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Hotel Art Exhibitions in Downtown DC

Latest Exhibit: Black Artists of DC

Seeing that Kimpton Carlyle Hotel Dupont Circle is within walking distance of more than a dozen galleries and museums in a global culture capital, it should come as no surprise that we highly value the art that adorns our venue. An enticing, inspiring masterpiece in itself, Kimpton Carlyle wows locals and visitors with its permanent art installations and rotating gems.

In her first U.S. hotel design project, internationally acclaimed artist Michele Oka Doner helped revamp and re-envision our landmark Art Deco building, complementing the pre-existing clean lines, geometric designs, and polished finishes with organic shapes that soften spaces throughout the hotel. For example, her signature bronze chandelier enhances the lobby’s original hexagonal marble floor tiles, historic mixed-metal railings, and rich woods. Guests gather here and in the adjacent living room to view the curated rotating gallery of works by local and international artists, including four permanent pieces by Oka Doner herself.

Visitors also regard the works of Boston-based mixed media artist Adrienne Schlow, whose work is showcased in our restaurant, The Riggsby. Schlow's works — entailing gestural abstractions and large-scale mixed-media pieces — focus around the female subject, often examining roles chosen by and imposed on women in our society, families, and romantic relationships. Her Riggsby installation features a wallpaper created from the original "jury" (pictured above); other highlights include the “Darwin's Lovers” and the wildly colorful “Lion,” a dazzling sculptural treasure displayed in the lobby.

Transitions, a collection of 12 works exhibited in partnership with local collective Black Artists of DC (BADC) was most recently on display at Kimpton Carlyle Hotel Dupont Circle. This temporary gallery curated by Julie Ratner of Directions in Art included the work of such talented locals as Russell Simmons, Daniel T. Brookings, Akili Ron Anderson, T.H. Gomillion, Francine Haskins, Michael Platt, Nanno Smith, and Gloria C. Kirk.

Black Artists of DC began in 1999 when three artists – Viola Leak, PLANTA, and Aziza Claudia Gibson-Hunter – decided to address the lack of communication and support between local Black artists. Together they fostered a community that aims to promote, develop, and validate the culture, artistic expressions, and aspirations of artists of Black-African ancestry in the DC area.

Daniel Brooking, Gradient 21  at Kimpton Carlyle Hotel

Daniel T. Brooking

  • Gradient 21
  • Digital print on aluminum
  • 20 x 30 inches
Michael Platt, Jute at Kimpton Carlyle Hotel

Michael Platt

  • Jute
  • Pigment print on canvas
  • 54 x 36 inches
Nanno Smith, Primordial at Kimpton Carlyle Hotel

Nanno Smith

  • Primordial
  • Gallery wrap, painting
  • 30 x 24 inches