Octagon exhibits and events

Join us at The Octagon for our upcoming exhibits and special events.

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Tangible Remnants Live Podcast at The Octagon
February 15 at 6pm

Tangible Remnants is a podcast for lovers of existing buildings who want to learn from the past to shape a better future. Hosted by sustainable preservation architect Nakita Reed, the show explores the interconnectedness of architecture, preservation, sustainability, race and gender.

The Octagon Museum will host the first live show of the podcast and feature a moderated conversation between G. Derek Musgrove, Associate Professor of History at University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and Sarah Shoenfeld of Prologue DC. The focus of the discussion will be on the work they have been doing with Nakita Reed, to elevate 20th century Civil Rights sites and Black Power sites within Washington, DC. The importance of this work will be discussed in the context of the various policies and racial politics that have shaped the city.

This event is part of The Octagon’s lecture series “Revealing Parallel Histories Hidden in Plain Sight.”

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CODAawards 10th Anniversary
May – September 2023

The 10th anniversary exhibition for the internationally acclaimed CODAawards celebrates the projects that most successfully integrate commissioned art into interior, architectural, or public spaces. Commissioned Art Matters – and the CODAawards program honors the individuals and the teams whose collective imaginations create the public and private spaces that inspire us every day.

I Was Here

Installed in December 2021, I Was Here is an art installation commemorating the lives of the enslaved people who built and worked at The Octagon. This is a part of The Octagon’s initiative to reveal the role enslaved craftspeople played in creating the architectural canon nationally.

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If you’re interested in hosting an exhibit at The Octagon, please download our exhibit proposal form and send to AmandaFerrario@architectsfoundation.org.