'30 Americans' artist Kehinde Wiley is surrounded by Cocoran Gallery of Art team members.
With a bout of unseasonably chilly air engulfing Washington over the weekend, the Corcoran Gallery of Art
’s most recent fundraiser, “Rebirth of the Cool”, took on a decidedly literal meaning on Friday evening.
A (tax deductible) poolside BBQ designed to support artist programming of the venerable institution’s most recent exhibit, 30 Americans
, the event featured live performances by Howard University’s “Showtime” marching band and ‘Ooh-La-La’ dance team, as well as performances by DJ Jahsonic
and DJ Keenan
Modeled after artist Kehinde Wiley
’s popular annual fish fry at Art Basel Miami Beach
, the fundraiser was conceived as a new way of providing Washingtonians with the opportunity to experience the city and the artistic subculture in a way that Wiley described as “a truer example of my lived life.”
Curated from the Rubell Family Collection
, the Corcoran’s 30 Americans
(October 1st, 2011-February 12th, 2012) exhibit is an interconnected survey of work by many of the most important African American artists of the last three decades, including everyone from the seminal Jean-Michel Basquiat
to younger emerging artists.
It also just happens to be pretty darn cool…