The Collaborative

David and Carmen Kreeger were devoted patrons of the arts and the Washington, DC arts community. They supported countless Washington-area artists including Sam Gilliam, Simmie Knox, Thomas Downing, Gene Davis, Morris Louis, Ed McGowin, and Albert Stadler, purchasing their work at the Corcoran Gallery of Art biennials, area galleries, and directly from artists in the 1960s and early 1970s. The Collaborative is a guest artist exhibition program developed to support Washington-area artists.

"We are thrilled to be in partnership with arts organizations across the city to present work of contemporary Washington-area artists. The Collaborative furthers our mission by supporting and spotlighting the immense talent of visual and performing artists in our city. We are honored to champion the work of these artists and provide many of them the opportunity to present their work in a museum for the first time." - Helen Chason, Director


Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art

Deceber 9, 2023 — February 24, 2024

Kendall Buster, Model City (Constraint), 2016, Flashe vinyl paint, paper, cardstock, foam-board, and sewing pins. Image by Anne Kim Photography.

The Kreeger Museum and Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art (Tephra ICA) are pleased to present SOLSTICE, a solo exhibition by sculptor Kendall Buster in conjunction with her solo presentation, SEED, concurrently on view at Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art (Tephra ICA) in Reston, Virginia.

This exhibition, curated by Jaynelle Hazard, Executive Director of Tephra ICA, features the single installation Model City (Constraint) which suggests a sprawling landscape of brute forms, referencing both geometric abstraction and modernist architecture. For Buster, the work demonstrates an exploration into ways in which the monumental can be expressed through the miniature. In the exhibition, sunshine filters into the gallery, defining the works’ whorls and chambers in an unpopulated cityscape that seems filled with talking shadows. Feeling nostalgic while simultaneously futuristic, there is a dialogue with nature and a negotiation of light in the space, providing a sense of strange wonderment.

With the installation being perfectly white and its chalky, gouache matte material, the angled models made with cardboard and paper suggest observation towers, enclosures without exits, windows for hidden eyes, or
coliseum-like pits. In alignment with Buster’s practice, there is a push and pull of the interior and exterior, provoking the question of whether the viewer is looking in, looking out, looking up, looking down, or whether
they are being looked at.

“Kendall Buster’s Model City (Constraint) emphasizes the wise phrase –‘Where there is light, there must be shadow, and where there is shadow there must be light.’” – Jaynelle Hazard

This exhibition is presented under The Collaborative, a program developed by The Kreeger Museum in 2021 to support Washington-area artists.

Presented in collaboration with Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art.
Curated by Jaynelle Hazard.


Washington Sculptors Group
Still Something Singing

October 21, 2023 — January 27, 2024

Donna M. McCullough, Savannah, 2023, recycled copper with steel base.

“Even when silvery fish after fish comes back belly up, and the country plummets into a crepitating crater of hatred, isn’t there still something singing?”

--from “The Leash” by Ada Limón (The Leash by Ada Limón | Poetry Foundation)

The Kreeger Museum is pleased to present Still Something Singing, October 21, 2023 - January 27, 2024, with Washington Sculptors Group. Betsy Johnson, Assistant Curator, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, is the Juror for this exhibition of outdoor work that reflects the role of art in our contemporary moment.

This exhibition is presented under The Collaborative, a program developed by The Kreeger Museum in 2021 to support Washington-area artists.

Presented in collaboration with Washington Sculptors Group.
Curated by Betsy Johnson.

Hamiltonian Artists
Doing The Work

May 13, 2023 — August 5, 2023

Ara Koh, Core Samples, 2020, fired clay.

The Kreeger Museum and Hamiltonian Artists are pleased to present Doing The Work, featuring Kyrae Dawaun, Cecilia Kim, Ara Koh, Samera Paz, and Matthew Russo. On view at The Kreeger Museum May 13 through August 5, 2023, the group exhibition will present new and existing works created by the cohort of 2021-2023 Hamiltonian Artists Fellows.

There are several pockets of contemporary discourse—from social justice to mental health—in which the question often arises: “what does doing The Work look like?” In this group exhibition that includes photos, sculpture, drawings, and video, “The Work” is both personal and collective, theoretical and tangible. It takes shape in various forms, such as domestic labor, self reflection, and methodical construction. Rather than focusing on end results, each piece is evocative of progression, calling attention to the patience, play, and serendipity that occurs within periods of growth and development. In Doing The Work, two fundamental truths emerge at the fore; the work looks different for each of us, and there is always more to be done.

This exhibition is presented under The Collaborative, a program developed by The Kreeger Museum in 2021 to support Washington-area artists.

Presented in collaboration with Hamiltonian Artists.
Curated by Anisa Olufemi.

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February 11, 2023 — March 25, 2023

Left: Matthew Mann, Moonlight Sinew, 2022, oil, acrylic, and collage on canvas, Courtesy of the artist.
Right: David Urban, Band of Hope, 1996, oil on canvas, Gift from the Trustees of the Corcoran Gallery of Art.

The Kreeger Museum and STABLE are pleased to present INTERLUDE, an exhibition featuring fifteen artists of the STABLE studios - Nancy Daly, Leigh Davis, Rex Delafkaran, Tim Doud, Adrienne Gaither, Aziza Gibson-Hunter, K. Lorraine Graham, Jean Kim, Leah Lewis, Matthew Mann, Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann, Gail Shaw-Clemons, Molly Springfield, Andy Yoder, and Ying Zhu - on view at The Kreeger Museum February 11 through March 25, 2023. These artists meet through their approaches and applications to mirror, respond to, and complement each other. This interlude is the moment in-between collective past and future and the present moment of the artist's practice. Working across mediums, the artists present new work and previously created work to be in conversation with the museum's permanent collection. This exhibition is presented under The Collaborative, a program developed by The Kreeger Museum in 2021 to support Washington-area artists.

Presented in collaboration with STABLE.
Curated by Maleke Glee.

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Hamiltonian Artists

September 17, 2022 — December 10, 2022

Michael Dax Iacovone, Golden Ratio, 2022, Archival print.

Hamiltonian Artists and The Kreeger Museum are pleased to present Perplexity, an exhibition of the work of seven Hamiltonian Artists Alumni—Amy Boone-McCreesh, Brian Michael Dunn, Michael Dax Iacovone, Sarah Knobel, Joyce Yu-Jean Lee, Helina Metaferia, and Jerry Truong—on view at The Kreeger Museum from September 17 through December 10, 2022. Working in a diverse range of mediums, such as paper, textile, mirror, metal, charcoal, waste, and performance, to mimic surfaces, spaces, and objects, the artists explore aesthetic possibilities, enhanced, and manipulated by human interaction – highlighting the malleability of certain materials and textures. The implications of our social environments are reflected on as the artists explore the depths of our sensory experiences.

Presented in collaboration with Hamiltonian Artists.
Curated by Tomora Wright.

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Hamiltonian Artists
Unexpected Occurrences

June 4, 2022 — August 27, 2022

Joey Enriquez, fall red Appalachian trail, traveled north, 2021

Hamiltonian Artists and The Kreeger Museum present Unexpected Occurrences, a contemporary response to a modern collection, featuring the work of Hamiltonian Artists’ seven current fellows—Amber Eve Anderson, Maria Luz Bravo, Jason Bulluck, Joey Enriquez, Stephanie Garon, Madeline Stratton, and Lionel Frazier White III. The exhibition includes new works in video, mixed media, sculpture, photography, encaustic, printmaking, and painting installed throughout the museum.

Hamiltonian Artists’ mission is to build a dynamic community of innovative artists and effective visual art leaders by providing professional development opportunities to innovative new artists and by advancing their entrepreneurial success. Through its unique investment into the next generation of cutting-edge artists, Hamiltonian helps artists to develop important business skills, professional experiences, and visibility to support and sustain their art career. Through artist talks, public events, and its membership program, the organization contributes to the vitality of DC’s burgeoning arts scene by deepening the appreciation for contemporary art and culture throughout Washington, DC, and beyond.

Presented in collaboration with Hamiltonian Artists.
Curated by Tomora Wright.

Read a review of Unexpected Occurrences on East City Art.

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"Unexpected Occurrences" Artists in Conversation

The Kreeger Museum Celebrates International Sculpture Day with Hamiltonian Artists

The Nicholson Project

Weathering is an installation that brings together a collection of Climate Ponchos– wearable sculptures used in the ongoing performance series Climate Immigrants (2017-present). In it the performers wear Climate Ponchos adorned with images that depict various archetypal travelers. The series expands upon issues of immigration by implicating everyone and not just a select group, addressing one of the most pressing topics of our time: climate-triggered immigration in relation to US-centric xenophobia.

The Climate Ponchos are paired with a new series of sculpted heads entitled The Plant People (2021), a mixed media sculptural series utilizing familiar objects with unique handmade elements to depict the blooming heads of The Plant People, a fictional group of cultural influencers who see themselves as stewards of the earth. Weathering considers the plight of climate induced global migration and its effects on people of color and the population at large. In Weathering the artist utilizes pervasive and harmful materials currently in heavy circulation across the world in the form of fossil fuel derived plastics not unlike those found in our quotidian lives including in our homes, plumbing, bank cards, food containers, clothing, and even photographic records. Weathering warns us of idly waiting out the storm as we continue to be worn down by long exposure to the atmosphere. The works on view highlight the artist’s interest in fabulating and remixing mythologies to protest our waged war on nature.

Hoesy Corona is an uncategorized queer Latinx artist of Mexican descent living and working in the United States. Using a variety of media spanning installation, performance, and video, Hoesy develops otherworldly narratives centering marginalized individuals in society that investigate what it means to be a queer Latinx immigrant in a place where there are few. He choreographs large-scale performances and installations that oftentimes silently confront and delight viewers with some of the most pressing issues of our time. Reoccurring themes of queerness, race/class/gender, nature, isolation, celebration, and the climate crisis are present throughout his work. Hoesy has exhibited widely in galleries, museums, and public spaces in the United States and abroad including recent solo exhibitions Sunset Moonlight (2021) at The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, MD, Earthly Mirage (2021) at the Hardesty Arts Center in Tulsa, OK, and Alien Nation (2017), a large scale performance at The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC. He lived in Mexico, Utah, and Wisconsin, before moving to Baltimore, MD in 2005 to establish a professional practice in the arts. He is a recent GKFF Artist Fellow 2019 & 2020 in Tulsa, OK, and is a former Halcyon Arts Lab Fellow 2017-2018 in Washington, DC. In 2021 he was the recipient of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s MAP Fund Grant.

Stan Squirewell, Tina and Chelsea, 2021, Mixed Media Collage with Carved Shoutouts Sugi Ban Frame, Courtesy of the Artist

Stan Squirewell is a painter, photographer, installation, and performance artist. Born and raised in Washington, DC in Anacostia's Barry Farm neighborhood, Squirewell established a serious art practice while working from his Harlem-based studio before moving to Louisville, KY where he currently lives and works. His work examines who curates and controls the narratives that become accepted as history; from what perspective is history written, whose stories are told, and whose are neglected?

This project is supported by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.


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