Best Small Art Gallery

Best: Curator’s Office
1515 14th St. NW, (202) 387-1008
2nd Best: Transformer
1404 P St., NW, (202) 483-1102
When it comes to closet-sized art spaces, no gallery is more minuscule than Andrea Pollan’s Curator’s Office, which is exactly as big as it sounds. Billed as a micro-gallery, the average number of pieces that can be shown in the space usually hovers around five, and Pollan makes them count. The second best gallery to come in a small package, though, is Transformer, which occupies a little storefront on P Street. Unlike Pollan’s one-woman operation, Transformer is headed up by director Victoria Reis and a team of assistants, who help the gallery grow beyond its studio-apartment-sized walls. The gallery is home base, but Transformer regularly hosts events, exhibits, and lectures anywhere in the city that will give them an interesting space—from abandoned buildings to Comet Ping Pong. But the intimacy of the P Street space makes it seem like you’re in the apartment of a hip friend, checking out her art collection, and Reis and team help you feel right at home.