You know of my obsession with lists. My lists sometimes have lists of things I need to make lists of. I searched lists and found this:

Since we’re going out of town, and traveling to multiple places that involve multiple pairs of shoes, I needed to make extra-detailed lists to keep track of everything. I realized earlier that I’d made a list that referred to another list. That was silly, but not really noteworthy, until I realized that the second list actually referred to a third list. (And that list actually contained a sublist, although the sublist can’t technically, in my opinion, be considered a forth list).

Even I think that’s just sad, and it’s an excerpt from a post on my blog.

That post linked to an even older post about Not-Do lists, which, since the theme this week seems to be “self-referential linkage to old posts,” I’m also going to quote and link:

I compiled and analyzed statistics all day. My life is a non-stop rollercoaster ride of thrills and chills, yes-sir-ee-bob. A colleague who is in training to be a Life Coach wouldn’t leave until I promised to do my Franklin Quest Daily Goals and Aspirations Exercise for the day. I’ve adapted it to suit my needs.

Today’s not-do list:
Antagonize people.
Accept Jesus as my savior.
Turn on office lights.
Work at desk instead of on floor.
Speak in complete sentences.
Amputate arm with dull implement.
Give up coffee.

It went well.

And now, I’ll get to the point. The Smithsonian Institution’s excellent Archives of American Art recently installed a small exhibit, “Lists: To-dos, Illustrated Inventories, Collected Thoughts and Other Artists’ Enumerations from the Archives of American Art.”

The exhibit is smaller than the title.

The companion book is well donet and you can get it on Amazon. Nothing beats seeing the original documents, but the book is lots of fun if you missed the exhibit, which closes September 27th, which is very soon.

One of the items on display that amused me most was Charles Green Shaw’s list, “A few of those things we never do,” which was identified as a species of anti-to-do list. I expected to be able to easily find the item online, but am failing to do so. It was amusing in it’s banality. “Return that book, invite the Hufflepuffs to dinner, etc.”

Since I can’t find a link to that item, here’s a link to his list of varieties of drunk, which captures his sense of humor equally well.

While we were there we gamely tried to check out the Norman Rockwell exhibit, but it was very warm in the galleries and very crowded so we decided to go back on a weekday when the place will be quieter. I’ll put it back on my to-do list. The show is open until January 2nd.

I showed Todd Gardner the Doctor Who episode, Blink. It’s probably one of the best episodes – clever and creepy and humorous, all at the same time. I knew Todd was going to a big warehouse full of statues today so I texted him a message: DON’T BLINK!!!

That was probably wrong of me, wasn’t it?

I think this trailer I dug up on you tube isn’t very good, but it was the best I could find there.

Wickedly talented DC artist Danny Jean-Jacques has a solo show opening up at Tryst. In Danny’s own words:

DC Artist D. Jean-Jacques opens his month long show at Tryst, Thursday, July 1, 7-9pm. The show is on view until August 3rd.

What is a H.A.C.K?

A H.A.C.K. is a “Heartbroken Artist Creativity Killed”. We’ve all been there, for some it is either the driving force that motivates us to do nothing
or the ideas that will keep you up at night. For others, it’s going through old ideas and trying to make them new and when you think you have something.. it’s not what you had in mind. Creativity is the one thing that can lift your spirits and break you down in ways you never thought possible.

This is a collection of work that goes with how I feel at the moment. Some ideas are old, and the dreams are new.. the one thing that’s constant is the killer known as CREATIVITY.

The second show you should check out this week is the new member’s group show at Studio Gallery. The show officially opened last Saturday, but there’s a second opening on Friday evening to coincide with the Dupont Circle art galleries regular First Friday activities (most galleries are open until at least 8 p.m.).

Be sure to check out Veronica Szalus’s new work while you’re there.

There’s a whole bunch of other arty type stuff happening this week but I didn’t have much time to post so I wanted to make sure you didn’t miss these two shows!

The hyperbolic crochet coral reef project is extremely cool.

The Smithsonian will be participating by installing a reef in October 2010 and you can participate. There’s a workshop and lecture this Sunday at the Natural History Museum from noon – 4. (rsvp:

You can still participate even if you can’t attend that workshop.

You can contact the local organizers at to arrange a local community workshop or you can attend one at Fibre Space on June 24th, from 5-9 pm:

Join our Thursday night “Stitch in Space” every week, starting June 24th to make your own piece to the crochet coral reef. Jennifer Lindsay from the Smithsonian Community Reef will join us on the 24th to help everyone get started. Or you can find your own inspiration at the Institute For Figuring’s Gallery of Crocheted Models. Our reef will be on display in our front window before heading off to the Smithsonian in August to become part of the larger reef project.

Here’s video of a recent TED talk by Margaret Wertheim, co-founder of the The Institute For Figuring, in case you want to learn more (or you just can’t figure out what the hell I’m talking about and why it’s cool).

Look, I hate to be the one to remind you of this, but you’ve been slacking off on your New Year’s Resolutions.

I don’t care that you went to pilates for 3 weeks and then buried your mat in the back of your closet. I don’t care that you vowed to scrapbook your way to the Promised Land and then buried all of those baby photos under a mound of old magazines on your desk. I don’t even care about your vow to quit smoking, build a shrine to John Stamos, or take up meditation.

The only thing I care about is your vow not to procrastinate. You have managed to procrastinate on working on your vow not to procrastinate anymore, and while I respect your consistency, it’s time for me to step in and say “enough is enough.”

You don’t want me to be disappointed in you, do you?

Of course you don’t.

This, my friends, is your lucky day.

For you see, Michele Banks has at long last created an Etsy store. You know you’re going to buy a piece of art by Michele’s at some point. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, maybe not next week, but someday, someday, you will buy her work.

Why wait?

Get over there and buy yourself some genuine handmade one-of-a-kind art. You know you want to. And think how good you’ll feel after you check “buy Michele Banks work” off that big to-do list you’ve been toting around.

Everybody wins.

The 3D collages in particular make great gifts – those coffee cup collages are perfect housewarming gifts. Everyone should have one in their kitchen. What are you waiting for? Why are you still here? Clicky-clicky.

(Even if you don’t buy anything, you could give her feedback on her store. Michele’s a fixture on the local art market scene but Etsy is new terrain for her and she’d appreciate any ideas you have for her).

Art Enables is an amazing art studio program and gallery for emerging artists with developmental and/or mental disabilities. They’re celebrating their 8th birthday with a party today. There’s lots of impressive outsider art for sale and also a raffle with creative prizes that include having a former VP from the World Bank come to your house and cook you crabcakes. (Really. I’m not making that up).

Eight is great! … and Art Enables is celebrating with a double dip!

1. A fabulous birthday party & exhibit – with DJ Uncle Eric.

2. A random raffle (very eclectic items and only $1 a ticket) and (the silent) auction of a single gorgeous painting on canvas to help us generate some extra funds to upgrade our security after a break-in and theft in January.

The party will help Art Enables after they were recently burglarized and lost all of the computers and electronic devices necessary for them to reach their community.


SATURDAY, February 27, 2010, 2 – 5 pm @ Art Enables
411 New York Avenue, NE — Washington, DC 20002

My friends Stephanie and Beth work at Art Enables so while you’re at the party today say hi to them. (ahem. You will be at the party today, right? Right.)

She has this fantasy: Some calamity occurs and she must stay inside for weeks, drifting from her lofted bed to her easel, passing the days by painting, alone.

That’s from a Washington Post article about Matt Sesow and Dana Ellyn’s gallery show opening/wedding on Friday night. My main regret about all of this snow is that we missed their wedding. You can read all about it, and them, here: “D.C. couple put hearts to canvas at their wedding turned gallery show,” By Dan Zak

Be sure to check out the brief narrated slideshow, it’s kinda sweet.

You can check out Til Death Do Us Part at Longview Gallery, through March 1st.

Matt & Dana’s wedding website is here.