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Pump Me Up

It was the era of Chuck Brown, the ubiquitous tags of "Cool 'Disco' Dan" and influential hardcore bands like Minor Threat. Amid a rising tide of drugs and crime, D.C. in the '80s also saw the rise of local graffiti, go-go and hardcore punk scenes. This was the "other" D.C., and the influence of these subcultures lives on today. A new exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery explores the period through street art, photographs, posters, music and videos.

Photos From The "Pump Me Up" Exhibit

"Pump Me Up: DC Subculture of the 1980s" is on view at the Corcoran Gallery of Art from February 23, 2013 - April 7, 2013.

Trailer For "The Legend Of 'Cool Disco Dan'"

Discover the "other" Washington of the 1980s through this documentary of legendary graffiti artist "Cool 'Disco' Dan," a mysterious, ubiquitous presence during the height of go-go music, record crime rates and city-wide dysfunction.

Read An Excerpt

A 320-page publication, entitled "Pump Me Up: D.C. Subculture of the 1980s," will be published alongside the exhibition. The book includes a foreword by Sarah Newman, curator of contemporary art at the Corcoran.

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