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Space Was the Place: An Abbreviated History of Washington, DC Arts Venues

June 30 at 2:00
East Building Auditorium
Ray Barker, archivist of special collections, DC Public Library, with Andrew White, jazz/R&B multi-instrumentalist, musicologist, and publisher

Washington, DC, is known for its museums, which collectively attract millions of visitors from around the world. Yet Washington also has a rich history of local art spaces that have showcased art made here in the city; several of them also staged concerts to support Washington’s many jazz and punk bands. Unfortunately, most of these local institutions no longer exist, but the DC Public Library is recording oral histories and archiving artifacts to maintain the legacies of these spaces—and their communities—in Washington. At the National Gallery of Art on June 30, 2019, Ray Barker, archivist of special collections at the DC Public Library, kicks off a lecture series on DC's defunct art spaces with an introduction to three key examples: d.c. space, the Maya Gallery, and the Museum of Temporary Art (MOTA). Local music legend Andrew White, who presented at d.c. space, joins Barker for a short performance.

This program is held in collaboration with the DC Public Library.

Photo: d.c. space 1977 by W.W. Warrell

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