Washington, DC: EXHIBITION | Johanna Braun: WE GAVE OUR BEST NOW THE REST IS UP FOR THE HOPE CHEST


  • Austrian Cultural Forum 3524 International Ct NW Washington, DC, 20008 United States

WE GAVE OUR BEST, NOW THE REST IS UP TO THE HOPE CHEST

Abstract

Hope Chest: Traditionally in the form of a wooden trunk or box, contained the dowry of a young woman. The box and its content played an important part not only in the business transaction between two families, but served as a survival kit for the new life the Newlyweds were about to enter. The Hope Chest didn’t just contain the objects that would secure a young women’s future but comprised her heritage, her sense of belonging. With this in mind we will produce a Hope Chest that will travel fromthe Old World to the New World and then back again. At each station a group of artist will participate in shaping the content of the Box and therefore the exhibition. With this gesture of sharing and handson participation we want to highlight the highly international intellectual exchange within the European - North American Art community, and therefore this exhibition series allows maximum visibility of this inspirational exchange.

Project description

What comes to mind when one thinks about the content of the dowry box is the manual labor of a family or community over a long period of time that ensures one of their youngest members an easier transition from the family home to the new in-laws estate. The contents of Hope Chests weren’t only pretty decorations; they were essential to transforming a foreign environment into a familiar space, allowing one to think, work and make sure that the traditions of the heritage community continue to be passed on. In the spirit of this, we create a multilayered traveling exhibition that reveals as much about its origin, as the networks that shape and transform our work practices.

curated by Johanna Braun

European Artists
Maria Anwander, Johanna Braun, Thomas Ballhausen, Anna Khodorkovskaya, Elke Silvia Krystufek, Dejan Kaludjerovic, Roberta Lima, Muntean / Rosenblum, Michael Niemetz, Linus Riepler, Elisabeth von Samsonow, Kelly Sena and Erwin Wurm.


When: September 15, 2015 | event starts at 7:30 pm
Tickets: Free admission | Register Here
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court, NW, Washington, DC 20008
General exhibition will be open to the public from September 16 - September 25, 2015 |
Mon - Fri: 10 am - 12 pm and 2 pm - 5 pm
No tickets or registration required for visiting the exhibition afterwards.