From the Corcoran:
Pump Me Up: D.C. Subculture of the 1980s is the first exhibition to explore the thriving underground of Washington, D.C., during the 1980s, giving visual form to the raucous energy of graffiti, Go-Go music, and a world-renowned punk and hardcore scene.
The exhibition explores the visual culture of the “other D.C.,” demonstrating its place in the history of street art as well as that of America’s capital city. In the midst of notorious problems with drugs and corruption, D.C. gave birth to an infectious visual culture captured in the exhibition through posters, graffiti, graphic art, archival photographs, and ephemera. Pump Me Up tells a local history from a local point of view, while providing a framework for the contemporary surge of interest in street art and underground graphics. Read More
The show is curated by Roger Gastman who began writing graffiti as a teenager in Bethesda, Maryland. Since then, he has founded and published the pop culture magazines While You Were Sleeping and Swindle, with Shepard Fairey, and authored a dozen graffiti art books including The History of American Graffiti (with Caleb Neelon; 2011).
What’s a conversation about the subculture of Washington, DC during the 80′s without a little mumbo sauce? So we have partnered up with Mr. Gastman in order to provide you with a taste of the 80′s. Our bottles will be available in the Corcoran gift shop, starting next week, until the show ends.
Many of the main events are sold out, but they still have quite a few public programs available.
- Curator’s Talk: Roger Gastman, February 27, 7 p.m.
- The Legacy of Globe, March 6, 6:30 p.m.
- Bustin’ Loose: Stories from D.C.’s Underground Music Scenes, March 12, 7 p.m.
- Go-Go Music: The History and Evolution of DC’s Legendary Beat, March 17, 7 p.m.
- DIY DC, March 28, 7 p.m.
The opening of the Corcoran show and the movie premiere will be followed by the Pump Me Up Party (which is also sold out). The party will include performances by Trouble Funk, DJ Kool, Junk Yard Band, Stinky Dink and many more.
There will also be a book for sale called Pump Me Up: D.C. Subculture of the 1980s CATALOG. It will include 320 pages of over 1000 color images from the Corcoran show. This is limited edition book with only 2000 copies available, all signed by Roger Gastman. The book costs $45 and can be pre-ordered online here.