The Corcoran Announces Exhibition Focused On D.C.’s Punk and Go-Go History


Written By: Stephanie Williams

The Corcoran announced that they will host the first major exhibition dedicated to D.C.’s rich punk and go-go scenes of the 1980s. The exhibition, Pump Me Up: D.C. Subculture of the 1980’s, will be curated by Roger Gastman. Gastman began his start as a graffiti artist in Bethesda, Maryland, and since then has gone on to co-producing the Oscar-nominated documentary, Exit Through the Gift Shop along with curating the “Art in the Streets” exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles in 2011.

The exhibition centers around the history of graffiti art in D.C., and its crossover with the city’s vibrant punk and go-go scenes. A collection of photos, records, concert flyers and other key pieces of history collected mainly between 1980 and 1992 will be displayed at the Corcoran’s Atrium and Rotunda. The exhibition will open on February 23rd, 2013.