From Eliza French. Follow her on Twitter @elizaenbref; email her at eliza[AT]borderstan.com.
From April 11 to June 9, local art collectors are opening their homes for a series of unique collection viewings.
Since 2008, Transformer DC has curated the annual series Collector’s View, to showcase art collections across the city. The arts non-profit at 14th and P NW, provides a platform for emerging artists to develop relationships with curators, gallerists, audiences and collectors.
“The series has been extremely successful,” wrote Transformer DC Co-Founder and Executive & Artistic Director Victoria Reis. “[N]ot only because is it a wonderful development program… providing both funding… as well as new relationships…, but also successful in that it helps Transformer further educate audiences about the depth and diversity of the arts community in DC, and how different players in that community — artists, galleries, non-profit spaces, museums, collectors — are aligned in furthering contemporary art dialogue.”
Seeking Out Collectors
Tranformer works with its board, as well as with gallery owners and museum staff in the area to seek out collectors to host the series each year. According to Reis, Transformer seeks “a range of homes and collections” to ensure that the series offers a variety of experiences.
Some collections feature established contemporary artists featured in museums, while others feature emerging artists or focus on niche artistic styles. The non-profit hopes to make the series accessible and engaging for many audiences, and for those who attend all five viewings.
This year’s program, also supported by Evers & Co. Real Estate, Federal Title & Escrow Company and Washington Life Magazine, starts Thursday, April 11, at the home of Andrea Evers and Brian Aiken. After the collection viewing, the collectors will have a discussion with artists Jason Horowitz, Linn Meyers, and Maggie Michael about the relationship between artists and collectors. Borderstan residents can explore another collection in the neighborhood on May 16 at Aaron M. Levine & Associates in Dupont.
Registration and Details
Registration costs $50 per view, or $225 for all five. Those who register for all five in the series can also attend two additional “Artist Views” with artists Di & Lou Stovall and Mia Feuer. Register online or email [email protected].
Visit the Transformer DC for a full list of views and details on each collection.
- What: Transformer DC 2013 Collector’s View.
- Where: Collectors’ homes across DC and Maryland.
- When: April 11 through May 19, with Artist’s Views on June 2 and June 9.
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Two exhibits close this Saturday, July 17… “E7: Tetrad” at Transformer on P Street… and “Private Practice: Bad Ideas, Dead Ideas and Guilty Pleasures” at the Hamiltonian Gallery on U Street.
In addition, five exhibits close next weekend on either Friday, July 24, or Saturday, July 25. Get the details about galleries in Dupont-Logan-U Street galleries–below the fold.
Tonight at The Phillips Collection is “Art & Romance at Phillips After 5” –
“Kick off February with a cozy, art-filled evening at The Phillips Collection. Bring a valentine or meet one there as you sip champagne and sample Brazilian tapas from Chef Andrew Holden of FoodArts. In the Music Room, a violinist and a poet accompany DJ Adrian Loving as he spins music. The true life love story of Duncan and Marjorie Phillips comes alive at 6 and 7 p.m. with gallery talks about their personal and professional partnership. Before you leave, stop by the video diary booth, and tell us how art inspired love in your life. By donation; cash bar.”
“As Seen On TV” is at gallery plan b, 1530 14th Street NW. Two days only: “An exhibition of 30 pieces of original artwork by local artists featured on a Reality TV show recently filmed in DC, and now available for viewing and purchase!” A Saturday evening reception with the artists is planned.
Dana Ellyn and Matt Sesow will get married at the Friday opening of their exhibition (yes, really), “Till Death Do Us Part,” at LongView Gallery, 1234 9th Street NW: “Where do two artists meet and fall in love? (more…)
Happy Friday morning, Borderstan. A few news items… some news bits… happenings this weekend. So, read this posting and then turn off your computer and go enjoy the fall weekend. See you Monday.
- There was a gun robbery t 11:40 p.m. last night on the 1500-block of U Street NW. Here is the Police Alert: “Robbery (Gun)_2340 hours_1500 Block U Street, NW_No lookout given DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT #i20090562310. Sent on: 10/08 23:56″
- The Humane Society Walk for the Animals is tomorrow (Saturday the 10th)… 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Constitution Gardens on the National Mall.
- The National Equality March events are this weekend, ending with a rally at the U.S. Capitol around 2 p.m. on Sunday.
- On Monday I will have some Crimes of Note for the past couple of weeks… along with a look at crime stats for September for the Borderstan area.
- Cast members of the Real World DC (which is packing up and leaving town after finishing filming) had some of their individual works displayed last night at gallery plan b on 14th Street NW. I wanted to go to last night’s one-night exhibition, but work called (you know, the stuff that pays bills).
- If you missed the second Delhi Dispatch, it’s an interesting read: “Delhi Dispatches: Commuting with Cobras, Deities and Dust.” The contributor is an ex-Borderstanian and a friend and neighbor.
- NBC Channel 4 picked up the story of the “Men’s Parties” death at 14th and Corcoran NW. The Sexist at Washington City Paper summarizes the police crime report for you. 14th & You has a good posting, too: Is the city trying to shut down the club?
- Don’t forget Luis’ picks for stuff to do this weekend in Borderstan and around town, including some restaurant recommendations: “Borderstan Weekend October 10/11.”
- 14th & You has some very good postings on businesses coming and going on the 14th Street corridor: “Update: “Green Pets” Relocation Moving Forward” and “Latest on Birch & Barley; Diamond District Seafood coming soon.”
- If you’re going to see what’s in your Netflix movie queue, plan to watch something on-demand or are head to the video store (if you can still find one!)… check in with Mary the Borderstan Movie Fan: “Borderstan Movie Fan: Health Care Options at the Movies” or check out some of her other recommendations for food movies or sexy movies.
Gallery plan b in Borderstan at 1530 14th Street NW is hosting a one-night exhibition that will benefit three area non-profit groups. “Perspectives DC” is an exhibition in brush, lens, and words… a one-night exhibition to benefit Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets, Dupont Circle Village and the Logan Circle Community Association.
Nice… Gallery plan b in Borderstan (1530 14th Street NW) has an exhibition and silent auction of major works from Washington’s Robert Brown Gallery. It opened on the 8th and runs through May 11.
The opening reception is this Saturday, April 18, 6 to 8 p.m. Details follow and are online.