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Upcoming Exhibits & Events

Malaga, Spain: Friday, November 16, 18:00-19:30

Banned in DC Slideshow / Talk / Book Signing At the Moments Festival

Barcelona, Spain: Tuesday, November 13

Banned in DC Slideshow / Talk / Book Signing At TBD

Frederick, MD: Saturday, November 3

Banned in DC Slideshow / Talk / Book Signing at New Spire Arts

115 E Church St, starts at 7pm

Rockville, MD: September 5- October 14, 2018

Deep Flash: On Art and Transformation At VisArts

In celebration of their 30th anniversary VisArts (formerly known as Rockville Arts Place) presents an exhibition in four galleries and alternative exhibition spaces that explores the power of visual art to transform. Thirteen curators, many who have played a critical role in the history of VisArts, selected a single work of art or a small curated group of artworks by multiple artists that address art's ability to shift social, cultural, or personal forms. An e-catalog of essays and images includes the curators' reflections on when, where, how, and what an experience with art changed them. This exhibition is in the spirit of sharing experiences and opening conversations about how the “work” of art can spark, trigger, or unleash conversions spectacular and subtle in both makers and viewers.

Curators: Cynthia Connolly, Judy Greenberg, J.W. Mahoney, Fletcher Mackey, Jacqueline Maria Milad, Andrea Pollan, Jack Rasmussen, Laura Roulet, Jose Ruiz, Nancy Sausser, Lynn Silverman, sindikit (Zoe Charlton and Tim Doud)

Artists include: Linn Meyers, Joe Shannon, Shane Gooding, Stephen Hayes, Frank Day, Elsabe Dixon, Ashley Culver, Guy Miller, Jean Jinho Kim, Elizabeth Sherman, Alex Ebstein, The Punk Rock Flyer and Zines, bees, Rachel Rotenberg, and others TBA.

Create your own zine or flyer at the hands on work table surrounding an exhibit of Connolly's personal collection of flyers from Los Angeles and Washington, DC and some zines from the Dischord Records archive initiated by Connolly, all from the 80's and 90's. Use the guidelines provided by John Davis. John is the Performing Arts Metadata Archivist at Special Collections in Performing Arts (SCPA), which is located in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library at UMD. SCPA has stewarded several collections related to D.C. punk since 2014.

Opening Reception: Friday, September 7, 7-9PM at VisArts Rockville, 155 Gibbs St, Rockville, MD 20850

Big Sur, CA: Wednesday, August 22, 2018, 3-6pm

Big Sur Storytelling Gathering: How Did the Closure of Highway 1 Affect You? at Henry Miller Memorial Library

Artist Cynthia Connolly invites you to come to the Henry Miller Memorial Library to hang out in a casual salon and to see her workprint film photographs of the signs that indicated the closure along the Highway. Share your stories of how this significant event affected you for a project by the photographer and for preservation by the Library.

Henry Miller Memorial Library, 48603 Highway 1, Big Sur, California 93920

Richmond, VA: Friday, July 6-August, 2018

2018 UNBOUND! At Candela Gallery

Exhibiting artists: Michael Abramson, Addison Brown, Christa Blackwood, Susan Burnstine, Kimberly Chiaris, Christopher Colville, Cynthia Connolly, Brian Culbertson, John Cyr, Catherine Day, Jon Feinstein, Torrance Hall, Rachel Jablo, Michael Jackson, Mark Kelner, Andy Mattern, Noelle Mason, Ruben Natal-San Miguel, David Pace & Stephen Wirtz, Lydia Panas, Rachel Phillips, Diane Pierce, Lissa Rivera, Wendi Schnieder, Jennifer Shaw, Carla Shapiro, Heather,, Evans Smith, Krista Svalbonas, Rob Tarbell, Athena Tasiopoulos, JP Terlizzi, Martin Wannam, Emily White, Lloyd Wolf, Woody Woodroof.

First Friday opening reception: Friday, July 6
Gala event: Saturday, July 28
I will be in attendance

Candela Gallery: 214 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23220

Savannah, GA, Friday, June 1, 7-8pm

Banned in DC Talk and Slideshow at Graveface Records and Curiosities

5 West 40th Street, Savannah, GA 31401

San Francisco, California Sunday, May 27-June 30,2018

Punk Photoshow from the 80s and 90s at Stranded Records

A couple photos from each of us from the DC punk scene in the 1980s and 90s: Cynthia Connolly, Pat Graham, Tiffany Pruitt, Bert Queiroz and Kim Thompson. Each photographers' work is accompanied by a 'zine or book that they created. Rare photographic prints, framed and unframed, zines and signed copies of the Banned in DC book will be for sale.

Stranded Records, 1055 Valencia Street, 94110
Opening reception: Sunday, May 27, 3pm

Charleston, SC, Friday, May 25, 7-8pm

Banned in DC Talk and Slideshow at Vinyl Connection

FACEBOOK EVENT

Vinyl Connection, 724-B King Street, Charleston, SC 29403

Norfolk, Virginia, Thursday May 24th

Banned in DC Talk and Slideshow at Charlie's American Cafe

Followed immediately by: /p>

FACEBOOK EVENT

Doors: 7pm; Slideshow/Talk: 8pm; Bands after 9pm (pay for bands)
4024 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23504

Presented by Hardcore Norfolk and TBA Productions
PARKING AVAILABLE IN THE LOT ACROSS THE STREET FROM CHARLIE'S, PLEASE DO NOT PARK IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD BEHIND THE VENUE

Arlington, VA: May 2018

The Arlington Art Truck has launched with NEA Grant!! Find it on the streets and in the parks of Arlington County, Virginia

I have been working nearly three years as Special Projects Curator for Arlington County to develop and launch the Arlington Art Truck. It is a life long dream to create a van that brings art to the people.. in surprising and fun ways ...and where you least expect it! We even won a National Endowment for the Arts Grant to support the first season! Outfitted with both digital and traditional creative tools, this ordinary van is a mobile tool box for artists-in-residence to engage you in the creative process. Between April and October, curated projects will hit the streets and range from a pop-up gallery or workshop, to an impromptu performance. Immediately recognizable, the Ford Transit Van was hand-painted by Stephen Powers. Look for where the people are-- at a farmer's market or festival.. you will find the Arlington Art Truck!

We just had a month of activations with artists EMILY FRANCISCO and ALEX BRADEN with their artwork, "Bipedal Soundscapes". Everyone loved the project! You have a couple more chances to see them. Check out some photos on Instagram.

Up next week is Texas based artist ALICIA EGGERT . I curated a solo exhibit at Artisphere a couple years back and I cannot believe I am so lucky to be able to work with her again! Come to Arlington and see, You Are Magic that was made specifically for the Arlington Art Truck.

YOU ARE MAGIC by Alicia Eggert:

BIPEDAL SOUNDSCAPES by Emily Francisco and Alex Braden

Please note: the Arlington Art Truck events will be cancelled due to rain or severe wind.
More projects this summer with Kate Samworth, Marcella Kriebel and Marc Pekala.

Arlington, VA, Thursday, March 16, 2018

Announcement: I am excited to announce that my handmade lettepressed limited edition book, EAST TO WEST: TRUCKS DRIVING, and my zine, BIG LOTS, published by Deadbeat Club, have been acquired by the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

The National Museum of Women in the Arts is the only major museum in the world solely dedicated to championing women through the arts and is right here in Washington, DC! Be sure to visit them when you come to the Washington area.

Arlington, Thursday, March 22 - Saturday, May 5, 2018

That's Why I'm Here at the Cody Gallery at Marymount University

Featuring: Kyle Bauer, Cynthia Connolly, Elizabeth Huey, Kim Llerena, and Jordan Rathus. Curated by Meaghan Kent, the exhibition considers location and landscape as an impetus in creating work and questions our sense of placement within the grander scheme of space. Bittersweet, melancholic moments run throughout the exhibition as one discovers that within these moments of reorientation we can find perspective, humility and humor.

This is a rare opportunity to see EAST TO WEST: TRUCKS DRIVING

Opening reception: Thursday March 22, 5-7pm
Gallery Hours: Thursday - Saturday: 1-6pm or by appointment
Street Parking | Ballston Metro | Capitol Bikeshare

Arlington, VA, Wednesday, March 14, 2018

From the Back of the Room a film by Amy Odenat at Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse with a Q & A with Amy Oden, film maker, Michelle (Sick Fix) and Cynthia Connolly

Many people have the impression that the Riot Grrrl movement I the mid-90's was the end-all, be-all of female involvement in DIY punk. This is definitely not the case! Plenty of amazing ladies prior to this era paved the way for it, and plenty of amazing ladies continue to help keep DIY together today. This documentary chronicles the past 30 years of female involvement in DIY punk, and has interviews with over 30 women from across the country, ages 17 to 40. Race, gender, sexuality, motherhood, class, and activism are all addressed in this film, giving a more complete picture of how these women participate in the DIY community, and how it affects their daily lives.

I will be selling the books Banned in DC and East to West: Trucks Driving along with my postcard sets before after the screening.

Doors: 6:30, Film: 7:30, Q & A: 9:30, $10.

Get tickets from Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse

Washington, DC, Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Out There: The Self-Created Artist in DC at the Goethe-Institut

A musical performance from multi-instrumentalist Andrew White will introduce a panel discussion on the experimental and self-created artist in D.C. Panelists will talk about the unique spaces they occupy and perspectives they share—from being a musician a visual artist and photographer, to publishing a zine on defunct artist-run spaces.

Panelists include:
Andrew White, Cynthia Connolly, Blair Murphy, Marc Minsker (moderator).

Find the Goethe-Institut at 1990 K St. NW Washington, DC (enter via 20th St. between Eye & K St. NW), 6:30-8pm

See the Facebook Event

Sponsored by the DC Public Library Foundation.

2017

Arlington, VA, Saturday, December 9, 2017

GRUMP! and alternative arts and crafts holiday show at the Crystal City Underground

I will have a selection of printed and letterpressed projects I have made over the years for sale including The Box of Ice Boxes, Banned in DC, Bonus Grab Bag, Letters on Top of Buildings Grab Bag, and small framed photographs. Ask me to bring something if you do not see it on this list!

noon - 5 pm at the Crystal City Underground, 1750 Crystal Drive, Arlington VA, 22202

Washington, DC, November 18, 2017, !!ONLY!!

Transformer Auction at The Katzen Center at American University

Featuring over 160 artworks by locally, nationally, and internationally based, emerging & established artists. Savories, sweets, and drinks provided by several of Washington DC's finest restaurants.

If you still haven't been to the auction, now is the time to go to support a great non-profit art space in Washington, DC. This is a super fun event and I will be there!! One work of mine, with letterpress over an original gelatin silver print will be in the auction.

Katzen Center at American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016

Malaga, Spain Friday, November 17, 2017 - January 8, 2018.

PASADO PERFECTO - a Polaroid photograph exhibition curated by Pat Graham at Calle Ollerias

With: Ed Templeton, Jason Lee, Pat Graham, Cynthia Connolly, Atiba Jefferson, Justin Borucki, Nolan Hall, O, Sonny Marr, Andrew Paynter, Cat Stevens, Angela Boatright, Thomas Campbell, Grant Brittain, Deanna Templeton, Craig Stecyk, Albert Polo, Clint Woodside, Dana Wachs, Amanda Marsalis, Danny Clinch and more.

Opening reception Friday, November 17th

Banned in DC Southern tour: November 9- November 17, 2017

Please come to one of five events with Cynthia Connolly, publisher and contributing photographer of Banned in DC. Released in 1988, Banned in DC (co-authored by Cynthia Connolly, Leslie Clague and Sharon Cheslow) is one of the first of its kind, illustrating and documenting the now legendary punk scene of Washington D.C. with hundreds of photos and flyers and stories about the bands, the venues and the people who populated the shows. This particular scene embodied a spirit of DIY that has come to be synonymous with punk, and it has continued to be an influence on many regional punk scenes around the world.

For this mini tour, Cynthia will share her stories and images, some from the book and additional images of ephemera and photos in a quick paced slide show that will tell the story of growing up in Los Angeles where she discovered both art and underground punk music as her calling, and how she got involved in the “scene”. The story unfolds in 1981, with a relocation to Washington, DC where we get to learn more of her involvement with a very small group of kids who contribute and create a world-wide inspirational music movement like no other. Nearly 30 years later there is still a demand for Banned in DC, and Cynthia has produced a seventh edition with an 8-page afterword added, which will be available for $25 at the event. FREE ADMISSION.

Also! Bonus Grab Bag & Box of Ice Boxes for sale on this tour.

Los Angeles, California- November 5 - 25 2017

Similar Sunlight a presentation of documentation and ephemera from artist projects on rooftops.

Examining the roof as a creative space, this exhibition focuses primarily on recent project in Los Angeles, New York as well as historical projects. This project will take place on the rooftop of 322 S. Los Angeles Street, Los Angeles, California. Proposed artists for the show include: Benjamin Tong, Cynthia Connolly, Dan Graham, Dave Lovejoy, Claire Graham, Diller Scofidio Renfro, Don Edler, John Drue Scott Worrell, Elyse Reardon-Jung, Theresa Sterner, Gordan Matta-Clark, James Turrell, Jeremy Hahn, Keaton Macon, Mark Bradford, Melanie Rios, Phoebe Osborne, Piero Golia, Pierre Huyghe, Rachel Whiteread, Trisha Brown Dance Company.

Santa Cruz, CA, Thursday, August 3, 2017, 6:30pm

Banned in DC Book Signing/Talk/Slideshow at Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History

Please come to this Banned in DC talk and slideshow with Cynthia Connolly, publisher and contributing photographer of Banned in DC. Released in 1988, Banned in D.C. (co-authored by Cynthia Connolly, Leslie Clague and Sharon Cheslow) is one of the first of its kind, illustrating and documenting the now legendary punk scene of Washington D.C. with hundreds of photos and flyers and stories about the bands, the venues and the people who populated the shows. This particular scene embodied a spirit of DIY that has come to be synonymous with punk, and it has continued to be an influence on many regional punk scenes around the world. For this talk, Cynthia will share her stories and images, some from the book and additional images of ephemera and photos in a quick paced slide show that will tell the story of growing up in Los Angeles where she discovered both art and underground punk music as her calling, and how she got involved in the “scene”. The story unfolds in 1981, with a re-location to Washington, DC where we get to learn more of her involvement with a very small group of kids who contributed and created a world-wide inspirational music movement like no other.

Nearly 30 years later there is still a demand for Banned in D. C., and Cynthia has produced a seventh edition with an 8-page afterword added, which will be available for $25 cash at the event.

The talk is free, but you must pay a reduced admission to the museum of $5. The museum closes at 9pm so you have time to check it out!

Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, 705 Front Street Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Washington, DC, July 12 - August 19, 2017

Homegrown at roving locations presented by Transformer

Homegrown is a summer exhibition exploring hyper local food and art movements in the Washington, DC area. Through a partnership with UP TOP ACRES, a network of rooftop farms across the DC metro area, each week Transformer will present a different selection of works from their FlatFile program in tandem with special events both in Transformer's 1404 P Street, NW project space and in locations around DC, that highlight locally sourced and produced food and creative products.

Look for events on Transformer website throughout month

Opening reception Wednesday, July 12th at Transformer

Hyattsville, MD Friday, June 23-Saturday August 5, 2017

ONE YEAR LATER group exhibition at Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center

Curated by Molly Ruppert.

Featuring: Allan Akman, Maria Barbosa, Kristina Bilonick, Margaret Boozer, Nicole Bresner, Rebecca Callum, Beth Cartland, Cynthia Connolly, Pepe Coronado, Shelia Crider, Richard Dana, Anna U Davis, Georgia Deal, Chase DeForest, Bill Dunlap, Lauren Emeritz, Melissa Ezelle, Helen Frederick, Katie Garth, Susan Goldman, Pat Goslee, Eve Hennessa, Sean Hennessey, Francie Hester, Ellen Hill, Brece Honeycutt, Jackie Hoysted, Marty Ittner, Rose Jaffee , Rebecca Katz, Brian Kelley, Cookie Kerxton, Bridget Lambert, Rob Lindsay, Laurel Lukaszewski, Janet Matthews, Lindsay McCulloch, Linn Meyers, Maggie Michael, David Mordini, Elizabeth Morisette, Joseph Orzal, John Paradiso, Franc Rosario, Gretchen Schermerhorn, Joseph Shetler, Anne Smith, Molly Springfield, Steven Stichter, Lynn Sures, Trish Tillman, Jenny Walton

Opening reception Friday, June 23rd, 6-9pm

Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center, 4318 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville, MD 20781

Putney, Vermont, April 5 - May 20, 2017

Eye of the Song: Visual Art by Musicians at Michael S. Currier Center Gallery

Curated by Susan Brearey. Opening Reception: Saturday, April 29th 4-6pm

Artists include: Sam Amidon, Sam Andrew, Anna & Elizabeth, Pete Bernhard, Justin Vivian Bond, John Cohen, Cynthia Connolly, Tim Eriksen, Polly Frizell, David Getz, Sean Greene, Peter Himmelman, Bob Johnson, Norman Kennedy, Peter Lewis, Robin MacArthur, Lubos Malina, Bob Neuwirth, Jan Ori, Ida Pearle, James Roberto, Peter Rowan, Donald Saaf, Rowland Salley, Frank Sansone, Austin Tufts, Butch Vig, Steve West, and Putney alumni David Amram '48, John Byrne Cooke '58, Willa '05 & Glenna Van Nostrand and surprise guests.

Music blows in like a storm, from parts unknown and unexpected directions, rattling the rafters. In the stillness of its center there is a vision—the Eye Of The Song. This multi-media exhibition celebrates visual work created by artists better known for their music. These musician/artists are revered for their work in musical genres ranging from “old-time” rock and jazz to folk-punk and Czech bluegrass. Many had extensive formal training in photography, painting, sculpture, drawing or print-making before finding themselves in prominent musical careers. Some are self-taught. But for all, Eye of the Song is a rare treat and an affecting glimpse into rich, surprising connections between the visual and the sonic.

Michael S. Currier Center GalleryMichael S. Currier Center Gallery, The Putney School, 418 Houghton Brook Rd, Putney, VT 05346

Mini "Banned in DC" Tour, March 30 - April 3, 2017

Celebrate the 7th edition of legendary punk photo book Banned in DC: Photos and Anecdotes of the DC Punk Underground, 79 - 85 with Cynthia Connolly, the book's publisher and one of its authors. There will be a talk and signing of the new edition of the book (with a new 8-page afterword). For the talk, Connolly will take you on a fast-paced ride through her story of how and why she made "Banned in DC," illustrated by rare images of ephemera and photos that could not fit in the new afterword. Book signing will follow. Bring cash for your copy of "Banned in DC"! ($25) FREE ADMISSION.

Special additional programming noted with each event listed below:

Washington, DC, Thursday, March 22, 2017, 6-8pm

Panel Discussion: Through the Artist's Lens at the Kreeger Museum

A lively discussion with the six RE-VISION photographers.Tickets $15/$12 members. More info and tickets here

The Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Road NW 20007

Washington, DC, Friday March 10 - Saturday, July 29, 2017

RE-VISION: Looking anew at the art of Philip Johnson and the design of The Kreeger Museum at the Kreeger Museum

Photographers Cynthia Connolly, Frank Hallam Day, Avi Gupta, Max Hirshfeld, Franz Jantzen and Colin Winterbottom take a look at the Kreeger on its 50th Anniversary. I have created six postcards of the museum as an installation for you to take and enjoy.

The Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Road NW 20007

Los Angeles, CA, Friday, February 24, 2017 6-7pm

Fotomat Booth at the LA Art Book Fair

I will be in Residence at the Fotomat Booth at the LA Art Book Fair for one hour on Friday, February 24th from 6-7pm. Exclusively made and for sale for one hour at the Fotomat Booth in "BONUS" fashion:

  1. 2nd Edition Postcard Grab Bag. Each letter pressed bag will contain 15 postcards of at least 9 different cards.  In an edition of 150, signed.   BONUS: 30 of 150 will contain one original signed Gelatin Silver photographic print.  $20 each.
  2. Banned in DC book.  BONUS:  signed and editioned 8"x10" Gelatin Silver photographic print of Rites of Spring taken in 1985. $500 each.
  3. I think there might be some film for sale, too.

The Banned in DC book will be for sale for the duration of the book fair at the MOVE/ELORE table. (Rich Jacobs and Sergej Vutuc)

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Cynthia Connolly
PO Box 3358
Arlington, VA 22203

cynthia[at]dischord.com