News, Exhibits & Events

Blacksburg, VA: Saturday, December 9, 2022, noon - 6PM

Blacksburg Art, Book and Zine Faire, Unitarian Universalist Church

I will be selling small framed photographs, Banned in DC book, Big Sur chapbook, the new 3rd Edition Postcard Grab Bag, letterpressed "Notes" book, collaged zines series, 18 postcards of Cones Along Highway One, Big Sur, California and the Minor Threat box set.

Unitarian Universalist Church, 1301 Gladewood Dr, Blacksburg, VA 24060, Free Admission

Richmond, VA: Saturday, November 25- Sunday, December 24, 2023 - 11-5pm daily

Postcard Grab Bag 3rd Edition at Studio Two Three Winter Market

I will have my new Postcard Grab Bag 3rd Edition plus other items for sale as supplies last

Studio Two Three Winter Market, 109 W. 15th Street, Richmond, VA

Washington, DC Friday, November 10, 7:30-11:30pm


Jury photos, Book Presentations by Jim Saah on "In My Eyes" and Jacopo Burnelli on Matt Cobani's "Anthem", band performance at Slash Run


I am part of a jurying panel at Slash Run in DC on Music Photography. Here is the low down:

In celebration of Jim Saah's In My Eyes"and King Koala's Anthem by Matt Cabani, The DC Street Photography Collective have a call for entries for your best music photography shots. They are looking for anything associated with music, whether it's the ultimate stage dive image, a candid of audience members, a band setting their drums on fire, or a contemplative portrait of a band or artist. All music forms are welcome.

Please send no more than 5 photos 2000px on the long edge at 72dpi to gratuityincluded1@gmail.com by Midnight EDT on November 3rd. Please label your files in this manner. First Name-Last Name_Band/Artist_Name-Date_Shot-Number.jpg.(E.g. Chris-Suspect_Taylor-Swift_021423-1.jpg)


On Friday, November 10 selected photos will be shown live in front of an audience to a jury of artists and professional photographers. Jury members include Cynthia Connollly (curator, photographer and one of the authors/publisher of Banned in DC), Lisa Walker (House photographer for Anthem, 9:30 Club and Merriweather Post Pavilion), Jim Saah, and Jacopo Buranelli from King Koala. Each judge will briefly comment on the image and give it a rating from 1-5. The winner, who must be present in person, will receive a copy of In My Eyes - Photographs 1982-1997. Second place will receive Anthem. Following the photo slam, Jaco from King Koala will give a presentation on Matt Cobani's Anthem and Jim Saah will discuss In My Eyes.

To top off the evening, we will have a special performance from one of DC's most currently beloved hardcore bands. For now, it's a secret. The band will be announced the day of the show.

Also, books will be available for purchase from Jim Saah, King Koala Press, Cynthia Connolly, and Chris Suspect.


Tickets are $20. All ages. Arrive early as there is limited seating.Slash Run, 201 Upshur St NW, Washington, DC 20011

Washington, DC, Saturday, April 29 from 6-11pm

Washington Project for the Arts 42nd Annual Benefit Auction, Collector's Night

Online auction goes from April 17-April 29 at 10:30pm on Artsy

The Minor Threat box set will be in this auction. Here is a chance to bid and possibly buy it under the asking price in my store!! This benefits the Washington Project for the Arts!

The event will begin with a cocktail reception and dinner featuring an exclusive performance by DC-based artist Armando Lopez-Bircann. A lively after-party will follow, including music by DJ Geena Marie, dancing, and plenty of art viewing and bidding!

Don't miss this opportunity to celebrate regional artists and patrons, and support the powerful, artist-organized projects that WPA produces right here in DC. Whether you are a long-time supporter of the arts or thinking about starting your own collection, this is the event for you!

Ticket and auction purchases will directly support participating artists and WPA's artist-organized programming.

Washington DC, Friday, March 31-Sunday, April 2, 2023

"How Can we Gather Now" Symposium organized by the Washington Project for the Arts, at Eaton Hotel, 1201 K St NW, Washington, DC 20005

Come for the entire weekend! I will be presenting at 11am on Saturday, April 1.

"Punk Solutions?" with Cynthia Connolly, Ambrose Nzams, and Farrah Skeiky: An intimate, intergenerational conversation with photographer and curator Cynthia Connolly, music writer and zine maker Ambrose Nzams, and photographer and writer Farrah Skeiky about the ways that punk and DIY culture offers solutions to gathering, and how that culture shows up in other parts of our lives.

More about the entire symposium:

We are living through a moment marked by many forms of fragmentation, political division, and social isolation, exacerbated by the global pandemic. WPA's symposium explores the question of gathering within this context.

The symposium is the culmination of two years of research and collaboration. It convenes artists, theorists, and organizers from all over the world as well as artworks and films. Participants include adrienne maree brown, Ambrose Nzams, Ayana Zaire Cotton, Black Techno Matters, Centre for Land Affairs, Cynthia Connolly, Ed Halter, Emily Verla Bovino, Fabiola Ching, Farrah Skeiky, Hope Ginsburg, Imka, Jonathan Yu, Leigh Ledare, Lenka Clayton & Phillip Andrew Lewis, Mayah Lovell, Mēlani N. Douglass, Michael Carter, Mindy Seu, Mojdeh Rezaeipour, Naoco Wowsugi, Neta Bomani, Nzinga Tull, Philippe Parreno, Renée Green, Richard D. Bartlett & Natalia Lombardo, Rob Rubba, Sarah Morris, Shawna Murray-Brown, Shiraz Abdullahi Gallab, Smoke & Tea, Stefanie Hessler, Suzie Flores, Tara Aura, Tiffany Sia, Tony Cokes, Valerie Wiseman, William Reid, and Yuma "Docta Yew" Bellomee.

"How can we gather now?" is also itself a gathering and will be a shared collective experience. It collects a rich variety of experiential modes, from conversations to cinema to shared food to a "drum circle" of synthetic techno rhythms. Raza and Krishnamurthy have offered this urgent question to invited contributors to, who in turn have used it as a prompt for artworks, conversations, performances, workshops, and gustatory experiences. We welcome you to join in, break bread with us, and experience togetherness.

Blacksburg, VA: Sunday, December 11, 2022, noon - 8PM

Blacksburg Art & Book Fair, Oddfellow's Hall

I will be selling small framed photographs, books, postcards and the Minor Threat box set.

199 Wilson Avenue, Blacksburg VA, 24060, Free Admission

Washington, D.C.: Saturday, November 19, 2022; 1:30-3:00PM

Transformer Benefit Auction Transformer20 Artist Talk at the GW Corcoran School of the Arts and Design

Last day of Transformer20 Online Auction bidding! 15 minute artist spotlights by Cynthia Connolly, Emily Francisco, Johan Silva, Eli Barak and Glitterwitch from Transformer20 speaking about their work and connection to Transformer.

Washington, D.C.: November 10, 2022; 6:30-9:30PM

Transformer Benefit Auction at the GW Corcoran School of the Arts and Design

A photograph from the X/Inca Series will be at auction: Wolfback Ridge (2nd view), Sausalito, California, 12-6-2014, photographed 2014, printed 2019, Gelatin Silver Print, print size: 13" x 19 3/4", frame size: 13 7/8" x 20 5/16" , Edition 3/5

Washington, D.C.: February 2022

Announcing the Minor Threat Photo Box Set (limited edition)

Photographs of Minor Threat, Dischord House (and their practice space), December, 1982

In December 1982, I went to Dischord House to take a series of film photographs of Minor Threat. This was right before they went into the studio to record what would become the Out of Step EP and they were finishing up the songs. I think they were hoping to get some candid shots of them practicing to use on the cover. The negative sheet is labeled "Minor Threat taken for Out of Step, 12-82"

Finally I made the Box!! It is:

5 Silver Gelatin photographs in an archival box, printed in my studio darkroom of the band, signed, limited edition, with a letter of explanation and a copy of a Minor Threat flyer from my personal collection in a letter pressed pocket on the outside.

Read more about this Box Set in my online store.

Watch a video by Joseph Pattisall about the making of the Box Set.

Los Angeles, California: February 16-20, 2022

harDCore: past/present/punk at: Spring/Break LA

Curated by Transformer Executive & Artistic Director Victoria Reis. Featuring several never before printed or exhibited black & white photography prints by artists Leslie Clague & Cynthia Connolly, co-authors of Banned in DC, in tandem with works by Farrah Skeiky, this special exhibition presented as part of Transformer's 20th anniversary celebrates people who shaped Washington, DC's punk scene - a vibrant, alternative community that embraces a DIY ethos - and highlights those who continue to evolve harDCore as a provocative and proactive art form and culture.

I will be at Spring/Break on February 16th and 17th...please drop by! Check the website for hours and timed ticketed entry.

Signed Banned in DC's and the Minor Threat Box Set will be available for sale at Spring/Break

Banned in DC Slideshow, Talk and Book Signing with Cynthia Connolly.

The Banned in DC, Stories from the Island of Big Sur, and 18 (deckle edged) postcards of Cones Along Highway 1, Big Sur, California will be for sale.

Washington, D.C.: June 18, 2021

Focus on the Story Festival: Punk the Capital Film

I will be in a panel with James June Schneider & Paul Bishow, film makers, along with moderator Jason Hamacher after the DC punk film documentary, Punk the Capital.

Before and after the screening, the book, Banned in DC, along with other projects including my new postcard series: 18 (deckle edged) Postcards of Highway Safety Cones Along Highway 1, Big Sur, California and Stories from the Island of Big Sur will be for sale.

More info on the event page, Eventbrite, or Facebook event page.

Washington, D.C.: May 20, 2021

Announcing my new postcards series!!, 18 (deckle edged) POSTCARDS OF CONES ALONG HIGHWAY 1, BIG SUR, CALIFORNIA in special letter-pressed limited signed edition display packaging.

Check out my Instagram account and see the step by step process of making this series of postcards, from photographing in Big Sur, to designing unique packaging that includes letterpress printing to the release!!

This postcard set of photographs was shot between 2015-2020 using the cherished 1963 Olympus Pen F 'half-frame' film camera. Lots of handy-work went into making this package of postcards! The die for cutting these glossy deckle edged cards and the wood, lead fonts and printing press used to create the letter-pressed handy reusable display packaging are all from the same era. You will find 2 each of 7 designs plus 4 bonus cards, so you can keep a set for yourself and send the others to friends! Signed and limited edition. Don't forget that there are postcard stamps available at your post office! See the images of this new postcard at my online store (until we can post them here on the website).

To complete your collection, also buy the chapbook, Stories from the Island of Big Sur, California, where you will find an original c-print photograph of a safety cone in the back pocket.

In addition, if you buy the postcards and the chapbook together, you get a bonus letter-pressed sleeve to store together in your book case. You must order both the chapbook and postcards at the same time to get the letter-pressed sleeve added to your order for free by ordering the COMBINATION DEAL item.

New York, New York: December 13, 2020- ??

The Inaugural Exhibition: of a new gallery: Hey Check This Out Gallery

I'm excited to be with some long time friends in this exhibition, curated by Rich Jacobs: Charlie Ahearn, (Nonni) Jon Anderson, Janette Beckman, Thomas Campbell, Monica Canilou, Chris Duncan, James Gallagher, Daniel Givens, Sean Greene, David Grubbs, Spencer Herbst, Penelope Houston, Jordin Isip, Atiba Jefferson, Amy Kauffman, Tim Kerr, Mirian Kleinstahl, Matt Leines, Rob Lowe, Richard McGuire, John McKlean, Kelly Ording, David Pajo, Bert Querioz, James Ulmer, Ian Wright, Jah Wobble, Josh Wildman, Lena Wolff

You will see: One artwork by the artist alongside something that is inspiring to that artist.

Hey Check This Out Gallery, 329 Bowery, New York, NY 10003. Check it out in person, or virtually through Instagram @heycheckthisoutnyc

Washington, DC: November 17 - December 1, 2020

Grump at Home: Online at GRUMPATHOME.com

I will be a part of an online holiday sales extravaganza called GRUMP AT HOME. All sales will support only US shipments. The added bonus is that you can pay extra in the DC area to have a YETI deliver your purchases to you!

Follow Grump on Instagram @Ilovegrump

Malaga, Spain: October 9 - November 18, 2020

Flex Your Camera: at the Moments Festival

Curated by Pat Graham, Dischord Records Photography with: Shawn Brackbill, Cynthia Connolly, Bert Queiroz, Pat Graham, Alberto Polo, Tiffany Pruitt, Jim Saah, Brad Sigal and Antonia Tricarico

Interview by Pat Graham

Washington, DC: Saturday, February 1, 2020, 5-6:30pm

Present Tense, DC Punk and DIY Right Now: at Transformer

Cynthia Connolly is guest panelist during Farrah Skeiky's exhibition, "Present Tense, DC Punk and DIY Right Now". Connolly and Skeiky will dive into the then and now of scene dynamics, the process of documenting live music, self-publishing, the accessibility of photography, and the changing cultural landscape of DC. This talk will be followed by a short Q&A.

Transformer Gallery, 1404 P Street, NW Washington, DC


2019 Banned in DC Southwest Tour!

Banned in DC Slideshow, Talk and Book Signing with Cynthia Connolly. Books and letterpressed postcard grab bags will be for sale.

Washington, DC, October 26, 2019

Transformer Benefit Auction at the Corcoran School of Art and Design

Framed portraits of members of Minor Threat taken in 1983 will be in this auction.

Winchester, VA: Friday, July 19, 9:45 AM

Passion to Profession: Turning Creativity and Craft into Commerce at the 1455 Summer Literary Festival

Local artists and entrepreneurs Cynthia Connolly, Kerry Stavely and Neil Stavely (Tin Top Art and Handmade), Sarah Cohen (Route 11 Potato Chips), and Jill Donnelli-Hu (Dharma Yoga Studio) discuss the highs, occasional lows, and blessings of turning passions and obsessions into business plans. Moderated by Christine Patrick (Winchester Book Gallery).

Find the 1455 Literary Festival at 455litarts.org

Brooklyn, NY: Friday, July 5, 2019, 6-8pm

First Friday Porch Chat, Urban Soils Institute and Project: Soils

Join Project: Soils artists Cynthia Connolly and Margaret Boozer, Urban Soils Institute scientist and Director Tatiana Morin, special guest Stefanie Fedor, and Swale House artist Julie Nagle for a laid back porch chat on a wide range of topics including soils, art, recycling and environmental activism. Possible guest appearance by Sam Droege and Sue Stockman, who are leading the Bee Build project at Swale House the following day.

Governors Island, Nolan Park House, Brooklyn, New York 11201

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/363862730997406/

Washington, DC: Friday, May 10, 2019; 9-10am

Hirshhorn AM talk at Dolcezza

As Special Projects Curator, developer of Arlington Cultural Affairs' Arlington Art Truck, and with Rachel Schmidt, whose installation Trash Garden inhabits will join the Hirshhorn for a morning conversation about making art accessible and impactful.

Hirshhorn Museum, Independence Ave SW & 7th St SW, Washington, DC

Dolcezza Coffee and Gelato will open at 8:45am.

Washington, DC: Sunday, January 27, 2019; 11AM-5PM

DC Record Fair at Penn Social

I will be djing from noon-1pm (vinyl only!) and will have a table selling the Banned in DC book, some postcards, some photos of musicians from my stash and as a bonus, I will also be selling my sister, Anna Connolly's new Album, "After Thoughts".

$5 early bird admission at 11, $2 admission after 12

Penn Social - 801 E Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

Washington, DC: Saturday, January 26, 2019; 1-3pm

House of Champions Panel Discussion at Gallery OonH

Come to a panel discussion and also see Michael Horsley's exhibition and installation, "House of Champions". Panel discussion includes photographers Cynthia Connolly, Chris Suspect, Carolyn Toye and Michael Horsley and will be moderated by Jeff Krulik. Reception to follow.

We will discuss how working in and around the city of Washington DC has influenced our body of work and artistic practice. "House of Champions" depicts Horsley's vintage images of Washington DC, primarily taken during the 1980s. Books by each photographer will be available for sale and signing.

I will be selling the Banned in DC book at this event. If you have not seen this exhibit, this is the time to do it. This is the last week of this great installation and exhibition!

Gallery OonH, 1354 H Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002

Washington, DC: January 2019

I am excited to announce that I was the cover article on the Washington City Paper

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