“Banned in DC” Slideshow, Presentation & Book Signing w/Cynthia Connolly
Wednesday, Nov 20th
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
“Banned in DC” Slideshow, Presentation & Book Signing
with Cynthia Connolly
Join Cynthia Connolly, publisher, and contributing photographer, for a discussion about documenting a pivotal time in DC’s music history. Released in 1988, Banned in DC, co-authored by Cynthia Connolly, Leslie Clague, and Sharon Cheslow, was one of the first books of its kind, illustrating and chronicling the now-legendary punk scene of Washington DC, with hundreds of photos, flyers, and stories about the bands, venues, and people who populated the shows. The DC scene embodied a spirit of DIY that has come to be synonymous with punk, and it has continued to influence many regional punk scenes around the world.
Cynthia will share stories and images of her involvement with a very small group of kids who contributed to a worldwide music movement like no other, then join in a Q and A and book sale and signing after the slideshow.
Cynthia Connolly is a photographer, curator, letterpress printer and artist who lives right outside Washington, DC in Arlington, Virginia. She graduated from both the Corcoran College of Art and Design, and Auburn University’s Rural Studio in Alabama, worked for Dischord Records and booked an avant-garde performance venue, d.c. space. In 1988 she published Banned in DC: Photos and Anecdotes From the DC Punk Underground (79–86) through her independent press Sun Dog Propaganda. Internationally shown and a prolific artist, her photographic work, postcards and books were exhibited in Beautiful Losers in the United States and Europe from 2004–2009 establishing herself as a pioneer in the present day DIY culture. Reviewed internationally, her photography is in many private collections, (including her artistic peers such as Michael Stipe, Nick Hornby, Gary Hustwit and Ian Mackaye.) as well as large institutions in the United States including the The J. Paul Getty Museum , The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Smithsonian Museum of American History and the Corcoran Gallery of Art. The recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts grants for her projects, she has been curator for Arlington County, Virginia for over a decade and continues to search the world both as curator and artist to connect disparate places, people and things.
Cover photo caption and credit: Vivien Greene, Toni Young and Giovanna Righini copyright 1981 Cynthia Connolly from the Banned in DC book, page 46.