Pump Me Up: D.C. Subculture of the 1980’s, on exhibit at the Corcoran Gallery of Art from February 23 through April 7th, is the first of its kind showcasing the underground scene of Washington, D.C. in the 80’s. The exhibition is curated by Roger Gastman, who grew up in Bethesda, Maryland during this time, and tells the local history and visual culture of the Go-Go scene, the world renowned punk and hardcore scene and the graffiti.
There are many events coinciding with this exhibit for people who are interested in the culture and the history of this amazing street art as well as the music. Below are some of the events that are open to the public:
The Legend of Cool “Disco” Dan, a 90 minute documentary on the legendary graffiti artist Cool “Disco” Dan. Directed by: Joseph Pattisall and produced by Roger Gastman at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center , 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910
Saturday, Feb 23 8:00pm- sold out, 10:45pm- sold out
Friday, March 1, 7:15p- sold out, 9:45pm- just added
Curator’s Talk: Roger Gastman
Wednesday, February 27, 7pm $10 Members / $12 Public at the Corcoran Gallery of Art
To compliment Pump Me Up, Roger Gastman discusses the graffiti of Washington and the exhibit he has curated. https://getinvolved.corcoran.org/roger_gastman
Ian MacKaye and Roger Gastman in Conversation
Tuesday, March 5, 7:00pm Free; Pre-registration encouraged at the Corcoran Gallery of Art
Ian MacKaye, D.C. native, musician, producer, and co-founder of Dischord Records, became an important voice in the development and influence of D.C. hardcore music in the 80’s. He was a member of bands such as Minor Threat, Teen Idles, Embrace, Fugazi and the Evens and continues to make music. MacKaye and Gastman discuss growing up in the nation’s capital, the culture and energy of the city in the 80’s and the legacy of D.C.’s punk rock music scene. https://getinvolved.corcoran.org/ian_mackaye_roger_gastman
The Legacy of Globe Gallery Talk
Wednesday, March 6, 6:30pm Free with Gallery admission; pre-registration encouraged at the Corcoran Gallery of Art
Bob Cicero, owner of Baltimore’s legendary show card printer, Globe Poster Printing Corp.; John Lewis, Arts and Culture Editor at Baltimore Magazine; and Mary Mashburn, printmaking instructor at Maryland Institute College of Art give a talk on the Globe Posters on view in Pump Me Up: DC Subculture of the 1980’s. To register, visit https://getinvolved.corcoran.org/globe
Bustin’ Loose: Stories from D.C.’s Underground Music Scene, Panel Discussion
Tuesday, March 12, 7 p.m. $8 members/ $10 Public at the Corcoran Gallery of Art
Discussion with Iley Brown of Stride Records, 9:30 Club owner Seth Hurwitz, D.C. Go-Go and Hip Hop figure DJ Kool, and musician Alec MacKaye of Untouchables, The Faith and Ignition. They will share stories of the two underground music scenes, Go-Go and hardcore and their origins and parallels. Moderated by Washington City Paper managing editor Jonathan L. Fischer. To register https://getinvolved.corcoran.org/bustin_loose
Go-Go Music: The History and Evolution of DC’s Legendary Beat
Monday, March 18, 7 p.m. $8 Members/ $10 Public at the Corcoran Gallery of Art
Kip Lornell, Adjunct Professor of American Music and Ethnomusicology at George Washington University and co-author of The Beat: Go-Go Music from Washington, DC, discusses the development and popularity of Go-Go music and its 40 year history. https://getinvolved.corcoran.org/go_go_music
Thursday, March 28, 7 p.m. $8 Members/ $10 Public at the Corcoran Gallery of Art
Co-presented by Washington City Paper
This panel discussion moderated by Alona Wartofsky, a former editor and writer for City Paper and Washington Post, will explore the music and gang cultures of pre-gentrification D.C. Panelists include “Big” Tony Fisher of Trouble Funk, Andre “Whiteboy” Johnson of Rare Essence, longtime Washington music writer Mark Jenkins, former D.C. Police detective Donald “Goose” Gossage and Gangster George, a former member of the Gangster Chronicles crew. To register, visit https://getinvolved.corcoran.org/DIYDC
Free Family Day 2013: Families Rock!
Saturday, March 2, 10a.m. to 3p.m. Corcoran Members at the Family level and above gain entrance at 9:30 a.m.
This free family day includes live musical performances, DJ Workshops with the Scratch DJ Academy, make your own instrument and graffiti tagging workshops, interactive breakdancing performances, face painting, designing posters for a cause, prizes and more. For more information, visit www.corcoran.org/family
Family Day is supported in part by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts; and by the Women’s Committee of the Corcoran.