Solas Nua, in collaboration with New York University Washington, DC, is pleased to present Home + Discordance = US, an exhibition that explores the idea of the US as a place of “home”. Typically the word home conjures up an image of warmth, welcome and a place of safety. However, for some that image does not fully hold true; some are less welcome than others, some are less equal and some are less safe.
The exploration of the Irish immigrant experience of defending home, leaving home and
making new homes is one frequently addressed in Solas Nua’s programming. This experience is not singular to the Irish but is universal and one that is shared by all communities in the US be they immigrant or indigenous.
In order to explore this theme of Home + Discordance = US an exciting group of DC-based artists have been invited to participate in the exhibition. They represent a broad cross cultural perspective on the exhibition concept, African-American, American, Brazilian, Colombian, Ethiopian-American, Irish, Japanese, Lebanese, Mexican, Mexican-American and Native American.
Curated by : Jackie Hoysted, Solas Nua
Artists : Holly Bass, Hoesy Corona, Heloisa Escudero, Erin Devine, John Brendan Guinan,
Jackie Hoysted, Ann Lewis, Akemi Maegawa, Tsedaye Makonnen, Carolina Mayorga, Sheldon Scott, René Treviño, Anna Tsouhlarakis and Helen Zughaib
Venue : NYU Washington, DC in Thomas Circle – 1307 L St NW, Washington, DC
Exhibition Dates : September 15 – October 14, 2017
Hours: Monday – Sunday 10 am-9 pm
Opening Reception and Performances: Friday, September 15, 6-8 pm including live artist performances by Heloisa Escudero and Tsedaye Makonnen, story-telling by Sheldon Scott and call-and-response poetry by Holly Bass.
Sunday, September 24, 2-4:30 pm, Film: screening of Emerald City, which explores the lives of immigrant Irish construction workers in New York City, followed by a question-and-answer session via Skype with Director Colin Broderick.
Tuesday, October 10, 6:30-8:30 pm, Culture Mix: What is Home, A conversation among a diverse group of Washingtonians about ‘Home’ – leaving, returning, becoming and settling. The conversation will be highlighted and illustrated by poetry readings and live music.
All events are free to the public.
About Solas Nua
Solas Nua, ‘new light’ in Irish, is the only organization in the United States dedicated
exclusively to contemporary Irish arts. Based in Washington, DC, our mission is to bring the best new Irish artistic talent to America. For over a decade we have brought audiences an exciting mix of modern Irish theatre, music, dance, visual arts, film, and literary events including the annual Capital Irish Film Festival and Irish Book Day.
About NYU Washington, DC
Inspired by its founder, the former Congressman and NYU President Emeritus, the John
Brademas Center of New York University pursues a collection of initiatives in the area—the state of Congress and the legislative process in democracies; the shifting dynamics in foreign policy and international affairs; and the present state and future prospects for higher education, the humanities, arts and culture—which formed the core of John Brademas’ life in public service. With a growing reputation as a home for informed and civil debate on politics, public policy and other major issues facing the nation and global community—the NYU Brademas Center undertakes programs at NYU’s campuses in New York City and Washington, DC, and increasingly around NYU’s global network. The Brademas Center is housed at NYU’s Washington DC site, located at 1307 L Street, NW. It is home to 100 students per semester who are enrolled in courses or pursuing internships, and provides living and work space for faculty who are teaching and conducting research.