Posts Tagged ‘Victoria Reis’

Low-Gallery Diet: Can D.C.’s Art Scene Survive Without Traditional Spaces?

Who’s bothered by the fact that House of Cards tapes in Baltimore, not in D.C.? Let’s see. Folks who work at the District’s Office of Motion Picture and Television Development, for sure. Young aspirational residents of Capitol Hill, too, I’m betting. The D.C. art world? After last week, when Pussy Riot joined Kevin Spacey and [...]

The Future of D.C. Arts, as Told by Matt Yglesias, Holly Bass, Brendan Canty, and Victoria Reis

Start a kids-only lending library of donated instruments from established musicians. Team up with local affordable housing activists to lobby for responsible development. Sell art through subscription services. Amend zoning laws to carve out space for art studios.
That's how D.C. arts will stay solvent in the future, according to the guests at last night's District of Change: Making [...]

Civilian Art Projects Closing Its Space in Mount Vernon Square

On Dec. 19, Mount Vernon Square gallery Civilian Art Projects held a holiday party for all its artists, friends, and supporters. It was the last event the art venture will host in the space; Civilian closes its doors tomorrow on New Year's Eve.
Jayme McLellan, who founded Civilian eight years ago and has operated it at [...]

Never Change, Transformer: Logan Circle’s Tiniest Gallery Toasts to 10 Years of Hard-to-Sell Art

When Transformer marks its 10th anniversary this Friday, some of D.C.’s best artists will be among the revelers. And so will some of its worst.
That’s the way it should be. The art organization’s annual silent art auction has for nearly a decade served as an informal art prom, where artists, dealers, and collectors—with and without gallery [...]

Silence = Unprofessional: The Wojnarowicz Panel

During last night's panel at the Washington Jewish Community Center, National Portrait Gallery historian and "Hide/Seek" curator David Ward said that removing an important artwork from the show threatened to undermine the entire exhibit. He said that the work represented a fine example of the themes that the show's critics don't want to discuss. He [...]

A Fire in Her Belly: Penny Starr, the Conservative Activist Who Punked the Smithsonian

A number of heroes and villains have emerged in the controversy following the Smithsonian Institution’s decision to remove a video work by David Wojnarowicz on display at the National Portrait Gallery. Victoria Reis, director of scrappy D.C. nonprofit Transformer, quickly showed A Fire in My Belly after it was taken down last week. On the [...]

Follow the Money: How Will the Wojnarowicz Controversy Affect the Bottom Line?

Today during a segment on The Alyona Show on Russia Today, Transformer's Victoria Reis squared off against the Catholic League's Jeff Field. Neither was there on behalf of poor friendless National Portrait Gallery. During the back-and-forth, Field said the Catholic League never called on the museum to pull the work but rather asked Congress to [...]

Hawaiian Punch: Transformer Forges a Rare Smithsonian Collaboration

For a D.C. nonprofit gallery, Transformer has always been cocksure. In recent years, Transformer Executive and Artistic Director Victoria Reis and Gallery Manager and Program Coordinator Marissa Long have tested boundaries few galleries or art programs ever approach. The art incubator has swapped shows with Mexico City and hosted art interventions ranging from a lecture [...]

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