In the Galleries: The Art of Politics Has Exploded in Washington

  • 2017-08-23
  • The Washington Post

Politically themed exhibitions were once rare in Washington galleries, but that seems so long ago — way back in the first half of 2016. Now they’re common, and mostly keyed to the current president. “Create/Change,” at Hillyer Art Space, is a little different. Katie Hargrave offers a text piece that spotlights words spoken by 16 players in last year’s Republican presidential-nomination sweepstakes. But most of the work is political in a broader sense of the term.

The 17-artist show was juried by Mary Early, director of Hemphill Fine Arts, and recalls that gallery’s 2013 “Artist-Citizen, Washington, D.C.” Yet half of the contributors are from outside the region, so local references are rarer. A few pieces use D.C. sites but aren’t specific to the city.