Hip-Hop Performance and Workshop with Mana

Thursday, September 21, 6:30-8:30pm
FREE; $8 suggested donation

Join us for our September CultureBlast featuring Hip-Hop artist Mana Eini with a special performance and workshop event.

Since the early ’90s, artists such as MC Lyte and Missy Elliott have written explicitly feminist Hip-Hop anthems. Now there is a new artist setting the tone for a new age of female MCs and she goes by Mana. Her music is a reflection of her Middle Eastern heritage. Rapping in both English and Farsi, Mana combines her Middle Eastern sounds with soulful singing and an enticing flow. She is also the founder of the international women’s collective Lipstick Revolt. In an interview with FemBot Magazine, she explained that “Lipstick Revolt” is about “making a statement without the intention to.” Through Lipstick Revolt, she empowers other female MCs, artists, and poets to express themselves as well as raise awareness about various political and social issues. Inspiring others and pushing boundaries, Mana is quickly making a name for herself in hip hop. She has shared mics with the likes of Talib Kweli and KRS-One as well as performed at festivals such as Washington, DC’s Gay Pride Festival. Mana recently performed on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. Her new album is set to drop in October 2017, meshing her gifts not just as a rapper, but as a songstress. Mana is inspiring people to reach their goals and to keep their sanity amidst a chaotic world.

Presented in collaboration with Words Beats & Life, Lipstick Revolt, and the Aftab Committee.


Art All Night 2017

Saturday, September 23, 7pm-midnight
Art All Night: Made in DC is Washington, DC’s free overnight arts festival, starting at 7:00 PM on Saturday, September 23, 2017 and running until 3:00 AM (Hillyer closes at Midnight). The festival will take place in six DC Main Streets neighborhoods, bringing visual and performing arts, including painting, photography, sculpture, crafts, fashion, music, dance, theater, film, and poetry, to indoor and outdoor public and private spaces, including businesses.

Performance: Intimately Public, curated by Rex Delafkaran
Intimately Public will be a one night public performance event in correspondence with Hillyer’s Urban Mapping exhibition. Traveling through multiple sites from Dupont Circle Memorial Fountain to Hillyer Art Space, it will be an evening of live art that deals with the vulnerable and instigative nature of performing in public. Works will collectively explore how the performer forms a relationship to audience, architecture, and urban space. All performances will be site-specific surrounded by local galleries and businesses, ending with a collaborative finale at Hillyer Art Space.

Hands-on Screen Printing with The Arcade
Each year Hillyer creates unique screen print designs for Art All Night. This year, local artist Bethany Hansen of the Arcade is back and will teach guests how to make a screen print to take home with them!

Exhibition: Urban Mapping, curated by Gohar Dashti
Featuring photography and video installations, this exhibition examines the concept of “Public Space” from the viewpoint of the artist. The collective experience of Iranian citizens that has been subject to political and social transformations. The works in this exhibition are not only documented narratives of urban life, but also an artistic reflection of life experiences in Iran. Curated by internationally acclaimed artist Gohar Dashti, the exhibition features work by Saba Alizadeh, Raoof Dashti, Arash Fayez, Ghazaleh Hedayat, Rana Javadi, Mehran Mohajer, Siavash Naghshbandi, Hamed Noori, Behnam Sadighi, and Mehdi Vosoughnia.


Annual Open Call for Proposals

Deadline for Entry: September 25, 2017
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Interested in having a solo exhibition at Hillyer? We are currently accepting proposals for our 2018/19 exhibition season. Hillyer focuses on under represented artists and we accept proposals from regional artists that live within 150 miles of Washington, DC and have not had a solo exhibition in the last three years at a professional gallery or art space. We also accept proposals from international artists that are both living and working overseas.





Every Monday 
6-9 p.m.
Drop-in (based on availability): Member $10/ Non-Member $15

The Life Drawing series is an independent figure drawing class that allows students to work from a nude model in your choice of mediums. While skill level is varied, there is no immediate instruction allowing each student to practice their drawing skills at their own pace. The Life Drawing series at Hillyer Art Space is the perfect opportunity to practice your skills and independently work with access to a live model.

While easels, chairs and artistic ambiance are provided by Hillyer, artists are required to bring their own drawing materials. Space will be limited to 30 attendees. Walk-ins are welcome to join if there are seats available.

Interested in modeling? Contact Paul Pietsch at . We are grateful to Paul for his volunteer support of our life drawing series.

2017 Sessions

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October First Friday

Friday, October 6, 6-9pm
FREE; $8 suggested donation

Featuring: Urban Mapping curated by Gohar Dashti

First Friday openings are a collaborative effort to strengthen arts and culture in the beautiful, multi-cultural neighborhood of Dupont Circle. On the First Friday of every month between 6-9 p.m., galleries in our neighborhood host simultaneous openings for art enthusiasts from all walks of life. We encourage all to join us for our openings and to circulate between our neighboring galleries, which host an ever-changing array of styles and media. Sponsored by Bier Baron.



Art in Context: Iran

Wednesday, October 11, 7-9pm

Join us for Art in Context: Iran, a discussion on Iranian and Iranian American culture, identity, and the broader conditions impacting creative work and partnerships. This panel is in conjunction with our exhibition Urban Mapping, curated by Gohar Dashti featuring photography and video installation by ten contemporary Iranian artists.

Panelists and more info TBD.

The Art in Context series is part of IA&A’s International Partnership Initiative, developed in 2013 to prioritize international work between U.S. arts institutions and their counterparts abroad by creating a forum for discussion and discovery among leaders in the arts, academic, diplomatic, and policy communities. Art in Context showcases artists and cultural organizations in the broader social, economic, and political context in which they exist.

Film Screening of Persepolis

Thursday, October 19, 7-9pm
FREE; $8 suggested donation

Join us for a screening of the film “Persepolis” based on Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel. Following the film, there will be a short audience discussion and reception.

Based on Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel about her life in pre and post-revolutionary Iran and then in Europe, “Persepolis” traces Satrapi’s growth from child to rebellious, punk-loving teenager in Iran. In the background are the growing tensions of the political climate in Iran in the 70s and 80s, with members of her liberal-leaning family detained and then executed, and the background of the disastrous Iran/Iraq war.


Artist Talk with Farima Fooladi

Wednesday, October 25, 6-9pm
FREE; $8 suggested donation

Join us for a talk by Iranian painter Farima Fooladi. Born in Tehran, Fooladi is currently living and working at State College, PA. Her Displacement series delves into the various emotional and historical layers of public space and memory. In her work, she comments on the way social and political changes transform civic spaces, creating new maps instead of following existing ones. She addresses recent social and political changes in the country and its effect on culture. Inspired by mythical stories such as the Tower of Babel, Fooladi borrows from their symbolism to address current dilemmas.

This program is organized in partnership with the Middle East Institute’s Arts and Culture Program. Recently established, this unique program in the nation’s capital provides a window into the Middle East’s vibrant arts scene and connects Middle Eastern artists with their US counterparts.


Kamyar Arsani + Huda Asfour Live

Friday, October 27, 7-8:30pm
Tickets: $20
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Join the Aftab Committee and Hillyer for a night of Contemporary Middle Eastern Traditional music with Kamyar Arsani. Kamyar Arsani is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter born and raised in Tehran, Iran. Kamyar’s musical mission is to spread cultural awareness and unity by mixing contemporary musical trends with traditional Middle Eastern folk music.

Kamyar Arsani + Huda Asfour Live is a fundraiser concert for “URBAN MAPPING: PUBLIC SPACE THROUGH THE LENS OF CONTEMPORARY IRANIAN ARTISTS.”