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For fifty years, the Ebony Fashion Fair shaped a new vision of black America through contemporary fashion. This exhibition of stunning ensembles by leading designers tells the story of the fair’s creator Eunice W. Johnson, who overcame racial prejudice to bring global fashion to African-American audiences. Developed by the Chicago History Museum in cooperation with Johnson Publishing Company, LLC, presented by the Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum, and toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington, D.C. Learn more at
Reflections can be defined in numerous ways, from a physical mirror image to a contemplative thought on the past, to a resemblance to a person, place or thing. Reflections of all kinds, importantly, show us something of ourselves. Photographs from GW's Collection by Andy Warhol, Philippe Halsman, Sally Gall, Louis Faurer, and Louis Stettner as well as selected work from local photographers Jackie Bailey Labovitz, Dave Scavone, and Sandy Sugawara show both physical and ephemeral reflections. The Luther W. Brady Art Gallery has also invited four local photographers – Ken Ashton, Ryder Haske, Dean Kessmann, and Gail Rebhan – to exhibit a recent work alongside an earlier work from the GW Collection and include a written reflection of their own. This project highlights the gallery’s ongoing work with students, faculty and alumni artists. Funding for this exhibition is provided by the Francine Zorn Trachtenberg Photography Fund and the Friends of the Luther W. Brady Art Gallery Image above, right: N. Jay Jaffee, Man With Sun Reflector (East New York), 1952 (print date unknown). Silver print, ed. 18/25, 10 x 8 inches. GW Collection, Gift of Lawrence Benenson, 1982. Now through July 7, 2017 This exhibition is free and open to the public. For more information:
Photographs by Corcoran School of the Arts and Design student Matailong Du, (MA New Media Photojournalism ’17), artfully document the production of Margin, a dance performed by the Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in October 2016. As the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery’s first choreographer-in-residence, Dana Tai Soon Burgess (GW Professor of Dance) transformed six portraits from the Smithsonian Institution’s Outwin 2016 American Portraiture Today exhibition into dance. Matailong Du’s captivating photographs portray the movement of the dancers in Margin and their interaction with artwork in the galleries during preparation for their performance. The exhibit also includes statements by Dana Tai Soon Burgess and Amy Henderson, (Historian Emerita, The National Portrait Gallery), documenting the collaboration. Image above, right: A member of DTSBDC unfurls the dance floor for the performance set up of Margin in the Kogod Courtyard at the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture. Photograph by Matailong Du. Now through June 2, 2017 Media and Public Affairs Building 805 21st Street NW Second Floor Display Cases MPA Building Hours:
The Ebony Fashion Fair had significant impact on African-American communities. For many people, attending the shows became an annual family tradition. Wherever the show traveled, it inspired offshoot neighborhood and church fashion shows and influenced the runway styles of aspiring designers and models around the world. In this presentation, anthropologist and textile artist Diana Baird N’Diaye introduces a spectrum of African-American community style informed by her larger research project, “A Will to Adorn." Join us before the program for refreshments and a chance to see the exhibition Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair. Fee: $10/museum members and GW students, faculty, and staff; $15/public. Advance registration is required; space is limited. Register online or call 202-994-7394.
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Arthur S. Flemming Awards   6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at the George Washington University and the Arthur S. Flemming Awards Commission will host THE 68TH ANNUAL ARTHUR S. FLEMMING AWARDS Wednesday, May 24th from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM The Marvin Center Grand Ballroom 800 21st Street Northwest, Washington, DC, 20052, United States The awards will honor outstanding federal employees. Recognized by the president of the United States, agency heads, and the private sector, the winners are selected from all areas of the federal service and will be honored with awards in the following categories: * Leadership and/or Management * Legal Achievement * Social Science, Clinical Trials and Translational Research * Applied Science and Engineering * Basic Science

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