New Programming and After Hours at the Torpedo Factory

Three-EyEs-2-300x228Throughout the month of December, the Torpedo Factory Art Center offers a diverse line-up of programs, events, and exhibitions.

·         Interlude: Unfinished Works
December 9, 2017 – January 21, 2018

The newest exhibition in Target Gallery, the contemporary exhibition space of the Torpedo Factory, spotlights the artistic process in Interlude: Unfinished Works. Art has been left unfinished, both intentionally and unintentionally, and creates a dialogue on what it means for art to be “finished.” The exhibition features 21 artists from across the globe, including nine artists from the region.

·         Suh Yongsun in the New Project Studio
Studio 8 through February 28

Over the course of three months, Korean painter and sculptor Suh Yongsun will transform the New Project Studio into a workshop and community space for discussions and creativity. He will explore public, social, and political issues in present-day Korea while developing a visual discourse of his time creating in Alexandria. Presented in partnership with the Korean Cultural Center in Washington D.C. and the Embassy of the Republic of Korea.

Located in Studio 8, the New Project Studio is a community-focused arts incubator offers short-term space for creatives to test new program ideas, spotlight underrepresented voices, and enhance visitor engagement.

·         Torpedo Talks @ Second Thursday Art Night
Desirée Venn Frederic – Nomadic & Creative: Art and the Immigrant Experience   
Thursday, December 14
6 – 9 pm / Talk @ 8 pm

Desirée Venn Frederic is a social entrepreneur, installation artist, writer and activist whose work pulls heavily from her transnational experiences. She uses her work to negotiate multiple strata of marginalization being both undocumented yet identifying as an aboriginal indigenous woman. In her Torpedo Talk, she shares her experiences as an artist, as well as her personal journey as an immigrant and discusses how it has influenced her creative process.

Torpedo Talks are part of the Second Thursday Art Night, which features after-hours receptions and open studios throughout the building’s three floors.

·         The Late Shift: STEAM-Powered December
Friday, December 15
7 – 11 pm
Science and the arts collide in December. American Geosciences Institute joins the festivities for a night of music, interactive art, artist presentations, and more. Target Gallery celebrates the opening of Interlude: Unfinished Works. Interdisciplinary artist Fumi Amano talks about her work and her experience in the Post-Graduate Residency. The Korean Cultural Center in Washington, D.C., and the Embassy of the Republic of Korea host a reception for Korean painter and sculptor Suh Yongsun in the New Project Studio. Presented in collaboration with the American Geosciences Institute.


·         Holiday Hours
The Torpedo Factory Art Center will be closed on Monday, December 25, 2017, for Christmas Day and for Monday, January 1, 2018, for New Year’s Day. The building will be open 10 am – 6 pm on Tuesday, December 26, though Target Gallery will be closed for the Alexandria City Holiday.


About the Torpedo Factory Art Center

Founded in 1974 in an old munitions plant, the Torpedo Factory Art Center is home to the nation’s largest number of publicly accessible working artist studios under one roof. In an effort to sustain the arts in Alexandria, the Torpedo Factory is temporarily part of the City of Alexandria’s Office of the Arts, a division of the Department of Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Activities. Just south of Washington, D.C., the Torpedo Factory Art Center overlooks the Potomac River in the Old Town section of Alexandria, Va. Each year, more than a half million national and international visitors meet and interact with more than 160 resident artists in 82 studios and seven galleries. The Torpedo Factory Art Center is also home to The Art League Gallery and School, the Alexandria Archaeology Museum, and the Alexandria EatsPlace Café and Market. For more information, visit or follow the Torpedo Factory on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest via @torpedofactory.


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