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Black Cat: Curator Welmoed Laanstra hit up 15 local artists for the Washington Project for the Arts\Corcoran‘s “Site Projects D.C.,” which includes “site-specific outdoor pieces designed to explore the issues of poverty, gentrification, community, and revitalization of the historic 14th St. corridor.” Chances are those artists—-whose contributions range from “new media and interactive displays, to sculpture and live performance” have plenty to say about the Big G, both from the perspective of being starving artists who move into cheap neighborhoods thus forcing poor families out, and from the perspective of being kicked out once the neighborhoods’ property values have risen high enough to attract rich prospective homeowners and condo developers. The reception, which is followed by a tour of the project sites led by Laanstra, is at 7 p.m. Friday, June 15, at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. Free. (202) 667-7960; the outdoor pieces are on view to Saturday, July 28, at various venues along the 14th St. Corridor between P and V Sts. NW (see link for a list of sites). Free. (202) 639-1828.
Meat Market Gallery: If, upon reading the press release for Matt Ravenstahl’s “Works With an Initial Impulse”—-which proclaims that the “work comes off on your hands”—-your initial impulse is to bring a pair of gloves, don’t worry. The videos and sculptural works “exploring the depths behind surface interaction” on display won’t leave you feeling too dirty—-provided you look but don’t touch. The reception runs from 6-8:30 p.m. Friday, June 15; the exhibition is on view from noon to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 3 p.m. Sundays, to Sunday, July 8, at Meat Market Gallery, 1636 17th St. NW. Free. (202) 328-6328.