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

  • Austrian Cultural Forum DC 3524 International Pl NW Washington, DC, 20008 United States (map)


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 she was 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.
Created by Johanna Braun

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

Washington DC Artists
Zoë Charlton, Mary Early, Maggie Michael, José Ruiz and Dan Steinhilber. curated by Maggie Michael

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When: September 15, 2015 | event starts at 7:30 pm
Tickets: Free admission | Please register at
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.


Earlier Event: August 12
Concert | Elisabeth Möst