Programs & exhibits
The Octagon is frequently host to exhibits in architecture, art, and design. Exhibit lengths vary and many have accompanying programs. Check back often for information on the latest programs and exhibits.
May 2- September 1, 2019
The world of design + art is changing around us, artists and architectural design professionals are working collaboratively to create projects to raise awareness about environmental and social issues, educate us about the importance of innovation and creativity, contribute to healing and hospitality environments, and develop community engagement and pride.
The exhibition, held at the historic Octagon, first home to the American Institute of Architects in the nation’s capital, showcases the 2018 CODAaward winning design projects featuring commissioned art in interior, architectural, and public spaces. This exhibit will feature collaborative design + art projects from around the globe. CODAaward and CODAvideo Award winners will be shown through video, photographs, and text panels describing the work, goals and processes for creating these projects.
A panel of leaders from the design, architecture, and art worlds selects CODAaward winners. Winners are selected based on these criteria:
• Successful integration of commissioned artwork into the project
• The strength of the collaborative process among commissioners, artists, architectural designers, and fabricators
Categories of projects will include: Commercial, Educational, Healthcare, Hospitality, Institutional, Landscape, Liturgical, Public Spaces, Residential, and Transportation Additionally, CODAvideo Award winning projects will be screened. These are the best videos that tell the stories of incredible design projects featuring commissioned art. Luminaries in the design and media world select winners.
Brought to The Octagon by CODAworx.
Without Regard to Sex, Race or Color
Andrew Feiler was granted unique access to Morris Brown’s silent campus. His searing photographs offer fresh insights into timely and important stories. They offer a new way to consider contemporary societal challenges and provide common ground for discussion of our collective future and education as the backbone of the American Dream.