Adventures of Hoogrrl!

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

Browsing Posts published in September, 2007

Mary Noble Ours is a great photographer! She’s also a neighbor who’s become a friend. When we first moved here three years ago, I assumed that condo living would not be conducive to neighborliness and making new friends. I was wrong. Mary Noble is wonderful and so are many other loft dwellers on our block.

She and I had fun taking these action shots of Gidget and me on Q Street and in the alley. I like the way Mary Noble sets many of her portraits in natural surroundings, which makes a beautiful and unobtrusive frame.


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Save the date!

(Note change of date!!)

Saturday, October 13
7 p.m.

@ Lee Jensens Brake Service
1333 14th Street, NW

Veronica went on an art buying binge this weekend! Fortunately, she left us this work by Cory Oberndorfer called With a Cherry on Top. These paintings depict “badass” roller derby women as eye candy with alter-egos like “Betty Rage” and “Peppermint Splatty.” These “depictions attest to the fantasy and escapism that motivates these women (many of whom trudge through corporate hallways all week) to release the fermenting stress of the everyday in a furor of camaraderie.”

Veronica has weakened! She’s going to let us buy Lollipops and Ass Whoopings from her. I think they make a very nice pair. Yay!

“I just don’t know what I’m supposed to be. I thought maybe I wanted to be a writer… but I hate what I write, and I tried taking pictures, but John’s so good at that, and mine are so mediocre… and every girl goes through a photography phase, like horses, you know dumb pictures of your feet…”
–Charlotte, Lost In Translation

Lisa Marie and I were trying to figure out why the flash on my camera wasn’t working and ended up with this picture of our cool shoes (my skirt is supposed to hang that way!). This photo was taken toward the beginning of a 4 AM bender that began with an unsuccessful attempt at hitting every art opening on the 14th Street corridor Saturday night – I think we made it to five. Saw some great art that really makes me believe that DC’s art scene is completely underrated. After the openings wrapped up, we headed to Viridian and closed the bar, then closed Solly’s where we annoyed all the jocks in the joint by playing tunes like Dancing Queen and Michael Jackson’s Beat It on the jukebox, then hit Ben’s Chili Bowl for some chili cheese fries and half-smokes.

I just got back from NYC this morning so am a couple days behind on this sad news, but Olga Viso is leaving the Hirshhorn for the Walker Art center in Minneapolis. This is a HUGE loss for the DC art scene and for the Hirshhorn. Much of the reason for my involvement with the Hirshhorn has been because I liked her so much (along with the other brilliant young curators who I hope will continue to work there!). Olga has great artistic vision and is an inspiring and soothing presence. Rats!

Read more about it in the New York Times and the Washington Post.

* I just noticed that my buddy Ken Cedeno should be credited with taking this photograph of Olga that I took off the NY Times website.

Friday night:

National Museum of African Art
950 Independence Avenue

7 to 11 PM
Dissident Display Gallery
416 H street NE


7pm – 12midnight

Saturday night:

Irvine Contemporary
1412 14th Street

Susan Jamison: Trust in Me
Courney Jordan, Restructuring


Curator’s Office
1515 14th Street

Jiha Moon
Line Tripping

6-8 PM

G Fine Art
1515 14th Street

ian whitmore
honi soit qui mal y pense

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Project 4
903 U Street

Landscapes / Star Wars on Earth

6:00 – 8:30pm

Randall Scott Gallery
1326 14th Street

Nathan Baker
Rupture (part one)


Transformer Gallery 1404 P Street SASS 7-9pm Featuring work in a variety of disciplines including photo-collage, video, performance, painting, drawing, and mixed media installation, SASS offers a small survey of contemporary artwork by a new generation of women artists. Holly Bass (WDC), Amanda Douglas (Lexington,KY), Natalia Fabia (LA, CA), Danniel Swatosh (NYC), and Lisa Marie Thalhammer (WDC) each explore concepts of femininity, identity, and pop culture perceptions of women through their diverse artistic endeavors.
1515 14th Street

Reneé Stout
Journal: Book One

6:30 – 8:30pm

Adamson Gallery
1515 14th Street

Chuck Close: New Works

Arts on Foot 2007
Penn Quarter

11:00am – 5:00pm

Rock Opera

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My super talented friend Amelia Winger-Bearskin has created a rock opera that will premier this month in Austin, where she is finishing her MFA in performance art. Think David Bowie and Pink Floyd except that this rock opera was written by an artist who also happens to be an excellent musician (Amelia was trained as an opera singer at Eastman!), rather than by rockstars who are excellent musicians. In addition to writing the music, Amelia also sewed the costumes and painted the sets!

Look here for more about Amelia’s work. She’s becoming an internationally-known video and performance artist.

I’m really excited that Cory Oberndorfer will be featured in this show! He’s super talented and an all-around nice guy. I love his paintings of roller derby girls.

Pepco’s Edison Place Gallery
702 Eighth Street NW

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, September 13, 6:30-8:30 pm
CURATOR TALK: Sunday, October 7, 2:00 pm
ARTIST TALK: Friday, October 26, 6:30-8:30 pm

Curated by PAUL BREWER

Originally developed in 1981 by the WPA board of directors, the first WPA OPTIONS biennial was curated by legendary artist Gene Davis and Washington Review editor Mary Swift. Continuing with this historic and eagerly anticipated exhibition, OPTIONS 2007 curator Paul Brewer, Director of the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, has selected 10 emerging artists who represent the creative diversity of the region. 2007 marks the 12th year of OPTIONS and the ongoing dedication of the WPA\C to support, promote and encourage new and emerging talent, as well as to stimulate dialogue between established and emerging artists, and the regional community.



Last week in the Outerbanks, it felt like we were in college again. We played drinking games! We watched horror movies! We played Guitar Hero! The babies slept through most of it.

And don’t forget about the Adams Morgan Day Festival on Sunday from 12 to 7 PM! With Arts on Belmont starting at 10 AM. My friend Kristina Bilonick will be showing her new line of duct tape wallets – in pink!