(Washington, DC) Love is Always Wise is a group art exhibition filled with souvenirs from the travel adventures of Camille Bethune-Brown & Shannon Wright, the two lovers who will get married in the art exhibition on view to the public from March 17- March 23, 2019 at Anacostia Arts Center (AAC), 1231 Good Hope Rd SE, Washington, DC 20020.
The art exhibition considers the importance of women’s intersectional identities during the rising use of the popular phrase originally coined in the 1970’s by Lesbian separatists: “The Future is Female”. The artworks are created by a diverse group of Womxn Artists reminding us that the past, present, and future was and will always be female (and intersectional AF), speaking to a future that Camille & Shannon hope to see realized more fully.
Their wedding will take place within an immersive installation space created by co-curator Devin N. Morris which temporarily serves as a component of the exhibition itself in collaboration with Creative Unions Event Design, an event planning company dedicated to integrating contemporary art into weddings through specially curated art exhibitions.
Featuring works by artists Daphne Arthur, Se Jong Cho, Faith Couch, Adrienne Gaither, Jamea Richardson, Joy O. Ude, and Jordann Wine featured alongside Camille & Shannon’s family photographs, and other personal relics, this Creative Union and love space is a portal where the past, present and future exist all at once. The theme of love, love of self, and love of other women is revealed through artworks about queer identity, the politics of the female body, self-healing, family, and family traditions.
All of the featured artworks provide the opportunity for reflection to re-affirm womxn that love is where we come from, where we’re going, and what we need in order to realize a future that will remain female. With safe spaces that encourage love of self and other women, any future is possible.
The time has come. Let the regeneration begin. Because the future isn’t just female, but it is also intersectional.
A portion of all artwork sales will go to the non-profit group Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL).
Gallery hours: Sunday from 12-3pm, Tuesdays through Saturday from 10-7pm
Location: Anacostia Arts Center, 1231 Good Hope Rd SE, Washington, DC 20020
About the Artists:
Daphne Arthur examines the dynamics that shape meaning and reach of law, politics, and knowledge to explore human conditions beyond the paradox of culture, language, imagery, and memory. Arthur attended Julliard for classical piano, received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2007 and an MFA from Yale School of the Arts in 2009 and has had solo exhibitions at RARE, the University of Massachusetts Boston and Yoga Gallery in Chicago. And has participated in group shows at the Florence Biennale VIII, El Museo del Barrio, California African American Museum, Land of Tomorrow, Mexic-Arte Museum, and Aalto University Finland.
Se Jong Cho (Born in Seoul, South Korea, 1978) Se Jong paints to explore the extent of her imagination and to expand her ability to express it. She subscribes to the idea that art is a collective process, and hopes that her work can trigger the audience to explore the depths of their conscious minds beyond the representations in the physical world.
Faith Couch was born in Durham, North Carolina in 1997. Couch works predominantly in the medium of photography but also has video work. Her work highlights themes dealing with race, gender, sexuality and nationality. Couch is currently attending Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore MD, where she will complete her Bachelors of Fine Art in Photography.
Jamea Richmond-Edwards was born and raised in Detroit, MI. She graduated with a Bachelors of Art degree from Jackson State University in 2004 where she studied painting and drawing, and went on to earn a MFA from Howard University in 2012. Jamea has exhibited her artwork nationally and internationally including the Rubell Museum, California African American Museum, Charles Wright Museum in Detroit MI and Kravets Wehby Gallery. She resides in MD with her husband and three sons.
Adrienne Gaither is a Washington, D.C. based visual artist whose work focuses on identity and black imagination—utilizing geometric abstraction, color theory, archival photos and collected objects. Her work highlights the struggle between what we believe we see, what we want to see, and what is actually there to be seen.
Joy O. Ude is a mixed-media artist and designer. In her artwork, she explores Black culture as a subset of American culture. As an American-born child of Nigerian immigrants, she also reflects on the concept of duality. Ude earned her BFA in Fashion Design in 2005 from the University of North Texas. After working in the fashion industry, she attended grad school and earned an MFA in Fiber Arts from the University of North in 2013. Her work has been included in several regional and national shows including: CraftTexas, Fantastic Fibers, Fiberart International, and ArtSeen. Ude also teaches fiber-based workshops, most recently at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Ude is currently STEAM Educator at Independence Seaport Museum, Adjunct Instructor at Tyler School of Art, and a member of FJORD Gallery in Philadelphia, PA.
Jordann Wine holds a Bachelor of Arts from New York University; where she studied Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Art in the Gallatin School of Individualized Study. She continued her art education at the Aegean Center for Fine Arts in Paros, Greece. Currently, based in Washington, DC, her work has been exhibited at the Mansion at Strathmore, Pepco Edison Gallery, Rhizome DC, and The Torpedo Factory Art Center, as well as in many other national and international exhibitions. She has several murals throughout DC, New York, and Jamaica and participated in POW! WOW! DC and MuralsDC.
About The Team:
This exhibition and wedding event is produced under the direction of Michelle Ivette Gomez, Founding Director of Creative Unions Event Design LLC (Miami, FL), the first event planning company dedicated to integrating contemporary art into life’s celebrations. www.creativeunionsllc.com
Guest Co-Curator, Devin N. Morris (New York, NY) is a multimedia artist and self publisher who reimagines queer existence through his art practice and publication, 3 Dot Zine. He radically reconsiders physical and social boundaries of marginalized communities. www.devinnmorris.com
Joseph Faura of Fifth House Events is a designer and events curator who serves as the Event Coordinator.