Thursday, June 4, 2009

Art-O-Matic 2009 is upon us

Just a reminder that Art-O-Matic 2009 is upon us, running from May 29-July 5th.

Each year they take over several floors of an empty office bldg. in or near DC (under construction or renovation) and provide space for a wide-ranging and diverse collection of artists to show their work.

Much of the art is quite good, some not so much, other work is tacky and many works are provocative for the sake of being provocative. You'll experience the whole range: from edgy and cutting edge to safe and boring, from work you would like to buy (some are available for sale) to work they couldn't pay you to take. The proverbial sacred and the profane.

In any case, its an art happening, pulsing with energy and live music, and its all free (donations are accepted).

Last year it was in one of those 'NOMA' bldgs. (real estate speak for 'North of Massachusetts Avenue') near the NY Avenue Metro stop.

This year it will be at 55 'M' Street, SE, a bldg. called Capitol Riverfront, near the new Nationals baseball stadium and directly above the Green line Navy Yard Metro station.

Closed Mondays and Tuesdays, it runs:
Fri + Sat: noon - 1am
Wed, Thurs + Sun: noon - 10pm

As the website proclaims, it is "the wildest Free arts extravaganza on the East coast--275,000 square feet of unfiltered art on 9 floors. Five weeks of days and nights filled with amazing visual, music, dance, performance, film, workshops, and collaborative creative expression of every kind."

Who says you gotta go to New York to experience an art scene?

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