Avid Bookshop presents artist, curator, and photographer Cynthia Connolly for a presentation and signing for her book Banned in D.C. This event will take place on Thursday, November 16th, from 6:30-7:30p.m. at our Prince Ave. location. This event is free and open to the public, though we encourage attendees to purchase a copy of the featured book.
ABOUT THE BOOK AND PRESENTATION
Released in 1988, Banned in D.C. (co-authored by Cynthia Connolly, Leslie Clague and Sharon Cheslow) is one of the first of its kind, illustrating and documenting the now legendary punk scene of Washington D.C. with hundreds of photos and flyers and stories about the bands, the venues and the people who populated the shows. This particular scene embodied a spirit of DIY that has come to be synonymous with punk, and it has continued to be an influence on many regional punk scenes around the world. For this talk, Cynthia will share her stories and images, some from the book and additional images of ephemera and photos in a quick paced slide show that will tell the story of growing up in Los Angeles where she discovered both art and underground punk music as her calling, and how she got involved in the “scene”.
The story unfolds in 1981, with a relocation to Washington, D.C. where we get to learn more of Cynthia's involvement with a very small group of kids who contributed and created a world-wide inspirational music movement like no other. Nearly 30 years later there is still a demand for Banned in D.C., and Cynthia has produced a seventh edition with an 8 page afterword added, which will be available for $25 at the event. Also for sale is a special signed limited edition letterpressed postcard pack.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Cynthia Connolly is a photographer, curator, letterpress printer and artist who lives in the Arlington, Virginia. She graduated from both the Corcoran College of Art and Design, and Auburn University’s Rural Studio, 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 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 the The J. Paul Getty Museum, Smithsonian Museum of American History and the Corcoran Gallery of Art. The winner of two National Endowment for the Arts grants, 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.