Oct 30, 2007

Hatnim Lee

A former student at the Corcoran College of Art + Design has an excellent blog hatnimlee.blogspot. I'm in love with this blog. How can one person take so many beautiful pictures. Check out the archives. Hatnim did a great series about ther family trip to Las Vegas/The Grand Canyon. The photo in the center is hanging out in my office now (I hope Hatnim forgets to pick it up).

Oct 29, 2007

D.Billy: Sink, Sank, Sunk @ Transformer

D.Billy's long awaited solo show at Transformer showed off some solid new work. It looks like NYC is treating him well. Check out the show now through December 2nd.

His new body of work moves the cartoon language he's developed, off the page and into the real world.

Jeremy Blake

Wild Choir:Cinematic Portraits by Jeremy Blake, now on view at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. I saw it this morning and wow. It's a great tribute to his work.

Before you go:
Check out this Beck video he made for the song Round the Bend. It's up until March 2nd but don't miss it.

Oct 13, 2007


Saturday, October 13, 7:00pm - 12:00am
[This is going to be sexy! I'll see you there!]
Sunday, October 14, 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Champagne, mimosas & music by Yoko K. (Aphrodizia)
Lee Jensen Brake Shop : 1333 14th Street NW Washington DC 20005

I've told everyone worth talking to in this city to come check out Philippa's latest event. Did anyone see her in DC Magazine this month? This event is bound to be hot. I plan on checking it out on the early side then hitting DC's #1 Dyke Bar... Phase 1. I just need hot girls around me all night.
Kristin Holder @ the Warehouse

1999 AU MFA Alumni Kristin Holder will be the second to last show at the Warehouse. If you have the chance check it out! Kristin's paintings are typically contemporary but amazing.

Kristina Bilonick @ DCAC

I had dinner at the Diner with my friend Kristina Bilonick tonight. She just finalized plans for a show this winter at DCAC. I can't wait. She's put together four amazing artists including.. hopefully URBAN SCOUT. Urban Scout is an urban hunter-gatherer, he's living off the land in a city with more concrete than dirt... how will he do? Check out his blog then catch Kristina's show at DCAC on December 14th.

Oct 1, 2007

washington project for the arts separates from the corcoran!

Today the Washington Project for the Arts announced that it will be separating from the Corcoran in December 2007. Since 1996 the WPA has made their home the offices of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and has been know as the WPA/Corcoran. The WPA will be missed at the Corcoran. They bring a contemporary and sometimes radical spirit to the Corcoran, however according to their press release the partnership will continue through new means. In January 2008 the WPA will move to their new offices in Dupont. Congrats WPA!

Non-Profit Contemporary Arts Organization Will Depart Corcoran Gallery of Art in December

[October 2007 – Washington, DC] – The Board of Trustees of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Advisory Board of Directors of the Washington Project for the Arts Corcoran (WPAC) announce the formal separation of the two organizations as of December 31, 2007. The WPAC is a 501(c) 3 artist-based organization that works to promote contemporary art in the greater Washington, D.C. region through a variety of exhibitions, programs and events.

The Corcoran's Board of Trustees and the WPAC Advisory Board have agreed that their 11-year partnership has been highly beneficial and successful for both, and that the strategic visions of each dictate that independent and non-formal association will yield continued success for each. Over the past 18 months, both organizations have been engaged in extensive strategic planning, with the Corcoran focusing its attention on uniting its gallery and College, while the WPAC has been planning a return to its "grass roots" foundation and a focus on programming and outreach from within the community that started the WPA in 1975.

"The success and strength of the WPAC today is due in large part to the support and guidance provided by the Corcoran over the past 11 years," explained WPAC Advisory Board Chair Jennifer Motruk Loy. "Today, the WPAC is on strong footing and has gained a reputation as a vibrant, dynamic, and authentic leader in contemporary arts in the greater D.C. area. Our efforts will only grow stronger in our new position as an independent organization, through which we can increase our visibility and become better poised to continue our mission."

"The mission behind each of our respective organizations has been more clearly defined over the last year," said Corcoran Director and President Paul Greenhalgh. "We are proud and pleased to see the WPAC reach new heights and grow to become more autonomous and fill a necessary connection to working and under-recognized artists."

"There always will be a connection between our organizations as there will always be a vibrant culture of regional arts in Washington, D.C.," said Jeanne Ruesch, Chairman of the Corcoran's Board of Trustees. "We look forward to the continued and future success of the WPAC."

The WPAC has been functioning and growing under the umbrella of the Corcoran Gallery of Art since 1996, when the Corcoran generously opened its doors to the struggling organization, and was officially named WPA Corcoran. This partnership united the independent spirit and regional focus of the former WPA with the institutional strength, profile and historical perspective of the Corcoran. The Corcoran's Board of Trustees at a meeting in late September approved the transition of the WPAC to the WPA. By the end of the year, the WPA will relocate to new offices in the Dupont Circle area.

WPAC Executive Director Kim Ward described the separation as an opportunity to continue to grow and build on the group's reputation and recognition as an alternative destination for fine and contemporary art to the larger, more recognizable art institutions found in the region. "We are excited at the prospect of being back in the community of artists and audiences that we've worked so hard to develop, where we'll be more visible, more accessible and more available to serve our members and the public," she said.

With an administrative office but no dedicated exhibition space inside the Corcoran, the WPAC made the most of its mission through programs, exhibitions and events in borrowed spaces from storefronts to other gallery partnerships and, occasionally, at the Corcoran. Over the past 11 years, the membership base has grown from approximately 300 to a mix of more than 1,000 artists. The organization's general audience exposure via exhibitions, performances, gatherings and virtual exhibitions extended to more than 50,000 in the past year.

In 2006, the WPAC added highly successful virtual programming to its roster with online exhibitions, calls for entry in programs and, later this year, with the launch of the ArtFile Online, a comprehensive collection of more than 1,000 artist members' portfolios in a variety of media developed by the organization and available on the world wide web. The ArtFile Online is a resource for curators, collectors, consultants, writers, critics and students, enabling all to see the works of regional artists and contact them directly to learn more, purchase, or select works for future exhibitions.

"Through the challenges and growing pains of this organization, we are grateful for the strong ties and the bridges of support that we've built with the Corcoran and with all of our partners through the region," Ward said. "We have learned how to be nimble, creative and very resourceful, so having larger space with our logo on the door, where we can be fully dedicated to our mission will enable us to be a destination space for D.C. artists and supporters."

The partnership between the WPAC and the Corcoran Gallery of Art yielded many unique and distinctive events and programs over the last 11 years. These projects include the Annual WPAC Art Auction, the exchange of faculty, curators and artists from within the institution, and the ongoing WPA internship program that has included students from the College.

Upcoming events and programs for WPAC include OPTIONS 2007, a biennial exhibition showcasing the best of new and unrecognized artists in the greater Washington, D.C. region, the exhibition is open through October 26th at Pepco's Edison Place Gallery. This year's OPTIONS 2007 exhibition is curated by Paul Brewer, Director of the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art in New York, and will include works by 10 area artists. The season continues with monthly ongoing 9x10 WPAC member exhibitions at the William W. Parker Gallery located at 629 New York Ave. NW, which continues through January 2008, and in March 2008, the WPA will host the 27th art auction fundraiser, a very "non-Washington" gala event and silent auction that helps to support operational and programming efforts. Further details regarding the WPAC's separation from the Corcoran Gallery of Art will be discussed at the WPAC Annual Meeting, October 29th, 6:30 pm at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. This event is free and open to the public.

get hirshhorn after hours tickets now

There is no drunk like museum drunk. Don't forget to grab your tickets for Hirshhorn After Hours. They will sell out! I will be in Austin. Please enjoy for me.
(photo courtesy of BrightestYoungThings)

Luster with the Pink Line Project

Saturday, October 13, 7:00pm - 12:00am
[This is going to be sexy! I'll see you there!]
Sunday, October 14, 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Champagne, mimosas & music by Yoko K. (Aphrodizia)
Lee Jensen Brake Shop : 1333 14th Street NW Washington DC 20005

An art happening by Project 4 and The Pink Line Project
$10 suggested donation at door to benefit The Pink Line Project’s emerging artist grant program.
Featuring the work of:

Daniel Davidson
Drew Ernst
Kate Hardy
Ju$t Another Rich Kid
Geoffrey Mann
Gregory McLellan
Ted Noten
Cory Oberndorfer
Painted Lady Performance Project
Chris Tousimis
René Treviño

Project 4 and The Pink Line Project present LUSTER an evening of decadence to benefit emerging art and music in Washington DC. The event will feature cocktails, live music, and an art exhibition that explores ideas of luxury and excess amid the debris of an abandoned brake shop.

The questioning of high-end retail and luxury goods has become a strong current in contemporary art and culture – specifically focusing on the obsession with consumption and luxury in America. The artists featured here incite this contemplation, using the tools of commercialism and the allure of gold to appeal to your desires as a consumer.

At a time when it is more important than ever to support and promote a creative culture in Washington, this collaboration expands the reach of contemporary art by redefining the notion of what is art. We believe that everyone’s life can be enriched and transformed by the arts and we intend to set the gold standard for raising awareness about contemporary art.
Project 4 is a new voice in the growing Washington D.C. art scene. The gallery's programming promotes an international, forward-thinking exhibition schedule of contemporary art and design. Focusing on one-person shows and thematic exhibitions by mid-career and emerging artists, the gallery also invites guest curators to host exhibitions emphasizing trends in contemporary art and design. It is, in effect, a room for art and ideas spanning a range of cultural issues.

The Pink Line Project supports outstanding artists who contribute to excellence in the arts in Washington, DC. Founded by Philippa P.B. Hughes, The Pink Line Project fosters intellectual and artistic innovation through programs and events that are fueled by the transformative power of art.

(text from press release by Philippa P.B. Hughes.)