Time & Place

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Artists explore the intersection of contemporary art with Alexandria’s long, rich, and multifaceted history in Time & Place: A Conversation about Art, History, and Community

In this inaugural year, three artists from our region—Sheldon Scott, Stewart Watson and Lauren Frances Adams—use research-based practices and work in a variety of media to create thought-provoking temporary works that are inspired by the storied past of Gadsby’s Tavern.

Time & Place is an initiative of the Alexandria Office of the Arts’ public art program, in partnership with the Office of Historic Alexandria. The goal of this compelling project is to foster exploration and dialogue about our region’s history and its continued reverberations within our community today. 

Visit @alexartsoffice on Twitter and Instagram. Follow and post with #TimeandPlaceALX to join the conversation online. 

Download the brochure (PDF).

Events & Exhibitions

Stewart Watson & Lauren Frances Adams: Centennial of the Everyday

134 N. ROYAL ST.

Discover a series of artistic interventions created by Baltimore artists Stewart Watson and Lauren Frances Adams tucked in among the exhibits at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum throughout the summer. These works of art reflect the artists’ in-depth research about the history of women, enslaved peoples, and anonymous citizens in Alexandria whose stories are overshadowed by other more famous historic figures. Using traditional material methods, such as stoneware, textile, and interior decorative objects, the artists highlight domestic material culture and narratives of anonymity and loss. Read the news release (PDF) or the exhibition guide (PDF) for more information. 

Connect online

@centennialoftheeveryday on Facebook  • Instagram

Sheldon Scott: the Finest Amenities

July 1–31

Torpedo Factory Art Center's New Project Studio
105 N. Union St.

In July and August, Scott continues the community dialogue surrounding the Finest Amenities with a micro-exhibition in the New Project Studio (Studio 8) at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, located at 105 North Union Street. The space will feature photography, video, and ephemera from this body of work. Video will also be projected throughout Alexandria via the Mobile Art Lab

Connect online

Facebook: @sheldonscottstudiosInstagram: @sheldonascott

Past Programs

Sheldon Scott: the Finest Amenities

Sheldon Scott: "the Finest Amenities" Community Dialogue
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 
7:30–9:00 p.m.

Gadsby's Tavern

In March, the Finest Amenities launched when Scott joined marine biologist Dr. Marvourneen K. Dolor, and historian Lance Mallamo for a roundtable talk on the intersection of art, science, and history, facilitated by public art specialist Todd Bressi. The group provided context to understand and interpret usability and accessibility of our natural resources, specifically the Potomac River. (Videos: Part 1Part 2Part 3)

SUNDAY, APRIL 23, 2017 
1–4 P.M.

Gadsby's Tavern Museum
134 N. Royal St.

Sheldon Scott will begin at the Potomac waterfront at King Street at 1 p.m. and will walk towards Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, located at 134 North Royal Street. There, harvested ice becomes an object of decadence as his performance explores class, race, and the environment—past and present. Visitors will experience a one-time immersive performance in a reimagined Gadsby's Tavern. Read the news release (PDF) for more information. 

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