Archives 2nd of 2013
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This summer, the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design will present Ellen Harvey: The Alien's Guide to the Ruins of Washington, D.C.. The new, site-
Harvey's exhibition is a glimpse into the world of the distant future. Human civilization having long since come to an end, the Earth is populated only by ruins, ripe for archeological interpretation by visitors from another planet. Most striking to these extraterrestrials are the remains of classical and neo-
Exhibition July 3 -
As Harvey explains: " Neoclassical architecture is far and away the most successful and widely adopted architectural style. For over 2,000 years, civilization after civilization has succumbed to its infectious charms. Why would extraterrestrials be immune? "
The rest of the exhibition documents the aliens' efforts to make sense of the remains of the civilization around them. The Pillar-
The Alien's Guide to the Ruins of Washington, D.C. is an investigation into the abiding influence of classicism, the dissemination of style, and the language of power. Humorous, unexpected, and eye-
Visitors—alien and otherwise—have the opportunity to visit the exhibition for free on Saturdays between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend as part of the Corcoran's Free Summer Saturdays promotion. For information about the exhibition, visit the
The Alien's Guide to the Ruins of Washington, D.C. is the result. In this tour of America's capital through alien eyes, the visitors imagine the city to have been populated by peaceable, telepathic, and water-
Ellen Harvey, Alien Souvenir Stand, 2013. Oil on aluminum, watercolor and latex paint on clayboard, wood, aluminum sheeting, propane tanks, and velcro, 10 x 17 x 5 feet. Photo: Etienne Frossard.