Behind-the-Exhibit

Roger Gastman
Fascinated by the Pump Me Up event last Friday, I attended the curator talk given by Roger Gastman. Before Roger took the stage, a Go-Go radio station did a live remote pumping music throughout the Corcoran auditorium to the sold-out crowd. During Roger’s presentation he shared the origins of his graffiti background, how long it took to gather the items and interviews he used in the exhibit and the inspiration for his movie ‘The Legend of Cool “Disco” Dan’. Roger explained how “Disco” Dan rose to become a symbol of DC so large that he paralleled the monuments. He went on to say how murals of today were influenced by graffiti of the past and that the sense of community was at the heart of the era – it made graffiti and music thrive. After the talk, Roger signed copies of his book (a catalogue of the exhibition). I hung out with him for a bit and he graciously invited me to the screening of his movie Saturday evening. Movie review to follow…

What a Decade!

Pump Me Up
I was lucky to attend the private advance opening of Pump Me Up: DC Subculture of the 1980s at the Corcoran. The guest “DJ” for the event was punk rock legend Henry Rollins. In college I listened to Black Flag and the Rollins Band, so when I had an opportunity to meet and speak with Henry that evening I was very excited. I also met Roger Gastman, the curator of the event. I love the way Roger mixed print design, video, and music archives throughout the exhibit to tell the story of that decade. I enjoyed the show so much that I RSVP’d for the curator talk a few nights later. If you are in the DC area make sure to check out this exhibit — it runs until April 7. (Cool Fact: The title of the exhibit was inspired by Trouble Funk’s song “Pump Me Up”.)