Strange Bedfellows

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Kaplan Gallery

Organized by the Washington Project for the Arts
Curated by Blair Murphy

The word intimacy refers most often to human relationships, acting as a metric of the physical closeness, emotional bonds, or personal knowledge shared by two people. It can describe the accumulation of knowledge about complex topics or–as in the phrase intimately aware–a familiarity with difficult truths. While intimacy is often reciprocal, it’s not unusual to be bound tightly to objects, people, or knowledge we would prefer to avoid or forget. Highlighting artists whose work touches on intimacy in complex and unexpected ways, Strange Bedfellows explores the way proximity to others–whether physical, emotional or intellectual­—shapes our individual identities, civic life, technological development, and physical spaces.  Included Artists: Ingrid Burrington, Bean Gilsdorf, Katie Hargrave, Leslie Holt, Benjamin Kelley, Jennifer Levonian, Sebastian Martorana, A. Moon, Dustin Nelson, Jacob Rhodes, Jenny Walton, Stephanie Williams

About the Curator: Blair Murphy is a curator and writer based in New York City. Before moving to New York, she spent seven years in DC working as an administrative jack-of-all-trades for various arts organizations, including Washington Project for the Arts (WPA), DC Arts Center (DCAC), and Provisions Library. She was Program Director at WPA from 2011 to 2013 and a curator with Sparkplug, an artist collective sponsored by DCAC, from 2008 through 2011. She holds a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art and an MA from Georgetown University. She’s currently the New York City correspondent for Bmoreart and a contributor to M Daily.

Curator Talk: Saturday, November 15, 2:00 p.m.