In recent years, some of the largest, coolest endeavors by the Washington Project for the Arts haven’t taken place here but in Queens, N.Y., at the Socrates Sculpture Park. These residencies have been good news for D.C. artists like Dan Steinhilber, who’ve taken advantage of the park’s grassy expanse, scenic perch by the Hudson River, and steady stream of weekend strollers. They’ve been so-so news for the rest of us—an item on the agenda during a weekend in New York, maybe, but also the kind of thing of which D.C. needs more, too. Well, OK: Inspired by his recent Socrates Sculpture Park residency and another project he executed on Florida Avenue NE, Patrick McDonough will present “Awning Studies: Marvin Gaye Park” in this public space near the Capitol Heights Metro. McDonough creates study-like awning sculptures—without the houses—that he arrays like grazing cattle across green spaces, or props up on steel poles. But there’s nothing extravagant or intricate about them—these aren’t aspirational awnings. Locals will recognize McDonough’s creations as the art of the rowhouse.
“Awning Studies: Marvin Gaye Park” is on view during daylight July 12 to Sept. 30 at Marvin Gaye Park, 6201 Banks Place NE. McDonough discusses his work at 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 14 at the adjacent Marvin Gaye Park Recreation Center. wpadc.org. (202) 234-7103.