Adventures of Hoogrrl!

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

Browsing Posts published in August, 2009


Go HERE for a consolidated calendar of all things cool and arty for the culturally curious. I’ll be blogging over there too so please check there everyday for the latest arty news from me and guest writers.

See what people are talking about:

“Your new site is filling the biggest gap existing in the DC art scene for over a decade.” –Kathryn C.

“It’s a one-stop shop for all things art in the city.” –Allison Marvin, Sightline, in the Washington Post

“The Pink Line’s website redesign is one of the best examples of an interactive calendar I’ve seen for art-related events, from a design and technology standpoint. Philippa’s web team definitely took time to think about what we may want from an arts calendar.” –Design Notes + Photos

“I think Philippa possibly has managed to make her blog/site indispensable–a trick many bloggers would like to pull off. Ride the Pink Line and find out what’s happening in D.C. art often.” –Hatchets and Skewers

“No more excuses about where to find arty events in the Washington, DC area! DC’s resident creative and art maven, Philippa P.B. Hughes has expanded her website to become a portal of sorts for all things artsy and creative! A single portal can get you up to speed about weekly events in no time! Please visit the new Pink Line Project website to get the lowdown on what’s going on in the arts world in the Metro DC area.” –Examiner.com

“If you haven’t seen the new Pink Line Project website, then you’re missing one of the best resources for the visual arts in the nation’s capital region. And if you’re a gallery or art PR person and you’re not sending Philippa P.B. Hughes all your art press releases for the site’s most excellent calendar, then you’re missing out on a great venue to spread the art word.” –Daily Campello Art News

“While we’re sure you love the weekly Arts Agenda here at DCist, we’re compelled to note the launch of (and urge you to bookmark) Pink Line Project’s brand new web site this week. An easy-to-navigate calendar at the top lists the metro area’s art eventsdetailed info and images pop up for each event below. Pink Line features a scrolling list of their own picks, or go down to the bottom of the page for “Today Only” events.” –DCist

“UVA alum Phillipa [sic] Hughes’ arts calendar and event series just got promoted to must-visit site if you are in DC.” –Jarrett House North


WaPo art critic Blake Gopnik says, “In the latest summer shows of student work at Irvine Contemporary and Conner Contemporary Art, there’s the standard mix of quite good, fairly bad and already-seen.” Regardless, both of these shows are really great places to see some fantastic young talent. Blake singles out the works of Paris Mavroidis and Kyle Ford for praise. I agree! I’d also add Patrick McDonough at Conner and Matt Sartain at Irvine among others.

Image: “Divers” is an entrancing three-minute animation by Pratt Institute MFA Paris Mavroidis. Though boyish, the piece also is sober and adult. (Irvine Contemporary)

I’m super proud of my good friend DECOY! She painted an incredible piece for the Edgewood mural jam and was even featured in an article about the project in the Washington Post yesterday morning. She wrote more about what doing the mural meant to her on her blog:

I hope it also represents…strength in women, and having the power to live beyond something you may have thought would have crushed you. I want it to represent the Pink Line Project, which I feel is a very new, yet important project in DC. The DC punk scene. Code Pink. Breast Cancer. Girl Power.

Sniff. Love this girl. There will be a mural dedication this afternoon (Monday, August 24) with Mayor Fenty. Please come!

Where? 540 Rhode Island Avenue, NE Washington, DC , Edgewood Shopping Center Parking Lot.

Image: Richard Chu


Mark Cameron Boyd discusses the value of art by comparing it to riding a roller coaster. Maybe a tiny little bit of a stretch but because I find art thrilling, I kinda get it. I like his conclusion:

Like art, it is a provident activity that gives temporary respite from mortality as we seek the thrill value to access experiences outside of our quotidian lives.

Translation: Art can be a thrilling experience that takes us away from our dull, daily lives.

Read the rest here.

Image: Thrill seekers ride through one of several inverted loops of “Fahrenheit” in Hersheypark, PA; photograph © copyright 2009 by MCB.

Tough times seem to stimulate creativity, and art is one vehicle for self expression when the rock gets rocky. See here for a story of how one unemployed man copes with difficult times by turning his van into a work of art. He asks people to write how the recession has affected them on his van with a sharpie. He plans to enter the van in an art competition offering a top prize of $300,000.

Image: By Melina Mara — The Washington Post


Can art transform lives? The answer is a resounding YES! Organizations like Life Pieces to Masterpieces know that and live it every day by transforming the lives of young boys in DC through art:

LPTM provides opportunities to discover and activate the innate and creative abilities of the members to change life challenges into possibilities.

So I was upset to learn this morning that someone vandalized their space, causing over $10,000 of damage. That is a LOT of money for an organization that operates on a shoe string. I hope you will make as much of a donation as you can afford to help them out. Go here to learn more about them and to make a donation.


Photo Credit: Photos By Tracy A. Woodward — The Washington Post Photo

Another nifty project brought to you by Brian Corrigan of Mobfuse that gives everyone an opportunity to express their inner creative: The American Quilt 2009!


Submit your ideas for a quilt square to win a chance to be displayed in The Textile Museum!

1. Imagine an idea for a quilt square. Create a pattern … tell a story … write a poem … remember the past … look to the future ….

2. Write a description of your idea, or draw it, or make a video.

3. Upload your idea to the contest site.

4. Get all your friends and family to vote for your idea!

5. Win fabulous prizes if your idea is rated one of the five best by popular vote.

6. The five winners will be invited to attend a special VIP workshop conducted by quilting master Pat Autenrieth who will teach the winners how to construct their ideas into quilt squares that will be stitched into The American Quilt to be displayed at The Textile Museum.

7. Deadline for submissions: September 15. (Just around the corner!)

The project is supported by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.


Little Warhol to start off your day just right. Following is an audio essay from Studio 360.


Andy Warhol’s paintings of Campbell’s soup cans might be more recognizable than any other American artwork – and that’s just what he intended. They helped banish the solemnity of painters like Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning, and established him as an artist despite his limited abilities. But why did Warhol start painting them? And what do they mean? As part of Studio 360’s series on American Icons, David Krasnow asks if there’s anything in the can.

And an article in Sunday’s Washington Post that asks “what would Warhol blog” and concludes that he would have loved using the internet: blogging, tweeting, facebooking (is that a verb now?). According to one Warhol devotee, “He loved status updates.” Ha!


Does art really transform anyone’s life? I wondered that as I read a thought-provoking article in The New York Times a couple days ago about the murder of a Muslim woman in Dresden, Germany, a city and country that place great importance on preserving art and culture. Barbaric things happen despite the existence of art and culture, but civilized society still depends on it. However, simply producing art is not enough. Art must be made accessible to all and not preserved for an elite few. I am not saying that this guy would not have stabbed a pregnant woman 18 times if he had been exposed to more art. He was an avowed racist who killed a Muslim woman. But he lived in a city filled with art and cultural experiences that could have opened his mind a little more. I wonder how accessible the art was to him; perhaps it was reserved for only a few who claimed to understand and appreciate it more than anyone else.

All of which gets back to the problem of reconciliation: What are the humanizing effects of culture?

Evidently, there are none.

To walk through Dresden’s museums, and past the young buskers fiddling Mozart on street corners, is to wonder whether this age-old question may have things backward. It presumes that we’re passive receivers acted on by the arts, which vouchsafe our salvation, moral and otherwise, so long as we remain in their presence. Arts promoters nowadays like to trumpet how culture helps business and tourism; how teaching painting and music in schools boosts test scores. They try to assign practical ends, dollar values and other hard numbers, never mind how dubious, to quantify what’s ultimately unquantifiable.

The lesson of Dresden, which this great city unfortunately seems doomed to repeat, is that culture is, to the contrary, impractical and fragile, helpless even. Residents of Dresden who believed, when the war was all but over, that their home had somehow been spared annihilation by its beauty were all the more traumatized when, in a matter of hours, bombs killed tens of thousands and obliterated centuries of humane and glorious architecture.

The truth is, we can stare as long as we want at that Raphael Madonna; or at Antonello da Messina’s “St. Sebastian,” now beside a Congo fetish sculpture in another room in the Gemäldegalerie; or at the shiny coffee sets, clocks and cups made of coral and mother-of-pearl and coconuts and diamonds culled from the four corners of the earth in the city’s New Green Vault, which contains the spoils of the most cultivated Saxon kings. But it won’t make sense of a senseless murder or help change the mind of a violent bigot.

What we can also do, though, is accept that while the arts won’t save us, we should save them anyway. Because the enemies of civilized society are always just outside the door.

The rest of the article here.

Image: Norbert Millauer/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images


Thanks Hrag Vartanian!