City Paper is not for tourists
The title of Hemphill Fine Arts’ newest exhibition, CMD + F, may suggest dated PC keyboards. But the three-artist show, featuring divergent works by James Huckenpahler, Tommy Bobo, and Rachel Schmidt, doesn’t exactly have that vibe. Huckenpahler offers an array of six images, an oddly compelling mix of enlarged Civil War-style tintypes modified with bold, rubbery paint colors, producing works with a pop art sensibility. Bobo channels and redirects colored light to create what amounts to flat, shimmering wall sculptures; the strongest ones are the simplest, such as one in which a series of aligned nails cast precise shadows. The most multifaceted work in the exhibition is Schmidt’s “Tension,” depicting her experience during a residency in Taipei. It consists of a projected video showing a mix of urban and natural scenes, along with a series of lit wooden shapes that look like drifting ice floes. If it’s not a commentary about climate change and melting ice caps, it easily could be. Read more>>> The exhibition is on view to Aug. 10 at Hemphill Fine Arts, 1515 14th St. NW. Free. (202) 234-5601. hemphillfinearts.com. (Louis Jacobson)
OH AND ALSO
Writer and cultural commentator Michael Arceneaux stops by Politics and Prose to discuss his new book, I Can’t Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I’ve Put My Faith in Beyoncé, a collection of soul-searching essays about being a creative black man in a modern world. 7 p.m. at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.
College Park-based indie rock band The Mild Animals perform at DC9. 7:30 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $8.
Anacostia Arts Center hosts DMV hip-hop, jazz, and R&B fusion artist Prowess the Testament. 6 p.m. at 1231 Good Hope Road SE. Free.
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