The contemporary Irish arts organization Solas Nua, in collaboration with New York University in Washington, DC, is pleased to present Home + Discordance = US, an exhibition that explores the idea of the U.S. as a place of “home.” Typically, the word home conjures up an image of warmth, welcome, and a place of safety. However, for some that image does not fully hold true; some are less welcome than others, some are less equal and some are less safe.
The exploration of the Irish immigrant experience of defending home, leaving home and making new homes is one frequently addressed in Solas Nua’s programming. This experience is not singular to the Irish but is universal and one that is shared by all communities in the U.S., be they immigrant or indigenous.
In order to explore this theme of “Home + Discordance = US,” an exciting group of DC-based artists have been invited to participate in the exhibition. They represent a broad cross-cultural perspective on the exhibition concept, African-American, American, American-Indian, Irish, Brazilian, Lebanese, Mexican, and Japanese.
Curated by: Jackie Hoysted, Solas Nua
Artists: Larry Cook, Heloisa Esceduro, Erin Devine, John Guinan, Jackie Hoysted, Ann Lewis, Carolina Mayorga, Akemi Maegawa, Anna Tsouhlarakis and Helen Zughaib
Venue: NYU Washington DC, 1307 L St NW, Washington, DC 20005
Exhibition Dates: September 15 – October 14, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, September 15, 6-8 pm, including live artist performances -Lady Libertad by Carolina Mayorga and Everyone Is A VIP by Heloisa Esceduro.
Sunday, September 24 -- 2-4.30 pm, film screening of Emerald City, which explores the lives of immigrant Irish construction workers in New York City, followed by a question and answer session, via Skype, with Director Colin Broderick.
Tuesday, October 10 - 6:30-8:30pm, Culture Mix: What is Home, A conversation among a diverse group of DC residents about 'Home' - leaving, returning, becoming and settling. The conversation will be highlighted and illustrated by live poetry readings and live music from DC's diverse artistic community.
All events are free to the public.
About Solas Nua
Solas Nua is a non-profit based in Washington, DC that is dedicated to presenting Irish contemporary arts. Solas Nua’s multi-disciplinary program in 2016, Solas Nua Rising, presents the unique perspectives and insights of the best contemporary artists in Ireland to create new meaning and new understanding of the past 100 years and to project new possibilities and aspirations for the next century. www.solasnua.org
About NYU in Washington DC
Inspired by its founder, the former Congressman and NYU President Emeritus, the John Brademas Center of New York University pursues a collection of initiatives in the areas—the state of Congress and the legislative process in democracies; the shifting dynamics in foreign policy and international affairs; and, the present state and future prospects for higher education, the humanities, arts and culture—which formed the core of John Brademas' life in public service. With a growing reputation as a home for informed and civil debate on politics, public policy and other major issues facing the nation and global community—the NYU Brademas Center undertakes programs at NYU's campuses in New York City and Washington, DC, and increasingly around NYU’s global network. The Brademas Center is housed at NYU’s Washington DC site – which is located at 1307 L Street, NW -- is home to 100 students per semester enrolled in courses or pursuing internships, and provide living and work space for faculty who are teaching and conducting research. http://www.nyu.edu/washington-dc.html