Collector’s View 2021



Outdoor Launch Party: June 8, 2021, 6:30pm EST

Online Series Premiere: June 10, 2021

Collector’s View Series 2021: Artful Appetites is Transformer’s 14th iteration of our annual Collector’s View Series that highlights diverse groups of prominent contemporary art collectors, unique and dynamic private art collections, and insightful collector viewpoints on the artists and artworks that inspire them. Each year, Collector’s View provides audience participants with intimate, insider perspectives on the motivations, interests, and passions of our collector Hosts, special Views of the artwork they collect, and reflections on their relationship with artists, galleries, art spaces, and museums. 

This year we are excited to present twelve video ‘Views’ highlighting the intersection of art, food, and design. Through this year’s special series of interviews and conversations conducted by Transformer throughout the month of May, Collector’s View Series 2021: Artful Appetites highlights the significant connection between food and visual art - two vital, creative industries that nurture and inspire people! Curated by Transformer’s Executive & Artistic Director Victoria Reis, with production by Transformer staff, each video ‘View’ is as unique as our collector Hosts. 


Transformer is honored to spotlight an exceptional line up of chefs and restaurateurs who embrace visual art in their kitchens, restaurants, and everyday lives, including:

Gerald Addison, Bammy’s
Ashok Bajaj, Annabelle 
Amy Brandwein, Centrolina 
Erik Bruner-Yang, Maketto
Lizzy Evelyn & Nick Pimentel, Ellé
Christian Irabién, Muchas Gracias!
Anthony Mangieri, Una Pizza Napoletana in conversation with artist Sara Stadtmiller
Joan Nathan, Cookbook Writer & Food Journalistcooking with Amy Brandwein, Centrolina
Rose Previte,
Maydan in conversation with artist Janelle Whisenant 
Cizuka Seki, izakaya SEKI
Kiran Saund & John Snyder, Saund & Snyder 
Clementine Thomas & Sam Vasfi, Bold Fork Books

“Food and art have always gone hand in hand in nurturing people’s bodies and minds. As our communities open back up to dining out this spring, Transformer is excited to invite viewers to ‘tune in’ and experience uplifting & insightful video Views with heartfelt stories of ‘artful appetites’ by some of our favorite DC chefs and restauranteurs, as well as special guest chefs and artists from outside the District.”

– Victoria Reis, Founder, Executive & Artistic Director, Transformer

TUESDAY, JUNE 8, 6:30 – 9 pm EST

Outside in the Comet Ping Pong Parking Lot
5037 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC

Collector’s View 2021: Artful Appetites will premiere with a launch party on Tuesday, June 8, 6:30–9pm, in the Parking Lot Pizza Garden of Comet Ping Pong, Buck’s Fishing & Camping and Muchas Gracias! in NW Washington, DC. 

The event will be limited to 100 people. Advance ticket purchase is required. 

Each $50 ticket comes with light fare and two complimentary drink tickets (beer/wine). Launch Party music by DJ Baby Alcatraz and DJ Smile Now, Cry Later. All Launch Party guests will also receive advance viewing access to the Collector’s View 2021: Artful Appetites video series.

Proceeds will support Transformer’s ongoing programs to fund emerging visual artists.

Event registration and further details are available at:

Covid-19 Guidelines: Comet Parking lot and Transformer are following current CDC guidelines for outdoor dining. To facilitate this, the guest list size is limited and seating arrangements will reflect social distancing. Please remember, masks are required to enter inside the facilities. 



The full Collector’s View 2021: Artful Appetites series will launch online Thursday, June 10 for free viewing enjoyment throughout the month of June. Advance registration is required:

‘Appeteasers’ of the series will be shared across Transformer’s social media platforms throughout the run of the series. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter at @transformerdc.

Collector’s View 2021: Artful Appetites was filmed, edited, and produced by Kenny Giarla & Jisung Kim in collaboration with Transformer staff. Design by Bronson Arcuri.

Collector’s View 2021: Artful Appetites is very generously supported by
Long & Foster | Christie's International Real Estate.

Image Credits:
Ashok Bajaj at Annabelle; photo by Kenny Giarla & Jisung Kim.
Food by Chef Christian Irabién, Muchas Gracias!; photo by Kenny Giarla & Jisung Kim.
Kitchen at Centrolina; photo by Kenny Giarla & Jisung Kim.