July 23, 2014

Back to business.

Punta Cana, D.R., © Danielle Scruggs 


Took my first trip out of the country last week, to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Came back to D.C. to a slew of events to get prepared for. You should join me at a few of them (or all!).

July 26 - Text Before Texting: Handwriting Workshop @ Pleasant Plains Workshop 3pm-5pm (Free)
Do you find it hard to write when it comes to writing a hand written note, sign, or even a simple grocery list? In this day and age, we find ourselves typing more than practicing our handwriting. In an effort to celebrate the art of the hand-written page, we invite you to join us for an informal workshop hosted by Resident Artist, Danielle Scruggs who has been implementing handwriting in her latest artwork series.
Bring along a favorite passage of text, a poem, or a letter or note you’d like to transcribe. Also bring a notebook and some special papers or pens and we can all share (We’ll have some materials provided as well). Snacks will be on hand and feel free to bring along snacks/treats to share with the group!

July 27 - Good Life Collective presents The Sleeveface Project @ MOVA Lounge 8pm-12am (Free)

Join Good Life Collective as we celebrate our official launch!
We took one quirky internet meme, asked five photographers to put their spin on it, and decided to mix it up with a whole bunch of vinyl.

From 8 to 9 pm, attend a special meet and greet with our talented photographers, view their artwork, and enjoy drink specials on MOVA Lounge's rooftop sponsored by Bombay Sapphire East Gin.
Afterwards, DJ Supa Qool Quartermaine digs deep into the crates for a soulful (and filled) vinyl party.

August 2 - Reflexivity exhibit, curated by Allison McDaniel at Sanaa Fest @ Mt. Rainier Lofts (Free)

And in October, DDAY Collective will be curating a show at Pleasant Plains Workshop. Stay tuned for more details.


June 23, 2014

As of late.


© Danielle Scruggs

Turned 29 about 3 weeks ago. (Happy Solar Return to me.)

Photos from The District are currently gracing the walls of Affinity Lab, a co-working space on U Street. Reception will be on Thursday,  July 10, 6-8pm.

Help Pleasant Plains Workshop Residents get to (e)merge art fair! We'll be guest bar-tending at Thomas Foolery in Dupont Circle 6-8pm Monday, 6/23 to raise funds to participate in the fourth edition of (e)merge at the Capitol Skyline Hotel this October. All tips go towards our partcipatory fees. Stop by, have a drink, and support your local artists.

I will be displaying Collective Memory as part of REPRISE at Arlington Arts Center. Opening reception will be Saturday, July 12, 6-8pm.

Editing another interview to add to The Vanguard; very excited to post and share it soon.

May 18, 2014

On assignment: Howard University Commencement 2014







all photos © Danielle Scruggs

Last Saturday, I had the pleasure to shoot an assignment for Howard University: Howard University Commencement 2014.

My focus was mainly on the smaller moments of the graduates and their families.

Above are some of my favorite outtakes. There are more photos on Howard's official Facebook page here.

May 5, 2014

If We Came From Nowhere Here...

...Why Can't We Go Somewhere There?
-Sun Ra



The title of Mambu Badu's first gallery exhibit comes from the song "Imagination" by jazz musician/iconoclast/Afrofuturist Sun Ra. I do hope you'll join us on Friday, May 9th for the opening reception and on Saturday, May 24th for our curatorial talk. (More info on that coming soon.)

"Love is an illumination and it illuminates."
So said the legendary photographer, writer, and all-around genius Carrie Mae Weems at Weems Live at the Guggenheim Museum last week. The journey of Mambu Badu from a conversation on Twitter between three photographers in D.C. and California to two online magazines and a gallery show in the heart of southeast D.C. has truly been a labor of love. And to think, there's still more yet to come. And I am truly excited to share it with you all.