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The day before the Corcoran unveils “Pump Me Up,” its retrospective on D.C.’s punk and go-go subcultures in the 1980s, the gallery plans to host a soirée with curator Roger Gastman and guest DJ Henry Rollins. The party takes place Feb. 22 at the gallery’s Beaux-Arts building on 17th Street NW.
“Pump Me Up” will take a look at the two music scenes that occasionally overlapped during that tumultuous decade in D.C.’s history, bringing together Globe go-go posters, show flyers, photographs, clothing, and other artifacts to tell a story about two communities that thrived—-often, it seemed, despite deep social stratification, corruption, and mounting violence in the District.
Washington City Paper is the media sponsor for the exhibit, which opens to the public Feb. 23. Tickets to the party, $35, go on sale Jan. 24 at 10 a.m. at the Corcoran’s website. Sorry, youngs: You must be 21 or older to attend.
Gastman, who founded graffiti magazine While You Were Sleeping and co-published Swindle magazine with street artist Shepard Fairey, will also speak at the Corcoran on Feb. 27.
Image: “Tonya F and Friends,” 2009. Photo by Nick Smith