From Eliza French. Follow her on Twitter @elizaenbref; email her at eliza[AT]borderstan.com.
From now through next Saturday, August 4, “Off the Wall: Established Contemporary,” is on view at Contemporary Wing, 1412 14th Street NW. The small, carefully curated showing at Contemporary Wing features work by some of the most well-known contemporary artists.
The show’s 10 works include pieces by Nan Golding, Kara Walker, Shinique Smith, Andy Warhol and Young British Artists Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin. Lauren Gentile sourced the wide range of works from private collections in Washington, DC and New York City.
A print from Andy Warhol’s “Endangered Species” series and a Damien Hirst woodcut, “Quinaldi Acid,” serve as larger scale anchors for the group of mostly smaller pieces. The vivid cibachrome prints by Nan Goldin (like “Toon, So, and Yogo on Stage,” the image used in the marketing materials for the show) also serve as a visual touchstone, drawing the viewer into the worlds occupied by her subjects.
The two most diminutive works in the gallery — Kara Walker’s “Untitled, Swimmer,” a delicately rendered gouache on paper, and Tracey Emin’s “Untitled, Nude,” graphite on paper — offer more subtle but equally compelling visual experiences.
The next installment, “Off the Wall: Street Art,” will run from August 16 to 25 and will feature works by Shepard Fairey, Faile, Blek Le Rat, James Marshall (Dalek),WK Interact and Gary Baseman. The opening reception is Thursday, August 16, from 6 to 8 pm.
From Jana Petersen. Email her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @jana_petersen.
“Welcome to the Factory,” the ticket lady uttered. “Factory” — okay, I get it — but we’re still in the Studio Theatre – right? I was having déjà vu to Rocky Horror screenings on Halloween night…
As we walked upstairs to the smaller theater, the smell of tobacco wafted through the staircase and people stood scattered in scantily clad ’60s clothing (read: tight pants, unbuttoned shirts) throughout: why were the actors not behind stage? As we walked up the staircase, one of the “greeters / actors” came running to us, “Hey, girls! When are we going out? How you ladies doing? Welcome to the Factory.”
The Studio Theater just extended its run of “Pop!” through August 28. It is at 1501 14th Street NW, corner of 14th and P Streets. POP! was written by Maggie-Kate Coleman and Anna K. Jacobs; directed by Keith Alan Baker, with Hunter Styles and Jennifer Harris.