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News Archive for 2011

Dec 06, 2011

8th Annual Transformer Silent Auction a HUGE Success!

Thank you to all of the participating Artists for including their work, our Host Committee and Chairs, all of our Sponsors, The Australian Embassy, and the Corcoran for making this our most successful fundraising event yet!

View the 2011 Auction Page

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Nov 30, 2011

Special Screening of Untitled In honor of World AIDS Day / Day With(out) Art

Still from Untitled, by Jim Hodges, Encke King, and Carlos Marques de Cruz, 2011, DVD, 60 minutes, Color Stereo

A year after Transformer’s December 1, 2010 48-hour storefront screening of an edited version of David Wojnarowicz’s A Fire in My Belly, screened in a direct response to the Smithsonian Institutions’ censorship of a similar work in the National Portrait Gallery’s Hide/Seek exhibition, Transformer is proud to honor World Aids Day and Day With(out) Art 2011 with the presentation of Untitled, in collaboration with NY based Visual AIDS.

Transformer joins more than 63 arts organizations, community groups, major museums, and colleges across the US in presenting simultaneous, free screenings of Untitled, a new video work by Jim Hodges, Carlos Marques de Cruz, and Encke King, featuring a non-linear montage of archival and pop footage recalling the passionate activism sparked by the early years of the AIDS crisis. Un-spooling at multiple levels, the narrative flies between scenes of tragic brutality to kitschy humor, arch clips of laughter and ironic surprises while shredding traditional chronology. Many references - the title, short excerpts from Golden Girls and Dynasty, popular songs, and contemporary issues – nod towards Felix Gonzalez-Torres’ oeuvre, but the film is not an attempt to portray the artist; rather, it places the viewer “in his room”. In this way, the framing of the artist becomes a means to project any number of people, endlessly.

Click here for a complete list of Untitled screenings, venues, and related programs.

As part of our screening of Untitled, Transformer will be giving away a limited number of NOT OVER buttons with red ribbons that were created by A.K. Burns, John Chaich, Joe De Hoyos, and Avram Finkelstein for the 20th Anniversary of Visual AIDS’ Red Ribbon project.  Untitled and the NOT OVER buttons are provided courtesy of Visual AIDS:

Seating at Transformer is limited.  To reserve your seat to the December 1, 5:30 screening of Untitled, please click here.  Attendance is free.

Closing out our Storefront Video exhibition, a subtitled version of Untitled will also screen on a continuous loop Dec 1 – Dec 4 in our storefront window space.

Nov 11, 2011

Transformer one-year after “Hide/Seek”

DC based journalist Kriston Capps writes about the one-year anniversary of Transformer's response to the Smithsonian's censorship of David Wojnarowicz's video work A Fire in My Belly, Lisa Marie Thalhammer's Wojnarowicz Mask in the upcoming 8th Annual Transformer Silent Auction & Benefit Party on November 18, and our current Storefront Video exhibition.  Read the full article in the City Paper detailing the connection of these Transformer actions & programs:

DC CityPaper ArtsDesk: One Year After “Hide/Seek”

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Oct 27, 2011

Silent Auction Host Committee Reception & Artwork Preview October 20, 2011

Chris Botnick, Julie Weber, Joe Ireland, Kyle O’Donnell, Edith Gregson

The 8th Annual Transformer Silent Auction & Benefit Party is made possible through the generous support of our Host Committee & Sponsors.  A complete list is featured on our website and the event invite.  A special Thank You Reception in their honor took place at the Australian Embassy on October 20th, hosted by this year’s Auction Diplomatic Chairs, The Honorable Kim Beazley and Ms. Susie Annus.

The Honorable Kim Beazley, Ambassador of Australia, Diplomatic Chair of Transformer 8th Annual Silent Auction & Benefit Party, addresses guest at pre-Auction Host Committee thank you reception

“Transformer is a daring and exciting organization highlighting artists’ ideas and experimentation.  Working close to the creative coalface, this nimble organization has a mission to strengthen community by supporting emerging artists in their development.

Tonight we commence the build up to the 8th Annual Transformer Silent Auction & Benefit Party on November 18.  I am honored to be the Diplomatic Chair of this dynamic occasion in Washington’s cultural calendar.  The Auction is an opportunity for each and everyone of us to affirm our support for the next generation of artists that will help us collectively make sense of the world and illuminate our future.”

-The Honorable Kim Beazley, Australian Ambassador to the United States of America
Excerpt from the Ambassador’s speech presented to Auction Host Committee & Sponsors at the Australian Embassy on October 20, 2011.

Oct 26, 2011

Storefront Video Exhibition

October 29 - December 3, 2011

Wilson Butterworth, code #3, 2011, digital ink jet , 20x20

Nearly a year after Transformer’s December 1, 2010 storefront screening of an edited version of David Wojnarowicz’s A Fire in My Belly , screened in a direct response to the Smithsonian Institutions’ censorship of a similar work from the National Portrait Gallery’s Hide/Seek exhibition, Transformer revisits the use of our storefront space as a way to interact with audiences through the sidewalk presentation & viewing of video.

Working in collaboration with a diverse range of artists and organizations in the development of this program, Transformer launches Storefront Video this Saturday, October 29, 2011 with works from the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum’s ARTLAB+ program, a design studio for teens (  ARTLAB+ guest filmmaker Akosua Adoma Owusu, curator of the ARTLAB+ Film Forum program, has guest curated a special selection of Film Forum videos especially for Transformer’s Storefront Video exhibition.

This first selection of Storefront Video works to be screened beginning at noon on Saturday, October 29 through 11:59am on Monday, October 31, include: Camel Tooth Curtain, 2005 by CamLAB (a Jemima Wyman and Anna Mayer Collaboration) and Inside Out, 2010 by Candice Lin. Additional works from the ARTLAB+ Film Forum program, as well as works by teen participants of ARTLAB+ will screen each weekend throughout the run of Storefront Video.

Storefront Video Exhibition Hours:  Works will be on view 24 hours a day, 7 days a week beginning Saturday, October 29 at noon.  New works will screen Mon – Saturday at noon.  A full schedule will be released weekly on Transformer’s new website & our facebook page.

View the Storefront Video exhibition page

View the Storefront Video exhibition schedule

Oct 20, 2011

Renowned DC based art collectors Heather & Tony Podestas support Transformer’s Auction

The Podestas seek artwork anywhere and everywhere, including the upcoming Transformer auction, scheduled for Nov. 18. Transformer is a D.C.-based non-profit organization that connects and promotes emerging artists locally, nationally and internationally.

If one is looking to get into art collecting, Tony recommended attending Transformer. “There’s a lot of very good younger artists out there and their work is inexpensive,” he said. “For the price of a night on the town you can get a great piece of art instead.”

To read the full article about the Podestas, click here:

Oct 17, 2011

8th Annual Transformer Silent Auction & Benefit Party

Friday, November 18, 2011, 8-11pm
Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th Street, NW

Images: Sampling of upcoming auction artworks, left to right: Dan Treado, Candy Coasted Clown, 2003; Laurel Lukazewski, Restless, 2011; Kate MacDonnell, halo, 2009; Frank Day, San Vicente Trees, 1998; Jesus Leon, the rhythm of the absent burden, 2010; Lely Constantinople, Young's Chicken Shack, Washington, D.C., 2011

Tickets to this dynamic annual event celebrating Transformer, our programs on behalf of emerging artists, and the extensive community of artists throughout the DC region and beyond, are now on sale.

Transformer's Annual Auction is one of the most exciting events of the fall arts season & this year's is sure to be our best yet!  For more information, please visit our 2011 Auction page.

Visit the 2011 Auction page

View the 2011 Auction Invite (PDF)

View the 2011 Auction Artworks (PDF)

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Oct 01, 2011

Current Exhibition: transformers: the next generation

September 17 - October 22, 2011

Crowd in Gallery 31

Transformer launched our 10th Exhibition Season with two group shows highlighting the current work of Corcoran College of Art + Design alumni - both artists who have helped to define Transformer's exhibition program aesthetic since our inception, and a new generation of artists emerging in their careers.

Exhibitions Hours for transformers: the next generation are Wed- Sat, 1-7pm and by appointment.

Click here to view the exhibition page

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Sep 25, 2011

(e)merge art fair great success for Transformer!

Transformer would like to thank everyone who helped make our presence at the inaugural (e)merge art fair a great success. Transformer was proud to present a site-specific installation of new works by DC-based artists Erin Boland, Jessica Cebra and Emilia Olsen in Room 219 at the Capitol Skyline Hotel.

Image Credits: Emilia Olsen, installation with drawings, 2011; Jessica Cebra,rocks and shapes, 2011

(e)merge Website

transformer(e)merge tumblr - Mia's, Erin's and Jess' inspirations and works in progress

"(e)merge art fair @ Capitol Skyline Hotel" -

"(e)merge Art Fair Review, Washington DC" - ArtBlogNYC

Each of these artists brings a unique approach to their medium. Boland's drawings and sculptures investigate the dissonance that allows us to explore our anatomies without the physical experience of looking at a dissected human body. Similarly, Cebra's photographic collages disassemble and reassemble glamour shots of women from high-end fashion magazines exploring the aesthetics of decadence and opulence. Olsen's mixed media works on paper revolve around the emotions that girls and women face as they grow out of adolescence and experience flaws, pain, love, sexuality and disappointment.

In addition to the presentation of new works by these three artists, Transformer presented works from our FlatFile program.