For Martin Irvine, who's taught in Georgetown University's Communication, Culture and Technology department for two decades, his gallery isn't exactly an extension of the classroom. But it comes close.
That doesn't mean it's wonky. But there are valuable lessons to be learned from Irvine's wheat-paste-and-politics-flavored street artists (Shepard Fairey among them), just as there are from the work of older, more sober artists who add balance to Irvine's eclectic roster. They're lessons that can't be learned in any classroom - or, for that matter, in any museum.
The gallery's current exhibition aims to be a seminar of sorts, a group presentation by some of contemporary art's most prickly thinkers.
Good neighbors: At 1515 14th St. NW, you'll find three of D.C.'s finest galleries under one roof: Curator's Office, Hemphill Fine Arts and Adamson Gallery. On Saturday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Hemphill opens "Viewing Rm.," with work by William Christenberry, Sally Mann, Robert Rauschenberg and other heavy-hitters. At Adamson Gallery on Saturday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. "New Editions: 2011," features prints by Robert Longo, Chuck Close and Iona Rozeal Brown.
-- Michael O'Sullivan (Jan. 14, 2011)