- Art Opening
- Fri, August 10, 2012
- 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Please join us for the Opening Reception of “Church Porch” ( see attached invitation)
ARTland/BrooklandArts and Culture Temporium Project3500 12th Street, NE, Washington, DCAugust 10 through 26, 2012Opening reception August 10, from 5 until 8 pm
Open Friday and Saturday 5 – 8 and Sunday 3-6
Tom RooneyRay AllardBonita BingLisa FarrellDaniel HutchLisa MundyRussell SimmonsDaniel Wolkoff
Lisa Farrell, curatorChurch Porch — the idea for the exhibit finds its inspiration in the location of the temporary storefrontgallery on 12th Street — specifically, its close proximity (across the intersection) to the front entranceof a neighborhood focal point, St. Anthony’s Roman Catholic Church. Physically, the two buildingscan be seen together when wandering up or down 12th Street. When the view of the two buildingsmerge together in the same sightline they can also move together in one’s imagination, conceptually forming a modern day Church Porch. This vision can expand outward to include all corners of the intersection of 12th and Monroe Streets in Brookland.The traditional Church Porch is a room at the main entrance to a church separate from the sanctuary, usually lined with benches. In the past people met in the Church Porch to conduct financial or civic matters. The 12th Street corner storefront, transformed into a temporary art gallery during theTemporium Project, functions in a way similar to the archaic church porch, by providing a culturaland commercial focus point for community and engagement at the church, but not in, the church.Expanding the vision of the conceptual Church Porch outward, one can likewise include theMasonic Temple, across from the 12th Street Gallery. Today, a now famous neighborhoodhardware store, (and formerly the location of the Brookland Post Office), sustains the street levelcorner of the historic Masonic Temple’s building. The hardware store, like the Post Office before,continues to engage and serve the community in the Masonic Temple’s building, but is separatefrom the Lodge’s restricted area.The conceptual Church Porch may focus on the overlap in space that is shared between commerceand activity and places of worship and meeting places that are together in close proximity in city neighborhoods, and in Brookland the overlap was first shared on the four corners of this intersection.St. Anthony’s is the established neighborhood church that stands on the corner at the center of theplace where the commercial district grew up in Brookland. The historic Masonic Temple (Lodge),another focal point of the neighborhood, was later built at this intersection to be positioned close toSt. Anthony’s. A convent makes it’s home on the opposite corner.Wandering from the intersection of 12th and Monroe Streets away from the commercial corridorand deeper into Brookland’s neighborhood one can find numerous places of religious study, worshipand meeting, where congregations large and small gather in places as varied as small chapels, storefront churches, immense and intimate local and national churches, and major religious institutions, that in someway share in the vision thread of the conceptual space of the Church Porch.The conceptual Church Porch offers an expression of this time and this place.