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Festival Art Exhibit – Spiral Now: 55 Years in the Making; New Artists, Familiar Struggle.


  • Studio Theatre 1501 14th Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20005 United States (map)
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The March on Washington Film Festival is proud to host a three-day art exhibit presented by Black Art In America complete with lectures on Friday and Saturday afternoons, July 13 & 14,  from artists, executives, and industry insiders. Join us early and stay later to explore the artwork. 

This exhibit is a group fine art show that pairs the pieces and stories from some of the legacy artists of the 1963 Spiral Group with contemporary artists who are following in their footsteps using their art and influence for social justice, including Lavett Ballard, Jamaal Barber, Kevin Cole, Najee Dorsey, Claudia Gibson-Hunter and Charly Palmer.  

The Spiral Group, was a collective of artists Romare Bearden,  Reginal d Gammon, Charles Alston, Emma Amos, Norman Lewis, Richard Mayhew and Hale Woodruff. Inspired by the August 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the Spiral Group met weekly to discuss how they would participate in the March and the role of African American artists in politics, the Civil Rights Movement, and the American art world. 

They were active through 1965 and organized one group exhibition. 

Hale Woodruff suggested the name "spiral" in reference to the Archimedean spiral that moves outward, embracing all directions, yet continually moving upward. 

All artwork in the exhibit is available for sale.


March on Washington Film Festival Art Exhibit, Lecture #1 | Friday, July 13th, 1:30pm-2:30pm
A tour and talk on the history of the Spiral Group, and background on their art pieces and those of the contemporary artists in the exhibit. Join us early and stay later to explore the artwork. 
Lecturer: Najee Dorsey, artist, curator, and founder of Black Art in America

March on Washington Film Festival Art Exhibit, Lecture #2 | Studio Theatre, Saturday, July 14th, 1:00pm-2:00pm
Join us for this informative talk on buying and building your own Black Fine Art collection. Join us early and stay later to explore the artwork. 
Lecturer: Najee Dorsey, artist, curator, and founder of Black Art in America