Adventures of Hoogrrl!

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

Browsing Posts published in March, 2009

Civilian’s Spring Fling at Local 16

Thursday, April 2
6:30 – 11pm
$10

@ Local 16 – top floor and roof deck
1602 U Street NW

When Objects Work
with Apartment Zero’s Douglas Burton

Discover how household objects have changed over time and how you can arrange the objects that occupy your own space with style.

Thursday, April 2
5 – 8:30pm
lecture starts at 6:30pm

@ The Philips Collection
1600 21st Street NW


Take Me to the River
April 2 – April 29

Opening reception:
Thursday, April 2
6:30 – 9pm

@ Momento Art Gallery
2141 Wisconsin Avenue NW
3rd floor, Suite N

Tanja Bos, Gary Bowers, Gary Fisher, Jill Finsen, Susan Finsen,
Jill Garrity, Anne Marchand, Liz Wallen
Viewscapes
February 27 – May 1

Opening reception:
Friday, April 3
6 – 9pm

@ Art 17 (Coldwell Banker)
1606 17th Street NW

Fleming Jefferies, Visitor’s Guide to Cloud Garden, 2009

Fleming Jefferies
Impossible Tourist
March 31 – April 26

Opening reception:
Friday, April 3
5 – 8pm

@ Washington Printmakers Gallery
1732 Connecticut Avenue NW

The Return of Laced: The Art Show

Friday, April 3
6 – 10pm
$10

@ 2136 Wisconsin Avenue NW


Johanna Mueller
Creature Alterations, Myth & Transformations

Special viewing of engraved prints, paintings, and limited edition books:
Friday, April 3
5 – 8pm

@ Reyes + Davis
923 F Street NW


Freda Lee-McCann

Freda Lee McCann: From Traditional to Contemporary,
Jacqui Crocetta: Into the Light, Marina Reiter: All the Creatures Big and Small

April 1 – April 25

Opening receptions:
Friday, April 3, 6 – 8pm
Saturday, April 4, 4 – 6pm
meet the artists, Sunday, April 19, 3 – 5pm

@ Studio Gallery
2108 R Street NW

Eduardo Santiere, Bio construction 15, (extreme detail) graphite & color pencil on paper, 2008

Eduardo Santiere
Calm Complexities
April 4 – May 2

Opening reception:
Saturday, April 4
6:30 – 8pm

@ Curator’s Office
1515 14th Street NW

Robin Rose

Robin Rose: Endeavor
Aboriginal Bark Paintings from Western Arnhem Land, Maningrida
April 4 – May 30

Opening reception:
Saturday, April 4
6:30 – 8:30pm

@ Hemphill
1515 14th Street NW

Texas Underground Art

Saturday, April 4
7pm – midnight

@ 2771-B Hartland Road
Falls Church, VA

Linda Plaisted
The Arborist: Roots, Resilience, Re-Birth
April 4 – April 26

Opening reception:
Saturday, April 4
3 – 5pm

@ Delaplaine Visual Arts Center, The Kline Gallery
40 South Carroll Street
Fredrick, MD

Erik Sandberg, Fleet – 2009, oil on canvas, 60 x 40 inches

Eric Sandberg: Cyclical Nature
Dean Kessmann: Archetectural Intersections
Isaac Maiselman: Entre El Diablo, El Dios
April 4 – May 23

Opening reception:
Saturday, April 4
6 – 8pm

@ Conner Contemporary Art
1358-60 Florida Avenue NE

Blues Improvisation, Frank Smith, mixed media on canvas, 2008

Kevin Cole and Frank Smith
Dancin’ with Colors
April 1 – May 2

Opening reception:
Saturday, April 4
6:30 – 9pm

@ International Visions Gallery
2629 Connecticut Ave NW

Jane Benson, Map of the World, 2006

Jane Benson Lecture

Monday, April 6
1:30pm

@ Corcoran Gallery of Art Armand Hammer Auditorium
17th Street & New York Avenue NW

Lee Garrett and William Hawkins
Close to Home
April 6 – May 8

Opening reception:
Tuesday, April 7
7 – 9pm

@ Sitar Arts Center
1700 Kalorama Road NW
Suite 101



Look at how much fun everyone was having in the VIPeeps lounge at Hirshhorn After Hours on Friday. More awesome images here by Dakota Fine.


Apply for a Small Projects Program grant from the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities here. The next due date is Wednesday, April 8. Call the Arts Commission at 202-724-5613 for help in applying for this grant.


The Small Projects Program (SPP) offers quick response grants of up to $2,000 to individual artists and arts organizations. The program seeks to make grant funds more accessible for small-scale arts projects with total budget that do not exceed $4,000. Projects may include but are not limited to:

  • Art presentations
  • Assistance in fundraising, marketing and management
  • Documentation of artistic activities through photography, brochures, portfolios and demo tapes
  • Conferences, workshops or seminars that will enhance artistic and professional development

Photo: Todd Heisler/The New York Times

Surfing in Barbados? I could think of worse things. Story from New York Times.

“I’ve been going for over 20 years, and I’d put Soup Bowl as one of the top three waves in the world,” said Kelly Slater, the Tiger Woods of surfing, who recently won his ninth world championship. “It’s got a really good curve and allows all sorts of maneuvers and airs. The only problem is that there are sea urchins all over the bottom — just don’t fall and you’re fine.”

Heiko Hesse, Rouzita Vahhabaghai, Bita Vahhabaghai and Karim Chrobog

Swedish Scene has been very active in covering art fun in DC! See here for more images of arty revelry.


My favorite DC theatre company Taffety Punk, winner of the first ever John Aniello Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company Helen Hayes Awards, teams up with Gwydion Suilebhan, finalist for a Mayor’s Arts Award this year, to bring you his latest and greatest, “The Faithkiller.”

…setting our restless and ever-questioning punk aesthetic to a bold new work that upends conventional notions of American religion and media. “The Faithkiller” tracks the revival of a bold story about a hero with a mind-changing weapon and the life-changing consequences it has on the creators, the audience, and the public at large.

“The Faithkiller”
by Gwydion Suilebhan

April 1-18, 2009
Capital Hills Arts Workshop
More info here.

p.s. Though I have been on the board of this awesome theatre company, I had nothing to do with the pink poster. It rocks, of course!


So you tried to get tickets to After Hours but found that it was sold out? There is still one way to get tickets: join the museum! Even joining at the entry level of membership gets you a ticket, PLUS you get to hang out with VIPeeps in the VIP lounge hosted by The Pink Line Project, where there will be swag! Join and you won’t have to wait in the general admission line either.

More info about joining the Hirshhorn here.

Still deciding on whether you should go? Well here is one man’s opinion:

In the riveting sequel to “There Will Be Blood”, Daniel Day Lewis channels the stubbly art aficionado Cliff Lechapeau who will stop at nothing in his quest to join the Hirshhorn, even if it means doing so at the last minute. See “There Will Be Swag” in area theaters starting tonight.

Seriously, I heard this event is going to be great!

City Paper anointed Cory Oberndorfer’s opening at Flashpoint back in January the second best “Gallery Opening-Night Party Hosts.” Ha! Well at least he came in second to art star Shepard Fairey.

Irvine Contemporary’s openings this year were the glitziest by far, thanks entirely to Shepard Fairey. Fairey’s magic touch brought in crowds for both “Regime Change Starts at Home” and “Manifest Hope,” which boasted a Belvedere Vodka sponsor and a party from MoveOn.org. Second best, though, belongs to Flashpoint, which has become a total scene on opening nights. For each exhibit, a DJ sets up in the front of the gallery while people push past him to pack tightly into the space. Though each opening feels like reliving the crowds of inauguration weekend all over again, you’ll never hear a soul complain—in fact, they’ll wait in long lines in the cold to get in, as hundreds did for the recent “DCist Exposed” exhibit. That’s because a Flashpoint opening is always different from the last, and never dull. For Cory Obendorfer’s “Flavor of the Month,” the gallery invited the roller dirby girls featured in the artist’s work to skate around the opening. To match the artist’s lollipops-and-gumdrops aesthetic, guests were invited to munch on Ring Pops and Laffy Taffy, or peanut butter and Wonder bread sandwiches. After an evening at Flashpoint, don’t be surprised if your photo turns up on Brightest Young Things.

You can still buy works from this exhibit too! Go to Cory’s website.


The Washington Post‘s Blake Gopnik reports on why two of DC’s best and among my favorite artists, Ian Whitmore and Graham Caldwell, moved to NY in the last couple years. One thing that stuck out for me was Ian’s statement that:

In his new home, he gets “a big inspiration from something” at least once a week, from the music scene to the latest art in Chelsea to the Old Masters at the great museums.

Reminds me of a life-changing book I recently read called The Warhol Economy, which proposes that “creative industries like fashion, art, and music drive the economy of New York as much as–if not more than–finance, real estate, and law.” But more importantly, economic development driven by creative industries relies on a “vibrant social scene–the social, cultural, and economic mix” that is the Warhol economy. Exactly. We need a heckuva lot more of a vibrant artsy, creative social scene in DC so that we can keep awesome artists like Ian and Graham here.