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Solaris: Shelter For The Next Cold War (Gallery Hours)


OPEN SATURDAY & SUNDAY, 12-5PM

Artist Mark Kelner’s Solaris: Shelter For The Next Cold War pop-up showcase at Umbrella attracted over 10,000 visitors in April, previewing his collection in anticipation of the official exhibit launch at Culture House.

Solaris – Shelter for the Next Cold War comes from the universe of Mark Kelner, the acclaimed DC artist whose roots in Russian and American cultures form the basis of his artistic creations – from sneakily subversive advertising and corporate branding to symbols of Russian and Soviet visual culture and art history.

This new and expanded version of the exhibition includes newly-made pieces and installations along with several never-exhibited pieces. In addition to the shelter, the exhibition will feature an immersive room of Kelner’s Solaris body of work based Soviet propaganda poster art.  

A crowd drawing highlight Solaris: Shelter For The Next Cold War features a free-standing bunker complete with entertainment center, dining area, library, and a chapel — all in 96 square feet. Solaris: Shelter For The Next Cold War’s opening reception to the public is Wednesday, May 22nd at 7pm. The exhibition runs through July 7th with regular gallery hours Wednesdays 5-8pm and Saturday and Sundays 12-5pm.

The exhibition will include a slate of programs including concerts and dance parties, curatorial tours and Q&As with the artist and curator Zachary Paul Levine, public art programs, and more. Check back for additional events.