Roger Gastman's Pump Me Up: DC Subculture of the 1980s winds up a successful run at the Corcoran this weekend, as Mumbo Sauce, another Gastman show, opens at DC's Contemporary Wing. Both exhibitions highlight DC's go-go, punk, and graffiti scenes and include plenty of work from Globe, the legendary Baltimore printing firm that closed in 2011 and was resurrected at MICA last year. Globe pretty much defined the visual aesthetic of go-go music, and I penned an essay about the company and its work for the Pump Me Up catalogue. Although the Corcoran show closes today, you can check out Mumbo Sauce until the 21st. And if you haven't seen Gastman's Cool Disco Dan film—ostensibly about the legendary graffiti writer, it's actually an engaging look at the vitality of underground art scenes and cultures—keep your eyes peeled for a screening or DVD release date.
Photo: Lewis Cam