Collector's View


Collector's View - a new program created by Transformer, provides the rare opportunity for participants to comprehensively view some of Washington's best private collections of contemporary art.

Through the generous support of several leading area contemporary art collectors, Transformer is thrilled to invite you to a series of visits to some of Washington's best homes for personal "views" of a diverse range of private art collections. Participants will be privy to learn, from an insider's perspective, the motivations, interests and passions of these dynamic collectors on the work they collect.

Each "view" promises to be as unique as the collectors and collections themselves - with personal anecdotes on how certain works were acquired, and conversations with guest artists from the collections.

Participation in the Collector's View series is $75 dollars per person for each "view." Become a Visionary Friend of Transformer at the "Advocate" level for $250 per person, and receive tickets to all four events - a significant discount. Light fare and cocktails will be served at each event.

All donations via the Collector's View series and the Visionary Friends of Transformer are fully taxdeductible, and will directly benefit Transformer and our 2008/2009 Exhibition series.



Sunday, March 30, 2008; 4 - 6 pm

Highlighting the Podestas' recent installation of new acquisitions of paintings and drawings, this view will showcase their diverse collection of contemporary art. This is the first time the Podestas are opening up their home to view their new "re-hang."



Thursday, April 24, 2008; 6:30 - 8 pm

Focusing on the work of emerging artists, Christine Varney and Tom Graham are great supporters of DC's native sons and daughters. Over half of their exciting collection of contemporary visual work includes local artists Colby Caldwell, Graham Caldwell, Anne Cook, Jason Falchook, Jason Gubbiotti, James Huckenpahler and Ian Whitmore. This view will feature a conversation between two of the represented artists Colby Caldwell and James Huckenpahler.



Friday, May16, 2008; 6:30 - 8pm

With a collection highlighting contemporary Asian art, Shigeko Bork, curator and director of mu projects, will speak about her travels to China and Chinese contemporary art - including where to go when visiting China and what to look for from galleries and artist studios. Photographer Gen Aihara will also speak about his work. Gen is an assistant to Hiroshi Sugimoto and has been included in major private collections such as the Pigozzi collection.



Thursday, June 12, 2008; 6:30 - 8pm

As a founding design principal of CORE architecture + design, Peter Hapstak has always been committed to creating spaces that integrate art and architecture. This view of Jan & Peter Hapstak's Hugh Newell Jacobson 1978 Architectural Record Dreier House, and collection, will focus on how their home enhances their artwork and vice versa. The collection includes the work of well recognized local and national artists, as well as signature furniture.