BreakfastTable with Alissa Maru
Alissa Maru, Director of Dupont Underground, joined ArtTable members for an informal breakfast. As a central contributor to the Cherry Blossom Festival and first Art All Night, Alissa brings this expertise to her role at the local nonprofit. She gave a brief history of the Dupont Underground space, highlighting some of its distinctive factors. The nonprofit leases the space from the city of Washington, DC in five-year intervals; she explained that the retired underground streetcar stop, with cement walls measuring nearly a mile long, was not built for its current use as a contemporary arts space.
Dupont Underground has proven a great blank canvas for 17 permanent murals by DC local artists. It was host to the winners of the World Press Photo Contest, and recently featured Raise/Raze, an interactive plastic ball installation. As a contemporary space, there are always digital projections displayed on its walls at any given time. They aim to show an array of contemporary, visual and performing arts that extend across disciplinary boundaries and engage the community. Dupont Underground provides a space for less conventional art exhibitions that might not fit well in other DC arts spaces.