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Media Preview - DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Presents Go-Go Swing: Washington, DC's Unstoppable Beat

Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Multimedia Exhibition Celebrates the Capital's Signature Sound

WHAT: Media preview for Go-Go Swing: Washington, DC's Unstoppable Beat

WHERE: Galleryat 200 I (Eye) St SE

WHEN: Wednesday, August 14, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

WHO: DCCAH Executive Director Lionell Thomas and DCCAH Resident Curator Zoma Wallace

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) presents a new multi-media art show, Go-Go Swing: Washington, DC's Unstoppable Beat.  The exhibit is the result of collaboration between DCCAH and Race Man Tell-A-Pictures. The press is invited to preview the show on Wednesday, August 14, from 4 - 5 PM with DCCAH Curator Zoma Wallace.

The special exhibition, opening on Friday, August 16 with a Gala Reception, features fine art and memorabilia, as well as musical performances, to reveal and document untold stories of the inventors, contributors and legacy carriers of the city's signature sound.

Go-Go Swing: Washington D.C.'s Unstoppable Beat recognizes that once the danceable GoGo beat winds up, the rhythms are hard to resist. The exhibition will feature one of Chuck Brown's Gibson guitars on loan from the Smithsonian Anacostia Museum and photographs documenting key people, places and events. Photographer, scholar, and author of the critically-acclaimed book of poems, The Maverick Room, Thomas Sayers Ellis has contributed greatly to the visual narrative of the exhibit. Additionally, the exhibit will display essential Go-Go instrumentation and compositions known to have inspired some of Go-Go's inventors. Finally, the exhibit will feature a Listening Library installation within the Gallery, comprised of PA cassette tapes featuring live performances that gallery attendees can listen to and enjoy.

Go-Go Swing will be on view through October 18, 2013. The exhibition is free and open to the public.