WASHINGTON PROJECT FOR THE ARTS, WASHINGTON, DC CALL FOR ENTRIES: Strange Bedfellows
WASHINGTON PROJECT FOR THE ARTS, WASHINGTON, DC
CALL FOR ENTRIES: Strange Bedfellows
CURATOR: Blair Murphy, Independent Curator, New York, NY
ELIGIBILITY: Open to all artists regardless of media
ENTRY FEE: N/A
DEADLINE: Friday, June 6, 2014 by 5:00pm
EXHIBITION DATES: October 17 – November 2, 2014
LOCATION: VisArts at Rockville, 155 Gibbs St., Rockville MD 20850
The notion of intimacy is simultaneously idealized and fraught. It describes human relationships, acting as a metric of the physical closeness, emotional bonds, or personal knowledge shared by two people. It can refer to the accumulation of knowledge about complex topics or–as in the phrase intimately aware–a familiarity with difficult truths. Though we strive for it, it can be difficult to achieve and painful to sustain. It provides us with unbelievable joy and immense disappointment.
Strange Bedfellows will explore intimacy in its various incarnations, approaching the topic from a variety of angles. What do we expect from our closest relationships and how have those expectations changed over time? How are knowledge and intimacy intertwined? How does technology impact the way we build connections and what we expect from relationships? How do we build deep knowledge of other times and places? How do our political and civic institutions cultivate closeness (or, alternately, distance)?
The call is open to all artists regardless of media used or geographic location. Artists do not need to be WPA members and there is no submission fee.
ABOUT THE CURATOR
Blair Murphy is a curator and writer based in New York City. Before moving to New York, she spent seven years in DC working as an administrative jack-of-all-trades for various arts organizations, including Washington Project for the Arts (WPA), DC Arts Center (DCAC), and Provisions Library. She was Program Director at WPA from 2011 to 2013 and a curator with Sparkplug, an artist collective sponsored by DCAC, from 2008 through 2011. She holds a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art and an MA from Georgetown University. Blair is currently the New York City correspondent for Bmoreart and a contributor to M Daily.