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Today, the Corcoran Gallery of Art announced more programming for its forthcoming “Pump Me Up: D.C. Subculture of the 1980s” exhibit. If you’re a follower of D.C.’s rich go-go and punk-rock history, you probably won’t want to miss, well, any of this. Some highlights: The March 5 talk between Ian MacKaye and curator/While You Were Sleeping editor Roger Gastman, “The Legacy of Globe” talk on March 6, and “Go-Go Music: The History and Evolution of D.C.’s Legendary Beat” on March 18.
Check out the latest list below, courtesy the Corcoran. Disclosure: The City Paper is a media sponsor of this exhibit and much of its programming.
TALKS Curator’s Talk: Roger Gastman Wednesday, February 27, 7 p.m. $10 Members; $12 Public To complement Pump Me Up, the exhibition he curated, graffiti historian Roger Gastman discusses the graffiti of Washington, D.C. Gastman began writing graffiti as a teenager in Bethesda. An exhibition viewing and book signing follows the talk. To register, visit https://getinvolved.corcoran.org/roger_gastman.
Ian MacKaye and Roger Gastman in Conversation Tuesday, March 5, 7 p.m. Free; Pre-registration encouraged 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 1980s. A member of bands such as Minor Threat, Teen Idles, Embrace, Fugazi, and the Evens, MacKaye continues to make music. For over three decades, he has remained a strong advocate for maintaining an independent identity in the music business. MacKaye sits down with Pump Me Up curator Roger Gastman to discuss growing up in the capital, the culture and energy of the city in the 1980s, and the legacy of D.C.’s punk rock music scene. To register, visit https://getinvolved.corcoran.org/ian_mackaye_roger_gastman.
The Legacy of Globe Gallery Talk Wednesday, March 6, 6:30 p.m. Free with Gallery admission; pre-registration encouraged Join 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 for a gallery talk on the Globe posters on view in Pump Me Up: DC Subculture of the 1980s. They discuss the elements that make Globe posters so distinctive, the talented people behind the press, and Globe’s new life at MICA. To register, visit https://getinvolved.corcoran.org/globe.
Bustin’ Loose: Stories from D.C.’s Underground Music Scenes Panel Discussion Tuesday, March 12, 7 p.m. $8 members; $10 public Go-Go and hardcore emerged in the late 1970s and early 1980s as uniquely Washingtonian urban youth subcultures. 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 (Untouchables, The Faith, and Ignition) share stories from these two underground music scenes and discuss their origins, folkways, and parallels. The panel is moderated by Washington City Paper managing editor Jonathan L. Fischer. To register, visit 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 Join 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, as he chronicles the development and ongoing popularity of go-go music, the only musical form indigenous to Washington, D.C. In the mid-1970s, Chuck Brown pioneered the iconic go-go sound, influenced by local Latin percussion ensembles, disco, Grover Washington’s hit single “Mr. Magic,” and funk. By the mid-1980s, bands such as Rare Essence (RE), Trouble Funk, and Junk Yard Band had emerged. Today we are in our third generation of go-go, and the music tradition continues to evolve and thrive in the District, with most recent bands playing what’s known as “bounce beat” go-go. Dr. Lornell’s talk will highlight this nearly 40-year history with musical excerpts and video clips. To register, visit https://getinvolved.corcoran.org/go_go_music.
DIY DC Thursday, March 28, 7 p.m. $8 members; $10 public Co-presented by Washington City Paper During the 1980s, Washington’s go-go and punk scenes adhered to different sets of cultural rules, yet both shared a staunchly DIY approach. This panel discussion, moderated by Alona Wartofsky, a former writer and editor for City Paper and The Washington Post, will explore the music and gang cultures of pre-gentrification D.C. Panelists include Trouble Funk’s “Big” Tony Fisher, Rare Essence’s Andre “Whiteboy” Johnson, 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.
FOR FAMILIES Family Day 2013: Families Rock! FREE. Saturday, March 2, 10 a.m.—3 p.m. Corcoran Members at the Family level and above gain entrance at 9:30 a.m. Get ready for a rocking art escapade! 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.
RELATED EXHIBITION GALLERY 31 Ill Street Blues March 27–April 14 In conjunction with Pump Me Up: D.C. Subculture of the 1980s, this Corcoran student-curated exhibition displays painted and pasted murals executed directly on the walls of Gallery 31, the Corcoran’s free exhibition space. The styles and techniques on view come from the often-illegal world of street art and graffiti. Ephemeral and often anti-establishment, this kind of work is sometimes at odds with efforts by galleries and art fairs to commercialize it. Ill Street Blues aspires to frame street art as vivid yet noncommercial art in a nonprofit space. All of the walls will be returned to white at the close of the exhibition. Artists include: HKS181, PORE, MASPAZ, EXIST, TUC, REI21. To register, visit http://www.corcoran.edu/exhibitions/ill-street-blues.
Photo: Chuck Brown, 1986. Photo by Dean Rutz for the Washington Times