Best Place to See Art

The ’Burbs
As a next-level wave of gentrification pushes emerging artists and guerrilla curators out of places like Mount Pleasant and Petworth—neighborhoods once fertile for group houses and DIY venues—the creative vibes are emanating outside of the city’s center. To see weird art, you may need to cross the District line. Last June, the Rosslyn Business Improvement District made the case for Rosslyn as a new staging ground for performance art with “SuperNOVA,” which brought nearly 100 performance artists to Manhattan on the Potomac for the two-day festival. (SuperNOVA will return in 2015.) The Fold, a small studio and art space in Rockville, might be the best reason to jump on a Shady Grove–bound Red Line train since Dave & Busters. Heading the other way out of town, a gallery for self-taught and disabled artists called Art Enables can be found on Rhode Island Avenue NE just before the Eastern Avenue border; the Gateway Arts Center is located just across the line. To be sure, Dupont Circle’s Hillyer Art Space is still the origin point on any D.C. map when it comes to performance art. But as pork belly overtakes punk as the reason to venture out in D.C., fans of visual and performance arts—and the artists who make them—may find themselves heading out of town.
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