Art-Focused Tour: Viewing History through the Lens of Contemporary Art | News Release | City of Alexandria

Screen Shot 2017-07-19 at 4.33.46 PMThe Art of History: Tour of the Centennial of the Everyday

Viewing History through the Lens of Contemporary Art


Let art be your guide for an art-focused tour of the Centennial of the Everyday on July 29 or August 12! Tours are offered twice each day, at 10 a.m. and noon. Cost is $15 per person and tickets are available online at shop.alexandriava.gov. Advance purchase recommended as space is limited!


This 60-minute tour led by scholar and cultural worker Izetta Autumn Mobley features the special summer art exhibition Centennial of the Everyday, created by Baltimore artists Stewart Watson and Lauren Adams. Exhibited in partnership with Time & Place, each work in the exhibit is grounded in local history, while connecting to contemporary art approaches. Reminiscent of Fred Wilson’s Mining the Museum, the Centennial of the Everyday highlights the complex narratives embedded in history, using art practices and works to surface the sometimes submerged connections of Old Town’s history. With the help of the guide, guests will see how these artworks incorporate nods to historical designs and practices through their methods and materials, giving even more meaning to the narrative.


Izetta Autumn Mobley is a native Washingtonian and graduate of Brown University. As a cultural worker, facilitator, and educator, Izetta has 15 years of experience specializing in youth development, community capacity building, and equity education. Ms. Mobley is a doctoral candidate in American Studies at the University of Maryland. Izetta’s research focuses on art, public history, material and visual culture, gender, race, and disability.


Time & Place is an initiative of the Alexandria Office of the Arts’ public art program to invite artists with research-based practices to create thought-provoking, temporary artwork at sites managed by the Office of Historic Alexandria. Through compelling art projects in a variety of media, Time & Place fosters exploration and dialogue about Alexandria’s rich history.


Screen Shot 2017-04-03 at 4.23.39 PMGadsby’s Tavern Museum is located at 134 North Royal Street in the heart of Old Town Alexandria and is owned and operated by the City of Alexandria. For more information, please call 703.746.4242 or visit www.gadsbystavern.org.

As America emerged as a nation in the late 18th and early 19th century, Gadsby’s Tavern was the center of social and political life in Alexandria as well as the new Federal City of Washington. The tavern served as the premier gathering place for residents – including George Washington – and visitors to eat, drink, learn, and influence history. Tavern keepers John Wise and John Gadsby hosted balls, performances, and meetings, and their accommodations were known as the best by travelers near and far. Today, the tavern continues the tradition of opening its doors to the community through a variety of special events.


The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended. To request a reasonable accommodation, e-mail gadsbys.tavern@alexandriava.gov, call 703.746.4242, or Virginia Relay 711.

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