Transformer is thrilled to announce our 2023 Collector’s View series, the 16th year of this innovative program in support of our vital exhibitions and programs advancing emerging contemporary artists.
Collector’s View shares the private collections of a select group of DC’s prominent contemporary art collectors. Through this series of intimate receptions, guests are provided a unique, insider’s perspective on the motivations, interests, and passions of our dynamic Hosts on the artwork they collect.
Transformer thanks Long & Foster, Doyle Auctioneers & Appraisers, and Allied Title & Escrow, 2023 Collector’s View Sponsors, for their generous support.
ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED
Attendance for each View is limited, so be sure to secure your tickets today!
$75 / Individual View tickets
Participation for Collector’s View is $75 per person for each View.
$275 / Full Series Subscription*
Transformer is offering a special discount package of $275 + a Bonus View for registration of all four Views in this year’s series.
All Collector’s View ticket and subscription purchases are tax-deductible, with proceeds directly benefiting Transformer’s exhibitions and programming.
Light fare and libations will be served at each View.
Addresses for each View will be emailed to confirmed guests a few days prior to each event.
*Bonus View for Full Series Subscribers
HOSTS | COLLECTOR’S VIEW 2023
Sid Stolz and David Hatfield (Logan Circle)
Thursday, April 27, 6-8 PM
David Hatfield & Sid Stolz invite Collector’s View guests into their Logan Circle loft to experience their art collection built in collaboration with DC gallerist Annie Gawlak over many years. Featuring pieces by Sol Lewitt, Adam Fuss, James Nares, Richard Serra, Robert Silvers, Frank Stella, Sam Gilliam, Andres Serrano, and a commissioned work by Graham Caldwell, many of the works explore motion and technical process through the use of color. The collection also features several pieces acquired from Transformer’s Annual Auction, including works by Sheldon Scott, Noel Tan, and Colleen Neal.
Micheline Klagsbrun & Ken Grossinger (Georgetown)
Thursday, May 4, 6-8 pm
When Micheline Klagsbrun and Ken Grossinger found each other, they brought very different kinds of art into their home. Fortunately their tastes aligned: they kept everything and added more. They eschew the label “collectors”, and “collection”, they just like to surround themselves with objects they love. Famous artworks mingle with all kinds of found objects and trinkets of sentimental value. As a result, this Collector’s View is less of a gallery-style presentation and more of a treasure hunt. No labels, no clues. Treasures span the gamut from French 19th and 20th century masters to Bob Dylan and Janis Joplin, and include works by Franz Hagenauer, Jules Feiffer, Edward S Curtis, Man Ray, Claes Oldenberg, August Sander, Walter Richard Sickert, Gustave Loiseau, Ben Shahn, Chuck Close, Ryan Gander, Diane Arbus, Moise Kisling, Lisa Law, Red Grooms, Richard Yarde, e.e.cummings, Marc Perez.
Samantha Dean & Rob Mileff (Adams Morgan)
Thursday, May 11, 6-8pm
Rob Mileff and Samantha Dean have been collecting throughout their lives as a married couple, but in the last five years have begun to focus on contemporary art. The work in their collection is a little cheeky and definitely conversation worthy, and Transformer has been their major source in connecting with artwork from emerging artists; their first Transformer purchase was a series by Victor Koroma. Also through Transformer, they have collected a series of work from JD Deardourff, and they have had the great fortune to support their close friend, Andy McIntyre. Their most recent acquisitions represented a collecting shift into sculptural art, with “Skull No.5” by Adam Hager, and “Hope” by Yuriko Yamaguchi. Woven together with their pieces from more established artists like Nick Smith, Chris Levine and CJ Hendry their collection captures the joy that art brings to their life.
Virginia Shore & Tom Hardart (Kalorama)
Thursday, May 18, 6-8pm
Virginia Shore and Tom Hardart’s collection is an eclectic mix of photography, paintings, drawings, sculpture, and prints. Over the past 15-20 years they have assembled a unique collection of artworks, many of which connect people, places, and projects that hold a special significance. Virginia is a curator and advisor. She travels extensively through her work as an advisor/curator and formerly as the chief curator with the Art in Embassies program at the US Department of State.
Bonus View: Long & Foster, Bethesda, MD
Thursday, June 8, 6-8pm
Join Transformer’s lead Collector’s View series Sponsor Long & Foster at their new Bethesda office for a special rooftop cocktail party. Transformer will be featuring artworks from our FlatFile program, a constantly evolving collection of works on paper by a diversity of DC and DC affiliated emerging artists. All artworks will be available for purchase with 70% of proceeds going directly to the artists, and additional proceeds supporting Transformer’s programming. Take inspiration from our Collector’s View series to begin or add to your own art collection!