Call & Response: Community and Creativity is an Anacostia Community Museum exhibition series highlighting the work of artists living and working in wards 7 and 8.
The first exhibition, Exercise Your Mynd (August 22–November 27, 2011), explored the imagination and creativity of artist B.K. Adams.
The second exhibition in the Call & Response series, Artuare, (December 12, 2011–March 18, 2012) presented the works of artist Steven Cummings, along with Conversations in the Contemporary, an installation by Creative Junkfood, a multi-media production studio.
The third Call and Response exhibition, Citified, (June-July, 2012) was developed as a component of the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, and showcased the artistic and cultural genius found in Washington D,C’s far southeast neighborhoods. Citified highlighted not only the creativity and cultural expression seen in local art studios, but also found in schools, churches, community organizations, and businesses. During the festival Albus Cavus, an international group of urban artists, presented Neighborhood Palette, an installation examining the past, present, and future of public art in wards 7 and 8. The name of the group comes from the Latin for “white cave,” a reference to the Brunswick, New Jersey, basement where Albus Cavus did its first show.
Look familiar? Steven’s face can be seen all over the city as a result of his urban art campaigns. He uses himself effectively as a model in his photographs, showcasing his creative and contemplative work in unique and unpredictable sites around the city.
In Artuaré, (December 12, 2011–March 18, 2012) Steven Cummings looked at the power of representation and how images shape our ideas of who we are. Currently, Steve is on to new work. If you are a close observer, his work can be seen at different locations throughout Washington, D.C.