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Hotel Art Exhibitions in Downtown DC

Current Exhibit: “One Voice” An Art Exhibition Supporting the LGBTQ Community

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, The Carlyle wows locals and visitors with its permanent art installations and rotating gems.

In her first U.S. hotel design project, internationally acclaimed artist Michelle 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).

This summer, experience “One Voice,” an art exhibition supporting the LGBTQ community. The exhibition displays works from locally based LGBT artists and allies in the hotel’s living room, which serves as a rotating public art gallery space. Curated by Julie Ratner and Golie Miamee of Artworx Consultants the public exhibition includes well-known D.C. area based artists such as Tom Hill, Maggie O’Neill, Wayson Jones, Rose Jaffe, Dilip Sheth, Dominique Fierro and Jorge Caceres and others in addition to Michael Crossett’s piece “Community” which was commissioned by Kimpton in partnership with nearby incubator and retailer Shop Made in DC.

The exhibition is free and open to the public, but the hotel will accept a suggested donation of $5 per person that will benefit The Trevor Project, a Kimpton brand partner and the nation's largest organization serving as a crisis and suicide prevention lifeline for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning young people by offering 24/7 counseling and other services to at-risk LGBT youth. “One Voice” will be open through September 2, 2019.