Adventures of Hoogrrl!

A person who appears to be ambling aimlessly, but is secretly in search of adventure.

Browsing Posts published in April, 2007

Look at these fantastic earrings that Gayle Friedman fashioned for me. They’re made of silver and marmot fur – and before anyone starts squirting red paint all over me, it’s recycled fur that one of her friends was going to throw away. Gayle makes beautiful and often whimsical jewelry that is always unique. They are tiny works of art.

Oliver Vernon, Crossfire II, 2007

Once again, this graffiti-inspired artwork does not look nearly as good on screen as it does in person. They never do, but I think this jpg does particular injustice to the work. It’s still hanging over at Irvine Contemporary for another week or two if you want to take a look. Did not buy this piece at artDC. In fact, got out of the fair with buying only one small thing. (Hello Goya from the Curator’s Office – a totally clever riff on the masterworks in which the artist recreates iconic scenes from art history and then inserts a little Hello Kitty drawing on top. Ha!) But that is not a reflection on the quality of the works there – only that the budget is reining me in. Although, don’t be surprised if a Massimo Vitali shows up on this blog soon . . .

The opening party for No Representation was really fun. I LOVE the Warehouse space – it’s a little quirky and I was worried that the art would not look good. Ancient faded and peeling wallpaper barely stuck to the walls of the third floor rooms. A couple small walls were covered with siding on the second floor. And unfinished plaster adorned the first floor walls. But Molly Ruppert kept reassuring me that it’d all work out. And she was so right! The art looked wonderful in this eccentric space.

The Warehouse fills a great need in DC – offering a casual venue for music, performance, films, art, and great cocktails. Please support this family-owned business that has become a Washington cultural institution! They recently received a very high tax assessment that could put them out of business if they don’t succeed in their appeal. Although it’s great that Washington neighborhoods are undergoing renovation and revitalization block by block, the city ought to consider ways to preserve places like the Warehouse, which add so much to the community. It’s places like the Warehouse that make DC neighborhoods feel like neighborhoods. If we chase them off, then all we’ll have left are a bunch of bland stores and boring chain restaurants and banks. Yuck.

My favorite guys: Adrian Loving and Ayo Okunseinde

Sondra Arkin, an artist and a co-curator of the No Representation show
Allison Cohen, Henry Thaggert, Steven Stuart, Philippa Hughes, David Hughes

The Podestas hosted a reception for art fair attendees to see their amazing art collection, which includes many works by Nikki Lee, Angela Strassheim, Wolfgang Tillmans, a Massimo Vitali that I lust after, and many other contemporary art photographers. I admire their generosity in opening their home because I think that art collectors who are passionate about art and who want to nurture artists and who view art as a way to connect people do not hide their collections.

The Examiner did a nice review of No Representation.

Please stop by tonight!

[abstraction in the capital]
Saturday, April 28 from 6 pm – ?
Warehouse Gallery and Café
1021 7th Street NW

With a nod to the disenfranchisement of the residents of the District of Columbia (and all other interpretations), the Warehouse Gallery on Seventh St. NW will host a show of local artists called “No Representation” from April 26 to May 12, 2007. The show, curated by Molly Ruppert, Sondra N. Arkin, Ellyn Weiss and Philippa P.B. Hughes, will include all media and has two rules only: all of the art by local artists and all the work is abstract.

No Representation is scheduled as a (friendly) counterpoint to the first DC International Art Fair, which will be held directly across the street at the DC Convention Center and as an educational opportunity for the art world visitors to the fair. The wonderfully quirky Warehouse space, with its cafe, gallery and performance spaces, is DC’s answer to the international sheen of the art fair. The artists exhibiting are a selection of many of the most interesting our town has to offer. There will be painting, video, installation, sound and more. Head on over after your day at the fair or around town . . .

Freeform Bash, an unCONVENTIONal opening on Saturday night, April 28 from 6 pm – ??.
drinks | food | music | art
Revelry strongly encouraged

artists include:
Sondra N. Arkin
J. Belmar
Mark Cameron Boyd
Renee Butler
Tory Cowles
Laurel Farrin
Michael Gessner
Janis Goodman
Pat Goslee
Tom Green
Eve Hennessa
Kristin Holder
Brece Honeycutt
Becky Jones
Joanne Kent
Adrian Loving + Ayodamola Okunseinde (Dissident Display)
Aubrie Mema
Elizabeth Morisette
Emily Piccirillo
Lynn Putney
Marina Reiter
Nooni Reatig
Chris Tousimis
Dan Treado
Andres Tremols
CC Vess
Gail Vollrath
Anita Walsh
Rex Weil
Ellyn Weiss

[abstraction in the capital]
Saturday, April 28 from 6 pm – ?
Warehouse Gallery and Café
1021 7th Street NW
Gallery hours are:
Mon – Fri: 5pm – 11pm
Sat: Noon – Midnight
Sun: Noon – 6pm

A review of artDC in DCist yesterday:

And my response to the critique and to the ensuing comments about the bloody performance art at Supple that everyone’s abuzz about:

Comparing artDC to major art fairs like MiamiBasel or the Armory is like comparing the proverbial apple to the proverbial orange. This is not a major art fair so criticizing it like one doesn’t make sense. It’s more like one of the satellite fairs, like Scope, Aqua (one of my favorites), or even Bridge (even a little farther downscale). At those fairs, you see a lot of crap and a few gems. That’s just how it goes when you’re picking your way through what can seem like the tag sale of contemporary art. But that’s also the beauty of contemporary art and what appeals to me as a collector! That ecstatic feeling of finding the gem hidden in the mud and dirt. More importantly, if DC is to become any kind of an art center, we need MORE artistic experimentation and we need more art. I am squeamish about adult circumcision as art, but I’m glad someone did it. There were few things beyond my usual DC gallery haunts that I liked at artDC, but I am glad it’s here. Although I wholeheartedly believe that we need to take charge and create a DC art scene ourselves.

Veronica Jackson, Zoe Myers, Philippa Hughes

My BFF posse walking the red carpet at Kathryn Cornelius’ performance of Recognition at artDC. Kathryn debuted a great piece that poked fun at the self-importance and superficiality of the celebrity worship culture that pervades our society today. We sipped champagne (provided by The Pink Line Project!), minlged with Washington’s art glitterati (OMG, can you believe Philip Barlow was there!? I wish I’d gotten his autograph.), and a camera crew interviewed me. I felt like a rock star!

“Who are you wearing tonight?”
“Bernard Kalb. A great under-recognized designer.” (I made this up, of course, because I didn’t remember right away that I’d bought the dress at the BCBG outlet store for 1/4 the original price. How embarrassing. Also, I’d just met Bernard Kalb earlier in the evening, who claimed he’d designed a similar dress back in the 60s or something like that. Charming fellow.)

“If you could choose any movie star to play you, who would it be?”
“Renee Zellweger.”
“Oh yeah. I can see that.”

ArtDC opens tonight with a party to benefit the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington!
Buy tickets at

The fair officially starts tomorrow with a free day. After that, $12 gets you in over the weekend.

Washington Convention Center, Hall E
801 Mount Vernon, NW, Washington, DC
Friday-Saturday 11am-7pm
Sunday 11am-5pm

Art fairs are a great way to introduce yourself to contemporary art if you’re interested in starting a collection or simply enjoy being around the art world.

If you want some guidance, my friend Allison Cohen, an art consultant, will be giving tours of the fair. You can find out more at

art dc logo

The girls of Curator’s Office:
News about Jiha Moon & Kathryn Cornelius

Curator’s Office is delighted to announce news about artists
Jiha Moon and Kathryn Cornelius.

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts has acquired a large work by Jiha Moon entitled Farewellscape (2006). Recommended by John Ravenal, the Sydney and Frances Lewis  Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, the work was purchased by the museum’s Fabergé Society whose goal is to support art acquistions at VMFA.


Jiha Moon, Farewellscape, ink & acrylic on HanJi paper, 57″ x 30″, 2006

Additionally, Jiha Moon will be having her first solo museum exhibition at the Mint Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina from January 26 – July 6, 2008 as part of the museum’s Vantage Point series.

Jiha Moon will be having her second solo exhibition at Curator’s Office in September of 2007.


Kathryn Cornelius is currently exhibiting a body of work entitled Resolve at The
Palazzo delle Arti in Naples, Italy.

The exhibition is called Eroi! come noi…?  (Heroes! like us …?) and runs April 5 thru
June 27, 2007. Curated by Julia Draganovic, the exhibition includes artists Charlotte Ginsborg, Marco Giovani, Ilya Kabakov, Tom Sanford, and Hu Yang among others.

Resolve 2

Kathryn Cornelius, Resolve #2, video still, archival digital print, 20″ x 30″, 2005

Kathryn Cornelius will be performing a Hollywood-style piece called Recognition at the artDC Fair this Thursday evening, April 26, at 8 pm. Tickets that evening to the greater artDC Fair from 7:30 – 9:30 pm are $ 35. Go to artDC fair for more ticket information.

Kathryn Cornelius will present a durational live performance piece as part of Site Projects DC during June and July as part of a project curated by Welmoed Laanstra for the WPA/C (Washington Project for the Arts/Corcoran).

Cornelius will be having her first solo exhibition at Curator’s Office in October/November, 2007.


JT Kirkland’s Supple show was all planned out. Three nights of receptions during artDC this weekend to showcase some of Washington’s finest artists at The Space with music and drinks. At the last minute, The Space pulled out of the deal and JT announced that he’d have to cancel the show. Sondra Arkin, my co-curator for the No Representation show, read the announcement on JT’s blog and whirled into action, asking me, Ellen Weiss, and Molly Ruppert if we could give up some of our space at the Warehouse to allow JT to hang his show. We happily agreed and now Supple will exhibit alongside No Representation. Please come to the reception at the Warehouse on Saturday night at 6 PM and you’ll get a two-for-one-deal on art viewing.

More about what happened to the Supple show: