See Corocoran Gallery's Alien's Guide to DC

Artist Ellen Harvey has created a new exhibit based on the premise that aliens will visit the ruins of Washington sometime in the distant future. In her vision, we humans are long-extinct by then. They will ponder the purpose of structures that we see in the city.

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  • Tom F.

    The reviewer has a point. I thought there'd be more to it. But it is a daring and original set of works.

    August 19, 2013

    • Steven W.

      Personally, I saw the postcard array as an attempted parody of the field of archaeology, making the point that archaeologists may see a strange culture oddly, marching into various settings and either seeing reflections of themselves or trivializing the setting by fixating on its less important features or employing primitive categories to explain it. However, this is not a new point and its illustration here was not especially clever or witty. The classic essay by Horace Miner on the odd rituals of the Nacirema tribe is a much better example of this genre.

      August 19, 2013

  • David

    Here's a link to the Washington City Paper's review of the Corcoran's exhibit "The Alien's Guide to the Ruins of Washington DC": http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/articles/44516/the-aliens-guide-to-the-ruins-of-washington-dc-reviewed/ .

    August 19, 2013

    • Michael

      yup, that about sums it up...

      August 19, 2013

  • Tom F.

    The main exhibit was more limited than I expected, but the other exhibits (especially the war photos) made up for it.

    August 18, 2013

  • Tom F.

    I will be in the main lobby of the Corcoran, with a Meetup sign, at 3:00 pm.

    1 · August 17, 2013

    • Merima

      Thanks for organizing this so well. I enjoyed it very much.

      August 18, 2013

  • Barbara G.

    Thanks, Tom for organizing the meetup. The Alien's Guide to DC exhibit was an interesting idea by the artist, and it was fun to wander through as a group as we tried to figure things out. Enjoyed dinner at Ebbit's as well.

    2 · August 18, 2013

    • Michael

      I second that. I heard about the exhibit but probably would not have gone if you hadn't organized the event. The war photography was especially powerful -- a nice surprise. Thanks for making it happen!

      1 · August 18, 2013

  • Cory A.

    Not able to make it, was looking forward to it. Enjoy!

    August 17, 2013

  • Susy

    Sorry but will not make this event. Thought I had changed RSVP to "no"

    August 17, 2013

  • Tom F.

    I am wearing a blue shirt and jeans

    August 17, 2013

  • Tricia

    Have a friend who is visually challenged. Need to help him today. Sorry, will not make it. Just spoke with him. Have a great day:). Next time.

    August 17, 2013

  • Chris

    I am sorry to have to cancel at the last minute, but I am coming down with a bad sore throat. I was looking forward to this event. It looks great. Enjoy!

    August 17, 2013

  • Tom F.

    The Old Ebbitt only takes reservations for up to four. But if we arrive by 5:00, we should be OK. If there's a large group that wants to go, we might head over there early, to improve our chances of sitting together.

    August 17, 2013

  • Tom F.

    I'm also thinking about us getting together at the Old Ebbitt Grill at 5:00. That will give us time to explore the rest of the Corcoran. Anyone interested?

    August 12, 2013

    • Mildred P.

      Sorry about the late reply, but I would like to join for dinner if still available. Thanks, Milly.

      August 16, 2013

    • Michael I

      I'm also interested in attending dinner

      August 17, 2013

  • LaRue

    I'm not changing my RSVP (since the event is not capped at a specific number), but am now probably more of a 'Maybe' since I have a tennis match in Vienna, VA that might run over in time and not give me time to make it there. I hope I WIN, and do it fast :-)

    August 17, 2013

  • Tricia

    If not too late I would like to join you at the Old Ebbitt Grill as well. Where are we meeting at the Corcoran?

    August 17, 2013

  • Cathy

    will not ne coming out late for dinner , but enjoy

    August 15, 2013

  • Tom F.

    I will make reservations for the Old Ebbitt for eight, for 5:00. It can be changed later if need be.

    August 14, 2013

  • Chris

    Yes, I'd like to go to Old Ebbitt's after the Corcoran. I tried to reply to Tom's message below and it didn't work. Could anyone tell me how to make a reply to someone's comment?

    August 13, 2013

    • Chris

      Got it!

      August 14, 2013

    • Tom F.

      Thanks.

      August 14, 2013

  • Jeryl

    Very sorry to miss the fun! I am traveling to Italy this coming weekend.

    August 13, 2013

  • Dorothy

    Thank You Craig and Jeryl on info about traveling and parking. Dorothy

    August 12, 2013

  • Dorothy

    What is best way to travel there from Silver Spring? If I drive, is there ample parking nearby? Haven't been to museums for a very long time. Looks like there is not convenient metro stop. Suggestions would be appreciated. THanks, Dorothy

    August 12, 2013

    • craig s.

      The Corcoran is just a few blocks away from two convenient Metro rail stations: Farragut West- on the Orange/Blue lines (take the 17th street exit) and Farragut North-on the Red line (take the K Street exit). From either station, walk south on Seventeenth Street to the Corcoran. - See more at: http://www.corcoran.o...­

      August 12, 2013

    • Jeryl

      Hi Dorothy, There is ample parking on the street, but you will need to pay on Saturday. It is $2 per hour, 2 hours max. You may want to sign up with Parkmobile, so you can pay by phone or app: http://us.parkmobile....­

      August 12, 2013

  • David

    The Corcoran also has an exhibit of war photographs. I've heard it's stunning. People might want to plan to get there early, or stay after 4, on Saturday.

    August 12, 2013

  • beeta

    I think I got my answer.

    August 12, 2013

  • beeta

    Where are we going to meet, i.e. at the door or in a coffee shop nearby?

    August 12, 2013

  • Tom F.

    I will be holding a Meetup sign at the front door. The Corcoran is an easy place to find people.

    July 31, 2013

  • Tom F.

    I will be at the front entrance to the Corcoran, at 3:00 sharp.

    July 31, 2013

  • David

    Beth, there are two types of Meetup events. In one type, the "event host" just posts an event but makes no attempt to help people meet each other. No sign. No badges. No cell number. No meeting place. It’s really just an FYI posting, so people know an event is taking place. How it fits the meaning of “meet up” I don’t know. But many Meetup events are like that. In the other type of Meetup event, the organizer brings a sign, or a badge, or provides a cell number, or arranges a meeting place & provides a way of recognizing him or her. In advance, the organizer lets everyone know how to find him or her. The group that gathers then enjoys the event as a group, together. I personally don’t know which type of event this is. Tom will let us know by either posting something or not. I’ll probably go to the Corcoran that day anyway, unless I’ve already seen the exhibit, in which case I’ll cancel my RSVP.

    July 31, 2013

    • Jeryl

      Tom will be there. He is a great host and a very helpful and organized individual.

      1 · July 31, 2013

  • isabella

    I'll be there (:

    July 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    works for me! Thanks for sharing! :-)

    July 24, 2013

  • Tom F.

    David,
    Thanks for sharing that. I will change the date to Saturday, Aug. 17th.

    July 24, 2013

  • David

    Looks like a fascinating exhibit! For those interested in saving the $10, on Saturdays admission to the Corcoran is free through August 31. Anyone want to go August 17?

    July 24, 2013

  • Cathy

    how mich is the ticket thanks cat

    July 24, 2013

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