Collector’s View 2017


Transformer is thrilled to announce our 'Best of' Collectors View Series for Spring 2017!

As Transformer celebrates our 15th birthday, we also celebrate the 10th season of our Collector's View series. To mark these special anniversaries, we are excited to present a 'Best of' Collector's View program this spring, highlighting the collections of some of our most illustrious hosts that have made this program so exciting over the years.

Transformer's annual spring series, Collector's View, shares the private collections of a select and diverse group of some of DC's most important contemporary art collectors. The series of special receptions provides participants an intimate, insider's perspective on the motivations, interests, and passions of dynamic collectors and the work they collect and their relationship with artists, galleries, art spaces and museums.  

Light fare and libations will be served at each View.

Advance ticket purchases are required. A limited number of individual tickets for Collector's View are available. Full series subscriptions are SOLD OUT.

Purchase tickets here:

Collector's View ticket and subscription purchases directly support Transformer's FY17/18 Exhibition Series and educational programming. 

All ticket and subscription purchases are fully tax-deductible to the extent the law allows. 


'Best of' Collectors View 2017:

View 1: Isabel & Ricardo Ernst (Georgetown)
Thursday April 20th, 6-8pm


Contemporary Art collectors Isabel and Ricardo Ernst will welcome you to their home, one of Washington's renovated historical houses, the Hillandale Mansion, a Tuscan Villa built in the 1920´s. Their contemporary art collection includes artists such as: Richard Artshwager, Rodney Glaham, Wade Guyton, Rashid Johnson, Ana Mendieta, Beatriz Milhazes, Sarah Morris, Takashi Murakami, Tal R,  Sterling Ruby, Rudolf Stingel and Kelley Walker.

View 2: Andrea Evers & Brian Aitken (Kalorama)
Thursday May 4th, 6 - 8pm


Andrea Evers and Brian Aitken invite Collector’s View participants to their Kalorama Triangle rowhouse to view their collection of contemporary art.  Highlighting themes of repetition and replication which speaks to a suburban aesthetic and American expansiveness, as well as more narrative works full of life, humor and sex, their collection features Western pop art pieces, and many works by noted DC area artists – a few who have started their careers at Transformer.  Artists include Ed Ruscha, Ken Price, John Wesley, John Divola, Tang, Linn Meyers, Bonner Sale, Todd Hido and Mel Bochner.  Artist Linn Meyers will be attending this View, participating in an informal conversation with Brian and Andrea about the artist/collector relationship.

View 3: Aimee & Robert Lehrman (Massachusetts Avenue Heights)
Sunday May 7th, 4-6pm

Robert Lehrman has been collecting art since 1979 and has focused primarily on the “art of our times.” Robert & Aimee Lehrman’s collection includes painting and sculpture, which begins post pop and consists predominantly of American and European contemporary art.  Artists in their collection include Andy Warhol, Ai Weiwei, Damien Hirst, Agnes Martin, Gerhard Richter, David Hammons and considerable depth in the works of Joseph Cornell. Robert & Aimee believe that in addition to being personally rewarding, collecting art and supporting art organizations and their related activities is an important civic responsibility.

View 4: Mirella & Dani Levinas (Georgetown)
Thursday May 11th, 6-8pm


Long-time contemporary art collectors, Mirella and Dani Levinas open their beautiful home to share their very personal international collection. With a strong concentration in Latin American art, the collection includes contemporary painting, sculpture, photography, and video by established living artists and young and emerging artists, such as: Cildo Meireles, Waltercio Caldas, Vik Muniz, Cristian Segura, José Dávila, Iván Navarro, Tunga, and Javier Arce.

View 5: Tony Podesta (Kalorama)
Sunday May 21st, 2:30 - 4:30pm


Tony Podesta, a leading arts patron and passionate philanthropist, invites Collector’s View guests into his home to see newly installed sculpture, photographs, paintings and works on paper by artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Antony Gormley, Thomas Demand, Oren Eliav and Janaina Tschape. Tony’s collection spans decades, continents and mediums and reflects his penchant for art that evokes emotions and challenges the mind.

Bonus Artist View for full series supporters:
Red Dirt Studios & Margaret Boozer &  (Mt. Rainier, MD)
Sunday June 4th, 2-4pm

Full subscription Collectors View subscribers will be invited to participate in a tour of Red Dirt Studios led by Margaret Boozer. 

Margaret Boozer developed an interest in digging native clays that has led to collaborations with soil scientists and work that explores intersections of art and science.  Her work is included in the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, The US Department of State, The Wilson Building Public Art collection and in many private collections.

Red Dirt is a warehouse studio for a small group of independently practicing artists and creative professionals, from fresh out of school to nationally known. 

Many thanks to our 2017 Collector's View Sponsors:


For Sponsorship information or questions about Transformer's 2017 Collector's View series, please contact Cara Leepson at or 202-483-1102.