Opening: Saturday January 14, 6 - 9 pm
Exhibition Dates: January14 - February 5
Hard Art DC 1979
Photographs by Lucian Perkins
Curated by Lely Constantinople and Jayme McLellan
Made possible with generous support from Civilian Art Projects
After party event at Siberia Lounge 2227 St. Claude Ave.
Hard Art DC1979
is a forthcoming book and traveling exhibition of photographs by Lucian Perkins with writing by
Alec MacKaye and a contribution by Henry Rollins. The exhibition is curated and edited by photographer and photo
editor Lely Constantinople and Jayme McLellan, director of Civilian Art Projects, Washington, DC. In 1979, a soon to
erupt punk scene took hold in Washington, DC with the Bad Brains, Trenchmouth,Teen Idles,the Untouchables, and
the Slickee Boys, among others, at the forefront. Lucian Perkins, later a Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist for the
, was then a 26-year-old intern. He photographed several shows over a pivotal five month period.
Alec MacKaye, then 14, was at most of the shows and appears in Perkins' photographs. The exhibition offers an
intimate snapshot of "the time before the time" that punk rock found firm footing in the U.S., including rare (some never
before seen) photographs and show flyers. Through band performance shots, portraits and raucous crowds dancing,
the images capture the cathartic, infectious energy and spirit of the time.
The text offers an intimate exploration of the moment from two perspectives: that of a fourteen-year-old experiencing
music on his own terms for the first time, and a look again at a movement that fueled an underground generation
musically and philosophically. This examination is not a nostalgic review of glory days gone, as much as a present
conversation about the continuation of a way of thinking that still endures.