Assembly 2019

On View: September 21 - December 22, 2019

Main Galleries

Assembly 2019, AAC’s inaugural regional biennial, will feature sixteen contemporary artists and artist pairs working in a range of media, from drawing and painting to performance and installation. The artists were selected by Blair Murphy, AAC’s Curator of Exhibitions, from an open call for submissions, augmented by studio visits and one-on-one conversations during the final selection process.

AAC’s regional biennial will explore current material and conceptual trends among artists in the region, with the goal of highlighting the strength of the work being made and making connections across media and generations. The program will feature work by young and emerging artists alongside new work by artists with longstanding connections to the Mid Atlantic region and its art scenes.

While highlighting the diverse media being utilized by artists in the region, the inaugural biennial exhibition follows several aesthetic and conceptual threads including formal explorations of the boundary between abstraction and representation and a thematic interest in place and migration. The exhibition will include a series of public programs, including gallery talks, performances, and other events.

Assembly 2019 Artists:
Kara Braciale, Wilfred Brunner, Bradley Chriss, Shannon Collis & Liz Donadio, chanan delivuk, Lillian Bayley Hoover, Katie Kehoe, Dean Kessmann, Magnolia Laurie, Khánh H. Lê, Gina Gwen Palacios, Judith Pratt, Sarah G. Sharp, Molly Springfield, McKinley Wallace III, and Fabiola Alvarez Yurcisin.


Opening Reception: September 21 / 6–9pm

Gallery Talk: October 19 / 1-3pm
Location: Arlington Arts Center
Featuring Kara Braciale, Shannon Collis + Liz Donadio, Lillian Bayley Hoover, Dean Kessmann, Judith Pratt, Sarah Sharp, McKinley Wallace III, and Fabiola Alvarez Yurcisin

Harbinger: October 20 / 2–3:15pm
Location: The Tidal Basin, Washington, DC
A site-specific performance by artist Katie Kehoe

Hirshhorn AM: Assembly: November 15 / 9am-10am
Location: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Artists chanan delivuk, Khánh H. Lê, and Gina Gwen Palacios, moderated by Blair Murphy, AAC’s Curator of Exhibitions

Gallery Talk: November 16 / 1-3pm
Location: Arlington Arts Center
Featuring Wilfred Brunner, Bradley Chriss, chanan delivuk, Katie Kehoe, Khánh H. Lê, Magnolia Laurie, Gina Gwen Palacios, and Molly Springfield

Artists + Climate Change: December 20 / 4pm-5pm
Location: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Artist Katie Kehoe in conversation with Blair Murphy, AAC’s Curator of Exhibitions


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Exhibition Catalog

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Artist Talks with Andrew Barco and Elliot Doughtie

Saturday / October 21 / 1pm-3pm

Join artists Andrew Barco and Elliot Doughtie for conversations about their solo exhibitions currently on view at MoCA Arlington.

Neon Nights: Gala & Silent Auction

Wednesday / September 27 / 7pm

Join us on Wednesday, September 27 for a special gala and silent auction to benefit the Museum of Contemporary Art Arlington. Tickets range from $250 to $500 and include a 3-course dinner, silent auction, and the joy you’ll feel knowing you’re supporting the museum! Can’t attend? Consider sponsoring an artist to attend in your place!

MoCA on the Move at Met Park

Sundays 10am-12pm

MoCA Arlington at Met Park
Fun for the whole family! No Experience Required offers playful art making activities for children (and their curious adults) every Sunday morning. There will be collaborative, community-built art works, and opportunities to “make and take” works, too.