Photo credit: Kristy Liebowitz.
I headed to the exclusive media preview of “Pump Me UP: DC Subculture of the 1980s” at the Corcoran Gallery of Art last Friday, joining DC’s underground punk, go-go, and hardcore music lovers and Washington event lovers alike.
The event opened to paying guests at 8 PM, but only after the media preview gave us exclusive access to Henry Rollins for a 10-minute interview about his vision for music in the future, his favorite memories, and what he’s most excited about in the current environment. Mr. Rollins was DJing the event, serving up his signature go-go and punk in the hallowed walls of the Corcoran.
We also rubbed elbows with Roger Gastman, the exhibition curator, and easily one of the best known street-art archivists. Mr. Gastman’s work in the form of teenage tags can also be found decorating the streets of Bethesda, FYI.
Guests snacked on street food gone gourmet with delicious high-end hot dogs and other finger foods. Sponsored by Chandon and Port City Brewing Company, there were plenty of libations to keep exhibit-goers entertained, even apart from the rich collection of recent-history encapsulated in art, music, and personalities at this mid-Winter event.
For a review of the Sunday musical event at 9:30 club, read LBB Events Writer Caroline Coppel’s review.