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A View from the Inside Out: Opening Reception

  • Georgetown University Library 37th and O Streets NW Washington, DC 20057 (map)

From April 1 - 3, Georgetown students in Art & Art History photography classes will transform the Lauinger Library's Murray Room into a camera obscura, from Latin, meaning, "dark room." Once installed, the view over the Potomac, Key Bridge, the Rosslyn skyline and beyond, will project – upside-down and backward – over the walls, ceiling, and people in the room.

Monday, April 1

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm: Opening Reception

The reception will begin with magic tricks—illusions—then a few words on vision and perception, as well as a musical performance. Then the lights in the room will be dimmed and guests will be able to watch the outside evening scene illuminate the room. The reception will include numerous photo opportunities and cameras, tripods etc. will be on hand for guests who want to try their hand at taking photos.

The opening reception includes a piece by composer Ashi Day for singer, speaker, and piano. The piece is a setting of this E.E. Cummings poem, and it features Sirena Dib and Chuck Perryman.

Location:  The Lauinger Library is located on the Main Campus of Georgetown University at the corner of 37th and Prospect Streets NW.  The Murray Room is on the 5th floor.  Bring a photo ID.  

Time:  Arrive by 5:45 at the latest to catch the performance; stay as long as you like.

Cost:  Free

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