Art at the LINE
There are over three thousand pieces of art and ephemera to discover at the LINE DC, and our 110-year old church serves as canvas and gallery for artists across mediums. From sculpture and photography to found objects, public art takeovers, and secret murals: there’s new work and new energy to explore with every visit. Even our parking garage has a story to tell.
“Check In” installation by Kathryn Zaremba.
The photography collection at the LINE DC is entirely comprised of work by local artists. Wander into Lyra/Lynx for a street photography set by longtime Adams Morgan resident Chris Chen, and note work by TIME Magazine’s “DC photographer to follow” Jared Soares at the Champlain Street entrance. Architectural imagery by Donnie Gerald can be found throughout corridors.
In Brothers And Sisters West Bar, photograph by Tony Gyepi-Garbrah. At Champlain Street entrance, photographs of DC’s Dupont Underground by Jared Soares. In Banneker Foyer, Washington, DC street photography series by Donnie Gerald. In Carina, photographs by Bartek Sherman. In Lyra/Lynx, Adams Morgan street photography series by Christopher Chen. In Pavo, photograph by Frank Hallam Day. In room corridors, Washington, DC street photography by Donnie Gerald; Ellie Van Houtte. In rooms, original photography series by Kate Warren.
Fine art photography by Kate Warren.
Textural, dimensional, and unexpected: the sculpture program at the LINE DC includes both function (bookends by Field, each from a single piece of granite, keep in-room libraries in place) and form (Kathryn Zaremba‘s lobby installation, completed just days before her daughter was born, makes for a Brancusi-inspired backdrop to Afternoon Tea at Brothers And Sisters).
In Full Service Radio, neon “ON ON ON” sign by Craig Kraft. In the lobby, Front Desk overhead installation by Kathryn Zaremba; sculpture series by Casey Johnson of Foxwood Co. At the Champlain Street NW entrance, Valet Stand and Front Desk by Foxwood Co. In A Rake’s Progress, carving table by Foxwood Co. In Spoken English, ceiling installation by Red Swan Murals. In rooms, bookends by Field.
“Novus” sculpture by Casey Johnson of Foxwood Co.
Painting, Illustration & Prints
Beth Hoeckel‘s “Colors” collage series make for tiny, monochromatic statements in guest rooms, while custom wallpaper by Design Army is as much explosion as accent in Spoken English. Murals abound, as does mirror: with each season, look for a new, hand-painted take on the entry mirror at A Rake’s Progress.
On the A Rake’s Progress entry mirror, rotating artist “residencies” have included hand-painted artwork by Kathryn Zaremba and Robin Ha. At the Champlain Street entrance, a mural in collaboration with The Lily News and Washington Post, painted by Red Swan Murals and based on design by Lauréne Boglio. In A Rake’s Progress, illustrations inspired by the ethos and mission of A Rake’s Progress, by Armando Veve. In Spoken English, wallpaper and window artwork by Design Army. In the gym, custom mural by Rose Jaffe. In the G Level Events hallway, monograph ink prints series by Andrew Breitenberg. In Carina East, screen print series by Hannah Spector, from the Transformer DC FlatFile collection. In Argo, screen print series by Cleon Peterson. In P2, mural by Kelly Towles. In room corridors, screen prints by Rose Jaffe. In rooms, original sketches by Svetlana Legetic; watercolor prints by Patricia Vargas; collages by Beth Hoeckel.
A Rake’s Progress mirror detail by Robin Ha.
MURAL BY KELLY TOWLES
Shaped and inspired by our neighborhood and city, moments of ephemera throughout the the LINE DC root us firmly to our past.
In the Lobby, chandelier created from pipe organ pieces from our original church. Throughout Brothers And Sisters, vintage Ivy-inspired items; vintage Japanese print pieces. In A Rake’s Progress, framed antique watch and clock parts. Throughout the hotel, vintage and new hymnal boards; pews found in our original church. In rooms, framed hymnal pages found in the original church; framed vintage library catalog cards and other found items.
Pipe organ chandelier.
The LINE’s HERE Magazine is a city-specific exploration of our neighborhoods, communities, and partners. HERE can be found in every guest room.
Key cards at the LINE DC feature photography by Kevin Wilson and Ellie Van Houtte.
The Paris Review x The LINE DC is a special edition newsprint of DC writing from the Paris Review archive, featuring work by Edward P. Jones and the late Denis Johnson, alongside new photography commissioned by the LINE from photographer Donnie Gerald.
The LINE DC’s public art program is ephemeral: you really do have to be here.
Throughout 2017 and 2018, the façade of our 110-year-old church was transformed by projection artist Robin Bell of Bell Visuals, including annual adornments of our LGBTQ+ Pride.
In 2019, the church façade has served as rotating gallery space for contributions from local and international artists. The public art banner program has featured Canadian illustrator and Pow! Wow! muralist Priscilla Yu, DC artists/illustrators Shyama Kuver of Heart Over Crown and Jamilla Okubo, and documentary photography by Joy Sharon Yi, curated by Katie Dance of Stop Motion DC.
Pride projections by Robin Bell of Bell Visuals.
The LINE DC was built in collaboration with local chefs, bartenders, designers, and cultural curators – and the art program, as well, has been shaped by a series of cultural and artistic curatorial partnerships.
Keep an eye on the calendar for upcoming live performances in Full Service Radio, including a series presented by Washington Performing Arts and Mars Arts DC, a creative platform to celebrate and empower local artists.
At the LINE DC and in the Adams Morgan Community Center at the LINE, documentary film programming has been presented by PBS IndieLens and ITVS.
In rooms and corridors, the art program was curated by BrightestYoungThings.com and Exactly Agency founder Svetlana Legetic. The art and ephemera in Brothers And Sisters was curated by Folklor LA. Throughout the LINE DC, artwork was framed by Framebridge.
Collage by Beth Hoeckel.
ART ON THE RADIO
See it, feel it, hear it, courtesy Full Service Radio. Listen in on interviews with our art collaborators for notes on process, valuable career insights, and wild inspiration.
Public art banner artwork by Heart Over Crown: Shyama Kuver.