Pump Me Up: DC Subculture of the 1980s at the Corcoran

Categories: Exhibitions, Friends, Travel, Writing


This is a project that’s been a very long time coming. In late 2004 I began working with Roger Gastman on a project about D.C. graffiti legend COOL “DISCO” DAN. Roger had known Dan for over ten years at that point. As we really dove into Dan’s story as he was telling it to us, we realized we were really looking at the story of Washington D.C. itself in the post-Civil Rights era. It’s a long story, but after many years and hundreds of interviews, the project has now turned into three things.

The first is Pump Me Up: D.C Subculture of the 1980s, an exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. The second is a 320-page catalog companion to the show (same name) and the third is the Joseph Pattisal-directed documentary film The Legend of COOL “DISCO” DAN.

Here is a small preview from Complex Magazine.
Here is the Corcoran’s press release

More later. Also, the Corcoran isn’t going anywhere.