The Southwest community will be home to significant contemporary public art this fall. As part of 5×5, a project of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Curator Lance Fung selected a neighborhood lot to transform. The space is located between 4th Street and Wesley Place, across the street from the Southwest Library. Fung will work with five internationally-known artists to create and install five public artworks, in varied media, to transform the outdoor spot into a mini-exhibit garden.

“The 5×5 Project gives curators the opportunity to paint the District as a canvas on which to place contemporary art,” says Lionell Thomas, Executive Director of the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities. “This is a truly unique vision for public art, and we are excited to see District residents engage with new works outside of the traditional museum setting.”

“For my curatorial contribution to 5×5, I envision Nonuments — a temporary sculpture park featuring ‘monuments’ devoted not to the great, but to ordinary people, to the ideals of democracy, and to the common struggles of humanity,” says Curator Lance Fung.

The 5×5 Project engages five curators who select five artists to each create art. The artists Fung selected are Jonathan Fung, Cameron Hockenson, Peter Hutchinson, Jennifer Wen Ma, and Nora Naranjo Morse. The attached image shows how their artworks will be placed in the public space.

Please visit the 5×5 website at for more information. The project will launch this September but programming as already started with videos, artists visits, and more.

By: Sarah Massey

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