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Torpedo Factory October 2nd Thursday Event | News Release | Torpedo Factory Art Center

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Photo © Old Town Post


Exquisite corpses during October’s 2nd Thursday Art Night at
the Torpedo Factory Art Center

Thursday, October 8

6 – 9 pm

Second Thursday Art Night at the Torpedo Factory Art Center on Thursday, October 8, will feature the fantastic and the macabre.

  • 6 – 9 pm:

o   Visitors are encourage to bring a few friends along to play Exquisite Corpse, a surrealist party game that was popular with artists like André Breton, Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, and Salvador Dali. In this group drawing activity, each participant draws a section of the picture, while only seeing the end of what the previous person contributed. The resulting image is as quirky and bizarre as the participants can imagine.

o   October is Virginia Archaeology Month. To celebrate, the Alexandria Archaeology Museum will have its own exquisite skeleton, Zark the dog, on display. Visitors are encourage to share their love for him with hashtag #zarkbark.

o   After two months of collecting doodles and illustrations from visitors, the four community sketchbooks will be on display in the Site 2 hallway, located by the elevator on the second floor. Visitors have left drawings, scribbles, cartoons, poems, and notes. Leaf through the books and even leave your own sketches behind for others.

o   With an eye toward contemporary conversations surrounding gender identity, equality, and feminism, Target Gallery’s exhibition, Angel Soldier Dance Sublime features the work of four artists as they explore themes of femininity and power and the intertwining relationship of gendered archetypes.

  • 6– 7 pm; 8 – 9 pm: Singer/songwriter Janna Audey performs throughout the evening with her husband, guitarist Rob Santos. Hear a mix of original songs along with a romantic collection of songs made famous by the Rat Pack, the Bee Gees, the Carpenters, and others. Santos’ edgy guitar complements the soulful timbre of Audey’s voice.
  • 7 pm:

o   Alexandria Archaeology Museum: Zark the dog wasn’t always part of a museum display. Learn how archaeologist found him under a pile of stones on Royal Street, how they figured out his name, and what his burial in the early 1900s reveals about Alexandria’s past.

  • 7:30 pm:

o   The Art League Gallery: Opening reception for two new exhibitions in The Art League Gallery. Superstition & Belief is an all-media exhibition with work referencing myths, religion, fantasy, and dreams. Each Day is a Celebration features Sheila Harrington’s still-life oil paintings that illustrate the passage of time through food and drink. More information is available via www.theartleague.org.

Earlier in the day, Carlyle House will be offering complementary programming. They will display an 18th-century mummified cat that was found in the wall of the house and will also offer an Exquisite Corpse drawing activity for visitors. Carlyle House is located at 121 North Fairfax Street in Alexandria. The hours are 10 am – 4 pm. More information is available via:http://www.nvrpa.org/park/carlyle_house_historic_park.

About The Alexandria Archaeology Museum
The Alexandria Archaeology Museum opened in 1984 in the newly renovated Torpedo Factory Art Center.  The museum serves as the hub of the City’s archaeology program where visitors interact with archaeologists and volunteers working in the public laboratory; experience Alexandria’s 13,000 year-old-history through exhibits, self-guided tours, and hands-on activities; and view the latest finds from current excavations.  For more information, go to www.alexandriaarchaeology.org.

About The Art League
Founded in 1954, The Art League, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization, is among the nation’s largest and oldest multi-service organizations for visual artists. As a major component of the cultural fabric of Alexandria, The Art League offers extensive exhibit opportunities for artists through its gallery, outstanding fine art education through the school, and valuable outreach programs to the local community. The Art League is headquartered in the landmark Torpedo Factory Art Center.

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 TwitterFacebook, and Instagram via @torpedofactory.


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