Adventures of Hoogrrl!

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

Browsing Posts published in October, 2008

I think you know by now how much I love David London. Go see this. You will not be disappointed. And you will feel lots smarter afterward.

86 Minutes to Ponder…

Featuring Rick Maue & David London

Two shows in one thought-provoking night!

“Psychic Phenomena…and other lies” with Rick Maue
(insert title here) – An Evening with David London

When: Thursday, November 20, 2008 @ 8:00 PM
Where: The Writers Center
4508 Walsh Street
Bethesda, MD 20815
Cost: $12 ONLINE or $15 at the door

Buy tickets here.

Lenny Campello pointed out this article in The Art Newspaper about the “death spiral” of speculation in the art market. Probably a good thing because this kind of gambling seems to have resulted in high prices for unproven young artists. The article’s conclusion particularly interests me:

What is the silver lining in all this cloudiness? Perhaps a return to the importance of museums, critics and alternative spaces for validation and the introduction of new art.

My emphasis added! Alternative spaces. Hear hear.

Patrick McDonough

Opening reception:
Tuesday, October 28
5 – 7pm
@ Classroom 102, Smith Hall of Art
George Washington University
801 22nd Street NW

Doris Colbert Kennedy, Gluinoscape, oil on canvas, 2008

Doris Colbert Kennedy, Philip Gross, Alan Binstock
In Formation
October 28 – April 17

Opening reception:
Tuesday, October 28
5:30 – 7pm
@ The American Center for Physics
One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD


Thursday, October 30
6 – 9pm
@ 1413 P Street NW, Suite 205
Please RSVP to

Sondra N. Arkin
Without Frontiers – Sin Fronteras

Opening reception:
Thursday, October 30
6:30 – 9:30pm
@ Mexican Cultural Institute (2nd floor)
2829 16th Street NW

RSVP required,
donations $60/person $100/two persons

DC Advoctes for the Arts present
Being a Citizen Artist and Artist Citizen
with presentation by Karen Bradley

Thursday, October 30th
6:30 – 8pm
@ Busboys and Poets
5th & K street

Virginia Warwick

Sarada Conaway, Judy Stone & Virginia Warwick
Performance Night at the Arlington Arts Center

Thursday, October 30
7 – 9pm
@ Arlington Arts Center

3550 Wilson Blvd

Roman Opalka
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden’s Friday Gallery Talk

Mark Cameron Boyd on Roman Opalka and “The Panza Collection”
Friday, October 31
12:30 pm
@ The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Independence Ave at 7th Street
(meet at the information desk)


Friday, October 31
@ Gallery 1115
East-West Highway, Silver Spring

Amy Davis, Francesca, encaustic, oil and graphite

November Exhibitions at Studio Gallery:
Amy Davis, Cedric Williams & Kofi Dorfor

Opening reception:
Saturday, November 1
4 – 6:30pm
Friday, November 7
6 – 8pm
@ Studio Gallery
2108 R Street, Dupont Circle

Cheryl Edwards
Ndebele Journey

Artist talk:
Saturday, November 1
@ 3420 9th Street NE

David Wallace
Begging the Question

Opening reception:
Saturday, November 1
@ Gallery Neptune
5001 Wilson Lane, Bethesda

Joseph Holston
Color in Freedom, Journey Along the Underground Railroad
November 2 – March 1

Educational symposium and gallery tour:
Saturday, November 1
10am – 6pm
@ UMUC Inn and Conference Center Ballroom
3501 University Blvd E, Adelphi, MD

Opening reception:
Sunday, November 2
3 – 5pm
@ UMUC Inn and Conference Center, Lower Level gallery
RSVP required for both events.

Gayle Friedman, Analya Cespedes, Beverly Tadeu, Anya Pinchuk, Johanna Mueller, Dave Peterson, Sarah Rasmussen, Felicity Hogan, Michele Banks, Novie Trump, Sherry Loveless, Saskia van Groningen

Fall Show

Saturday & Sunday, November 1 & 2
12pm – 5pm
@ Studio 4903
4903 Wisconsin Ave NW

prints by William Mathie and Rachelle Puryear

Drawn to Washington

Opening reception:
Sunday, November 2
1 – 3pm
@ Pyramid Atlantic
8230 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring

PUNCH – that’s the way we do it!
written & directed by Wyckham Avery
October 31 – November 22

Thursdays @ 8pm
Fridays @ 8pm & 10pm
Saturdays @ 8pm & 10pm (no 10pm on 10/31 & 11/1)

@ Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint
916 G Street NW
tickets $15

A movie is being made about inspiring women who surf. This ain’t no Blue Crush. Yay! I can’t wait to see it next year.

The art collective Albus Cavus just returned from Dubai where they participated with community leaders in creating community art projects in public spaces. See more images here from their adventure.

A fun piece in New York Magazine about New Yorkers who wear only one color all the time. Pictured above is designer Karim Rashid who wears only white, but has branched out into pink accents!

Nice piece about the new Hamiltonian Gallery and its current show.

The Phillips Collection hosts a series of lectures each year called Conversations With Artists. The topic this year is Engaging Spaces and the first speaker in the series was Vito Acconci. Acconci is a designer and architect who works collaboratively to create spaces that consider the human body and its relationship to public space. His work is extraordinary! See more here.

Some highlights from his talk last night:

  • As a performance artist earlier in his career, one of his great interests was melding public and private space. Check out a provocative work he did called Seedbed!
  • Art is about engaging the viewer so that they become participants in the art rather than observers. He thought that when viewers look at art in a museum or gallery, they become frustrated because they are put in a position of desire.
  • His design and architecture philosophy is to address the occassions of every day life. You don’t necessarily notice wallpaper, rugs, and other elements of daily life, but they have a profound influence on you. H thought maybe these things were more important than an isolated object on a white wall that we call art.

I think it’s really important for collectors at all levels to engage with artists, hear directly from them about what’s behind their work. The Phillips series is an excellent way to have direct contact with some important contemporary artists. See here for more info.


I’ve been focusing oodles of attention on Shepard Fairey recently (with good reason!). Maybe got a little out of hand? So here’s a reminder that there are loads of other fabulous street artists around the world. Here a partial listing of some of the best.


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Adam Stennett. Morning Glory Heavenly Blue with Grenades. 2008. Acrylic on paper, 30 x 30 inches

I received some pretty great birthday presents last week, but I gotta say that one of the best was a grenade(!) given to me by Adam Stennett. It even came in an acrylic display box set on a velvety base. Stellar! I think the grenade may have been one of the models for a series of drawings Adam did for a show earlier this year called “Off the Grid” at Glenn Horowitz Bookseller.