozart meets immersive theater and multimedia art in this unique production, which will be performed in Italian with English supertitles. Michelle Rofrano conducts DC Public Opera’s chamber orchestra. Directed by Jennifer Williams, founding artistic director. Production design by Betsy Muller. This event is presented as part of the Torpedo Factory’s Community Partnerships program. Tickets start at $25 and are available via dcpublicopera.org.
Friends of the Torpedo Factory Present Art and Light
Sunday, September 13
11 am–5 pm
As part of UNESCO’s International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies, The Friends of the Torpedo Factory Art Center present Art and Light, an afternoon celebration of art, music, dance, and light. Jane Franklin Dance, the Francis C. Hammond Middle School Orchestra, The Alexandria Singers, The Dance Studio at Hollin Hall, cellist John Kaboff, and the St. Petersburg Duo will perform alongside the Radiance Orb, a large geodesic globe that responds to music and motion with flashes of color. This program is in partnership with the Torpedo Factory Art Center, The Art League, and the Torpedo Factory Artists Association, with a special thanks to Light at Play. More information and a video of the Radiance Orb can be found at torpedofactory.org/orb.
2015 SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival
Thursday, September 17
7 – 9 pm
ACM SIGGRAPH’s Computer Animation Festival celebrates its 42nd year as the world’s leading festival of the most innovative and accomplished computer graphics. It’s recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as a qualifying festival for the Academy Awards. Washington DC ACM SIGGRAPH is partnering with the Torpedo Factory Art Center to host the 2015 festival in Alexandria, Va., to watch some of the best examples of computer animation from the past year. For more information, visit wp.siggraph.org/washington.
Factory Society Open House
Friday, September 18
The Factory Society is a new young-professionals group at the Torpedo Factory Art Center. They are dedicated to hosting innovative programs to advance our region’s creative community and engage with artists at the Torpedo Factory. Young professionals are invited to get an exclusive, after-hours peek of the Target Gallery’s new exhibition, Angel Soldier Dance Sublime, hear about new projects, and learn how to get involved as a charter member or a volunteer. There will be an open wine bar and DJ Juan Zapata will be performing throughout the evening. Smart casual attire requested. The event is free, but space is limited and RSVP is requested. Find more information attorpedofactory.org/openhouse.
King Street Art Festival at the Torpedo Factory
Saturday, September 19
The 13th Annual King Street Art Festival continues across Union Street, where even more artwork is available to buy from more than 100 resident artists. Flashback party band will be playing everyone’s favorite 60s, 70s, and 80s dance hits. Building Momentum’s pop-up makerspace will demonstrate cutting-edge technology. Visitors can also decorate a 3D-printed item of their own. At 2 pm, resident artist Susan Sanders demonstrates her technique for designing and creating 3D printed jewelry. Outside along the Potomac Riverfront, follow the trail of bubbles leading to Chris Erney’s Torpedo Bike. Walk the red carpet, flash a smile at the paparazzo, and be pampered like a VIP during a performance piece by artist Heloisa Escudero. More information can be found at torpedofactory.org/ksaf2015.
Sunday, September 27
CRAVE micro-granting dinners give everyone a chance to be a patron of the arts. The Torpedo Factory Art Center and Convergence host CRAVE (Creating Resources for Artistic Vision and Engagement) as an opportunity to connect innovators with enthusiasts and supporters to fund new artistic community projects. Now in its 4th installment, CRAVE has granted about $3,500 to creative endeavors in the region. The $15 ticket buys a meal and a vote. All proceeds from the event benefit the grantee, so the more people who attend, the larger the sum of the grant. Tickets, donations, and more information can be found at torpedofactory.org/crave.
About Target Gallery
Target Gallery is the contemporary exhibition space for the Torpedo Factory Art Center. The gallery promotes high standards of art by continuously exploring new ideas through a variety of visual media in a rotating schedule of national and international exhibitions. The gallery is open daily from 10 – 6 pm and until 9 pm on Thursdays.
About the Torpedo Factory Art Center
Founded in 1974 in an old munitions plant, the Torpedo Factory Art Center is home to the largest number of publicly accessible working artist studios in the U.S. The organization’s mission is to foster connections between artists and the public that ignite the creative spirit. Just south of Washington, D.C., the Torpedo Factory Art Center overlooks the Potomac River in the Old Town section of Alexandria, Va. Each year, more than a half million national and international visitors meet and interact with more than 160 resident artists in 82 working studios and six galleries. The Torpedo Factory Art Center is also home to The Art League School and the Alexandria Archaeology Museum. For more information visit torpedofactory.org or follow the Torpedo Factory Art Center on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram via @torpedofactory.
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