PUMP ME UP: DC subcultures of the 1980s

CLIENT: Corcoran Gallery of Art and Curator/Producer Roger Gastman

PUMP ME UP: DC subcultures of the 1980's was the first museum exhibition to explore the thriving underground of Washington, D.C., during the 1980’s, giving visual form to the raucous energy of graffiti, Go-Go music, and a world-renowned punk and hardcore scene. Exhibit attendance broke records for the Corcoran Gallery and the companion documentary, The Legend of Cool "Disco" Dan, was screened in Silver Spring, Boston, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and New York City. I researched and wrote the didactic text for the entire gallery exhibit, which showed February 23rd - April 7, 2013 and I was a story editor on the documentary.

The large academic and art history companion book to the groundbreaking exhibit at the Corcoran Gallery of Art features three essays I wrote on artists Cynthia Connolly and her contributions to DISCHORD Records, musician/artist Robin Rose of the Urban Verbs, and the legendary 9:30 Club. In addition, I copyedited and created captions for the entire 300+ page book. Truly a life-changing experience for me, the exhibit, film, and book are a milestone as the first comprehensive study of the controversial and extremely creative subcultures that came out of the DC area in the 1980's.