The past few weeks have brought heat advisory after power outage after heat advisory—and there’s no cool front in sight. This means most people probably haven’t made public-art viewing much of a priority. How remiss they’ve been! Today, the Anacostia Community Museum hosts the latest installment of its community arts series, a walk around public art east of the Anacostia River. Led by mixed-media artist and Ward 7 resident Deidra Bell, the tour will visit and discuss sculptures by Martha Jackson-Jarvis, Roderick Turner, Uzikee Nelson, among others, all of whom are local African-American artists whose works embrace regional themes. Though Jackson-Jarvis’ 10 foot-high stone and steel spheres imposingly bedeck the Fannie Mae Plaza on Connecticut Avenue NW, expect to discuss her less-clinical “River Spirits of the Anacostia” mural surrounding the Anacostia Metro station. If Pepco’s functionality gets knocked out by another derecho, this hour-and-a-half tour could turn out to be the coolest use of your Tuesday afternoon.
“Public Art East of the River” begins at 10 a.m. at the Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Place SE. Free. anacostia.si.edu. Register by calling (202) 633-4844.