September 2017 marks the 60th Anniversary of the opening of The Jefferson Place Gallery: a small, cooperative gallery dedicated principally to showing the work of DC-area contemporary artists of the late 1950s.
Founded in 1957 by five American University professors and their student Alice Denney, the gallery quickly evolved from an extension of AU’s pedagogy to an early supporter of the Washington Color School, to a host of exhibitions featuring prominent national and international contemporary art figures including Jack Tworkov, Robert Goodnough, Toko Shinoda, Robert Rauschenberg, and Jasper Johns.
The exhibition Making a Scene includes works by the 11 founding gallery members—George Bayliss, Lothar Brabanski, William Calfee, Robert Gates, Colin Greenly, Leonard Maurer, Helene McKinsey Herzbrun, Ken Noland, Mary Orwen, Shelby Shackelford, and Joe Summerford—as well as Robert d'Arista, Elmer Bischoff, Gene Davis, Tom Downing, Max Elias, Robert Goodnough, Patrick Heron, Jacob Kainen, Fred Maroon, Howard Mehring, David Park, Claire Falkenstein, Salvatore Scarpitta, Hilda Shapiro Thorpe, Frederic Thursz, and Jack Tworkov.
Curated by John Anderson. On view September 5 - October 22, Tuesday - Sunday, 11 am - 4 pm.