Washington Project for the Arts (WPA), in partnership with the NoMa Bid, is pleased to present a new site-specific project by Washington, DC-based artist, Gail Rebhan.

Time and memory are important elements of Gail Rebhan’s work. By blending archival and contemporary photographs, along with historical newspaper articles, maps, and advertisements, Rebhan’s photo-collage examines the cultural history DC’s NoMa neighborhood--or specifically 1200 First Street NE--from two-hundred years ago to the present day.

There will be an Opening Reception on Thursday, May 12, 2016, 6-8pm.

This project and Washington Project For the Arts Inc. are supported by the City Fund, which works to make the District of Columbia a more healthy, stable, and vibrant place to live for all its residents. The City Fund is administered by The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region.

This project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

About the ARTIST

Gail Rebhan is a Professor of Photography at Northern Virginia Community College. Her work was recently exhibited at the Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz, Austria, in “Mother of the Year: Between Empowerment and Crisis: Images of Motherhood from 1900 to Today.” Blue Sky Books recently published Sequences-Gail Rebhan in celebration of Blue Sky Gallery’s 40th Anniversary. 

In 2012 and 2014, Rebhan received commissions from JBG to create photo-collages that examine the cultural history of various sites throughout Washington, DC and Arlington, VA. Her work is in many public collections including the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, J. Paul Getty Museum, and The Polaroid Collection-WestLicht, Schauplatz für Fotografie, Austria. She works in photography, artists’ books, and video. Her work is included in several books including Reconciling Art and Motherhood, Feminist Art and the Maternal, The M Word: Real Mothers in Contemporary Art, Pregnant Pictures, Our Grandmothers: Photographs by 75 Women Photographers, and Reframings: New American Feminist Photographies. Her offset artist’s book, Mother - Son Talk, was produced at Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, NY. Exhibitions include: Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Folkwang Museum, Essen, Germany; American University Museum-Katzen Art Center, Washington, DC; Pyramid Atlantic, Silver Spring, Maryland; and School 33 Art Center, Baltimore, Maryland. Her work has been discussed in, among others, Afterimage, The Washington Post, n. paradoxa, and The New Art Examiner. Rebhan has an MFA from California Institute of the Arts.

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May 2 – July 8, 2016


1200 First Street NE
Washington, DC 20002

Opening reception

Thursday, May 12, 2016, 6-8pm