Exhibition | We Gave Our Best Now The Rest Is Up For The Hope Chest | Johanna Braun
Sep
15
Sep 25

Exhibition | We Gave Our Best Now The Rest Is Up For The Hope Chest | Johanna Braun

  • Austrian Cultural Forum DC

WE GAVE OUR BEST, NOW THE REST IS UP TO THE HOPE CHEST

Abstract

Hope Chest: Traditionally in the form of a wooden trunk or box, contained the dowry of a young woman. The box and its content played an important part not only in the business transaction between two families, but served as a survival kit for the new life the Newlyweds were about to enter. The Hope Chest didn’t just contain the objects that would secure a young women’s future but comprised her heritage, her sense of belonging. With this in mind we will produce a Hope Chest that will travel fromthe Old World to the New World and then back again. At each station a group of artist will participate in shaping the content of the Box and therefore the exhibition. With this gesture of sharing and handson participation we want to highlight the highly international intellectual exchange within the European - North American Art community, and therefore this exhibition series allows maximum visibility of this inspirational exchange.

Project description

What comes to mind when one thinks about the content of the dowry box is the manual labor of a family or community over a long period of time that ensures one of their youngest members an easier transition from the family home to the new in-laws estate. The contents of Hope Chests weren’t only pretty decorations; they were essential to transforming a foreign environment into a familiar space, allowing one to think, work and make sure that the traditions of the heritage community continue to be passed on. In the spirit of this, we create a multilayered traveling exhibition that reveals as much about its origin, as the networks that shape and transform our work practices.

curated by Johanna Braun

European Artists
Maria Anwander, Johanna Braun, Thomas Ballhausen, Anna Khodorkovskaya, Elke Silvia Krystufek, Dejan Kaludjerovic, Roberta Lima, Muntean / Rosenblum, Michael Niemetz, Linus Riepler, Elisabeth von Samsonow, Kelly Sena and Erwin Wurm.


When: September 15, 2015 | event starts at 7:30 pm
Tickets: Free admission | Please register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/exhibition-opening-hope-in-a-chest-tickets-18002545097
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court, NW, Washington, DC 20008
General exhibition will be open to the public from September 16 - September 25, 2015 |
Mon - Fri: 10 am - 12 pm and 2 pm - 5 pm
No tickets or registration required for visiting the exhibition afterwards.

 

Mia Zabelka at the Sonic Circuits Festival DC 2015
Sep
20
5:00 pm17:00

Mia Zabelka at the Sonic Circuits Festival DC 2015

Mia Zabelka

Mia Zabelka, sound artist, violinist and vocalist from Vienna, with czech, jewish and french familiar background, lives in the Austrian region of southern Styria. As an experimental musician and improviser she has developed a unique language based on the de- and reconstruction of the violin’s sonic possibilities, expanding the instrument using live electronic devices and innovative performance techniques.

She studied music and composition at the University of Music and Performing Arts and the Conservatory of Music in Vienna, creating a foundation on the basis of which she continues to construct and explore the limits of sound and music in a language entirely her own. The violin, voice and her own body transform into sound bodies which are at once organic and primal, screaming, lyrical, composed and explosive.

In 2007 Mia Zabelka founded the Klang.Haus, a centre for sound and interdisciplinary art at her house in southern Styria. The klang.haus is a meeting point for international and local artists and hosts the Klang.Zeit festival four times a year.

Since 2009 Mia Zabelka is the artistic director of phonofemme Vienna, an international Festival of female Improvised electronic Music and Sound Art. Mia Zabelka is currently collaborating in Duos with Lydia Lunch, Audrey Lauro, Micromelancolie, Philippe Petit and Zahra Mani, with Video Artist Mia Makela and in Trios with Meinread Kneer and Andreas Willers, Mia Zabelka Trio feat. Pavel Fajt/ Johannes Frisch and Trio Blurb feat. John Russell/Maggie Nicols.

http://miazabelka.com/

http://dc-soniccircuits.org/

 


Nora Pouillon |
Sep
29
7:30 pm19:30

Nora Pouillon |

Bookpresentation | Nora Pouillon
My Organic Life: How a Pioneering Chef Helped Shape the Way We Eat Today by Nora Pouillon with Laura Fraser

September 29, 2015 | Austrian Cultural Forum
 

A wonderfully engaging memoir from the woman who founded Restaurant Nora, America’s first certified organic restaurant–the natural foods pioneer who, earlier than anyone else, made it her mission to bring organic foods to the American table.

The current proliferation of organic food and farm-to-table cuisine owes its existence to this mostly unheralded, groundbreaking woman who changed the way we eat as few others have. Growing up on a farm in the Alps, she was surrounded by fresh food – delicious produce and meats that had never been touched by artificial pesticides or hormones. When she and her husband moved to the United States in the 1960s, she was horrified to discover a food culture dominated by hormone-bloated meat and unseasonal vegetables. The distance between good, healthy produce and what even the top restaurants were serving was enormous. Determined to make a difference, first as a teacher and then as the country’s premiere organic restaurateur, she charted a path that forever changed our relationship with what we eat. Spanning the last forty years of our culinary history, My Organic Life gives us the remarkable life of a little-known hero of the organic revolution.

When: September 29, 2015 | event starts at 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court N.W., Washington D.C. 20008
Tickets:  Please register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bookpresentation-tickets-18002580202


Concert | Elisabeth Möst
Aug
12
7:30 pm19:30

Concert | Elisabeth Möst

  • Embassy of Austria / Austrian Cultural Forum

Elisabeth Möst

Elisabeth Möst’s concerts are an experience. In her current program she juxtaposes Amercian and Austrian composers. Based on the juxtaposition Möst shows the various compositional styles of 20th/21st century music. With her beautiful sound, her ability to affect and her deeply impressing musicality shecreates an atmosphere in the concert hall, which never fails to fascinate. Austrian-born flautist Elisabeth Moest studied at the Private Universities of Music in Linz and Vienna and attended master classes with William Bennett, Maxence Larrieux and Aurele Nicolet.Having received several awards, she made her debut in London in 2001 with the premiere of a piece which Helmut Neumann had composed specifically for her. Her comprehensive repertoire, ranging from Baroque to Contemporary, always delights her audience. Inspired by nature and intellectual thought, she creates multi-faceted programmes on themes, which are, musically as well as thematically, amongst the most interesting of our time. Many contemporary composers have dedicated works to Elisabeth Moest, among them Violeta Dinescu, Nikolai Badinski, W.A.Schultz. She is a much sought-after interpreter of contemporary Music.

When: Wednesday, August 12, 2015 | 7:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Where: Embassy of Austria | 3524 International Court NW | Washington, DC 20008
Admission: Free | Tickets: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/concert-elisabeth-most-tickets-17210061758?aff=eac2

Concert | Clara Blume
Aug
7
7:30 pm19:30

Concert | Clara Blume

  • Embassy of Austria / Austrian Cultural Forum

 

Musical sophistication, refined lyrics and an unforgettable voice: Austrian/Spanish/Indonesian Singer & Songwriter Clara Blume lives expression – in her Songwriting as well as her stunning live performances. Her goal is to unite pop music with interesting stories and to find new unconventional paths of expression. She calls her musical style “Avantgarde Pop" which is characterized by a blend of pop-rock, indie and jazz elements and combines her high artistic standards with catchy melodies that she performs in English and Spanish. Clara is also well known as Circus Directress of her extravagant "The Singer Songwriter Circus" - a traveling concert platform for local musicians. As a dedicated ambassador for Austrian art, she and her Circus have been touring the country for five years, presenting over 400 musicians and upcoming artists, promoting a network of solidarity and raising awareness for the now flourishing Austrian (pop)-music scene. Clara’s long awaited Debut Album „Here Comes Everything“ (earcandy recordings) - in collaboration with her brother and producer Georg Blume - was finally released in May 2015 and widely celebrated as a huge success in her home-country Austria. This August she will be touring through the USA solo on the piano. http://www.clarablume.com

When: Wednesday, August 7, 2015 | 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Where: Embassy of Austria | 3524 International Court NW | Washington, DC 20008
Admission: Free | Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/concert-clara-blume-tickets-17879709693

 

 

 

Concert | Mark Damisch 40th Anniversary Tour
Jul
31
5:00 pm17:00

Concert | Mark Damisch 40th Anniversary Tour

  • Embassy of Austria / Austrian Cultural Forum

Mark Damisch 40th Anniversary Tour

Mark Damisch’s piano concerts have taken him to more than 40 countries, including Japan, the Soviet Union, Ukraine, Israel, Egypt, the Netherlands, Africa, China, the Greek Islands, Iceland, Taiwan, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand, India and more.  He has performed in the Shuvalov Palace, raising funds for local orphanages; in Klin, at Tchaikovsky’s House; in Iskra, at the New Jerusalem Monastery; in Warsaw in the Museum of Jan Paderewski; and in Kyiv, Ukraine, at the National Philharmonic Hall to raise funds for local orphanages. Mr. Damisch’s concert tour for peace in the Middle East included concerts sponsored by the United States Embassy, Egypt; the Ein Gedi Kibbutz; and the Ticho House, Jerusalem.  Throughout his many tours each year, he has performed numerous times in coordination with U.S. Embassies and the U.S.O. Mr. Damisch, who also appears in numerous domestic performances every  year, has been joined on tour by his daughters Kristina, Katherine and Alexandra, who sing and play the piano.2015 marks the 40th anniversary of Mark Damisch´s  first tour. Damisch is an American concert pianist who began studying organ at the Evanston Conservatory of Music at the age of four. He performed his first piano concert at seven. As a teen in 1974, he toured Europe both as a pianist and also in a vocal group alongside the Vienna Boys Choir.  In Salzburg’s Mirabel Gardens, he first considered the idea of touring on his own. Mark Damisch’s piano concerts have taken him to more than 40 countries, including Japan, the Soviet Union, Ukraine, Israel, Egypt, the Netherlands, Africa, China, the Greek Islands, Iceland, Taiwan, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand, India and more.  He has performed in the Shuvalov Palace, raising funds for local orphanages; in Klin, at Tchaikovsky’s House; in Iskra, at the New Jerusalem Monastery; in Warsaw in the Museum of Jan Paderewski; and in Kyiv, Ukraine, at the National Philharmonic Hall to raise funds for local orphanages. Mr. Damisch’s concert tour for peace in the Middle East included concerts sponsored by the United States Embassy, Egypt; the Ein Gedi Kibbutz; and the Ticho House, Jerusalem.  Throughout his many tours each year, he has performed numerous times in coordination with U.S. Embassies and the U.S.O. Mr. Damisch, who also appears in numerous domestic performances every  year, has been joined on tour by his daughters Kristina, Katherine and Alexandra, who sing and play the piano.

When: Friday, July 31, 2015 | 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Where: Embassy of Austria | 3524 International Court NW | Washington, DC 20008
Admission: Free | Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/concert-mark-damisch-40th-anniversary-tour-tickets-17225988395

 

Lecture | Restitution in Austria- an ending story?
Jul
22
7:30 pm19:30

Lecture | Restitution in Austria- an ending story?

  • Embassy of Austria/ Austrian Cultural Forum

The presentation centers on one of the most difficult topics of post-war Austrian history: restitution of property. Beginning with an overview of the present-day activities of the department for art restitution it will go back in time to present the history of restitution of property in general with a special emphasis on art since 1945.

Linda Erker studied history at the University of Vienna and at the Free University of Berlin. She is member of the Department of Contemporary History at the University of Vienna and works as a researcher in the Department for Restitution Affairs at the Israelitische Kultusgemeinde Wien (IKG). Her doctoral thesis focused on an historical comparison between the austrofascist regime (1933-1938) and the early franquism (1939-1956) from the perspective of the development of universities under fascists systems.

 

Stefan Wedrac studied history at the University of Vienna and works as a researcher at the Institute for Modern and Contemporary Historical Research at the Austrian Academy of Sciences. He is lecturer at the IES Vienna. His research topics are Italian history, history of the Habsburg monarchy, history of science, history of law and history of health insurance.

 

 

 

 

When: Wednesday, July 22, 2015 | 7:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Where: Embassy of Austria | 3524 International Court NW | Washington, DC 20008
Admission: Free | Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lecture-restitution-in-austria-an-ending-story-tickets-17764324573

 

Choir Concert | Kinder- und Jugendakademie Graz
Jul
7
7:30 pm19:30

Choir Concert | Kinder- und Jugendakademie Graz

  • Embassy of Austria/Austrian Cultural Forum

KINDER- & JUGENDSINGAKADEMIE GRAZ

One of the oldest secular Austrian boarding high schools (since 1854), the HIB in Graz with its attached Singing-Academy offers its pupils a comprehensive vocal education.

The main emphasis is in preparing its ensembles for classical choir and orchestra concerts (e.g. “Mozart-Requiem”, Beethoven’s “Missa Solemnis”...). The singing pupils from Graz participate regularly in operas and musical productions. On their international tours to such countries as Finland, China Spain, Italy, Belgium, Latvia, Switzerland, USA, Germany, Hungary, France, Estonia, Luxemburg... the young singers from Graz try to build a bridge from the rich Austrian choir tradition to international contemporary music.

In the last 15 years they have been very successfully taking part in choir competitions all over the world (First place at the Golden gate Festival in San Francisco, Gold Medal at the World Choir Games in Cincinnati…)

The speciality of the singing pupils of Graz is to serenade celebrities: for instance they sang a song for the Holy Father in Rome, the European parliament, 3 Chinese ministers, the Queen of Belgium, trolls in Norway, the Football world champions, many European presidents, Oscar winners...

When: Tuesday, July 7, 2015 | 7:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Where: Embassy of Austria | 3524 International Court NW | Washington, DC 20008
Admission: Free | Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/choir-concert-kinder-und-jugendakademie-graz-tickets-17480458522

Film Screening | The Third Man
Jun
26
Jul 2

Film Screening | The Third Man

  • AFI Silver

The Third Man

The AFI Silver presents "The Third Man", Screening 5 times every day: 12:30, 2:45, 5:00, 7:15 and 9:25 p.m.

An American pulp novelist in postwar Vienna finds himself enmeshed in the hunt for an old friend, now a notorious black marketeer. Unanimously considered one of the greatest films ever made, and cinema's most vivid example of "high noir" style, it stars Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Trevor Howard and Orson Welles. Winner of the Grand Prize at Cannes and #1 on the British Film Institute's list of the 100 greatest British movies of the 20th century.

When: Friday, June 26 - July 2, 2015
Where: 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Summer Gala | A Night in Vienna
Jun
19
8:15 pm20:15

Summer Gala | A Night in Vienna

  • Embassy of Austria/Austrian Cultural Forum

A Night in Vienna

In a single evening experience an era of Old World royalty, fairy tales, and 18th century European charm with a late night touch of 21st century European nightlife as we invite you to a very special evening on Austrian soil for a Viennese Ball and a late night Austrian nightlife celebration!

Don your best outfits and be transported to one of the most beautiful and admired countries in all of Europe as we bring together the glory of Old Austria with the allure of Modern Western Europe. From the music of Strauss and Mozart from a live symphony orchestra to a late-night European style DJ playing your favorite hits, this Austrian Ball has something for everyone.

This event is perfect for both couples and singles alike and we expect a sell out audience of young professionals to this grand event.

When: Friday, June 19, 2015 | 8:15 p.m.-11:30 p.m.
Where: Embassy of Austria | 3524 International Court NW | Washington, DC 20008
Admission: $79,00 | For more information about the tickets and about the event please visit:

https://thingstododc.com/event/196/summer-gala-at-the-embassy-of-austria-amp-quot-a-night-in-vienna-amp-quot-/

EUNIC Concert Series | A Slovenian Jazz Evening
Jun
11
7:00 pm19:00

EUNIC Concert Series | A Slovenian Jazz Evening

  • Embassy of Austria / Austrian Cultural Forum

A Slovenian Jazz Evening

EUNIC Concert Series proudly present:
A Slovenian jazz evening with a presentation of the music documentary "Time to Improvise" followed by a live performance of the jazz musicians featured in the film.
Jure Pukl - tenor saxophone
(2015 Prešeren Prize recipient)
Will Slater - bass
Žan Tetičkovič - drums

The film tells a story about young Slovenian jazz generation. Film reveals the creative urge and creative processes of young musicians who choose to gain their knowledge abroad by studying with world-renowned mentors.The director Tina Lešničar followed the protagonists to New York, Amsterdam, Groningen, Rotterdam and Vienna to catch a glimpse of their world.
After the screening, the musicians featured in the film will perform live for the audience.
Fllowed by a conversation with the director Tina Lešničar and a reception where Slovenian wine will be served.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwllFyL2qls

When: Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 7.00 pm
Where: Embassy of Austria, 3542 International Court NW , Washington, DC
Tickets: Adult $15 / Student $10
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/eunic-concert-series-slovenian-jazz-evening-tickets-17230234094

For further information please visit www.acfdc.org
 

Lecture | Robert Dassanowsky: Ars Gratia Austriae - The Remarkable 1936 Vienna-Hollywood Deal to Save Independant Austrian Film and its Threat to Nazi German "Anschluss"
May
29
6:30 pm18:30

Lecture | Robert Dassanowsky: Ars Gratia Austriae - The Remarkable 1936 Vienna-Hollywood Deal to Save Independant Austrian Film and its Threat to Nazi German "Anschluss"

  • Austrian Cultural Forum

Professor Robert Dassanowsky will discuss the current debate regarding the nature of Hollywood's pre-war relationship with Nazi Germany, cinema under "Austrofascism" (1933-38) and its positive American reception has been unaccountably overlooked.
 

Live Broadcast | Eurovision Song Contest
May
23
2:30 pm14:30

Live Broadcast | Eurovision Song Contest

  • Austrian Embassy

37 countries and 200 million viewers! Join us in celebrating the grand finale of the world’s largest music contest when the Austrian Embassy hosts the Eurovision Song Contest Finale 2015 broadcasted live from Stadthalle Vienna in Austria!
 

Rock Concert | Suspicious Package: Austria Rocks!
May
15
7:30 pm19:30

Rock Concert | Suspicious Package: Austria Rocks!

  • Austrian Cultural Forum

Celebrating Austria -US friendship with an evening of rock music. Long-rumored in existence but kept tightly shrouded in the secrecy of Tom Toles’ basement, Suspicious Package finally exploded onto the Washington, D.C. music scene in May 2008 with their sell-out premiere performance at the Red and the Black in DC’s Atlas District.

EU Open House Day
May
9
10:00 am10:00

EU Open House Day

  • Austrian Embassy

On May 9th, 2015 the European Union Embassies and the EU Delegation to the United States open their doors to the public for the annual EU Embassies' Open House.
 

Exhibition | Go West
May
4
May 15

Exhibition | Go West

  • Embassy of Austria

If you link the term directly to Austria, the most important significance of “Go West” is travel. In the last couple of centuries people came to the so called New World for very different reasons. Discovering what modern people think and feel when they hear the word “USA” is no less exciting. Hence in the context of the project “Go West 2015” artists and scientists Jutta Fischel, Markus Kupferblum and Konrad Stania are going to paint a vivid collage of opinions and history.

Performance | Scena Theater & Austrian Cultural Forum: Otho Eskin's "Final Analysis"
Apr
30
7:30 pm19:30

Performance | Scena Theater & Austrian Cultural Forum: Otho Eskin's "Final Analysis"

  • Austrian Cultural Forum

"Final Analysis", by Otho Eskin, is set in turn-of-the-century Vienna. Gustav Mahler, the great composer and conductor, falls in love with the talented, tempestuous Alma Schindler; Joseph Stalin meets a dangerous young man over a game of chess; Ludwig Wittgenstein, destined to become a dominant force in world philosophy, runs into an old schoolmate with unpleasant consequences, and in the midst of this, Sigmund Freud faces what he has always denied -- the essential  evil nature of man.
 

Concert & Playlet | Post Classical Ensemble | A Mahler Portrait: The Inner Workings of a Musical Genius
Apr
28
7:30 pm19:30

Concert & Playlet | Post Classical Ensemble | A Mahler Portrait: The Inner Workings of a Musical Genius

  • Austrian Cultural Forum

A multimedia program featuring PostClassical Ensemble, conducted by Angel Gil-Ordóñez, with baritone soloist Christòpheren Nomura in “Songs of a Wayfarer” and the “Abschied” from “The Song of the Earth,” plus a playlet written by PCE Executive Director Joe Horowitz about the marriage of Gustav and Alma Mahler, featuring Sasha Olinick and Laura C. Harris.

Concert | Levine Music School
Apr
24
7:00 pm19:00

Concert | Levine Music School

  • Austrian Cultural Forum

Levine Music, the Washington DC region’s preeminent center for music education, is a welcoming community where children and adults find lifelong inspiration and joy through learning, performing, listening to, and participating with others in music.
 

Organ Recital | Ulrike Theresia Wegele
Apr
22
7:30 pm19:30

Organ Recital | Ulrike Theresia Wegele

  • National City Christian Church

This National City Christian Church's Magical Mystical Musical Machine concert, featuring magnificent 7,000 pipe organ, makes the pipe organ come alive and opens your eyes to the amazing world of this king of instruments.

Winetasting Wittauer | International Club DC
Apr
20
6:30 pm18:30

Winetasting Wittauer | International Club DC

  • Austrian Cultural Forum

Join us as some of Austria's most prominent winemakers present over 25 wines for a tasting at the Austrian Embassy. This is a rare opportunity to meet and speak directly with the winemakers while sampling some of the most exiting new wines imported to the USA today. We will pair the wine with Austrian food for an exciting culinary experience. The evening will conclude with tastings of delicious world renowned Austrian Ice-wine! Space is limited.
 

EUNIC Concert Series 2015 | Pianist Javor Bračić
Apr
16
7:30 pm19:30

EUNIC Concert Series 2015 | Pianist Javor Bračić

  • Austrian Cultural Forum Washington DC

Praised by New York Concert Review at his Carnegie Hall Debut for “deep, genuine musicianship and an outstanding technique”, the Croatian pianist Javor Bračić is quickly establishing himself as a sought-after performer.

Lecture | Laura Spinadel: 'To believe in urban "miracles”!’
Apr
15
6:00 pm18:00

Lecture | Laura Spinadel: 'To believe in urban "miracles”!’

  • Austrian Cultural Forum

Since starting out with a humanistic, theosophical and sensualist vision, architect Laura P. Spinadel has moved towards a holistic and ecological position, that seeks to put maximum emphasis on the health of open and closed spaces, as well as on the requirements and principles of bio-construction. Holistic thinking implies profoundly replacing rational and analytical thought with a more inclusive thinking, in which all factors are taken into account, even those that seem trivial or invisible, such as perception, health or freedom.

Exhibition Opening/Lecture | Laura Spinadel: Campus WU - A holistic history
Apr
14
7:30 pm19:30

Exhibition Opening/Lecture | Laura Spinadel: Campus WU - A holistic history

  • Austrian Cultural Forum

Since October 2013, the area between Vienna Fair and Prater belongs to the students and teachers of the University of Economics and Business of Vienna, as well as to everybody who is curious and open to discoveries of all kind. Within four years, six exceptional buildings were erected on 90.000 square meters, each of which carries the thumbprint of a renowned international architect. The edifices are situated within a carefully planned, multiplex public- and greenery space concept. Although the challenges were high, Laura P. Spinadel and her team from BUSarchitektur developed and implemented a unique master plan for the Campus WU.
 

Concert | Lana Cenčić
Apr
7
7:30 pm19:30

Concert | Lana Cenčić

  • Austrian Cultural Forum Washington DC

"In Your Head" her 2013 breakthrough solo album, is widely celebrated by critics and fans alike, establishing Lana Cenčić as a startlingly original creative force with a seemingly limitless future. The album shows very diverse songs, some like a mild version of Ani Di Franco, some experimental onomatopoeia with atonal multi-layered singing and exciting instrumental ornamentation, some studded with abstract references to Balkan folklore. She performs in both the US and Europe as Lana Is.