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So Much to Pump Me Up! Events Calendar

Pump Me Up events

The Corcoran’s Atrium and Rotunda are covered with harDCore and Go-Go memories, and we also offer a full schedule of public programs starring the people who brought those scenes to life. Keep your Pump Me Up desires satisfied and register now.


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Curator’s Talk: Roger Gastman

Wednesday, February 27, 7 p.m.
$10 Members; $12 Public
To complement Pump Me Up, the exhibition he curated, graffiti historian Roger Gastman discusses the graffiti of Washington, D.C. Gastman began writing graffiti as a teenager in Bethesda. He co-curated the exhibition Art in the Streets at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. His film production credits include Banksy’s Exit through the Gift Shop, and Wall Writers. An exhibition viewing and book signing follows the talk. Sold Out–streaming live.

Family Day 2013: Families Rock!

Saturday, March 2, 10 a.m.—3 p.m.

FREE No registration required.

Corcoran Members at the Family level and above gain entrance at 9:30 a.m.

Get ready for a rocking art escapade! This FREE family day includes live musical performances, DJ workshops with the Scratch DJ Academy, make-your-own instrument and graffiti writing workshops, interactive breakdancing performances, face painting, designing posters for a cause, prizes and more! More information.

Ian MacKaye and Roger Gastman in Conversation

Tuesday, March 5, 7 p.m.
Free; SOLD OUT (an on-site waitlist will open at the entrance to the auditorium at 6:30pm on day of the show);

( WATCH ONLINE LIVE, available here)

Ian MacKaye—D.C. native, musician, producer, and co-founder of Dischord Records—became an important voice in the development and influence of D.C. hardcore music in the 1980s. A member of bands such as Minor Threat, Teen Idles, Embrace, Fugazi, and the Evens, MacKaye continues to make music. For over three decades, he has remained a strong advocate for maintaining an independent identity in the music business. MacKaye sits down with Pump Me Up curator Roger Gastman to discuss growing up in the capital, the culture and energy of the city in the 1980s, and the legacy of D.C.’s punk rock music scene. SOLD OUT.

The Legacy of Globe

Wednesday, March 6, 6:30 p.m.
Free with Gallery admission; SOLD OUT.
Join Bob Cicero, owner of Baltimore’s legendary show card printer, Globe Poster Printing Corp.; John Lewis, Arts and Culture Editor at Baltimore Magazine; and Mary Mashburn, printmaking instructor at Maryland Institute College of Art for a gallery talk on the Globe posters on view in Pump Me Up: DC Subculture of the 1980s. They discuss the elements that make Globe posters so distinctive, the talented people behind the press, and Globe’s new life at MICA. SOLD OUT.

Bustin’ Loose: Stories from D.C.’s Underground Music Scenes

Tuesday, March 12, 7 p.m.
$8 members; $10 public
Go-Go and hardcore emerged in the late 1970s and early 1980s as uniquely Washingtonian urban youth subcultures. Iley Brown of Stride Records, 9:30 Club owner Seth Hurwitz, D.C. Go-Go and hip-hop figure DJ Kool, and musician Alec MacKaye (Untouchables, The Faith, and Ignition) share stories from these two underground music scenes and discuss their origins, folkways, and parallels. The panel is moderated by Washington City Paper managing editor Jonathan L. Fischer. Register now.

Go-Go Music: The History and Evolution of DC’s Legendary Beat

Monday, March 18, 7 p.m.
$8 members; $10 public
Join Kip Lornell, Adjunct Professor of American Music and Ethnomusicology at George Washington University and co- author of The Beat: Go-Go Music from Washington, DC, as he chronicles the development and ongoing popularity of go- go music, the only musical form indigenous to Washington, D.C. In the mid-1970s, Chuck Brown pioneered the iconic go-go sound, influenced by local Latin percussion ensembles, disco, Grover Washington’s hit single “Mr. Magic,” and funk. By the mid-1980s, bands such as Rare Essence (RE), Trouble Funk, and Junk Yard Band had emerged. Today we are in our third generation of go-go, and the music tradition continues to evolve and thrive in the district, with most recent bands playing what’s known as “bounce beat” go-go. Dr. Lornell’s talk will highlight this nearly 40-year history with musical excerpts and video clips. Register now.


Thursday, March 28, 7 p.m.
$8 members; $10 public
Co-presented by Washington City Paper
During the 1980s, Washington’s go-go and punk scenes adhered to different sets of cultural rules, yet both shared a staunchly DIY approach. This panel discussion, moderated by Alona Wartofsky, a former writer and editor for City Paper and The Washington Post, will explore the music and gang cultures of pre-gentrification D.C. Panelists include Trouble Funk’s “Big” Tony Fisher, Rare Essence’s Andre “Whiteboy” Johnson, longtime Washington music writer Mark Jenkins, former D.C. Police detective Donald “Goose” Gossage, and Gangster George, a former member of the Gangster Chronicles crew. Register now.


For more details about the exhibition, please visit Pump Me Up: D.C. Subculture of the 1980s online.