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Intersections: Helen Frederick

Acts of Silence


Included with museum admission; free for members

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Distinguished Washington, DC, artist Helen Frederick is known mainly for hand-driven media that often incorporate the use of language. Her work has been exhibited at The Kreeger Museum, DC, and the Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan, and is in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum in New York and the National Gallery of Art in DC, among others. In 2008 she received the Southern Graphic Council International Printmaker Emeritus Award in recognition of her role as founder of Pyramid Atlantic, a contemporary arts center in Maryland dedicated to the appreciation of hand papermaking, printmaking, digital arts, and the art of the book. Frederick is a Professor of Art and Director of Printmaking at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia. She serves on the College Art Association Board of Directors.


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Intersections is a series of contemporary art projects that explores—as the title suggests—the intriguing intersections between old and new traditions, modern and contemporary art practices, and museum spaces and artistic interventions. Whether engaging with the permanent collection or diverse spaces in the museum, the projects suggest new relationships with their own surprises.

Many of the projects also riff on the nontraditional nature of the museum’s galleries, sometimes activating spaces that are not typical exhibition areas with art produced specifically for those locations.

Intersections is presented by

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Additional support is provided by Phillips Collectors Forum members.