Adventures of Hoogrrl!

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

Browsing Posts published in May, 2009

Image: Courtesy the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Michelle Obama understands that art isn’t just about pretty pictures decorating your home.

“The arts are not just a nice thing to have or to do if there is free time or if one can afford it,” she said. “Rather, paintings and poetry, music and fashion, design and dialogue, they all define who we are as a people and provide an account of our history for the next generation.”

More here about Obama’s visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Take this survey that gives Albus Cavus feedback in creating a public art mural this summer and earn a chance to win a groovy t-shirt in thanks for giving your time. Yay Albus Cavus! (Use Firefox to open the survey.)

Modern Art Notes reminds us that art is fun! I could not agree more. See here.

May 29, 2009—6:30-10:30 pm —Halcyon House in Georgetown

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

Our performers and artists for the evening include:
Kathryn Cornelius, performance
Quique Aviles, performance
David London, performance
Silvana Straw, poetry
Buck Downs, poetry
Ilana Silverstein, dance
Alberto Gaitán, sound installation
Gretchen Schemmerhorn, installation
and video projections by José Ruiz, Jeffrey Cudlin and Meg Mitchell,
Jefferson Pinder, David Hartwell…………and more

Tickets Plan
$100 for nonmembers (includes 1 year of membership).
$75 for DCAC members.
And for those of you that always wanted to be a VIP, just add $50 and you’ll be in!!
($150 VIP nonmemeber, $125 VIP member)

BUY your tickets now by going here. At the door they will be $125!

The Lowdown
Friday Night, May 29th

Halcyon House, 3400 Prospect Street NW, Georgetown
6:30 to 8:00—Beer, wine, hors’d'oeuvres and the DCAC signature drink–the TWENTITINI!!!!
6:30 to 7:30—VIP Champagne Room with David London—oh la la
8:00 to 10:30—Dancing with the Gin and the Tonics, beer, wine, the TWENTITINI!!!!,
and desserts including special 20th Anniversary Cookies.

Beautiful Losers curator Aaron Rose and Kanye West have founded a really terrific program Called “Make Something,” which helps reinvent how art is taught in schools. West describes why programs like this are sooooo important!

I believe every child is born an artist. That ability to express ourselves freely is inherent in every child, whether it’s through singing, dancing, drawing or playing. Somehow as we get older society and culture dampen that spiritmaking us self conscious about expression. I believe Programs like Make Something!! help to keep this creative spirit alive as well as show kids that being an artist is a viable career path. As public funding for schools and arts programs continue to be cut, programs like Make Something!! are critical to breeding future generations of artists who can contribute to the greater cultural fabric that keeps America forward thinking and progressive.

It appears that the program may be brought to DC. I hope so! More about the effort here.

Check out the exclusive DC area showing of the movie Beautiful Losers on June 11 at the AFI. This screening will take place as part of a fundraiser for Pyramid Atlantic, an awesome arts organization in Silver Spring that you should support.

Image by Susan Biddle For The Washington Post

I like this picture in the Post today of me posing in front of the piece Cory Oberndorfer painted on a wall in my place. Not sure how Cory could have captured the essence of the hoogrrl anymore than to create a pretty great pink Hokusai wave – menacing, yet pink!

Afixture in the city’s thriving underground art scene, Hughes created the Pink Line Project ( in April 2007 to promote local artists, exhibitions and events. Since then, she’s become somewhat of an arch-organizer of all things arty, providing an entry point for novices eager to appreciate and collect art. “My theory is the more you show up to stuff, the more comfortable you become, and people start recognizing you,” Hughes says. “You become a part of the scene.” Her tips? Mingle with artists at open studio days and start a collection with drawings, which are more affordable than photographs and paintings.

Her vintage cocktail dresses and old-school scooter might make it seem otherwise, but Hughes takes a decidedly modern approach to her role in the art world, and her events are anything but quiet, white-walled gallery tours. Instead, she brings graffiti artists, skateboarders, video DJs and local musicians into eclectic gatherings that are as much about social networking as art appreciation. “I like to think of it as creative experiences, versus just visual art,” Hughes says. “I like the idea of having ‘art’ be many kinds of things.”

– Holly E. Thomas

Go here to find out why I am headed to Target today!

In progress picture of Cory working on the mural.

Combining two yummy pursuits: art and wine tasting! It’s all the rage in European galleries and I think it might be time to try it out here.

In London, “pop up” bars in gallery spaces and late-night art openings have injected a youthful atmosphere into the sometimes staid gallery scene.

Read more about this trend here. (Thanks for sending this to me Ryan! Sorry it took me so long to post.)

I was re-energized by an arty weekend that reminded me of how art can inspire and transform lives and even humanity.

Saturday afternoon, I dropped in on a tour of Cypher, Robin Rose’s exhibit at the Katzen. Robin himself led the tour and gave us some pretty awesome insight into each piece, which was great because I love knowing what artists think even more than I love looking at art. If you knew Robin’s work and if you had seen this show without hearing him speak about it, I think you might have found the exhibit confusing. The show consisted of mostly sculptures and installations and included only two of his signature encaustic works. Each piece told a story or taught a lesson. One work, though, really got me thinking: a work about the Straight Edge punk movement in DC in the 80s. Robin reminded us that this movement became known worldwide and had a huge impact on music and culture and society, and he predicted that DC could do this again. I agree! DC can be a powerful cultural influence once more and I really believe the stars are aligning for this to happen.

After that, I went over to Anacostia to visit the home of artist Bryant Adams. My awesome friend Adrian called me a few weeks ago to tell me about this artist who had bought a home in Anacostia late last year and had been turning it into an art installation ever since. I was intrigued, but it still sounded a little nutty. Nonetheless, as a favor, I went over there and boy was I glad I did. Adrian never leads me astray. Bryant is an untrained artist who has an amazing eye for seeing how a found object can be turned into something meaningful and beautiful. Like the robots above that used to be part of an old boiler system that he found in the basement after he moved in. In addition to these outdoor sculptures, every object in his home is a work of art. This man lives the life of the creative mind.

On Sunday afternoon, I stopped by the Louise Bourgeois exhibit at the Hirshhorn with a friend. We were kvetching about all the usual life stuff and every time we stopped to read a placard about an artwork, it would somehow magically be relevant to whatever it was we were just talking about. Much of Bourgeois’ work is about exorcising the past and boy did that resonate.

J.J. McCraken, Libation Vessel, with Young Rhizopus Hypahe
Sculpting Time
May 21 – July 26

Opening reception:
Thursday, May 21
6:30 – 8:30pm

@ VisArts, 155 Gibbs Street, Rockville

1869 Society
Cultural Cocktails

Tuesday, May 19

@ Civilian Art Projects, third floor
406 7th Street NW

@ Touchstone Gallery, second floor
406 7th Street NW

to register: (202) 639-1753
$20 for non-members

Dr. Walter O. Evans, Collector of African American Art
Collecting Outside the Cannon

Tuesday, May 19
advance registration is suggested:

@ McEvoy Auditorium, lower level
Smithsonian American Art Museum

Wearable Art: A Malaysian Batik Fashion Show
Designs by Barakaff

Wednesday, May 20

@ Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 North Union Street, Alexandria

Capitol Pecha Kucha Night
Soundscapes – Exploring the 7th Sense

Wednesday, May 20
7:30 – 10pm
$10 tickets
in advance

@ Embassy of Finland
3301 Massachusetts Avenue NW

An Intimate History of Modern African American Art
with Dr. Richard Long

Thursday, May 21
6 – 8pm

@ Millennium Arts Salon
1213 Girard Street NW

Shepard Fairey, wall mural, alley behind Irvine Contemporary, 14th and P Streets

Street Art Video Night at Irvine Contemporary:
Greatest Hits of Street Art Documentary Films

Thursday, May 21

@ Irvine Contemporary
1412 14th Street NW

Peter Krsko
Preview of New Sculpture

Friday, May 22
6 – 10pm

@ Affinity Lab
2453 18th Street NW, 2nd floor

Jeff Huntington

Closing party:
Friday, May 22

@ Reyes +Davis
923 F Street NW #302

Josh Bannan, Marietje Chamberlain, Christine Lashley,
Sara Linda Poly, Bill Schmidt, Richard Whiteley
En Plein Air
May 23 – June 13

Opening reception:
Saturday, May 23
1 – 3pm

@ Broadway Gallery
12231 Fair Lakes Promenade, Fairfax

Abstract by C. Kumalo

The Rose Harper Collection of South African Art
May 6 – June 6

Conversations with Rose Harper and Myrtis Bedolla,
Founding Director of Galerie Myrtis
Saturday, May 23
4 – 7pm

@ International Visions Gallery
2629 Connecticut Avenue NW

Beautiful Losers
Thursday, June 11
7 pm
AFI Silver Theatre
Silver Spring

Tickets include admission to the Screening, Silent Art Auction and Reception. VIP Tickets include a pre-reception with our special guests, a private gallery viewing and complimentary wine and light appetizers.

Raffle Ticket $5
Individual $50
VIP (includes VIP pre-reception) $125