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DC | Alexandria Art Tour – Artist Talk with Blu Murphy & Public Art Viewing
May 21, 2022 | 11:30 am
Join us for an art tour in Alexandria, VA led by Torpedo Factory Art Center’s Curator of Exhibitions Leslie Mounaime.
We will meet at Old Town Alexandria Waterfront Park to view and learn more about the “I Love You” public art installation by Roberto Behar and Rosario Marquardt of R&R STUDIO. From there we will make our way into the Torpedo Factory to see Target Gallery’s solo exhibition “LE DRIP: The Uncontainable Sauce of Black Essence” by artist Blu Murphy. Attendees will enjoy a private talk with the artist to learn more about the exhibition and her process. We will then have the option to continue on a walkthrough of studios and galleries in the Torpedo Factory Art Center with Leslie.
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- Member Guests – $15
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Health & Safety
Face masks are recommended to wear inside the Torpedo Factory Art Center and some studios require it, so guests should come prepared (though extras will be available in the gallery should that be necessary). This is subject to change but at this time masks are recommended while inside.
There are handicapped parking spots directly in front of Waterfront Park, as well as the Torpedo Factory, which may be accessed by turning left from Prince St. We will be walking a short 2 minute walk from the park to the Torpedo Factory (about 400 ft) and then the TFAC itself has accessible entrances from the waterfront, which we will use.
Accessible bathrooms are available at the TFAC, as well as a freight elevator if needed. We recommend people bring mobility aids as necessary. A wheelchair is available and must be requested in advance so the venue can prepare.
You may find more accessibility information on the Torpedo Factory website here.
Driving / Ride-share - There is garage and street parking available, as well as free 2 hour street parking further down Union St by Founders Park (other side of the TFAC).
Metro - You may travel via the blue or yellow line metro and get off at the King St Metro station. There is a free trolley that will come pick people up and drop them off at City Hall which is about 2/3 blocks away from the TFAC. It’s about a 20 minute walk on foot from King St Station.
Water Taxi - The water taxi will drop you off at the harbor directly behind the Torpedo Factory, simply exit to the left and walk toward Waterfront Park with the large “I Love You” installation (about 400-500 ft).
About the Speakers
Leslie Mounaime (she/her) is an art historian and curator with a master’s in art history with a focus in contemporary art and post-colonialist theory from George Mason University. As a curator she is interested in themes of identity and our relationships with ourselves, other people, and the world around us. Leslie has been the Curator of Exhibitions at the Torpedo Factory Art Center since 2016, where she focuses on supporting emerging and mid-career artists with professional exhibition opportunities. In addition to this, she manages the Post-Graduate Residency artist program, an artist residency that supports recently graduated BFA or MFA students with studio space and networking opportunities. Prior to that, she worked in contemporary art venues such as Artisphere and Art Whino. She also earned a bachelor’s in art history from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has been a member of ArtTable DC since 2018.
Brandy “Blu” Murphy (she/her) is a Washington, D. C. based artist is known for capturing the strength of her subjects through photography and utilizing graffiti, texture, and color to tell the story of disenfranchised African-Americans who are often unheard and unseen and showcasing them as works of art.
About the art
I Love You
On view March – November, 2022
The City of Alexandria presents its newest public art installation, I Love You, in Alexandria’s Waterfront Park (1 Prince St.). This new temporary installation by Roberto Behar and Rosario Marquardt of R&R STUDIOS is the fourth in the Site See: New Views in Old Town annual public art series.
LE DRIP: The Uncontainable Sauce of Black Essence
Exhibition Dates: April 23 – July 17, 2022
LE DRIP: The Uncontainable Sauce of Black Essence is a solo exhibition by Washington, DC based artist Blu Murphy, Target Gallery’s 2022 solo exhibition recipient. The LE DRIP series is a group of mixed media portraits created as a tribute to the black community and celebrates the essence, beauty, and magic of this resilient and often undervalued group of people. The subject matters included in this series are elementary and middle school students who attend a title one school in southeast D. C., where the artist also teaches arts education.
Special thanks to ArtTable member Leslie Mounaime for helping to organize this program.
Image: I Love You installation by Roberto Behar and Rosario Marquardt of R&R Studios; artwork by Blu Murphy
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