Tuesday, May 20, 2008

A Sad Goodbye to 100 Goldfish

May 21, 2008 Update Thank goodness!!! Twenty fish survived.

I was fortunate to see the Here and Now exhibition on Sunday with several of the artists discussing their work with Kristen Hileman. See my earlier post here. And Now, Here and Now at 1840 14th Street, NW has been closed. Flickr pictures HERE.

The exhibition of work by Jennifer Burkley Vasher remains on view at Transformer through May 24, 2008. Mariah Johnson and Valerie Molnar to continue the Here and Now exhibition at Transformer May 31 - June 14, 2008.

From the staff at Transformer....
To our great disappointment, Transformer's Here Now exhibition at the 1840 14th Street, NW space has been closed. Due to issues beyond Transformer's control, the building site has been closed to the public by the city. See DCist.com for the backstory: City Shutters Art Space, Locks Up Goldfish Inside.

Transformer's Board and staff thank all of the artists who presented their work at 1840 14th Street, NW this past week as part of the Here and Now exhibition:

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)

We are grateful to all of them for sharing their incredible talents, time, and energy with Transformer and the DC community. We had one very successful week of the exhibition that included close to 300 visitors, an opening day performance by Paul Shoemaker, a talk and tour through the exhibition with Kristen Hileman, Associate Curator of the Hirshhorn Museum Sculpture Garden, and the DC based artists in the exhibition (Jiny Ung, Mandy Burrow, Graham Childs Lily deSaussure, Kyan Bishop Kate Hardy), as well as part one of a guest lecture with visiting artist Matt Mullican. Our thanks to Matt, as well as Nora Halpern and Welmoed Lanstraa of Street Scenes DC, for making Matt's lecture possible.

As a result of the premature closing of this dynamic exhibition of work, Transformer will be hosting a party at Comet Ping Pong on Saturday, May 31 at 9:30 pm to share images of the artists' installations, and programming that took place at 1840 14th Street, NW during the week that Here Now was on view. Please come join us to celebrate these artists and their work. Transformer Board Member Iona Rozeal Brown will be dj-ing along with special guests.

The party at Comet Ping Pong will follow the opening of site-specific work by Mariah Johnson (Los Angeles, CA) and Valerie Molnar (Richmond, VA) at Transformer Saturday May 31, 2008, 1-7pm. As part of the opening day, the artists will discuss their work at 3:30pm in conversation with Cynthia Connolly, Director of the Ellipse Art Center and Curator of The Thread as the Line.

EXHIBITION HOURS for Here and Now at Transformer: Wednesday - Saturday, 1-7pm by appointment.

For images of Here and Now, as well as information about the participating artists, please visit Transformer's website or download the press release.

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