Adventures of Hoogrrl!

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

Browsing Posts published in May, 2009

Are you really pissed off about the economy but feeling seriously helpless? Check out awesome Floating Lab’s project in which you can scream at the economy. Very cathartic, plus an added bonus: you get to be part of making art!

The ancient social concept of “exchange,” once central to the trade of goods and culture, has been hybridized into complex and volatile systems of speculation and accumulation which reduce humans to consumers, taxpayers, debtors and, increasingly, the unemployed.

As a first step to redress this process, Floating Lab Collective has launched Scream at the Economy, inviting anyone and everyone to call in and scream at the economy, expressing desperate and instinctive expressions of survival, warnings of danger, cathartic affirmations of power, explosions of anger and despairing utterances of anxiety and hopelessness (remember Munch!). The recorded archive of screaming will be transformed by six international composers into new symphonies for the “Screamer,” to be performed in front of relevant financial institutions.

How to participate:

  1. Call 646-402-5686, extension 90514, 24-hours a day.
  2. Scream at the economy (for best results, hold the phone a few inches away from your mouth).
  3. Download scream music after June 25th at:

Upcoming FLC projects will delve further into the state of the global economy by instigating new, alternative forms of community currency.

Floating Lab Collective is the community arts program of Provisons Learning Project.

Great road trip to Pittsburgh last weekend. Why Pittsburgh? Some really awesome arty stuff there, that’s why. First off, Pittsburgh is Andy Warhola’s hometown!

First stop: the Warhol Museum. Warhol was a leader in the Pop Art movement, which artist Richard Hamilton described as “popular, transient, expandable, low cost, mass produced, young, witty, sexy, gimmicky, glamorous, big business.”

Started off one of the best arty days ever by fortifying ourselves with the best hot and fresh donuts ever, which were spit out by an old-fashioned donut machine in a restaurant inside a former train station.

Next up, my new favorite art space: the Mattress Factory…

… a museum of contemporary art that exhibits room-sized works called installations. Created on site by artists from across the country and around the world, our unique exhibitions feature a variety of media that engage all of the senses.

The permanent installations include two rooms by Yayoi Kusama. So so so cool.

Her work explores the obliteration of the self, as the viewer becomes part of the work, reflected in mirrors, obstructed by organic forms, almost as if being sucked into the walls. Yayoi Kusama lives, by choice, in a psychiatric hospital in Tokyo.

I felt like I had just been in a psychiatric hospital after spending time in these loony rooms

Hard to see but the person standing to my left in this picture is Danielle, a friend from DC. Bumped into her while getting off the elevator! She had rushed over between wedding activities (not her own!) to get an art fix.

This Sarah Oppenheimer piece is supposedly not a permanent one. But heck, they let her cut a hole through the museum to the outside. Might as well keep the dang thing. Also sooooooo cool!

This aperture, or “wormhole,” as Oppenheimer refers to the type of hole she created, offers a new line of sight within the exhibition space and functions as both a hole and a screen, directing the viewer’s gaze down and out the third floor window. The hole creates a disorienting sense of an impossible proximity between the fourth floor and the external world outside.

The space of display—the museum gallery—is transformed from a container for specific objects into a lensed view of the outside world. The fourth floor gallery floor and the third floor window are part of the work. The shaped hole in the interior floor extends through the armature, framing a vista out the side of the building. In this way, Oppenheimer has created a zone for pictorial reflection. The view of the outside world is framed and is accepted as the work.

From a darkened entryway, you walk into a long, white-walled room. On the far wall stretches a rectangle in lavender grey. As you move toward it, you slowly realize that instead of a painting, or a solid plane of any kind, it is an opening into a smaller room saturated with ultraviolet light.

This James Turrell is one of his three permanent installations at the Mattress Factory. I wish I could say more than just, “Wow.” But, wow! It’s always difficult to capture a work’s beauty or texture or essence or whatever in a tiny jpg. But capturing Turrell’s art in a photograph is a virtual impossibility. So you must go to Pittsburgh to see these works for yourself. The most astounding Turrell piece at the Factory is impossible to photograph because it entails sitting in a dark room for at least 15 minutes before your eyes adjust enough to “see” anything at all.

The neighborhood around the Mattress Factory had a funky feel. Lots of gentrification and all that typical stuff that goes on whenever artists move in. Steel Town had sort of an old world, industrial feel in general that I rather enjoyed. Lots of potential for cheap artist spaces! Saw a sign for riverview loft apartments starting at $500/month!

Lots of beautiful bridges span the three rivers that intersect in Pittsburgh: the Allegheny, the Monongahela, and the Ohio.

Stopped in at the Carnegie Museum of Art and saw this nifty installation:

Opera for a Small Room, a collaboration between Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, introduces visitors to the quirky world of a man named R. Dennehy, the owner of a collection of opera records that the artists purchased at a second-hand store in British Columbia, Canada. The installation, which Cardiff and Miller describe as “a small room for the opera of Dennehy’s life,” features a structure filled with records, lights, and other knickknacks. Visitors can peer into the ramshackle room through holes in the walls, but are not able to enter it. Music pouring out of 24 antique loud speakers permeates the gallery, echoed by the rhythm of pulsating lights. The music, record players, and lights become the “actors” in this theatrical and durational work that conveys a dramatic and individual narrative portrait.

How the heck did I find myself at the Union Town VFW? Because I was hanging out with fab artist Kerry Skarbakka, who moved to Pittsburgh two years ago. He’s working on a new body of work that involves breaking bones and getting bruised and cut up while amateur boxing. We accompanied him on this research mission and lemme tell ya, your life experiences are not complete if you have not checked off “amateur boxing night at the VFW” from your bucket list.

The Pennsylvania branch of the Soprano family (on the drive to Fallingwater).

No road trip to Pittsburgh would have been complete without a stop at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater. Remarkable place. Still awe-inspiring even on the second visit.

Please join us during this week-long
showcase of music, dance, drama, and visual art
to applaud the many talents and gifts
of the students at Sitar Arts Center.

Monday, June 1st | 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Tuesday, June 2nd | 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Wednesday, June 3rd | 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Thursday, June 4th | 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Friday, June 5th | 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Saturday, June 6th | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

A reception will follow each performance
in the Center’s Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Art Gallery with student artwork on display.

For a detailed schedule of
free performances and events, please visit us online here.

or you may call 202-797-2145 x113.

Please indicate the date(s) that you will be
in attendance in your reply.

Thank You!

Sitar Arts Center
1700 Kalorama Road NW
Suite 101
Washington, DC 20009

Phone: 202-797-2145
Fax: 202-483-0789

“Celebrating Kids, Arts and Community”

2009 Art Bank Call to Artists

DC Creates! Art Bank Program

DC Creates! invites artists from the DC Metro area to submit works available for purchase. Selected works will be added to the Art Bank Collection. Over 2000 works are displayed in DC Government building corridors, conference rooms and office space open to the public.

Application deadline:
Wednesday July 8th at 5:30pm
To obtain a copy of the application, visit

For assistance in preparing your application
please attend a WORKSHOP
on Wednesday June 24 from 7-8:30pm
at Artomatic – 55 M Street, SE; Washington D.C.
(By Metro – The building is located atop the Navy Yard Metro Station; Ballpark exit)

Images from left to right: Nikki Painter, Untitled (Violet), 2007, mixed media on paper; Katherine Mann, Zombies, 2008, watercolor and acrylic on paper; Paul Jeffreys, Untitled 1, 2008, C-print; Bottom, left to right: Victor Aguilar, Woman; Or, The Narrow Funnel, Which Is A Canon of Bejeweled Phantoms, 2008, Ultrachrome print, and Child, Or, The Infinite Harness of Slow-Motion and Wolves, 2008, Ultrachrome print.

A great way to start or add to your collection!

Transformer Board Member Allison Marvin,
with her husband Chris Marvin,

are pleased to invite you to their home for a

Transformer FlatFile Party

Sunday, June 7, 2009
4 – 6 pm

Space is limited; first-come, first-served.

View works from Transformer’s unique FlatFile collection of small
to medium original works on paper by over fifty emerging artists.

All works are available for purchase.
All proceeds support the artists and Transformer’s programs.

$25 donation suggested to attend.
Wine and light hors d’oeuvres will be served.

RSVP to, or call 202.483.1102.

Join the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities for Art Salon–
a monthly convergence of artists, techies, green-collars, art enthusiasts
and educators that are creating the momentum for the new era of art.

Art Salon is modeled after the Paris salons of the late 19th century to inspire and
provoke the minds of the creative community.

7pm to 10pm
Event Designed by Beth Baldwin | Soundscapes by DJ Harry Dixon

Each month, we gather at a different location.
This month, we invite you to converge @
55 M Street SE 7th Fl.
above the Navy Yard Metro station (Green Line)

Art Buzz:
Fully Fhotographic @ Fourteenth and T

Wednesday, May 27th
6:30 – 9:3
0pm (main event)
9:30 – midnight (after-party at Marvin)
$15 to benefit th
e DC Collaborative at the door.
Includes appetizers, fine wines and selecte
d Art Buzz CD by DJ Will Eastman.

@ Source Theatre
1835 Fourteenth St
reet, NW (14th and T)

FRESH Special Event
Graffiti inspired mural & “tagging” panel discussion

Thursday, May 28
4 – 8pm

@ Target Gallery, Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 N. Union Street,

Flora: Growing Inspirations
May 23 – October 12

Opening Reception:
Thursday, May
6 – 8pm

@ United States Botanic Garden, East Gallery
100 Maryl
and Avenue
(Federal Center West Metr
o or Capitol South Metro)
Hours: 10 am – 5 pm

Image from Erick Jackson’s “All Night Flight” exhibit opening reception

Artist Talk and Q&A
with Erick Jackson & Ken Ashton
An informal discussion of their exhibitions “All Night Flight” and “The M Street Project.”

Thursday, May 28
6:30 – 8:30pm

@ Civilian Art Projects
406 7th St. NW, 3rd Floor

Piece by Megan Mueller, New Artist-in-Residence at Pyramid Atlantic

Art Talk: “Creative Approaches”
Free public discussion with:
Samuel Scharf, Stefan Schwarzkopf, Joseph Mueller, and Megan Mueller

Thursday, May 28th
7 – 9pm
RSVP to or 301-608-9101

@ Pyramid Atlantic
8230 Georgia Avenue

Artomatic 2009
May 29 – July 5

Opening Day: Friday, May 29
noon – 1 am

@ 55 M Street, SW
(Navy Yard Metro Station–building is on top of station)

Hours: Wed & Thurs, noon – 10 pm
Fri & Sat, noon
- 1 am
Sun, noon – 10 pm
Closed Mon & Tues

Micheline Klagsbrun, Apple Painting

Micheline Klagsbrun’s Immortal Coils,
Thierry Guillemin’s APARTE,
and Studio Gallery Artists Group Show
May 27 – June 20

Meet the Artists Reception:
Friday, May
5:30 – 7:30pm

@ Studio Gallery
2108 R Street, north of the circle on R Street

Love on top, Bridget Sue Lambert

Presented by WPA in partnership with the World Bank Art Program
May 29 – July 3

Opening Reception:
Friday, May 29
6 – 8pm

@ The World Bank Main Complex (North Lobby)
1818 H St. NW
RSVP to or 202.234.7103 by May 26

Western Artists and the Contemporary Asian Art Scene

Panel discussion led by Sheila Crider, Bryan McFarlane, and Paul So

Saturday, May 30th
6 – 8pm
$10 for general public
$5 for Millennium Art Salon members
Free for Millennium Art Salon Patron level members.

@ Hamiltonian Gallery
1353 U Street NW

DCAC 20th Anniversary Gala
Celebrate DCAC ’s 20th Anniversary with an evening of
dance, poetry, performance art, video art, sound installation and live music.

Friday, May 29
6:30 – 10:30pm

@ Halcyon House
3400 Prospect Street NW

Purchase tickets at
$100 for non-members (includes 1 year of membership)
$75 for DCAC members.
$150 for VIP non-members
$125 for VIP members
$125 at the door.

An Exhibition by Washington Sculptors Group

Opening Reception
Saturday, May 30
2 – 6pm

Panel Discussion: 2 – 3:30pm
Reception: 3:30 – 6pm
Juror’s Gallery Talk: 4:30 pm

@ Workhouse Arts Center
Gallery Building W-16, Second Floor
9601 Ox Road, Lorton

Searching for Doctor Dean, 2008, acrylic on canvas, 72 x 48 inches

Carol Brown Goldberg
Recent Works

Opening Reception:
Saturday, May 30
5 – 8pm

@ Osuna Art
7200 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda

May 30 – July 31, 2009

Kenny Hunter – 2009, Like Water in Water

Kenny Hunter: Like Water in Water
Nathaniel Rogers: The Last Viking
May 30 – July 25

Opening Reception:
Saturday, May 30
6 – 8pm

@ Conner Contemporary Art
1358-60 Florida Avenue, NE

Michael Weiss, Entanglement, 2006, Oil on Canvas, 60″x34″

The Art Registry presents
The Gallery at Todd Christofaro’s Opening Show
with paintings by Michael Weiss

Saturday, May 30

@ 3146 Dumbarton Street, NW

Demos from UK National Glass Centre Artists,
Stephen Beardsell and Karin Walland

Sunday, May 31
2- 5pm

@ Washington Glass School
3700 Otis Street
Mount Rainier, MD

Roberto Bocci Streams, Consciousness and Spaces in Between, Washington, DC., USA (2009), multimedia installation

From Sketchbook to Suspension: Trajectories in the Age of Synthesis
Panelists: Yuriko Yamaguuchi, Michael Platt, Cara Ober, Mark Cooley, and Helen Frederick

Sunday, May 31st
Panel, 3 – 4pm
Following Reception, 4 – 6pm

@ Mitchell Gallery, St. John’s College, Annapolis
60 College Ave

Art Salon
A monthly convergence of artists, techies, green-collars, art enthusiasts
and educators that are creating the momentum for the new era of art.

Monday, June 1
7 – 10pm

@ Artomatic
55 M Street SE 7th Fl.
above the Navy Yard Metro station (Green Line)

Tina Palmer, After Hours

Tina Palmer
Exclusive Preview Reception

Tuesday, June 2
6 – 8pm
RSVP by May 25 to or 202.783.2974

@ TD Bank
605 14th Street, NW (14th & F)

Over the Memorial Day weekend, Lisa Marie Thalhammer painted this fabulous mural on the side of my friend Veronica’s house in Bloomingdale. Wow! One of the neighbor’s said it added “va va voom” to the street. No kidding!

Check this out! My good buddy Henry Thaggert got to tell the Wall Street Journal what art should hang in the White House. Keeping pretty good company too!

A White House Wish List

What kind of art should hang in the White House? Recommendations for the White House walls from artists, collectors and curators.

Agnes Gund

New York collector and president emerita of the Museum of Modern Art

Lee Krasner, 1908-1984, abstract expressionist painter married to Jackson Pollock

Kiki Smith, 1954-, New York sculptor known for her chalky sculptures of women

By adding contemporary artists, the Obamas show “that art is not so obscure or hard to understand,” Ms. Gund says.

Toni Morrison

Author, collector of African-American art

Faith Ringgold, 1930-, New York artist known for her late 1960s murals of African-American life painted onto quilts.

“Her work would look really nice in the White House,” Ms. Morrison says.

Joy Simmons

Los Angeles radiologist and former trustee of the Santa Monica Museum of Art

Kehinde Wiley, 1977-, New York artist known for painting urban African-American men in Old Master-style poses (see page W2)

“Wiley should paint the family portrait, Ms. Simmons says. “That would be beyond fly.”

Philip Brookman

Chief curator and head of research of the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington

Sam Gilliam, 1933-, Washington-based abstract expressionist and lyrical abstractionist

William Christenberry, 1936-, Washington-based photographer, painter and sculptor

Choosing a Gilliam or Christenberry work would send a signal that the Obamas are “incorporating contemporary ideas from the Washington art community,” Mr. Brookman says.

Fred Wilson

Bronx artist collected by MoMA and High Museum in Atlanta, known for slyly pairing historical artifacts with decorative objects

“Uncle Tom’s Cabin” memorabilia in the Lincoln Bedroom

Daguerreotypes of Native American chiefs next to presidential portraits

“I think the White House landscapes can stay, but how are the works playing off each other to offer a fuller view of American history?” Mr. Wilson says.

Isabel Stewart

Chicago collector, chair of the Art Institute of Chicago’s leadership advisory committee

Martin Puryear, 1941-, sculptor who began making his iconic series of wooden-ring sculptures while living in Illinois in the 1970s

Kerry James Marshall, 1955-, Chicago-based painter known for his idyllic scenes of African-American suburbia

“We’re in the Obamas’ hometown, so to have our artists on the national scene would be wonderful,” Ms. Stewart says.

Henry Thaggert

Washington collector, member of Corcoran’s acquisitions council

“American Gothic” by Gordon Parks, 1912-2006, photographer known for his photo series for Life magazine

“That photo has the power to stop busy White House staffers in their tracks,” Mr. Thaggert says.

Chan Chao’s “Melissa,” one of his prisoner portraits now at G Fine Art.
(Courtesy Of Chan T. Chao And G Fine Art)

Nice reviews in the Post today of two great photography exhibits: (1) “Domesticated” at Transformer and curated by uber coolness Al Miner, and (2) Whitney biennialist Chan Chao’s photographs of women drug traffickers in a Peruvian prison at G Fine Art.