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Since its founding in 2010, Pleasant Plains Workshop has been too easily regarded as an artists’ space, an incubator that was more shop than showcase. Kristina Bilonick, the place’s founder, has since proved that Pleasant Plains is in fact an institution, one that will go down among the great art spaces in recent D.C. history, like Fusebox or Signal 66. There’s no reason to be nostalgic, given “Essentially Qualified,” the latest show at Pleasant Plains, by artist Paul Shortt. One of the works in this multi-media show is “Intern as Art,” a piece in which a paid gallery sitter will, well, sit the gallery. It’s part of a larger (and largely sculptural) show in which Shortt thinks about the labor status of artist, gallery, and venue. It could not be more timely, at a moment when Pleasant Plains is truly coming into its own, and when the gallery scene in D.C. is in great doubt. With pieces like “Please Congratulate Me”—an oversized graduate tassel by Shortt—both the artist and the venue are asking the right questions. The exhibition is on view Thursdays and Fridays 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. to Oct. 18 at Pleasant Plains Workshop, 2608 Georgia Ave. NW. Free. pleasantplainsworkshop.com.