I'm proud to announce the launch of the JeffersonPlace Gallery (JPG) archive.
This project begins the process of archiving the 18-year history of DC's first artist cooperative gallery. The JPG is significant for a number of reasons.
● Sam Gilliam’s first “off the wall” canvases were showed at JeffersonPlace ● Rockne Krebs’ first “sculpture without object” laser installations were at JeffersonPlace ● It was the first place several of the Washington Color School would exhibit their best known work, including Gene Davis’ “stripes,” Thomas Downing’s “spots,” and Howard Mehring’s “all-overs.”
The JPG archive functions as a companion to American University Museum's exhibition, "Making a Scene: JeffersonPlace," a part of the Alper Initiative for Washington Art. As an art critic for the Washington City Paper, this opportunity to dive deep into the history of DC's art world was illuminating.
The exhibition examines the first six years of the gallery: from its founding in 1957 through 1962, immediately after the gallery transitioned between it's first director, Alice Denney, and it's second, Nesta Dorrance. True to its title, the exhibition outlines the scene the gallery was attempting to cultivate. As companion, the JeffersonPlace Gallery archive site contains additional work by the artists, plus important contextual information: press clippings, gallery announcements, artist bios, and a full timeline history of the gallery.
The archive was developed by BRINK media with generous funding from the DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities, and the American University Museum, and additional support from the DC Public Library, and the Smithsonian Library.
John Anderson will also speak at a salon-style event, "Free Parking", at the museum on Thursday, October 12, from 5:30–7:00 pm.
John Anderson Project Director JeffersonPlace Gallery Archive