Your Sunday Instruction: Damage Control Artwork Screenings at The Hirshhorn

Disclaimer: I have yet to see Damage Control: Art and Destruction Since 1950, but I’ve had a lot going on. Trust me.

Today, indulge yourself by checking out this exhibit of modern and contemporary works about artistic expression and destruction. Follow up your browsing with a viewing of some film/video works you may never get a chance to see on the big screen and which aren’t part of the works in the galleries. The screening includes work by Cyprien Gaillard, Bruce Conner, Johan Grimonprez, Ant Farm, Superflex, Christian Jankowski, and Doug Aitken. You know some of these names, but not all of them.

I am most interested in Ant Farm’s Media Burn and Bruce Conner’s Crossroads form the mid-70s. They both comment on the state of America, with Media Burn satirizing the emerging media-circus state and Crossroads appropriating footage of the first underwater atomic bomb test and turning it into something altogether fascinating, fantastical and otherworldly that shows, rather than tells, a distinctly American viewpoint.

Screenings in the Ring Auditorium, split into two programs at 11am & 2pm, Sunday, March 16, 2014. Damage Control runs through May 26, 2014. Admission is free, first come first served.

Joey Almazora at (e)merge art fair!

Black Whiskey and Chocolate: When Art, Libations and Euphemisms Collide

Many of the best things around town do not happen on the weekends.

Tonight, two of them happen in close proximity to one another.

Black Whiskey, whose motto is “Don’t ask why, because it just is” hosts the closing party for Transformer Gallery’s Cult Fiction which sends off the mixed media installations of Cheyenne Seeley and Zach Storm.Have I seen them? No. Do I want to? Yes. It doesn’t hurt that both artists will be on hand to talk about their work and that I can listen while enjoying a Poor Man’s Speedball (Budweiser and a Coke). Closing Reception Wednesday, July 24, 2013 from 6-8pm with Artist Talk at 6:30pm, at 1410 14th St., NW.

If you’re looking for something a bit less hectic or the bros are getting you down, scooch on over to Hemphill Fine Arts on the next block, where native Washingtonian, DIYer and ne’er do well ceramicist James Huckenpahler presents “an unreliable slide presentation of dubious scholarly value” titled “Welcome to Chocolate City.” Yowza! Video screening, Wednesday, July 24, 2013 from 6pm to ???, 1515 14th St., NW.

Furthermore Friday Night Mash-Up

Friday night got you restless? Looking for something to loosen up with? Then maybe you should head over to Furthermore Print’s Mixtape Mashup.

Tonight’s gathering will showcase some local BFA/MFA talent in a video mash-up format. You can expect a laid back vibe, some drinks, good conversation, and projected images to get the weekend started right.

Friday, March 29, 2013 from 7-10pm at 52 “O” Street, NW, Suite 202B.

Shadow Sites: Lecture on Jananne Al-Ani at Freer Sackler Tomorrow

"Join Mitra Abbaspour, associate curator of photography at the Museum of Modern Art, and Carol Huh, Freer|Sackler curator of Shadow Sites, for a discussion inspired by the exhibition. Jananne Al-Ani’s landscape photography and videos, in addition to prints from the Ernst Herzfeldcollection in the F|S Archives, serve as starting points for considering the role of photographic media and archival documents in shaping histories and perceptions of the Middle East.”

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 7pm, Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery.

Vito Acconci Discusses Ai Weiwei at the Hirshhorn Tomorrow

This talk has finally been rescheduled! According to the museum’s site, in My Own Ai Weiwei, Vito Acconci will discuss “his 2008–2010 collaboration with Ai Weiwei at Para/Site Art Space in Hong Kong.” Who is Vito Acconci? Like Ai Weiwei, he’s multidisciplinary, including talents in photography, video, poetry, architecture and design, and performance. In lieu of Ai Weiwei for any artist talks, at least we get his cool friends.

Thursday, January 17, 2013, 7pm, Ring Auditorium, Hirshhorn.