Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Transformer presents: Here & Now at 2 Locations!

May 10 - 24;
May 31 - June 14

Focusing on issues of place, time, fragility, security and fantasy, this two-site exhibition features 17 artists creating large scale, site-specific installations and environments within Transformer's project space, and in three floors of the former Church of the Rapture building space up the street from Transformer at 1840 14th Street, NW.

May 10 -24

Artists Participating in Here & Now include:

At Transformer (1404 P Street, NW):
Jennifer Burkley Vasher (Placitas, NM)

At 1840 14th Street, NW (entrance on T Street, NW):
Kyan Bishop & Kate Hardy (Washington, DC)
Sonya Blesofsky (Brooklyn, NY)
Mandy Burrow (Arlington, VA)
Graham Childs & Lily deSaussure (Washington,DC)
Derek Cote (Richmond, VA)
Mia Feuer (Richmond, VA)
Lisa Kellner (Hanover, VA)
Jong Sun (Jay) Lee (Baltimore, MD)
Chris Moukarbel (New York, NY)
Amy Rubin (British Columbia, Canada)
Paul Shoemaker (Richmond, VA)
Jiny Ung (Washington, DC)

May 31 - June 14

At Transformer (1404 P Street, NW): Mariah Johnson (Los Angeles, CA) and Valerie Molnar (Richmond, VA)

Please join Transformer's staff and board, and the Here & Now artists in the following special programming:

Saturday, May 10, 2008

1:30 PM - Conversation between Ryan Hill, Manager of Interpretive Programs and Curatorial Research Associate, Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, and artist Jennifer Burkley Vasher (Transformer)

4 PM - Performance by artist Paul Shoemaker (1840 14th Street, NW)

Saturday, May 17, 2008 (all events at 1840 14th Street, NW)

1:30 PM - Discussion of work between selected Here & Now artists and Kristen Hileman, Assistant Curator, Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden

3 PM - Guest lecture by current Whitney Biennial artist Matt Mullican (New York, NY), presented in partnership with Street Scenes: Projects for DC

Saturday, May 31, 2008 (Transformer)

3:30 PM - Conversation between Cynthia Connolly, Director of the Ellipse Art Center and Curator of The Thread as the Line and artists Mariah Johnson and Valerie Molnar

EXHIBITION HOURS for both Here & Now exhibition venues: Wednesday - Saturday, 1-7pm & by appointment.

48-Hour Film Festival Project

The Washington, DC

48 Hour Film Project

Exhausted Washington Teams Submit Films

Filmmaking teams from throughout the Washington area successfully completed a weekend of, well... filmmaking. Films were due on May 4, and the last few minutes before the deadline saw filmmakers, operating on little sleep and lots of adrenaline, rushing to get their films in on time.

All of the films that were submitted on Sunday night will screen this week. Come see what DC area filmmakers can do in a hurry!

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Filmmaker Blog

Want to hear about the Washington 48HFP from the filmmakers themselves? Then check out the Washington 48HFP Filmmaker Blog, where Washington 48HFP participants tell us stories of their wild weekend of filmmaking.


Date: Tuesday-Friday, May 6-9
Time: 7p.m. and 9:30p.m. each night!
Place: AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring , 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring
Notes: Tickets can be purchased purchased online at www.AFI.com/Silver or at the door. Tickets will sell out, so be sure to get yours early!

One Week Until ARTOMATIC!

MAY 9 - JUNE 15

There’s only one week until opening day for Artomatic 2008, and excitement is building for the arts spectacular of the summer. With more than 100 free events, activities and performances planned over 28 days and nights May 9–June 15, Artomatic is a can’t-miss attraction.

Check out the events on our calendar http://artomatic.org/event
browse the artist catalog, http://artomatic.org/catalog,
or read our latest news release. http://artomatic.org/node/2453

Is Manfred Baumgartner planning a return to DC?

Rumor has it that Manfred Baumgartner, the often surly, sometimes churly, former DC art scene top dog, has been seen looking around DC for a new gallery. Is Manfred ready for a redux? Manfred never does anything on a small scale, so expect him to bring a bit of tony, Chelsea-bred style to DC.

Some of you may remember Manfred form his old digs on R street in Dupont Circle, and on 7th street (his spot presaged the upscale spots that dot the DC artscape these days). Manfred was known to be a bit of a renegade, but time and nearly a decade in New York's trendy Chelsea art district have mellowed Manfred and he couldn't be a sweeter guy! A pussy cat perhaps? We'll see, but it would be a welcome addition to the DC scene if Manfred makes a return to our humble little sphere.
Stay tuned for more info!